More than 30 gift baskets and other gift snack collections sold by Sam’s Club, Costco and catalog-internet sales nationwide are under recall because they include Blue Cheese Savory Twists that could be contaminated with Salmonella because of an ingredient made with powdered milk.
The recall, posted with the Food and Drug Administration by Houdini Inc. of Fullerton, CA, does not name the powdered milk supplier whose product was used in the seasoning for the blue cheese snack crackers.
“Although no pathogenic bacteria have been found in the powdered products supplied to our Savory Twist supplier by the ingredient manufacturer, nor in any of the Blue Cheese Savory Twists themselves, we have decided out of an abundance of caution to recall products produced from the specific lots purchased from this ingredient supplier,” according to the recall notice.
The recalled blue cheese snacks are packaged in 7-ounce boxes in three colors — red, green and copper. Some of the recalled gift baskets were sold by Houdini Inc. direct to consumers through the company’s Wine Country Gift Baskets catalog and website. They were also sold through Houdini’s wholesale division.
Only the 7-ounce blue cheese twist boxes in gift baskets that were shipped or sold in stores from Sept. 1 through Dec. 12 are in eluded in the recall.
No other items in the gift baskets are subject to the recall.
“If you have any 7-ounce Blue Cheese Savory Twists remaining, please discard them; do not consume. If you gave the product to someone, please let them know to discard the product,” according to the recall notice. “If you have any questions concerning this recall, please contact Houdini Customer Care at 866-712-5910.”
Consumers should check the foil pouches in the blue cheese twists boxes for the following codes. Only products with these two codes are subject to the recall:
- 1831602 XX with XX=last 2 digits refer to specific packaging machine; or
- 2431602 XX with XX=last 2 digits refer to specific packaging machine.
Specific gift baskets and snack collections subject to the Houdini inc. recall are:
|Gift Basket Name:||Lot code number:|
|Wine Country Gift Baskets:|
|Napa & Sonoma Valley Exclusive||LC449695|
|Bodega de San Antonio Sangria Tradicional||LC446420|
|California Cabernet and Chardonnay Gift||LC451463|
|Cakebread Cellars Napa Valley Duet||LC450020|
|Placeholder Six Bottle WOM Wines Collection||LC448789|
|The Ultimate Wine and Champagne Collection||LC448866|
|Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Collection||LC449703|
|The Classic||LC444761, LC446625, LC446626, LC451389|
|Lasting Impression||LC447394, LC452566|
|Wine Country Extravaganza||LC445632|
|Grgich Hills Napa Valley Selection||LC444483|
|Gift Basket Name:||Lot code number:|
|Vintners Path Merlot Season’s Greetings||LC444763|
|Stag’s Leap Winery Collection||LC449624|
|Vintners Path Cabernet Season’s Greetings||LC445181|
|Houdini Napa Valley Collection||LC445631|
|Vintners Path Chardonnay Season’s Greetings||LC444766|
|Alfasi Cabernet Kosher Selection||LC444152|
|Alfasi Kosher Trio||LC446250|
|Alfasi Chardonnay Kosher Selection||LC444153|
|Napa and Sonoma Duet||LC448370|
|California Wine Crate||LC450022|
|The Classic||LC451792, LC454676|
|Metal Basket with Handles||LC449614|
|Metal Basket with Leather Handles||LC446548, LC446549, LC446550|
|The Executive||LC442525, LC442751, LC443675|
|Costco Southeast Region:|
|Burgundy and Bronze Metal Basket||LC448217, LC448218, LC448219, LC50256, LC52057, LC50258|
|Costco Northeast Region:|
|Houdini Fabric basket||LC448981|
|Costco Midwest Region:|
|Tis The Season||LC445630|
|Sweets For The Season||LC446542|
Although Houdini inc. did not name the powdered milk supplier in its recall notice, in recent days a number of other companies have recalled a wide variety of food products from macaroni and cheese to frozen cream puffs because of potentially contaminated powdered milk ingredients names Valley Milk Products LLC.
Anyone who has consumed any of the recalled products and developed symptoms of Salmonella infection should seek medical attention and tell their doctors about the possible exposure to the pathogen.
Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Young children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems may contract serious and sometimes deadly infections.
Healthy people may experience short-term symptoms such as fever, headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis.
The companies that named the powdered milk supplier said the potentially contaminated ingredients came from the Valley Milk Products production plant in Strasburg, VA. At the request of the FDA, armed U.S. Marshals raided the plant on Dec. 1 and seized 4 million pounds of powdered milk and powdered buttermilk.
On Dec. 9 Valley Milk Products recalled 3.1 million pounds of powdered milk products produced and sold in the period from Dec. 5, 2015, through July 10, 2016. While the FDA has access to company records showing who bought the recalled powdered milk, and when, it cannot publish those details because of a federal law protecting “confidential corporate information.”
In a document filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia the FDA reported environmental swabs collected at the production facility returned positive results for Salmonella. Inspectors also found internal records at Valley Milk that showed the company itself had found Salmonella in the facility and in finished products.
For additional details on other recalls related to the Valley Milk Products problems with Salmonella, please see:
- Armed federal agents seize milk products from major cooperative
- Publix recalls mixes; cites powdered milk Salmonella problem
- Stonewall Kitchen recalls mixes for tainted powdered milk
- Great Value, other mac & cheese brands recalled for Salmonella
- Monkey bread mix recalled for Salmonella in powdered milk
- Chips recalled for Salmonella in powdered milk seasoning
- Mac & cheese sold at Aldi, Dollar Tree recalled for Salmonella
- New Hope Mills recalls crepe mix because of powdered milk
- Frozen desserts recalled for Salmonella risk in powdered milk
- Powdered milk Salmonella risk hits Roundy’s, Old Dutch chips
- Powdered milk forces Albertsons, HEB, Safeway bakery recalls
- Williams-Sonoma recalls mix for problem with powdered milk
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