Tuesday, May 3, 2016

For Those With Nut Allergies: See's Candy Recall

See’s Company of San Francisco is recalling all 8-ounce Classic Red Hearts with Assorted Chocolates with bar code 737666091201 and stamped date L.A.N. 048/15 because it contains undeclared tree nuts.
People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to tree nuts (e.g.: almonds, walnuts, pecans, coconut) run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.
Product was distributed nationwide through See’s Candies Retail Stores and Mail Order (Web/Phone/Catalog).
The product is sold packaged at the stores in 8oz Red Heart boxes. No illnesses have been reported to date. The product UPC is: 737666091201.
The recall was initiated after a retail store discovered a red heart with the incorrectly labeled base mixed in with properly labeled bases.
Consumers who have purchased See’s Candies Classic Red Hearts with Assorted Chocolates with bar code 737666091201 and lot L.A.N.048/15 and are sensitive to tree nuts are urged to return the hearts to the place of purchase for a full refund or exchange.
Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-789-7337 (Monday thru Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm PDT).
Bleating Heart Cheese (BHC), based in Marin County, is conducting a voluntary recall of a few of its sheep milk and cow’s milk cheese produced in late May, late June and early July of 2014, based on sampling by the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) that found the presence ofListeria monocytogenes in at least one sample of the following cheeses.
At this time, no illnesses have been reported, but to reduce possible health risks and ensure that all suspect product is removed from the marketplace, BHC is initiating this voluntary recall in cooperation with the California Departments of Food & Agriculture and Public Health.
  1. “Ewelicious Blue” – natural rind, aged 2 – 3 months, identifying code 14-0618 on the bottom side of the label
  2. “Fat Bottom Girl” - natural rind, aged 2 – 3 months, identifying code 14-0702 on the bottom side of the label
  3. “Goldette Tommette” - natural rind, aged 2 – 3 months, identifying code 14-0527 on the bottom side of the label
These specific cheeses and lot numbers were distributed or sold beginning on October, 2014 to distributors servicing the San Francisco Bay area retail food shops, restaurants and stores.
The cheese should be returned to the distributor for a full refund.
The cost of the returned cheese will be covered by Bleating Heart Cheese, upon proof of purchase.
[Also this week: Deaths, Illnesses Blamed on Tainted Caramel Apples.]
Any of the above cheese still in a distributor’s inventory needs to isolated/quarantined and prepared for return to Bleating Heart Cheese, which will provide a full refund upon receipt of the cheese and verification of its identity.
Listeria monocytogenes is a bacteria which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, pregnant women and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages, stillbirths and fetal infection among pregnant women.
The recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the US Food and Drug Administration. If you have any questions or seek additional information, please call 858-472-1754 during our normal hours of operations (Monday-Friday 9:00am-4:00pm PST) or email us at dave@bleatingheart.com.

Asian Meat Products Recalled For Possible Metal Fragments

A Bell Gardens food provider is recalling more than 48,000 pounds of meat that may contain metal scraps, it was announced Friday.
The recall covers frozen, ready-to-eat sukiyaki beef and gingered pork products fromUnibright Foods Inc., according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Jacob Fernandez, Unibright’s assistant receiving manager, said the recall was a “precautionary measure.”
“We are working to recall all of the products that were shipped out,” he said. “It’s still early. There have been no health issues with the products.”
The firm is recalling 2.2-pound packages of Mishima sukiyaki beef with the establishment number “EST.1163” inside the USDA mark of inspection and package ID number 15069.
Also recalled are 1.7-pound packages of Mishima gingered pork, bearing the establishment number “EST.1163” and package ID number 15059.
The recalled meat was shipped to retail outlets and institutions in California, Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, New Jersey and New York.
The beef was produced between Aug. 12 and Dec. 16; and the pork was produced between Aug. 5 and 6.
The problem was reported to Unibright after an Illinois restaurant found a stainless steel wire in the company’s sukiyaki beef, the Agriculture Department said.
Granny Smith and Gala apples are being recalled nationwide after the presence of Listeria monocytogenes was confirmed at an apple processing facility in Shafter, according to the Monterey County Health Department.
Apples should be thrown away if they come from grower Bidart Bros. of Bakersfield or if the source cannot be determined, according to Dr. Edward L. Moreno, a public health officer with the Monterey County Health Department.
Listeriosis can be potentially fatal. Symptoms include fever, severe headache, nausea and a stiff neck.
Moreno is encouraging consumers who are may have purchased Granny Smith apples, Gala apples or caramel apples to contact their grocer and determine whether or not they were supplied by Bidart Bros.
The last time Bidart Bros. shipped Granny Smith apples to customers was Dec. 2, 2014 – but they may still be in circulation if the fruit was processed or frozen.
Moreno said that in many cases recalls are issued after enough time has passed so that many of the contaminated food items have already been consumed or thrown away, but the health department still circulates the information as processed or frozen foods tend to have a long shelf-life.
“A lot of times it’s been so long that most people don’t even have it anymore,” Moreno said. “Even if it’s been weeks, some of these processed foods can sit a while.”