Yet again, four new food recalls have been recently reported by the FDA in a single day. The companies involved in these recalls are American companies including Dutch Treat Foods, Inc, Pinnacle Foods Inc, Greenland Trading Corporation and Marin Foods Specialties, Inc. This time the foods products were recollected due to presence of three bacterial strains including Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella sp and Clostridium botulinum.
Marin Foods Specialties, Inc is a California based company that has taken the initiative to recall packaged raw macadamia nuts that were sold in California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington whole foods markets. The nuts were suspected to be possibly contaminated by the salmonella, according to FDA. The move was taken by the company after carrying out a routine laboratory test conducted on the raw macadamia nuts products that showed positive results for salmonella.
According to Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC), salmonella is a microorganism that causes approximately one million foodborne illnesses in the United States, 19,000 hospitalizations and 380 deaths.
Salmonella infection causes serious and life-threatening conditions which clinically manifest themselves in the form of diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramps, vomiting and nausea for 12-72 hours after infection. Usually, the illness lasts for 4-7 days and can be cured even without treatment sometimes. However, in case of severe diarrhea, proper treatment and hospitalization is needed to avoid the symptoms. If the infection is not treated properly then it can result in serious arterial infections via blood, including endocarditis and arthritis, according to FDA.
The recalled products were labeled as ‘Whole Foods Market Raw Macadamia Nuts’ and were packaged in 6 oz clear plastic tubs. According to the FDA, the expiry date of the products was from 21st August 2016 to 6th November 2016, with the following UPC code ‘99948200132’.
Greenland Trading Corporation of Paterson, a New Jersey-based company, is taking the initiative to recall ‘AI Rasheed Sardine’, which is a small form of oily fish, due to the potential contamination of Clostridium botulinum. This is a microorganism responsible for causing botulism infection, according to FDA.
FDA cautioned consumers to completely avoid the consumption of the product even if it does not looks spoilt.
The recall was announced by the company after New York State – Department of Agriculture and Markets carried out the analysis on the sardines and found it positive for botulism-causing bacteria.
The sardines were shipped to retail stores present in California, Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. The product is packaged in a vacuum packaging with use by date of March, 2017. However, FDA notified that no illness due to sardine’s consumption was reported to date.
CDC explains botulism as a life-threatening paralytic form of food poisoning that is caused by a nerve toxin that is produced by different bacteria species such as Clostridium botulinum, Clostridium butyricum and Clostridium baratii. The bacteria invade the food product during improper canning or preservative procedure.
According to FDA, the prominent symptoms of this infection are weakness, dizziness, double vision, and trouble with speaking or swallowing, followed by difficulty in breathing, weakness of other muscles, abdominal distension and constipation. It is advised to seek immediate medical attention after experiencing these health problems.
Pinnacle Foods Inc is a food company that deals with packaged food products with headquarters in Parsippany, New Jersey. The specialties of the company are shelf stable and frozen food products.
The company is voluntarily recalling its ‘Early Harvest Petite Peas’ and ‘Petite Peas’ due to possibility of listeria infection, according to FDA. The products under considerations were distributed nationwide and were also sold online with best by date of Mar-07-18, Mar-17-18, Mar-28-18 and Mar-29-18 for ‘C&W Early Harvest Petite’ 16 oz. bag and UPC ‘0-70332-00159-4’. Whereas, for the ‘Peas C&W Petite Peas’ with UPC 0-70332-00158-7 for 16 oz. bag the best by dates were Mar-23-18, Mar-28-18 and Mar-29-18.
The recall was made when National Frozen Foods, the contract packer of the products, notified the company about the issue.
Another Listeria-related food recall was carried out by Dutch Treat Foods, Inc, which is a Michigan based catering company. FDA also announced the voluntary recall of the ‘Sweet Pea Pasta Salad’ worth of 3087 pounds which was due to the presence of one ingredient in the product being recalled by one of its suppliers. The product was distributed to Michigan, Lipari Foods and Sysco Grand Rapids, under the Dutch Treat Foods label on 10 pound cases and 2 five pound bags.
According to FDA, “It was also sold in retail stores in Michigan and directly from the Dutch Treat Foods facility in bulk 10 pound cases, 2 pound containers, and 14 ounce containers under the Dutch Treat Foods label”.
The distributor and retail stores were instructed by the FDA to remove any product from their shelves and to dispose of any remaining product in their inventory to eliminate any chance of listeriosis infection.