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Conagra Brands Recalls Hunt’s Chili Kits Due To Potential Presence Of Salmonella In Spice Packet

APRIL 2, 2017
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Conagra Brands, Inc., announced today it is voluntarily recalling a limited amount of Hunt’s Chili Kits due to the potential presence of Salmonella in the chili seasoning packet contained in the kit. The chili seasoning used in the packet originated from a supplier who informed the company of the potential presence of Salmonella in a raw material used in the chili seasoning. Although no Salmonella was found in the finished product supplied to Conagra Brands, the company has decided out of an abundance of caution to recall the product.

There have been no reports of adverse reactions or injuries due to consumption of this product to date. Salmonella is a bacterium that can cause diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. Most individuals recover without treatment. In some cases, diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. The elderly, infants and those with impaired immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness.

The product covered by this recall was distributed in retail stores, military commissaries and online nationwide in the U.S.; the specific product information is listed below. The product code information is stated on the bottom of the kit below the barcode. No other Hunt’s products or Conagra Brands’ products are impacted by this recall.

Item Description UPC MFG/Lot Code Best By Date

HUNT’S CHILI KIT 44.8OZ 20-0-27000-42063-2 3534619500 Apr 04, 2018
HUNT’S CHILI KIT 44.8OZ 20-0-27000-42063-2 3534622200 May 01, 2018
HUNT’S CHILI KIT 44.8OZ 20-0-27000-42063-2 3534619600 Apr 05, 2018

Consumers who have purchased this item are advised not to consume it and return it to the store where originally purchased. Conagra Brands is cooperating with the FDA on this recall and is working with customers to ensure the packages are removed from store shelves and are no longer distributed. Consumers with questions should call our Consumer Affairs hotline at 1-800-921-7404, open 9 am through 5 pm CDT, Monday through Friday.

Link:  https://www.usrecallnews.com/conagra-brands-recalls-hunts-chili-kits-due-to-potential-presence-of-salmonella-in-spice-packet/

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FYI: CHEESE RECALL

The Scary Reason Your Favorite Sargento Cheeses Are Being Recalled

      By Terry Carter

       2/13/17 2/13/17

      Sargento Issues Cheese Recall Due to

        Listeria Contamination

 Sargento is recalling several of its cheese products due to possible Listeria monocytogenes  contamination. The Wisconsin-based company released a statement   about the scary recall, writing,

Food safety is our number one priority at Sargento. We are vigilantly monitoring this issue to ensure the situation will be resolved in a timely manner. Our unwavering commitment to safety is at the core of everything we do at Sargento. We are in full cooperation with the federal Food and Drug Administration to rigorously investigate and resolve this issue.

A total of seven of Sargento cheeses are included in the recall, as noted below:

  • Sargento Ultra Thin Sliced Longhorn Colby
  • Sargento Chef Blends Shredded Nacho & Taco Cheese
  • Sargento Sliced Colby-Jack Cheese
  • Sargento Sliced Pepper Jack Cheese
  • Sargento Chef Blends Shredded Taco Cheese
  • Sargento Off the Block Shredded Fine Cut Colby-Jack Cheese
  • Sargento Off the Block Shredded Fine Cut Cheddar Jack Cheese

To find out if any of your Sargento products have been recalled, use the “Search Product” tool on the Sargento website, and then be sure to toss those cheeses in the trash bin as a safety precaution.

FYI: TUMERIC POWDER RECALL!

Update: Gel Spice, Inc. Issues Expanded Recall of Ground Tumeric Powder Due to Elevated Lead Levels

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Posted: 08 Aug 2016 03:52 AM PDT

Gel Spice, Inc. is expanding its recall of ground turmeric powder to include additional brands because of elevated lead levels. Lead can accumulate in the body over time. Too much can cause health problems, including delayed mental and physical development and learning deficiencies. Pregnant women, infants and young children especially should avoid exposure to lead.

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Recall: Dole Spinach

Dole recalls bagged spinach due to salmonella risk
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Dole Fresh Vegetables issued a voluntary recall of their bagged spinach on Tuesday due to possible salmonella contamination.

According to Food Safety News, a sample of Dole Spinach salad yielded a positive result for Salmonella in a random sample test conducted by the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development’s Laboratory Division.

The recalled product is coded A27409B & A27409A, with an “enjoy by” date of October 15 and UPC 7143000976. The product code and “enjoy by” date can be found in the upper right-hand corner of the package; the UPC code is on the back, below the barcode.

The affected products were distributed in Connecticut, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Wisconsin.

At this time, no illness have been reported in association with the recall.

Consumers who have the product should not consume it but discard it. Retailers and consumers with questions are advised to call the Dole Food Company Consumer Response Center at (800) 356-3111, which is open from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. PT, Monday through Friday.

Exposure to salmonella can lead to salmonellosis, a bacteria foodborne illness that may cause diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever. Symptoms typically appear within 12 to 72 hours of exposure, and the illness usually last up to seven days, according to the USDA. Infants, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems are most likely to develop a severe form of the illness

Link:  www.foxnews.com/health/2015/10/14/dole-recalls-bagged-spinach-due-to-salmonella-risk/

RECALL: KRAFT TURKEY BACON!

Kraft Recalls 2 Million Pounds Of Turkey Bacon

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If you’re a fan of turkey bacon and are used to eating some for breakfast, you may want to look a little closer at your package.

Kraft Heinz Foods Company is recalling more than 2 million pounds of turkey bacon that may spoil before the “best-by-” date.

The problem was discovered after the company received reports of illness related to the consumption of the bacon.

Kraft Heinz says approximately 2,068,467 pounds of turkey bacon produced between May 31 and August 6 are affected. They came packaged in the following configurations:

56 oz. cardboard boxes (containing four plastic wrapped packages) marked Oscar Mayer “Selects Uncured Turkey Bacon” bearing the plant number P-9070, the line number RS19 and Product UPC 0 4470007633 0, and with “Best When Used By” dates of 24 AUG 2015 through 26 OCT 2015.

36 oz. cardboard boxes (containing three plastic wrapped packages) marked Oscar Mayer Turkey Bacon “Smoked Cured Turkey Chopped and Formed” bearing the plant number P-9070, the line number RS19 and Product UPC 0 7187154874 8, and with “Best When Used By” dates of 28 AUG 2015 through 20 OCT 2015.

48 oz. cardboard boxes (containing four plastic wrapped packages) marked Oscar Mayer Turkey Bacon “Smoked Cured Turkey Chopped and Formed” bearing the plant number P-9070, the line number RS19 and Product UPC 0 7187154879 3, and with “Best When Used By” dates of 3 SEPT 2015 through 30 OCT 2015.
The products subject to recall bear the establishment number “P-9070” inside the USDA mark of inspection, as well as the line number “RS19”. These items were shipped nationwide and exported to the Bahamas and St. Martin.

Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website.

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact the Kraft Heinz Consumer Relations Center at (800) 278-3403. Media with questions about the recall can contact Jody Moore, Head of Communications, at (847) 646-4538.
Aug 26, 2015
By Marcus Lumpkin

Recall: SolarWorld Solar Systems!

Over 1.3 Million SolarWorld Solar Systems Recalled – Electrocution and Fire Hazard

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by The CPSC

SolarWorld Solar Systems recalled a large number of their solar panels. The panels were installed with bare-copper grounding lugs and those can corrode, which could result in a faulty ground circuit, posing an electric shock, electrocution or fire hazard.

About 1.3 million solar panels in the U.S. and 210,000 in Canada were recalled. SolarWorld has received one report of corrosion related to the bare copper lugs, but no injuries have been reported yet.

It is possible to identify from the ground whether a tin-coated lug (silver) or a bare-copper lug (brown) has been used on their solar panels. Those who are able to identify the improper lugs should contact SolarWorld for replacement. If it is indeterminable which grounding lugs were used, consumers should contact SolarWorld to have an authorized SolarWorld agent inspect the installation and replace the lugs with tin-coated grounding lugs or equally safe alternative remedy at no cost to consumers. SolarWorld is requesting that distributors and others remove SolarWorld’s installation instructions dated before June 2014 from their websites or other commercial information sources.

The recall involves SolarWorld solar systems installed with bare-copper grounding lugs installed after June 1, 2010. These solar systems use energy from the sun to generate electricity within a system circuit. The installation instructions for SolarWorld solar systems sold after June 1, 2010 called for the use of GBL-4DB lugs for grounding. SolarWorld has revised these installation instructions to explicitly call for tin-coated lugs, specifically Ilsco part number GBL-4DBT. “T” is for tin-coated and indicated by the silver color of the lug. These were purchased from SolarWorld installers and distributors, or other distribution companies, from about June 2011 to June 2014 for approximately $1,000 to $10,000, depending on system size.

SolarWorld Americas, of Camarillo, California, a subsidiary of SolarWorld AG, of Bonn, Germany.
Contact SolarWorld toll-free at (877) 360-1787 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or online at www.solarworld-usa.com and click on the “Product Safety” tab for more information.

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FDA RECALL: SERRANO PEPPERS

Bailey Farms Inc. Recalls Fresh Serrano Chile Peppers Because Of Possible Health Risk

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Recall — Firm Press Release

FDA posts press releases and other notices of recalls and market withdrawals from the firms involved as a service to consumers, the media, and other interested parties. FDA does not endorse either the product or the company.

Contact:
Consumer:  1-888-820-2545

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — October 21, 2014 — Bailey Farms, Inc. of Oxford, NC is voluntarily recalling 6,215 pounds of Fresh Serrano Chile Peppers, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditic and arthritis.

The Fresh Serrano Chile Peppers was distributed to Meijer, Inc. and customers may have purchased this product from October 14th to October 19th at Meijer stores in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio.

In addition this product was distributed to Publix Super Markets Inc., Merchants Distributors, Inc., Walmart, Food Lion, Flavor 1st Growers and Packers, US Foods, Military Produce Group, LLC.,C&S Wholesalers, John Vena, Inc. and Harris Teeter. Consumers who suspect they may have purchased Fresh Serrano Chile Peppers from the above listed companies between the dates of October 2, 2014 to October 21, 2014 should check with the above listed companies to verify if the product was subject to recall.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

A random sample was taken by the Michigan Department of Agriculture on October 13, 2014 from a warehouse in Lansing, Michigan. Bailey Farms, Inc. received notice that the sample tested positive for Salmonella on October 20, 2014. This recall is the result of the possibility that the remainder of these lots could be contaminated with this bacteria. We are working with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to investigate the root cause of the potential contamination.

Bailey Farms, Inc. has notified all of their customers who have purchased Fresh Serrano Chile Peppers during said dates.

Consumers with questions can contact Bailey Farms, Inc. M-F 8:00 am to 5:00 pm EST 1-888-820-2545.

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Additional Sprouted Chia Seed And Sprouted Chia & Flax Seed Powder

Health Matters America Inc. Of Cheektowaga, New York, Recalls Additional Sprouted Chia Seed And Sprouted Chia & Flax Seed Powder Due To Possible Health Risk

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Contact:
Consumer:
1-888-343-3278, ext. 730

Media:
1-888-343-3278, ext. 722

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 26, 2014 – HEALTH MATTERS AMERICA INC. of Cheektowaga, New York is expanding the voluntary recall of Organic Traditions Sprouted Chia Seed Powder and Sprouted Chia& Flax Seed Powder due to possible Salmonella contamination, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses.

The recall is being expanded to include more lot numbers and other products that contain Chia Seeds. Health Matters America is committed to the safety of its customers.

These products have been distributed nationwide.

The products and lot numbers included in this voluntary recall have been expanded to include:

ORGANIC TRADITIONS SPROUTED CHIA SEED POWDER Lot numbers: All codes starting with BIO13 and ending with 269 up to and including 365; All codes starting with BIO14 and ending with 001 up to and including 156; NET WT. 8 oz. UPC 854260006162, and NET WT. 16 oz. UPC 854260005462; and all bulk sizes;

ORGANIC TRADITIONS SPROUTED CHIA & FLAX SEED POWDER Lot numbers: All codes starting with BIO13 and ending with 269 up to and including 365; All codes starting with BIO14 and ending with 001 up to and including 156; NET WT. 8 oz. UPC 854260006216, and NET WT. 16 oz. UPC 854260005479; and all bulk sizes.

ORGANIC TRADITIONS CHIA SEEDS Lot numbers: All codes starting with ASCBO13; NET WT. 8oz. UPC 854260006131, and NET WT. 16oz. UPC 854260006148; and all bulk sizes.

ORGANIC TRADITIONS ULTIMATE SUPERFOOD TRAILMIX Lot numbers: ALL LOTS ending in 003-13 to 005-14; NET WT. 3.5oz. UPC 854260010701.

No other Organic Traditions products are affected by this recall.

The recall was expanded as the result of positive test results received by our company on the sample of Sprouted Chia/Flax that contained the bacteria.

Consumers that have purchased any of these products with the above stated lot numbers are asked not to consume the product, and discard it or return the product to the original point of purchase.

Health Matters America is working closely with the FDA on this matter. Health Matters America is committed to the highest quality food products with a mandate to provide nutrient-dense, organic foods for the optimal well-being of its customers.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-888-343-3278, ext. 730, Monday – Friday, 9am –5pm ET.  For media inquiries, please contact us at 1-888-343-3278, ext. 722, Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm ET.

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RECALL: VITA CLASSIC SLICED SMOKED ATLANTIC SALMON

Vita Food Products Issues Voluntary Recall of 4oz Vita Classic Premium Sliced Smoked Atlantic Salmon Due to Possible Health Risk
http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm401599.htm
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FDA posts press releases and other notices of recalls and market withdrawals from the firms involved as a service to consumers, the media, and other interested parties. FDA does not endorse either the product or the company.

Contact:
Consumer:
(800) 989-VITA

Media: Steve Fitzer (312) 738-7522

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 16, 2014 – Vita Food Products, Inc. of Chicago, Illinois is notifying the public that it is recalling 1,878 pounds of Vita Classic Premium Sliced Smoked Atlantic Salmon due to possible contamination of Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. To date, no confirmed illnesses or complaints have been reported.

The product was sent to Hannaford stores in New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire, H-E-B stores in Texas, and Publix stores in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina beginning on April 7, 2014.

A single lot of 4oz Vita Classic Premium Sliced Smoked Atlantic Salmon packages is the subject of this public announcement and recall as the result of one package of salmon that tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The packages are vacuum sealed, black in color and bear the Vita logo centered at the bottom. Product from this lot can be identified by a SELL BY AUG 17 2014 date and lot number 00764B, which can be found on the right side on the front of the package. The 4oz size of this product is the only size subject to this recall.

Any consumer who purchased the product with a sell by date and lot number above may request a refund by mailing the product label or a copy of the receipt to Vita Food Products, Inc., Attn: Customer Service, 2222 West Lake Street. Chicago, Illinois 60612.

Consumers may also call the company at (800) 989-VITA Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (Central) with questions. If you have consumed the product and are experiencing any unusual or severe symptoms such as those described above, go to an emergency room immediately or contact your physician for immediate advice.

This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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CHIA MIX RECALL

CDC: Two ‘sproutbreaks’ sicken more than 70 people
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More than 70 people in the United States and Canada have been sickened in two so-called “sproutbreaks” involving foods made from either sprouted chia seeds or clover, federal investigators say. More than 10 of them have been hospitalized.

In the chia outbreak, the illnesses have been tracedto two products: a powder made from sprouted, ground chia seeds and a separate product made from sprouted chia and flax seeds, sold by Health Matters America.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reports of 21 people in 12 states falling ill from the chia products. An additional 34 infections have been reported to the Public Health Agency of Canada.

The ground chia powder was also distributed to and sold by Navitas Naturals, in Novato, Calif., which expanded an existing recall of goods containing the sprouted chia powder on June 6.

Both Health Matters and Navitas issued recall notices via the Food and Drug Administration.

One of its customers was Williams-Sonoma, which sold an Omega 3 Smoothie Mixer that contained the chia powder.

The sprouted chia powder is used as a gluten-free flour and is also sprinkled on breakfast cereal and other foods.

Gluten-free products have become a health craze in the past few years, with one in three American adults saying they’ve tried to cut down on grains such as wheat, barley and rye, according to the consumer marketing research group NPD.

Those grains contain a protein called gluten. About one in 133 Americas has an autoimmune disorder called celiac disease, which means they cannot digest gluten, according to the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center.

Three different strains of salmonella have been linked to the sprouted seed powder.

It’s one of two ongoing “sproutbreaks” in the nation.

A second, linked to sprouted clover, has sickened 17 people with E. coli O121 in five states. Almost half of those sickened have been hospitalized.

The clover sprout outbreak was traced to contaminated raw clover sprouts produced by Evergreen Fresh Sprouts of Moyie Springs, Idaho.

Some of the problems FDA inspectors found at the Idaho sprout plant included:

• Two employees using tennis rackets with scratches, chips, frayed plastic and sponge-type handles to scoop mung bean sprouts from a harvester. The same rackets were used the following day during alfalfa sprout harvesting.

• An employee using a pitchfork with visible corroded metal and rough welds to transfer mung bean sprouts into plastic tubs.

E. coli O121 can cause bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps. Most people recover within a week, but in some cases it can result in kidney failure and death.

Salmonella symptoms can include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. It can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, elderly people and others with weakened immune systems.

The recalled chia powder was used in products that were available for purchase in many retail stores nationwide and online, according to the CDC.

Most Americas know chia seeds as the tiny brown seeds that can be made into a paste and applied to ceramic figures so they grow a green coat of sprouts.

Those same seeds are now being sprouted, dried and ground into a powder that is added to gluten-free products.

The seeds were imported into Canada where they were sprouted and milled into powder. The powder was then packaged in California.

Sprouts are considered high-risk products because the moisture and warmth of the sprouting process allows any microbes that might be on the seeds to grow.

In the case of the chia powder, when the spouts were dried and ground, the salmonella microbes remained.

Chia powder is a popular addition to foods because it is high in proteins and antioxidants.

The CDC in Atlanta is recommending that consumers do not eat any of the recalled products containing chia.

There is concern that these products have a long shelf life and could still be in people’s homes despite the recall.

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