By: Heather Williams

Each Week UnsafeFoods gathers together information on recalls that could affect items in your pantry and refrigerator.  Recalls are initiated for a variety of reason, but the primary two categories include “undeclared allergens” and “health alerts.”

Undeclared Allergens

An undeclared allergen recall is initiated after a product is identified as having an ingredient that is a known allergen that is not listed on the ingredients list or packaging.  Those with allergies or severe sensitivities to particular allergens rely on manufacturers packaging to make appropriate food decisions.  Mistakes could have serious and even fatal consequences.  Last week, several companies issued recalls for this reason.

Marmex Corp: Blue Pearl All Natural Male Enhancement Supplement

On December 13, 2017 Marmex Corp of Orange, California issued a recall for all lots of Blue Pearl All Natural Male Enhancement Supplement, 500mg due to the undeclared allergen, sildenafil.  This ingredient was undeclared as an active ingredient and identified during U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) analysis.

The presence of sildenafil may interact with nitrates found in certain prescriptions drugs and may even lower blood pressure to dangerous levels.  Consumers with existing health conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, or heart disease may take medications with nitrates and could cause serious or life-threatening reaction.

At this time, not adverse affects incidents have been reported related to this recall.  The product can be identified as being packed in blister packs with UPC code 847046009785.  The affected lots include all lot numbers with expiration date of 7/1/2018.  The product was distributed nationwide between July 2016 and November 2017 to internet and retail customers.

Consumers may direct questions to Marmex Corp at 657-333-2053 or by email [email protected] weekdays between 9:00AM and 5:00PM PST for instructions on the return and refund process.  Consumers are asked to stop consuming the product and return it to the place of purchase.  Any consumer that has experienced problems related to the product should consult their healthcare provider.

Consumers who have experienced reactions or quality problems associated with the product can report to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online or by mail or fax.

Online: www.fda.gov/medwatch/report.htm

Mail/fax: Download form to mail or fax at www.fda.gov/MedWatch/getforms.htm or call 1-800-332-1088 to request a form.

Gel Spice Company, Inc.: Beef Flavored Bouillon Cube Products

On December 19, 2017 the Gel Spice Company issued a voluntary recall for certain Spice Time and Spice Supreme Beef Flavored Beef Bouillon Cube products due to the undeclared allergens soy and wheat.  Those with an allergy or severe sensitivity to soy and/or wheat may experience serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume the product.

The affected product includes:

Brand/Description and Net Weight Best By Date Code(s)* UPC NUMBER
Spice Time Beef Flavored
Bouillon Cubes
NET WT. 1.7 OZ (48 g)
11/06/20 079679000543
Spice Supreme
Beef Flavored Bouillon Cubes 25 Count
NET WT. 3-1/2 OZ (98 g)
11/20/20 076114304419
Spice Supreme
Beef Flavored Bouillon Cubes
NET WT. 1.7 OZ (48 g)
09/26/20 11/06/20 12/05/20 076114304426

* “Best By Date” coding can be found on the back of the product bottle, below the product cap and above the product label.

The affected product was distributed by to retail locations and distribution centers in the following 23 states: Alabama; California; Connecticut; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Maryland; Michigan; Minnesota; Montana; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; Ohio; Pennsylvania; South Carolina; South Dakota; Texas; Virginia; and Washington.

The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the products contained soy and wheat and were distributed in packaging that did no indicate the presence of these ingredients.  Investigation identified the issue was due to a temporary packaging error that has sense been resolved.

At this time no reports of injury or complaint have been made with respect to the recalled product.  Consumers are urged to return the affected product to the point of purchase for a full refund and visit the company’s website http://recall.gelspice.com to register to receive their replacement product at no charge.  Consumers may direct questions to Gel Spice at 201-354-2203 Monday through Friday between 9:00AM and 5:00PM EST or by email at [email protected].

Harris Teeter: Mama Biscotti Mini Biscotti – Triple Chocolate

Harris Teeters issued a voluntary recall on December 22, 2017 and is notifying 153 shoppers who purchased HT Traders Mama Biscotti Mini Biscotti – Triple Chocolate since December 8, 2017 due to the undeclared allergen almonds and hazelnuts.  Those with an allergy or severe sensitivity to almonds and/or hazelnuts risk serious or life threatening allergic reaction if product is consumed.  The company issued a statement through telephone and email through customer data information.

The recalled product can be identified as having UPC code 7203670827.

The recall was initiated after the supplier, Mom’s Best Gourmet Foods, Inc., notified Harris Teeter of their recall.

Customers are urged to not consume the product and return it to Harris Teeter for a full refund.  Recall questions may be directed to Mom’s Best Gourmet Foods, Inc. at 1-905-696-8889 or email at [email protected] or Harris Teeter at 1-800-432-6111 Option 2.

Health Alert

Health Alert recalls are initiated when the product can cause illness or injury if consumed.  This is generally due to some form of contamination, whether mechanical or biological.

Santa Fe Importers, Inc.: Ready-to-Eat Pork Products

Santa Fe Importers Inc., of Long Beach, California issued a recall on December 12, 2017 for 143 pounds of pork salami products to the potential health risk, metal shavings.  The following products are included in the recall:

  • 3.5 to 4.0-lbs. random weight of plastic wrapped packages of “MARISA PREMIUM QUALITY GENOA SALAMI ITALIAN BRAND,” with a packaging date of Sept. 14, 2017 and a lot code of 257-100161 in the upper right hand corner.

The recall was initiated after a retail customer complaint to The United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Investigation Services (FSIS), which occurred on December 11, 2017.

At this time there have been no confirmed reports of injury related to this recall.  Anyone concerned with injury or illness related to this recall should contact a healthcare provider.  Consumers are urged to not consume the product.

Consumer questions about the recall can be directed to Vincent Passanisi, President at 562-437-7775.  Media questions may be directed to Jorge Endara, General Manager at 562-437-7775.

Piller’s Fine Foods: Ready-to-Eat Salami and Speck Products

Piller’s Find Foods of Waterloo, Canada issued a recall on December 16, 2017 for 1,076 pounds of ready-to-eat salami and speck products due to the potential health risk, SalmonellaSalmonella causes a diarrheal illness that can be serious or life-threatening, particularly in the very young, the very old, and those with a compromised immune system.

The affected products include ready-to-eat speck prosciutto and salami items produced on September 22, 2017 and October 12, 2017 respectively and includes:

  • Vacuum-sealed random weight plastic packages containing “Black Kassel Piller’s Dry Aged D’Amour Salami” with Best Before date of May 12, 2018
  • Vacuum-sealed random weight plastic packages containing “Black Kassel Piller’s Dry Aged Speck Smoked Prosciutto” with Best Before date of May 12, 2018.

These products were produced in Canada and shipped to distribution centers in California, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, and New York.

The issue was discovered when FSIS sampling confirmed positive samples for Salmonella.  At this time no report of illness has been confirmed related to this recall.  Consumers are urged to not consume the indicated products.

Questions may be directed to Trent Hilpert, President of Piller’s Fine Foods at 519-743-1412 ext 240.

AuroMedics Pharma LLC: Pantoprazole Sodium for Injection 40 Mg per Vial

AuroMedics Pharma LLC of Pantoprazole Sodium for Injection 40 Mg per vial on December 19, 2017 due to the potential health risk, glass particles.

The product was recalled as a result of a product complaint that one vial from one batch contained a piece of glass.  Injection of a glass particulate with an intravenous drug could range from local swelling in response to the foreign material or other more serious and life-threatening issues such as blockage and blood vessel clotting.  At this time no adverse events have been reported connected to this recall.

The lot included in the recall is CPO170035, exp May 2019 and can be identified as a “vial stoppered with grey slotted rubber stopper and sealed with aluminum seals having Sky Blue color polypropylene disk.”  This product was shipped to customers beginning August 7, 2017 and distributed nationwide to wholesalers and/or hospitals.

Those affected by the recall are being notified by letters and arrangement for return/replacement is being conducted.  Consumers/distributors/retailers who have this product lot should immediately stop using the product and return to the place of purchase and contact their doctor as appropriate.

Questions may be directed to Aurobindo Customer Service on weekdays between 9:00AM and 5:00PM at 866-850-2876 Option 1.  For questions about the recall process, contact Inmar at 800-967-5952 weekdays between 8:30AM and 5:00PM EST.

Consumers who have experienced reactions or quality problems associated with the product can report to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online or by mail or fax.

Online: www.fda.gov/medwatch/report.htm

Mail/fax: Download form to mail or fax at www.fda.gov/MedWatch/getforms.htm or call 1-800-332-1088 to request a form.

Jack Brown Produce, Inc.: Apples

Jack Brown Produce, Inc of Sparta, Michigan issued a recall on December 19, 2017 for apple varieties including Gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp, and Golden Delicious due the potential health risk, Listeria monocytogenesListeria monocytogenes can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in the very young, the very old, and those with a compromised immune system.  Pregnant women may experience milder symptoms but infection can cause miscarriage and stillbirths.

The recalled products were distributed to retail stores in the states of Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, and Ohio.  The products were sold or distributed by Jack Brown Produce, Inc. under the name of Apple Ridge.  The products can be identified as:

  1. Honeycrisp apples in two-pound clear plastic bags;
  2. Gala, Fuji, and Golden Delicious apples in 3-pound clear plastic bags;
  3. Fuji and Gala apples in 5-pound red-netted mesh bags; and
  4. Gala, Fuji and Honeycrisp apples that were tray-packed/individually sold.

Lot numbers are printed on the bag label or closure clip.  The following lot numbers are included in this recall:

Fugi: NOI 163, 165, 167, 169, and 174

Honeycrip: NOI 159, 160, and 173

Golden Delicious: NOI 168

Gala: NOI 164, 166

The recall was initiated after routine sampling at the Nyblad Orchards, Inc. facility revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes.

Questions may be directed to the Lisa Ingalls at 616-887-9568 on Monday through Friday between 8:00AM and 5:00PM ET.

Meijer: Apples

As a result of a recall from supplier Fresh-Pak Inc., Meijer issued a recall of select brand packaged products due to contained sliced apples being potentially contaminated with Listeria monocytogenesListeria monocytogenes can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in the very young, the very old, and those with a compromised immune system.  Pregnant women may experience milder symptoms but infection can cause miscarriage and stillbirths.

The recalled product can be identified as being in plastic containers with printed labels.  The recalled product has a “sell by” date range of December 17, 2017 and December 21, 2017 and was available for purchase in Meijer stores in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin and include products with the following UPC codes:

Product Description UPC
Meijer Michigan Harvest Salad – 10 oz. 708820684003
Meijer Sharable Waldorf Salad – 16 oz. 713733538640
Meijer Fresh Cranberry Apple Stuffing Starter – 18.9 oz. 719283379771

Consumers are urged to not consume the product. Questions may be directed to 800-543-3704 anytime 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Springfield Smoked Fish: Expanded Recall on Smoked Salmon

Springfield Smoked Fish of Springfield, Massachusetts expanded their existing recall on December 21, 2017 to include additional smoked fish products due to the potential health risk, Listeria monocytogenes.  Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in the very young, the very old, and those with a compromised immune system.  Pregnant women may experience milder symptoms but infection can cause miscarriage and stillbirths.

The recalled products were distributed and sold at retail stores and wholesalers in Connecticut, Colorado, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island as well as online.

The initial recall was limited to the 1-pound pre-sliced Nova Salmon produced on 11/24/17.  The expansion now includes products produced between May 22, 2017 and December 12, 2017.  The products were sold under the brand names “Springfield Smoked Fish” and “Rachael’s Springfield Smoked Fish” with the following lot numbers:

Product Description Sizes Lot #’s UPC#
Smoked Salmon 4 oz. 15171 through 45172 045049113342, 045049113250, 045049113359
8 oz. 045049113083, 045049113274, 045049113304
1 lb. 811907018018
5lb. 045049112079
1 1/4.lb n/a
3 lb. 045049150613, 045049111065
Sliced sides (catch weight) n/a
unsliced sides (catch weight) n/a
trimmings/chips 045049113212
wings and bellies 045049111256
ground nova 045049112413
spreadable smoked nova 045049113236
1lb. Bagel cuts 045049112086
Whitefish Meat 5 lb. bag 18171 through 43171 045049117111
Belly Lox 4 oz. and sliced sides 13171 through 33171 045049113311
Smoked Chubs Catch weight 34171 through 46171 n/a
Smoked Bluefish Catch weight 34171 045049117357
Smoked Trout 6 oz. 17171 through 42171 045049117258
Smoked Whole Whitefish Catch weight 17171 through 46171 n/a
Smoked Sable Catch weight 20171 through 33171 n/a
Kippered Salmon Catch weights 22171 through 41171 045049117012
Pastrami Lox 4oz & Sliced Sides 15171 through 45172 n/a
Hot Smoked Salmon Steaks Catch weights 43471 n/a
Smoked Whitefish Spread 8 oz. & 4lb 25171 through 46171 045049117432
045049117418
Cream Cheese Spreads 8 oz. & 5lb Use by 12/15/17  through 2/9/18
Spreadable Plain 045049117708
Lox 045049117760
Scallion 045049117746
Veggie 045049117739
Strawberry 045049117784
Hot and Spicy 045049117920
Whitefish Salad 8 oz. & 5lb use by 12/15/17 through 2/9/18 045049117425
045049117425

 

Scallion Cream Cheese Spread 5lb use by 12/15/17 through 2/9/18 611140151721
Veggie Cream Cheese Spread 5lb use by 12/15/17 through 2/9/18 611140151714

Boston Salads – Private Label

The recall was initiated after environmental and product sampling indicated the presence of Listeria monocytogenes.

At this time no illness has been reported related to the recall.  Questions may be directed to 1-413-737-8693 on Monday through Friday between 8:00AM and 4:00PM.

Nodine’s Smokehouse, Inc.: Smoked Salmon

Nodine’s Smokehouse, Inc., of Torrington, Connecticut is issued a recall on December 22, 2017 for Smoked Salmon in 1.5 lb, and 8 ounce packages with lot numbers 40173 and 33173 due to the potential health risk Listeria monocytogenes.  Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in the very young, the very old, and those with a compromised immune system.  Pregnant women may experience milder symptoms but infection can cause miscarriage and stillbirths.

The recall was initiated after environmental and product sampling at Rachael’s Food Corporation revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes.

At this time no illness has been reported in connection with this recall.   Questions may be directed to 1-800-222-2059 on Monday through Friday between 9:00AM and 4:00PM.

Auromedics Pharma, LLC: Linezolid Injection

Auromedics Pharma, LLC issued a recall on December 22, 2017 for one lot of Linezolid Injection 600mg/300mL flexible bags, NDC 55150-242-51 batch CLZ160007 expiration August 2018 due to the potential health risk, mold.

At the hospital level this batch was distributed between May15, 2017 and August 14, 2017.  The product was found to contain a white particulate matter that has since been identified as mold as a result of a product complaint.

The use of non-sterile injectable products could cause fatal infections.  At this time the company has not received any reports of adverse events.

Those who have the product should discontinue use immediately and return to the place of purchase/contact their doctor as appropriate.

Consumers may direct questions to Aurobindo Customer Service weekdays between 9:00AM and 5:00PM EST at 866-850-2876 Option1.

Consumers who have experienced reactions or quality problems associated with the product can report to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online or by mail or fax.

Online: www.fda.gov/medwatch/report.htm

Mail/fax: Download form to mail or fax at www.fda.gov/MedWatch/getforms.htm or call 1-800-332-1088 to request a form.

Fresh Pak Inc: Sliced Apple Products

Fresh Pak Inc. of Detroit, Michigan issued a recall on December 22, 2017 for select lots of red/green apple slices due to the potential health risk Listeria monocytogenes.  Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in the very young, the very old, and those with a compromised immune system.  Pregnant women may experience milder symptoms but infection can cause miscarriage and stillbirths.

The recall was initiated due to a recall from the supplier Jack Brown Produce, Inc.  The recalled product was distributed to Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin.  Recalled lot numbers include:

Item Description Brand Name Lot Number UPC Use BY Range:
3lb Bag Dice Red Apples None 312544,312807 None Dec 29‐ Jan 2
3lb Bag Slice Red Apples None 312542 None Dec 28‐ Jan 1
(5/2.2oz) Slice Apple Bags in clamshells Michigan Apples‐ Aunt Mid’s 312547, 312806 7122817430 Dec 28‐ Jan 1
(5/2.5oz) Slice Apples w/ grapes bags in clamshells Aunt Mid’s 312546 7122817431 Dec 31
9oz Slice Apples Container Fresh Pak Inc 312447, 312537,
312666, 312780,
312943
7122817686 Dec 17‐21
9oz Mix (red/green) Slice Apples Container Fresh Pak Inc 312448, 312538,
312781, 312944,312667
7122817687 Dec 17‐21
7oz Fruit and cheese Snacks None 312422, 312511,
312641,312755, 312918
7122817684 Dec 17‐21

At this time no illness has been reported in connection with this recall.  Questions may be directed to Josue Cortex at 313-841-7911 on Monday through Friday between 7:00AM and 2:00PM ET.

 

Sources:

https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archive/2017/recall-128-2017-release

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