The FDA and USDA have recently recalled three food products from the companies — The Kroger Co, Kabob’s Acquisition Inc and Continental Mills — on account of probable peanut allergy and E. coli contamination.
Kroger Co recalled their ‘Kroger Deluxe S’mores Ice Cream’ packed in 48 oz tubs due to the undeclared peanut residues. FDA notified about the recall when Kroger – the American retailer company – came to know about the issue and their supplier company, Grain Craft, pointed out a raw ingredient that may have become contaminated with low levels of peanut residue.
The product ‘Kroger Deluxe S’mores Ice Cream’ has UCP ‘0001111001399’ and Sell By dates of May 20 to May 23, 2017.
The company removed all the products from the retail stores and notified customers about the recall via recall notification system that alerts customers who might have purchased recalled products. The system works through tape messaging and phone calls.
Although it was made clear by the FDA that no illness or allergy has been reported so far, individuals who have peanut allergy should be careful.
Second major food recall announced by FDA includes Blueberry Pancake Mix due to possible E. coli contamination. This time the supplier company General Mills notified Continental Mills — the manufacturer — about a blueberry nugget made up of the flour that has been potentially contaminated with shiga toxin producing strain of E. coli ‘O121’.
The products that were potentially contamination by the E. coli strain include 28 oz carton of the Krusteaz Blueberry Pancake Mix carton with a best by date between 3/30/2018 and 6/16/2018, and a UPC code ‘041449001289’.
Similarly, Krusteaz Blueberry Pancake Mix, packaged in 3.5 lb. bag, with a best by date between of 4/27/2018 to 4/28/2018 and a UPC code ‘041449001487’ is also declared as potentially contaminated.
FDA has noted that most of the E. coli infections do not pose a great health risk. However, the strain E. coli O121 can make you sick because of the shiga toxin produced by this potentially deadly bacterium.
Affected individuals experience the condition of severe dehydration and bloody diarrhea. FDA urges to seek emergency medical care immediately if such symptoms are experienced. The bacterium infects mostly children or elderly people having weakened immune systems.
Continental Mills’ President Andy Heily said, “The quality and safety of our products is of the utmost importance and we are doing everything possible to ensure our customers have all of the pertinent information.”
The company, headquartered in Washington, is a third generation, family-owned maker of breakfast, baking products and snacks, and distributes its products via different channels throughout the United States.
Third major Class I recall announced by the USDA was made on the 44,850 pounds of ‘raw intact and heat treated’, ‘not ready-to-eat (NRTE) meat and poultry products’ due to possible ‘E. coli O121’ contamination.
The step taken by the reputable Georgia based food service company Kabob’s Acquisition surfaced when the same flour supplier General Mills recalled their flour due to possible association with a multi-state Escherichia coli O121 outbreak.
The products that are subject to recall were shipped to hotels, restaurants, and institutional locations around the US and contain establishment number “Est. 6640” or “P-6640”. The detailed information on the more than 25 products that are subject to recall is provided by the USDA.
Numerous food products using not ready-to-eat meat were produced on various dates between Dec 8, 2015 to Jan 15, 2016. Healthcare authorities warn against using any food product by the company that was manufactured during these dates.
According to USDA, this shiga-toxin producing strain can be diagnosed by testing stool sample and most of the infections are recovered in a week or so but sometimes the infection persists and shapes into a fatal condition known as the hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).
Generally, HUS is not usually caused by E. coli infection but under rare circumstances people with weakened immune systems become the victims of this condition that is manifested by easy bruising, pallor and decreased urine output. USDA urges such patients to seek immediate emergency medical care to contain the complications.