Food Safety News has been monitoring the flurry of recall press releases from both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Services (FSIS) over the last several days.
CFSAN regulates 80 percent of the food supply–they monitor it all, except for poultry, meat, and processed egg products, which fall under FSIS jurisdiction.
Both CFSAN and FSIS announced several recalls since our previous recall roundup, many of which dealt with undeclared allergens.
The tainted food action began on September 14th, when Y.S. TRADING CORP, of Long Island, NY announced it was recalling “Crown cookies” also known as Choco Sanddo due to undeclared milk allergens.
The recall was initiated after New York public health officials found the undeclared allergen during a routine sampling. The cookies were distributed to retail stores in New York City and New Jersey.
The next day Clister-Mary Lee Corp, of Chester, IL, recalled a single lot of 21 oz. Great Value Berry Crunch Cereal due to the possibility of undeclared almonds. The product was shipped to dozens of states.
A few days later, on September 18th, Better Buns Inc., another NY food company, recalled 22 oz. packages of Europa Baking Company brand 6 pack Knot Rolls because they may contain undeclared eggs.
The product was distributed and sold in retail stores in Nassau, Suffolk and Queens in New York, according to the FDA. One illness has been reported.
The same day, Ippolito International, LP of Salinas, CA recalled 1,715 cartons of bunched spinach due to possible Salmonella contamination. The recall came after routine random testing of bunched spinach in Michigan by the USDA Microbial Data Program showed a positive test for Salmonella.
After a couple days of recall silence, America’s Favorite Noshers Inc. of Brooklyn, NY recalled Nosher’s Choice brand Just Fruit because it contained undeclared sulfites on September 21st.
According to the FDA, “The consumption of 10 milligrams of sulfites per serving has been reported to elicit sever reactions in some asthmatics, anaphylactic shock could occur in certain sulfite sensitive individuals.” Affected products were distributed throughout New York and New Jersey.
The agency announced a third recall the same day. Garden-Fresh Foods, Inc. of Milwaukee, WI recalled 16 oz containers of Archer Farms Potato Salad for undeclared milk allergens. The product was distributed to SuperTarget retail stores nationwide.
September 24th was another allergen recall day. Associated Brands Inc. of Medina, NY recalled 320 cases of Price Rite Beef Flavored Bouillon Cubes for a potential undeclared dairy allergen and Adamba Imports International, Inc, of Brooklyn, NY, recalled Ziolopex Bakaliada Morele Suszone (Dried Apricots) because of undeclared sulfites.
FSIS also alerted the public to yet another undeclared allergen recall. Frick’s Quality Meats, of Washington, MO recalled 756 pounds of Braunschweiger liver sausage products due to undeclared milk allergens.
Pampanga Food Corporation, of Anaheim, CA also recalled 28,470 pounds of skinless sausage product for containing undeclared fish ingredients, which are also potential allergens, according to FSIS.
To round out this allergen-filled food recall roundup, yesterday Nutricia North America, Inc, recalled hypoallergenic dry infant formula powder for having protein contents lower than indicated on the product label. The products were distributed to pharmacies, health care professionals, and consumers nationwide.