Welcome to the latest installment of the Recall Roundup, where we take a brief look at recalls involving the food industry that have been in the news in recent days.
One of last week's big stories on Food Manufacturing was the recall of more than 372,000 pounds of hot dogs and corn dogs by Bar-S Foods due to concerns over listeria contamination. According to the report from The Associated Press:
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Altus, Oklahoma-based Bar-S Foods is recalling five chicken and pork products that could potentially be contaminated with listeria. The USDA says Bar-S hasn't received test results, but is recalling the items due to recurring listeria issues at the company.
The recalled items include Bar-S bun-length and classic franks made with chicken and pork, Bar-S classic corn dogs and Signature Pick 5 corn dogs. They were made between July 10 and 13.
Last Monday's news that ConAgra Foods was expanding a recall from earlier in July to now include more than 191,000 pounds of frozen chicken and beef products due to potential metal contamination, also ranked among the most-viewed stories of last week. According to the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service news release announcing the expanded recall:
The metal fragments range in size between two and nine millimeters (mm) in diameter, and are curled, malleable and shiny. The metal fragments may be embedded in the sauce contained within the frozen entrée products.
In other food related recall news:
According to a news release published to the USDA FSIS website on July 22, Colorado-based House of Smoke, Inc., is recalling more than 4,600 pounds of Wild Boar Brotwurst products due to nitrite levels in excess of the regulatory limit.
The USDA FSIS news release states:
The problem was discovered by FSIS personnel during a routine label verification task. FSIS discovered that the establishment’s formulation for the use of sodium nitrite, a restricted ingredient, exceeded the regulatory limit.
Washington-based Kapowsin Meats Inc. announced it is recalling more than 11,600 pounds of pork products due to potential salmonella contamination, according to a news release published to the USDA FSIS website on July 21. According to the USDA FSIS news release:
The whole roaster hogs were produced between June 13, 2016 and July 15, 2016.
The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 1628M” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to various individuals, retail locations, institutions, and distributors in Washington.
A news release published to the FDA website on July 22 announced that Wisconsin-based Kwik Trip, Inc., is recalling strawberry and mixed berry parfaits because they may contain undeclared peanuts. According to the FDA news release:
This recall was initiated after peanut was discovered in granola mix from an outside supplier.
The problem has been corrected. No adverse reactions have been reported.
Weis Markets, on July 22, announced it is recalling 30 bakery products due to the potential presence of metal fragments, according to a news release published to the FDA website. According to the FDA news release:
Weis Markets is issuing a voluntary recall for 30 bakery products including muffins, cookies, shortbread and baked bread items due to the potential presence of small metal fragments (2-9mm) in the sugar topping used on these products. This voluntary action is being taken due to our supplier’s recall of the sugar ingredient.
California-based Agave Dream announced on July 19 it was recalling 389 cases of Cappuccino Ice Cream due to the potential for listeria contamination, according to a news release published to the FDA website. The FDA news release states:
The recall is the result of a routine sampling by the state of WA which revealed that the finished products contained the bacteria. The company has ceased the production and distribution of the product as FDA and the company continue their investigation as to what caused the problem.
According to a news release published to the FDA website on July 20, Hy-Vee announced that the potential presence of plastic and metal pieces led to a recall of a limited quantity of Hy-Vee No-Salt-Added Black Beans. The FDA news release states:
The potential for contamination was discovered after Faribault Foods, Inc., Hy-Vee’s supplier, announced it was issuing a recall after one consumer reported finding a partial ink pen in one container. The product was manufactured at the company’s Faribault, Minnesota, facility, which supplies several major retailers across the United States. Faribault Foods, Inc. has determined this to be an isolated incident.