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Roundup: Recalls Linked to Chopped Onion Listeria Risk

The July 18 recallof chopped onions from one California farm has rippled through the food chain and triggered numerous other product recalls in the ensuing weeks due to fears the onions were contaminated with Listeria.

Food Safety News has been tracking those recalls as they’re announced, compiling them into several stories over the last two weeks, since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration first found Listeria on a random sample of diced yellow onions grown and distributed by Gills Onions, LLC, of Oxnard, CA.

So far, no cases of Listeria infection have been

Today, we have rounded all of those recalls onto one simple page for ease of reference:

1. First, there was the recall that started it all:

On July 18 Gills Onions recalled numerous onion and celery products that shipped between July 2 and 4, 2012 to retailers and processors in Canada and eight U.S. states: CA, MT, OK, OR, PE, TX, UT and WA.

Lot Code             Product Description                     Use-by-date         UPC Code*
                            (“Gill’s Onions” Brand)
USA
22YAA1A2184     Diced Yellow Onions, 7 oz         07/20/12     643550000405
22RAA1A2184     Diced Red Onions, 7 oz                  07/20/12    643550000412
22YAA1A2184     Slivered Yellow Sweet Onions, 5oz  07/20/12          643550000092
22RAA1A2184     Slivered Red Onions, 5 oz         07/20/12          643550000009
22YAA1A2184     Diced Celery and Onion, 7 oz         07/20/12          643550000429
22YAA1A2184     Diced Celery and Onion, 19 oz 07/20/12          643550000351

CANADA
22YAA1A2184     Diced Yellow Onions,
Oignons jaunes frais, en dés, 198g  07/20/12          643550000443
22RAA1A2184     Diced Red Onions,
Oignons rouge frais, en dés, 198g 07/20/12             643550000450
22YAA1A2184     Diced Celery & Onions,
Céleri et oignons frais, en dés, 198g  07/20/12          643550000467

2. Colorado-based Sartori Inspirations LLC recalled a number of Ciolo-brand dips and spreads containing the potentially contaminated onions on July 24. Those products, sold at some Whole Foods Market stores, included tapanades, smoked gouda, pimento cheese, spinach feta dip and a variety of salsas packaged in both 7 oz. clear plastic and 5 lb. white plastic tubs.

The following is a list of the specific products subject to recall. Code information can be found on the side of each container.

– Kalamata Tapenade (7 oz) marked with UPC 892210001416, lot code KT21921 and a best by date of 8/14/12

– Kalamata Tapenade (5 lb) marked with lot code KX21921 and a best by date of 8/7/12

– Mediterranean Tapenade (7 oz) marked with UPCs 892210001447 or 892210001447, lot code MT21911 or MT21921 and a best by date of 8/13/12 or 8/14/12

– Mediterranean Tapenade (5 lb) marked with lot code MX21921 and a best by date of 8/7/12

– Tex Mex Smoked Gouda (7 oz) marked with UPC 892210001539, lot code TM21931 and a best by date of 8/10/12

– Smoked Gouda (7 oz) marked with UPC 892210001522, lot code SG21931 and a best by date of 8/10/12

– Pimento Cheese (7 oz) marked with UPC 892210001454, lot code PM21931 and a best by date of 8/10/12

– Jalapeno Pimento Cheese (7 oz) marked with UPC 892210001409, lot code JC21931 and a best by  8/10/12

– Mango Salsa (7 oz) marked with UPC 892210001362, lot code MS21991 and a best by date of 8/14/12

– Spinach Feta Dip (7 oz) marked with UPC  892210001461, lot code FS21931 and a best by date of 8/8/12

– Famous Thick Salsa (7 oz) marked with UPC 892210001089, lot code FT21921 and a best by date of 8/7/12

– Salsa Cream Cheese (7 oz) marked with UPC 892210001126, lot code SC21931 and a best by date of 8/8/12

Sartori notified Whole Foods of the recall on Friday, July 20 and requested that Whole Foods withdraw all affected products from its shelves. Whole Foo
ds stores that had received the foods are located in the following states: AR, CO, CT, KS, KY, LA, MA, NJ, NM, NY, OR, PA, RI, TX, UT, VA and WA.

3. On July 25, Gills Onions expanded its recall to include more varieties of diced onions and  celery.

Gills Onions’ July 25, 2012 Expanded Recall

Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Montana, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and Washington

Recalled

Lot Code

Product Description

Use-by-date

UPCode*
All Diced Yellow Onions, 7 oz, “Gills Onions” label On or before August 3 643550000405
All Diced Red Onions, 7 oz “Gills Onions” label On or before August 3 643550000412
All Slivered Yellow Sweet Onions, 5oz, “Gills Onions” label On or before August 3 643550000092
All Slivered Red Onions, 5 oz, “Gills Onions” label On or before August 3 643550000009
All Diced Celery and Onion, 7 oz , “Gills Onions” label On or before August 3 643550000429
All Diced Celery and Onion, 19 oz, “Gills Onions” label On or before August 3 643550000351
All Diced yellow onions, 5 lb bag”True Leaf” label On or before August 3 898634001018
All Whole peeled yellow onions,  “Western Onion” label On or before August 3 02060042553
All Diced yellow onions, 8 oz clear plastic containers sold in Wegmans stores in Syracuse, NY On or before August 3 643550000498
All Diced Celery & Onions, 8 oz clear plastic containers sold in Wegmans stores in Syracuse, NY On or before August 3 643550000504

CANADA: Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario

Recalled

Lot Code

Product Description

Use-by-date

UPCode*
All

Diced Yellow Onions, “Gills Onions” label

Oignons jaunes frais, en dés, 198g

On or before August 3 643550000443
All

Diced Red Onions, “Gills Onions” label

Oignons rouge frais, en dés, 198g

On or before August 3 643550000450
All

Diced Celery & Onions, “Gills Onions” label

Céleri et oignons frais, en dés, 198g

On or before August 3 643550000467

4. Spartan Stores, Inc. on July 26 recalled its Three Bean Salad and 10 oz. Broccoli Stir Fry sold between July 13 and 26.

5. Publix Super Markets issued a recall of custom-made sub sandwiches that may have contained chopped onions connected to the recall, sold from July 7 through 26.

6. Whole Foods Market recalled a list of products from 17 stores in Florida:

Baby Shrimp Salad
Beet & Goat Cheese Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette
Beet Dressing
Chunky Ranch Vegetable Salad No Oil Added
Cranberry Tuna Salad Roll
Family Sized Savings Thousand Island Potato Salad
Miso Dressing
Miso Kissed Cukes
New York City Corned Beef On Rye
Pasta with Long Beans & Arame in Creamy Beet Vinaigrette
Ranch Dressing No Oil Added
Ranch Iceberg Salad Wedge No Oil Added
Russian Coleslaw
Russian Salad
Santa Fe Turkey Salad No Oil Added
Seasonal Succotash
Shrimp Salad Sandwich
Shrimp with Snow Peas
Soy & The Sea
Tempeh Salad
Thousand Island Chicken Salad
Thousand Island Chicken Salad Roll
Thousand Island Chicken Salad Sandwich
Thousand Island Potato Salad
Thousand Island Shrimp Salad
Thousand Island Surimi
Thousand Island Surimi Crab Salad Roll
Thousand Island Surimi Salad
Three Bean Salad
Tofu Japonaise
Tuna with Cranberries Salad Sandwich
Tuna with Sun-Dried Cranberries
Tuna with Sun-Dried Cranberries & Lemon
Turkey Spring Roll

7. Huxtable’s Kitchen recalled Trader Joe’s Roasted Butternut Squash, Red Quinoa and Wheatberry Salad distributed between July 23 and July 26.

8. Simmering Soup, Inc. recalled its Trader Joe’s-brand Salsa and Balela containing the onions.

The two products under recall are:

– 16-ounce Mild Salsa with a use-by date of August 9, SKU # 082584 and UPC # 00285841.
– 8-ounce Balela with a use-by date of July 31, SKU # 068306 and UPC # 00683067

9. Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC recalled its Calico Bean Salad sold in stores between July 18 and 26.

10. Wegmans Food Market recalled five cold-prepared products sold in three Pennsylvania stores:

Southwest Chilled Stew with Red and White Beans
Wegmans Veggie Pizza, large 56 oz.  16 inch  UPC 23771701399
Wegmans Veggie Pizza, medium 28 oz. 12 inch  UPC 23771100999
Wingless Buffalo Blue Cheese Dip, 32 oz.  UPC 21783202199
Crab/Pepper Jack Dip, 32 oz.  UPC 21784002199

11. GH Foods CA, LLC initiated a recall of products distributed to a number of stores across the western U.S. Follow this link to read the full details of that recall.

12. Cool Creations, LLC has recalled a number of products distributed across Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma:

Product Description / Net Weight / UPC
Bean Dip Bowl / 10 oz / 815970011198
Bean Dip Platter / 45 oz / 815970010375
Bean Dip Bowl / 20 oz / 815970010368
Bean Dip Tray / 20 oz / 815970011648
Diced Yellow Onion / 10 oz / 815970011082
Diced Yellow Onion / 5 oz / 815970010153
Pico de Gallo / 16 oz / 815970011013
Pico de Gallo / 8 oz / 815970010252
Fajita Mix Griller / 10 oz / 815970011341
Potato & Mushroom Griller / 12 oz / 815970011334
Beef Stew Kit / 32 oz / 815970011150
Vegetable Medley Griller / 20 oz / 815970011259
Asparagus Medley Griller / 10 oz / 815970011440
Squash Medley Griller / 12 oz / 815970011389
Kabob Kit / 24 oz / 815970011792
Fiesta Salsa BEAN CORN / 16 oz / 829595000055
Fiesta Salsa GARLIC/ 16 oz / 829595000062
Fiesta Salsa HOT / 16 oz / 829595000048
Fiesta Salsa MILD / 16 oz / 829595000017
Fiesta Salsa PINEAPPLE / 16 oz / 829595000079

13. Ken’s Foods Inc. of Marlborough, Mass. is recalling its tartar sauce, barbecue sauce and coleslaw sold under various names.

– KE0666-Ken’s Tartar Sauce4/1-gallon containers    MFG:  09/JUL/12

– KE0666A5-Ken’s Tartar Sauce 100/1.5oz cups            EXP:  011313

– DI2063-Dickey’s BBQ Bean10/48oz pouches    USE BY:  11MAR13

– GD2517-Golden Corral Tartar 4/1-gallon containers    MFG:  17/JUL/12

– FQ2103-Lee’s Cole Slaw        14/40oz pouches    MFG:  23JUL12

– FD0666-Fatz Tartar Sauce 4/1-gallon containers    MFG:  23/JUL/12

The products were distributed to distribution centers, private label customers and brokers in the in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin. All companies who purchased these items have been notified of the recall and asked to remove the products from the market.

14. Garden Fresh Foods of Milwaukee, Wisconsin has recalled 13,600 pounds of salad products produced between July 10 and 16:

– 8 lb. packages of “Finest Traditions Spiral Pasta and Chicken Salad” with product code 38576 and lot number 08171201
– 4 lb. packages, 2 per case of “Finest Traditions Chicken Salad Spread” with product code 38886 and lot number 08201201 or 08151201
– 12 oz. packages, 6 per case of “Finest Traditions Chicken Salad Spread” with product code 38892 and lot number 08201201, or 08151201
– 8 lb. packages of “Finest Traditions Gemelli Pasta & Chicken Salad” with product code 38578 and lot number 08151201 or 08161201
– 5 lb. packages of “Garden Fresh All White Meat Chicken Salad With Cranberries” with product code 5114 and lot numbe
r 08201201, 08201202, 08151201, or 08151202
– 5 lb. packages of “Garden Fresh Chicken Salad” with product code 5113 and lot number 08201201, or 08171201
– 5 lb. packages of “Garden Fresh Premium Chicken Salad” with product code 5167 and lot number 08151201, or 08121201
– 5 lb. packages, 4 per case, of “Garden Fresh Reduced Fat Chicken Salad” with product code 5305 and lot number 08141201, or 18171201
– 5 lb. packages of “Garden Fresh Reduced Fat Chicken Salad” with product code 5306 and lot number 08141201, or 18171201
– 12 oz. packages, 6 per case of “Market Pantry Chicken Salad With All White Meat Chicken” with product code 24103 and lot number 08191201, 08191202, 08191203, 08191204, 08191205, 08191206, 08191207, or 08191208
– 5 lb. packages of “Weis Ham Salad” with product code 5212 and lot number 08161201
– 8 oz. packages, 9 per case of “Weis Ham Salad” with product code 05334 and lot number 08151202
– 12 oz. packages, 6 per case of “Garden Fresh Chicken Salad” with product code 6164 and lot number 08171201

Click here to see labels of products associated with this recall.

15. San Miguel Produce, Inc. recalled 48 cases of Cut ‘N Clean-brand Comfort Greens Kit distributed between July 13 and 17 to AZ, CA, IA and NV.

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  • Sabrina

    If you are stupid and lazy enough to buy CHOPPED onions, you deserve this.

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