International Commissary Corporation (ICC) is a California based company that specializes in baking products. ICC recently announced a voluntary recall on two of their products, namely Marie Callender’s Cheese Biscuit Mix, packaged in 7oz and 14oz packs.

The 7 ounce pack with ‘Use By’ date of 3/22/17 and 5/17/17 was distributed in the retail stores of Atlanta, California, Washington, Utah and Texas, whereas the 14 ounce recalled product has ‘Best Buy’ date of 6/17/17 was only sold only in Stockton, CA, according to FDA.

The recall was initiated after the chief supplier of the ‘General Mills’ declared that the flour might be contaminated with E. coli O121.

Kevin Greene, Vice President of Sales at ICC, ensured that the quality of the products is the prime priority of the company and they are working with the FDA and the retail customers to make sure that the affected products are out of the market as soon as possible.

Kerry Inc Recalls Jalapeño Breaders Due To Possible E. coli Contamination

The Wisconsin based food company Kerry Inc is a distributer of food and beverage ingredients, concentrates, and flavored products in the US and abroad.

The company recalled their products due to the same reason, of E. coli contamination in the flour supplied by the General Mills. The affected product i.e., Jalapeño Breaders, is packed in a white 10-pound bag with the UPC number ‘763089721548’, according to FDA.

Betty Crocker Cake Mix Recalled Due To E. coli Contamination

The company General Mills itself recalled the Cake Mix produced at the Minneapolis facility out of caution because the flour product used in making of this product (Wondra flour) is one of three kinds of flours including Gold Medal Flour, Signature Kitchens Flour and Gold Medal Wondra flour that were initially subjected to recall on 1st July due to possible E. coli contamination.

  1. coli Contamination

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the bacterium is present in environment, foods and intestines of people and animals. The infectious types of E. coli can cause serious illness and is usually transmitted through contaminated water or food, or via contact with animals or people.

Therefore, the CDC advises to thoroughly clean vegetables and fruits before eating and washing of hands, especially for toddlers. Similarly, it is advised to not consume raw or unpasteurized milk or milk products to lessen the incidences of the infectious diseases. Moreover, heating or cooking steaks at an internal temperature of 145°F and ground beef cooked to a minimum internal temperature of 160°F (70˚C) can help in preventing E. coli based illness.

The FDA clarifies that most of the E. coli infections are harmful but the shiga toxin producing ‘E. coli O121’ can act as a potentially deadly bacterium and results in severe diarrhea and dehydration. Moreover, elder population and individuals with weakened immune systems are more likely to contract this foodborne illness causing bacterium.

Baptista’s Bakery Recalled Original Pretzel Crisps Due To Undeclared Milk

Baptista’s Bakery is a Wisconsin based company that specializes in innovative snack products having nutritional benefits. The company initiated a recall on their 30 ounce ‘Snack Factory Original Pretzel Crisps’ with ‘Use By’ date of 07-01-17, because of the undeclared milk ingredients present in the product.

Milk allergy or intolerance can cause serious life-threatening anaphylactic reactions upon consumption of the milk-made products, according to the FDA.

IKEA Announced Allergy Alert On Chocolate Products Due To Undeclared Milk And Nut Residues

IKEA North America Services, LLC, has recently recalled its seven chocolate products due to unlabeled milk and nuts including almonds or hazelnuts present in them. The chocolate products were sold from April 30, 2015 to July 1, 2016.

According to the FDA, individuals that are sensitive to milk and tree nuts can develop serious allergic reactions after eating these dark chocolate products.

The CDC stipulates that 90% of serious allergic reactions in the United States are caused by these food products including milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, wheat, soy, peanuts, and tree nuts. Moreover, it is indicated that there is no cure for food allergies and the only prevention is avoiding the specific allergen.