Safeway, Wolverine Packing Ground Beef Made with XL Trim
Canada’s big beef recall, which has been expanded five times to include more than 200 products, has now spread to the U.S. The massive ground beef recall began September 3 when XL Foods, Inc. of Alberta, Canada recalled a series of ground beef products for potential of E. coli contamination.
- Safeway recalled a long list of its own ground beef items that may include beef trim from XL Foods in Canada for possible contamination with E. coli O157:H7. The recalled beef products were being sold in Montana, Oregon, and Washington state.
- Two other U.S. meat distributors, Portland’s Morasch Meats and Detroit’s Wolverine Packing Co. were also impacted by the Canadian recall. Check eFoodAlert for a complete list of recalled products in the Canada/Ground Beef Recall.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) issued the first public health warning about beef products made by Edmonton-based XL Foods on Sept. 16.
Fresh Express Leafy Green Romaine Salad
Fresh Express has recalled an expired produce product because a test on one package came back positive for Listeria monocytogenes. The recalled packages of Leafy Green Romaine Salad carry the expired use-by date of September 16. Consequently, the recalled product should no longer be available in stores, but consumers might have the expired romaine in their home refrigerators.
The recalled salad is Fresh Express Leafy Green Romaine Salad in a 9 oz. package, with a use-by date of September 16, and product code I246A5BMG (both located in upper right hand corner of package). The salads were primarily distributed in Midwest and Eastern states.
Trader Joes Peanut Butter
Trader Joe’s Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter may be at the center of a multistate Salmonella S. Bredeny outbreak, according to warnings from multiple state departments of health. The Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts Departments of Health said last Friday that each is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to pinpoint the cause of 29 illnesses nationwide, including at least two cases in PA, three in MA, and one each in NY, RI, and MD. The affected peanut butter had use by dates between May 23, 2013 and June 28, 2013.
Kroger Fresh Selections Tender Spinach
Kroger has initiated a recall of spinach sold at locations in the Midwest and eastern part of the country because the product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The Ohio-based grocery chain issued a recall of its Fresh Selections Tender Spinach sold in 10 oz. bags Tuesday.
The affected spinach was sold in Kroger stores located in Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, West Virginia, Michigan, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina, and Virginia. It was also sold at Jay C, Dillons, Baker’s, Gerbes, Food4Less Fremont, Food4Less, and FoodsCo.
Spartan Stores deli products recall
Spartan Stores of Grand Rapids, MI has issued a voluntary recall of 134 products sold in the deli section at its Family Fare, D&W Fresh Markets, Glen’s, and VG’s stores, and at certain independent grocery stores in Michigan. The problem was discovered during a routine inspection by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, during which an environmental sample was taken that later tested positive for Listeria.
A full list of the recalled products, which include fruits and vegetables, various dips, pasta salads, quiches, and potato dishes, among other items, is available here. No products included in the recall are known to have come into contact with the bacteria, according to the recall announcement. In addition, no illnesses have been connected to consumption of any of the recalled products. For more information, call Spartan Stores’ Consumer Affairs at (800) 451-8500 between 8 am and 5 pm EST.
Three Deaths Counted in Listeria Outbreak Linked to Cheese
A new outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes has already killed three people, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said late Tuesday. The deaths are being blamed on Ricotta Salata Frescolina from one specific production date. According to CDC, a total of 14 persons are infected with the outbreak strain in 11 states and the District of Columbia. All have been hospitalized, but three have died. The CDC report on the outbreak came 24 hours after Long Island-based Forever Cheese recalled one of its imported cheese brands for possible Listeria contamination.
The number of ill persons identified in each state is as follows: California (1), Colorado (1), District of Columbia (1), Maryland (3), Minnesota (1), Nebraska (1), New Jersey (1), New Mexico (1), New York (1), Ohio (1), Pennsylvania (1) and Virginia (1).
The cheese was sold to distributors for retailers and restaurants in California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington between June 20, 2012 and August 9, 2012.
California-grown cantaloupe recall
California-grown cantaloupes were recalled last week by Fresno-based DFI Marketing Inc. Most have already been consumed without any illnesses being associated with them, but a single sample in a test by USDA’ Microbiological Data Program (MDP) did come back positive for Salmonella and that prompted recall of the cantaloupes that were widely distributed from Aug. 27 to Sept. 10.
DFI said approximately 28,000 cartons of California cantaloupes are included in the recall. They are packed 6, 9, 12, 15, or 18 per carton. The DFI brand cartons are stamped with “825 CALIFORNIA WESTSIDE.” All were packed on Aug. 26 and shipped beginning the next day to Mexico and 21 states including Michigan.
Cut Fruit Express, Inc. of Inver Grove Heights, MN issued a voluntary recall of products distributed through September 5, 2012, because they were made with cantaloupes recalled by Fresno, CA-based DFI Marketing after a federal testing program revealed the presence of the bacteria in a sample.
The fresh cut fruits subject to this recall were sold in Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. As many as half a million cantaloupes are included in the DFI recall. Customers with questions are encouraged to call the company at (651) 438-8834.
(Food Safety News: www.foodsafetynews.com)
Daniella Mango Recall Spreads
The sloppy, slow-moving, and disjointed withdrawal of one million Mexican mangoes from U.S. and Canadian produce shelves continued over the Labor Day Weekend. Downstream distributors and fruit peddlers on the receiving end of the mango supply from Mexico through Splendid Products have issued recalls for either whole mangoes or the fruit products containing them.
- Produce distributor Splendid Products voluntarily recalled certain lots of Daniella brand mangoes because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. The recalled mangoes, a product of Mexico, were sold as individual fruit and can be identified by the Daniella brand sticker and one of the following PLU numbers: 3114, 4051, 4311, 4584 or 4959. The recalled mangoes were sold at various retail stores throughout the U.S. between July 12 and August 29, 2012.
- Irwindale, CA-based Ready Pac Foods Inc. has recalled about 30 package fruit products containing mangoes, distributed through Aug. 30, 2012, for potential Salmonella Braenderup contamination. The package fruit products contain Daniella Brand mangoes previously recalled by Splendid Products. The Ready Pac Foods fruit products were distributed nationwide and in Canada. Ready Pac is asking retailers to check their inventories and store shelves to confirm that none of the products are present or available for purchase by consumers or in warehouse inventories. Customer service representatives are contacting all the retail stores impacted and are in the process of confirming that the recalled products are not in the stream of commerce. A complete list of the recalled products is available at check the Ready Pac website.
Somersaults Pacific Sea Salt (6 oz.)
Allergen Alert: San Francisco-based Somersault Snack Co., LLC has recalled 418 cases of its Somersaults Pacific Sea Salt (6 oz.) for a packaging mistake that introduced unlisted milk to the product. “Limited quantities of Somersaults Santa Fe Salsa flavored product were inadvertently commingled with Somersaults Pacific Sea Salt flavored product in packages labeled as Somersaults Pacific Sea Salt,” the snack firm said. The product was distributed to retail stores nationwide. The sell-by date and UPC number on the product is: MAR1113 G6 / UPC Product Code: 8-98403-00201-7. The Sell By Date is located on the back of the package, in the middle, above the sunflower graphics. The UPC Product Code is located below the UPC bar code.