Recall Roundup: Meat and Poultry Products, Pork Products, Cheese and Ice Cream

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

Welcome to an early-week installment of the Recall Roundup, where we take a brief look at recalls involving the food and beverage industry. We took a look at a number of food-related recalls last Friday, and there are a few more to cover at the outset of this week.

A New Jersey-based company is recalling several meat and poultry products due to misbranding and the presence of undeclared allergens, according to a news release published August 6 to the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service website. According to the news release, the Al Shabrawy Meat Inc. products being recalled contain allergens in the form of pistachio nut and soy.

The USDA FSIS news release states:

The beef bologna, beef salami, mortadella and other sausage-like items were produced on various dates between Jan. 1, 2015 and Aug. 4, 2016.

... The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 19160” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations and wholesalers in California, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

In a news release published to the USDA FSIS website on August 3, New York company Grossglockner Inc., announced it was recalling more than 200 pounds of pork products due to misbranding and the presence of an undeclared allergen.

According to the USDA FSIS news release:

The firm affixed the incorrect label to the back of products on the July 6, 2016 packaging date. The products have the “Banger Sausage” front label but have an incorrect ingredients label for “Wiener Products” on the back of the package. The Banger sausages contain breadcrumbs formulated with wheat; however, the back label is not correct and thus, does not sub-list the breadcrumbs. Therefore, wheat is not declared and may elicit allergic reactions in those allergic to wheat products.

... The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. M-6373” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to Wegman’s stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, and Virginia.

In a new release published to the FDA website on August 3, Grassfields Cheese LLC announced it was recalling 20,000 pounds of organic cheeses due to potential E. coli contamination. According to the news release:

This recall involves all types and sizes of organic cheeses manufactured by the firm between December 1, 2015 through June 1, 2016 including: Gouda, Onion ‘n Garlic, Country Dill, Leyden, Edam, Lamont Cheddar, Chili Cheese, Fait Fras, Polkton Corners and Crofters. The cheeses were sold as wheels, half wheels, and wedges of various sizes.

The potential for contamination was identified during an ongoing investigation of seven cases of human illnesses occurring between March and July 2016 caused by a same type of STEC. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Geagley Laboratory confirmed the presence of STEC bacteria in a sample of Grassfields cheese collected by MDARD food and dairy inspectors.

Mann Packing on August 4 announced it was recalling 844 cases of O Organics Organic Vegetable Tray with Creamy Ranch Dressing Dip due to mislabeling and a subsequent egg, milk and soy allergen risk, according to a news release published to the FDA website.

The news release states:

The recalled product is carried at Albertsons, ACME, Carrs, Haggen, Pavilions, Pak ‘N Save, Safeway, Shaw’s, Star Market, Tom Thumb and Vons stores in the following states: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, Vermont and Washington.

A news release published on the FDA website on August 6 announced that Beyond Better Foods, LLC was recalling select cases of Enlightened brand Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip ice cream due to mislabeling and allergen concerns.

The news release states:

The affected product was distributed nationwide in retail stores. Beyond Better Foods is taking immediate steps to recall all affected product.

This recall is the result of mislabeled product. Specifically, portions of one lot of Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip ice cream was mistakenly filled in pint sized Enlightened brand Mint Chocolate Chip pint containers, and capped with Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip labeled lids. These packages have a base container labeled “Mint Chocolate Chip,” a lid labeled “Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip” and are filled with Peanut Butter Chocolate chip ice cream. The opaque container reveals tan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip ice cream inside -- not light green Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream. All affected products have a “best by” date of November 18, 2017.

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