USDA and FDA Recalls

The Topeka Capital Journal reported that the Better Business Bureau warned consumers of the dangers of ignoring product recalls.  According to the Better Business Bureau, every product created is a possible recall candidate.  Consumers who do not check whether or not their product has been recalled, could be placing themselves and others in harm’s way.

We, here at Saunders and Walker, P.A., try to keep you updated on product recalls.  However, it is not possible to report on every recall of every product. For that reason, we strongly urge consumers to be proactive in researching products before and after purchases.

The following products have recently been recalled:

February 13, 2015

Approximately 2,000 lbs of boneless beef products were recalled ATM International USA, Inc., out of Torrance, California. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced that the products were not presented for inspection at the U.S. point of entry. Uninspected products may contain adverse health consequences.

The boneless beef products, imported from Japan on various dates between Oct. 9, 2014 – Jan. 15, 2015, are labeled in Japanese only.

The following products are chilled, boneless beef cuts of various weights, bearing Japanese translation on the vacuum packaging, are subject to recall:

  • Tender loin
  • Strip loin
  • Ribeye
  • Chuck Roll
  • Top Sirloin Butt
  • Chuck Ribs
  • Bottom Round
  • Top Round
  • Clod
  • Brisket
  • Short Plate
  • Short Rib
  • Knuckle

The above products would have been shipped either inside of a cardboard box with the Japanese establishment number “M2” and a box marking of “MZA-TN41”, “MZA-TN28” or “MZA-TN1” or inside of a Styrofoam box bearing the establishment number “EST. 27510” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These products were shipped to distributors and retail locations in Arizona, California, and Washington.

The problem was discovered during routine review of product tracking records.

FSIS and the company have received no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider.

Consumers and media with questions about the recall can contact Yuya Hagiwara, COO, at (424) 246-2892.

February 13, 2015

Certain bags of Nutrisca Chicken and Chickpea Recipe Dry Dog Food are being recalled because they have the potential to be contaminated with salmonella.  Tuffy’s Pet Food out of Perham, MN, is recalling particular lots of 4lbs bags distributed nationwide to distributors, brokers, retail stores, and internet retailers ‘

The recall was issued after routine testing by the Ohio Department of Agriculture revealed the presence of salmonella in one bag of the product.

Bags bearing UPC Code “8 84244 12495 7″ (found on lower back of the bag), can also be identified by the first five digits of the lot codes and “Best By dates” listed on the following website.

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm434023.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery.

The food poses a potential risk to the animals that may consume it, but also to people who do not thoroughly wash their hands after handling it.  So far, no people or pets have reported any adverse reactions from the products to date, according to the company.

If you have a recalled product, do not feed it to your pets and dispose of it safely in a tightly sealed trash receptacle. For more information, visit the company’s website or call Nutrisca at 1-888-559-8833.

Salmonella is a type of bacteria that can cause diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While most people usually recover without treatment, some need to be hospitalized. Contact your doctor if you have symptoms after handling the food.

Symptoms in animals may include fever, diarrhea, vomiting, loss of appetite and an abnormally fast heart rate. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. Contact a veterinarian if your pet has symptoms after consuming the recalled food.

February 11, 2015

Whole Foods is recalling about 33,000 pounds of ready-to-eat products that were shipped to retail stores in at least 12 states and Washington DC.  The products were recalled due to misbranding and undeclared allergens.

The problem was discovered when a Whole Foods market manufacturing plant was notified by its spice supplier that cumin used in some items may have been contaminated with peanut allergens.

You can see the full list of recalled items at the website below:

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm433572.htm

If you have questions about the recalled items, the FDA directs consumers to call Whole Foods at 512-477-5566.

February 11, 2015

The USDA announced a recall of approximately 2,705 pounds of poultry products that were not presented at the U.S. point of entry for inspection. They warn of possible adverse health consequences of uninspected products.

Sunrise Poultry Processors, out of Alberta, Canada, is recalling the following poultry products bearing establishment number “Canada 591 and produced on February 2, 2015:

  •     40 lb. bulk cases of “Sunrise Poultry CHICKEN THIGHS.”
  •     25 lb. cases of “Sunrise Poultry CHICKEN THIGHS BONELESS.”
  •     25 lb. cases of “Sunrise Poultry BONELESS CHICKEN BREAST.”
  •     2.5 lb. cases of “Sunrise Poultry CHICKEN WHOLE FRYER.”
  •     4lb. cases of “Sunrise Poultry CHICKEN WHOLE FRYER.”
  •     3.25- 3.75 lb. cases of “Sunrise Poultry CHICKEN WHOLE FRYER.”

These products were shipped to retail locations in Washington.

FSIS and the company have received no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

Consumers and media with questions about the recall can contact Doreen Kerr, at (604) 596-9505.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.

The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.