Eating broken glass sucks; Trader Joe’s salad recalled

Friend of barfblog and mentor Tanya MacLaurin told me a story when I was in grad school that I still use when telling folks about physical hazards.

It goes sorta like this (or this is the version I remember):

Tanya was running food services at Kansas State and had a really big event with donors and university administrators. She came into the kitchen and saw her staff picking something out of a couple of hundred of salads that were prepped and ready to go our for service. Someone had broken a fluorescent light that was situated over the staging area and everyone was scrambling to pick out the glass.

A great risk manager, Tanya shut down the coverup operation.

Glass removal by eyesight isn’t a great critical control point.

In related news, a supplier of Trader Joe’s salads is recalling a whole bunch of prepared salads due to glass contamination.

Green Cuisine, a San Fernando, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 36,854 pounds of chicken and turkey salad products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically hard silica and glass fragments, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The ready-to-eat chicken and turkey salads were produced from Nov. 4 – 15, 2017. The following products are subject to recall:

* 10.5-oz. clear plastic individual serving packages containing “TRADER JOE’S White Meat Chicken Salad with celery, carrots and green onions” with a “Use By” date of November 10 – 21, 2017.

* 11.0-oz. clear plastic individual serving packages containing “TRADER JOE’S CURRIED WHITE CHICKEN DELI SALAD with toasted cashews, green onion and a bit of honey” with a “Use By” date of November 10 – 21, 2017.

* 10.25-oz. clear plastic individual serving packages containing “TRADER JOE’S TURKEY CRANBERRY APPLE SALAD TURKEY BREAST MEAT WITH SWEET DRIED CRANBERRIES, TANGY GREEN APPLES, PECANS AND SAGE” with a “Use By” date of November 10 – 21, 2017.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “P-40299” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations in the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Louisiana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Washington.

Idaho food bank recalls foods after cooler temperatures reviewed

A few years ago an outbreak linked to a Denver homeless shelter made it into the barfblog new and notable category. Forty folks who depended on the emergency food were affected by violent foodborne illness symptoms after eating donated turkey. Fourteen ambulances showed up and took those most affected to area hospitals.

Earlier this year while speaking at the Rocky Mountain Food Safety Conference I met one of the EHS folks who conducted the investigation and temperature abuse of the turkey after cooking was identified as the likely contributing factor.

The very folks who need food the most were betrayed by the system they trust.

I can’t imagine how hard it is to be homeless or not have enough money to feed my family. Focusing on safe, nutritious food is moot if the money isn’t available to buy groceries. Or if there’s no home to take them too.

Volunteering as a food handler at a food bank, mission, shelter or soup kitchen and having a good heart and intentions doesn’t automatically lead to safe meals. An understanding of risks and having systems how to reduce them may.

Yesterday, a recall (we’re not recall net, others can do that) popped up as new and notable. The Idaho Food Bank recalled a few items that had been distributed to pantries  community meal sites and senior centers after someone reviewing cooler documentation saw that stuff was out of temp.

The Idaho Foodbank is recalling approximately 27,000 pounds of Coconut Beverage, Broccoli Cheddar Soup, Eggs, and Cheese Product.

These products are being recalled because they were not continuously maintained or stored at the required temperature due to a malfunction in the cooler. This could result in contamination by spoilage organisms or pathogens, which could lead to life-threatening illness if consumed. The Idaho Foodbank discovered the problem after reviewing cooler temperature records during high heat.

Affected Products were distributed in Southwest and North-Central Idaho

The Idaho Foodbank is committed to consumer safety and takes all product quality concerns very seriously. This recall affects less than 2% of the 1.5 million pounds of food IFB distributes statewide each month. We are recalling the products out of an abundance of caution, and are instructing consumers who received them not to eat these products and to immediately dispose of them.

Don’t know what temperature the coolers got to, or for how long, but that broccoli cheddar soup stuff is the type of stuff that could lead to botulism if temperature abused for a long time.

Ashley Chaifetz did a bunch of great work in this area a few years ago:

Evaluating North Carolina Food Pantry Food Safety–Related Operating Procedures

Ashley Chaifetz, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Benjamin Chapman, North Carolina State University

Journal of Food Protection

Vol. 78, No. 11, 2015, Pages 2033–2042

DOI: 10.4315/0362-028X.JFP-15-084

Abstract: Almost one in seven American households were food insecure in 2012, experiencing difficulty in providing enough food for all their members due to a lack of resources. Food pantries assist a food-insecure population through emergency food provision, but there is a paucity of information on the food safety–related operating procedures that pantries use. Food pantries operate in a variable regulatory landscape; in some jurisdictions, they are treated equivalent to restaurants, while in others, they operate outside of inspection regimes. By using a mixed methods approach to catalog the standard operating procedures related to food in 105 food pantries from 12 North Carolina counties, we evaluated their potential impact on food safety. Data collected through interviews with pantry managers were supplemented with observed food safety practices scored against a modified version of the North Carolina Food Establishment Inspection Report. Pantries partnered with organized food bank networks were compared with those that operated independently. In this exploratory research, additional comparisons were examined for pantries in metropolitan areas versus nonmetropolitan areas and pantries with managers who had received food safety training versus managers who had not. The results provide a snapshot of how North Carolina food pantries operate and document risk mitigation strategies for foodborne illness for the vulnerable populations they serve. Data analysis reveals gaps in food safety knowledge and practice, indicating that pantries would benefit from more effective food safety training, especially focusing on formalizing risk management strategies. In addition, new tools, procedures, or policy interventions might improve information actualization by food pantry personnel.

Recall: 1.9 million pounds of ready-to-eat chicken that may be undercooked

National Steak and Poultry, an Owasso, Okla., establishment, is recalling approximately 1,976,089 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken products due to adulteration because of possible undercooking, resulting in the potential survival of bacterial pathogens in the products, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

national-steak-and-poultryThe scope of this recall expansion now includes a variety of ready-to-eat chicken products that were produced on various dates from August 20, 2016 through November 30, 2016. 

The cases containing the products subject to recall bear establishment number “P-6010T” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to food service locations nationwide and were sold directly to retail consumers at the establishments’ monthly dock sale.

The basis for recalling additional product was discovered on Nov. 28, 2016, when a food service customer complained to the establishment that product appeared to be undercooked.

Below are the details of the originally recalled product: 

– On November 23, 2016 – National Steak and Poultry recalled approximately 17,439 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken products produced Oct. 4, 2016.  The products were packaged on Oct. 4 and Oct. 5, 2016. The following products are subject to recall:

– 5 lb. bags packed 2 bags per case; product labeled “Distributed by National Steak and Poultry, Owasso, OK Fully Cooked, Diced, Grilled Boneless Chicken Breast Meat with Rib Meat” with Lot code 100416, and Case Code: 70020.

– 5 lb. bags packed 2 bags per case; product labeled “Hormel Natural Choice 100% Natural No Preservatives Fully Cooked Roasted Chicken Breast Strips with Rib Meat Natural Smoke Flavor Added” with Lot code 100416, and Case code 702113.

– The cases containing the products subject to recall bear establishment number “P-6010T” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to food service locations nationwide and should not be in consumers’ possession. No other Hormel product is impacted. The original problem was discovered on Nov. 14, 2016, when a food service customer complained to the establishment that product appeared to be undercooked. 

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse health effects or illnesses due to consumption of any of the recalled products. Anyone concerned about a health effect should contact a healthcare provider.

Jamaican beef patties recalled over E. coli in Canada 26.nov.16

Several Jamaican beef patty products sold across Southern Ontario have been recalled due to E. coli contamination.

jamaican-pattyMarkham-based Michidean Limited (that’s in Ontario, which is in Canada) is voluntarily recalling the following products:

  • 16320 Michidean JA PATTY Extra Spicy Beef (frozen unbaked)
  • 16320 Michidean JA PATTY Extra Spicy Beef (baked)

Customers should not eat the recalled products, said a release from York Region.

Food contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick, noted the release. Symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, mild to severe abdominal cramps and watery to bloody diarrhea.

So far, there are no reports of any illnesses related to the beef patties.

Listeria positive: Sabra recalls certain hummus products

Sabra Dipping Co., LLC is voluntarily recalling certain hummus products made prior to November 8, 2016 due to concerns over Listeria monocytogenes, which was identified at the manufacturing facility but not in tested finished product.

sabra-hummus-recallThe recall includes the products listed below; these were distributed to retail outlets, including food service accounts and supermarkets, in the U.S. and Canada.

Consumers with any product with a “Best Before” date up through January 23, 2017 are urged to discard it. Consumers can find code and “Best Before” date on the lid of each package.

UPC SKU Item
040822014700 300051 Sabra Hummus Caramelized Onion 10OZ
040822000017 300066 Sabra Hummus Classic 7OZ
040822011143 300067 Sabra Hummus Classic 10OZ
040822017497 300070 Sabra Hummus Classic 17OZ
040822014687 300074 Sabra Hummus Classic 30OZ
040822431156 300076 Sabra Hummus Classic 5LB – 6ct
040822011112 300079 Sabra Hummus Classic 2OZ – 48ct: 3 x (16 x 2oz)
040822011952 300080 Sabra Hummus Classic with pretzels 4.56OZ
040822011235 300094 Sabra Hummus Garlic 7OZ
040822011242 300095 Sabra Hummus Garlic 10OZ
040822017510 300097 Sabra Hummus Garlic 17OZ
040822012256 300099 Sabra Hummus Garlic 32OZ
040822301121 300100 Sabra Hummus Garlic 30OZ
040822011990 300104 Sabra Hummus Garlic with pretzels 4.56OZ
040822011921 300106 Sabra Hummus Jalapeno 10OZ
040822011341 300117 Sabra Hummus Olive 10OZ
040822011747 300132 Sabra Hummus Pine Nut 10OZ
040822127530 300134 Sabra Hummus Pine Nut 7OZ
040822990011 300136 Sabra Hummus Pine Nut 17OZ
040822012157 300139 Sabra Hummus Pine Nut 32OZ
040822012430 300142 Sabra Hummus Red Pepper 7OZ
040822011549 300143 Sabra Hummus Red Pepper 10OZ
040822017503 300146 Sabra Hummus Red Pepper 17OZ
040822328647 300148 Sabra Hummus Red Pepper 32OZ
040822301114 300150 Sabra Hummus Red Pepper 30OZ
040822434553 300151 Sabra Hummus Red Pepper 5LB – 6ct
040822011969 300153 Sabra Hummus Red Pepper with pretzels 4.56OZ
040822011433 300158 Sabra Hummus Supremely Spicy 7OZ
040822011440 300159 Sabra Hummus Supremely Spicy 10OZ
040822017558 300161 Sabra Hummus Supremely Spicy 17OZ
040822027540 300164 Sabra Hummus Spinach & Artichoke 10OZ
040822014731 300166 Sabra Hummus Sun Dried Tomato 10OZ
040822027700 300266 Sabra Hummus Spinach & Artichoke 32OZ
040822027588 300298 Sabra Hummus Spinach & Artichoke 17OZ
040822990011 300501 Sabra Hummus Pine Nut 17OZ – 6ct
040822017503 300502 Sabra Hummus Red Pepper 17OZ – 6ct
040822020114 300593 Sabra Hummus Basil-Pesto 10OZ
040822330466 300736 Sabra Hummus Tuscan Herb Garden 32OZ
040822342049 301216 Sabra Hummus Classic 32OZ
040822342131 301271 Sabra Hummus Classic with pretzels 4.56OZ – 8ct
040822342209 301283 Sabra Hummus Garlic 23.5OZ
040822017497 301290 Sabra Hummus Classic 17OZ
040822342506 301430 Sabra Hummus Bold & Spicy with tortilla chips 4.56OZ
040822017510 301480 Sabra Hummus Garlic 17OZ – 6ct
040822342728 301481 Sabra Hummus Classic 2OZ – 6 x 2oz (12 x 6pks)
040822011648 301483 Sabra Hummus Lemon 10OZ
040822342735 301484 Sabra Hummus Red Pepper 2OZ – 6 x 2oz (12 x 6pks)
040822330381 301485 Sabra Hummus Tuscan Herb Garden 17OZ
040822010078 301511 Sabra Hummus Classic 2OZ  – 16 x 2oz – 12 ct
040822010047 301512 Sabra Hummus Classic 2OZ – 12 x 2oz – 12 ct
040822342988 301566 Sabra Hummus SF Rosemary/Sea Salt 10OZ
040822343145 301585 Sabra Spreads Spicy Chili 8.5OZ – 8ct
040822343138 301586 Sabra Spreads Garlic Herb 8.5OZ – 8ct
040822343121 301587 Sabra Spreads Honey Mustard 8.5OZ – 8ct
040822343114 301588 Sabra Spreads Salt & Pepper 8.5OZ – 8ct
040822343671 301640 Sabra Hummus Taco 10OZ
040822344043 301705 Sabra Hummus 3 Pepper Chili 10OZ

No other Sabra products are affected. In particular, Sabra products not included in the recall are: Sabra Organic Hummus, Sabra Salsa, Sabra Guacamole and Sabra Greek Yogurt Dips.

 

Herbal tea in Canada recalled; may pose serious health risks

“Phytovie Acore Vrai Calamus” herbal tea, an unauthorized natural health product, is being recalled after Health Canada testing found it to contain excessive levels of beta-asarone. Beta-asarone can be toxic if consumed in high amounts. The product was sold by Gourmet Nutrition F.B. Inc. over the Internet and may also be available at retail stores

herbal-teaRead product labels to verify that health products have been authorized for sale by Health Canada. Authorized health products have an eight-digit DIN, a DIN-HM or an NPN. You can also check if products have been authorized for sale by searching Health Canada’s Drug Product Database and Licensed Natural Health Product Database.

Report adverse events to health products to Health Canada by calling toll-free at 1-866-234-2345, or by reporting online, by mail or by fax.

Report complaints about health products to Health Canada by calling toll-free at 1-800-267-9675, or complete an online complaint form.

Phytovie Acore Vrai Calamus herbal tea was found to contain beta-asarone (a chemical found in certain plants) exceeding the maximum level permitted in a natural health product. Ingesting high amounts of beta-asarone can be toxic, and can lead to nausea, prolonged vomiting (for several hours), and a faster-than-normal heart rate, which can be life threatening.

the company’s recall and will inform Canadians if new safety information arises.

Recall creep: cookie dough edition

Listeria-positive linked recalls, similar to Facebook stalkers, creep. That’s what they do.

Same with clowns in the woods.choco_chunk

The typical event seems to go like this. Someone downstream in the buyer world or a government group finds a product with a pathogen. They call the supplier. The supplier looks at their system, maybe not understanding how regulators look at zones, sanitation clean breaks and environmental sampling, decides they will have a limited recall.

FDA or state investigators show up, assess the system, say, ‘hey, you really might have a larger problem here than you think’ and the recall creeps.

I dunno if that’s what is happening with Aspen Hills, a cookie dough processor who supplied their products to a bunch of ice cream companies (full disclosure, cookie dough ice cream is probably my favorite flavor).

It started with Blue Bell a couple of weeks ago, an expansion Monday and now Blue Bunny, Chocolate Shoppe and Publix are in on this.

Aspen Hills has nothing on their website about the recalls. Oops.

Silver Springs Farms recalls beef products due to possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination

Silver Springs Farms, Inc., a Harleysville, Pa. establishment is recalling approximately 740 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced.

silver-springs-e-coliThe ground beef items were produced on August 19, 2016. The following products are subject to recall:

20-lb cases containing 4 packages of 5-lb ground beef 80/20.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 4771” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to a distributor in Virginia.

The problem was discovered during a routine verification sampling performed by Silver Springs Farms, Inc. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.

Seek and ye shall find: Beef products recalled due to possible E. coli O103 contamination

Caviness Beef Packers, a Hereford, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 2,100 pounds of boneless beef trim products that may be contaminated with E. coli O103, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.  

caviness-beef-packerssThe 2,100-lb. Combo Bin of “boneless beef trim 84L” products were produced on September 14, 2016 and further processed into ground beef products by another establishment. The recalling establishment has control of all but 320 pounds of ground beef products.

10 lb. chub – 73% Regular Ground Beef products with a “Use By” or “Freeze By” date of October 10, 2016 and bear UPC number 52846-48935. 

2-3 lb. tray pack of – 73% Regular Ground Beef products with a “Sell By” date of September 28, 2016 and bear UPC number 2-01656-00000.

1.5 lb. tray pack of – 73% Regular Ground Beef products with a “Sell By” date of September 28, 2016 and bear UPC number 2-01654-00000.

The products subject to this recall were further processed by a firm other than Caviness Beef Packers, “EST. 675” and may not bear the establishment number “EST. 675”, on products available for direct consumer purchase. These products were shipped to retail locations in Texas.

The problem was discovered when FSIS was notified of a USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) sample that tested positive for E. coli O103. Because the company works with the AMS Commodity Program, AMS did routine microbiological testing. This shipment of beef was never intended for the National School Lunch Program (NLSP) and no sales were made to the NLSP. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.

Many clinical laboratories do not test for non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC), such as STEC O103 because it is harder to identify than STEC O157. People can become ill from STECs 2–8 days (average of 3–4 days) after consuming the organism. Most people infected with STEC O103 develop diarrhea (often bloody), and vomiting. Some illnesses last longer and can be more severe. Infection is usually diagnosed by testing of a stool sample. Vigorous rehydration and other supportive care is the usual treatment; antibiotic treatment is generally not recommended.

Lamb products recalled due to possible E. coli contamination

PT Farm, LLC, a North Haverhill, N.H. establishment, is recalling approximately 15 pounds of lamb products that may be contaminated with E. coli, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

hopkinsThe lamb products, a neck and one leg, were derived from a carcass produced on Sept. 6, 2016 and were shipped to a retail store in Somerville, Massachusetts and sold at their retail counter on Sept. 7, 2016.

The problem was discovered on Sept. 7, 2016 when the establishment was notified of an E. coli positive water supply sample result and resulting ‘water boil’ notice initiated by the North Haverhill Municipality Water Department located in North Haverhill, New Hampshire.

FSIS and the company are concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.