Saturday, December 15, 2007

Recall Alert: 365 Organic Everyday Value™ Swiss Milk Chocolate Bars

Whole Foods Market® issued a recal alert today.

  • 365 Organic Everyday Value™ Swiss Milk Chocolate Bars with Rice Crisps
  • 3-ounce size
  • Best If Used By date of 11/21/07
  • The chocolate has a blue and white wrappers with a picture of chocolate pieces and the Swiss countryside on the front

Reason: These bars may have undeclared hazelnuts, walnuts and pecans. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to tree nuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

The product was sold at Whole Foods Market stores in Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Texas and Wisconsin.

The 365 Organic Everyday Value™ Swiss Milk Chocolate Bars with Rice Crisps can be returned to Whole Foods Market for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at (512) 542-0020 or

For more information, read: FDA

Friday, December 7, 2007

Recall Alert: Trader Joe's Recalls 12 oz. Pinjur

Trader Joe's issued a recall today.


  • 1,000 cases of 12 oz jars of Trader Joe's Pinjur (a traditional Macedonian condiment made with roasted peppers, eggplant, and tomatoes).
  • UPC 00529068
  • Best By 10/2009. The Best By date is printed on the top of the lid.

Reason: The product is being recalled because customers reported finding small pieces of glass in the product.

Trader Joe's Pinjur was available in retail stores in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, Washington D.C., and Wisconsin.

The Pinjur must not be eaten. It should be discarded or returned to a Trader Joe's store for a full refund. Customers with questions can call Trader Joe's Customer Relations at 626-599-3817, or write Trader Joe's through their website at

For more information, read: FDA

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Recall Alert: Peregrina Cheese Corp.

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker today warned consumers not to consume certain 'Queso Fresco, Fresh Cheese', made by Peregrina Cheese Corp. due to possible Listeriacontamination.

The cheese is foil wrapped, 14 oz. net weight package and has a code of 3973.

The contamination was discovered during a routine sample of the cheese, taken by an inspector from the Division of Milk Control and Dairy Services on November 27, 2007. It was subsequently tested by the Department’s Food Laboratory which found the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in it. The manufacturer was notified on 6th December which then issued the voluntarily recall.

Listeria contaminated product could cause Listeriosis, a disease that usually causes mild flu-like symptoms in healthy individuals and meningitis or blood poisoning in immune-compromised individuals. Pregnant women are seen as a high-risk group, as Listeriosis can also cause stillbirths.
To date, no illnesses are known by the Department to be associated with this product.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

USA Exporting Rotten Apples to India?

The Commonwealth Agricultural Bureau International (CABI) reported last month that apples being imported to India from the United States of America are infested with around a 100 pests. It is believed that many of these might need phytosanitary measures which are aimed at dealing with risks related to food safety.

Interestingly, officials in the Ministry of Agriculture, which is responsible for the quarantine of fruits and vegetables, had no clue about this report. On the other hand an official at the National Bureau of Plant & Genetic Resources (NBPGR) noted that India has very weak quarantine measures.

CABI, which is located in the United Kingdom notes that in all there are 381 known pests. Of these a total of 184 are present in the USA, and 111 in India.

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