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Recent Recalls

nSPIRED Natural Foods, Inc. Peanut Butter and Almond Butter Products

August 19, 2014 - nSpired Natural Foods, Inc. is voluntarily recalling certain retail lots of Arrowhead Mills® Peanut Butters, MaraNatha® Almond Butters and Peanut Butters and specific private label nut butters (listed below) packaged in glass and plastic jars because they have 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 those 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.

The potential risk was brought to the Company’s attention by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration following routine testing. The Company has received reports of four illnesses that may be associated with these specific products.

Click here for more information and to see a full list of the recalled products.

Velveeta Original Pasteurized Recipe Cheese

June 19, 2014 – Kraft Foods Group is voluntarily recalling 260 cases of Velveeta Original Pasteurized Recipe Cheese Product because it does not contain appropriate levels of sorbic acid, a preservative ingredient. While unlikely, the affected product could spoil prematurely and/or lead to food borne illness. Therefore, the company is issuing this recall as a precaution.

This recall affects one batch of product made on one manufacturing line during a few hours of production. The product was shipped to three Walmart distribution centers and may have been redistributed to stores in up to 12 Midwest states. The affected products may have been shipped to Walmart stores in Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. These products were not shipped outside of the U.S.

The following specific batch of product is being recalled:

Product Size:  32 OZ (2 LB)
Name of Product:  Velveeta Original Pasteurized Recipe Cheese Product
Units/Case:  12
Case Code Date/Time Range:  17 Dec 2014  10:54 - 14:35 ONLY
Case UPC Code:  10021000611611
Consumer Package Code Date/Time Range:  17 Dec 2014  09:34 - 13:15 ONLY
Consumer Package UPC Code:  021000611614

Consumers can find the case code date on the side of the package. No other products outside this

time period on this case code date are affected by this recall, nor are any other Kraft or Velveeta products affected.

The affected product was identified during a review of finished product samples. The company is taking action to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

Consumers who purchased any of these products should not eat them.  They should return them to the store where they were purchased for an exchange or full refund.  Consumers also can contact Kraft Foods Consumer Relations at 1-800-310-3704 between 9am and 6pm (Eastern).

Ocean Spray Greek Yogurt Covered Craisins

June 4, 2014 - Ocean Spray today announced it has taken the precautionary measure of voluntarily recalling two production lots of Ocean Spray® Greek Yogurt Covered Craisins® Dried Cranberries because the products may contain yogurt covered peanuts. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.  The following 8-ounce pouches of Ocean Spray® Greek Yogurt Covered Craisins® Dried Cranberries are part of this recall: UPC # 31200 03719 Best By Dates Feb 10, 2015 and Feb 11, 2015

The products were distributed to retail stores in the following states: Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received three consumer complaints that the product contained peanuts, but no associated illnesses were reported.  The recalled products were produced by a co-packer in Chicago and no other Ocean Spray® Greek Yogurt Covered Craisins® Dried Cranberries or Ocean Spray® products are affected by the recall. The co-packer has reported some yogurt covered peanuts have been packaged along with Ocean Spray® Greek Yogurt Covered Craisins® Dried Cranberries on two production dates in February. Ocean Spray has worked with the co-packer to identify the issue and the FDA is confident that this is an isolated incident and the problem has been corrected.

Although the packaging does contain a warning that the product is made on equipment that also processes nuts, Ocean Spray issued the voluntary recall out of an abundance of caution to ensure the safety of our consumers. This recall affects a very small amount of our Ocean Spray® Greek Yogurt Covered Craisins® Dried Cranberries and the FDA have not received any reports of allergic reactions. If you purchased Ocean Spray® Greek Yogurt Covered Craisins® Dried Cranberries with the above UPC code and sell by dates and have a concern about peanut allergies, please save or take a picture of the UPC label and best by date and contact the Ocean Spray Consumer Hotline at 1-800-662-3263, weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, for a coupon replacement. Please then destroy the product.

Sun Tree LLC California Grown Shelled Walnuts

May 23, 2014 - Sun Tree LLC is voluntarily recalling walnuts comprising of 46 cases of 24 count 12oz produce bags, California Grown Shelled Walnuts, Lot No. 42720, Best by 12/11/2014 UPC code, 69887507806, because it has been determined that there is a possibility of contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

These products were sold to retailers in Kansas City, KS in March of 2014.  No illnesses or customer complaints have been reported to date.

The voluntary recall was initiated after FDA sampling detected Listeria monocytogenes in walnuts from a California supplier, Golden State Foods, that also supplied the walnuts that were packed for retail in Kansas City, KS. Even though third party lab testing of product packed did not reveal any harmful pathogen, in cooperating with FDA and for care of our customers we are participating in this voluntary recall. All walnuts processed in the facility during the same timeframe as the product found positive are being recalled to ensure the highest degree of public safety.

Consumers who have purchased walnuts are urged not to consume them. Consumers are advised to dispose of them or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Visit the FDA website for additional information.

Lansal, Inc. Hummus and Dip Products

May 19, 2014 - Prepared Foods manufacturer, Lansal, Inc.(d.b.a Hot Mama’s Foods), is voluntarily recalling approximately 14,860 pounds of hummus and dip products due to concerns about possible Listeria monocytogenes, an organism, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Lansal, Inc. is voluntarily recalling all products manufactured at the same facility and distributed to both wholesalers and retailers during the same time.

The potential for contamination was found during a routine test of Target Archer Farms Traditional Hummus (10 ounce) by the Texas Department of Health. No illness has been reported.

Lansal, Inc. has contacted all impacted retail customers and distributors instructing them to remove all affected product from sale and is working with the appropriate agencies including state Departments of Health, the Food and Drug Administration and local authorities.

 Visit the FDA website for a full list of recalled Lansal, Inc. products and additional information. Consumers who have purchased the listed hummus products are urged not to eat it and to dispose of it or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.