The FDA announced further food recalls in March citing a number of potential concerns and they include the following products:
1. Natura Pet Products who is voluntarily expanding its recall of dry pet food as it is potentially contaminated with Salmonella.
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 these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.
Sampling conducted by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and the Georgia Department of Agriculture confirmed the presence of Salmonella in additional dry cat food and a cat pet treat. In an abundance of caution, Natura is also recalling product made in the surrounding timeframe. This affects dry foods only; no canned wet food is affected by this announcement.
The affected products are sold through veterinary clinics and select pet specialty retailers nationwide and in Canada, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Malaysia and Costa Rica, as well as online. The dry cat food expiration dates for this expanded recall range from 1/1/2014 to 3/24/2014. The dry cat treats have expiration dates from 7/1/13 to 9/27/13.
Consumers who have purchased these pet foods should discard them. For additional information, consumers may visit www.naturapet.com2. For further information or a product replacement or refund call Natura toll-free at 800-224-6123. (Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM CST).
2. Rich Products Corporation announces a voluntary recall of Farm Rich® Mini Quesadillas, Farm Rich® Mini Pizza Slices, Farm Rich® Philly Cheese Steaks, Farm Rich® Mozzarella Bites, and Market Day® Mozzarella Bites due to possible contamination with E. Coli O121 Contact Consumer: 1-888-220-5955
Symptoms of the illness include mild to severe diarrhea and abdominal cramps. Blood is often seen in the stool. Usually little or no fever is present. Although most healthy adults can recover completely within 5-10 days, certain individuals can develop a complication called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS) which can cause the kidneys to fail. HUS is most likely to occur in young children and the elderly. The condition could lead to serious kidney damage and even death.
Specific product information is as follows:
Farm Rich® Mini Quesadillas are packaged in 18 oz. bags. The product code is 35635, the production date is November 14, 2012 with a Julian Date of 15822319. The UPC Code is 041322356352 and the “Best By” date on the package is May 14, 2014.
Farm Rich® Mini Pizza Slices are packaged in 22 oz. bags. The product code is 35643, the production date is November 15, 2012 with a Julian Date of 15822320 and November 16, 2012 with a Julian Date 1582 2321. The UPC Code is 041322356437 and the “Best By” date on the package is May 15 or May 16, 2014.
The Farm Rich® Mini Pizza Slices are also packaged in a 7.2 oz. carton. The product code is 37690, the production date is also November 15, 2012 with a Julian Date of 1582 2320 and November 16, 2012 with a Julian Date 1582 2321. The UPC Code is 041322376909 and the “Best By” date on the package is May 15 or May 16, 2014.
Farm Rich® Philly Cheese Steaks are packaged in 21 oz. bags. The product code is 35634, the production date is November 13, 2012 with a Julian Date of 1582 2318. The UPC Code is 041322356345 and the “Best By” date on the package is May 13, 2014.
Farm Rich® Mozzarella Bites are packaged in 22 oz. bags. The product code is 37443, the production date is November 19, 2012 with a Julian Date of 1582 2324. The UPC Code is 041322374431 and the “Best By” date on the package is May 19, 2014.
Farm Rich® Mozzarella Bites are packaged in a 7 oz. carton. The product code is 37691, the production date is November 19, 2012 with a Julian Date of 1582 2324. The UPC Code is 041322376916 and the “Best By” date on the package is May 19, 2014.
Market Day® Mozzarella Bites are packaged in a 22 oz. carton. The product code is 80435, the production date is November 12, 2012 with a Julian Date of 1582 2317. The UPC Code is 041322804358 and the “Best By” date on the package is May 12, 2014.
3. Publix Issues Voluntary Recall on Publix Deli Tri Fruit and Grain Salad
since it may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes. Publix received notification of the potential contamination from their supplier, Allison’s Gourmet Kitchens. Publix Deli Tri Fruit and Grain Salad, UPC # 41415-39662, was distributed in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee. Product was sold in pre-packaged 12 ounce containers, and this recall involves all product sold from December 2012 through March 26, 2013.
“Consumption of products containing Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and sometimes 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 pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.”
“We have issued a voluntary recall because of our commitment to food safety,” said Maria Brous, Publix media and community relations director. “No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this product. Consumers who have purchased the product in question may return the product to their local store for a full refund. Publix customers with additional questions may call our Customer Care Center at 1-800-242-1227, or visit our website at www.publix.com1. Customers also can contact Allison’s Gourmet Kitchens at 1-405-735-2017 or the U.S. Food and Drug Administration at 1-888-SAFEFOOD (1-888-723-3366).”
4. La Preferida, Inc, announced voluntarily recalls of Pinto Beans due to potentially decomposing matter. The recall includes 4,734 boxes (56,808 cans) of whole pinto pinto beans 29 oz (water and salt). To identify cans, consumers should look for this code in the can: PINTO LP, BEST BY 01.03.2015, “Time” 3003.