A PA firm is recalling a wide range of spices because the Cumin ingredient they used may contain peanuts, an issue that originated with their supplier.
There have been two assoicated recalls by food companies because the supplier of the spice had allergen issues. In this case, a cumin spice may have been contaminated with peanut. Because it is peanut, it is a Class I recall.
This is not the first time we have seen spice supplier have allergen issues that resulted in downstream recalls. There was a similar recall in November. Smaller companies are often challenged because of limited resources to properly vet their suppliers regarding allergen control. And even with a thorough audit that reveals a decent program, mistakes cans still occur.
FDA Recall Notice
Con Yeager Spice Company Issues a Voluntary Recall for Ground Cumin and Seasoning Blends (containing Ground Cumin) Due to Potential Undeclared Peanut Allergens
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — January 9, 2015 — New Castle, PA and Zelienople, PA — Con Yeager Spice Company has issued a voluntary recall for multiple sized packages under multiple brand names of ground cumin and multiple seasoning blends (containing ground cumin) due to undeclared Peanut allergens in the ground cumin.
People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of serious or life threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. To date, there have been no consumer complaints or reports of allergic reactions at this time. Con Yeager Spice Company is asking customers at risk for peanut allergies to discontinue using the product immediately.
Con Yeager Spice Company was notified by the supplier Morris J. Golombeck Inc. that the ground cumin product had tested positive for traces of peanut protein. This spice is used in a variety of Con Yeager Spice Company seasoning blends and sold as a single ingredient product. Product packaging includes clear plastic bag in a box, clear plastic minijar, pint, quart, gallon jug containers and plastic bags. Our product identifiers are the product’s 5 digit item key and 6 digit item lot number beginning with a decimal point located on the labeling.
Production and distribution of all affected product has been suspended until the FDA and the company are certain that the problem has been corrected.
The recalled products were distributed nationwide in direct sales to customers, retail stores and through web orders. Consumers who have purchased any of the products on the below list from a retail store are urged to return product immediately to the point of purchase for a full refund. Web order customers should contact the company to process a return for a full refund. Direct sale customers will be contacted by the company to make arrangements for a refund and for the return of product. Consumers with any questions may contact Con Yeager Spice Company’s customer service at 1-800-222-2460 (Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM EST).
The affected products include:
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USDA Recall Notice
Pennsylvania Firm Recalls Chili Product Due To Misbranding and an Undeclared Allergen
Class I Recall 003-2015
Health Risk: High Jan 7, 2015
Congressional and Public Affairs Benjamin Bell (202) 720-9113
WASHINGTON, Jan. 7, 2015 – Fresh Food Manufacturing, a Freedom, Penn. establishment, is recalling approximately 35,865 pounds of chili products due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The product contains peanuts, a known allergen which is not declared on the product label.
The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF Only)]
24-ounce plastic cup containers of “GIANT EAGLE MARKET DISTRICT Firehouse Chili With Beans” with Sell By dates of 12/21/14, 1/1/15, 1/11/15, 1/21/15, or 1/29/15.
24-ounce plastic cup containers of Good Cents “Chili With Beans” with Sell By dates of 12/21/14, 1/1/15, 1/11/15, 1/21/15, or 1/29/15.
5-pound plastic bags of bulk “Market District Firehouse Chili with Beans” with Sell By dates of 1/16/15, 1/26/15, or 2/3/15 (sold hot by retail establishments).
The products were produced on various dates from November 21, 2014, through December 30, 2014. The products bear the establishment number “40211” inside the USDA mark of inspection and have the sell by date printed on the product label. The products were shipped to retail outlets in Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.
The problem was discovered when Fresh Food Manufacturing was notified by its spice supplier that cumin used in the chili may have been contaminated with peanut allergens.
FSIS and the company have received no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider.
FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify 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. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.
Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Giant Eagle Customer Service at 1-800-553-2324. Media with questions about the recall can contact the Giant Eagle media relations hotline at (412) 967-4551.
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. 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: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.
FDA Recall Notice
Immediate Recall & Allergy Alert Undeclared Peanut Protein In Chili Mix Products
Contact: Consumer: 512-295-4600
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — December 29, 2014 — BUDA, TX — Jardine Foods, Inc. is voluntarily recalling Chili Mix products because they may contain undeclared peanut proteins. We were notified by one of our third party suppliers that one of the spice ingredients purchased contains peanut proteins, an allergen which is not declared on the products’ ingredient statement. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.
This recall affects the following products:
Consumer UPC #Size (Net Wt.)DescriptionBest By Date0 22531 01880 4 4.0 Oz (113g) DL Jardines Texas Chili Bag O’Fixins Kit in white cloth bag 11.20.16
0 22531 05250 1 3.0 Oz (85g) DL Jardines Texas Chili Works in brown & red cardboard box 11.20.16
0 22531 50500 7 3.1 Oz (88g) Shotgun Willie’s Texas Chili Seasoning in black & red cardboard box 09.15.16
The recalled products were distributed nationwide in retail stores and through web orders.
No illnesses have been reported to date. This recall was initiated after it was discovered that ingredients from a single supplier used in the affected products were contaminated with peanut allergens.
Consumers who have purchased the recalled products are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 512.295.4600 from 9 am to 4 pm CST Monday-Friday, or email@example.com for additional information.
FDA Recall Notice
H-E-B Issues a Voluntary Precautionary Recall For Certain Single Serving Soups Due to Potential Undeclared Peanut Allergens
Contact: Consumer: 1-800-432-3113
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE —January 6, 2015—San Antonio, TX— H-E-B has issued a voluntary and precautionary recall for H-E-B Single Serving Tortilla Soup and H-E-B Single Serving Poblano Corn Chowder due to undeclared peanut allergens in seasoning provided by Southern Style Spices. There have been no reported illnesses related to this precautionary recall.
H-E-B was notified of this issue on January 5, 2015 by the vendor Southern Style Spices that one of the spice blend ingredient components used in the products had tested positive for peanut residue. This spice blend is added only to the H-E-B Tortilla Soup and the H-E-B Poblano Corn Chowder.
People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. There have been no consumer complaints or reports of allergic reactions at this time. H-E-B is asking customers at risk for peanut allergies that may have purchased one of these products to return it to their H-E-B store for a full refund.
The affected products include:
H-E-B Single Serving Tortilla Soup – prepackaged in 8oz. and 16oz. sizes, purchased on or before 1/6/2015
H-E-B Single Serving Poblano Corn Chowder – prepackaged in 8oz. and 16oz. sizes, purchased on or before 1/6/2015
All H-E-B Tortilla Soup and H-E-B Poblano Corn Chowder soup purchased from the hot soup kettle at the Deli/Prepared Foods Counter – purchased on or before 1/6/2015
The voluntary recall has been issued by H-E-B, in an abundance of caution, to ensure the safety of its customers. “H-E-B is committed to the highest standards of food safety for our customers,” said Winell Herron, Group Vice President of Public Affairs and Diversity. “We take every precaution necessary to ensure the integrity and quality of the products sold in our stores.”
Any product purchased on or before the dates listed above should be returned to any H-E-B store for a full refund. Customers with concerns or questions may contact H-E-B Customer Relations at 210-938-8357 or 1-800-432-3113 between the hours of 8AM and 5PM Monday through Friday.