by: Heather Williams

Each Week UnsafeFoods bring you the recent recalls to help you make your pantry, refrigerator, and freezer a safer place.  This week we have several undeclared allergens and health alerts for the everyday products you might use.

Undeclared Allergen

An undeclared allergen recall is initiated when a known allergen ingredient in the product is not listed on the packaging.  People who have allergies or severe sensitivities rely on manufacturers to disclose this information so that they can make appropriate food choices.

Hong Lee Trading Inc.: Vietnamese Instant Coffee

Hong Lee Trading Inc. of New York issued a recall on January 5, 2018 for its Chao Café Vietnamese Instant Coffee Mixed 3 in 1 due to the undeclared allergen, milk.  Those with an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk may experience serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if the product is consumed.

The product was distributed in the New York Tri-State Area and can be identified as coming in 384-gram, plastic packages.  The recall was initiated after routine sampling conducted by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors determined the presence of milk in the product, which was not declared on the label.

No illness has been reported in connection with this recall.  Questions may be directed to Hong Lee Trading Inc. at 718-386-2100.

Gilster – Mary Lee Corp.: Chicken Coating

Gilster-Mary Lee Corp of Perryville, Missouri issued a recall on January 8, 2018 for one lot of Essential Everyday® Coat & Bake Original Chicken coating with UPC 41303-01572 due to undeclared allergen, milk.  Those with an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk may experience serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if product is consumed.

The recall is limited to on lot of 6-ounce cartons labeled with Best By date: NOV 15 18 D04.  The product was distributed to SUPERVALU distribution centers in New Stanton, Pennsylvania, Fort Wayne, Indiana, Urbana, Illinois, and Anniston, Alabama.  The recall was initiated after Gilster-Mary Lee Corp received a customer complaint.  No illness has been reported in connection with this recall.

Questions may be directed to Gilster-Mary Lee Corp at 618-826-2361 ext 3283 or ext 3035.  Also at 573-547-8345 ext 2035.  Hours are from 8:00AM to 4:30PM CST Monday through Friday.

Wells Collection Inc.: Dried Longya Lily

Wells Collection Inc. of Brooklyn, New York issued a recall on January 8, 2018 for its 8-ounce packages of Rely Brand Dried Longya Lily due to the undeclared allergen, sulfites.  Those with an allergy or severe sensitivity to sulfite risk serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if product is consumed.  According to the press release: “The consumption of 10 milligrams of sulfites per serving has been reported to elicit severe reactions in some asthmatics.  Anaphylactic shock could occur in certain sulfite sensitive individuals upon ingesting 10 milligrams or more of sulfites.  Analysis of the Rely Brand Dried Longya Lilly revealed it contained 92.9 milligrams per serving.”

The product was distributed to retail supermarkets in New York and Texas and can be identified as coming in an 8-ounce, clear, plastic package market with ITEM NO: 66066 and UPC code 8-8468702199-8.

The recall was initiated after routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors discovered the presence of sulfites in the product that was not indicated on the label.

No illness or allergic reaction has been reported in connection with this recall.  Questions may be directed to the company at 718-381-2388.

Dollar General: Clover Valley® Iced Oatmeal Cookies

Doller General Corporation issued a voluntary recall on January 9, 2018 for its 12-ounce packages of Clover Valley® Iced Oatmeal Cookies due to the undeclared allergens, milk and tree nuts.  Those with an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk and/or tree nuts risk serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if the product is consumed.

The recall was initiated after a store level employee indicated the product inside the packaging did not match the label.  Dollar General contacted the products’ manufacturer who confirmed that a production facility labeling error had occurred where coconut Macaroons were placed in Iced Oatmeal Cookie packaging.  Dollar General contacted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to initiate the recall.

The recall applies to 12-ounce packages of Clover Valley® Iced Oatmeal Cookies with lot: L46217 30 with best-y date of August 18.2018.  The product has UPC code: 0 86106 03201 5 and SKU: 14878301.

Clover Valley® Iced Oatmeal Cookies were sold and distributed exclusively in Dollar General retail stores located in the following states: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NV, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WI and WV.

Questions may be directed to Dollar General’s Customer Service Department at 1-800-678-9258 seven days a week from 8:00AM to 5:00PM CST or by email at [email protected].  Media question may be directed to the Media Relations Department seven days a week from 8:00AM to 5:00PM CST at 1-877-944-DGPR (3477) or by email at [email protected].

Rico Brand: Tofu Breakfast Burrito

Rico Brand of Salt Lake City, Utah issued a recall on January 11, 2018 for their Tofu Breakfast Burrito due to the undeclared allergen, soy.  Those with an allergy or severe sensitivity to soy risk serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if the product is consumed.

The product can be identified as coming in a 12-ounce burrito wrapped in white paper.  The label has green and yellow around the boarder and orange labels the center with Rico Brand logo printed on the top portion of the label.  The date on the back of the burrito includes: 2687 and 0028.  the product was distributed in the State of Utah to the counties of Cache, Salt Lake, Utah, and Weber to grocery stores.

The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the Tofu Breakfast Burrito was packaged without revealing the presence of soybean on the label.  Subsequent investigation indicated the issue was caused by a temporary breakdown in the company’s packaging processes.

No illness has been reported in connection with this recall.  Questions may be directed to Rico Brand at 1-801-433-0615 MST Monday through Friday or by email at [email protected].

Health Risk

A health risk recall is initiated when a product contains a non-food item that might cause injury or may be contaminated with something that could cause illness in humans.

Fieldbrook Food Corporation: Orange Cream Bars

Fieldbrook Foods Corporation of Dunkirk, New York issued a recall on January 5, 2018 for 20 cases of Tops brand Orange Cream Bars and 320 cases of Meijer Purple Cow brand Orange Cream Bars due the potential health risk Listeria monocytogenes.  Listeria is known to cause diarrheal illness in normally health individuals, but can have serious and sometimes fatal complications in the very young, the very old, or those with a compromised immune system.  Pregnant women, while they may experience more mild symptoms, are at risk of stillbirth and miscarriage.

The recalled Top’s Orange Cream Bars were sold in Top’s retail stores in Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, and Vermont and can be identified as coming in a 12-count retail box.  The recalled product has a production date of December 18, 2017 and a best by date of December 18, 2018.

The recalled Purple Cow Orange Cream Bars were sold in Meijer retail stores located in Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin and can be identified as coming in a 12-count retail box.  The recalled product has a producion date of November 30, 2017 and a best by date of November 30, 2018.

The recall was initiated after routine testing indicated the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in another production lot that has been fully contained.  The company suspended production and distribution of the product while it cooperates with the FDA to investigate the source of the issue.

No illness has been reported in connection with this recall.  Questions may be directed to 1-800-333-0805 x2270.

Fieldbrook Foods Corporation: Expansion of Recall to Chocolate Coated Vanilla Ice Cream Bars

Fieldbrook Foods Corporation extended the Orange Cream Bar recall from January 5, 2018 to also include Chocolate Coated Vanilla Ice Cream Bars on January 9, 2018 due to the health risk Listeria monocytogenes.  Listeria is known to cause diarrheal illness in normally health individuals, but can have serious and sometimes fatal complications in the very young, the very old, or those with a compromised immune system.  Pregnant women, while they may experience more mild symptoms, are at risk of stillbirth and miscarriage.

The recall includes all orange cream bars and chocolate covered vanilla ice cream bars produced in 2018 on the company’s Hoyer 1 Line at the Dunkirk, New York plant (plant code 362677).  This is the only plant and production line involved in this recall.  The following merchants and corresponding brands are included in this recall:

Merchant Brand Merchant Brand
Acme Lucerne Ralphs Kroger
ALDI Sundae Shoppe Safeway (DC/DE/FL/MD/VA) Lucerne
Amigo (Puerto Rico Only) Great Value Save-A-Lot World’s Fair
Bi Lo Southern Home Shaws Lucerne
BJ’s Wellsley Farms Shoprite Polar Express
Demoulas Market Basket Shoprite Shoprite
Dillon Kroger Smart & Final First Street
Dollar Tree Party Treat Smiths Kroger
Econo (Puerto Rico Only) Econo Star Lucerne
Food 4 Less Kroger Stater Stater
Fred Meyer Kroger Stop N Shop Ahold symbol
Frys Kroger Tops Tops
Giant Ahold symbol Various Food Club
Giant Eagle Giant Eagle Various Stoneridge
Harveys Southern Home Various Hagan
Jewel Lucerne Various Greens
King Soopers Kroger Various Hood
Kroger Kroger Various Stoneridge
Meijer Purple Cow Walmart (Puerto Rico Only) Great Value
Price Chopper PIC Weis Weis
Price Rite Price Rite Winn Dixie Winn Dixie

The recalled product has production dates ranging from January 1, 2017 to December 31,2017 and a best by date that ranges from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018.  The Hood and Kemp products may show a different recalled best by date ranging from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2018 instead.

The expansion of the recall was due to a few additional samples testing positive for the presence of Listeria monocytogenes.  There is no evidence of contamination prior to October 31, 2017 but the recall as been issued back to January 1, 2017 out of abundance of caution.  All production and distribution has been suspended of all products produced on this line while the problem is being investigated.

No illness has been reported in connection with this recall. Questions may be directed to 1-800-333-0805 x2270.

Fieldbrook Foods Corporation: Clarifies Scope of Recall

Field brook Foods Corporation issued a statement clarifying the scope of the voluntary recall to include product that include the orange cream on January 11, 2018 due to the potential health risk, Listeria monocytogenes.  Listeria is known to cause diarrheal illness in normally health individuals, but can have serious and sometimes fatal complications in the very young, the very old, or those with a compromised immune system.  Pregnant women, while they may experience more mild symptoms, are at risk of stillbirth and miscarriage.

The recall was clarified to also include 28m751 cases of Raspberry Cream Bars that were included with Orange Cream Bars in ALDI seasonal split case purchases.  These split cases were shipped between March and August 2017.

The recall includes all orange cream bars and chocolate covered vanilla ice cream bars produced in 2018 on the company’s Hoyer 1 Line at the Dunkirk, New York plant (plant code 362677).  This is the only plant and production line involved in this recall.  The following merchants and corresponding brands are included in this recall:

Merchant Brand Merchant Brand
Acme Lucerne Safeway (DC/DE/FL/MD/VA) Lucerne
ALDI Sundae Shoppe Save-A-Lot World’s Fair
Amigo (Puerto Rico Only) Great Value Shaws Lucerne
Bi Lo Southern Home Shoprite Polar Express
BJ’s Wellsley Farms Shoprite Shoprite
Demoulas Market Basket Smart & Final First Street
Dillon Kroger Smiths Kroger
Dollar Tree Party Treat Star Lucerne
Econo (Puerto Rico Only) Econo Stater Stater
Food 4 Less Kroger Stop N Shop Ahold symbol
Fred Meyer Kroger Tops Tops
Frys Kroger Various Food Club
Giant Ahold symbol Various Stoneridge
Giant Eagle Giant Eagle Various Hagan
Harveys Southern Home Various Greens
Jewel Lucerne Various Hood
King Soopers Kroger Various Kemps
Kroger Kroger Various Stoneridge
Meijer Purple Cow Walmart (Puerto Rico Only) Great Value
Price Chopper PIC Weis Weis
Price Rite Price Rite Winn Dixie Winn Dixie
Ralphs Kroger    

The recalled product has production dates ranging from January 1, 2017 to December 31,2017 and a best by date that ranges from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018.  The Hood and Kemp products may show a different recalled best by date ranging

The expansion of the recall was due to a few additional samples testing positive for the presence of Listeria monocytogenes.  There is no evidence of contamination prior to October 31, 2017 but the recall has been issued back to January 1, 2017 out of abundance of caution.  All production and distribution has been suspended of all products produced on this line while the problem is being investigated.

No illness has been reported in connection with this recall. Questions may be directed to 1-800-333-0805 x2270.

Home/Ade Foods Inc.: Frozen Biscuits

Home/Ade Foods Inc. issued a recall on January 11, 2017 for Mary B’s ® brand biscuits due to the potential health risk Listeria monocytogenes.  Listeria is known to cause diarrheal illness in normally health individuals, but can have serious and sometimes fatal complications in the very young, the very old, or those with a compromised immune system.  Pregnant women, while they may experience more mild symptoms, are at risk of stillbirth and miscarriage.

The recall was initiated after product sampling by an outside co-packer indicated the presence of Listeria monocytogenes.  The product can be identified as being frozen bagged biscuits with Best If Used By dates BEFORE September 23, 2018 and with the letter “M” immediately after the date.  The code can be found on the lower right corner on the back of the package.  No other code dates are affected. The following products are included in the recall:

UPC # DESCRIPTION COUNT PER PACKAGE
2059300007 MARY B’S JUMBO BUTTERMILK BISCUITS 35OZ 10 / 3.5OZ
2059300015 MARY B’S BUTTERMILK BISCUITS 26.4OZ 12 / 2.2OZ
2059300018 MARY B’S SOUTHERNMADE BISCUITS 26.4OZ 12 / 2.2OZ
2059300020 MARY B’S BUTTERMILK VALUE PACK BISCUITS 44OZ 20 / 2.2OZ
2059300021 MARY B’S SOUTHERNMADE VALUE PACK BISCUITS 44OZ 20 / 2.2OZ
2059300022 MARY B’s BUTTERMILK TEA BISCUITS 24OZ 24 / 1OZ
2059300023 MARY B’S BUTTERTASTE VALUE PACK BISCUITS 44OZ 20 / 2.2OZ
2059300028 MARY B’S THIN BUTTERMILK BISCUITS 28.6OZ 22 / 1.3OZ
2059300033 MARY B’S BUTTERMILK FAMILY PACK BISCUITS 60OZ 30 / 2OZ
2059300034 MARY B’S SOUTHERNMADE FAMILY PACK BISCUITS 60OZ 30 / 2OZ
2059300035 MARY B’S BUTTERTASTE FAMILY PACK BISCUITS 60OZ 30 / 2OZ
2059383000 MARY B’S BUTTERMILK 0 TRANS FAT 220CT BULK BISCUITS 220 / 2.2OZ
2059383004 MARY B’S BUTTERMILK BISCUITS 220CT BULK BISCUITS 220 / 2.2OZ
2059387000 MARY B’S MADE WITH WHOLE GRAIN 220CT BULK BISCUITS 220 / 2.2OZ
3059320583 MARY B’S 3.5 OZ JUMBO BUTTERMILK 144CT BULK BISCUITS 144 / 3.5OZ

Affected products were distributed to AL, AR, CA, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MO, MS, NC, OK, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WI, WV and sold in retail stores.  While the product is not intended to be consumed raw and baking according to baking instructions will reduce consumer risk, the risk of mishandling the product or improper baking temperature may cause illness.

No illness has been reported in connection with this recall.  Questions may be directed to Home/Ade Foods Inc. at 1-855-562-7773, Monday through Friday between 8:00AM and 5:00PM CST.

 

Sources:

https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm591566.htm

https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm591580.htm

https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm592161.htm

https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm591951.htm

https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm591920.htm

https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm591923.htm

https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm592462.htm

https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm592293.htm

https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm592326.htm