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What’s In Your Kitchen? This Week in Recalls: Pistachios, Candy, and More

Posted in Outbreaks & Recalls on October 24, 2018

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.  Some recalls are issued due to an undeclared allergens recall, 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 or other health risk.  Check back often and evaluate your fridge, pantry, and shopping list to make sure you can identify which foods to avoid.

Bazzini LLC Recalls Pistachios Due to Health Risk

Bazzinil LLC of Allentown, Pennsylvania issued a recall on October 6, 2018 for approximately 4,000 pounds of their Roasted and Salted Colossal Natural, Super Colossal Natural, and Rams Head Natural in Shell Pistachios due to the potential 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 was initiated in response to potential contaminated product from one of their pistachio suppliers.  The issue was identified during the company’s routine sampling program.  Only Bazzini products using pistachio products from that supplier are affected.  The company has ceased production and distribution while an investigation takes place.  See table below for specific product information.  Affected product was distributed through mail order, retail sale, and direct delivery to the states of New York, New Jersey, Vermont, Massachusetts, Washington DC, and Virginia.

There have been no reports of illness connected to this recall.

Kemps Recalls Sweet Me Creamery Brookie Dough Ice Cream Due to Undeclared Allergen

Kemps of St. Paul, Minnesota issued a recall on October 9, 2018 for their Sweet Me Creamery Brookie Dough ice cream 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 recall was initiated after a consumer reported an allergic reaction after consuming the product.  The facility has corrected the problem and identified corrective actions to prevent the problem from recurring.

Affected product was initially distributed to retailers and retail distribution centers in Illinois, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin.  The product could be distributed though distributors to additional states.

The product can be identified as being packaged in pint-sized cardboard containers under the brand Sweet Me Creamery Brookie Dough ice cream.  See table below for specific affected product.  No other products produced by Kemps or under the Sweet Me Creamery brand are affected by the recall.

SLR Food Distribution Inc. Recalls Sugar Melon Candy/Wax Gourd Due to Undeclared Allergen

SLR Food Distribution Inc. of New Hyde Park, New York issued a recall on October 10, 2018 for their Sugar Melon Candy/Wax Gourd due to the undeclared allergen, sulfites.  Those with an allergy or severe sensitivity to sulfites risk serious or life-threatening allergic reaction.

The recall was initiated after routine sampling by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Market Food Inspectors sampling revealed the presence of sulfites not declared on the label.  Consumption of 10 milligrams of sulfites per serving as been reported to elicit severe reactions in some asthmatics.  The product was observed to contain 13 milligrams per of sulfites per serving.

The affected product was distributed throughout the east coast of the United States in retail store and through mail orders.  See table below for specific product information.

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

Forager Project Recalls Protein Shake Due to Undeclared Allergen

Forager Project issued a recall on October 11, 2018 for their Nuts and Vanilla – Organic Plant Protein Shake due to undeclared almond flour.  Those with an allergy or severe sensitivity to almond flour risk serious or life-threatening reaction if product is consumed.

The recall was initiated after the issue was identified by Forager Project.  See table below for specific product information. Products with EX dates later than 1/8/19 do not contain almond and are safe to consume.

The company indicates that if you have this product, they recommend that it be destroyed.

Feel Good Foods Inc Recalls Vegetable Fried Rice Due to Undeclared Allergen

Feel Good Foods Inc. of Brooklyn, New York issued a recall on October 15, 2018 for six lots of their Vegetable Fried Rice frozen meals due to the undeclared allergen, egg.  Those with an allergy or severe sensitivity to egg risk serious or life-threatening allergic reaction.

The recall was initiated after discovering that the product contained egg and was distributed in packaging that did not declare egg as an ingredient.  The issue was a result of the manufacturer failing to remove egg from the product formula as instructed.  The manufacturer continued to include egg in the formula, while applying revised ingredient labels on the packaging.

Affected product was shipped to approximately 400 retail stores.  See table below for specific product information.

Clackamas Bakery Recalls Fred Meyer Bakery Angel Food Cake Bar Due to Undeclared Allergen

Clackamas Bakery issued a recall on October 15, 2018 for their Fred Meyer Bakery Angel Food Cake Bars sold in retail stores due to the undeclared allergens, milk and soy.  Those with an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk and/or soy risk serious or life-threatening allergic reaction.

The recall was initiated because the Angel Food Cake Bar label was incorrectly applied to packages of cornbread.  There is no safety issue with the product for customers who do not have an allergy or sensitivity to milk or soy.

Affected product was shipped to Fred Meyer stores in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.  See table below for specific product information.

Faribault Foods, Inc Recalls White Beans Due to Undeclared Allergen

Faribault Foods, Inc. of Faribault, Minnesota issued a recall on October 15, 2018 for their S&W White Beans due to the undeclared allergen, sulfites.  Consumption of 10 milligrams of sulfites per serving as been reported to elicit severe reactions in some asthmatics.  Those with an allergy or severe sensitivity to sulfites risk serious or life-threatening allergic reaction.

The recall was initiated after consumer feedback indicated that garbanzo beans were mislabeled as white beans.  Subsequent investigation indicated that the error occurred in a temporary breakdown of the company’s packaging processes.

The recalled product was distributed to the states of Alaska, Oregon, and Washington.  This recall was specific to product with the facility code for the Faribault, Minnesota plant.  See table below for specific product information.

No illness has been reported in connection with this recall.

Valley Fine Foods Recall TV Dinners Due to Health Risk

Valley Fine Foods Issued a recall for approximately 35,516 pounds of meat and poultry TV dinner due to spoilage concerns.  Consumption of spoiled food may lead to foodborne illness.

The recall was initiated after “spoilage concerns” were discovered during routine testing.  Affected product includes Chicken Penne, Alfredo, Chicken Primavera, Italian Sausage Ziti, and Rigatoni with Meatballs, and a Mushroom Cream Sauce.  Affected product bears the establishment numbers P-22102B or M-22102B.  Products were produced between August 15, 2018 and October 4, 2018 with Best if Used By dates of October 9, 2018 through November 25, 2018 and were shipped to retail locations in California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, and North Carolina.

No reports of illness have been made in connection with this recall.  Consumers who have this product are urged to throw the product away and immediately consult a doctor if health concerns arise.

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

This Week’s Affected Products

Manufacturer Label Size Date UPC/Lot
Bazzini LLC Bazzini’s Roasted & Salted In-Shell Pistachios Super Colossal Natural 5 lb Date Code 1J255 Best By 6/12/2019; Date Code 1J254 Best By 6/11/2019; Date Code 2J269 Best By 6/26/2019, Date Code 1J242 Best By 5/30/2019; Date Code 1J275 Best By 7/2/2019; Date Code 1J255 Best By 6/12/2019;

Date Code 1J254 Bet By 6/11/2019; Date Code 2J269 Best By 6/26/2019

UPC 0 75062 30701 5
Bazzini, LLC Bazzini’s Roasted & Salted In-Shell Pistachios Super Colossal Natural 5 lb Date Code 2J241 Best By 5/29/2019; Date Code 1J254 Best By 6/11/2019; Date Code 2J274 Best By 7/1/2019; Date Code 2J249 Best By 6/6/2019;

Date Code 1J250 Best By 6/7/2019; Date Code 1J275 Best By 7/2/2019

UPC 0 75062 30711 4
Bazzini, LLC Bazzini’s Roasted & Salted In-Shell Pistachios Super Colossal Pistachios 25 lb Date Code 1J268 Best By 6/25/2019; Date Code 1J249 Best By 6/6/2019 UPC 0 75062 30700 8
Bazzini’s, LLC Bazzini’s Roasted & Salted In-Shell Pistachios Rams Head Natural 16 oz Date Code 1J263 Best By 6/20/2019; Date Code 1J254 Best By 6/11/2019; Date Code 1J255 Best By 6/12/2019; Date Code 2J269 Best By 6/26/2019; Date Code 1J242 Best By 5/30/2019; Date Code 1J249 Best By 6/6/2019; Date Code 1J257 Best By 6/14/2019; Date Code 2J249 Best By 6/6/2019; Date code 2J262 Best By 6/19/2019; Date Code 2J264 Best By 6/21/2019; Date Code 2J243 Best By 5/31/2019; Date Code 2J263 Best By 6/20/2019; Date Code 2J270 Best By 6/27/2019; Date Code 1J275 Best By 7/2/2019 UPC 0 75062 00536 2
Bazzini, LLC Bazzini’s Roasted & Salted In-Shell Pistachios Colossal Natural 16 oz Date Code 1J242 Best By 5/30/2019; Date Code 1J270 Best By 6/27/2019; Date Code 2J270 Best By 6/27/2019; Date Code 2J256 Best By 6/13/2019; Date Code 2J254 Best By 6/11/2019; Date Code 2J261 Best By 6/18/2019; Date Code 2J268 Best By 6/25/2019; Date Code 1J268 Best By 6/25/2019; Date Code 1J255 Best By 6/12/2019; Date Code 1J275 Best By 6/12/2019 UPC 0 75062 00535 5
Kemps Sweet Me Creamery Brookie Dough ice cream 1 pint Best By 12/4/2019; 12/5/2019; 12/13/2019; 2/15/2020; 2/16/2020  
SLR Food Distribution Sugar Melon Candy/Wax Gourd 7.04 oz Production date: 2018.01.03; Expiration date: 2019.01.02 Barcode 691256716718
Forager Project Nut & Vanilla 12 fl oz EX: 12/7/18; EX: 12/21/18; EX: 1/4/19 UPC 8 14558 02038 6
Feel Good Foods Inc   9 oz Best By: 10/27/19; 10/29/19; 12/4/19; 1/25/20; 1/26/20; 1/28/20 UPC 00899039002129
Clackamas Bakery Fred Meyer Bakery Angel Food Cake Bar 12 oz   UPC: 0001111002100 Code: FK 285 F
Faribault Foods, Inc S&W White Beans 15 oz Best By AUG 23 2020 1310 F2 236 17 XXXX (time stamp)