Product Recalls

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 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.

Pages