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Allergy Alert Recall: Undeclared Peanuts

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Allergy Alert Recall on Undeclared Peanut Protein

In late 2014, Adams Flavors, Foods & Ingredients issued an allergy alert in their cumin products because they may contain undeclared peanut protein. Adams Ground Cumin, Adams Chili Powder Blends, Adams Menudo Seasoning, Adams Jamaican Jerk Seasoning, Adams Brisket Rub, Adams Multi Seasoning, Adams Pinto Bean Seasoning, Adams Reserve Southwestern Rub, Earl Campbell Rib Rub were distributed nationwide and have been recalled due to possibly being contaminated with peanut allergens.

A few days later Adams Flavors, Foods & Ingredients issued another allergy alert on their Panko Bread Crumbs, since these products contained the cumin that was initially recalled.

Now in 2015, various companies have been recalling products due to undeclared peanut protein. We don’t know if all of these products are related to the Adams Flavors, Foods & Ingredients recall or not, as the reports with the FDA and the USDA are not linking the Adams’ products.  Cumin is not mentioned as the ingredient causing the recall in all of the reports.  The majority of the FDA reports state:

“We were notified by one of our third party suppliers that one of the spice ingredients purchased contains peanut proteins, an allergen which is not declared on the products’ ingredient statement.”

Here is a list of some of the recent recalls due to undeclared peanut protein:

We have listed reports that are on the USDA and the FDA website.




Apple Recall: Granny Smith, Gala and Caramel Apples

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Bidart Bros. Granny Smith, Gala and Caramel Apples Recall

In recent weeks, certain brands of prepackaged caramel apples have been causing illness and some deaths due to listeria contamination.  After investigations, the FDA and CDC have linked the nationwide listeria outbreak to Bidart Brothers in Bakersfield, CA.  The recall has now expanded and is no longer limited to caramel apples.

Bidart Bros. have now recalled all of their Granny Smith, Gala and Caramel Apples.  Consumers should not eat any of the apples being recalled by Bidart Bros.  The apples have been sold under the brand names of Big B and Granny’s Best but could also be sold under other brand names, or no name at all.

If you have recently purchased any Granny Smith or Gala apples, ask the retailer if the apples were supplied by Bidart Bros.  Other varieties of apples and apples from other growers are not affected by this recall.

Click here to read a complete report by the FDA –  FDA Investigates Listeria monocytogenes Illnesses Linked to Caramel Apples.  This report discusses symptoms of Listeriosis, products being recalled and who should be contacted if you have purchased the affected apples.  Recommendations for preventing listeriosis are available at  CDC – Listeria Prevention.

You can also read Bidart Brothers statement regarding the apple recall Bidart Bros. Works With Federal and State Officials to Determine Source of Listeriosis-Associated Outbreak.




Keurig Recall: MINI Plus Brewing Systems

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Keurig Recalls MINI Plus Brewing Systems Due to Burn Hazard

Approximately 7 million Keurig MINI Plus Brewing Systems are being recalled by Keurig.  The recalled brewer with the model number K10 (previously identified as model number B31), are being recalled due to a burn hazard.  The water can overheat during brewing, spray out and burn consumers.

The recalled products, single-serve, hot beverage brewers, were sold nationwide in 13 different colors with silver trim at Kmart, Kohl’s, Target, Walmart and other retailers and online at keurig.com, greenmountaincoffee.com and keurig.ca from December 2009 through December 2014 for about $100.

If you have purchased the recalled brewer, contact Keurig’s toll-free MINI Brewer Plus hotline (844) 255-7886 for a free repair.

Keurig says:

“In the meantime, you can continue to use your brewer. We recommend you avoid brewing more than two cups in rapid succession and maintain an arm’s length distance from the brewer during the brewing process.   The satisfaction and safety of our consumers is our highest priority and we are committed to resolving this issue as quickly as possible.”

Click here to read Keurig’s statement regarding the Keurig MINI Plus Brewing Systems Recall or visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s press release:   Keurig MINI Plus Brewing Systems Recall Due to Burn Hazard which has a full list of the recalled brewers’ serial numbers.




Graco Recall: 11 Models of Strollers Due to Fingertip Amputation Hazard

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Graco Recalls 11 Models of Strollers Due to Fingertip Amputation Hazard

Graco is recalling 11 stroller models which include: Aspen, Breeze, Capri, Cirrus, Glider, Kite, LiteRider, Sierra, Solara, Sterling and TravelMate Model Strollers and Travel Systems.  The folding hinge on the sides of the stroller can pinch a child’s finger, posing a laceration or amputation hazard.

The strollers were sold nationwide at Target, Toys R Us, Walmart and other retail stores and online at Amazon.com, Walmart.com and other online retailers from August 2000 through November 2014.

If you have purchased one of the recalled strollers, contact Graco on the web or at (800) 345-4109 (Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST) for a free repair kit.

Click here to read Graco’s detailed article regarding the Graco 2014 Stroller Recall which includes full list of the affected strollers including model numbers and photos.

You can also read the Consumer Product Safety Commission’ article:   Graco Recalls 11 Models of Strollers Due to Fingertip Amputation Hazard.




B&G Foods Recall: Allergy Alert – Peanuts and Almonds in Ortega and Las Palmas Products

B&G Foods Recall 11-17-14

Baby Wipes Recall

B&G Foods has announced a voluntarily recall for certain Ortega Taco Seasoning Mix, Ortega Taco Sauce, Ortega Enchilada Sauce and Ortega Taco Kit products and certain Las Palmas Taco Seasoning Mix and Las Palmas Taco Sauce products.  B&G Foods has learned that some of the spice ingredients in the products may contain peanuts and almonds, which are not listed on the products’ label.

People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts and almonds run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.  There is no health risk associated with these products for individuals without an allergy to peanuts or almonds.

The recalled products were distributed nationwide to retail stores and foodservice outlets.

The products include various lots of the following products (visit the FDA’s website listed below, for full details on the recalled products):

  • Ortega Taco Dinner Kit (various sizes)
  • Ortega Seasonings
  • Ortega Taco Sauce – mild, medium & hot
  • Ortega Soft Taco Dinner Kit
  • Ortega Whole Grain Taco Kit
  • Ortega “Tacos for Two” Kit
  • Ortega Green Taco Sauce – Mild
  • Ortega Enchilada Sauce
  • Ortega Whole Wheat Soft Taco Kit
  • Ortega Grande Hard & Soft Taco Dinner Kit
  • Ortega Whole Grain/Whole Wheat  Hard & Soft Taco Kit
  • Ortega Fiesta Flats Kit
  • Las Palmas Taco Seasoning Packet (3 Pack)
  • Las Palmas Taco Sauce (Mild)

This recall does not apply to any other sizes or varieties of Ortega Seasoning Mix or to any Ortega Seasoning Mixes in canisters, all of which are correctly labeled ie Ortega Fajita Seasoning Mix, Ortega Fish Taco Seasoning Mix, Ortega Chili Seasoning Mix, Ortega Chipotle Seasoning Mix or Ortega Burrito Seasoning Mix, all of which are correctly labeled.  This recall also does not include any Las Palmas Enchilada Sauce, which is also correctly labeled.

If you have purchased any of the recalled products, you can return them for a full refund.

Click here to read the full article regarding the B&G Foods Allergy Alert Recall which includes a detailed list of the products, sizes, UPC #’s and best-by date ranges for the affected Ortega and Las Palmas products on the FDA’s website.




Baby Wipes Recall: Multiple Brands of Baby Wipes Recalled Nationwide

Baby Wipes Recall

Baby Wipes Recall

Nutek Disposables, Inc. of McElhattan, PA has initiated a nationwide voluntary recall of all baby wipes under the brand names of Cuties, Diapers.com, Femtex, Fred’s, Kidgets, Member’s Mark, Simply Right, Sunny Smiles, Tender Touch and Well Beginnings.  The recalled wipes were sold both online and in-store at Walgreens, Sam’s Club, Family Dollar, Fred’s and Diapers.com.

Nutek Disposables received a number of complaints of odor and discoloration of the wipes.  Tests revealed the presence of a bacteria – Burkholderia cepacia (B. cepacia).  This bacteria poses no risk to healthy people but can cause problems for people with weakened immune systems or lung issues.  The company has received complaints of rash, irritation, infections, fever, gastrointestinal and respiratory issues although it has not been confirmed to be related to the use of the recalled products.

If you have purchased this product, you can return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Nutek Disposables, Inc. at 1-855-646-4351, Monday through Friday, 10 AM – 4 PM EDT.

Click here to read the full article regarding the Nutek Disposables, Inc Baby Wipes Recall which includes a list of products and retailers of recalled Baby Wipes on the FDA’s website.




Kraft Foods Recall: Kraft American Singles Recall

Kraft American Singles Recall

Kraft American Singles Recall

Kraft Foods Group is voluntarily recalling 7,691 cases of select varieties of regular Kraft American Singles Pasteurized Prepared Cheese Product.  The recall limited to “Best When Used By” dates of February 20, 2015, and February 21, 2015 and were distrubuted nationwide.

Kraft stated in their press release:

A supplier did not store an ingredient used in this product in accordance with Kraft’s temperature standards. While unlikely, this could create conditions that could lead to premature spoilage and/or food borne illness; therefore, the company is issuing the recall as a precaution. Kraft has had no consumer illness complaints for this product associated with this recall.

If you have purchased the affected product, return it to the store for a full refund or exchange.  You can also call Kraft Foods Consumer Relations at 1-800-396-5512 if you have any questions about the recall.

Click here to read the article regarding the full report on the Kraft American Singles Recall which includes a list of the specific package and case codes for the recalled nut butters on the FDA’s website.




nSpired Natural Foods Recall: Six Brands of Nut Butter

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nSpired Natural Foods Nut Butter Recall

Six brands of peanut and almond butter are being recalled by nSpired Natural Foods due to possible Salmonella contamination.  Certain retail lots of Arrowhead Mills Peanut Butters, MaraNatha Almond Butters and Peanut Butters, Kroger No Stir Creamy Almond Butter, Safeway Open Nature Almond Butter, Trader Joe’s Crunchy Raw Almond Butter and Whole Foods 365 Creamy Roasted Almond Butter are included in this recall.

The recalled products were distributed nationwide and were available for online purchases.

If you have purchased the affected product, dispose of the recalled product and its container. Then contact nSpired Natural Foods at 1-800-937-7008 between the hours of 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM CST for a replacement or refund.

Click here to read the article regarding the full report on the nSpired Natural Foods Nut Butter Recall which includes a detailed list of the specific UPC codes and date ranges for the recalled nut butters on the FDA’s website.




McCormick Recall: McCormick Ground Oregano 0.75 oz. Bottle

McCormick Ground Oregano Recall

McCormick Ground Oregano Recall

McCormick & Company has issued a voluntary recall for McCormick Ground Oregano – 0.75 oz. bottle.  UPC 0-523561-6 with code dates BEST BY AUG 21 16 H and AUG 22 16 H due to possible contamination with Salmonella.  This recall does not include any other McCormick Ground Oregano sizes or McCormick Whole or Oregano Leaves products.

The recalled product has been shipped nationally to:  AL, AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI  and WV.

If you have purchased the affected product, do not use it, throw it away.  You can contact McCormick Consumer Affairs at 1-800-632-5847 for a replacement or refund.

Click here to read the article regarding the McCormick Ground Oregano recall on the FDA’s website.




Wawona Packing Co. Recall: Fresh Peaches, Plums, Nectarines & Pluots

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Wawona Packing Co. Peaches, Plums, Nectarines and Pluots Recall

Wawona Packing Co. is voluntarily recalling white and yellow peaches, white and yellow nectarines, plums and pluots that were packed at its Cutler, California warehouses between June 1 and July 12.  The fruit was shipped directly to retailers and wholesalers who resell the products.  The products were sold at BJ’s, Trader Joe’s, ShopRite, Kroger, Wegmans, Costco and other locations.   Some stores, such as Whole Foods and Wegmans are also recalling several varieties of their “made in store” baked goods that may contain the contaminated fruit.

Wawona Packing Co. has issued this nationwide recall due to the potential risk of listeria contamination.  Wawona Packing has notified their retailers of the specific lots.  The products were packed under a variety of brands, including Wawona’s Sweet 2 Eat and Harvest Sweet labels, in bags, boxes and clamshells, as well as bulk lots.

Stores like ShopRite and Kroger will contact customers through store loyalty cards if they believe you have purchased the recalled fruit.  Its important to keep your store loyalty card information up-to-date so you can receive these notifications.

If you have purchased the recalled fruit, do not eat it.  Throw it away.  Most stores will issue a full refund if you have purchased the affected fruit.

Click here to read the recall statement from Wawona Packing Co.  You can also read the article regarding the Wawona Packing Co. fruit recall on the FDA’s website.












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