Recall Roundup: Cashews, BBQ Sauces, Chicken Sausage and More

Here's a recap of some recent food-related recalls that have been in the news.

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Here’s a quick recap of some recent recalls in the food industry.

California-based Heritage International (USA) Inc., has voluntarily recalled one lot of Trader Joe’s Raw Cashew Pieces due to potential Salmonella contamination. According to a news release published to the FDA website:

The recall only affects one specific lot of Trader Joe's Raw Cashew Pieces. The product comes in a 16 ounce, clear, non-resealable plastic package (with a barcode number of 00505154) and with the following lot code, "BEST BEFORE 07.17.2016TF4." The "BEST BEFORE" information can be found on the backside of the package above the barcode.

The product was distributed only to Trader Joe's stores in Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washington D.C. and Wisconsin.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

The voluntary recall was initiated by Heritage International (USA) Inc., after routine testing by an FDA contract laboratory revealed the presence of Salmonella in one lot of Raw Cashew Pieces. Other lots tested by the FDA contract laboratory and further testing of this lot by Trader Joe's resulted in no additional findings of contamination.

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Kansas-based BlendTech last week issued a voluntary recall on a lot of Uncle Buck’s Fish Batter Mix that was distributed in Bass Pro Shops stores nationwide and sold via mail order, due to an undeclared milk allergen. According to a news release posted to the FDA website:

The affected product is packaged in a 22 ounce, yellow plastic bottle with black cap, UPC 9222972528, and marked with lot #09241505 on the bottom of the bottle.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The recall was initiated after BlendTech discovered product containing milk was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of milk.

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The FDA last week published a recall notice from Florida-based Kermit, Inc. due to undeclared allergens on the label of several versions of the company’s barbecue sauces. According to a news release posted to the FDA website, the undeclared allergens are soy and anchovies, which are used as ingredients in reduced sodium Worcestershire sauce and organic ketchup used in the various barbecue sauces. The FDA says no illnesses have been reported in connection with the recall.

According to the FDA, the following products are involved in the recall:

•Peddlin' Rooster Gourmet Thick N'Sweet Raspberry BBQ Sauce, Net Wt 16.9 oz (469gm)

•Peddlin' Rooster Gourmet Thick N'Sweet Moonshine Ghost Honey Mustard BBQ Sauce, Net Wt 15.1 oz (428gm)

•Peddlin' Rooster Gourmet Thick N'Sweet Espresso BBQ Sauce, Net Wt 16.5 oz (469gm)

•Peddlin' Rooster Gourmet Thick N'Sweet Dark Chocolate BBQ Sauce, Net Wt 16.5 oz (469gm)

•Peddlin' Rooster Gourmet Thick N'Sweet Cranberry Pear BBQ Sauce, Net Wt 16.5 oz (469gm)

•Peddlin' Rooster Gourmet Thick N'Sweet Moonshine Ghost Red Apple BBQ Sauce, Net Wt 16.5 oz (469 gm)

•Peddlin' Rooster Gourmet Thick N'Sweet Red Apple BBQ Sauce, Net Wt 16.5 oz (469 gm)

•Peddlin' Rooster Gourmet Thick N'Sweet Moonshine Ghost Wild Blueberry BBQ Sauce, Net Wt 16.5 oz (469 gm)

•Peddlin' Rooster Gourmet Thick N'Sweet Wild Blueberry BBQ Sauce, Net Wt 16.5 oz (469 gm)

•Peddlin' Rooster Gourmet Thick N'Sweet Moonshine Ghost Original BBQ Sauce, Net Wt 16.5 oz (469 gm)

•Peddlin' Rooster Gourmet Thick N'Sweet Strawberry BBQ Sauce, Net Wt 12 oz (340gm)

•Peddlin' Rooster Gourmet Thick N'Sweet White Peach BBQ Sauce, Net Wt 16.5 oz (469 gm)

•Peddlin' Rooster Gourmet Thick N'Sweet Cara Cara Orange Vanilla, Net Wt 16.5 oz (469gm)

•Peddlin' Rooster Gourmet Thick N'Sweet Golden Pineapple w/ Ghost Pepper BBQ Sauce, Net Wt 16.5 oz (469gm)

•Peddlin' Rooster Gourmet Thick N'Sweet Golden Pineapple BBQ Sauce, Net Wt 16.5 oz (469gm)

•Peddlin' Rooster Gourmet Thick N'Sweet Pomegranate BBQ Sauce, Net Wt 12 oz (340gm)

•Peddlin' Rooster Gourmet Thick N'Sweet BBQ Sauce, Net Wt 16.5 oz (469 gm)

The products only come in clear glass bottles in the sizes indicated by each product. Each product contains a "Best By" date. The recall is for all of the individual products with any "Best By" date prior to November 1, 2017.

According to a news release posed on the website of the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service, Kayem Foods has recalled 22,182 pounds of chicken sausage products due to misbranding. According to the FSIS, the products bear incorrect nutritional label information and are encased in pork casings, which is not declared on the label.

According to the FSIS news release:

The chicken sausage items were produced on Nov. 4, 2015. The following product is subject to recall:

•12-oz. vacuum-packed packages containing “al fresco SWEET APPLE CHICKEN SAUSAGE” bearing identification code “308 BW12 USE/FRZ BY FEB 7, 2016.”

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. P-7839” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations nationwide.                                

The problem was discovered after the firm received consumer complaints that the product listed nutritional information for a different product, “al fresco Apple Maple Breakfast” sausages.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of this product.

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