What do nuts, spices, raw pet food, and chunk/ground seafood used for sushi have in common - recalls. Clearly, government agencies are paying some attention to these items by sampling and testing.
Fisher brand chopped walnuts are being recalled due to Salmonella. The recall was issued after FDA routine testing found a sample to be positive.
Kroger recalls spices due to Salmonella - The store is recalling Kroger Ground Cinnamon, Kroger Garlic Power, Kroger Coarse Ground Black Pepper and Kroger Bac'n Buds after FDA testing found the products positive for salmonella.
Raw pet food recalled due to Salmonella - Two companies, Nature's Variety and Bravo, are both recalling raw pet food after government testing found product from both companies positive for Salmonella. (Just so it is said - if there are kids in the house, feeding your dog a raw diet may not be a good idea.)
Osamu Corporation of Gardena, CA is recalling Frozen Yellow Fin Tuna Chunk Meat (Lot #68568) after the sampled product was found to be positive for Salmonella by the Minnesota Department of Health. The product, sold to AFC Corporation, was sourced from one processing plant in Indonesia.
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The Morning Call
Fisher chopped walnuts recalled after positive test for salmonella
July 31, 2014
Fisher brand chopped walnuts sold nationwide are being recalled for possible salmonella contamination.
According to a press release from John B. Sanfilippo & Son Inc., the chopped walnuts that are affected by this recall were sold in 10-ounce plastic bags. They had the Best By Dates of 03/23/16 HC1 and HC2, Item codes P03004 and P03004, and UPC codes 070690 02365 8 and 070690 02365 8. The Best By Dates can be found on the back of the bags.
The recalled product should be returned to the place it was purchased for a full refund or replacement, the company said in the press release.
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.
No illnesses have been reported in connection with this recall.
The possible contamination was discovered in routine sampling carried out by the Food and Drug Administration. A test of one package of the chopped walnuts came back positive for salmonella.
Consumers or customers who have questions about the recall may contact John B. Sanfilippo and Son Inc. Customer Service toll free at 800-874-8734 Monday through Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Central Time.
Kroger recalls four seasonings over salmonella fears
By Doug Criss, CNN
Updated 10:01 AM ET, Wed July 29, 2015
(CNN)A positive test for salmonella has caused Kroger to recall four of its seasonings.
The grocery store chain is recalling Kroger Ground Cinnamon, Kroger Garlic Power, Kroger Coarse Ground Black Pepper and Kroger Bac'n Buds.
A sample of Kroger Garlic Powder, from a South Carolina store, tested positive for salmonella contamination in a Food and Drug Administration test.
There have been no reports of illnesses associated with the seasonings, but Kroger said in a statement that it is recalling them this week as a precaution.
Kroger has removed the products from its shelves and asks that customers who have bought the seasonings not eat them and return them to a store for a full refund or replacement. Customers with questions may call 1-800-576-4377.
FDA Recall Notice
Nature's Variety Issues Nationwide Voluntary Recall of Instinct® Raw Chicken Formula Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk
Contact: Consumer: 888-519-7387
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — July 24, 2015 — ST. Louis, MO — Nature’s Variety has announced a voluntary recall of their Instinct® Raw Chicken Formula for dogs with a “Best By” date of 04/27/16 because these products may be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.
Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.
Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has the symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.
The affected products are limited to the Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Frozen Diets packaged in the following forms:
UPC# 769949611431 – Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Bites for Dogs 4 lb.; Best By 04/27/16
UPC# 769949611448 – Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Bites for Dogs 7 lb.; Best By 04/27/16
UPC# 769949611486 – Instinct Raw Chicken Formula Patties for Dogs 6 lb.; Best By 04/27/16
The “Best By” date is located on the back of the package below the seal. The affected product was distributed through retail stores in the United States and limited distribution in Canada. No other Nature’s Variety products are affected.
No illnesses have been reported to date. Even though no illnesses have been reported, consumers should follow the Simple Handling Tips published on the Nature’s Variety package when disposing of the affected product.
Nature’s Variety became aware of a potential issue after receiving notification from the FDA that a routine surveillance sample of seven pound Instinct Raw Chicken Bites for dogs tested positive for Salmonella.
Consumers feeding the affected product should discontinue use and monitor their pet’s health, and contact their veterinarian if they have concerns. Consumers who have purchased one of the above products can obtain a full refund or exchange by either returning the product in its original packaging or bringing a proof of purchase back to their retailer.
Consumers with additional questions can call our Consumer Relations team at 888-519-7387 from 8 am to 7 pm Central time, 7 days a week during the recall. Or, consumers can email Nature’s Variety directly via email@example.com.
Reed Howlett, Chief Executive Officer of Nature’s Variety, stated, “At Nature’s Variety we take quality and safety very seriously. We believe that under all circumstances, health and safety comes first, and we are committed to providing the best possible nutrition for pets.”
FDA Recall Notice
Bravo Recalls Select Chicken Pet Foods Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk
Contact: Consumer: (866) 922-9222
Media: E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 23, 2015 – Manchester, CT – Bravo Pet Foods of Manchester, CT is recalling select lots of Bravo Chicken pet foods for dogs and cats due to concerns of the possible presence of Salmonella.
The recall was initiated after routine testing by the New York State Department of Agriculture revealed the presence of Salmonella spp. Poly A contamination.
All products tested negative by a third party independent laboratory prior to release for distribution to consumers.
No additional products are affected by this recall. The company has received no reports to date of illness in either people or animals associated with these products.
Salmonella can cause serious illness or fatal infection in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal cramping and diarrhea. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers. Always use proper caution when handling raw foods.
The following product is being voluntarily recalled because of the possible presence of Salmonella.
ProductItem #SizeBest Used byUPCBravo Blend Chicken diet for dogs & cats - Chub 21 - 102 2 lb (32 oz.) chub 12-05-16 829546211028
105 cases of this product were sold to distributors, retail stores, internet retailers and directly to consumers in the US.
These products DID NOT test positive for Salmonella, but are also being voluntarily recalled out of an abundance of caution because they were manufactured in the same manufacturing facility on the same day as the product that tested positive.
ProductItem #SizeBest Used byUPCBravo Balance Chicken Dinner for dogs - Patties 21 - 401 3 lb (48 oz.) bag 12-05-16 829546214012
Bravo Balance Chicken Dinner for dogs - Chub 21 - 402 2 lb (32 oz.) chub 12-05-16 829546214029
Bravo Blend Chicken diet for dogs & cats - Patties 21 - 508 5 lb (80 oz.) bag 12-05-16 829546215088
These products were sold to distributors, retail stores, internet retailers and directly to consumers in the US.
The recalled product should not be sold or fed to pets. Pet owners who have the affected product at home should dispose of this product in a safe manner (example, a securely covered trash receptacle).
To submit a claim, pet owners should return to the store where they bought the product.
To get a refund at the store where you bought the product: Customers should return to the store where they purchased the product and submit the Bravo Recall Claim Form available on the Bravo website http://www.bravopetfoods.com/consumerrecall.html for a full refund or store credit. See Bravo Product Claim Form for details.
More information on the Bravo recall can also be found at www.bravopetfoods.com, or call toll free (866) 922-9222 Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (EST).
FDA Recall Notice
Osamu Corporation Voluntarily Recalls Frozen Yellow Fin Tuna Chunk Meat Due to Possible Health Risk
Contact: Consumer: 310-849-8881
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 21, 2015 – Gardena, CA – Osamu Corporation of Gardena, CA is recalling Frozen Yellow Fin Tuna Chunk Meat (Lot #68568) sold to AFC Corporation of Rancho Dominquez, CA sourced from one processing plant in Indonesia because the Minnesota Department of Health Investigators found samples of this product from one retail location in Minnesota to be contaminated with Salmonella, 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.
There have been two reports of illness to date associated with exposure to AFC sushi in Minnesota.
The Frozen Tuna Yellow Fin Chunk Meat (Lot #68568) was shipped to AFC from 05/20/15 to 05/26/15. AFC has removed the product from the marketplace and is destroying any remaining product it has.
AFC has sushi franchises nationwide in many different grocery stores and it is sold from sushi counters.
Consumers concerned about whether the sushi they purchased may contain the recalled tuna product should check with the store where they purchased the sushi. That store will be able to determine if it used the recalled product to prepare the sushi. At this time Osamu does not believe that the recalled product or sushi made with the recalled product is available for purchase by consumers.
An example of an AFC Sushi label used to seal rectangular plastic trays with clear lids is attached to the end of this release.
Customers who have purchased the Frozen Tuna Yellow Fin Chunk Meat (Lot #68568) are urged to return it to the distributor for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-310-849-8881, Mondays through Fridays, 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. (PDT).