Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Gift Baskets Packed with Recalled Savory Twists

Those who purchased Wine County Gift Baskets in the past few months are being asked to check if they have Blue Cheese Savory Twists.  This item is being recalled by Houdini Inc because recalled dairy powder was used as an ingredient.  Consumers are to dispose of the product which may contain Salmonella.

There have not been any reported illnesses to date related to the dairy powder ingredient, but this is an example of how far ingredients can move in the supply chain.  It is also a reminder of how a supplier's supplier can impact downstream sales, including repackers like this gift basket purveyor.

Salmonella risk prompts recall of gift basket snack
By Shaun Towne Published: December 19, 2016, 5:18 pm Updated: December 19, 2016, 5:27 pm

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — If you bought or received a Wine Country Gift Basket in the past few months, Rhode Island health officials are urging you to check for one snack in particular.

According to the state Department of Health, Houdini Inc, is recalling Blue Cheese Savory Twists because they may be contaminated with salmonella.

A limited quantity of the products was distributed nationwide through Wine Country Gift Baskets and Houdini Inc’s wholesale division from Sept. 1, 2016, and Dec. 12, 2016, health officials said. No issues were found with any other food products in the baskets.
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The recall includes 7 oz. packages with one of two lot codes printed on the foil pouch:
1831602XX (XX = last 2 digits refer to specific packaging machine)
2431602XX (XX = last 2 digits refer to specific packaging machine)

Example of internal lot code printed on foil pouch. (Photo: FDA)

The company issued the recall after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found traces of salmonella at a manufacturing facility that supplied the powdered buttermilk used to make the blue cheese twists.

Health officials say salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in children, elderly people, and those with weakened immune systems. A healthy person infected with salmonella can experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain, which could possibly lead to more serious illness.

No illnesses have been reported to date, according to the health department.

Consumers are urged to dispose of the products immediately.

Anyone with questions can contact Houdini Inc.’s customer care at 866-712-5910 during normal business hours.

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