By: Heather Williams
Each Week UnsafeFoods rounds up a list of recalls from various sources including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Take a moment to peek in your pantry, fridge, and freezer to be sure you don’t have any of these items in your home.
Undeclared allergen recalls are issued when a product contains an ingredient that is not included on the label. People who have food allergies or severe sensitivities to particular foods rely on manufacturers to provide accurate ingredient lists and warning labels so that they can make more informed food decisions.
Sun Noodle: Tonkotsu Ramen
Sun Noodle of Carlstadt, New Jersey issued a recall on January 22, 2018 for one lot of mis-labeled Tonkotsu Ramen due to the undeclared allergen, fish. More specifically, sardines. Those with an allergy or severe sensitivity to fish/sardines risk serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if product is consumed.
The recall was initiated after it was discovered the wrong label was applied to the product. The product was sent to Asian food distributors in the Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, and Texas areas then subsequently to retail stores. The product can be identified as packaged in a clear plastic clamshell, banded with a Sun Noodle label and “Tonkotsu Ramen.” Affected products contain 2 purple and white soup base packets with the name “Assari Shoyu” flavor, which contains fish not indicated on the Tonkotsu Ramen label. Affected lot is limited to lot code 3217332. No other lot is included in this recall.
No illness has been reported in connection with this recall. Customers are urged to return the product to the original location of purchase for a full refund. Questions may be directed to 1-866-366-6353, Monday through Friday from 8:30AM to 5:30PM Hawaii Standard Time.
Perdue Foods LLC: Chicken Products
Perdue Foods LLC of Monterey, Tennessee issued a recall on January 23, 2018 for approximately 530 pounds of chicken products due to misbranding and undeclared allergen, egg. Those who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to egg risk serious or life-threatening allergic reaction.
The recall was initiated after the mislabeling was discovered during routine label verification activities. The ready-to-cook chicken breast tenderloin fritters were labeled with the Homestyle Chicken Tender Fritter label, which does not include egg whites on the label.
The affected products were produced on December 6, 2017. The product can be identified as coming in 10-pound boxes containing two 5-pound bags. The box is labeled “CHEF REDI HOMESTYLE CHICKEN TENDER FRITTER, RTC – LARGE” and includes case code 7374 and an establishment number P-11507. The product was shipped to food service locations in Florida, Maryland, and Washington D.C.
To adverse reaction has been reported in connection with this recall. Consumers are urged to not consume the product and either throw it away or return to the place of purchase. Customer questions may be directed to Perdue Consumer Relations at 1-877-727-3447. Media questions may be directed to Joe Forsthoffer, Director Corporate Communications at 410-341-2556.
A health alert is issued when a food product is unsafe to consume due to contamination. A health alert could be issued because a non-food item is present, creating a mechanical contamination. Other times a food item is contaminated with a pathogen, creating a biological contamination.
Panera Bread: Cream Cheese Products
Panera Bread issued a recall on January 28, 2018 for all 2-ounce and 8-ounce cream cheese products due to the potential health risk, Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria can be dangerous in normally healthy individuals, but can cause particularly serious or fatal infections in the very young, the very old, and those with a compromised immune system. Pregnant women have a higher risk for miscarriage and still birth. Symptoms include nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain, headache, fever, and stiffness.
The recall was initiated after samples from one variety of 2-ounce cream cheese from a single production day tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes. Tests for samples that were manufactured before and after the production run in question all came back negative. The recall is initiated out of an abundance of caution and affects all varieties of 2-ounce and 8-ounce cream cheese products with an expiration date on or before 4/2/18 sold in the United States. Panera Bread Canadian bakery cafes and all other Panera Bread food products are excluded from this recall.
Affected 2-ounce and 8-ounce cream cheese varieties include: plain, reduced-fat plain, reduced-fat chive & onion, reduced-fat honey walnut, and reduced-fat wild blueberry.
Consumers are asked to discard the affected products immediately and contact Panera Bread Customer Service at 1-855-6-PANERA between 5:00AM and 10:00PM CST or visit Panera.custhelp.com for a full refund. Other questions can be directed to www.panerabread.com/recall.
Rich Products Corporation: Beef Products
Rich Products Corporation of Vineland, New Jersey issued a recall for approximately 3,420 pounds of beef meatball products on January 24, 2018 due to the potential health risk, Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria can be dangerous in normally healthy individuals, but can cause particularly serious or fatal infections in the very young, the very old, and those with a compromised immune system. Pregnant women have a higher risk for miscarriage and still birth. Symptoms include nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain, headache, fever, and stiffness.
The production date for the affected product is December 17, 2017. The product can be identified as coming in 36-pund cases containing six 6-pound bags of “Members Mark Casa DI BERTACCHI ITALIAN STYLE BEEF MEATBALLS” with a Best if Used by Dated of 17 DEC 2018 and a lot code of 15507351 and establishment number 5336. The products were shipped to distributors in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.
The recall was initiated after the company discovered they shipped tainted product into commerce. Rich Products is concerned that the tainted product may still be in consumers freezers.
Customers are urged to discard the products or return them to the place of purchase. Questions may be directed to Customer Care at Rich Products Corporation at 1-800-356-7094. Media related questions may be directed to Dwight Gram, Vice President Communications and Public Relations at 716-878-8749.