Recall Roundup: Flour, Baking Mixes, Vegetables, Cheese and More

Here's a brief look at some food-related recalls that have been in the news in recent days.

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Another week is almost in the books, and that means it is time for another edition 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.

Earlier this week, The Associated Press took a closer look at the ongoing General Mills flour recall, amid a warning from the FDA to consumers not to eat cookie dough or cake batter. According to the AP story:

The E. coli-tainted flour from General Mills has sickened 46 people in 21 states and prompted about 45 million pounds of it to be recalled. And, the Food and Drug Administration is cautioning raw cookie dough and cake batter aficionados not to indulge.

In other food-related recall news:

According to a news release published to the FDA website July 30, California-based Hampton Creek announced it was recalling six types of baking mixes that contain Native Forest Coconut Milk Powder over salmonella concerns. The news release states:

The ingredient, which makes up less than 1.31% of the mixes, tested positive for Salmonella in a company-initiated testing program. Hampton Creek immediately notified Native Forest and their distributor, and has requested they initiate a voluntary recall of all their Native Forest Coconut Milk Powder-in all formats-with all retail and food manufacturing customers.

As part of Hampton Creek’s testing program, 30 Native Forest Coconut Milk Powder samples were pulled and tested. 29 of the samples tested negative and one sample tested positive for Salmonella. 74 additional samples taken from other lots of the Native Forest Coconut Milk Powder tested negative.

No other Hampton Creek products were affected, and there have been no reports of any health issues.

ConAgra Foods announced in late July that it was expanding a May recall to include additional Watts Brothers Farms Organic Mixed Vegetables, Organic Super Sweet Corn and Organic peas due to potential listeria contamination, according to a news release published to the FDA website July 28. According to the news release:

These products were first recalled on May 5, 2016 and have not been available for purchase since this date. As part of ConAgra’s internal recall follow-up procedures, additional package codes were recently identified.

The products covered by this recall were distributed in the U.S. and sold at Costco.

Texas-based Michael Angelo's Gourmet Foods, Inc., announced it was expanding a July recall of shrimp scampi and meat lasagna products to included more than 5,600 pounds of additional product that may be mislabeled and contain undeclared allergens, according to a news release published to the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service website on August 1. According to the news release:

Due to a packaging error, the products labeled as, “Michael Angelo’s Uncompromisingly Italian-Style Shrimp Scampi with Linguini Pasta in a Fresh Heirloom Garlic-Butter Sauce” may contain a chicken piccata product, which contains chicken, egg and soy, ingredients not declared on the label. These products subject to recall do not bear the USDA mark of inspection, as shrimp products are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The products labeled as “Michael Angelo’s Uncompromisingly Italian-Style Lasagna with Meat Sauce” may contain a shrimp scampi product, which contains shrimp, an ingredient not declared on the product label. These products bear the establishment number “1009A” within the USDA mark of inspection.

These items were shipped to distributors in the southern U.S.

North Carolina-based Chapel Hill Creamery announced it was recalling all Chapel Hill Creamery cheese products due to salmonella concerns, according to a news release published to the FDA website on July 29. The news release states:

Health officials have identified recent cases of Salmonella infection in persons who consumed Chapel Hill Creamery products. A matching strain of Salmonella has been identified in the milk from the creamery that was used during preparation of the cheese products.

According to a news release published to the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service website on July 27, Ontario, Canada-based The TDL Group Corp., announced it was recalling more than 600 pounds of dried chicken noodle soup products that were distributed without an import inspection. According to the news release:

The Tim Hortons chicken noodle soup mix items were produced in Canada on May 16, 2016, and imported to the United States on or around July 16, 2016.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “Canada 368.” These items were shipped to restaurants in Maine, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

New Jersey-based Casa Di Trevi announced it was recalling more than 800 pounds of meat pasta products because they were misbranded, contain undeclared allergens and were distributed without being subject to federal inspection, according to a news release published to the USDA FSIS website July 28. According to the news release:

Products subject to recall may not bear the USDA mark of inspection, or may incorrectly bear FSIS establishment number “8419” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The products were distributed to retail and wholesale customers in New Jersey.                             

The problem was discovered during an investigation of a complaint reported to the FSIS Consumer Complaint Monitoring System.

Arizona beef jerky company Santana's Black Label Gourmet Beef Jerky is recalling nearly 300 pounds of beef jerky products that were not federally inspected, according to a new release published to the USDA FSIS website on July 29. The news release states:

The products subject to recall bear a false establishment number “EST. 090115” inside the mark of inspection. The firm applied this mark of inspection to the labels of the beef jerky products without authorization. Products produced on June 26, 2016, may not bear the mark of inspection. These items were shipped to distributors and retail locations in Arizona.  

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