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Swanson Health Products Recalls Full Spectrum Cilantro

April 4, 2014 - Swanson Health Products is voluntarily recalling Swanson Premium Brand Full Spectrum Cilantro (Coriander), item number SW1112, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella is an organism that 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 (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with salmonella can result in the organism entering the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

The product was sold by several different methods. It was either sold at the Swanson Health Products retail store, 109 Broadway N., Fargo, North Dakota, shipped directly to online or mail-order consumers, or held for pick up by the consumer at Swanson Health Products headquarters. The product was sold between November 21, 2013, and January 31, 2014. The lot numbers of Swanson Premium Brand Full Spectrum Cilantro (Coriander) included in this recall are 203921 and 204888, with a manufacturing date of 11/2013. The lot number and manufacturing date can be found on the label near the UPC code.

Swanson Health Products became aware of the potential contamination after being notified by its supplier, UST Corporation, Layton, Utah. UST Corp. had earlier learned of the potential contamination from its supplier. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this voluntary recall. The raw material, as well as the finished products capsules, have been tested and found to contain no trace of Salmonella. Consumers in possession of this voluntarily recalled product may return it to Swanson Health Products headquarters in Fargo, North Dakota. Consumers or media with questions should contact Swanson Health Products Customer Care at (800) 451-9304 (Monday–Friday, 8:00 am–5:00 pm CDT).

Sprouts Farmers Market Recalls Organic Black Peppercorns Due to Possible Health Risk

April 4, 2014 - Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc. (the “Company”) is recalling Organic Black Peppercorns sold under the Sprouts brand name from all stores. This product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, the elderly, 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 (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

 

The recalled Organic Black Peppercorns were distributed to Sprouts Farmers Market stores in Arizona, California, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah. No illnesses have been reported to date.The product comes in a 2.12-ounce, clear glass jar marked with lot #3287 on the bottom of the container and with an expiration date of October 2016. Each container is identified with an individual label showing the Sprouts Farmers Market company logo, the description: Organic Black Peppercorns.

 

Sprouts Farmers Market initiated the recall after a sample taken during routine testing by the FDA revealed the presence of Salmonella in one lot of Organic Black Peppercorns. Upon learning of the sample result, the company immediately removed the following product from store shelves and initiated the process for its destruction:

Brand

Full Product Name

Size/Weight

UPC Code

Lot Code

Sprouts Farmers Market

Organic Black Peppercorns

2.12oz

8-74875-00425-4

3287


As an extra precautionary measure, the company is voluntarily recalling the following items from its grocery shelves and bulk departments:

Brand

Full Product Name

Size/Weight

UPC Code

Lot Code

Frontier

Organic Whole Black Peppercorns

16oz

0-89836-02603-3

3256

Sprouts Farmers Market

Organic Black Peppercorns

2.12oz

8-74875-00425-4

3246

Simply Organic

Whole Black Peppercorns

2.65oz

0-89836-18524-2

3221, 3262


Customers who have purchased any of the products mentioned in this release are urged not to use or consume them and return them to any Sprouts Farmers Market for a full refund. Customer safety and product integrity is of the utmost importance to Sprouts Farmers Market. The company is committed to alerting our customers of hazardous or defective products in a timely and accurate manner.

Customers with questions may contact Sprouts Farmers Market’s Customer Relations Department Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm PST at (480) 814-8016 or email us at customerrelations@sprouts.com.

AH!LASKA® Organic Cocoa Non-Dairy Chocolate Mix

April 3, 2014 - Tracy, CA. KORU Pacific Packaging, today issued a voluntary recall of AH!LASKA®, because one lot (LOT# 3280 BEST BY APR/2015) of the product may contain milk, which is not labeled in the ingredients. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of a serious or life threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.  The powdered mix is packaged in a canister containing 12 oz.,with the product name AH!LASKA Organic Cocoa Non-Dairy Chocolate,12 oz, UPC# 7-60519-10028-7. One LOT# is affected: LOT# 3280 BEST BY APR/2015, which appears on the shipping case sticker and on the metal canister bottom. ONLY this Best By date is being recalled.  The product was distributed to retailers nationwide.  The recall was initiated when lab testing confirmed the presence of milk allergen in the finished product. While milk is not listed in the ingredients, the label does include the allergen advisory statement "Made in a facility that also processes peanuts, sesame, dairy, eggs, fish, and soy."This action is being taken as a precaution. No illnesses have been reported to date for milk allergen in association with this product. Consumers who have purchased the recalled product can return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions can contact the company at phone number, Monday - Friday, 8am to 5pm PST.  Contact (209) 832-1704 with questions.

Bissinger’s Dark Chocolate Bunny Ears

April 10, 2014 - Karl Bissinger’s LLC today announced a recall of its Dark Chocolate Bunny Ears because one lot was mislabeled and contains undeclared milk.  People who have a severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of a serious or life threatening reaction if they consume this product.  Bissinger’s Dark Chocolate Bunny Ears are packaged in a clear film with an ingredient card.  Lot Code: 4981 Best By FEB 2015 UPC: 846107009795.  The product was distributed to retailers and wholesalers nationwide from January 28, 2014 through April 4, 2014. Those who have received this are asked to destroy product and report affected quantities to Bissinger’s for a full refund.  No adverse reactions have been reported to date for a milk allergen in association with this product.  The recall was initiated after a customer discovered milk chocolate products in the dark chocolate product packaging. The dark chocolate labels do not list milk as an ingredient.  Bissinger’s regrets any inconvenience this may cause and customers may call 800-325-8881, Monday-Friday, 9am to 5pm CDT to discuss questions or concerns. To learn more, visit www.bissingers.com.

Parker Farms Acquisition, LLC products, March 21, 2014

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is alerting consumers to avoid eating certain peanut butter, cheese, salsa, and spreads produced by Parkers Farm Acquisition, LLC after state agriculture department product sampling determined some of the finished products to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria.

Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially serious disease marked by fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Healthy people rarely contract listeriosis, but it can sometimes cause fatal infections in infants, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems. Listeriosis can also lead to miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women.

The products are distributed nationwide under the Parkers Farm, Parkers, Happy Farms, Central Markets, Hy-Top, Amish Classic, Say Cheez, Win Schuler and Bucky Badger labels. These products were sold at several retail stores, including but not limited to, Hy-Vee, Cub, Rainbow, Byerly’s, Lunds, Target, Whole Foods, Price Chopper, Nash Finch, Costco, ALDI, Walmart and Brookshire stores. A complete list of the recalled products with their “sell by” dates can be found here.

If you have purchased these products, return them to the place of purchase or throw them away. If you believe you may have become ill after eating the products, contact you healthcare provider. Questions about the recall can be directed to Parker Farms at (800) 869-6685 or their website www.parkersfarm.com.

Uncle Ben's® Infused® Rice products, February 10, 2014

A recall has been issued by Mars Foodservices for 5-lb. and 25-lb. bags of Uncle Ben’s® Infused® Rice products. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and local health departments in three states (Texas, Illinois, and North Dakota) have been investigating clusters of illnesses associated with Uncle Ben’s® Infused® Rice products.

These products are sold to food service companies that usually distribute to restaurants, schools, hospitals, and other commercial establishments. However, these products may be available for purchase over the Internet and at warehouse-type retailers. Other Uncle Ben’s® brand products sold at grocery stores and other retail outlets are not being recalled. Consumers should not eat recalled Uncle’s Ben’s® Infused® Rice products, institutions should not serve these recalled products, and retailers should not sell the recalled products to the public. 

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment warns of illnesses associated with recalled Uncle Ben’s® Infused® Rice products. Symptoms associated with this illness include red, burning or itching rash, headache, nausea, and flushing of the skin occurring shortly after consuming the rice product. These symptoms usually resolve within 30 to 90 minutes.

Institutions or individuals with questions regarding this recall can call Mars Foodservice Corporation at 800-432-2331. Visit the FDA website for a list of recalled items and additional information.