Here's a quick look at some food-related recalls in the news this week.
House of Flavors on Thursday announced it was recalling some 8-ounce cups of Purple Cow Limited Edition Cookie Butter Ice Cream that actually contain Purple Crown Butter Pecan Ice Cream and have a Butter Pecan Ice Cream lid.
According to a news release posted to the FDA website:
For consumers who are not allergic to nuts, there is no safety issue with this product. The company is conducting an internal audit to determine possible cause. To date, there has been one complaint and no illnesses reported related to the recalled product.
Only 8 oz. cups of Purple Cow Limited Edition Cookie Butter that contain Purple Cow Butter Pecan Ice Cream with a Purple Cow Butter Pecan lid sold at Meijer with UPC Code 13733 61945 and marked Best By November 21, 2016 are affected by the recall. The product was sold at Meijer stores in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin. No other Purple Cow products sold at Meijer stores are involved in the recall.
House of Flavors and Meijer are taking precautionary steps, including removing all potentially-impacted products from Meijer shelves and the entire distribution system.
According to a news release published to the FDA website, Wisconsin-based Figi's Companies, Inc. is recalling 8-ounce packaged of "Classic Marzipan" because the ingredients are not properly labeled and the product contains undeclared almonds.
According to the FDA news release:
The recalled "Classic Marzipan" was distributed nationwide through mail orders and at one retail outlet.
The product comes in a kraft colored corrugated container with red printed decorations including the Figi's Logo. It is labeled with a white and red product label in the upper right hand corner that identifies the item as 100-0034-200 "Classic Marzipan" and has a code date in a smaller yellow box in the lower left hand corner of that label. The code date will read either "5 190", "5 194", "5 253" or "5 328." The product itself is contained within a gold foil covered paperboard tray with a clear acetate cover. The package includes Figi's Special Gift Notice/Product Guarantee that is preprinted on the reverse side with the Nutritional Facts Panel for "Assorted Fruit Shaped Marzipan" and identified with the part number 380-0034-515. The shipping container also contains a promotional coupon for a discount on a future order.
No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.
The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the almond containing product was not labeled with ingredients nor were the presence of almonds highlighted. Subsequent investigation indicates the problem was caused by a temporary breakdown in the company's Bill of Material verification process.
Production of the product has been suspended until the company is certain that the problem has been corrected.
A news release published to the website of the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service on Thursday announced that Home Maid Ravioli Company, Inc. was recalling 38,950 pounds of meat and poultry ravioli and pasta products produced without the benefit of federal inspection and due to misbranding and undeclared allergens.
According to the FSIS news release:
Some of the products contain whey, a known allergen, and pork, neither of which are declared on the product labels.
The Home Maid brand ravioli and pasta items were produced on various dates between Sept. 18, 2015, and Jan. 20, 2016. The following products are subject to recall:
•15-oz. cardboard boxed packages containing 54 pieces of “Ravioli.”
•12-oz. cardboard boxed packages of “Ravioli.”
•5-lb. bagged and boxed packages of “Ravioli with Sauce.”
•10-lb. bagged and boxed packages of “Ravioli with Sauce.”
•12-oz. cardboard boxed packages containing 24 pieces of “Deluxe Ravioli.”
•12-oz. cardboard boxed packages containing 24 pieces of “Jumbo Deluxe Ravioli.”
•12-oz. cardboard boxed packages containing 24 pieces of “Jumbo Ravioli.”
•12-oz. cardboard boxed packages containing 48 pieces of “Ravioli Seasoned w Sausage.”
•12-oz. cardboard boxed packages containing 24 pieces of “Ravioli Seasoned w Chicken.”
•12-oz. plastic containers of “Ravioli and Spaghetti Italian Style Sauce.”
•1-qt. plastic containers of “Italian Style Pasta Sauce.”
•1-gal. plastic containers of “Italian Style Pasta Sauce.”
•10-lb. bagged and boxed packages of “Cheese Tortellini in Sauce.”
•5-lb. bagged and boxed packages of “Cheese Ravioli in Sauce.”
•10-lb. bagged and boxed packages of “Cheese Ravioli in Sauce.”
•10-lb. bagged and boxed packages of “Chicken Ravioli with Sauce, Pesto.”
•10-lb. bagged and boxed packages of “Chicken Ravioli with Sauce, Marinara Sauce.”
•5-lb. bagged and boxed packages of “Spaghetti with Sauce.”
•10-lb. bagged and boxed packages of “Spaghetti with Sauce.”
•5-lb. bagged and boxed packages of “Rigatoni with Sauce.”
•10-lb. bagged and boxed packages of “Rigatoni with Sauce.”
These items were shipped to wholesale and retail locations in California.
The firm operates under the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA); however, the products subject to recall contain meat and poultry amounts that are amenable to FSIS. The problem was discovered by FSIS during a review of products at a different federal plant.