The FDA has issued a number of food recalls for March, which include the following products:
1. ProtiDiet High Protein Chocolate Dream Bars Manufactured by Pro-Amino International, Inc., Quebec, Canada due to the possible contamination of Salmonella.
The product is the ProtiDiet High Protein Chocolate Dream Bar, sold in 210 gram (7.4 oz.) packages, 7 bars per package, bearing UPC 6 21498 42238 1, lot code CR 18 13B, and Best Before date of 2015-08.
Salmonella is a public health risk and is one of the most common causes of foodborne illness. Healthy people infected with Salmonella may experience some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever.
The product has been distributed in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia. It was also sold via the Internet.
Consumers should avoid eating the potentially contaminated High Protein Chocolate Dream Bars and discard the product or return it to the point of sale.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) along with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Pro-Amino International are warning people not to consume these high protein bars, which may contain Salmonella.
2. Nishimoto Trading Co., Ltd of Santa Fe Springs, CA, is recalling its 4.37 ounce packages of Kameda Brand Rice Cracker “Kotsubukko” snack food because they may contain undeclared milk. People who have allergies to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. The recalled Kameda Brand Rice Cracker “Kotsubukko” were distributed to state of California, Texas, Colorado, Utah, Chicago, and Hawaii in retail stores from November. 2012 to March 2013 and have expiration date as following:
2013/03/15 2013/03/27 2013/03/28/ 2013/03/31 2013/04/05 2013/04/17 2013/04/19 2013/04/21 2013/04/23 2013/04/24 2013/04/28 2013/05/26 2013/05/27 2013/06/03 2013/06/13 2013/06/22 2013/06/23 2013/07/03 2013/07/17 2013/07/18 2013/07/21
The product comes in a 4.37 ounce, red plastic package marked with item #63018 along with UPC Code 0-74410-63018-8 on the English label on the back of package.
No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.
The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the milk-containing product was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of milk. Subsequent investigation indicates the problem was caused by mislabel of milk ingredient.
Distribution of the product has been suspended until FDA and the company is certain that the problem has been corrected.
3. Grippo Foods Inc. Issues A Voluntary Recall Of All Sizes Of Their Plain Potato Chips, Bar-B-Q Potato Chips, Cheddar Cheese With A Touch Of Jalapeno Potato Chips, Hot Dill Pickle Potato Chips, Sweet Bermuda Onion Potato Chips And Salt & Vinegar Potato Chips Due To Possible Health Risk.
These products may have the potential to contain metal fragments. Consumption of foodborne foreign objects that are hard and sharp may result in moderate or serious injury. Minor injuries such as transient choking, or small lacerations in the oral cavity or gastrointestinal system, as well as Dental injury, such as a fractured tooth, may occur. While, serious injury is remotely possible, it could involve severe choking with airway obstruction, perforation in the oral cavity or gastrointestinal system, or secondary infection due to any of these events.
The recall includes the following: The bagged chips have an expiration date of May 20 and before. The 1.5 pound boxes of chips have an expiration date of April 29 and before. The date code is located in the upper right corner of the package.
These products were distributed to retail markets in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois beginning September 15, 2012 until March 14, 2013.
NAME UPC CODE
Plain 0 76847 12124 6
Bar-B-Q 0 76847 14123 7
Cheddar Cheese with a touch of Jalapeno 0 76847 14127 5
Hot Dill Pickle 0 76847 14126 8
Sweet Bermuda Onion 0 76847 14124 4
Salt & Vinegar 0 76847 14125 1
The firm voluntarily recalled the products after being notified by the Ohio Department of Agriculture that there were metal shavings found in the salt applicator. FDA has been apprised of this action.
Grippo Foods, Inc. is notifying its distributors and customers. Consumers who have purchased these products should stop using and return to place of purchase for a refund.
Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-626-1824 9 am to 4 pm EST Monday through Friday.
4. FPL Food, LLC, a West Columbia, S.C. establishment, is recalling approximately 5,820 pounds of ground beef chuck that may contain small pieces of plastic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.
The product subject to recall is “80 oz. (5 lb.) chubs of “80% Lean 20% Fat All Natural Ground Beef Chuck”
The establishment number “EST 332B” and the sell by date “03/27/2013” are inkjetted on each package. The products were packaged on March 7, 2013, and were sold in retail stores in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.
The problem was discovered after the company received three consumer complaints. The pieces of plastic are believed to be pieces of a blue plastic liner that covers source material used to produce the final ground product. FSIS and the company have received no reports of injury at this time. Anyone concerned about an injury from consumption of these products should contact a healthcare provider.
FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify that 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.
Consumers and media with questions about the recall should contact FPL Food Customer Service at (706) 922-3920.