Recalls and Alerts: October 8, 2012 – Part A (USA)

Here is today’s list of food safety recalls, product withdrawals, allergy alerts and miscellaneous compliance issues. The live links will take you directly to the official recall notices and company news releases that contain detailed information for each recall and alert.

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United States

  • Allergy Alert: Nestle Prepared Foods Company, dba Buitoni North America recalls Buitoni® spinach & Portobello Mushroom All Natural Ravioli (18 oz/510g bags; UPC 24842-99186; Production code 225451757; Best before OCT 2013), because the product may contain Shrimp and Lobster ravioli due to a packaging error; the mislabelled products potentially contain undeclared shrimp and lobster. The recalled product was sold exclusively at Target stores.
  • Allergy Alert: Stefano Foods, Inc. (Charlotte, NC) recalls Quesadilla Chick Ins (12/24 oz; Case code F2829; Use by 03/31/2013), because the product contains undeclared isolated soy protein. The recalled product was produced on August 3, 2012 and shipped to a distributor in Georgia for further distribution to retail locations.
  • Allergy Alert: Baensch Food Products Co. recalls Ma Baensch Marinated Herring in Wine Sauce (24-oz glass jar; UPC 71444910220; Best If Used By 06NOV12; Lot Code 158), because the product may contain undeclared milk. The recalled product was distributed to select retail stores in Wisconsin and Rockford, Ill. beginning on June 6, 2012.
  • Food Safety Recall: Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese recalls Kentucky Rose bleu cheese (8 oz wedge, 3.5 lb or 7.0 lb wedge or 15 lb wheel, vacuum packed; Lot #120531), Kentucky Bleu, bleu cheese (8 oz wheel or 1.5 lb wheel, waxed, hand wrapped; Lot #120531 & 120612), Awe-Brie, brie cheese (8 oz wheel or 1.5 lb wheel, hand wrapped; Lot #120614, 120629 & 120716), and Tomme de Nena, tomme cheese (8 oz wedge, 3.5 lb or 7.0 lb wedge or 14 lb wheel, vacuum packed; Lot #120614 & 120716), because the cheese may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The recalled cheeses were sold to farmers markets, restaurants, distributors and retailers in Florida, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia between August 22nd and September 25, 2012.
  • Food Safety Recall: Krasnyi Oktyabr (Brooklyn, NY) recalls Beer Set Dried Rudd (7 oz/200g vacuum packed bag; Best before 10.22.12; Product of Russia), because the fish was not properly eviscerated prior to processing and may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum spores. The recalled product was sold to one retail store on June 14.
  • Food Safety Recall: Gretchen’s Shoebox Express expands its earlier recall of Protein Bistro Boxes to include Starbucks Protein Bistro Bars (6.8 oz; UPC 762111881502; Enjoy By 09/28/12, 09/30/12 – 10/06/12) in response to the expanded peanut butter recall announced by Sunland, Inc. due to potential Salmonella contamination.
  • Food Safety Recall: Stewart Brothers (Decatur, IL) recalls ground beef products (Code 255 or 256; Establishment #447), because the products were made from beef trim that may be contaminated with E. coli. The recalled products were produced on Sept. 12 and distributed to local restaurants.
  • Food Safety Recall: Talenti Gelato recalls Talenti Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Gelato (1 pt/473 ml; UPC 1 86852  00094 5; Best by 3/21/13 through 3/26/14)  because the peanut butter used in the product may be contaminated with Salmonella. The recalled product was distributed to retail stores nationwide between September 2011 and September 2012.
  • Food Safety Recall: Kilwins Quality Confections, Inc. (Petoskey, MI) recalls Kilwins Sugar Free (S/F) Peanut Butter Fudge (7 oz pkgs; Bar code 000648; Lot #67936, 67105, 66959, 66413, 66248, 65123, 63124, 62693, 62612, 61658, 61621), because the product contains peanut butter that may be contaminated with Salmonella. The recalled product was sold in Kilwins retail stores in Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin.
  • Food Safety Recall Update: Trader Joe’s recalls the following products (All code dates up to and including 24SEPT13) due to potential contamination with SalmonellaCreamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter (sku 97111), Valencia Peanut Butter with Roasted Flaxseeds (sku 98927), Almond Butter with Roasted Flaxseeds (sku 94079), Organic Creamy Valencia Peanut Butter (sku 81955), Organic Crunchy Valencia Peanut Butter (sku 81953), Organic Creamy Unsalted Valencia Peanut Butter (sku 91587), and Organic Crunchy Unsalted Valencia Peanut Butter (sku 91581). This is an expansion of an earlier recall.
  • Food Safety Recall: Kraft Foods Group, Inc. recalls Kraft String Cheese – Jalapeño Variety (12 oz bag with 12 individual 1 oz snacks; Best by 23 NOV 2012; UPC 2100002977), because a thin layer of plastic film from the package may remain adhered to the product and cause a possible choking hazard. The affected product was distributed across the USA.
  • Food Safety Recall: Kellogg Company recalls Kellogg’s Frosted Mini-Wheats® Bite-Size cereal (24 oz; Lot 4/1/13KB through 9/21/13KB; UPC 38000-31834), due to possible contamination with flexible metal mesh fragments.
  • Food Safety Recall: Chattanooga Bakery, Inc. recalls additional MoonPie® Crunch Peanut Butter (Code dates 10/29/12, 12/10/12, 01/07/13 and 01/29/13), because they contain peanut butter recalled by Sunland, Inc. due to potential Salmonella contamination.
  • Food Safety Recall: Haggen Northwest Fresh and TOP Food & Drug recall All Natural Black Licorice (UPC 0-41364-08481) due to potential for elevated levels of lead.
  • Food Safety Recall: Foppen (Netherlands) recalls Foppen Norwegian Smoked Salmon Slices (12 oz) and Kirkland Signature Norwegian Imported Smoked Salmon (2 x 12 oz), due to potential contamination with Salmonella. The recalled products were manufactured in Greece by Foppen (a Dutch company) and sold at Costco.
  • Food Recall: Bi-Lo advises its customers that the manufacturer has recalled Activia Light Peach Yogurt (4 packs of 4-oz cups; UPC 0-36632-02366; Item code 268011; Lot #NOV 07 2012 MZ, NOV 09 2012 MZ and NOV 10 2012 MZ).
  • Public Health Alert Update: USDA/FSIS expands its earlier Public Health Alert to include all beef and beef products produced on August 24, 27, 28, 29 and September 5 by XL Foods, Inc. (Canadian Est. 038), Brooks, Alberta, Canada, because the beef may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. FSIS has not released a list of affected products, but has posted a retail distribution list.
  • Food Safety Recall / Outbreak Alert Update: Sunland, Inc. expands its earlier recall to include all products manufactured in its Peanut Butter Plant after March 1, 2010. The expanded recall covers all previously identified Peanut Butter, Almond Butter, Cashew Butter, and Tahini products as well as Roasted Blanched Peanut Products. New product categories being added to the list are several varieties of flavored butters and spreads, including Thai Ginger Butter, Chocolate Butter and Banana Butter. The expanded recall is in response to the recovery of Salmonella from an opened jar of Trader Joe’s Valencia Creamy Peanut Butter collected from a case-patient’s home during the ongoing investigation of a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Bredeney infections. As of October 5, 2012, a total of 35 persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Bredeney had been reported from 19 states.
  • Pet Food Safety Recall: Kasel Associated Industries (Denver, CO) recalls Nature’s Deli Chicken Jerky Dog Treats (2.5 lb clear plastic bag; UPC 647263800208; Best By 091913 DEN), after FDA found Salmonella in a sample of this batch as part of a routine testing program. The recalled treats were distributed to 57 Sam’s Club locations in Colorado, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming.
  • Pet Food Safety Recall: Premium Nutritional Products, Inc. recalls ZuPreem® Medium/Large and Large FruitBlend™ With Natural Fruit Flavors maintenance formula bird foods (Expiry dates 11/30/13 or 11/13; Lot #598405052 or 598405072), because the products may contain higher-than recommended levels of calcium.
  • Outbreak Alert: The Alabama Department of Public Health is investigating a Salmonella outbreak – possibly food-borne – among staff and students at Fayetteville High School. Thirty-five people are reported ill and six have been hospitalized. One clinical sample tested positive for Salmonella. Additional test results are pending.

Some supermarket chains post recall notices on their web sites for the convenience of customers. To see whether a recalled food was carried by your favorite supermarket, follow the live link to the supermarket’s recall web site.

*The Kroger umbrella encompasses numerous supermarket, marketplace and convenience store chains, listed on the Kroger corporate home page.
**Includes Safeway, Vons, Pavilions, Dominick’s, Genuardi’s, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Carrs and Pak N’ Save.

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