Monday, August 16, 2010

Elie Baking Corp. Alert: Soy in Food City Low-Carb Tortilla

The Elie Baking Corp. of Brockton, Mass has issued an allergy alert on its Food City brand Low-Carb Tortilla White and Whole Wheat 10 count. This is due to the presence of undeclared soy in the products.

Details of Recall:

Food City brand, Low Carb Tortilla White, 13.5 oz, 10 count. UPC 0 87848 42002 0
Food City brand, Low Carb Tortilla Whole Wheat, 13.5 oz.10 count. UPC 0 87848 42003 0
MFG Date 07/21/10 & MFG Date 07/22/10 stamped on the top left of the bag.
Consumers are asked to note that people who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to soy run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products The products were distributed in K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc. d/b/a Food City retail stores, in the following states: Kentucky, Virginia, and Tennessee. SP far, no illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The recall was initiated after it was discovered that product containing soy was distributed in packaging that did not declare soy in the ingredient statement. Consumers who have purchased Food City low Carb Tortilla White & Whole Wheat 10 ct are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Iowa Company Issues Egg Recall in USA

Wright County Egg has issued the following statement regarding the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) on-farm records review and egg testing for Salmonella.
"Wright County Egg of Galt, Iowa is voluntarily recalling specific Julian dates of shell eggs produced by their farms because they have the potential to be contaminated with 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. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, 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, endocarditis or arthritis.

Eggs affected by this recall were distributed to food wholesalers, distribution centers and foodservice companies in California, Illinois, Missouri, Colorado, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa. These companies distribute nationwide.
Eggs are packaged under the following brand names: Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralph’s, Boomsma’s, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms and Kemps. Eggs are packed in varying sizes of cartons (6-egg cartons, dozen egg cartons, 18-egg cartons) with Julian dates ranging from 136 to 225 and plant numbers 1026, 1413 and 1946. Dates and codes can be found stamped on the end of the egg carton. The plant number begins with the letter P and then the number. The Julian date follows the plant number, for example: P-1946 223.
There have been confirmed Salmonella enteritidis illnesses relating to the shell eggs and traceback investigations are ongoing. Wright County Egg is fully cooperating with FDA’s investigation by undertaking this voluntary recall. Our primary concern is keeping Salmonella out of the food supply and away from consumers. As a precautionary measure, Wright County Egg also has decided to divert its existing inventory of shell eggs to a breaker, where they will be pasteurized to kill any Salmonella bacteria present.
Consumers who believe they may have purchased these shell eggs should not eat them but should return them to the store where they were purchased for a full refund. This recall is of shell eggs only. Other egg products produced by Wright County Eggs are not affected. Consumers with questions should visit Our farm strives to provide our customers with safe, high-quality eggs – that is our responsibility and our commitment."
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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Goya Frozen Fruit Linked to Typhoid Fever Outbreak

An outbreak of typhoid fever in the USA has been linked to a frozen tropical fruit product used to make smoothies. According to the CDC five of the seven confirmed cases drank milkshakes or smoothies made with frozen Mamey fruit pulp sold by Goya Foods Inc. of Secaucus, N.J. Of the seven cases, three are in California and four in Nevada. Five people have been hospitalized.

Mamey is a sweet grown mainly in Central and South America. It is also known as zapote or sapote. It is usually peeled and mashed to make pulp that is then frozen and sold.

The FDA reported that a sample from one package in Las Vegas tested positive for the bacteria that causes typhoid. Typhoid fever is a life-threatening illness caused by a type of bacteria called Salmonella typhi. Symptoms include a sustained fever as high as 103 to 104 degrees, along with headache. weakness, stomach pains or loss of appetite. Some patients have a rash of flat, rose-colored spots. It can be treated with antibiotics.

Goya has recalled packages of the pulp which was sold in the western USA. The recalled mamey pulp was sold in 14-ounce plastic packages in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Washington.
Also See: CDC - Typhoid Fever

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