By: Heather Williams

Each week UnsafeFoods compiles a list of recalls from several sources to help you monitor unsafe foods that might be in your refrigerator, freezer, or pantry.  We seek out the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and other sources to help you keep your family safe.  This week we have both undeclared allergens and a health safety alert to look out for.

 Undeclared Allergens

An undeclared allergen poses a threat to those who are allergic or severely sensitive to a particular food.  Food manufacturers are required to accurately list ingredients on their packaging and indicate a select list of known allergens with a warning label.  People rely on these indicators to make safe food choices.  When this system lapses, serious consequences may occur.

Palmer Candy Company: Sea Salt Carmel Hearts

Palmer Candy Company issued a limited recall on January 15, 2018 on their Sea Salt Carmel Hearts due to the undeclared allergen, peanuts.  Those with an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts risk serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if product is consumed.

The recall was initiated when an employee discovered a peanut on the product.  This is not indicated as an ingredient on the label.  The affected product was only sold at Bomgaars Supply Inc. Store in Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wyoming.  The recall includes the following product:

UPC # Affected Items Purchased by Consumers Best By
77232-17091 Sea Salt Caramel Hearts- 12 oz Tub 12/28/18

No reports of illness or allergic reaction have been reported in connection with this outbreak.  Consumers are urged to throw away or return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund.  For additional information or questions, consumers may reach a Palmer Candy Company Customer Service Representative between 9:00AM and 4:30PM CST at 712-258-5543.

Select Whole Foods Market Stores: Cheesecake Bars

Nine Whole Foods Market stores in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island issued a recall on January 18, 2018 for their cheesecake bars due to the undeclared allergen, almond flour.  Those with an allergy or severe sensitivity to almonds may risk serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if the product is consumed.

The recall was initiated after Whole Foods Market discovered the incorrect product was shipped by the supplier to the distributor.  The product can be identified as packaged in clear plastic packages with PLU number 240801.

Affected Stores Include:

  • 55 Welles St, Glastonbury, CT
  • 40 Railroad St, Andover, MA
  • 808 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA
  • 200 Alewife Brook Parkway, Cambridge, MA
  • 340 River St, Cambridge, MA
  • 327 Russell St, Hadley, MA
  • 990 Iyannough Rd, Hyannis, MA
  • 536 Boston Post Rd, Sudbury, MA
  • 151 Sockanosset Cross Rd, Cranston, RI

No illness or allergic reaction has been reported in connection with this recall.  Customers are urged to bring a valid receipt to a Whole Foods Store to receive a full refund.  Questions may be directed to 1-844-936-8255 between 7:00AM and 10:00PM CST, Monday through Friday or 8:00AM to 6:00PM CST, Saturday and Sunday.

Duke Sandwich Production, Inc.: Chicken Salad Products

Duke Sandwich Production, Inc., of Easley, South Carolina issued a recall on January 18, 2018 for approximately 743 pounds of chicken salad products due to misbranding.  The product was packaged in pimento cheese containers with a chicken salad container lid.

The product can be identified as having “Duke SANDWICH COMPANY CHICKEN SALAD” label on the lid on a 12-ounce plastic cup.  The affected product was produced on December 27, 2017 with a sell-by date of January 31, 2018 and includes the establishment number EST. P-34048 located inside the USDA mark of inspection.  The product was distributed to retail locations in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

The recall was initiated after a retail store manager issued a complaint to the company.  There have been no reports of illness associated with this recall.  Anyone concerned with illness or injury should consult their health care professional.

Media questions may be directed to Scott Smart, Chief Operating Officer at Duke Sandwich Productions, Inc., at [email protected] or by phone at 864-991-8895.

Consumer questions may be directed to Chris Collins, Chief Marketing Officer at Duke Sandwich Productions at [email protected] or by phone at 864-991-8895.

Café Spice GCT, Inc.: Chicken Salad Products

Café Spice GCT of New Windsor, New York issued a recall on January 18, 2018 for approximately 289 chicken salad products due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen, milk.  The chicken salad was mistakenly packaged with a chicken wrap label, where the ingredient, milk, was not indicated on the label.

The product can be identified as packaged in a 15-ounce clamshell labeled: “southwest-style chicken wrap” with a best by date of January 20, 2018 and an establishment number EST P-34641 inside the USDA mark of inspection.

The recall was initiated when the problem was discovered by a retail customer.  There have been no reports of illness or injury in connection with this recall.  Anyone concerned will illness should contact their health care professional.  These products were shipped nationwide.

The company urges consumers to not consume the product and either throw it away or return to the place of purchase.  Questions may be directed to Ms. Lucero Dedios, Café Spice customer representative at 845-863-0910 or at [email protected].

Health Alert

A health alert is issued when a food item is contaminated with something that can cause harm to humans.  This can take the form of physical contamination such as glass, metal, or some other non-food item in the product.  Other times it is a result of biological contamination with a harmful bacteria or virus.  This week we have a biological contamination recall.

C J Health and Wellness: Liquid Herbal Tea

C J Health and Wellness dba Jayeon Germ & Acu of Buena Park, California issued a recall on January 16, 2018 for their liquid herbal teas due to the health risk, Clostridium botulinumClostridium botulinum is a toxin-producing bacterium that causes muscle weakness and possible paralysis.  Complications may occur when paralysis reaches muscles involved in breathing.  This can lead to difficulty breathing or possibly death.

The recall has been issued by the California Department of Health Food and Drug Branch.  The recall applies to all sizes and packaging, including 100 ml single-serving flexible pouches.

The product was distributed to the following retailers:

  • ACUDEPOT   6440 DALE ST., BUENA PARK, CA 90621 248-462-9050
  • BAEKSAN TRADING  16760 GRIDLEY RD., CERRITOS, CA 90703       562-682-1123
  • DOORI AHN 6301 BEACH BLVD #111, BUENA PARK, CA 90621         213-304-5300
  • HYUNG GEUN AHN  6301 BEACH BLVD, BUENA PARK, CA 90620    714-319-6400
  • JUN ACUPUNCTURE CLINIC 14441 BEACH BLVD #106, WESTMINISTER CA 92683    714-899-4843
  • YEON YU ACUPUNCTURE  1125 E 17TH ST. STE#E101, SANTA ANA, CA     92701

949-433-1888

For additional information, contact C J Health and Wellness at 714-523-7486 between 8:00AM and 5:00PM PST.

 

Sources:

https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm592830.htm

https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm592863.htm

https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archive/2018/rnr-003-2018

https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archive/2018/recall-004-2018-release

https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CEH/DFDCS/CDPH%20Document%20Library/FDB/FoodSafetyProgram/FoodRecalls/January2018/fdbFrCJHW1n.pdf

https://www.cdc.gov/botulism/index.html