This past weekend, the Food Safety News inbox was aflutter with press releases from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) alerting the public to food recalls.
The tainted action started Thursday when Chulada, Inc. of Burbank, CA announced it was recalling Chuldada Brand Saladitos (Salted Plum w/Chile Powder) due to elevated levels of lead. High levels of lead can cause health problems, especially for infants, small children and pregnant women. According to the test results for the Saladitos product, a young child eating the product could “easily ingest more than 3 times their tolerable daily intake for lead,” according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The agency recommended last week that pregnant women or parents of children who may have consumed the product should consult their health care providers to determine if medical testing is required.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) sent off a couple of press releases to alert consumers of product recalls on Friday. The first announcement came from Windsor Foods, of Riverside, CA. The firm recalled approximately 2,268 pounds of beef and bean burrito products for possible Listeria monocytogenes.
Next up, it was Washington state with food woes. Cascioppo Brothers Meat, Inc., of Seattle, WA recalled approximately 2,000 pounds of frozen sausage because of possible undeclared allergens (milk and soy).
Then came the chocolate-peanut hazard. Kilwin’s Quality Confections, Inc., of Petoskey, MI recalled packages of chocolate-covered peanuts that hold been sold to retailers in 12 different states due to potential Salmonella contamination. Salmonella is especially dangerous for young children and the elderly and those with weakened immune systems.
This recall harkened back to the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) peanut recall last spring. “The potential for contamination was noted after our peanuts supplier voluntarily recalled their product because these peanuts were subject to the PCA Texas facility recall,” read Kilwin’s press release.
The press release comes almost five months after the PCA recall, which was one of the largest food recalls in American history. According to Kilwin, the potentially tainted products were sold before April 1, 2009
Following the peanut recall announcement, Muranaka Farm, Inc of Moorpark, CA announced it was recalling 10005 cases of 60 count bunched Parsley due to possible Salmonella contamination.
To round out the steady stream of recalls, Shining Marble Corporation dba Shil La Dang, of Gardena, CA announced a recall of of Gimbob (fish cake sushi), Modeum rice cake, combination rice cake, Sultok rice cake, and Bean Seolki rice cake for failure to declare certain allergens and even some ingredients.