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USA – Cahill Cheddar Cheeses Voluntarily Recalled in 44 Whole Foods Market Stores Due to Possible Health Risk – Listeria monocytogenes

FDA

Whole Foods Market is voluntarily recalling Cahill Cheddar Porter and Whiskey Cheddar Cheeses from 44 stores across 22 states because of a potential contamination of Listeria monocytogenes. Customers who have purchased should not consume and should dispose of the product. No illnesses have been reported to date.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, pregnant women, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages, stillbirths, and fetal infection among pregnant women.

The affected products were packaged in clear wrapping and sold in the specialty department with a Whole Foods Market scale label with “packed on” dates from May 17 – July 26, 2021. Affected products can be identified by the following information and were distributed in the states listed below:

Product Name PLU Date Range Sold States
Cheddar with Porter 93579 May 17 – July 26, 2021 Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Whiskey Cheddar 54784
94884

The issue was discovered when Whole Foods Market was notified by a distributor of a positive test result for Listeria monocytogenes.

Customers who purchased this product at Whole Foods Market can bring a valid receipt into stores for a full refund. Customers with additional questions can call 1-844-936-8255 daily between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 12:00 a.m. CST.


Company Contact Information

Consumers:
 1-844-936-8255
Media:
Rebeka Mora
 Rebeka.Mora@wholefoods.com

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USA – Old Soul’s Farms LLC Recalls Leafy Green Products Due to Possible Health Risk – Listeria monocytogenes

FDA

Company Announcement

Old Souls Farms, LLC, located at in St. Paris Ohio is initiating a voluntary recall of greenhouse leafy green products following a positive test of Listeria monocytogenesListeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections 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 pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The recall will include the following greenhouse products: Arugula, Basil, Finstar, Green Bibb, Romaine, and Spring Mix. Our bulk product has been affected by this recall, these sizes range from 1 – 25 pounds clear bags. The affected lot dates of bulk product are below. If bought in bulk, the lot code is located on the case label.

Arugula (lbs) Basil (lbs) Finstar (lbs) Green Bibb (lbs)
(02)06.04.2021.AR.
(02)06.08.2021.AR.
(02)06.09.2021.AR.
(02)06.10.2021.AR.
(02)06.11.2021.AR.
(02)05.28.2021.BS.
(02)05.31.2021.BS.
(02)06.01.2021.BS.
(02)06.02.2021.BS.
(02)06.03.2021.BS.
(02)06.04.2021.BS.
(02)06.07.2021.BS.
(03)05.25.2021.FS.
(03)05.27.2021.FS.
(03)05.21.2021.GB.
(03)05.24.2021.GB.
(03)05.25.2021.GB.
(03)05.26.2021.GB.
(03)05.27.2021.GB.
(03)05.31.2021.GB.
Romaine Spring Mix
(01)05.21.2021.ROM.
(01)05.24.2021.ROM.
(01)05.25.2021.ROM.
(01)05.26.2021.ROM.
(01)05.27.2021.ROM.
(01)05.31.2021.ROM.
(03)05.21.2021.SM.
(03)05.24.2021.SM.
(03)05.25.2021.SM.
(03)05.26.2021.SM.
(03)05.27.2021.SM.
(02)05.31.2021.SM.

Our clamshells were also affected, these range in sizes of 1 oz, 4 oz, and 5 oz. The affected clamshell greenhouse products lot codes are 193, 194, 195, 196, 197, 198, 201, 202, and 203. These lot codes and best by dates can be located at the bottom of the clamshell. The expiration dates for all Arugula, Finstar, Green Bibb, Romaine, and Spring Mix are 7/23/2021, 7/24/2021, 7/25/2021, 7/26/2021, 7/27/2021, 7/29/2021, and 7/30/2021. The Basil expiration dates are 7/20/2021, 7/21/2021, 7/22/2021, 7/23/2021, 7/24/2021, 7/26/2021, and 7/27/2021.

The positive test for Listeria monocytogenes was from a routine facility test of rainwater holding tanks in the greenhouse facility as well as testing from a customer who received contaminated Basil product. Multiple samples of all products from multiple Lot Codes as well as additional water testing has been completed. The positive test for Listeria monocytogenes in product has been determined that it was an isolated event. However, out of an abundance of caution we decided to recall all product as stated above.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

Any consumers who purchased the possibly affected products are advised to not consume and dispose of it immediately. Consumers with any questions and concerns may contact the company at 937-802- 9192 We are available Monday – Friday from 7 am – 3 pm ET.


Company Contact Information

Consumers:
Old Soul’s Farms LLC
 (937)-802- 9192

USA – Excalibur Seasoning Company Recalls Seasoning Blend Because of Possible Health Risk – Listeria monocytogenes

FDA

Company Announcement

Excalibur Seasoning Company of Pekin, IL is recalling 17 bottles of Haen Meats 1959 House Blend because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections 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 pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

We began shipping this product on July 14th, 2021. The recalled product reached consumers through a retailer located in the 54130 zip code of WI.

Packaging

Item Description

Quantity

Lot No.

UPC#

Clear Plastic Shaker Bottles Haen Meats 1959 House Blend 6.5 oz. Bottles 107-354 729009768154

No illness have been reported to date.

The recall is the result of routine finished product testing which found the bacteria to be present in one product. Further ingredient testing found the bacteria may be present in one lot of one ingredient. All products which used this lot of ingredient are being recalled.

Consumers who have purchased the recalled product should not consume it and should dispose of the product or return it to your place of purchase. Consumers with questions should contact Excalibur Seasoning at 309-347-1221 Monday through Thursday 7:30 am to 4:30 pm and Friday 7:30 am to 11:30 am.

About Excalibur

Excalibur Seasoning Co., is America’s premier provider of meat & seafood seasonings, rubs and sauces. Family-owned for more than 30 years, Excalibur’s reputation is built on the legendary quality and royal flavor found in each and every product offered in partnership with hundreds of grocers and meat processors nationwide. For more, visit www.excaliburseasoning.comExternal Link Disclaimer.


Company Contact Information

Consumers:
Excalibur Seasoning
 309-347-1221
Media:
Mike Shrier, President & CEO
 800-444-2169

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USA – FOOD RECALL SEARCH – FOOD RECALL REPORTER

Food Industry Council

Food Industry Counsel is proud to offer the Food Recall Reporter, the only searchable food recall database that allows users to conduct a food recall search for FDA and USDA food product recalls. Search food and beverage recalls, the types of food products, the reasons for the recalls, and the names of the companies recalling the products.

USA- Grimmway Farms Voluntarily Recalls Certain Retail-Packaged Carrots Due to Potential Salmonella Contamination

FDA

Company Announcement

Grimmway Farms has voluntarily issued a recall of certain carrot products because they may have been contaminated with Salmonella.

“The recall was initiated as a result of a routine, internal company test, said Grimmway Farms President and CEO Jeff Huckaby. “The health of our customers and the integrity of our products are our highest priorities, and we will continue to monitor and communicate as additional information is available.”

To date, no illnesses have been linked to this recall, but 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.

In addition to the retail-packed products listed in the table at the end of this press release, the company recalled certain shredded carrots and chopped (chunk) carrots that were sold to food manufacturers and food service distributors. All affected food manufacturers, food service distributors, and retail customers have been notified with much of the product having been recaptured before being available for consumption.

The products listed in the table below were shipped directly to retailers throughout the United States.

Consumers can identify the recalled products from the table below and the photos posted on the company website. Anyone who has the recalled product in their possession should not consume it and should destroy or discard it. Consumers with questions may contact our customer services desk at 1-800-301-3101, M-F, 8am – 8pm ET, or visit www.grimmway.comExternal Link Disclaimer.

The company has notified all customers who received the recalled product directly from Grimmway Farms and requested that they remove it from commerce. Grimmway Farms also has requested that direct customers notify their customers of this recall. Grimmway Farms is issuing this press release and keeping the U.S. Food and Drug Administration informed of its recall process to assure that consumers are properly alerted and informed.

July 21, 2021 Grimmway Farms-Initiated Recall of
Retail-Packaged Carrots*
DescriptionBrandRetail
Package
Size
UPCBest-if-Used-
by-Date
Organic Cut and Peeled Baby
Carrots
Bunny Luv1 lb. bag0 3338390205 0AUG 17 21
AUG 20 21
Organic Premium Petite
Carrots
Bunny Luv3 lb. bag0 7878351301 7AUG 15 21
Organic Petite CarrotsCal-Organic12 oz. bag0 7878390810 3AUG 15 21
Shredded CarrotsGrimmway
Farms
10 oz. bag0 7878350610 1AUG 09 21
Organic Peeled Baby-Cut CarrotsO Organics1 lb. bag0 7989340850 7AUG 15 21
Organic Baby Rainbow CarrotsO Organics12 oz. bag0 7989398162 8AUG 13 21
AUG 14 21
*All of the products in this table have a 9-character lot code beginning with 195, 196 or 197 and ending
in BF or SP printed on the bag. For example, 1952023BF.

Company Contact Information

Consumers: 1-800-301-3101 www.grimmway.comMedia:Dana Brennan (661)-855-8985 dbrennan@grimmway.com


Product Photos

  • Bunny Luv Organic Baby Carrots 1 lb UPC
  • Bunny Luv Organic Baby Carrots 1 lb Front

USA – BrightFarms Announces Voluntary Recall of Packaged Salad Greens Sold in Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana and Michigan

FDA

Summary

Company Announcement Date:
FDA Publish Date:
Product Type:
Food & Beverages
Foodborne Illness
Reason for Announcement:
Salmonella
Company Name:
BrightFarms
Brand Name:
BrightFarms
Product Description:
Salad greens

Company Announcement

BrightFarms today initiated a voluntary recall of packaged salad greens produced in its Rochelle, Illinois (Ogle County) greenhouse farm sold in Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana and Michigan because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

The affected BrightFarms-branded products were sold by the following retailers:

  1. Illinois: Mariano’s Fresh Markets, Walmart (select stores), Strack Van Till, Sullivan’s

Foods, Caputo’s, Jewel-Osco

  1. Wisconsin: Pick ‘n Save, Metro Market, Copps, Tadych’s, Walmart (select stores)
  2. Iowa: Walmart (select stores)
  3. Indiana: Strack Van Till
  4. Michigan: Tadych’s

Additional retailers may be affected.

Salmonella 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

The recall includes the below salad products packaged in clear, plastic clamshells with “best by” dates through 7/29/2021:

  1. BrightFarms NutrigreensTM (3 oz. package)
  2. BrightFarms Butter CrispTM (4 oz. Package)
  3. BrightFarms Harvest Crunch ® (4 oz. package)
  4. BrightFarms Mighty RomaineTM (4 oz. and 8 oz. package)
  5. BrightFarms 50/50 Spring & Spinach (4 oz. package)
  6. BrightFarms Spring Crunch (4 oz. package)
  7. BrightFarms Spring Mix (4 oz. and 8 oz. package)
  8. BrightFarms Sunny Crunch ® (4 oz. and 8 oz. package)

BrightFarms Sunny Crunch ® (4 oz. and 8 oz. package)

PRODUCT NAME

PACKAGES

UPC

BrightFarms NutrigreensTM 3 oz. package 5706200458
BrightFarms Butter Crisp TM 4 oz. package 5706200484
BrightFarms Harvest Crunch ® 4 oz. package 5706200486
BrightFarms Mighty Romaine TM 4 oz. package 8 oz. package 5706200452
5706200491
BrightFarms 50/50 Spring & Spinach 4 oz. package 5706200440
BrightFarms Spring Crunch 4 oz. package 5706200479
BrightFarms Lakeside CrunchTM 4 oz. package 5706200479
BrightFarms Spring Mix 4 oz. package
8 oz. package
5706200441
5706200451
BrightFarms Sunny Crunch ® 4 oz. package
8 oz. package
5706200460
5706200485

The recall is limited to these specific products grown at the company’s Rochelle, Illinois indoor farm. BrightFarms products from other BrightFarms greenhouses are not affected.

BrightFarms is taking this action out of an abundance of caution after being notified of illnesses among eight consumers, some of whom purchased or consumed the above products during the month of June.

Affected retailers have been instructed to remove all affected products from store shelves.

BrightFarms is committed to providing wholesome products, and the health and safety of consumers is the company’s number one priority. In addition to today’s voluntary recall, the company has already begun taking steps to enhance their already rigorous food safety protocols, including testing all products produced in its Rochelle facility for exposure to Salmonella prior to distribution.

Consumers who have purchased the affected products should discard them or return them to their place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions are encouraged to call 1-866-857-8745 8am – 11pm EDT. Consumers can also email info@brightfarms.com with the subject line: Recall.

Link to Initial Recall


Company Contact Information

Consumers:
BrightFarms
 1-866-857-8745
 info@brightfarms.com

USA – Core Outbreak Table – Three New Investigations

FDA

There are three new foodborne disease outbreak investigations involving Cyclospora (32 cases), E. coli O121 (15 cases) and Salmonella Typhimurium (8 cases). There are no further details that  have been released, and CDC has not yet posted any information on its website.

 

USA – 5000 Years Foods, Inc. Recall Cabbage Kimchi Because of Possible of Health Risk – Listeria monocytogenes

FDA

Summary

Company Announcement Date:
FDA Publish Date:
Product Type:
Food & Beverages
Reason for Announcement:
Potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination
Company Name:
5000 Years Foods, Inc.
Brand Name:
5000 Years Foods, Inc.
Product Description:
Kimchi Products

Company Announcement

5000 YEARS FOODS, INC. of CHICAGO, ILLINOIS is recalling SLICED CABBAGE KIMCHI, WHOLE CABBAGE KIMCHI, JULRADO WHOLE CABBAGE KIMCHI, JULRADO SLICED CABBAGE KIMCHI, NO MSG WHOLE CABBAGE KIMCHI, NO MSG SLICED CABBAGE KIMCHI, NO MSG JULRADO WHOLE CABBAGE KIMCHI, NO MSG JULRADO SLICED CABBAGE KIMCHI, WHITE KIMCHI, BABY NAPA KIMCHI because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections 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 pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The recalled product was distributed in ILLINOIS where the product was further distributed and it reached customers through distributors to retail stores potentially nationwide.

The recalled product was sold in 5GAL plastic tubs, and 128 oz, 64 oz, 32 oz, & 16 oz glass jars under the 5000 Years Foods brand name with code information “09052021” through “09252021” printed on the top of the lid. 

   No illnesses have been reported to date.

The recall was the result of sampling by the FDA that found Listeria monocytogenes in the production facility. We, 5000 Years Foods, Inc., corrected all actions via FDA guideline and we are waiting for the environmental test result from a licensed laboratory.

Consumers who have purchased the recalled products should not consume them, and are urged to dispose of them or return them to the place of purchase for a refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-773-509-8600. (Mon-Fri 9:00 AM -4:o0 PM)


Company Contact Information

Consumers:
5000 Years Foods, Inc.
 1-773-509-8600

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USA – LSG Sky Chefs Recalls Circle K Brand Chicken Salad Sandwich Because of Possible Health Risk – Listeria monocytogenes

FDA

LSG Sky Chefs announced today that it is issuing a voluntary recall of its Chicken Salad Sandwich because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections 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 pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The company produces the Chicken Salad Sandwiches for Circle K stores in the Phoenix, Arizona and Southern California areas. All affected product produced by LSG Sky Chefs has already been pulled from Circle K stores. No other products or retailers are involved in this voluntary recall.

The chicken used in this product is subject to a national recall issued by Tyson Foods Inc., Dexter, MO. To date, LSG Sky Chefs has received no reports of illnesses associated with this product. The quality of our products and safety of our consumers is our foremost priority.  The company will continue to work to resolve this issue as quickly as possible.

Retail customers who purchased the 5.9 oz. Chicken Salad Sandwich at Circle K stores between 6/1/21 – 7/5/21 are asked to dispose of the product or return it to Circle K for a full refund. Additionally, consumers should also look for a “best buy” date of 6/7/21 through 7/9/21. This product is packaged with Circle K branding and contains the UPC code: 815138013996.

For additional questions about this recall, please contact David Margulies or Shane Sumrow, 214-368-0909 Monday through Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm CST.

USA – Outbreak Investigation of Salmonella: Jule’s Cashew Brie (April 2021) – Outbreak Over

FDA

he FDA, along with CDC, state and local partners, investigated a multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to the consumption of Jule’s Cashew Brie, a vegan, or plant-based cheese alternative. On April 23, 2021, Jule’s Foods of Carlsbad, California, conducted a voluntary recall of all varieties of Jule’s Foods products.

As of July 7, 2021, CDC announced that the outbreak is over. There are a total of 20 illnesses in four states. Two additional strains of SalmonellaSalmonella Typhimurium and Salmonella Chester, have been linked to this outbreak. The illnesses of Salmonella Chester have the same genetic fingerprint as Salmonella found in a sample of Jule’s Cashew Brie collected by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).

Illnesses of Salmonella Duisburg and Salmonella Urbana have been previously reported and are linked to this outbreak. Other strains of Salmonella have been identified in raw and finished product samples and environmental samples but have not been linked to illnesses.

Based on FDA traceback investigation and sample results, the cashews used by Jule’s Foods have been identified as the likely source of contamination in the Jule’s Cashew Brie products. The FDA worked with the cashew supplier to ensure that potentially contaminated product was removed from the market and that the supplier implemented corrective actions.

Recommendation

CDC announced that the outbreak is over. There are no recommendations for consumers, restaurants, or retailers.


Product Images

Outbreak Investigation of Salmonella Duisburg Jule's Brie

Map of U.S. Distribution of Recalled Jule’s Foods Products

Outbreak Investigation of Salmonella Duisburg - Cashew Brie Products - Map of U.S. Distribution (04-23-2021)

Case Count Map Provided by CDC

Outbreak Investigation of Salmonella in Cashew Brie Products - CDC Case Count Map (July 7, 2021)

Case Counts

Total Illnesses: 20
Hospitalizations: 5
Deaths: 0
Last Illness Onset: May 9, 2021
States with Cases: CA (15), FL (2), MD (1), TN (2)
Product Distribution*: Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas
*Distribution has been confirmed for states listed, but product could have been distributed further, reaching additional states

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