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What’s In Your Kitchen – This Week in Food Recalls

Posted in Food Allergens,Food Policy,Food Safety on February 1, 2019

The government is open again. But that doesn’t mean there weren’t any food recalls in 2019! Here is the lowdown of the 2019 food recalls. MakeFoodSafe.com would like to help you keep your family safe from unsafe foods.  Each week we bring together a list of the current recalls.  Putting recalled lots, UPC codes, and contact information for recalled products in one convenient place helps you evaluate the foods you eat.

Some recalls are issued due to undeclared allergens, which could cause serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if someone sensitive to the product consumes it.  Other recalls are issued due to contamination with harmful material such as plastic or metal. Some are due to other health risks such as contamination with a pathogenic bacteria.  Check back often and evaluate your fridge, pantry, and shopping list to make sure you can identify which foods to avoid.

Mojave Foods Corporation Recalls Chile Pouches Due to Undeclared Allergen

Mojave Foods Corporation issued a recall on January 15, 2019 for their El Guapo Chile Habanero and Chile Pasilla-Ancho pouches due to the undeclared allergen, peanuts.  Those with an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts risk serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if product is consumed.

Affected product was shipped to retail locations nationwide.  The recall applies to specific lots/packages/sizes and does not impact all El Guapo and Chile Pasilla-Ancho products.  See table below for specific product information.

No reports of illness or allergic reaction has been reported in connection with this recall.

RXBAR Recalls Bars Due to Undeclared Allergen

RXBar issued a recall on January 15, 2019 for certain varieties of bars due to the undeclared allergen, peanuts.  Those with an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts risk serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if product is consumed.

The problem was discovered in December where RXBAR identified the potential for peanut in two varieties of their bars – Chocolate Sea Salt and Coconut Chocolate.  The recall was expanded to additional varieties after receiving consumer contacts regarding additional allergic reactions.  Additional investigation indicated that an ingredient supplied by a third party contained the undeclared allergen. The supplier was immediately changed.  Affected varieties include:

  • RXBAR – Apple Cinnamon, Blueberry, Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Hazelnut, Chocolate Sea Salt, Coconut Chocolate, Coffee Chocolate, Mango Pineapple, Maple Sea Salt, Mint Chocolate, Mixed Berry, and Pumpkin Spice
  • RXBAR Kids – Apple Cinnamon Raisin, Berry Blast, Chocolate Chip

Those with peanut allergies should discard the recalled product and contact their local retailer or RXBAR for replacement or refund.

Miss Grissom’s Salads Recalls Pimento Cheese Due to Undeclared Allergen

Miss Grissom’s Salads issued a recall on January 18, 2019 for a single days production of Mrs. Grissom’s SELECT Old Fashioned Pimento Cheese due to the undeclared allergen, milk.  Those with an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk risk serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if product is consumed.

The recall was initiated after a labeling issue was discovered.  Product produced on December 13, 2018 may have been packaged incorrectly with the Pimento Cheese label on the top lid, but a Chicken Salad label on the container where milk is not indicated on the ingredient label.

Limited quantities of Mrs. Grissom’s SELECT Old Fashioned Pimento Cheese were packaged into cups labeled Mrs. Grissom’s SELECT Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad.  See table below for specific product information.

Perrigo Company Recalls Greek Yogurt Due to Undeclared Allergen

Perrigo Company of Allegan, Michigan, in coordination with The Kroger Company, issued a recall on January 23, 2019 for one production lot of Simple Truth Organic Banana, Strawberry, & Apple Fruit Puree with Nonfat Greek Yogurt due to the undeclared allergen, milk.  Those with an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk risk serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if product was consumed.

The recall was initiated after an investigation determined that a printing error occurred on the specific lot recalled.  The Nutrition Facts Panel, Ingredient Declaration, and Allergen Statement on the back label of the package was incorrect for that lot.

Affected product is sold exclusively by Kroger and was distributed to the Kroger Family of Stores in the states of: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.  See table below for specific product information.

No reports of illness or allergic reaction have been connected to this recall.

General Mills Recalls Flour Due to Health Risk

General Mills of Minneapolis, Minnesota issued a recall on January 23, 2019 for select five-pound bags of Gold Metal Unbleached Flour due to potential contamination with the health risk, Salmonella.

Salmonella may cause serious or even fatal illness. While most healthy individuals often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain, the very young, the very old, and those with a compromised immune system may suffer more serious illness. Complications may occur if the infection moves from the gastrointestinal tract and into the bloodstream and other parts of the body resulting in arterial infections, endocarditis, and reactive arthritis.

The recall affects one date code of product.  See table below for specific product information.

No reports of illness have been connected to this recall.

Satur Farms Recalls Baby Spinach and Mesclun Due to Health Risk

Satur Farms of Cutchogue, New York issued a recall on January 23, 2019 for specific lots of their baby spinach and mesclun due to potential contamination with the health risk, Salmonella.

The recall was initiated after routine sampling by Florida Department of Agriculture and New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets revealed the presence of Salmonella.

Affected product was distributed through retail stores in the states of New York and Florida.  See table below for specific product information.

There have been no reports of illness connected to this recall.  Consumers are urged to return recalled product to the place of purchase for a full refund.  Wholesalers and retailers are asked to hold and discontinue selling their existing stock of product.  Retailers may contact Satur Farms, Paulette Satur at 631-734-4219 for instructions regarding destroying or returning remaining inventories of recalled products and notify clients if the product was redistributed.

Thrive Market, Inc. Recalls Nut Butters Due to Health Risk

Thrive, Market Inc. issued a recall on January 24, 2019 for their nut butters due to potential contamination with the health risk, Listeria monocytogenes.

Listeria monocytogenes is a harmful bacteria that can cause serious and sometimes fatal illness in the very young, the very old, and those with a compromised immune system. Pregnant women are at risk for miscarriages and still birth. Normally healthy individuals often experience short- term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.

The recall was initiated after a supplier notified the company that they were issuing a recall of all nut butters it manufactured since January 2018 due to positive tests for Listeria monocytogenes in recent lots.

Affected product was disturbed nationwide via Thrive Market’s ecommerce subscription service to its members as well as other online retailers.  See table below for specific product information.

No reports of illness have been connected to this recall.

Jac. Vandenberg, Inc Recalls Peaches, Nectarines, and Plums Due to Potential Health Risk

Jac. Vandenberg, Inc of Yonkers, New York issued a recall on January 24, 2019 for 1,727 cartons of Fresh Peaches, 1,207 cartons of Fresh Nectarines, and 365 cartons of Fresh Plums due to potential contamination with the health risk, Listeria monocytogenes.

The recall was initiated after routine sampling by the packing house revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in the final product.  An investigation on the cause is ongoing.  The recalled product was distributed to select retailers in the following states:

  • ALDI (nectarines, peaches, plums): Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.
  • Costco (nectarines): California
  • Fairway Market (nectarines, peaches): New York
  • Hannaford (peaches): Maine
  • Market Basket (nectarines, peaches): Massachusetts
  • Walmart (nectarines): Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia
  • Walmart (peaches): Kentucky, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia

See table below for specific product information.

No illness has been reported in connection with this recall.

Whole Foods Market Recalls Various Prepared Food Items Due to Potential Health Risk

Whole Foods issued a recall on January 24, 2019 for various prepared foods containing baby spinach due to potential contamination with the potential health risk, Salmonella.

The recall was initiated in response to a recall by supplier Satur Farms of baby spinach due to potential contamination with Salmonella.

Affected products include: salads, pizza, sandwiches, and wraps sold at stores in the states of Connecticut, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island.  In addition to recalled prepared foods, consumers who purchased items containing baby spinach from the salad bars or hot bars and the Whole Foods Market locations in the previous mentioned states through January 23, 2019 should be discarded.  See original recall notice by clicking here for full list of products.

No illness has been reported connected to this recall.

Check back often for more information on recalled product that affect your family.  MakeFoodSafe.com cares about you and your family safety. Stay up to date on recall information and who to contact with questions regarding recalled products.

 

This Week’s Affected Products

Manufacturer Label Size Date UPC/Lot
Mojave Foods Corporation El Guapo Chile Habanero 0.5 oz Best By: APR/5/19; JUN/21/19; JUN/22/19; OCT/29/19; DEC/7/19; FEB/5/20; FEB/6/20; JUN/20/20 UPC 044989012968
Mojave Foods Corporation El Guapo Pasilla-Ancho Chile Pods 2 oz Best By: JUN/20/20 UPC 044989010391
Mojave Foods Corporation El Guapo Pasilla-Ancho Chile Pods 7.5 oz Best By: JUN/13/20; JUN/14/20 UPC 044989211088
Mojave Foods Corporation El Guapo Pasilla-Ancho Chile Pods 11 oz Best By: JUN/12/20 UPC 044989211149
Mrs. Grissom’s Salads Mrs. Grissom’s SEKECT Old Fashioned Pimento Cheese MAR 13 2019
Perrigo Company Simple Truth Organic Banana, Strawberry & Apple Fruit Puree with Nonfat Greek Yogurt Best by: 08/06/2019 LOT L8159
General Mills Gold Medal Unbleached All Purpose 5-lb Better if Used By: 201APR2020KC UPC 000-16000-19610-0
Satur Farms Spinach Lot# 18494; 18513
Satur Farms Mesclun Lot# 18520
Thrive Market Thrive Market Organic Creamy Almond Butter 16 oz All unexpired lots SKU/UPC 671635704757
Thrive Market Thrive Market Non-GMO Creamy Almond Butter 16 oz All unexpired lots SKU/UPC 671635704733
Thrive Market Thrive Market Organic Crunchy Almond Butter 16 oz All unexpired lots SKU/UPC 671635704764
Thrive Market Thrive Market Non-GMO Crunchy Almond Butter 16 oz All unexpired lots SKU/UPC 671635704740
Thrive Market Thrive Market Organic Crunchy Peanut Butter 16 oz All unexpired lots SKU/UPC 671635704788
Thrive Market Thrive Market Sesame Tahini 16 oz All unexpired lots SKU/UPC 671635704795
Thrive Market Thrive Market Creamy Cashew Butter 16 oz All unexpired lots SKU/UPC 671635704801
Thrive Market Thrive Market Organic Coconut Butter 16 oz All unexpired lots SKU/UPC 671635704818
Thrive Market Thrive Market Sunflower Butter 16 oz All unexpired lots SKU/UPC 671635704825
Jac Vandenberg, Inc Peaches and Nectarines sold as bulk retail with country of origin Chile PLU# 4044, 3035, 4378
Jac Vandenberg, Inc Peaches, Nectarines, and Plums at ALDI under Rio Duero Brand 2-lb bag EAN# 7804650090281, 7804650090298, 7804650090304
Jac Vandenberg, Inc Nectarines at Costco under Reo Duero Brand 4-lb plastic clamshell EAN#7804650090212

By: Heather Van Tassell, Contributing Writer (Non-Lawyer)