Here's the latest installment of the Recall Roundup — a recap of recent food industry recalls in the news. Read on to find out more about recalls involving beef products, bacon ganache chocolate products, chopped romaine salad and macadamia nuts/butter
According to a news release published to the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service website on Tuesday, Hormel Foods Corporation of Tucker, Georgia announced it was recalling 450 pounds of beef products due to possible foreign matter contamination.
The USDA FSIS news release states:
The Dinty Moore Beef Stew items were produced on Jan. 26, 2016. The following product is subject to recall:
•15-oz. cans of “Dinty Moore Hearty Meals No Preservatives Beef Stew” with Best By date Feb. 2019 and production date T01266.
The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 199G” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to Kroger locations in Texas and Louisiana. Product was available for sale after Feb. 1, 2016.
The problem was discovered during the plant’s routine inspection activities. After discovering and recovering parts of a flashlight from the production area, the company placed all product produced during this timeframe on hold. However, 40 cases had already been shipped into commerce.
On Monday, Chicago-based Vosges, LTD announced it was recalling 135 pounds of uncured bacon ganache chocolate products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, according to a news release published to the USDA FSIS website.
According to the USDA FSIS news release:
The Uncured Bacon Ganache chocolate products were packaged on Jan. 15, 2016 to Jan. 22, 2016 and are stamped with a BEST BY code 03 SEP 2016. The following product is subject to recall:
•135-lb. (720 bars) individual paper carton containing 3oz. flow wrapped bars of “Trader Joe’s Uncured Bacon Ganache Bar” (SKU 55001).
The product subject to recall bears establishment number “EST. 34647” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.
The problem was discovered after the establishment received a consumer complaint.
Over the weekend it was announced on the FDA website that Fresh Express Incorporated issued a precautionary recall of a limited quantity of 32-ounce Fresh Express Chopped Romaine salads due to possible exposure to undeclared allergens.
According to the FDA news release:
Recalled Product Details
•Fresh Express Chopped Romaine - 32-ounce bag
• Product Code of G034A06A and Use-By Date of February 19 located in the upper right hand corner on the front of the bag
• UPC Code of 0 7127926100 3 located on the reverse side of the bag by the bar code
The recall was necessitated when it was learned that sealed condiment packets containing individual packets of dressing, croutons and parmesan cheese used in the brand’s Caesar salads were mistakenly placed in a limited quantity of the chopped romaine product. Ingredients in the individual packets include milk, eggs, wheat and fish and even though the individual packets are enclosed in another sealed package, Fresh Express issued a recall out of an abundance of caution to protect the health and well-being of consumers who may be at risk from exposure to undeclared allergens.
Lastly, according to a news release published to the FDA website, California-based Living Tree Community Foods announced it was recalling Organic Macadamia Nuts and Organic Macadamia Butter due to potential salmonella contamination.
According to the news release published to the FDA website:
Organic Macadamia Nuts and Organic Macadamia Butter were distributed throughout the US via retail stores (California, Connecticut) and to mail order customers.
Living Tree Community Foods Organic Macadamia Nuts come in a 4 oz, clear plastic pouch marked with lot #153442 on the top. Living Tree Community Foods Organic Macadamia Butter comes in an 8 oz glass jar, with a Living Tree Community label on it. Affected lot #s were 134415, 136215, 101716. The UPC Code is: 641432000987. These items shipped from our facility between 12/11/2015 and 2/03/2016.
No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.