Friday, November 18, 2011

Recall of Refrigerated Processed Products with the Potential for C. botulinum

It is interesting to see the same company involved in two recalls due to potential Clostridium botulinum.  In both cases, there were no illnesses, just refrigerated products that were stored at room temperature, creating the favorable growth conditions for C. botulinum.  After a further look, the olive product was first recalled due to the fact that this refrigerated product sat at room temperature for a month.  In addition to the olives, Tabatchinick Yankee Bean Soup was also recalled (this is a frozen soup product which appears to me to be higher risk since the ingredient statement does not have any secondary inhibitors).  According to the report – ‘These items have been recalled due to a lack of temperature control during the distribution process. UNFI inadvertently subjected the recall items to temperature ranges above those directed by the manufacturer. ‘

Three days later, United Natural Foods recalled Black Bean Torillas, also due to lack of refrigeration.  This is a vacuum packed product.  If one had to guess, it was probably discovered during the investigation of the olives.

The related recalls bring attention to the concerns of refrigerated or frozen products that are not properly distributed and stored. 
Issues  
1)    Products look like shelf-stable products, so handlers may not recognize the need for refrigerated storage.
2)    Many ‘natural products’ do not have secondary inhibitors (sorbate, etc).
3)    Vacuum packaged heat processed products (black beans and possibly the soup) provide good growth conditions for C. botulinum.

As the demand increases for prepared, natural food items, we may see more cases like this.

United Natural Foods, Inc. Announces Updated Information For Recall
Related to Gentes Foods Gordita Black Bean Tortillas Due to Possible
Health Risk


Contact:
Consumer:
Lisa Madsen
401-528-8634

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - November 17, 2011 – United Natural Foods, Inc. today announced a correction to its previously announced recall of selected types of Gentes Foods Gordita Black Bean Tortillas, specifically to correct the previously stated date code of 12 7 11 to the revised date code of 11 6 11. United Natural Foods, Inc. is recalling this product dated 11 6 11 because it has the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death. Consumers are warned not to use the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled.

Botulism, a potentially fatal form of food poisoning, can cause the following symptoms: general weakness, dizziness, double-vision and trouble with speaking or swallowing. Difficulty in breathing, weakness of other muscles, abdominal distension and constipation may also be common symptoms. People experiencing these problems should seek immediate medical attention.

The following product has been recalled:

GENTES FOODS 10 OZ GORDITA BLACK BEAN TORTILLAS UPC 618032102021

As previously announced, Gentes Foods Gordita Black Bean Tortillas were distributed to the Safeway and Pak N Save stores in California listed below. Our previous notification, with date code of “12 7 11” was incorrect, and product with this date code is safe to consume. The revised date code, which is on a white sticker applied to the packaging, reads “11 6 11.” These date codes sold at other retail outlets have not been affected because the products were not exposed to a lack of refrigeration controls.

SAFEWAY #1110
1546 N MAIN
SALINAS
CA
SAFEWAY #2840
2010 FREEDOM BLVD
WATSONVILLE
CA
PAK N SAVE #3116
2255 GELLERT BLVD
S SAN FRANCISCO
CA
PAK N SAVE #3125
3889 SAN PABLO AVE
EMERYVILLE
CA

Gentes Foods Gordita Black Bean Tortillas are packed as 6 tortillas in a vacuum packaged clear sleeve. The package is approximately 10oz in size and an orange label is on a clear wrapper with white lettering.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

These items have been recalled due to a lack of temperature control during the distribution process. UNFI inadvertently subjected the recall items to temperature ranges above those directed by the manufacturer.

Consumers who have purchased Gentes Foods Gordita Black Bean Tortillas from the stores listed above with the date code mentioned should not consume these products, and are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Lisa Madsen of the Company at 1-401-528-8634, Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm.



United Natural Foods, Inc. Expands Recall Of Foodmatch Inc. Divina Olives Due To Possible Health Risk


Contact:
Consumer
Lisa Madsen
401-528-8634

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - November 14, 2011 - United Natural Foods, Inc. is recalling selected types of FoodMatch, Inc. Divina Stuffed Olives, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death. Consumers are warned not to use the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled.

Botulism, a potentially fatal form of food poisoning, can cause the following symptoms: general weakness, dizziness, double-vision and trouble with speaking or swallowing. Difficulty in breathing, weakness of other muscles, abdominal distension and constipation may also be common symptoms. People experiencing these problems should seek immediate medical attention.

The following products have been recalled:

DIVINA 4 OZ OLIVES,FETA CHEESE STUFFED UPC 63172352780
DIVINA 4 OZ OLIVES,BLUE CHEESE STUFFED UPC 63172352790

Divina Olives Stuffed with Feta Cheese were distributed to the stores identified below. The date codes affected states: Best Used By: 11 JAN 2012 and Best Used By: 1 FEB 2012.

SAFEWAY #0583
1606 N AVE
SPEARFISH
SD
SAFEWAY #1577
6520 S ACADEMY ROAD
COLORADO SPRINGS
CO
SAFEWAY #1615
3325 28TH STREET
BOULDER
CO
SAFEWAY #1644
7655 MCLAUGHLIN RD
FALCON
CO
SAFEWAY #2761
1165 MAIN ST
LANDER
WY
SAFEWAY #2792
27152 MAIN ST
CONIFER
CO
SAFEWAY #2910
1632 HOVER ROAD
LONGMONT
CO
SAFEWAY #0853
7625 OLD GEORGETOWN ROAD
BETHESDA
MD
SAFEWAY #0942
12 WEST WASHINGTON ST
MIDDLEBURG
VA
SAFEWAY #1283
8646 RICHMOND HIGHWAY
ALEXANDRIA
VA
SAFEWAY #1606
9596 OLD KEENE MILL RD
BURKE
VA
SAFEWAY #1668
5510 NORBECK ROAD
ROCKVILLE
MD
SAFEWAY #1956
14939 SHADY GROVE ROAD
ROCKVILLE
MD
SAFEWAY #2650
43150 BROADLANDS PLAZA
ASHBURN
VA
SAFEWAY #4002
5727 BURKE CENTER
BURKE
VA
SAFEWAY #4205
415 14TH STREET SE
WASHINGTON
DC

Date codes Best Used By: 11 JAN 2012 and Best Used By: 1 FEB 2012 sold at other retail outlets have not been affected because the products were not exposed to a lack of refrigeration controls.

Divina Olives Stuffed with Blue Cheese were distributed to the following states: Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Nevada, South Dakota, Colorado, Wyoming, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington DC through the following retail stores: Genuardis, Carrs, Safeway, Pavilion and Vons. The following date codes were affected:

Best Used By: 11 JAN 2012, Best Used By: 15 DEC 2011, Best Used By: 30 DEC 2011, Best Used By: 1 FEB 2012

These date codes sold at other retail outlets have not been affected because the products were not exposed to a lack of refrigeration controls.

Divina Feta Cheese Stuffed Olives are packaged in plastic 4oz cup containers with a blue and yellow label.

Divina Blue Cheese Stuffed Olives are packaged in plastic 4oz cup containers with a blue label.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

These items have been recalled due to a lack of temperature control during the distribution process. UNFI inadvertently subjected the recall items to temperature ranges above those directed by the manufacturer.

Consumers who have purchased FoodMatch Inc. Divina Feta Cheese Stuffed Olives, or FoodMatch Inc. Divina Blue Cheese Stuffed Olives should not consume these products and are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Lisa Madsen of the Company at 1-401-528-8634, Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm.

FoodMatch Details UNFI Recall


NEW YORK, Nov. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The FDA announced that United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI) Recalls Divina Olives. FoodMatch Inc. recommends that the following products be withdrawn from the market to ensure the safety and health of our customers.

United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI) is recalling:

·        7 cases of 4 oz. refrigerated deli cups of Divina Olives stuffed with Feta Cheese with a best by date 11JAN2012 sold exclusively to Safeway stores in Colorado, South Dakota, and Wyoming

·        46 cases 4 oz. refrigerated deli cups of Divina olives stuffed with Blue cheese with best by dates 11JAN2012, 15DEC2011, and 30DEC2011 sold exclusively to Carrs, Safeway, Pavilion, and Vons stores in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Nevada , South Dakota, Colorado, and Wyoming

The above 53 cases are the only Divina products affected by this recall.

As noted in the FDA alert, "UNFI inadvertently subjected the recall items to temperature ranges above those directed by the manufacturer." No illnesses have been reported to date.

The Quality Assurance Manager at FoodMatch Inc. is Ms. Jari Buechler and can be reached at 212.244.5050 for additional information.

3 comments:

  1. Everyone really needs to have a proper knowledge, and understanding of how to prepare food and how to handle it effectively and safely. We could actually all get our own food hygiene training if we want to, so that we can be assure of the safety precautions and standards on cooking, preparing and serving food.

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