Food and Drug Administration Recalls For September 16th To The 23rd
Trader Joe’s Voluntarily Recalls Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter Because of Possible Health Risk
September 22, 2012 – According to the FDA, Trader Joe’s is voluntarily recalling its Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter out of the utmost caution and care for our customers because of potential contamination with Salmonella. At this time, no confirmed illnesses directly linked to this product have been reported to Trader Joe’s.
According to the FDA, Trader Joe’s removed the product from all store shelves In advance of the FDA’s recall. The FDA as of this morning now believes that 29 cases have been linked to the peanut butter.
The recalled Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter was distributed to Trader Joe’s stores nationwide. The product comes in a 16 ounce, plastic jar with an expiration date of stamped below the lid. All code dates are included in this recall.
Production and distribution of the item has been suspended while the FDA and the Valencia Peanut Butter supplier continue their investigations.
Customers who have purchased this item are urged to not eat the product, and to dispose of it or return it to any Trader Joe’s for a full refund. Customers with questions may contact Trader Joe’s Customer Relations at (626) 599-3817.
Salmonella is an organism that 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), endocarditis and arthritis. Healthy people possibly infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the above symptoms and diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever, and more rarely muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. People exhibiting these symptoms after having contact with this product or the other products listed below that have been associated with Salmonella should contact their healthcare providers.
Kasel Associated Industries Recalls Boots & Barkley American Beef Bully Sticks Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk
September 21, 2012 – According to the FDA, Kasel Associated Industries of Denver, CO is voluntarily recalling its BOOTS & BARKLEY 6 COUNT 5 INCH AMERICAN BEEF BULLY STICKS product because it may be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can sicken animals that eat these products and humans are at risk for salmonella poisoning from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the pet products or any surfaces exposed to these products.
Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has any of these signs, please contact your veterinarian.
The recalled American Beef Bully Sticks were distributed nationwide through Target retail stores from April through September 2012.
The product comes in a clear plastic bag containing six bully sticks marked with bar code number 647263899189. Kasel Industries is recalling all lot numbers because the following lot codes tested positive through analysis by the State of Colorado Department of Agriculture: BESTBY20APR2014DEN, BESTBY01JUN2014DEN, BESTBY23JUN2014DEN, and BESTBY23SEP2014DEN.
No illnesses have been reported to date in animals or humans in connection with this problem.
The recall was the result of a routine sampling by the State of Colorado Department of Agriculture which revealed that the finished products contained the Salmonella bacteria. The company has ceased the production and distribution of the product while FDA and the company continue investigating as to the source of the contamination. No other products made by Kasel Associated Industriess are included in the recall.
Consumers who have purchased the 6 count 5 inch packages of Boots & Barkley American Beef Bully Sticks are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Kasel Associated Industries at 1-800-218-4417 Monday thru Friday from 7am to 5pm MDT.
Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. Inc, Recalls Limited Quantity of Fresh-Cut Mango Products Due to Possible Health Risk
September 20, 2012 – In cooperation with the FDA’s warning to not consume mangoes from Agricola Daniella in Mexico, Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc, is initiating a voluntary recall of 1,600 bowls of fresh-cut mangoes distributed to retail outlets due to the potential risk that the mangoes may contain Salmonella. Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. This recall is associated with FoodSource’s (Edinburg, TX) recall of mangoes sourced from Agricola Daniella in Mexico.
Product was distributed between September 8-12, 2012 by retailers in the states of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee and Washington. Product is packaged in clear plastic 32 oz bowls with a Del Monte® label on the top. The affected product will have printed Best By date 9/18/12 and lot code 05252101 below, and Best By date 9/22/12 and lot code 03256100 below. These dates and codes are clearly printed on the top label of each individual package. The UPC is 7-62357-07532-1.
There have been no reported illnesses attributed to the items listed in this recall. Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc has notified the retailers who have received the recalled product and directed them to remove it from their store shelves. Consumers who purchased affected products with the listed Best By dates and lot codes should not consume them and should destroy or discard them. Consumers with questions may contact the company’s consumer hotline at 1-800-659-6500 or email Del Monte Fresh at Contact-US-Executive-Office@freshdelmonte.com
Consumer: ph: 800-659-6500 or email Del Monte Fresh at Contact-US-Executive-Office@freshdelmonte.com
FreshLine / Caito Foods Service Recalls Limited Quantity of Expired Fresh-Cut Mango Products Due to Possible Health Risk
September 17, 2012 – In cooperation with the FDA’s warning to not consume mangoes from Agricola Daniella, FreshLine / Caito Foods Service of Indianapolis, Indiana, is initiating a voluntary recall of a limited quantity of expired products that contain fresh-cut mangoes and are distributed to retail supermarkets due to the potential risk that the mangoes may contain Salmonella. This is associated with FoodSource’s (Edinburg, TX) recall of mangoes sourced from Agricola Daniella. The FDA has placed Agricola Daniella on the Import Alert Listing.
There have been no reported illnesses attributed to the items listed in this recall. Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.
FreshLine has directly notified all retailers who have received the recalled product and has directed them to remove affected product(s) from their store shelves. Product is packaged in clear plastic containers (cups, bowls, tubs, and clamshell type containers). Consumers who may have purchased affected products with the listed code dates on the attached chart should not consume them and should destroy or discard it. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-428-8078, Monday through Friday, except on holidays, from 8:00am to 5:00pm EST.
● The affected products will have printed code dates ranging from 08/04/12 to 09/16/12. These code dates are clearly printed on the top or bottom label of each individual package.
● Affected products, brands, and states are provided at the end of this release.
● The affected products were processed by FreshLine between July 26, 2012 and September 6, 2012 and may contain Agricola Daniella mangoes from FoodSource.
United Salad Co. Initiates Voluntary Recall of Products That Contains Mangoes
– September 17, 2012 – United Salad Co. is initiating a voluntary, precautionary recall on various products it distributes to retail supermarkets that contain Mangoes associated with the Food Source Tomorrow’s Tropical recall with the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
There have been no reported illnesses attributed to the recalled items. United Salad Co. is issuing this voluntary recall linked to the supplier’s Tropical Mangoes recall to minimize risk to the public health.
The recalled products were distributed to retailers and supermarkets from 09/01/12 to 09/17/12 in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. A list of recalled products is listed in the attached table.
The company has directly notified all customers who received the recalled product and requested removal from store shelves.
Anyone who has the recalled product in their possession should not consume it and should destroy or discard it. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-547-5536 Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Pacific Time).
A list of products and other details is available.
FDA Press Release GHSW, LLC Recalls Limited Quantity of Expired Fresh-Cut Mango Products Due to Possible Health Risk
September 19, 2012 – GHSW, LLC of Houston, Texas is initiating a voluntary recall of a limited quantity of expired products that contain fresh-cut mangoes and are distributed to retail supermarkets due to the potential risk that the mangoes may contain Salmonella. Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.
This recall is also associated with Food Source’s recall of mangoes sourced from Agricola Daniella. The FDA has issued an Import Alert and advised consumers not to eat mangoes from Agricola Daniella.
The products listed in this recall were distributed through retail stores to the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi & Texas. Products are packaged in clear plastic containers (cups, trays and clamshell type containers) and were distributed to retail distribution centers August 29-September 5, 2012. Products contain printed code dates on the top or bottom labels of the plastic package, ranging from 9/7/12 -9/15/12. Please reference the information below for all products and code dates associated with this recall.
A list of products and other details are available.
There have been no reported illnesses attributed to the items listed in this recall. The company has directly notified all retailers who have received the recalled product and has directed them to remove affected product(s) from their store shelves. Consumers who may have purchased affected products with the listed code dates should not consume the product and should destroy or discard it.
Consumers with questions may contact the company Monday-Friday, 9 am-4 pm PDT at 1-888-449-9386
FDA Press Release: Watson Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Hydrocodone Bitartrate and Acetaminophen Tablets, USP 10 mg/500 mg Due to the Potential for Oversized and Superpotent Tablets
September 20, 2012 – Watson Laboratories, Inc. today issued a voluntary nationwide recall for two lots of Hydrocodone Bitartrate and APAP Tablets, USP 10 mg/500 mg. A customer complaint was received for tablets that were thicker and darker shade than the other tablets. It is possible that some tablets from lots 519406A and 521759A exceed the weight specification and may contain higher than indicated amounts of the ingredients Hydrocodone Bitartrate and/or Acetaminophen.
Unintentional ingestion of excessive amounts of acetaminophen may potentially result in an adverse event, including liver toxicity, especially in patients on other acetaminophen containing medications, patients with liver dysfunction, or people who consume more than 3 alcoholic beverages a day. The product label warns consumers that acetaminophen overdose can potentially cause severe liver damage, at times resulting in liver transplant or death. Unintentional ingestion of excessive amounts of hydrocodone may result in an adverse event, including an increase in the severity or frequency of side effects, such as sedation or respiratory depression, particularly in patients who are elderly, have severe kidney or liver impairment, or are also taking interacting medications, for example other sedating medications or certain antidepressants. No reports of injuries related to the recalled product have been received to date.
The recall includes the following product lots:
Hydrocodone Bitartrate and Acetaminophen Tablets, USP 10 mg/500 mg, 500 count NDC 00591-0540-05, Lot Numbers 519406A and 521759A both with the expiry date April 2014.
Hydrocodone bitartrate and Acetaminophen 10 mg/500 mg tablets are indicated for the relief of moderate to moderately severe pain. The affected lots were distributed between 6/27/2012 and 7/18/2012 to wholesale distributors and retail pharmacies nationwide. The lot numbers can be found on the manufacturer’s bottle label. Hydrocodone Bitartrate and Acetaminophen Tablets are approximately 0.6 inches in length, blue, bisected capsule shaped, with “Watson 540” de-bossed on one side of the tablet.
Consumers who have lots 519406A or 521759A should contact their pharmacy or health care professional. Consumers who are unsure if they have the affected lot numbers should consult their pharmacy or health care professional.
Pharmacists and wholesalers are asked to check their inventories for lots 519406A or 521759A segregate any material from the lots, and to contact GENCO Pharmaceutical Services at 1-800-950-5479 for instructions on product return. Pharmacies that received lots 519406A or 521759A will receive a copy of this press release with their recall notification information. In order to make your patients aware of this recall, please post the enclosed press release prominently in the pharmacy area.
For more information please contact Watson Laboratories at 1-800-272-5525; Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST. Reports of adverse reactions or quality problems can also be reported to Watson Laboratories at 1-800-272-5525.
Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event reporting program either on line, by regular mail, or by fax.
Online: www.fda.gov/medwatch/report.htm1 1em.
Regular Mail: use postage-paid, pre-addressed Form FDA 3500 available at: 1em.
www.fda.gov/MedWatch/getforms.htm2. Mail to address on the pre-addressed form. 1em.
Fax: 1-800-FDA-0178 1em.
This voluntary recall is being made with the knowledge of the FDA.
About Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is an integrated global specialty pharmaceutical company. The company is engaged in the development, manufacturing, marketing and distribution of generic pharmaceuticals and specialized branded pharmaceutical products focused on urology and women’s health. Watson has operations in many of the world’s established and growing international markets.
For press release and other company information, visit Watson Pharmaceuticals’ Web site at http://www.watson.com.
Any statements contained in this FDA press release that refer to future events or other non-historical facts are forward-looking statements that reflect Watson’s current perspective of existing trends and information as of the date of this release. Except as expressly required by law, Watson disclaims any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements. Actual results may differ materially from Watson’s current expectations depending upon a number of factors affecting Watson’s business. These factors include, among others, the impact of competitive products and pricing; market acceptance of and continued demand for Watson’s products; difficulties or delays in manufacturing; the difficulty of predicting the timing or outcome of FDA or other regulatory agency approvals or actions, if any; and other risks and uncertainties detailed in Watson’s periodic public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to Watson’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2012 and Watson’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011. Except as expressly required by law, Watson disclaims any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements.
Kroger Stores in Fifteen States Ask Customers to Check for Recalled Fresh Selections Spinach Items
September 19, 2012 – The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR) Family of Stores in 15 states is asking customers to check their refrigerators for certain Kroger Fresh Selections Tender Spinach 10 ounce packages (UPC: 0001111091649) with a “best if used by” date of September 16.
This product, supplied by NewStar Fresh Foods LLC, is being recalled because the product may contain Listeria monocytogenes. Customers should return the items to stores for a full refund or a replacement. Customers can visit www.kroger.com/recall for more information.
Stores under the following names in 15 states are included in this recall:
● Kroger stores in Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, central and eastern Tennessee, and Michigan.
● Kroger, Jay C, Owen’s, Pay Less, Scott’s and Food 4 Less stores in Indiana, Illinois and eastern Missouri.
● Dillons, Baker’s, and Gerbes stores in Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska.
Stores the company operates under the following names are not included in this recall: Fry’s, Ralphs, Fred Meyer, QFC, Smith’s, King Soopers, City Market and Food 4 Less/Foods Co. in California.
What Kroger is Doing
Kroger has removed affected items from store shelves and initiated its customer recall notification system. Customers who may have purchased the affected products will receive register receipt messages and/or automated phone calls. Kroger is also placing signs in stores in produce departments.
What Customers Should Do
Kroger is asking customers to carefully check their refrigerators for this recalled Fresh Selections product because it may contain Listeria monocytogenes. Any opened or unopened products included in this recall should not be consumed and should be returned by customers to their local Kroger store for a full refund or replacement.
Listeria monocytogenes, if eaten, could result in severe illness to those individuals who are pregnant or have a weakened immune system.
Customers with additional questions can contact 1-800-KROGERS.
Kroger, one of the world’s largest retailers, employs more than 339,000 associates who serve customers in 2,425 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 31 states under two dozen local banner names including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Jay C, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith’s. The company also operates 788 convenience stores, 342 fine jewellery stores, 1,124 supermarket fuel centers and 37 food processing plants in the U.S. Recognized by Forbes as the most generous company in America, Kroger supports hunger relief, breast cancer awareness, the military and their families, and more than 30,000 schools and grassroots organizations in the communities it serves. Kroger contributes food and funds equal to 160 million meals a year through more than 80 Feeding America food bank partners. For more information please visit Kroger.com.
Investors: Cindy Holmes 1-513-762-4969
Peterson Company Recalls Ricotta Salata Frescolina Brand Cheese for Possible Health Risk in Two states
September 17, 2012 – Peterson Company is recalling Ricotta Salata Frescolina brand cheese that came from its supplier ?/Forever Cheese of Long Island City, NY. ?/Forever Cheese recalled this cheese product due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although 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.
The cheese was sold to distributors, retailers and restaurants in Washington and Oregon states between July 17 and September 10, 2012.
The cheese is Ricotta Salata Frescolina brand, cut into 7 ounce pieces, with manufacturer codes 7022, 7212, 7272 and 7432. There is a total of 390 pounds in distribution.
The potential for contamination was noted after an illness was reported in connection with eating the cheese. Each and every distributor, retailer and restaurant has been contacted in an effort to recall any and all remaining product in the marketplace.
If you believe that you have purchased any of this cheese please contact your distributor or retailer for a full refund. If you have any questions please call Peterson Company 253-249-2453, contact Scott Williams or Kelly Beale Monday through Friday 9 am – 5pm PST and mention Recall, or email Recall@petersoncheese.com.
Consumer: Scott Williams Kelly Beale 253-249-2453 Recall@petersoncheese.com
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