There were two recalls announced today that were both related to metal fragment contamination. One recall was packaged bagels and it was discovered due to the presence of metal fragments found in two different packages. The other was frozen pizza product. Here, small metal fragments were found in the flour. It was an ingredient issue in that the flour used to make the product had been contaminated – the third party flour mill had a faulty metal mesh screen. The fragments were reported to be too small to be detected by conventional metal detectors that were being used.
For many products, metal control is important. Too often, poorly operating metal detectors are all that stand in line for protection. Unfortunately companies may not be willing to allocate sufficient resources to buy well-built detectors or to provide proper maintenance including yearly equipment-supplier calibration. It is important that metal detectors must are properly spec’d for the type of product and process. Another important part of metal control is preventive maintenance, with a regular inspection and scheduled replacement of parts subject to operational fatigue. The cost of these recalls goes a long way against the cost of properly operating equipment.
Voluntary Regional Recall Of Thomas', Sara Lee, Publix, And Weight Watchers Bagels
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - January 16, 2013 - BBU, Inc., the parent of the Bimbo Bakeries companies, has initiated a voluntary recall due to possible presence of fragments of metal caused by a faulty manufacturing part. Recalled products are the following fresh bagels with "Best Buy" dates (month and day) "JAN 18" to and including "JAN 27"found on the lock tab bag closures in the following states:
Thomas' Everything Bagels 1 lb 4 oz AL, FL, GA, TN
Thomas' Blueberry Bagels 1 lb 4 oz AL, FL, GA, TN
Thomas' Onion Bagels 1 lb 4 oz AL, FL, GA, TN
Thomas' Plain Bagels 1 lb 4 oz AL, FL, GA, TN
Thomas' Cinnamon Raisin Bagels 1 lb 4 oz AL, FL, GA, TN
Thomas' Hearty Grains 100% Whole Wheat Bagels 1 lb 4 oz AL, FL, GA, TN
Thomas' Cinnamon Swirl Bagels 1 lb 4 oz AL, FL, GA, TN
Thomas' Honey Wheat Bagels 1 lb 4 oz AL, FL, GA, TN
Sara Lee Deluxe Bagels Honey Wheat 20 oz AL, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN
Sara Lee Deluxe Bagels Plain 20 oz AL, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN
Sara Lee Deluxe Bagels Blueberry 20 oz AL, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN
Sara Lee Deluxe Bagels Cinnamon Raisin 20 oz AL, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN
Publix Premium Original Bagels 20 oz AL, FL, GA., SC, TN
Publix Premium Multi-Grain Bagels 20 oz AL, FL, GA., SC, TN
Publix Premium Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Bagels 20 oz AL, FL, GA., SC, TN
Weight Watchers 6 Original Bagels 15 oz AL, FL, GA, NC, SC, TN
The company announced the recall after discovering metal fragments in two packages. No consumer reports have been received. There are no reports of injury.
All recalled products are being removed from store shelves. No other THOMAS', SARA LEE, PUBLIX or WEIGHT WATCHERS products are affected.
Consumers who have purchased the product can return the product to its place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-984-0989 at any time 24 hours a day.
California Firm Recalls Frozen Pizzas Due To Possible Foreign Matter Contamination
CLASS II RECALL
HEALTH RISK: LOW
January 23, 2013
Congressional and Public Affairs
Richard J. McIntire
WASHINGTON, Jan. 23, 2013 – - Annie's Homegrown Inc., a Berkeley, Calif. establishment, is recalling an undetermined amount of frozen pizzas that may be contaminated with extraneous materials and are the subject of a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recall, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.
All varieties of "Annie's Homegrown RISING CRUST FROZEN PIZZA" with a "Best By" date including and between "09Jan13" and "14Sep13" are affected.
The following products are subject to USDA recall: [View Label]
23.6-oz. Organic Pepperoni Pizza, UPC code 0 13562 20000 9
25.4-oz. Organic Supreme Pizza, UPC code 0 13562 20002 3
22.6-oz. Pepperoni Pizza, UPC code 0 13562 20006 1
23.1-oz. BBQ Recipe Chicken Pizza, UPC code 0 13562 20009 2
Each product package above has an establishment number of "EST. 5699", "EST. 15815B", "P-5699" or "P-15815B" ink jetted on the upper flap of carton's side panel.
In addition, the following products are subject to FDA recall:
23.5-oz. Organic Four Cheese Pizza, UPC code 0 13562 20001 6
22.5-oz. Four Cheese Pizza, UPC code 0 13562 20007 8
25-oz. Organic Spinach and Mushroom Pizza, UPC code 0 13562 20005 4
The products were manufactured at two facilities from May 9, 2012 to Jan. 17, 2013, and shipped to retail establishments across the United States.
The problem was discovered when metal fragments were visually detected in the flour and pizza dough at a third-party crust production facility. The problem was traced back to a defective metal mesh screen at a third party flour mill. Some wire fragments are too small to be detected by standard industry metal detectors, so it may be possible for fragments to become lodged in a finished pizza. FSIS, FDA and the company have received no reports of injury associated with consumption of these products.
FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify that recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.
Consumers with questions about the recall should contact the Annie's Homegrown Pizza hotline at (888) 825-6720. Media with questions about the recall should contact Donald C. Cutler, of Kekst & Company acting on behalf of Annie's, at (415) 852-3903.
Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. “Ask Karen” live chat services are available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: www.fsis.usda.gov