The recall includes several varieties of Skittle Gummies, Starburst Gummies and Life Saver gummies. There have been no reported injuries caused by the metal strands, but the company is urging customers not to consume the products.
The gummies were sold in the United States, Mexico and Canada.
The company did not say how many units were affected but did say that a third party manufactured the products.
Customers are encouraged to look on the back of the packet of these items and see if the first three numbers correspond with the recalled items. If they are included on the recall, customers should throw the candy away and contact the company with any questions by calling 1-800-651-2564 or by visiting www.mars.com/contact-us.
Alabama-based Wayne Farms is recalling more than half a million pounds of ready-to-eat chicken that may be undercooked, the Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced this weekend.
The FSIS originally announced a recall of about 30,000 pounds of the precooked chicken breasts last week after a customer complained that the product appeared to be undercooked, but expanded the recall to 585,030 pounds on Saturday.
No adverse reactions have been reported.
About 580,000 pounds of these precooked chicken breasts were recalled. (Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service / Fox News)
The affected chicken breasts were produced between Feb. 9 and April 30 of this year and have production codes of 23618, 24357, 24512, 24583 and 24957. They were shipped to distributors nationwide and are at retail locations in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia, according to the FSIS.
About 4% of all packages of chicken in the United States have salmonella, according to the CDC. (Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service / Fox News)
About one million people get food poisoning from eating contaminated poultry in the United States every year and salmonella is the most common type of bacteria, according to the CDC. About one in 25 packages of chicken have salmonella, according to a 2018 CDC report. Still, investigators did not indicate whether any Wayne Farms chicken connected to this recall had salmonella.
Wayne Farms did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Sunday.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This report has been updated to clarify the nature of the recall.
Van Leeuwen Ice Cream has recalled more than 2,000 pints of ice cream after learning the product may contain undeclared tree nuts, the company announced Tuesday.
The recall effects 2,185 frozen 14-ounce pints of its non-dairy frozen dessert product “Oat Milk Brown Sugar Chunk,” which are distributed nationally in retail stores, the Brooklyn, N.Y.-based ice cream makers said in a written announcement on the FDA’s website.
“The recall was voluntarily initiated after it was discovered due to a customer complaint, who experienced a reaction, that the lot contains the undeclared tree nuts and was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of the allergen,” the company said.
Van Leeuwen Ice Cream is voluntarily recalling 2,185 frozen 14-ounce pints of its “Oat Milk Brown Sugar Chunk” ice cream after customers reported the product may contain undeclared tree nuts. (Van Leeuwen Ice Cream)
Individuals allergic or with a severe sensitivity to tree nuts risk a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.
The recalled product comes in a 14-ounce white package with orange lettering and an orange lid. It is marked with lot #21V194 and a best by date of 1/13/2023, which are both displayed on the bottom of the pint.
The recall does not apply to any other lot marking, best by date, or varieties of Van Leeuwen Ice Cream products, the company said.
An investigation into the cause of the contamination is ongoing.
The German automaker said in a recall notice posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website that moisture can accumulate and cause corrosion in the cars’ brake booster housing units, potentially resulting in a vacuum leak and reduced brake performance.
In rare cases of very severe corrosion, hard breaking could potentially cause mechanical damage to the brake booster, resulting in brake failure and increasing the risk of a crash. A foot-activated parking brake would still work.Ticker Security Last Change Change % DMLRY MERCEDES-BENZ GROUP AG 16.38 -0.02 -0.12%
Mercedes notes that drivers with impacted vehicles may notice a change in the feel of their brake pedal or a hissing or airflow noise when applying the brake pedal before the issue occurs. To date, there have been no crashes, injuries or deaths related to the issue.
To remedy the situation, Mercedes-Benz dealers will remove a rubber sleeve, inspect the brake booster and replace it as necessary. Owner notification letters will be mailed starting May 27.
Vehicles that show advanced corrosion will have an additional test performed to ensure the functionality of the brake booster. The vehicles that pass the additional test may be driven for up to two years but must return for an additional repair. Vehicles that do not pass the test will require a brake booster replacement.
All repairs will be performed free of charge. In the event a repair is necessary and cannot be carried out immediately, an authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer will help coordinate towing and an alternate form of transportation for the owner.
More than 772,000 air fryers and air fryer ovens are being recalled due a serious safety risk.
According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, Insignia Air Fryers and Air Fryer Ovens can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards.
This recall involves the Insignia Digital Air Fryers, Insignia Analog Air Fryers, and Insignia Digital Air Fryer Ovens, model numbers NS-AF32DBK9, NS-AF32MBK9, NS-AF50MBK9, NS-AF53DSS0, NS-AF53MSS0, NS-AF55DBK9, NS-AFO6DBK1 and NS-AFO6DSS1 sold by Best Buy. The brand name INSIGNIA is on the top or front of each unit. A rating label on the underside of each unit identifies the brand INSIGNIA and the model number.
The air fryers and air fryer ovens have cooking chamber capacities ranging from approximately 3.4 to 10 quarts, and plastic or plastic and stainless-steel bodies in black and stainless-steel finishes.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled air fryers and air fryer ovens and return the product to Best Buy for a refund in the form of a credit for use at Best Buy stores or Bestbuy.com. Best Buy is contacting all known purchasers directly to arrange returns and providing pre-paid shipping boxes and labels and return instructions. Consumers will receive a credit of $50 or the amount on the purchase receipt if higher. Consumers do not need a purchase receipt to get the $50 credit.
Best Buy has received 68 reports from U.S. consumers and 36 reports from Canadian consumers of the air fryer or air fryer ovens catching fire, burning or melting. These include seven reports of minor property damage and two reports of injuries, including an injury to a child’s leg.
Certain Kinder Chocolates Have Been Recalled Due to Salmonella Concerns
134 cases have been reported in Europe—here’s how that might affect the U.S.
Ferrero has voluntarily recalled some of its Kinder chocolates in the U.S. due to potential salmonella contamination, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on Thursday. Both the Kinder Happy Moments Milk Chocolate and Crispy Wafers Assortment and Kinder Mix Chocolate Treats Basket are being removed from shelves because the Belgian plant in which they were produced experienced a salmonella outbreak.
Earlier this week, various Kinder chocolate products were recalled in several countries, including the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Luxembourg, Sweden, and Denmark. As of April 5, 2022, 134 salmonella cases have been reported in Europe, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. The first case was reported in the United Kingdom in early January 2022, with Ferrero initially identifying the outbreak in mid-December 2021. “While there are no reports of illness in the United States to date, Ferrero is voluntarily recalling the products out of an abundance of caution due to reported cases of salmonella in people that consumed products in Europe that were manufactured at the same facility,” the FDA said in a statement.
Salmonella bacteria is estimated to cause about 1.35 million infections (and 26,500 hospitalizations) in the U.S. every year, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For most of these cases, contaminated food is the underlying cause of the illness. Usually, people who have been infected with salmonella experience symptoms like diarrhea, fever, stomach cramps, headache, nausea, and loss of appetite, which might develop between six hours to six days after infection. Most people will recover from salmonella within a few days to a week and will not need any medical attention or treatment—it’s just important to keep fluid intake high because symptoms like diarrhea and fever can be dehydrating. In rare cases—especially for infants, people aged 65 and older, or those who have weakened immune systems—life-threatening complications can develop if the salmonella spreads beyond the G.I. tract.
Ferrero announced on Friday that it is suspending its operations in its Belgian plant “with immediate effect.” The Belgian plant, located in the city of Arlon, is responsible for producing around 7% of Kinder products each year. According to Ferrero, the salmonella outbreak was the result of a filter at an outlet from two raw material tanks. “We deeply regret this matter. We want to sincerely apologize to all our consumers and business partners and thank the food safety authorities for their valuable guidance,” the Italian confectionery company said in a statement. While the affected filters have been extracted, the plant will only continue production once relevant investigations have been carried out and officials deem it safe to do so.
If you’re concerned about whether you have purchased the potentially contaminated chocolates, here are the details for each one:
Kinder Happy Moments Milk Chocolate and Crispy Wafers Assortment
Size and packaging: 14.1 oz (400 g) square box with lid
Best by date: July 18, 2022 (back panel)
Lot codes: 48RUP334; 48RUP335; 48RUP336; 48RUP337 (back panel)
UPC code: 09800 52025 (right side panel)
Place of purchase: Costco in the Bay Area and Northern Nevada and BJ’s Wholesale Club stores
Kinder Mix Chocolate Treats Basket
Size and packaging: 5.3 oz (152 g) cardboard basket
Best by date: July 30, 2022 (bottom of package)
Lot codes: 03L 018AR – 306 (bottom of package)
UPC code: 09800 60209 (bottom of package)
Place of purchase: 14 Big Y Supermarket locations in Connecticut and Massachusetts
Ferrero advises that you do not eat the chocolates if they meet this description. To receive a refund, you can call the Ferrero customer service line at 1-800-688-3552 (Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. E.T.) or fill out an online form.
March 28, 2022 — Bravo Packing of Carney’s Point, N.J., has been ordered by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to stop selling, manufacturing and distributing pet food due to (among other violations) “grossly insanitary conditions“.
A Federal judge has “entered a consent decree against” Bravo Packing due to violations of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act).
Previous Bravo Packing Recalls Reported by The Dog Food Advisor
Dog Food Advisor has previously alerted readers about 4 recall events involving Bravo Packing:
Historic Legal Action
This legal ruling marks the first permanent injunction against an animal food manufacturer for violating modern public safety standards in history.
What Caused This Action?
According to Dr. Steven Solomon, director of FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine:
“The FDA has taken this action to protect public health because, despite multiple inspections, notifications of violations, and recalls, this firm continued to operate under insanitary conditions and produce pet food contaminated with harmful bacteria. We will not tolerate firms that put people or animals at risk and will take enforcement actions when needed.”
FDA Warnings and Inspections
The FDA conducted inspections in 2019 and 2021 and issued a warning letter to the facility in 2020.
During these inspections, the FDA found evidence of significant food safety violations including grossly insanitary conditions and the failure to follow good manufacturing practices regulations for animal food.
Multiple samples of finished raw pet food products collected during the inspections tested positive for Salmonella.
Pet food that is contaminated with Salmonella can lead to illness in both the pets consuming the food, as well as humans, who handle the food and care for the pets.
Some of these finished samples as well as environmental samples from the two inspections also tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes.”
What to Do?
Consumers who think they or their pets may have been sickened by these products should seek the assistance of a health care professional.
And contact the FDA to report problems with this or any FDA-regulated product.
Pfizer has issued a recall for three high blood pressure medications:
Accuretic and two generic drugs (quinapril and hydrochlorothiazide tablets and quinapril HCl/hydrochlorothiazide tablets)* are subject to the drug recall.
The drugs are being recalled because they contain elevated levels of nitrosamines**, which pose a cancer risk.
Distributors and wholesalers should stop use and distribution and quarantine the product immediately.
Pfizer recommended that patients taking the medication consult with their doctor about alternative treatment options.
*The medications treat hypertension, which increases the risk for potential dangerous cardiovascular events like strokes.
**Nitrosamines may be unintentionally introduced when certain chemical reactions are used in the production of medications. Nitrosamines are common in water and foods, including cured and grilled meats, dairy products and vegetables. Everyone is exposed to some level of nitrosamines. These impurities may increase the risk of cancer if people are exposed to them above acceptable…
Update: Walmart informed Eat This, Not That! on March 11 that the product never made it to stores. “The supplier made us aware of the potential product issue on February 22. Impacted products were stopped at Distribution Centers and never shipped to stores. The supplier retrieved the product and it is our understanding they destroyed all impacted products,” a spokesperson said.
Therefore the recall is not a danger to consumers.
More than 2,500 cases of tortilla chips sold at Walmart are being recalled because they could be contaminated with a foreign material.
The 13-ounce bags of Great Value Restaurant Style White Corn Tortilla Chips may contain metal, according to a notification sent by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The chips were sold at Walmart stores in Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
This initiative has been classified as a Class II recall by the FDA. That means it’s “a situation in which use of or exposure to a violative product may cause temporary or medically reversible adverse health consequences or where the probability of serious adverse health consequences is remote.”Courtesy of Walmart
Because Shearer’s Foods initiated the recall late February, the chips are unlikely to be on Walmart shelves—but they may still be lurking inside your pantry. The recalled items have a lot code of 112051## or 123051## and a “Best By” date of May 23, 2022.
No other information, such as if there had been any injuries or illnesses related to the recall or how it was discovered, were provided. Eat This, Not That! has reached out to Walmart for more details.
With thousands of items in each grocery store, it can be hard to keep track of every single item, especially when there are safety concerns that arise for some of them. Luckily, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regularly post details about items that are being pulled from grocery store shelves because they have been recalled.
However, these items could still be in your kitchen. Right now, there are several new recalls that have just been announced for items sold in stores across 15 states. Keep reading for the full details on these problematic foods to make sure they’re not in your own pantry. And for more grocery news, here are 6 Things You’ll See at Costco This Year.Courtesy of the FDA
The dark chocolate-covered cherries sold at Sprouts Farmers Market locations in six states are being recalled because the packages may contain dark chocolate-covered almonds. If someone who has an allergy or sensitivity to this tree nut eats the cherries, they run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction.
“The recall was initiated after it was discovered that product containing Dark Chocolate Covered Cherries was mixed with Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds in the bag,” the recall announcement posted by the FDA on March 4 states. “Subsequent investigation indicates that some Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds were used for Dark Chocolate Covered Cherries by Production personnel.”
No illnesses or reactions related to the recalled cherries have been reported, but if you shopped at a Sprouts Farmers Marker in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, or Utah recently, check your kitchen for these snacks ASAP. They have an item number of 638-011, a UPC Code of 6 46670 46342 6, and a “Sell By Date” of 07/24/2022.
Assorted flavors of coffee cake and paczkis made by Chicago Sweet Connection Baker and sold at retailers in Illinois and Wisconsin are also bring pulled from stores because they could contain egg, milk, and wheat which were not declared on the product label.
The bakery items have a brand name of Chicago Sweet Connection Bakery and were produced between Feb. 21 and 23, 2022, with expiration dates either Feb. 26 or 28. The recall was sent out “after it was discovered that the allergen statement was not correctly printing on labels due to a computer error,” the company says in the recall notice. The allergens were not listed because the label was being cut off during printing. The issue has since been resolved.
Flavors of the Paczki—a fried dough pastry filled with sweet fillings—include apple, apricot, blueberry, chocolate custard, strawberry, pineapple, and more. Coffee cake flavors include custard, caramel, pecan, chocolate chip, and more. For a full list of all affected varieties, click here.
The Paczkis were sold in packs of 4 in a plastic clamshell container, and the coffee cakes were sold in single packs with an aluminum rectangular tray and a plastic dome lid. Anyone with any of these recalled pastries in their home is instructed that they can notify the company via phone at 773-283-4430.Courtesy of the FSIS
Boyd Specialties is recalling over 1,600 pounds of ready-to-eat jerky products because they may contain Listeria, according to a recall notice from the FSIS. The problem was discovered by the organization after a routine product sample tested positive for the harmful bacteria.
The products and flavors of the recalled jerky include garlic pepper, straight whiskey, carne asada, mango habanero, Carolina reaper, cracked black pepper, and several more. You can view the full list here. They were shipped to retail locations in Alabama, California, Connecticut, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Texas.
No reports of an illness related to this issue are known, but consuming food contaminated with Listeria can cause fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, loss of balance, and more. It is especially harmful in older adults, those with a weakened immune system, pregnant women, and newborns. Symptoms can arise as late as two months after consumption.Shutterstock
Should any of these three items be in your kitchen, throw them out or return them to the place of purchase immediately. After they are gone, clean any area the food touched using this two-step cleaning and sanitizing process, recommended by a registered dietitian.
Unfortunately, The Dog Food Advisor cannot confirm which specific brands are included in the recall. The following list is offered in good faith and may not be accurate or complete.
Kibble ‘n Bits
Kit & Kaboodle
Purina Cat Chow
Purina Dog Chow
Where Were the Products Sold?
In a later follow-up email, the FDA advised the affected products were distributed in the 6 states below:
What Caused the Recall?
The affected products are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and were stored and shipped to 404 stores from Family Dollar Distribution Center in West Memphis, Arkansas.
The violations occurred during the period from January 1, 2021 through the present due to the infestation with rodents and rodent activity at Family Dollar Distribution Center.
Use or consumption of affected products may present risk of illness due to the potential presence of Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in infants, young children, frail or elderly people, pregnant persons, persons with pre- existent pathology (e.g., patients with cancer undergoing chemotherapy treatments, organ transplant recipient, etc.) and others with weakened immune systems.
Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), 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 (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.
About the Recall
To date, Family Dollar is not aware of any consumer complaints or reports of illness related to this recall.
Products covered by this retail level recall include all: (i) drugs; (ii) medical devices; (iii) cosmetics; (iv) dietary supplements; and (v) human and animal (pet) food products.
The recall does not apply to products shipped directly to the stores by the distributor or manufacturer, such as all frozen and refrigerated items.
The 404 stores to which this recall applies are listed on the attached schedule. The recall does not apply to other store locations.
Family Dollar is notifying its affected stores by letter asking them to check their stock immediately and to quarantine and discontinue the sale of any affected product.
What to Do?
Customers who may have purchased affected goods may return such product to the Family Dollar store from where they were purchased, without receipt.
Customers with questions regarding this recall may contact Family Dollar Customer Service at 844-636-7687 between 9am and 5pm EST.
Customers should contact their physician or health care provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to using these products.
Customers with concerns about their pets who have eaten the recalled animal food products should contact their veterinarian.
Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail or by fax.
Complete and submit the report Online
Regular Mail or Fax: Download form or call 1- 800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178
This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Message from the Company
For more than 60 years, Family Dollar has been providing value and convenience to customers in easy-to-shop neighborhood locations.
Family Dollar’s mix of name brands, and quality, private brand merchandise appeals to shoppers in approximately 8,000 stores in rural and urban settings across 48 states.
Helping families save on the items they need with everyday low prices creates a strong bond with customers who refer to their neighborhood store as “my Family Dollar”.
Family Dollar is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dollar Tree, Inc. headquartered in Chesapeake, Virginia.
More than 400 Family Dollar locations in six states temporarily closed Sunday after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration discovered a large rodent infestation at one of the discount retailer’s distribution centers.
Following a consumer complaint, the FDA searched the West Memphis, Arkansas distribution facility in January.
“Family Dollar ceased distribution of products within days of the FDA inspection team’s arrival on-site and the inspection concluded on Feb. 11,” a press release from the FDA said. “Conditions observed during the inspection included live rodents, dead rodents in various states of decay, rodent feces and urine, evidence of gnawing, nesting and rodent odors throughout the facility, dead birds and bird droppings, and products stored in conditions that did not protect against contamination.”
“More than 1,100 dead rodents were recovered from the facility following a fumigation at the facility in January 2022,” the FDA said. “Additionally, a review of the company’s internal records also indicated the collection of more than 2,300 rodents between Mar. 29 and Sep. 17, 2021, demonstrating a history of infestation.”
Family Dollar locations in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee have been affected.
MassLive reported Monday that the retailer implemented a voluntary recall at the 406 affected stores, including all drug products; “medical devices; cosmetics; dietary supplements; and human and animal (pet) food products.”
“The recall does not apply to products shipped directly to the stores by the distributor or manufacturer, such as all frozen and refrigerated items,” the report said, added that Family Dollar, to date, “said it is not aware of any consumer complaints or reports of illness related to this recall.”
“Consumers are advised not to use and to contact the company regarding impacted products,” the FDA said. “The agency is also advising that all drugs, medical devices, cosmetics and dietary supplements, regardless of packaging, be discarded. Food in non-permeable packaging (such as undamaged glass or all-metal cans) may be suitable for use if thoroughly cleaned and sanitized. Consumers should wash their hands immediately after handling any products from the affected Family Dollar stores.”
“Consumers who recently purchased affected products should contact a health care professional immediately if they have health concerns after using or handling impacted products,” the press release added. “Rodent contamination may cause Salmonella and infectious diseases, which may pose the greatest risk to infants, children, pregnant women, the elderly and immunocompromised people.”
View the full FDA press release, below (emphasis by the FDA):
Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting the public that several categories of FDA-regulated products purchased from Jan. 1, 2021, through the present from Family Dollar stores in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee may be unsafe for consumers to use. The impacted products originated from the company’s distribution facility in West Memphis, Arkansas, where an FDA inspection found insanitary conditions, including a rodent infestation, that could cause many of the products to become contaminated. The FDA is working with the company to initiate a voluntary recall of the affected products.
“Families rely on stores like Family Dollar for products such as food and medicine. They deserve products that are safe,” said Associate Commissioner for Regulatory Affairs Judith McMeekin, Pharm.D. “No one should be subjected to products stored in the kind of unacceptable conditions that we found in this Family Dollar distribution facility. These conditions appear to be violations of federal law that could put families’ health at risk. We will continue to work to protect consumers.”
This alert covers FDA-regulated products purchased from Family Dollar stores in those six states from Jan. 1, 2021, through the present. Some examples of these products include human foods (including dietary supplements (vitamin, herbal and mineral supplements)), cosmetics (skincare products, baby oils, lipsticks, shampoos, baby wipes), animal foods (kibble, pet treats, wild bird seed), medical devices (feminine hygiene products, surgical masks, contact lens cleaning solutions, bandages, nasal care products) and over-the-counter (OTC) medications (pain medications, eye drops, dental products, antacids, other medications for both adults and children).
Consumers are advised not to use and to contact the company regarding impacted products. The agency is also advising that all drugs, medical devices, cosmetics and dietary supplements, regardless of packaging, be discarded. Food in non-permeable packaging (such as undamaged glass or all-metal cans) may be suitable for use if thoroughly cleaned and sanitized. Consumers should wash their hands immediately after handling any products from the affected Family Dollar stores.
Consumers who recently purchased affected products should contact a health care professional immediately if they have health concerns after using or handling impacted products. Rodent contamination may cause Salmonella and infectious diseases, which may pose the greatest risk to infants, children, pregnant women, the elderly and immunocompromised people.
Following a consumer complaint, the FDA began an investigation of the Family Dollar distribution facility in West Memphis, Arkansas, in January 2022. Family Dollar ceased distribution of products within days of the FDA inspection team’s arrival on-site and the inspection concluded on Feb. 11. Conditions observed during the inspection included live rodents, dead rodents in various states of decay, rodent feces and urine, evidence of gnawing, nesting and rodent odors throughout the facility, dead birds and bird droppings, and products stored in conditions that did not protect against contamination. More than 1,100 dead rodents were recovered from the facility following a fumigation at the facility in January 2022. Additionally, a review of the company’s internal records also indicated the collection of more than 2,300 rodents between Mar. 29 and Sep. 17, 2021, demonstrating a history of infestation.
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Being a member at Costco comes with certain perks, such as free samples and discounts on travel and tires. It also means there’s an inventory stashed away of what you buy. By keeping track of purchases, the warehouse is able to alert customers in the event of a safety recall.
And that’s exactly what happened when a snack item was recently recalled, according to an alert Costco sent to individuals who purchased the item at warehouses in Alaska, California, Oregon, and Washington. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also posted a notice revealing that certain dried plum products from SnakYard may be contaminated with lead.
The snacks were distributed or sold in California, Nevada, and Utah. In turn, they were sent to retail stores and supermarkets, including Costco. The impacted bags of saladitos (salted dried plums) were sold at select warehouses between April 2021 and January 2022 as item #1516905. The alert sent to members warns, “If you still have any of this product, please stop using the item and return it to your local Costco for a full refund.”
Also included in the recall are 1.5-ounce bags of saladitos and saladitos con chile y limon (dried plums with chili and lemon) under the Tolteca brand label, which were not sold at Costco. They have a UPC code of either 704927600694 or 704927600700, according to the FDA.
No illnesses related to lead have been reported. Symptoms of lead poisoning include abdominal pain, behavior or mood changes, irritability, lethargy, vomiting, weakness, seizures, and more. Per the Mayo Clinic:
“Lead poisoning occurs when lead builds up in the body, often over months or years. Even small amounts of lead can cause serious health problems. Children younger than 6 years are especially vulnerable to lead poisoning, which can severely affect mental and physical development. At very high levels, lead poisoning can be fatal.”
People get Salmonella if they eat or handle food that has been contaminated with the bacteria and the food has not been properly handled, prepared, or cooked. Salmonella is common in uncooked food products from animals, such as eggs, poultry, and unpasteurized milk. People who get the germs on their hands can infect themselves by eating, smoking, or touching their mouths. They can also spread the germs to anyone or anything they touch, including food.
Most people with an infection will have diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps that can last up to a week; severe disease is possible but uncommon. Although treatment is not always necessary, people who have weakened immune systems, very young children, adults over 65, and those experiencing severe symptoms should talk to their healthcare providers about treatment. Individuals should consult with their healthcare provider if they have symptoms after contact with the dog treats or an animal that has eaten the dog treats.
Dogs that become ill from Salmonella infection may experience diarrhea that can contain blood or mucus, may seem more tired than usual, and may have a fever or vomit. It is also possible for dogs to have Salmonella infection and not appear sick. Those concerned that their dogs may have become ill after eating the treats should consult their veterinarians.
What to Do?
The Massachusetts Department of Health is urging consumers who have any “Dog Gone Dog Treats” in their possession to dispose of them immediately.
Some male sexual enhancement pills’ sold on Amazon and other online merchants have been recalled due to the presence of an erectile dysfunction medicine.
In the last few days, the US Food and Medicine Administration (FDA) has issued four-drug recalls.
Tadalafil, an FDA-approved erectile dysfunction medicine, was identified in each of the samples. Despite the fact that the medicine is not permitted for over-the-counter usage, the FDA has issued a recall.
‘The Red Pill,’ ‘Mac Daddy Red,’ ‘Mac Daddy Purple,’ ‘Red Mammoth,’ and ‘MegMan performance booster’ are among the five drugs.
The medicines have since been withdrawn from Amazon, eBay, and Walmart’s online stores. It’s unclear whether there will be any further recalls.
The FDA warns that anyone with diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart disease may be in danger if they use tadalafil without realizing it.
Most people with these problems take blood pressure medications on a daily basis…
There’s been a 125% increase in the number of foods being pulled from shelves recently. But have you ever stopped to wonder why there have been so many grocery recalls in the news?
“The answer: new laws and new technology,” Eat This, Not That! Medical Expert Board member Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, writes. “In 2011, the FDA enacted the Food Safety Modernization Act that provided them with more power in preventing food safety issues.”
How To Save Money On Groceries
Unfortunately, there are new recalls to add to the ever-growing list, which includes items sold at top grocery stores like ALDI, H-E-B, Kroger, Trader Joe’s, Walmart, and Whole Foods. To help keep your family safe, check to see if the following items are in your kitchen ASAP.
The recalled items were distributed to retailers in more than 35 states, as well as several provinces in Canada. In addition to Dole-branded products, they included private label packaged salads sold at grocery stores like ALDI, H-E-B, Kroger, and Walmart, which gave this statement to Eat This, Not That! about the recall:
“Walmart is committed to providing our customers with safe, high-quality products at our everyday low prices. As soon as we were notified by Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc. of the recall, we alerted our stores and distribution centers to remove the affected product from their shelves and inventory, and we implemented a register block to prevent additional sales. Customers who have purchased one of the items identified in the recall may return it to their nearest Walmart for a full refund.”
Fortunately, no illnesses have been reported to date. The impacted items have “Best if Used By” dates between Dec. 22, 2021, and Jan 9, 2022. To view a full list of the affected products on the FDA’s website, click here.Courtesy of Trader Joe’s
This blend of sweet corn, shelled edamame, and red bell peppers is one of the beloved frozen food products sold at Trader Joe’s. However, the low-cost grocery chain is pulling almost 46,000 16-ounce bags from shelves because they may be contaminated with Listeria.
The FDA classifies the situation as a “Class II” recall, or “a situation in which use of or exposure to a violative product may cause temporary or medically reversible adverse health consequences or where the probability of serious adverse health consequences is remote.”
Similar to other foodborne germs, Listeria contamination causes symptoms like diarrhea and fever, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Infections in pregnant women may lead to miscarriage, premature delivery, stillbirth, or more complications.
The bags were distributed to stores in Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah. No information about potential illnesses related to this recall was provided.
Almost 15,000 pounds of beef sticks sold at stores nationwide are being recalled because of faulty labeling and undeclared allergens. The Iowa Smokehouse Original Smoked Beef Sticks may contain milk, a known allergen, according to an alert posted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). Anyone who is allergic to milk or has a sensitivity to it may have an adverse reaction to this product.
“The problem was discovered after the firm received consumer complaints of cheese in the product and reported the event to FSIS,” the alert says. “There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.”
Walmart tells Eat This, Not That! that the beef sticks are not sold at all Walmart stores but at some of the company’s third-party marketplaces. “We blocked and removed the item from our website on January 8 and directed the sellers to take appropriate action to address the recall,” a spokesperson says.
It’s possible that some of these items may still be lurking in consumers’ pantries or refrigerators. If you have one in your kitchen, double-check the packaging. Affected products have sell-by dates of 11/15/2022 or 11/17/2022 and establishment numbers of 1633B.Courtesy of Whole Foods
Dream Pops is asking retailers to pull 26,111 cases of its products after it was discovered that the bite-sized desserts may contain undeclared milk, according to an alert posted by the FDA.
The Berry Dreams, Birthday Cake, Cookie Dough, and Vanilla Sky bites are available at Whole Foods, Wegmans, ShopRite, Schnucks, H-E-B, Harris Teeter, and more grocery stores, but the notice doesn’t specify which places the recalled pops were sold at. All of the affected packages have best-by dates ranging from 6/28/22 to 10/21/22.
The FDA classifies this as a “Class I” recall, or “a situation in which there is a reasonable probability that the use of or exposure to a violative product will cause serious adverse health consequences or death.”
No information about possible illnesses related to this recall was provided. Shutterstock
Angel Formula, which was sold at Moor Herbs’ Detroit store and on its website, is being recalled after the FDA determined that it didn’t meet certain labeling and nutrition requirements for infant formula. The product is labeled as “a powdered mylk alternative for the health conscious mother.” Here’s what the organization said about the issue:
“When the product was tested, the iron, sodium, and potassium content were well over the maximum allowed, which could potentially lead to iron overload and/or electrolyte imbalances. In addition, the product did not have vitamin D, and a vitamin D deficiency can potentially lead to rickets, a softening and weakening of bones.”
The company began shipping this product in 2019, and “all units in distribution are included in this recall.” Parents and caregivers who purchased the affected formula should stop using it and either throw it away or return it for a refund. Anyone concerned about the health or safety of their child should contact a health care provider for more information.
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The CDC is in the midst of an active investigation into two separate listeria outbreaks connected to packaged salads from Dole and Fresh Express. So far there have been 2 recorded deaths, 13 hospitalizations, and 17 illnesses across 13 U.S. states, according to the CDC. These salads have been available for purchase under a number of brand names, including Ahold, Dole, HEB, Kroger, Lidl, Little Salad Bar, Marketside, Naturally Better, Nature’s Promise, President’s Choice, and Simply Nature. The specific salads and ingredients range from mixed greens to garden salads and Caesar salad kits. This is not the first time Dole has been connected to a listeria outbreak. Last October, Dole recalled a number of bagged salads due to the risk of listeria contamination.
If you are concerned about whether you might have purchased one of these products (available in either bags or clamshells) it might help to note that the listed use by date can be anywhere between 11/30/21 and 1/09/22 and the product code will begin with B, N, W, or Y.
If you have purchased one of these specified products, discard them or return them to the store of purchase for a refund. As listeria can easily spread, if the product was opened, thoroughly sanitize any surface or ingredient that came into contact with it. The CDC has put together a helpful five-step guide to properly deep cleaning your refrigerator; you will just need to ensure you have sealed bags, warm soapy water, clean towels, and if you like, bleach. It can be a lengthy process, but it is worth it to ensure the safety of your household.
Listeria can be mild in individuals who are healthy, with symptoms similar to food poisoning, such as fever, stomach pain, and diarrhea, according to the CDC. Sometimes, symptoms can develop up to four weeks after consuming the contaminated food. However, it is important to note that symptoms can be far more severe when it comes to vulnerable individuals, including pregnant people, newborns, adults over the age of 65, and immunocompromised individuals. These groups can be more likely to face a more advanced and invasive kind of listeriosis, which can be a life-threatening form of the infection that moves on from the digestive system to other parts of the body, including the joints or bloodstream. This can lead to further illness, severe complications, and even be fatal, as we have seen with these two recent deaths.
Frozen Spinach Recalled in 9 States Due to Potential Listeria Risk
If you bought frozen spinach at Lidl, you’ll want to check the label. By Leah Goggins January 20, 2022 Advertisement PinFB
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Frozen Food Development announced a recall of two lots of store-brand frozen chopped spinach sold in Lidl stores. The spinach was distributed in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The company instigated the recall after a bag of the spinach tested positive for listeria.
The recalled spinach is in 12-ounce bags marked “Steamable by Lidl” with lot numbers #R17742 or #R17963 and an expiration date of September 10, 2023 on the back of the bag. You can see photos of the spinach packaging in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s recall announcement. There are no known illnesses reported in connection with the recall.
Listeria monocytogenes is a species of bacteria that can survive—and even grow—under refrigeration and other preservation measures. Consuming listeria can cause listeriosis. Symptoms of listeriosis include fever, nausea and vomiting in mild cases, or headache, confusion and loss of balance in severe cases. According to the FDA, listeriosis can be fatal “among the elderly, people with weakened immune systems or chronic diseases.” If you think you are experiencing symptoms of listeriosis, contact your healthcare provider immediately.
Those with the recalled spinach in their possession are encouraged to return their purchase to Lidl for a full refund. If you have questions, contact LIDL Customer Care at 1-844-747-5435 Monday through Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard time.
Because there are thousands of products on display at grocery stores and dozens more lining your kitchen pantry, it can be hard to keep track of every item on your shopping list. When groceries are the subject of a recall, supermarkets and other retailers act quickly to remove them from shelves. However, it’s still crucial for shoppers to be in the know in case any affected products are already inside their homes.
Luckily, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other government groups post the latest food recalls that grocery shoppers should know about. To help you easily identify the products involved in these recalls, the information shared with consumers includes items like “Best By” dates and UPC codes.
Here are seven new recalls that include products sold at Costco, Trader Joe’s, and other top supermarkets. To keep your family safe, take a moment to pause and check your pantry today.
Costco sells this bread in packages of two loaves, but certain bundles are being recalled due to the potential presence of undeclared milk. “Flowers Foods and the FDA have issued a recall on a specific code of their Nature’s Own Honey Wheat Bread,” a notice sent to Costco members who purchased the item says. “If you have a milk allergy, do not eat any remaining bread . . . please return it to Costco for a full refund.”
The affected products were sold in warehouses in Arizona and Colorado. The bags have a “Best If Used By” date of 12-26-2021 and a UPC code of 0-72250-00539-5. No related illnesses or incidents related to the recalled items have been reported, according to the FDA. 2
Almost 140,000 of the Alaura Two-Tone Jar Candles sold at Costco stores are being recalled because they pose “laceration and fire hazards.” Specifically, they could “shatter, crack, or break apart while burning,” according to a recall notice posted by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The recall was initiated after 138 reports of the candles shattering, cracking, or breaking apart were submitted—three of which resulted in lacerations. The impacted candles were sold at Costco warehouses nationwide between August and September 2021 for around $17.
More than 30 types of dry shampoo spray are being recalled by Proctor & Gamble after the presence of benzene was detected in some products. The recall includes items under the brand names Aussie, Hair Food, Herbal Essences, Old Spice, Pantene, and Waterless. Here’s exactly what the notice posted by the FDA says about the risks associated with using products that contain benzene:https://a1e698b4fcb08b4be32fa6086116cba9.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html Benzene is classified as a human carcinogen. Exposure to benzene can occur by inhalation, orally, and through the skin and it can result in cancers including leukemia and blood cancer of the bone marrow and blood disorders which can be life-threatening. Based on exposure modeling and the cancer risk assessments published by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (IRIS database), daily exposure to benzene in the recalled products at the levels detected in our testing would not be expected to cause adverse health consequences.
Proctor & Gamble said it reviewed its entire portfolio of aerosol products “following recent reports that indicated traces of benzene in some aerosol spray products.”
“While benzene is not an ingredient in any of our products, our review showed that benzene came from the propellant that sprays the product out of the can. We detected unexpected levels of benzene in aerosol dry shampoo sprays and aerosol dry conditioner sprays,” a Proctor & Gamble spokesperson told Eat This, Not That!. “The majority of our portfolio—mousses, hairsprays, liquid shampoos, liquid conditioners, styling products and treatments—including other Pantene, Aussie, Herbal Essences, Hair Food, and Waterless products are not included in the scope of this recall and may continue to be used as intended.”
The company says it hasn’t received any reports of “adverse events” related to this recall. The dry shampoo spray products were sold nationwide at retailers and online. 4
Almost 17,000 26-ounce canisters of Morton Salt are being recalled because of mislabeling. Instead of iodized salt, the packages contain salt that isn’t fortified with iodine. The items in question have a “Best By” date of 9/8/2026 and were distributed to retailers in Colorado and California.
The FDA classifies this event as a Class III recall, meaning “use of, or exposure to, a violative product is not likely to cause adverse health consequences.”
Another large beverage recall was also updated to include additional items. The ongoing Kool-Aid recall is classified as a Class II event by the FDA due to the potential presence of glass and metal in the affected products. That means this is a “situation in which use of, or exposure to, a violative product may cause temporary or medically reversible adverse health consequences or where the probability of serious adverse health consequences is remote.”
The Kraft Heinz Foods Company says to throw any of the items involved in this recall out immediately if they’re in your pantry. 7
Trader Ming’s Chicken & Vegetable Wonton Soup
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) recently issued public health alerts for two grocery items, one of which includes a product carried at Trader Joe’s.
Containers of Trader Ming’s Chicken & Vegetable Wonton Soup sold in Arizona, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Southern California, Southern Nevada, Utah, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. may contain undeclared shrimp and pork. No reports of adverse reactions have been confirmed at this time.
December 23, 2021 — Woody’s Pet Food Deli of Minneapolis, MN is recalling Raw Cornish Hen pet food due to risk of Salmonella bacteria. The affected recipe contains a “With Supplements” sticker.
What’s Being Recalled?
The recalled products and identifying batch information are included below:
Where Was the Product Sold?
The recalled pet food was distributed in the company’s retail stores in Minneapolis, Saint Paul, and Woodbury, Minnesota.
Two (2) 5-pound tubs were sold in the company’s St Paul store. Twelve (12) 15-ounce containers were distributed through its 3 Twin Cities, MN retail stores.
About Salmonella in Humans
Salmonella can affect animals eating the product and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.
Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever.
Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms.
Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.
About Pets with Salmonella
Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting.
Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain.
Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans.
If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.
What Caused the Recall?
The recall is a result of FDA sampling due to a consumer complaint on another product, which testing revealed a sample of this product contains Salmonella.
Message from the Company
The company continues its investigation as to the source of the problem and will resume production when the problem is resolved.
For 13 years we have strived to provide quality pet food, and we believe taking this action is the right thing to do.
We are grateful for your support. We sincerely apologize for any inconveniences this may cause.
What to Do?
Consumers who have these products should discontinue use and may return the unused portion to the place of purchase for a full refund.
If you have recalled product in your home, clean refrigerators/freezers where the product was stored and clean and disinfect all bowls, utensils, food prep surfaces, pet bedding, toys, floors, and any other surfaces that the food or pet may have had contact with.
Because animals can shed the bacteria in their feces, it’s important to clean up the animal’s stools in yards or parks where people or other animals may become exposed, in addition to cleaning items in the home.
Consumers should thoroughly wash their hands after handling the affected product or cleaning up potentially contaminated items and surfaces.
Consumers with questions may contact our stores Tuesday through Saturday noon to 6 PM CST at 612-208-0335 (Minneapolis), 651-493-7269 (St Paul), and 651-340-8678 (Woodbury).
Stores are closed from December 25, 2021 to January 3, 2022. So, Woody’s Pet Food Deli is unable to answer phone calls during that time. Please contact the company by email at email@example.com.
December 1, 2021 — Livia Global, Inc. of Visalia, CA, is recalling two lots of its BioLifePet Liquid Probiotics due to the possibility of contamination with Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria.
The image above was not included in the company’s original recall notice. It is offered here in good faith by The Dog Food Advisor in an effort to help readers identify the affected product.
What Is Pseudomonas?
Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a potentially dangerous, disease-causing bacterium found in the environment. If ingested, Pseudomonas can cause a life-threatening infection in immune-compromised individuals.
Pseudomonas infections are generally limited to hospital settings.
This recall event only affects the following products with the Lot# 001005-1 Best by: 04/2023 as well as LiviaOne Nasal Probiotics with Lot# 010620-1 Best by 08/2023 with the following ship dates:
Lot numbers are located on the side of the bottle and on the bottom of the outer container in which the product is sold. (See below)
No other lots or ship dates or any other LiviaOne products are affected by this recall.
These products are distributed nationwide through Amazon, wholesale, and direct sales from the company’s website.
Editor’s Note: We find this FDA announcement to be confusing in that it appears to contain both human and pet products together on the same page.
Message from the Company
The company discovered the potential issue during routine 3rd party laboratory testing, which is part of Livia Global’s quality assurance procedures and safety protocols and decided to take this precautionary measure.
Even though the company has not received a direct complaint from using their products, we felt compelled to do this out of abundance of caution.
According to Chief Operations Officer, Deborah Moreno…
“We apologize for any concern or inconvenience this situation causes our customers and are here to support them… Livia Global is dedicated to the safety, health and welfare of its customers above all else. We continue to invest in the safety and quality protocols to ensure we produce only the best products.”
What to Do?
The company is asking consumers who have product from the above-mentioned Lot and ship dates to dispose of products.
Impacted consumers may contact Livia Global Customer Care to request a full refund (please have order # available), see contact information provided below.
For more information, please contact Deborah Moreno, Livia Global via phone, 1-559-372-8593 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hours of operations are from 8:30AM – 4:30PM PST Monday – Friday.
November 16, 2021 — Sam’s Club of Bentonville, Arkansas, is recalling Member’s Mark Beef Stick Dog Treats due to the potential presence of metal material.
What Caused the Recall?
The recall was initiated across all Sam’s Clubs following a limited number of customer reports.
See section below for the product description, UPC and product type.
The following identifying information is provided by Sam’s Club Members Mark in its official news release dated November 16, 2021.
Member’s Mark Beef Stick Dog Treats Package Size: 2.2 pounds UPC: 19396-804731 Date: All products sold since March 1, 2021
What to Do?
If you have the affected product in your possession, do not feed it to your pets.
Affected treats should be discarded or may be returned to Sam’s Club for a full refund.
If you have resold any of this product, the company requests that you contact your customers and notify them of the recall.
If you have any questions or concerns about this recall, please contact Member’s Mark customer service at 1-888-301-0332 from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. CST Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. CST on Sundays.
There’s a large recall affecting bagged salads in 10 states. Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc. voluntarily initiated the bagged salad recall affecting four brands due to the risk of listeria contamination, according to an announcement on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website. The company decided to recall the salad products on October 29, 2021, after a bag of salad tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes, the pathogen that causes the potentially foodborne illness listeriosis.
Specifically, the salad recall includes specific lots of four bagged garden salad products produced by Dole and sold under multiple brand names. The affected products include Dole Garden Salad (24 oz), Marketside Classic Salad (24 oz), Kroger Brand Garden Salad (12 oz), and Salad Classics Garden Salad (12 oz).
The pre-washed and ready-to-eat salads contain iceberg lettuce, shredded carrot, and red cabbage. They were distributed in 10 Eastern and Southern states in U.S., including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Virginia.
Not all bags of these products are being recalled—only a “limited number of cases” is affected, according to the FDA notice. All of the recalled bags have a best if used by date of October 25, 2021, meaning they should no longer be available at grocery stores. However, consumers who have already purchased the salads may still have them in their fridges.
Officials discovered the risk of contamination when a random sample test of a single bagged garden salad, conducted by the Department of Agriculture in Georgia, came back positive for Listeria monocytogenes. There are no reports of illness associated with the recalled products, according to the FDA. Dole describes the salad recall as “precautionary.” The company noted that it’s working closely with regulatory officials on the issue and that no other products made or sold by Dole are affected by the recall.
Fresh onions have been identified as the source of a Salmonella outbreak across 37 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday. The Food and Drug Administration, CDC and other health officials concluded that fresh, whole red, white and yellow onions imported from Chihuahua, Mexico, and distributed by ProSource Inc. are behind the outbreak.
The onions, which were sold to U.S. restaurants and grocery stores, were last imported on August 27, the distributor said. However, according to the CDC, potentially infectious onions could still be in homes and businesses due to the product’s shelf life of up to three months.
As of Wednesday, 652 Salmonella illnesses and 129 hospitalizations from the disease have been reported in 37 states, including Texas, Virginia, California and Illinois, the CDC said. But the number of cases is likely higher than the amount reported due to the time it takes to classify a sick person as part of the outbreak and how often those with Salmonella recover without being tested or receiving medical care, according to the CDC.
The CDC has urged businesses not to serve fresh, whole onions that were imported from Chihuahua and distributed by ProSource Inc., and has asked people not to eat them. Onions without proper stickers or packaging that indicate the brand and country where the item was grown should be thrown out, the CDC advised. Surfaces and containers that may have been touched by impacted onions should be washed with hot, soapy water or run through a dishwasher, the CDC said.
The outbreak was reported between May 31 to September 31, the CDC said. Those affected range in age from younger than 1 to 97 years old. No deaths have been reported as of Wednesday.
Symptoms of Salmonella — a bacterial disease — include diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps usually six hours to six days after a person swallows the bacteria, according to the CDC. Symptoms typically last from four to seven days, and most people can recover without treatment.
The illness can sometimes cause severe disease, like infection of the urine, blood, bones, joints, spinal fluid and brain. Immunocompromised people and those under the age of 5 or older than 65 are more at risk for severe illnesses.
Each year, the bacteria causes about 1.35 million illnesses, 26,500 hospitalizations and 420 deaths in the U.S., the CDC estimates.
Walmart is recalling an aromatherapy room spray that contained a dangerous bacteria, which can cause a fatal health condition, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Friday.
The retailer is recalling 3,900 bottles of the Better Homes and Gardens-branded essential oil infused aromatherapy room spray with gemstones. The spray bottles could contain Burkholderia pseudomallei bacteria, which can cause a condition called Melioidosis.
According to the CPSC, Melioidosis can be difficult to diagnose and can be fatal. Melioidosis is a rare but serious disease in the United States, with about 12 cases reported annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC conducted tests on the product and investigated four confirmed cases of Melioidosis, including two fatal cases, in the United States. Though the source of these four infections has not been confirmed by CDC, the CPSC said the bottle with the same type of bacteria was found in the home of one of the individuals who died.
The $4 aromatherapy room spray was sold at about 55 Walmart stores nationwide and online at walmart.com from February 2021 through October 2021.
The bottle has “Better Homes and Gardens Aromatherapy” printed on the label on the front of the 5-ounce glass bottle.
Consumers should stop using the recalled product immediately and are advised to not open the bottle or dispose of it themselves but to return it to Walmart in a clear zip-top double bag for a full refund.
Consumers are also advised to seek medical care if they have used the product within the last 21 days and experience fever or other symptoms.
October 11, 2021 — Tuffy’s Pet Foods is recalling approximately 1,600 cases of NutriSource Pure Vita Salmon Entree Dog Food in a Tetrapak carton following notification from the product manufacturer of potentially elevated levels of Vitamin D.
“…extremely high levels of vitamin D can cause serious health problems. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, so unlike water-soluble vitamins, when a dog… gets too much, the excess is not rapidly excreted in his or her urine. Instead, it’s stored in fat tissue and the liver. Excessive vitamin D can lead to kidney failure and even death.”
Tuffy’s Pet Foods Company Statement
Consuming elevated levels of vitamin D in dog food can cause adverse reactions in dogs of all sizes, including symptoms such as vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling and weight loss.
When ingested at excessive levels, vitamin D can lead to serious health issues in dogs including renal dysfunction.
While no reports of illness or injury have been reported from consumers to date, Tuffy’s is acting out of an abundance of caution and is removing the specific lots of product listed below from distribution.
As such, consumers should stop feeding the product listed below to their pets immediately.
Tuffy’s recommends consumers whose dogs have consumed the potentially affected product and are exhibiting any of the above mentioned symptoms contact their veterinarian.
Where Was the Product Sold?
The recalled product was distributed nationwide to distributors and retail stores.
What’s Being Recalled?
The recalled product is limited to Pure Vita Salmon Entrée Dog Food in a Tetrapak carton, bearing UPC Code “0 73893 96202 1” (found on side of the carton).
Products included in the recall are identified by the “Best by Dates” and “Lot Numbers” (found on the top of the carton) as listed in the grid below.
No other Pure Vita dog or cat foods, or treats are affected by this announcement.
What Caused the Recall?
The recall was initiated after Tuffy’s was notified by the product manufacturer that this product may contain elevated levels of vitamin D.
The manufacturer of the affected product has identified and isolated the error and corrective actions are in progress to prevent this from happening again.
There are no other Pure Vita products affected by this recall.
This voluntary recall is being made with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and is being made out of an abundance of caution.
What to Do?
Consumers who purchased the Pure Vita Salmon Entrée dog food product subject to this voluntary recall (as identified above) are urged to return the product to their retailer for a full refund.
For consumer information or questions regarding this voluntary recall, please contact Tuffy’s Pet Foods, Inc. at (800) 525-9155 from Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm Central Time, or by email at email@example.com.
“…extremely high levels of vitamin D can cause serious health problems. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, so unlike water-soluble vitamins, when a dog… gets too much, the excess is not rapidly excreted in his or her urine. Instead, it’s stored in fat tissue and the liver. Excessive vitamin D can lead to kidney failure and even death.”
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