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More than 63K pounds of ground beef contaminated with ‘extraneous material’

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King’s Command Foods LLC is recalling approximately 63,252 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with “extraneous material,” according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The problem was discovered when the company received several consumer complaints that metal objects were found in the beef products. To date, there are been no confirmed reports of injuries or adverse reactions due to the consumption of these products. Anyone with concerns about an injury or illness should contact their health care provider. This recall, which is an expansion of a previous recall announced March 9, ... Read More

Traditional milk takes aim at plant-based alternatives

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The milk in your local grocery’s dairy aisle is claiming identity theft, and it even has a proposed bill in Congress to bolster its case. According to Fortune, the milk industry has twice attempted in the last two decades to convince the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to enforce its definition of milk, “the lacteal secretion…obtained by the complete milking of one or more healthy cows.” The definition means the almond, coconut, soy, cashew or pea milk sold in grocery stores technically doesn’t make the cut. It is a point of contention for traditional milk producers because the FDA has ... Read More

Trader Joe apple sauces recalled after glass particles found in jars

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Manna Products Co., is recalling three types of Trader Joe’s Unsweetened Apple Sauces because pieces of glass were found mixed into some jars of the product. Consumers with specific containers of Trader Joe’s All Natural Unsweetened Apple Sauce, Trader Joe’s Organic Unsweetened Apple Sauce, and Trader Joe’s First Crush Unsweetened Gravenstein Apple Sauce are advised not to eat the products and to return them to Trader Joe’s for a full refund, or dispose of them. Products affected by the recall include Trader Joe’s All Natural Apple Sauce with the UPC 00014359, and all “Best Before” Date Codes through DEC 16, 2018. This brand ... Read More

Canadian baby food recall linked to cases of botulism food poisoning

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning U.S. residents to be aware of a baby food recall issued by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency that has caused botulism food poisoning in some babies. The recall involves PC Organics baby foods that are only sold in Canada, but the FDA is concerned that some U.S. consumers may have purchased the products. The recall was initiated by Loblaw Companies Ltd. For PC Organics baby food pouches on Feb. 3, and expanded Feb. 8 to include more than 30 products in a variety of flavors. A full list of affected products, sizes ... Read More

FDA Warns Cookie Dough Maker That Listeria Threats Persist

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The Iowa-based food manufacturer whose cookie dough products spurred recalls for Blue Bell ice cream, Weight Watchers sundaes, Publix-brand ice cream, and a number of other products for potential Listeria contamination has received a notice from federal regulators warning that the actions the company took to clean up its operations may not have been adequate. Aspen Hills Inc. of Garner, Iowa, produces cookie dough and a variety of other products, which it supplies to other food producers who use them as an ingredient in their own products. Ice cream manufacturer Blue Bell Creameries was the first to detect a problem ... Read More

State Shuts Down Alabama Caterer Following Wedding Reception Salmonella Outbreak

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An Alabama caterer has had its food service permit revoked following a November wedding reception in which more than two-thirds of the attendees were sickened with Salmonella Enteritidis bacteria. According to the Alabama Department of Health, Indelible Catering of Moulton, Alabama, and its owner Darvin McDaniel are no longer authorized to prepare food as caterers in the state. Mr. McDaniel’s company effectively went out of business in November when Dr. Scott Harris, assistant state health officer, issued an emergency order suspending the caterer’s permit to prepare food until the state’s investigation was completed. Alabama public health officials reported that at ... Read More

Hy-Vee Recalls Candy Trays Over Potentially Contaminated Chocolate Products

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The Hy-Vee chain of Midwestern grocery stores is recalling several candy trays it produced under the Hy-Vee brand using chocolate supplied by the Palmer Candy Company, which was recalled earlier in the week due to potential Salmonella contamination. The Hy-Vee recall, announced by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the company Jan. 12, stems from the use of milk powder produced by Valley Milk Products LLC. The potentially contaminated powdered milk was used by Palmer as an ingredient in a compound chocolate coating for its candy products, which it supplied to grocery, convenience store, and wholesalers nationwide for ... Read More

Nutella maker squashes claims that palm oil is carcinogenic

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Italian confectionery firm Ferrero, maker of Nutella, has launched an advertising campaign to assure consumers that its products are safe following a warning by the European Food Standards Agencies (EFSA) that an ingredient in its popular chocolate-and-hazelnut spread may be carcinogenic. The ingredient in question is palm oil. The EFSA cited a study that when heated to temperatures above 200°C, more potentially cancer-causing contaminants are generated than with other vegetable oils. High temperatures are often used to remove palm oil’s natural red color and to neutralize its aroma. The World Health Organization and the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization have ... Read More

Potentially Contaminated Powdered Milk Triggers Recall of Hostess Twinkies and Palmer Candy Products

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A milk powder produced by Valley Milk products and used in an ingredient in various holiday confections has triggered two separate food safety recalls involving Hostess Twinkies and Palmer Candy Company chocolates over potential Salmonella contamination. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that Hostess Brands LLC is voluntarily recalling its Holdiay White Peppermint Hostess Twinkies because the confectionary coating used on the products contains milk powder made by Valley Milk Products that is potentially contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. This Hostess recall applies only to the White Peppermint Hostess Twinkies (UPC 888109111571), which were only sold in multipack boxes ... Read More

Salmonella Concerns Prompt Recall of Publix Brand Pancake and Waffle Mixes

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Publix grocery stores are pulling certain store-brand pancake and waffle mixes from their shelves in Alabama and several other states after being notified by a supplier that the milk powder used as an ingredient may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. The recalled products include 16-ounce boxes of Publix Premium Banana-Flavored Chocolate Chip Pancake & Waffle Mix (4141503503), Publix Premium Pumpkin Pancake & Waffle Mix (4141503703), and Publix Premium Blueberry Flavored Pancake & Waffle Mix (4141503603). The numbers are Global Trade Identification Numbers (GTINs) and are located near the bar code on the product packaging. The Lakeland, Fla.-based grocery chain operates ... Read More