The recent recurrence of food recalls is quickly becoming inexplicable. FDA recently notified 4 new food recalls due to Listeria contamination and undeclared peanut and soy residues. The companies involved include Figi’s Companies, Inc, General Mills, Creative Snacks Co and The Father’s Table.
FDA announced that Figi’s Companies, Inc, Marshfield, Wisconsin is recalling two products due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The company took the step after their supplier, SunOpta, recalled their sunflower kernel because of Listeria contamination.
The product, Snack Shoppe Hot & Spicy Cajun Snack Mix (16 oz), is marketed in a foil bag packed in a tin box. The foil bags have the lot number HD116063 160ZHSMIX. The second product, Figi’s Nature’s Mix 16oz is packed in a plastic bag in a red circular tin container, according to FDA. The third product, Nature’s Mix, is packaged in a plastic bulk bag with approximately 8-12 ounces of product and has no lot numbers on its bag.
According to FDA, the recalled Hot & Spicy Cajun Snack Mix was distributed nationwide online while the 16oz red circular tins of Nature’s Mix were delivered nationwide through a distributor. Present in clear plastic bags, Nature’s Mix was only distributed through Figi’s Outlet Store located in Marshfield, Wisconsin.
Listeria is a bacterium responsible for causing serious and sometimes fatal Listeriosis contamination in children or the elderly due to weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals, on the other hand, only suffer from temporary illnesses manifesting in the form of high fevers, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pains and diarrhea. However, it should be noted that Listeria infection in pregnant women can cause miscarriages and stillbirths.
Figi’s Companies urges its customers to return any product purchased by the outlet store for a full refund. Following in its footsteps, General Mills initiated a voluntary recall of four flavors of Nature Valley Protein Chewy Bars and Nature Valley Simple Nut Bars, according to FDA.
General Mills is a US-based international manufacturer of branded food products. The company recalled the products after its supplier, SunOpta, recalled its sunflower kernels due to suspected Listeria contamination.
40 different products which cover the four flavors of Nature Valley’s snack bars have been affected by the recall with the FDA urging retail establishments throughout the US to discard these products without inquiry to avoid any chance of potential contamination.
The third food recall took place on precautionary grounds to eliminate the chances of peanut and soy allergies. FDA announced that Creative Snacks Co has issued a food recall on a small quantity of The Fresh Market’s 12.3oz Smoked TFM Supreme Nut Mix Bags due to unlabeled soy and peanut residues on the product, labeled UPC 00737094218386.
Creative Snacks Co of Greensboro is a medium-scale snack producing company situated in North Carolina. According to FDA, the product with the expiration date of 01/29/2017 was distributed only to The Fresh Market . People having peanuts or soy allergies were advised to completely avoid using these recalled products.
Similarly, the Florida-based company, The Father’s Table—a private dessert-manufacturing company — issued a food recall on the same lines of having undeclared peanut residues. According to FDA, the company opted for a voluntary recall of 2,099 cases of cheesecakes sold by Gordon Food Service through retail and food service outlets. The sold products had a ‘GFS® label’ on them. The move was initiated in response to the flour supplier company, Grain Craft recalling their product.
The detailed description of the 11 varieties of the cheesecakes along with UCP code and package lot number is available on FDA’s official website.
FDA specified that the customers who bought the products from the Gordon Food Service Store should immediately discard the product and bring the package to the outlet for a full refund.
People having severe peanut allergies are more prone to developing a threatening allergic reaction after consuming these products. FDA reassured the public that the amount of peanut residue present in the flour was minimal and the consumers who do not have any sort of peanut allergies are safe and can consume the products without developing any adverse effects.