Product Recalls

February 4, 2009

Creative Energy Foods has expanded its voluntary recall of ThinkThin Chocolate Mudslide, ThinkThin Dark Chocolate bars, Can Do Kid Chocolate Crunch Bars, and Can Do Kid Cookies & Cream Bars because peanut butter in the product was sourced from Peanut Corporation of America (PCA). This recall was prompted by Peanut Corporations of America's announcement that they are voluntarily expanding their recall of all peanuts and peanut products processed in its Blakely, Georgia facility since January 1, 2007 due to salmonella contamination.

The products being recalled are:

ThinkThin Dark Chocolate Bars (with expanded lot codes in bold)
Size: 2.1oz
UPC: 7-53656-70355-8
Lot: 031708, 032708, 040108, 042808, 052708, 062608, 073008, 090208, 100708, 112508, 121508, 123008, 021809, 030409, 040509, 051509, 052709, 060509, 062309, 082309, 092109, 100709, 122909, 020510

ThinkThin Chocolate Mudslide Bars (with expanded lot codes in bold)
Size: 2.1oz
UPC: 7-53656-70356-5
Lot: 032708, 040108, 051208, 062708, 081208, 082608, 101508, 112508, 010609, 012909, 032109, 041109, 051209, 052409, 060309, 062309, 090309, 100409, 111109, 122809, 020410

Can Do Kid Chocolate Crunch Bars [Lot codes: ALL Best by dates of 062608 thru 102109]

Can Do Kid Cookies & Cream Bars [Lot codes: ALL Best by dates of 062608 thru 102109]

At this time, there have been no reported illnesses.

For more information please call Think Products at 1.805.644.4848 or visit the FDA website.

February 3, 2009

The products being recalled are:

  • Chunks of Energy Mixed Berry Blast
  • Chunks of Energy CRANBERRY APRICOT, OG
  • Chunks of Energy Carob/Hawaiian Spirulina
  • Chunks of Energy HIGH COUNTRY GORP

Products have been tested and found to be without problems, but Dancing Star prefers a precautionary approach.

For more information please call Dancing Star at 1.413.625.8300 or visit their website at http://www.danstarco.com/index.php

February 2, 2009

February 2, 2009--The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. announced that it is taking the precautionary measure of recalling certain Ethnic Gourmet® frozen foods because they contain peanut products supplied by Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), which is the subject of an FDA investigation concerning recent Salmonella outbreaks. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the recalled products.

The expanded recall includes additional lot codes for Ethnic Gourmet Chicken Pad Thai.

The products being recalled are:

Ethnic Gourmet Chicken Pad Thai 10 oz
UPC code # 18687-70054 lot codes beginning with "WC7" and "WC8"

PCA has supplied Hain Celestial with the peanuts, which were used in the products being recalled by this notification. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the recalled products.

For more information please call 1-800-739-4838 or visit the FDA website.

February 2, 2009

Glutino announced on February 2, 2009 that due to the expanded Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) recall of last Friday, the company is voluntarily recalling its Organic Chocolate Peanut Bars because they may be contaminated with salmonella.

The products being recalled are:
Glutino Organic Chocolate & Peanuts Bars
Size: box of 5 bars
UPC: 67852303092
Lots: 0358A, 0368A, 1338A, 1968A, 1978A, 2548A, 2558A, 2908A, & 3368A

It is important to note that there have been NO cases of illness related to these bars. The products and lots in question have been tested for salmonella and were NEGATIVE but Glutino is nonetheless voluntarily recalling this product as a precautionary measure.

For more information please call Glutino at 1-800-363-3438 or visit the Glutino website at http://www.glutino.com/content/view/96/1/.

February 2, 2009

February 2, 2009 -- As a result of the expansion of Peanut Corporation of America's recall to include all peanut ingredients produced in their Blakely, Georgia facility since Jan. 1, 2007, Kashi has issued a voluntary nationwide product recall because they may be contaminated with salmonella.

The products being recalled are:

  • Kashi TLC Chewy Granola Bars in Trail Mix and Honey Almond Flax varieties, 7.4-ounce box with a "Best If Used Before" date prior to September 19, 2009 and followed by the letters CD (SEP 19 2009 CD), with the following UPC codes: 1862703000, 1862703001, 1862723959, 1862728409, 1862731567.
  • Kashi TLC Chewy Granola Bars Peanut Butter, 7.4-ounce box with a "Best If Used Before" date prior to August 8, 2009 and followed by the letters CD (AUG 08 2009 CD), with the following UPC codes: 1862703002.
  • Kashi TLC Chewy Cookies in Oatmeal Dark Chocolate, Happy Trail Mix and Oatmeal Raisin Flax varieties only, 8.5-ounce box with a "Best If Used Before" date prior to July 30, 2009, with the following UPC codes: 1862732467, 1862742593, 1862762001, 1862762002, 1862762003.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection to these products.

For more information please the Kashi Consumer Response Center at 877-701-5868 or visit the FDA website.

February 2, 2009

Detour products are being recalled out of an abundance of caution because they contain roasted peanuts manufactured by Peanut Corporation of America (PCA). PCA is the focus of an investigation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concerning a recent Salmonella outbreak thought to be caused by tainted peanut products.

The products being recalled are:

  • Detour® brand Caramel Peanut bars (85, 43 and 20 gram sizes)
  • Detour® brand Lower Sugar Caramel Peanut bars (85 and 43 gram sizes)
  • Detour® brand Buzz Caramel Peanut bars (85 gram size)
  • Detour® brand Chocolate Crunchy Peanut Butter bars (90 and 45 gram sizes)
  • Detour® brand Peanut Butter & Jelly (85 gram size)
  • Detour® brand Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip (120 gram size)
  • Detour® Runner brand Chocolate Peanut Butter bars (50 and 20 gram sizes)
  • Detour® Biker brand Chocolate Peanut Butter bars (50 gram size)
  • Detour® Core Strength brand Caramel Peanut bars (50 and 20 gram size)

All "Enjoy By" dates prior to March 1, 2010 are included in this recall Forward Foods, LLC is taking this precautionary step to protect consumers and ensure the safety of their products. Independent laboratory testing to date has indicated no Salmonella contamination in any of the above mentioned Detour products.

For more information please call Detour customer service at 1-800-203-3877, send an email to customerservice@detourbar.com, or visit the Detour Bar website.

February 1, 2009

Phillips Mushroom Farms announced on February 1, 2009 a recall of enoki mushrooms, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The enoki mushrooms were distributed in the United States and Canada through retail and food service channels. The mushrooms were packed in clear plastic bags with blue, green or red graphics panels, plastic tills with overwrap film, or 1lb bags for food service.

The products being recalled are:

PMF 3.5oz green bag UPC 33383 67540
Phillips Enoki 3.5oz blue bag UPC 33383 67540
Phillps Enoki 1 lb bulk bag Food Service Distribution only
Mr. Mushroom 4 oz Red & Green bags UPC 33383 67543

The following 3.5 oz overwrapped packages are also being recalled:

Phillips Enoki UPC 33383 67541
Organic Phillips Enoki UPC 21706 67363
Publix Enoki UPC 41415 03186
Giorgio Enoki UPC 33383 67451
Moonlight Mushroom Enoki UPC 33383 67540
Pennsylvania Dutchman Enoki UPC 33383 67451
Fresh Obsession UPC 69200 00916
Monterey Gourmet Enoki UPC 37102 67820
Elite Enoki UPC 34635 41866

The recall was the result of testing on a single sample of finished product taken during a routine product evaluation. The company immediately ceased distribution of the product upon notification of the test result. No illnesses have been reported.

For more information please call Phillips Mushrooms Farms at 1-800-722-8818 or view their recall notice.

February 1, 2009

February 1, 2009 -- Genisoy Food Company is announcing a voluntary recall of their Genisoy Organic Apple Cinnamon Soy Protein Bars because they may have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.  The recalled products contain peanut ingredients supplied by Peanut Corporation of America, which has just announced an expansion of a voluntary recall covering all peanut products made in their Blakely, GA plant since January 1, 2007.  Peanut Corporation of America is currently the focus of an ongoing investigation concerning recent Salmonella outbreaks.

The following Genisoy Organic Apple Cinnamon Soy Protein Bars, with "Best By" dates on each bar are subject to voluntary recall:

Genisoy Organic Apple Cinnamon Soy Protein Bars

Package Size UPC code number Code Dates
Individual bar 1.60 oz (45g) 6-35992-07810-4 BEST BY: 12/21/08
BEST BY:  6/17/09
BEST BY:  7/18/09
Carton: 12 bars / carton 6-35992-07811-1 BEST BY: 12/21/08
BEST BY:  6/17/09
BEST BY:  7/18/09
Case: 6 cartons / case 10-6-35992-07812-5 BEST BY: 12/21/08
BEST BY:  6/17/09
BEST BY:  7/18/09

Genisoy Organic Apple Cinnamon Soy Protein Bars are distributed and sold primarily as individual bars in grocery and specialty retail stores. Genisoy Food Company has not received any reports of illness.

For more information please contact Genisoy Food Company consumer line 1-888-GENISOY (1-888-436-4769), visit www.genisoy.com, or visit the FDA website.

January 31, 2009

January 31, 2009 --The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. of Melville, New York announced that it is taking the precautionary measure of recalling certain Ethnic Gourmet® and Gluten Free Café frozen foods because they contain peanut products supplied by Peanut Corporation of America, which is the subject of an FDA investigation concerning recent Salmonella outbreaks. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the recalled products.

The products being recalled are:

Ethnic Gourmet ChickenPad Thai 10 oz
UPC code # 18687-70054
lot codes beginning with "WC7"

Ethnic Gourmet Pad Thai wih Shrimp 10 oz
UPC code # 18687-10411
lot codes beginning with "WC7" and "WC8"

Ethnic Gourmet Pad Thai wth Tofu 10 oz
UPC code # 18687-10402
lot codes beginning with "WC7" and "WC8"

Gluten Free Café Asian Noodles 9.2 oz
UPC code # 70795-03504
lot codes beginning with "WC8"

PCA has supplied Hain Celestial with the peanuts, which were used in the products being recalled by this notification. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the recalled products.

For more information please call  1-800-739-4838 or visit the FDA website.

January 31, 2009

January 31, 2009 -- Due to the expanded recall of Peanut Butter Corporation's peanut butter products on January 28th, Nature's Path Organic Foods of Richmond, British Columbia, Canada announces an expanded recall of Optimum Energy Bars Peanut Butter flavor, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The Optimum Energy Bars Peanut Butter flavor were manufactured using peanut butter recalled by Peanut Corporation of American because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

The product being recalled is:

Optimum Energy Bars Peanut Butter flavor: BEST BEFORE 01OCT09A, BEST BEFORE 03FEB09B, and BEST BEFORE 29APR09B

These bars are sold in 2 oz (56 g) individually wrapped bar with UPC code of 0 58449 77715

No illnesses have been reported in connection with Optimum Energy Bars.

For more information please call the Nature's Path customer service line at 1-866-880-7284 or visit the FDA website.

January 31, 2009

As a result of the expansion of Peanut Corporation of America's recall to include all peanut ingredients produced in their Blakely, Georgia facility since Jan. 1, 2007, Bear Naked today announced a voluntary nationwide recall of Bear Naked All-Natural Appalachian Trail Mix products. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection to these Bear Naked products. No other Bear Naked products are involved in this recall.

Consumers who have purchased the recalled products are urged to destroy them. Consumers with questions or who would like a refund may contact the Bear Naked Consumer Response Center at 877-392-1660. Consumers with questions or concerns about their health should contact their doctor.

Products impacted by the recall include all sizes of Bear Naked All-Natural Appalachian Trail Mix with a "Better if Used Before" date prior to February 01, 2010, and with the following bar codes on the package: 85641600187, 85641600141, 85641600174, 85641642518, 85641600189, and 88462343792.

FDA link: http://www.fda.gov/oc/po/firmrecalls/bearnaked01_09.html

January 30, 2009

January 30, 2009 – Clif Bar & Company today expanded its voluntary and precautionary recall of CLIF® and LUNA® branded bars because of concerns that the recalled bars contain peanut products that were manufactured by Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), which is the focus of an ongoing Salmonella investigation. Clif Bar took this action in response to PCA's recent expansion of its peanut product recall to include all peanut products produced in PCA's Blakely, Georgia plant since January 1, 2007.

The following Clif Bar & Company products, with "Best By/Sell By" dates on each bar ranging as shown below, all sizes and packages, are included in the initial and expanded voluntary recall:

CLIF BAR Crunchy Peanut Butter
BEST BY or SELL BY: 09OCT08 to 31DEC09

CLIF BAR Chocolate Chip Peanut Crunch
BEST BY or SELL BY: 09OCT08 to 31DEC09

CLIF BAR Peanut Toffee Buzz®
BEST BY or SELL BY: 09OCT08 to 31DEC09

CLIF Builder's® Peanut Butter
SELL BY: 20SEP08 to 31DEC09

CLIF Kid Organic ZBaR Peanut Butter
BEST BY: 21OCT08 to 31DEC09

LUNA Nutz Over Chocolate®
BEST BY: 28OCT08 to 31DEC09

LUNA® Peanut Butter Cookie
BEST BY: 28OCT08 to 31DEC09

All MOJO® and MOJO® Dipped bars
BEST BY: 01SEP07 to 31OCT09

The recalled products were sold in all types of retail stores throughout the United States. At this time, none of the recalled products has tested positive for Salmonella.

For more information contact Clif Bar & Company at 1-888-847-2770 or visit the FDA website.

January 30, 2009

January 30, 2009 -- Simbree Energy Foods of Seattle, WA is recalling Simbree ® Oat Almond Pistash, Simbree® Almond Pistachio Energy Bites and Simbree® Oat Bites with Peanuts, Almonds and Pistachios/ Bouchées d'avoine aux arachides, amandes et pistaches because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The Simbree ® Oat Almond Pistash, Simbree® Almond Pistachio Energy Bites and Simbree® Oat Bites with Peanuts, Almonds and Pistachios/ Bouchées d'avoine aux arachides, amandes et pistaches were manufactured using peanut butter recalled by Peanut Corporation of American because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

The products being recalled are:

  • Simbree® Oat Almond Pistash
  • Simbree® Almond Pistachio Energy Bites
  • Simbree® Oat Bites with Peanuts, Almonds and Pistachios/ Bouchées d'avoine aux arachides, amandes et pistaches

These 3 items are sold in:

  • 6oz/170g plastic clear pouches
  • Pre-printed bags
  • 15oz/426g clear plastic canisters

United States and Canadian UPC (Universal Product Code) codes for 6 oz/170g individual packages: 8-9484800006-9

United States and Canadian UPC (Universal Product Code) codes for 15oz/426g individual packages: 8-9484800002-1

No known illnesses have been reported to date in connection with these products. The recall was initiated after it was determined that the peanut product received was manufactured by Peanut Corporation of America or visit the FDA website.

January 30, 2009

Arico Natural Foods Company announced a voluntary recall of Arico Peanut Butter Cookies and Cookie Bars as a precautionary measure due to yesterday's expanded recall of peanut ingredients from Peanut Corporation of America's Blakely, Georgia facility, which is the subject of an FDA investigation concerning the recent Salmonella outbreak.

The products being recalled are:

Arico Peanut Butter Cookies (4.76 oz stand-up pouch with UPC 1 82363 00022 1)
Sell-by dates of "080309" and "100509"
Date code is printed on the top, front, left of each pouch OR on the case label as 08/03/09 and 10/05/09

Arico Peanut Butter Cookie Bars (1.4 oz with UPC 1 82363 00006 1)
Sell-by date of AUG0409; M03098
Date code is printed on the middle, back of individual bar wrapper OR on the case label as 08/04/09

The recalled cookies contain peanut butter supplied by Peanut Corporation of America. Arico Natural Foods Company made a one-time purchase of organic peanut butter from Peanut Corporation of America that is affected the expanded recall announcement to include all products produced since January 1, 2007. No known illnesses have been reported to date in connection with Arico Peanut Butter Cookies and Cookie Bars products.

For more information please contact Arico's Customer Service at 866-98-ARICO (27426) ext. 21, or email info@aricofoods.com.

FDA press release: http://www.fda.gov/oc/po/firmrecalls/arico01_09.html

January 28, 2009

January 28, 2009– Uncle Eddies Vegan Cookies announced today a voluntary recall of Uncle Eddies Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate-Chip Cookies as a precautionary measure due to the expanded recall of Peanut Corporation of America's Blakely, Georgia facility, which is the subject of an FDA investigation concerning the recent salmonella outbreak.

Products being recalled are:
Uncle Eddies Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate-Chip Cookies

  • 12 oz. Bag (UPC 40559 03302)
  • 3.75 oz. individually wrapped (UPC 40559 03305)

Recalled date codes include the code for peanut butter, 2 and a Julian date.

Example: 21509 is read as the 15th day of 2009.

Recalled dates are: 221408 thru and including 21509 (READ AS THE 214TH DAY OF 2008 THRU AND INCLUDING THE 15TH DAY OF 2009.)

The recalled cookies contain peanut butter supplied by Peanut Corporation of America. There are no reported illnesses associated with these peanut butter cookies, which are sold at health food, and grocery stores nationwide.

For more information please contact Jeff Jacobs at (818)549-4184 or visit the FDA Website.

January 28, 2009

Falcon Trading Company/SunRidge Farms of Pajaro, CA announced on January 23, 2009 that it has taken the precautionary measure of a voluntary recall. The product contains peanut butter supplied by Peanut Corporation of America, which is the subject of an FDA investigation concerning recent Salmonella outbreaks. Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) has initiated a voluntary recall of certain peanut butter and peanut paste made at its Blakely, Georgia facility, "because the products have the potential to be contaminated with salmonella."

The products being recalled are:

Item #: 021116 SunRidge Chocolate Energy Bar UPC 086700211168, 10 lb Case
Lot Codes 2948, 3108, 3388, Total cases involved 93

Item #: 868064 SunRidge Energy Nuggets UPC 086700680643, 8 oz. Bag
Lot Codes 2490893, Total cases involved 31 (12 bags per case)

No illnesses have been reported in connection with the recalled products.

For more information please call Falcon Trading Company's customer service at 1-831-786-7000 or visit the FDA website.

January 23, 2009

AUSTIN, TX. (January 23, 2009) – Whole Foods Market today announced a recall of its Whole Foods Carob Energee Nuggets in four states because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

The recalled products were distributed to Whole Foods Market stores in California, Oregon, Washington, and Nevada. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

Consumers who have purchased Whole Foods Carob Energee Nuggets are urged to return them to the store for a full refund. The product comes in a nine-ounce, clear plastic package with a label reading "Whole Foods Carob Energee Nuggets;" all lot codes are recalled. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-512-542-0656. Consumers can read more information about products affected by the peanut butter recall on the Whole Foods Market blog at http://blog.wholefoodsmarket.com/2009/01/national-peanut-butter-recalls/.

Whole Foods Market's product supplier notified the Company of the potential for contamination of Salmonella. The action was taken after the Peanut Corporation of America, a company that supplies bulk peanut butter, issued a recall of the peanut butter used to make these Whole Foods Market bakery products.

Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

More info on our Press Release website.

January 21, 2009

January 21, 2009 – Lovin Oven, LLC of Irwindale, CA announced that it has taken the precautionary measure of voluntarily recalling certain Health Valley Organic Peanut Crunch Chewy Granola Bars because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

The product being recalled is:

Health Valley Organic Peanut Crunch Chewy Granola Bars, 6.1 oz box
Unit Universal Product Code (UPC) # 0-35742 15483-4
Lot codes: 13JUN09, 14JUN09 and 28JUL09

The bars contain peanut butter supplied by Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), which is the subject of an FDA investigation concerning recent Salmonella outbreaks. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the recalled bars.

For more information please call Health Valley at 1-800-434-4246 or visit their website.

January 21, 2009

Recall limited to Optimum Energy Bars in Peanut Butter Flavor; marked BEST BEFORE 01OCT09A, no other Nature's Path products are involved

We at Nature's Path are committed to producing exceptional products and hold the health of our customers, along with quality and food safety, as our top priorities. Thus, we are taking the precautionary measure of voluntarily recalling Optimum Energy Bars Peanut Butter flavor because the peanut butter in the products was sourced through Peanut Corporation of America. The FDA has indicated the manufacturer is a focus of investigation concerning a recent salmonella outbreak thought to be caused by tainted peanut butter www.cdc.gov

The recalled product is:

Optimum Energy Bars Peanut Butter flavor (Carton UPC 058449777199, Case UPC 10058449777196, Bar UPC 058449777151)

No illnesses have been reported in connection with Optimum Energy Bars and we believe the risk to be low because the bars are baked. No other Nature's Path products are being recalled. The peanut butter in all other Nature's Path products is sourced from Golden Boy Foods in British Columbia, Canada, which is in no way involved in the investigation.

The affected product is marked BEST BEFORE 01OCT09A.

For more information please call the Nature's Path customer service line at 1-866-880-7284 or visit their website.

January 19, 2009

Abbott Nutrition Announces Voluntary Recall of ZonePerfect® Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars, ZonePerfect® Peanut Toffee Bars and NutriPals Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars in U.S., Mexico, New Zealand and Singapore.

Abbott Nutrition announced on January 19, 2009 that it is initiating a precautionary, voluntary recall of ZonePerfect® Chocolate Peanut Butter bars, ZonePerfect® Peanut Toffee bars and NutriPals Peanut Butter Chocolate bars in response to the widening recall involving peanut butter and peanut paste ingredients manufactured by Peanut Corporation of America (PCA). PCA was one of the peanut ingredient suppliers to the company.

Products being recalled are:

ZonePerfect Chocolate Peanut Butter bars
1.76oz bar (Universal Product Code) UPC: 63810220101
(Universal Product Code) UPC 12 pack: 63810220105

ZonePerfect Peanut Toffee bars
Size: All Sizes
1.76oz bar (Universal Product Code) UPC: 63810258911
(Universal Product Code) UPC 12 Pack: 63810258910

NutriPals Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars

The specified Abbott Nutrition products, sold in the U.S. and internationally (Mexico, New Zealand and Singapore) in various packages and quantities, have not been linked to a nationwide salmonella outbreak and there have been no reported cases of the salmonella illness associated with ZonePerfect or NutriPals products. Abbott Nutrition's action to issue a voluntary recall was supported by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration's advisement to manufacturers of an ongoing outbreak of salmonella involving peanut butter and peanut paste supplied by PCA.

For more information please contact Abbott Nutrition Consumer Relations at (800) 986-8884 or visit their website.

January 19, 2009

General Mills announced on January 19, 2009 a voluntary recall of LÄRABAR Peanut Butter Cookie flavor snack bars and JamFrakas Peanut Butter Blisscrisp flavor snack bars because peanut butter in the products was sourced from Peanut Corporation of America, and may be contaminated with salmonella.

The products being recalled are:

LÄRABAR Peanut Butter Cookie Snack Bars
Universal Product Code (UPC) of 54818-00014-7.

JamFrakas Peanut Butter Bliss Crisp Snack Bars Universal Product Code (UPC) of 93759-00212-4

No illnesses have been reported in connection with LÄRABAR or JamFrakas products, and no other types, varieties or flavors of LÄRABAR or JamFrakas products are being recalled.

Peanut butter produced by Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) has been implicated in an outbreak of salmonella. As the scope of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigation into this outbreak expanded this weekend, Peanut Corporation of America expanded its recall to additional lot codes of peanut butter. PCA supplied peanut butter to one of General Mills' suppliers, including some lots that were part of the expanded recall, prompting General Mills to issue its own voluntary national Class I recall of the two LÄRABAR and JamFrakas products potentially involved.

For more information please call General Mills Consumer Hotline at 1-800-543-2147 or visit their website.

December 16, 2008

Kashi Company of LaJolla, CA has recalled canisters of Kashi GOLEAN Powder Chocolate Energy Shake Mix because they contain undeclared milk. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk, run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

The product is packaged in a 14.8 oz canister with a bar code of 18627 71000. Canisters with a Better if Used by Date stamped on the bottom of the canister between the dates of JAN 17 2009 and NOV 15 2009 are included in this alert.

No allergic reactions have been reported to date. The recall was initiated after it was discovered that a limited number of Kashi GOLEAN Chocolate Energy Shake mix canisters did not declare whey caseinate, a milk ingredient, in the ingredient statement.

Consumers who have a Kashi GOLEAN Chocolate Energy Shake Mix canister with a bar code of 18627 71000 and Better if Used by Date stamped on the bottom between the dates of JAN 17 2009 and NOV 15 2009 should call the Kashi Consumer Response center at 1-877-747-2467.

December 3, 2008

Whole Foods Market has removed 365 Everyday Organic High Fiber Cereal from the shelves to correct a labeling error. The word "milk" was not listed in parentheses following the ingredient whey.

The product is sold in a 12oz box with UPC 99482-40888.

Customers who have purchased this product may return it to any Whole Foods Market for a full refund.

September 5, 2008

Lucky Country Inc. of Lincolnton, NC is recalling all of its natural black licorice products from California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Utah, Virginia, and Washington State due to elevated levels of lead.

Recent tests performed by the California Department of Public Health and the Food and Drug Administration showed that Lucky Country Aussie Style Soft Gourmet Licorice Black (All Natural) in 1.5 lb bags contained a lead level exceeding the level permitted in candy. Because of this finding, Lucky Country is voluntarily recalling all of its Lucky Country Aussie Style Soft Gourmet Licorice Black (All Natural) from the market. In addition to the 1.5 lb bags, Lucky Country also manufactures this natural black licorice product in 6 oz and 3 lb bags, and in a 1 lb tub. Consumers are advised to check to see if they have this product in their possession and should either dispose of it or return it to their retail outlet for a full refund.

Lucky Country is cooperating with the California Department of Public Health and the Food and Drug Administration to conduct the recall. Consumers with questions may contact the company at customerservice@lucky-country.com, or 828 428-8313 during business hours.

August 14, 2008

Whole Foods Market today is recalling 365 Organic Everyday Value Popcorn, Lightly Salted because it may contain undeclared milk ingredients. The popcorn in these packages was incorrectly flavored with a white cheddar seasoning which includes milk ingredients; the seasoning may not be visibly apparent. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk ingredients run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

This product was distributed to and sold in Whole Foods Market retail stores in California, Arizona, Nevada, Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington D.C, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Oregon, New Jersey, New York and Washington.

The product is sold in a blue and white 5 ounce bag with a picture of popcorn in a red and white container. The product is labeled as 365 Organic Everyday Value Organic Popcorn, Lightly Salted with a UPC of 9948240552. The recalled product's lot code is stamped on the front top right corner and reads "Sell By 10/28/08" or "Sell By 10/29/08".

No illnesses have been reported to date.

The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the product containing milk ingredients was incorrectly packaged in bags that did not reveal the presence of milk ingredients. Subsequent investigations indicate the problem was caused by a temporary breakdown in the producer's packaging processes.

Consumers who have purchased 365 Organic Popcorn Lightly Salted with a lot code of "Sell By 10/28/08" or "Sell By 10/29/08" are urged to return it to any Whole Foods Market for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 512-542-0656.

August 8, 2008

Multi-State Recall in Response to State, Federal Investigations of E. coli Outbreak

Today, Whole Foods Market announced a voluntary multi-state recall of the fresh ground beef it has sold between June 2 and August 6, 2008 because of a concern that it may be contaminated with E. coli 0157:H7 bacteria. Whole Foods Market is informed that the beef in question apparently came from Coleman Natural Beef whose Nebraska Beef processing plant was previously subject to a nationwide recall for E. coli 0157:H7 contamination. At the time of the previous recall, Whole Foods Market received assurances from Coleman Natural Beef that no product delivered to Whole Foods Market was linked to the recall. Those assurances are now in question and Whole Foods Market is actively investigating the issue. At this time, no Coleman Natural Beef fresh ground beef products from the Nebraska Beef processing facility are available in any Whole Foods Market stores.

"While Coleman Natural Beef is a relatively small supplier for Whole Foods Market, we are extremely disappointed that we must now question Coleman's assurances," said Edmund Lamacchia, global vice president of procurement.

Neither Coleman Natural Beef or Nebraska Beef are owned or operated by Whole Foods Market.

At this time, although the illnesses allegedly linked to Whole Foods Market are in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, it is broadening the voluntary recall to the following states out of an abundance of caution: Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine, Massachusetts, Florida, New Jersey, New York, Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington D. C., Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Canada.

The recalls come as a result of investigations into confirmed cases of E. coli 0157:H7 contamination in Virginia, Ohio, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. The investigations include supermarkets Dorothy Lane and Kroger, as well as beef suppliers and processors such as Coleman Natural Beef and Nebraska Beef, and are still ongoing as state and federal agencies work to determine the source of the outbreak. As a precaution, on Wednesday, August 6, 2008, Whole Foods Market voluntarily pulled shipments of beef from this vendor from its stores nationwide.

Whole Foods Market asks customers who may have ground beef purchased during these dates (including in the freezer) to dispose of the product and return to the store with the packaging or receipt for a full refund.

"At Whole Foods Market, one of our top priorities is consumer safety, and we go to great lengths to ensure the safety and quality of our meats," said Lamacchia. "We are currently cooperating with the USDA, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Montgomery County Health Department in Pennsylvania as part of a routine multi-state investigation into these confirmed cases of E. coli 0157:H7 infection."

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health issued warnings about the targeted beef. Whole Foods Market will continue to work with state and federal authorities as this investigation progresses, and looks forward to providing its customers with the high quality products that they have come to expect.

July 25, 2008

Whole Foods Market is voluntarily removing from its shelves 365 Organic Everyday Value Ground Ginger with the following lot codes:

  • W041919.7339
  • W041919.8024
  • W041919.8032
  • W041919.8063
  • W041919.8080
  • W041919.8109
  • W041919.8112
  • W041919.8150
  • W041919.8175

Products with these lot codes have been shown to contain trace amounts of a pesticide residue. The trace level detected represents a violation of Whole Foods Market Quality Standards but is not considered to be a health concern.

The product was distributed to and sold at Whole Foods Market stores nationwide. 365 Organic Everyday Value Ground Ginger is sold in a 1.5oz glass jar with a blue and white label.

The decision to remove the product was made based on test results by an accredited lab which detected minute traces of Aldicarb Sulfoxide, an agricultural pesticide not approved for use on ginger.

Consumers who have 365 Organic Everyday Value Ground Ginger can return it to Whole Foods Market for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at (512) 542-0020 or PrivateLabel.CustomerService@WholeFoods.com.

May 23, 2008

Product can be harmful to nursing infants

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to use or purchase Mommy's Bliss Nipple Cream, marketed by MOM Enterprises, Inc., because the product contains potentially harmful ingredients that may cause respiratory distress or vomiting and diarrhea in infants. The product is promoted to nursing mothers to help soothe and heal dry or cracked nipples. Product labeling specifically states that there is no need for mothers to remove the cream prior to nursing. However, the ingredients contained in the product may be harmful to nursing infants.

Potentially harmful ingredients in Mommy's Bliss Nipple Cream are chlorphenesin and phenoxyethanol. Chlorphenesin relaxes skeletal muscle and can depress the central nervous system and cause respiratory depression (slow or shallow breathing) in infants. Phenoxyethanol is a preservative that is primarily used in cosmetics and medications. It also can depress the central nervous system and may cause vomiting and diarrhea, which can lead to dehydration in infants.

Mothers and caregivers should watch for a decrease in an infant's appetite. More serious signs would be difficulty in awakening the child, limpness of extremities or a decrease in an infant's strength of grip and a change in skin color. Please seek immediate medical attention if your child is showing these signs and symptoms.

"The FDA is particularly concerned that nursing infants are being unwittingly exposed by their mothers to this product with dangerous side effects," said Janet Woodcock, M.D., director, FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. "Additionally, these two ingredients may interact with one another to further compound and increase the risk of respiratory depression in nursing infants."

Though the FDA has not received any reports of injury to infants, the agency is alerting the public because of the potential harm this product can have on a child.

Chlorphenesin can also harm the mother by causing dermatitis, a skin condition that can worsen the drying and cracking of nipple skin.

MOM Enterprises, Inc. is based in San Rafael, Calif. The company has stated that it has discontinued marketing the nipple cream with the potentially harmful ingredients. The FDA is advising consumers to discontinue use of Mommy's Bliss Nipple Cream and to consult a health care professional if they experience problems or believe that their infant may have experienced problems due to this product. Nursing mothers with cracked, painful nipples, which is often a side effect of nursing, should speak with their health care professional or a certified lactation consultant if the problem is severe or for other treatment options.

Consumers are strongly encouraged to report adverse events related to this product or any FDA approved product to MedWatch, the agency's voluntary reporting program, by e-mail at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch/report.htm, or by phone at 800-332-1088, or by fax to 800-332-0178. Consumers may also mail reports of adverse events to MedWatch, Food and Drug Administration, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD, 20852-9787.

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