The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently announced another food product recall due to possible spoilage of food products, a possible Listeria and Salmonella contamination and allergy alerts for peanut and soy residues. The companies recalling their products from markets include Snyder’s-Lance, Inc, Bolthouse Farms, Atlantic Spice Company Inc, Michael’s Naturopathic Programs, Radagast Pet Food, Inc. and Mondelez Global LLC.
The products which were recalled include ‘Oyster Crackers, protein beverages, Sunflower Seeds Roasted Salted, Tropical Mix and Cranberry Health Mix snacks, dietary supplements, raw cat food and Honey Maid Teddy Grahams Cinnamon Cubs Graham Snacks.
FDA announced a food recall for Lance-branded Oyster Crackers manufactured by Snyder’s-Lance, Inc, due to suspected undeclared peanut residue.
Snyder’s-Lance is the second-largest salty snack maker company in the United States. The company declared a voluntary recall on one brand of its products due to the recall made by their wheat flour supplier company, Grain Craft. It was stipulated that people with peanut allergies should not use this product. On this note, FDA announced that although the product contains undeclared peanut residues the probability of adverse reactions caused is very low owing to the low quantities of peanuts.
The product was distributed through Food Service channels nationwide to restaurants and other institutions and had expiration dates of ‘23 JUL 16’, ‘30 JUL 16’ and ‘13 AUG 16’, according to FDA.
Mondelēz Global LLC is an international American multinational confectionery, food, and beverage company based in Illinois. The company recalled their Honey Maid Teddy Grahams Cinnamon Cubs Graham Snacks that were sold only through Food Service channels and not in supermarkets. The product was recalled due to the same flour supplier supplying flour with peanut residues to the Snyder’s company.
The product has a retail code of ‘0 19320 01676 9’ with an expiry date of ‘11 Oct 16 – 12 Oct 16’ written at the top of the package.
The third major food recall announced by FDA links to protein beverages produced by Bolthouse Farms.
Bolthouse Farms – A California-based leading manufacturer of refrigerated drinks, operating since 1915, Bolthouse Farms was acquired by Campbell Soup Co in 2012. Bolthouse Farms, working as a unit of Campbell, called for a voluntary recall after consumer complaints of having a possible spoilage led to lumpy appearances and an unpleasant taste quality and foul odor. FDA urged the consumers against the usage of 14 varieties of protein drinks and some of its Mocha Cappuccino products.
Illnesses were also reported by consumers, with the company along with healthcare authority’s keen to find the underlying reason of the spoilage. The Protein PLUS shakes had expiration dates between ‘20 JUN 16 – 18 SEP 16’. According to FDA, the recall would affect 3.8 million worth of bottles that have been distributed nationwide in the United States.
Another food recall notified by FDA covers Atlantic Spice Company’s 16 ounce packs of Sunflower Seeds Roasted Salted, Tropical Mix and Cranberry Health Mix snacks because of the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes — bacterial strain having the ability of causing a serious and potentially life-threatening Listeriosis infection.
Atlantic Spice is a wholesale provider of bulk spices, herbs, teas, potpourri and other gourmet, organic products on wholesale prices. The company takes online orders and also has a retail store in North Truro, Massachusetts, US. The product was manufactured in clear plastic package of 16 ounces and had the numbers 15 and 11 at the top right. According to FDA, product number 746 is Sunflower Seeds Roasted Salted with lot number 1772, Tropical Mix has the lot number 1771 with product code 929 and The Cranberry Health Mix has a product code 1947 with lot number 1751.
Another major food recall reported by FDA was regarding the dietary supplement, Cholesterol Metabolism Factors manufactured by ‘Michael’s Naturopathic Programs due to undeclared milk and soy content. People who are allergic or intolerant to milk products are advised by the FDA to discard the product to evade risks of serious and potentially fatal allergic reactions.
Michael’s Naturopathic Programs is a reputable name in dietary supplement making. The company’s goal is to heal the world by eliminating the interference of disease. The naturopathic supplements were distributed throughout US through retail stores and online ordering.
The recall was commenced when upgraded information about allergy-causing agents was received after the distribution of the products. The details about the lot numbers and expiry date of the products can be found on the FDA’s official website.
By that time, bacterial contamination had run its course and was found in cat food products. FDA reported a voluntary recall of four lots of frozen Rad Cat Raw Diet products that were sold in 8oz, 16oz, and 24oz tubs in addition to the free 1oz sample cups manufactured by Radagast Pet Food, Inc.
Radagast Pet Food is a Portland-based company that specializes in producing ‘all natural’ food products for ‘domestic feline carnivores’. The food products subjected for recall contained the Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes, both of which can pose serious health risks to pets and can be transferred to humans handling the food products.
The infected food products had the lot codes of ‘62384’, ‘62361’, ‘62416’, and ‘62372’. Detailed information for the 15 products falling under these lot codes along with expiration dates are available on the FDA’s official site. The products were distributed in the areas of Western Canada and all US States except Hawaii and Mississippi.
Pets with Listeriosis or Salmonella show symptoms of fatigue in addition to diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Reduced appetite, fever and abdominal pain are also few of the prominent symptoms associated with the diseases. The FDA urges to get your pet checked by a veterinarian if the infected product has been consumed by any chance.