Recall Round-Up: February 16, 2018

Recall Round-Up: February 16, 2018

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Recall Round-Up

Recall Round-Up: February 16, 2018

Every week we scour the internet and bring you the latest information on product and automotive recalls in this recurring series: Recall Round-Up.

  • Harley Davidson

    Nearly 175,000 bikes were recently recalled by Harley Davidson due to a potential brake failure. NHTSA received numerous complaints about sudden brake loss and began an investigation in 2016. They determined that if an owner does not replace the brake fluid after a ‘prolonged period’ beyond the recommended 2 year schedule, deposit may form that increase the risk of failure and crash. Harley Davidson will notify affected owners and offer a free brake fluid flush starting February 12. Visit the Harley Davidson safety recall website and enter your VIN number to see if your motorcycle is affected.

  • Darwin’s Natural Pet Food

    Arrow Reliance Inc, DBA Darwin’s Natural Pet Food, has issued yet another recall of their raw pet foods for dogs after 2 food products tested positive for salmonella. This week’s recall included Zoologics Chicken Meal for Dogs (lot 41567) and Zoologics Duck Meals for Dogs (lot 41957).  Since late 2016, Darwin’s  has recalled 9 batches of Natural Selections and Zoologics branded meals. The FDA received 6 complaints of illness and has launched a full investigation after they’ve determined a ‘pattern of salmonella and listeria monocytogenes contamination in raw pet foods manufactured by Arrow Reliance Inc.’ The company is issuing recall notices to affected customers via email since all of their products are purchased online. Consumers should immediately stop feeding their pets this lot of recalled food.

  • Saker ShopRites Empanadas

    Saker ShopRites, a New Jersey based grocery store, is recalling nearly 20,000 lbs of pork and chicken empanadas due to a undeclared food allergen. FSIS (US Department of Agriculture Food Safety & Inspection Service) determined the prepared frozen empanadas contained egg, a known allergen, but was mislabeled. No injuries have been reported. Consumer who purchased these product should not consume them, and instead throw them away or return to the place of purchase for a refund.

  • Husqvarna Riding Lawn Mowers

    Husqvarna Group announced a recall of approximately 7,100 residential riding lawn mowers due to a possible fuel leak and fire hazard. These zero turn riding mowers involves Husqvarna and Poulon Pro branded machine and were sold at Lowe’s and other home centers and online from July 2017-December 2017. Consumers should immediately stop using and contact Husqvarna for a free inspection and repair.

 

If you’ve been injured as a result of a recalled product, please contact us today. We also encourage anyone to visit the US Consumer Product Safety Commission and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration websites to file formal complaints about potential safety hazards.

 

 

Conagra Brands Recalls over 700k pounds of Spaghetti and Meatballs

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Conagra Brands Recalls over 700k pounds of Spaghetti and Meatballs

Conagra Brands, Inc announced they are recalling over 700k pounds of spaghetti and meatballs products due to ‘misbranding and undeclared allergens’. The US Department of Agriculture’s FSIS (Food Safety Inspection Service) determined the products contained milk which is a known food allergen.

The products were produced in January 2017 and affect 8 different branded products. The following are items with the package code 2100701200:

  •  Del Pino’s Spaghetti and Meatballs made with pork, chicken and beef in tomato sauce
  •  Hy-Top Spaghetti and Meatballs made with pork, chicken and beef in tomato sauce
  •  Food Hold Spaghetti and Meatballs made with pork, chicken and beef in tomato sauce
  •  Essential EVERYDAY Spaghetti and Meatballs made with pork, chicken and beef in tomato sauce
  •  Libby’s Spaghetti and Meatballs made with pork, chicken and beef in tomato sauce
  •  Hannaford Spaghetti and Meatballs made with pork, chicken and beef in tomato sauce
  •  Food Club Spaghetti and Meatballs made with pork, chicken and beef in tomato sauce
  • Also included is Chef Boyardee ‘Mini pasta shells and meatballs made with pork, chicken and beef in tomato sauce’ (package code 2100700500).

If you have purchased these products, FSIS encourages you not to consume them. They should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

Source: FSIS

How to figure out if your food has been recalled

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How to figure out if your food has been recalled

With the many recalls issued already this year for food contamination, it can be difficult to figure out if the foods in your fridge are safe to eat. Unfortunately, prior to a recall, there is no way to know if your food is contaminated. That is why it is crucial that companies recall its products as soon as contamination is detected. Once the products are recalled, it makes it a little easier for consumers. If you have a potential product that may have been recalled, you can go to the Food and Drug Administration’s website to find the official recall report.  The recall report will give you a list with product codes and details for all the recalled products. The report will also often include use-by-dates and certain states or geographical areas affected.

After you have checked the report, you should be able to know if the products in your fridge are safe to consume. If you do have a recalled product, you can take it back to the store it was purchased from and usually get a full refund. Some recalled foods can contain serious bacteria or listeria. It is very important that you do not consume these products. Listeria can survive and cool temperatures and can be very harmful to those with weak immune systems. Bacteria and fungi cannot survive in cooler temperatures, which is why food should be refrigerated properly.

For more information on recalls you can visit the Food and Drug Administration’s website.

Skippy Peanut Butter Recalled For Metal Shavings

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Skippy Peanut Butter Recalled For Metal Shavings

Hormel Food Sales is recalling 2,000 pounds of Skippy peanut butter due to some jars possibly containing metal shavings.

The company decided to voluntarily recall 150 cases of peanut butter after metal shavings were found on an in-line magnet check during routine cleaning. The recall affects SKIPPY Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter Spread in 16.3-ounce jars with a “best if used by” date of DEC1416LR1 and a package UPC code of 37600-10500 which is located on the top of the product lid. Seven states are affected by the recalled peanut butter including Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Delaware, Arkansas and Virginia. The product was delivered to Publix, Target and Walmart distribution centers.

Hormel Food Sales has stated that no other sizes or varieties of Skippy peanut butter spread are affected or recalled. The shavings appeared in the product due to an equipment malfunction. A Hormel Food Sales spokesman says that the product has been fixed.  With foodborne objects that are greater than 7 millimeters in length, there is a greater risk for severe choking and airway obstruction. With metal shavings there is also a risk of gastrointestinal perforation or secondary infection. If you have one of these recalled products, return it to the store for an exchange and do not consume the product. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is not aware of any injuries related to the voluntary recall. For more information, you can contact Hormel Foods Customer Relations at 1-866-475-4779.

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Dole recalls spinach bags for salmonella

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Dole recalls spinach bags for salmonella

Dole Fresh Vegetables is voluntarily recalling its bagged spinach due to salmonella, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

Although that spinach smoothie may sound appealing, check your spinach bag’s number code before tossing it in the blender. Codes A27409B and A27409A are affected by the recall. The affected UPC code is 7143000976 with a sell-by date of October 15. After random testing by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural development, the product turned up positive for salmonella bacteria. The spinach bags were sold in 13 different states including Connecticut, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Wisconsin.

The company is requesting that grocery stores pull the products from shelves. The FDA is also requesting that you throw away a bag and do not attempt to clean the product or consume. Salmonella can cause severe nausea, stomach pains and diarrhea. Those with weakened immune systems such as children, pregnant women and the elderly are more susceptible to severe problems after consuming the bacteria.

Salmonella hospitalizes nearly 20,000 people every year and 380 people die on average due salmonella infections. If you or someone you know has developed a serious foodborne illness as a result of a product, contact our law offices today for free consultation.

You can contact Dole at (800) 356-3111 for more information regarding the recall.

Kraft Expands Recall on Individual Wrapped Cheese

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Kraft Expands Recall on Individual Wrapped Cheese

Kraft is expanding a recall for individually wrapped American cheese slices due to the possibility that the plastic film may remain on the cheese causing a choking hazard.

If the plastic film sticks to the cheese slice then it could potentially cause a choking hazard to individuals. Kraft originally recalled select cheese slices on July 31. The expanded recall includes the 3-pound and 4-pound sizes of Kraft Singles American and White American pasteurized prepared cheese with best by dates of December 29, 2015 through January 4, 2016 with the manufacturing code S54 and S55. You can find the best by date and manufacturing code on the outer box and on the individual packages.

Kraft has expanded the recall due to two new consumer complaints of choking related to the packaging issue. Kraft is requesting that consumers who have purchased this product not eat the slices. Consumers can return it to the store they purchased it from for a full refund.

For more information regarding the recall you can contact Kraft Heinz consumer relations at 1-800-432-3101, Monday through Friday, from 9-6 pm eastern.

If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of a product or a foodborne related issue, contact our law offices today for a free consultation.

Cucumbers Recalled for Salmonella Outbreak

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Cucumbers Recalled for Salmonella Outbreak

Andrew and Williamson Fresh Produce is voluntarily recalling cucumbers labeled under the “limited edition” brand due to a salmonella outbreak.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has reported 285 cases of salmonella that can be traced back to cucumbers in 27 different states. One of the reports includes a death as a result of the cucumbers. The cucumbers were sold in stores between August 1 and September 3, 2015. The states affected include: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas and Utah.

Whole Foods, who said they did not carry the affected cucumbers, is still taking all of its cucumbers purchased in the month of August off the shelf. Red Lobster, a seafood chain restaurant, is following Whole Foods by discarding all of its cucumbers as well.

The affected cucumbers were grown in Mexico and are currently being tested by state health and agriculture authorities. Consumers can return any purchased cucumbers for a full refund or exchange.

If you or someone you know has been injured or has died as a result of a product or foodborne illness, contact our law offices today for a free consultation.

1.7 Million lbs. of Frozen Chicken Recalled for Salmonella Scare

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1.7 Million lbs. of Frozen Chicken Recalled for Salmonella Scare

Barber Foods is recalling 1,707,494 pounds of chicken for fear that it may be contaminated with salmonella.

It may be a good time to switch to red meat or fish. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service and Barber Foods shared that the recall affects frozen, raw stuffed chicken products produced between February 17, 2015 and May 20, 2015. The recall was spurred after patients from Wisconsin and Minnesota showed signs of illness from the bacteria. Affected products include chicken breasts stuffed with broccoli and cheese, asparagus and cheese, and ham and cheese. Chicken fingers, Chicken Kiev, and Cordon Bleu are also a part of the recall.

This recall is an extension of a previous recall from Barber in July of this year in which 58,320 pounds of frozen Chicken Kiev were recalled. The Chicken Kiev products affected have a sell by date of April 28, 2016; May 20, 2016; and July 21, 2016.

The specific strain of salmonella that has been identified is salmonella enteritidis. It can cause fever, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea seen 12 to 72 hours after consumption. It can be especially dangerous for the elderly, children and pregnant women.

Breaded and stuffed food can be more risky for bacteria, because people assume that the product is already cooked and, as a result, don’t cook them fully.  Freezing does not kill salmonella; so many people don’t realize that it’s still contaminated. Cross-contamination can also be a way that consumers contract the bacteria. Washing and handling food properly is vital in the kitchen, for food safety.

If you purchased one of these products, it is best to immediately discard of it and not try to cook it. To see the full list of recalled products, you can visit Barber’s website here.

If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of a foodborne illness, contact our law offices today for a free consultation.

Kroger recalls 4 different seasonings and cilantro

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Kroger recalls 4 different seasonings and cilantro

Kroger has announced two different recalls for cilantro and four different Kroger seasonings.

A positive test for salmonella in South Carolina resulted in Kroger recalling four of its seasonings. Kroger Ground Cinnamon, Kroger Garlic Powder, Kroger Coarse Ground Black Pepper and Kroger Bac’n Buds were all recalled from many stores across the nation. There have been no reports of illnesses associated with the seasonings, but Kroger is still recalling the products as a precaution. The products have been taken off the shelves of affected stores. Kroger is requesting that customers who have bought the seasonings to not consume them and to return them for a full refund or replacement.

Kroger is also recalling bunches of cilantro from southeastern stores due to possible cyclospora cayetanensis contamination. Cyclosporiasis is an intestinal illness caused by the microscopic parasite Cyclospora cayetanensis, according to the CDC.  Symptoms of Cyclospora include watery diarrhea, explosive bowel movements, loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach cramps/pain, bloating, increased gas, nausea and fatigue. Symptoms usually appear a week after consumption. Affected cilantro bunches are recalled at Kroger stores in Georgia; South Carolina; Auburn, Alabama; Greater Memphis area, Tennessee; Arkansas; Mississippi; Western Kentucky; North Carolina; Virginia; Eastern West Virginia; Eastern Kentucky; Southeastern Ohio; Texas and Louisiana. There have been several reports of hospitalization from the cilantro in Georgia.

For more information on the recalls you can visit Kroger’s website here.

If you or someone you know has experienced foodborne illness due to a product, contact our law offices today for a free consultation.

Bottled Water Recalled for E. Coli Concerns

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Bottled Water Recalled for E. Coli Concerns

Niagara Bottling is recalling some of its bottled water for possible E. Coli contamination.

Niagara Bottling, based in Ontario, is voluntarily recalling bottles of water from its Pennsylvania facilities that were manufactured between June 10 and June 18 for possible E. Coli contamination. The company has not released the number of bottles recalled. A spokesman for the company has shared that it is less than 3% of the water produced by the company during the recalled time period and that the majority of the water has not made it to shelves yet.

The company did not find E. Coli in any of its facilities, but it was reported that it was found at the company’ssource. As extra caution, the company decided to recall its products and notify the Food and Drug Administration. Niagara issued a statement which shared that its disinfection process would have kept the water free of E. Coli. As soon as the company was notified of E. Coli they shut down the operation and disinfected the bottling lines plus recalled the products for extra precaution. E. Coli is a bacteria that can cause fever, nausea, diarrhea and stomach cramping and vomiting. No illnesses have been reported regarding the bottled water.

The recalled bottles were sold under the brand names Acadia, Acme, Big Y, Best Yet, 7-11, Niagara, Nature’s Place, Pricerite, Superchill, Morning Fresh, Shaws, Shoprite, Western Beef Blue and Wegmans.

For more information on what products are affected you can look on Niagara Bottling’s website.

If you or someone you know has experience illness or injury as a result of a product, contact our law offices today for a free consultation.

Source: Gannett News


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