The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and US Department of Agriculture (USDA) have recently 6 new food recalls due to products containing allergens, undeclared ingredients and infectious agents. These food products belong to companies including; Eastland Food Corp, General Mills, Dream Body Weight Loss, Cumberland Farms, GHSE, LLC, and Winter Gardens Quality Foods, Inc.
The food products withdrawn from the markets include Custard Cake, Flour, Dietary Supplement, Sea Salt Caramel Delights, Lemongrass Basil Chicken and other chicken products.
FDA recalled the Euro Custard Cake, manufactured by the Eastland Food Corp of Columbia, Maryland, due to the presence of an undeclared milk ingredient which can cause serious and sometimes fatal allergic reactions in individuals sensitive to milk.
The product was packed in a 12 cake-containing box and had the expiration date, 5/25/2017 and product code, 8373724304. The issue surfaced when the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors reported the presence of an undeclared milk ingredient on the label. Consumers who bought these products are advised by the FDA to discard or return them for a full refund.
The FDA’s second food recall encompassed Gold Medal Flour, Wondra Flour, and Signature Kitchens Flour products. The manufacturer, General Mills of Minneapolis, announced the recall due to recent E. coli illnesses reported due to consumption of raw dough produced in the fall.
According to CDC, the bacterium has the ability to cause deadly diarrhea and mostly affects people with weakened immune systems. FDA warns against eating any raw dough-made product due to the potential presence of the E.coli strain. However, heat can damage or kill the bacterium.
The third major recall was announced regarding the dietary weight loss supplement produced by Dream Body Weight Loss located in Grand Prairie, Texas. The weight loss supplements produced by the company contained an unapproved compound called Sibutramine, which is an appetite suppressor.
FDA notified the potential harmful side effects caused by this drug including the ability to increase blood pressure and pulse rate in cardiac patients. Furthermore, patients having a history or current incidences of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias or stroke were found to be at greater health risks.
Further affected products include Dream Body 450mg, Dream Body Extreme Gold 800mg, Dream Body Advanced 400mg, and supplements having UPC codes 6903023120128. The supplements, distributed nationwide from January 2013 to June 16, 2016 through retail sales and online ordering facilities, were packaged in clear packet jars and brown foil packets.
Moreover, Cumberland Farms announced a recall on their Sea Salt Caramel Delights due to undeclared peanut residues. The chocolate treats, packaged in 3-ounce bags, had production and delivery restricted by the FDA, which was notified about the issue in response to customer complaints.
USDA announced another food recall this time by GHSE, LLC, a Green Cove Springs, Fla. Establishment, regarding 5,682 pounds of salads containing chicken due to misbranding of undeclared wheat allergen.
The salad, packaged in 11-oz. plastic clam shell containers, were manufactured with the name Trader Jose’s Mexicali Inspired Salad With Chili Seasoned Chicken between May 11, 2016 to June 29, 2016 and had expiration dates of 05/18/16 to 07/03/16. Moreover, the items were shipped to retail outlets in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Southern Virginia.
According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma And Immunology (ACAAI), wheat allergy affects millions of Americans every year. The common symptoms associated with wheat allergy are not fatal and include hives, rash, stomachache, headache and sneezing but it can lead to fatal anaphylactic reactions under severe conditions. Therefore, individuals allergic to wheat or gluten should avoid using such products, according to USDA.
USDA announced another food recall on 42 pounds of Lemongrass Basil Chicken entrées produced by Gardens Quality Foods, Inc, due to possible Listeria monocytogenes infection. The products were manufactured on June 13 and June 14, 2016 and have expiration dates of June 28, 2016 and June 29, 2016.
According to USDA, Listeria infection can affect children and elderly population or people with weakened immune systems. The common symptoms associated with Listeriosis are fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck or diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. USDA urges the customers not to consume such products and discard or return them for full refunds.