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Maranatha Brand Voluntarily Recalls Certain Lots of Sunflower Seed Butter Because of Possible Health Risk

June 4, 2016 - From the FDA:

MaraNatha®, under advice from its co-manufacturer of sunflower seed butter, is voluntarily recalling a limited number of retail lots of MaraNatha® All Natural Sunflower Seed Butter because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Product information is as follows:

ITEM DESCRIPTION UNIT UPC “USE BY” DATE RANGE
MaraNatha® All Natural Sunflower Seed Butter 12 oz. 0 51651-09367 5 28JUL16 thru 05DEC16

Products were distributed across the United States and Mexico. The products also were available for purchase on the internet. Distribution dates for this product ranged from September 25, 2015 thru April 18, 2016.

The use-by date can be found on the top of the jar lid. The company is currently working with customers and retailers to remove and destroy products with the above use-by dates from store shelves and warehouses. No other MaraNatha® products are impacted by this recall.

Consumers do not need to return the product to the store where it was purchased. Instead, consumers are urged to dispose of the recalled product and its container. Please contact MaraNatha at 1-800-958-3772 between the hours of 9:00 AM and 7:00 PM EST for a refund, and with general inquiries.

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Nature's One Voluntarily Recalls 'PediaSmart® Dairy Vanilla' Because of Possible Under-Delivery of Nutrition Using Included Scoop

June 4, 2016 - From the FDA:

Nature’s One of Lewis Center, OH is voluntarily recalling three lots of PediaSmart® Dairy Vanilla complete nutrition beverage powder packaged in 12.7 ounce cans, which bear the lot numbers located on the bottom of the can. This product is generally consumed by individuals between the ages of 13 months – 13 years old. The result of measuring product with the smaller scoop is that only 60% of the labeled nutritional content will be consumed per serving. Unless this product is used as a sole source of nutrition, there should be no health risk from using the incorrect scoop. This action is being taken out of an abundance of caution. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this incorrect scoop size.

Product DescriptionLot NumberUPCUse By Date
PediaSmart® Dairy Vanilla3141515
PDV 5357
The “D” may appear as an “O”
7 16514 88101 01 DEC 2017
PediaSmart® Dairy Vanilla3151515
PDV 5357
The “D” may appear as an “O”
7 16514 88101 01 DEC 2017
PediaSmart® Dairy Vanilla3151515
PDV 5360
The “D” may appear as an “O”
7 16514 88101 01 DEC 2017

Product was distributed between January 26, 2016 to June 1, 2016 and shipped to: AL, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI AND WY and the District of Columbia.
Product was also shipped to Canada.

Complaints have been received that some cans in these lots contain a 20 cc scoop to measure the product for reconstitution and feeding, rather than the 32 cc scoop that should be in the can. The packager of the product has confirmed that a mix-up in their facility resulted in some cans being packaged with the smaller scoops.

Because not all of the cans contain the smaller scoop, if you have any of the product potentially containing the smaller scoop, please look at the bottom of the scoop. If the scoop has the number 32 cc printed on it, the scoop size is correct and you can continue to use the product knowing that the correct levels of nutrients will be delivered when following label mixing directions using the scoop. However, if your scoop has a 20 cc printed on the bottom, then you should not use that scoop for measuring. Consumers may contact Nature’s One at (888) 227-7122 Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm EST for a replacement or email recallinfo@naturesone.zendesk.com anytime.

Representatives of the news media may obtain more information about Nature’s One, as well as any updates on this recall notification, on our website:  www.naturesone.com<

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Updated: Hickory Harvest Expands Recall of Certain Sunflower Kernel Products Because of Possible Listeria Monocytogenes

June 3, 2016: From the FDA:
Hickory Harvest Foods, under advice from its sunflower kernel supplier, SunOpta, is expanding their recall of a limited number of products that have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
These items are in addition to the items recalled on May 4, 2016 and May 20, 2016.
The additional products were packaged at, or distributed from Hickory Harvest between the dates of June 22,2015 and May 31,2016. Shipments were to the following states: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, lA, 10, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, Ml, MO, MS, MT, NC, NO, NE, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SO, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, and WY. No illnesses have been reported to date, but in an abundance of caution Hickory Harvest is recalling all affected products.
Recalled retail items were sold in packaged bags and deli tubs and are marked with Best By Dates located on the front or back of the packages. Listed here are details regarding the additional recalled items:


Hickory Harvest Expands Recall of Certain Sunflower Kernel Products Because of Possible Listeria Monocytogenes

May 20, 2016: From the FDA:
Hickory Harvest Foods, under advice from its sunflower kernel supplier, SunOpta, is expanding their recall of a limited number of products that have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
These recalled items are in addition to the items recalled on May 4, 2016.
The additional products were packaged at, or distributed from Hickory Harvest between the dates of April 20, 2016 and May 18, 2016. Shipments were to the following states: AR, AZ, CA, CT, FL, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, Ml, MO, NC, NM, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, TX, and VA. No illnesses have been reported to date, but in an abundance of caution Hickory Harvest is recalling all affected products.
Recalled retail items were sold in packaged bags and deli tubs and are marked with Best By Dates located on the front or back of the packages. The recalled products are under the Hickory Harvest, Big Y Cranberry, Amish Farms, Raylicious, Liberty, Sheetz, IM Good, and Heinens labels
A full list of products is here
Consumers are urged not to consume these products. Consumers who purchased these products may take them back to the store where they purchased them for a refund or simply discard them. Consumers seeking information may email askus2@hickoryharvest.com or call 1-800-448-6887 Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00 pm Eastern Time.
Retailers and wholesale customers should check their inventories and shelves to confirm that none of the products are present or available for purchase by consumers or in warehouse inventories. Please contact Hickory Harvest at askus2@hickoryharvest.com to arrange for disposal or return of the product.

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Nu Life Market Voluntarily Recalls Sun Life Sunflower Spread Because of Possible Health Risk

June 2, 2016 - From the FDA:

Nu Life Market of Scott City, Kansas is voluntarily recalling approximately 300 jars of its three flavors of Sun Life brand Sunflower Spread packaged in a 12 ounce jar because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
The Sunflower Spread was distributed in retail stores in Kansas and through online sales between the dates of September 15, 2015 and May 17, 2016. The product comes in a 12 ounce, clear plastic jar with a brown plastic lid. The best by date is located on the top of the brown jar lid. Listed below are details pertaining to the recalled items:

Sun Life Spread FlavorLot#Best ByUPC
Natural Sunflower Spread5266A16/17/2016855881003370
Natural Sunflower Spread5315A18/5/2016855881003370
Natural Sunflower Spread with Maple5225B15/13/2016855881003622
Natural Sunflower Spread with Chocolate5246C15/28/2016855881003615

Consumers who have purchased these products should discard the product or return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers seeking information may email contactus@sunlifespreads.com or call 1-866-962-5236 Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Central Daylight Savings Time.

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Updated: CRF Frozen Foods Expands Voluntary Recall to Include All Frozen Vegetable and Fruit Products Due To Possible Health Risk

June 2, 2016 from the FDA
Updated Items:

  • Corrected UPC code for the True Goodness Organic Peas and Carrots, 10 oz., UPC 0882077972
  • Corrected the weights on the following items Earth’s pride Organic chopped spinach 3.5lb, James Farm Cut Corn, Garden Peas, Mixed vegetables 40oz, Quirch Peas and Carrots 14oz.
  • Corrected the brand to match the label, Live Smart Organic Super Sweet Yellow and White Corn, VIP Family Size Cut corn.
  • Added the following items:
    • The Inn Whole Green Beans, 2lb bag, UPC 8628920112
    • Bybee Organic Mixed Vegetables, 4lb bag, UPC 4635800053
    • Safeway Kitchens Baby Lima beans, 20oz, UPC 2113009144

As a precaution, CRF Frozen Foods of Pasco, Washington is expanding its voluntary recall of frozen organic and traditional fruits and vegetables. We are performing this voluntary recall in cooperation with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) because these products have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. This expanded recall of frozen vegetables includes all of the frozen organic and traditional fruit and vegetable products manufactured or processed in CRF Frozen Foods’ Pasco facility since May 1, 2014. All affected products have the best by dates or sell by dates between April 26, 2016 and April 26, 2018. These include approximately 358 consumer products sold under 42 separate brands, the details of which are listed below. Products include organic and non-organic broccoli, butternut squash, carrots, cauliflower, corn, edamame, green beans, Italian beans, kale, leeks, lima beans, onions, peas, pepper strips, potatoes, potato medley, root medley, spinach, sweet potatoes, various vegetable medleys, blends, and stir fry packages, blueberries, cherries, cranberries, peaches, raspberries, and strawberries. For a complete list of affected products, see here.

CRF Frozen Foods Expands Voluntary Recall to Include All Frozen Vegetable and Fruit Products Due To Possible Health Risk

May 2, 2016 from the FDA
As a precaution, CRF Frozen Foods of Pasco, Washington is expanding its voluntary recall of frozen organic and traditional fruits and vegetables because these products have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
This expanded recall of frozen vegetables includes all of the frozen organic and traditional fruit and vegetable products manufactured or processed in CRF Frozen Foods' Pasco facility since May 1, 2014. All affected products have the best by dates or sell by dates between April 26, 2016 and April 26, 2018. These include approximately 358 consumer products sold under 42 separate brands, the details of which are listed below. Products include organic and non-organic broccoli, butternut squash, carrots, cauliflower, corn, edamame, green beans, Italian beans, kale, leeks, lima beans, onions, peas, pepper strips, potatoes, potato medley, root medley, spinach, sweet potatoes, various vegetable medleys, blends, and stir fry packages, blueberries, cherries, cranberries, peaches, raspberries, and strawberries. For a complete list of affected products see here.
The recalled brands include
Bybee's, Columbia River Organics, Northwest Growers Select, Organic by Nature and Canadian-Costco Wholesale Organic by Nature as well as private label products under the following labels: C.H. Belt's, Chef Maxwell, Correct Choice, Earth's Pride, Endico, Farmer's Bounty, Fiesta Mart, The Inn, Live Smart, Parade, O Organic, Panda Express, Pantry Essentials, Safeway Kitchens, Signature Kitchens, Trader Joe's, USDA, VIP, Wellsley Farms, JFDA Kernel Corns, McCain, Mity Fresh, Mountain Mist, Overhill Farms, Veggie Maria, Life Foods, Emerald Farms, Endico, Great Value, James Farm, Kirkland Signature, Price First, Quirch, Season's Choice, Simply Nature, True Goodness, Wild Oats and for export Woolworths Homebrand Frozen Peas.
Consumers who purchased these products may return them to the store where they were purchased for a refund, or simply discard them. Consumers with questions may call the company's consumer hotline at 844-483-3866, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time.
Products being recalled may have been purchased in all fifty U.S. states and the following Canadian Provinces: British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan.

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Publix Recalls Nut, Seed and Raisin Mix Due To Possible Health Risk

June 1, 2016 - From the FDA:

Publix Super Markets is issuing a voluntary recall for Nut, Seed and Raisin mix because it may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes. Publix received notification of the potential contamination from the sunflower seed supplier, Flagstone Foods, who were effected by an expanded recall of SunOpta. The containers of prepackaged nut, seed and raisin mix were sold at Publix retail produce departments in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee and North Carolina with a UPC of 000-41415-08886, 002-25143-00000, 004-00002-10396, and include all date lots.
Consumers who have purchased the products in question may return the product to their local store for a full refund. Publix customers with additional questions may call the Publix Consumer Relations department at 1-800-242-1227 or by visiting the website at www.publix.com. Customers can also contact the US Food and Drug Administration at 1-888-SAFEFOOD (1-888-723-3366).

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Clif Bar & Company Issues Voluntary Recall of Three Flavors: CLIF BAR Nuts & Seeds Energy Bars, CLIF BAR Sierra Trail Mix Energy Bars, and CLIF Mojo Mountain Mix Trail Mix Bars Due to Possible Health Risks

June 2, 2016 - From the FDA and the CFIA:

Emeryville, CA. Clif Bar & Company is initiating a voluntary recall of CLIF BAR® Nuts & Seeds energy bars, CLIF BAR® Sierra Trail Mix energy bars, and CLIF® Mojo® Mountain Mix® trail mix bars, sold nationally, after its ingredient supplier, SunOpta, was found to have distributed sunflower kernels that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes (L.mono).
Only the flavors meeting the following criteria are affected by the recall:

  • CLIF BAR® Nuts & Seeds energy bar all pack configurations with “best by” date ranges starting 08JUN16 through 21JAN17
  • CLIF BAR® Sierra Trail Mix energy bar all pack configurations with “best by” date ranges starting 05JUN16 through 24MAR17
  • CLIF® Mojo® Mountain Mix® trail mix bar all pack configurations with “best by” date ranges starting 16JUN16 through 02FEB17
    People who have purchased any of the above products are urged not to consume the products and to destroy it. All retailers who received the products are being contacted. Any questions can be directed to 1-888-851-8456.

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FURTHER EXPANDED Recall Period of Certain Sunflower Kernel Products Due to Possible Contamination by Listeria Monocytogenes

June 1, 2016 - From the FDA:

Acting out of an abundance of caution, SunOpta has decided to further expand its voluntary recall of certain sunflower kernel products due to the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
This further expanded recall includes certain sunflower kernel products originating from SunOpta’s facility in Crookston, Minn. between May 31, 2015 and January 31, 2016.
Recalled retail sunflower kernel items were sold in clear printed plastic packages and are marked with Best By Dates located on the front or back of the packages. Recalled snack bars were sold in boxes of 12 units. Listed below are details regarding the recalled items:
The recalled products are Sunrich Naturals Sunlower Kernels-Roasted and Salted, Sunrich Naturals Sunflower Kernels-Chili Lime, Sunrich Naturals Sunflower Kernels-Blazin’ Hot, Spitz Salted Sunflower Kernels (Only Available In Canada), Spitz Dill Pickle Sunflower Kernels (Only Available In Canada), Kar’s Sunflower Kernel Roasted and Salted, Planters Sunflower Kernels, and Navitas Naturals Superfood+ snack bars: Cacao Cranberry, Goji Acai, Hemp Peanut, Maca Maple.
A list of the recalled products is here
Recalled products were distributed to distribution centers in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin and Canada and may be redistributed to other states.
Consumers are urged not to consume these products. Consumers who purchased these products may take them back to the store where they purchased them for a refund or simply discard them. Consumers seeking information may email contactus@sunopta.com or call 1-888-886-4428 Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time.
Retailers and wholesale customers should check their inventories and shelves to confirm that none of the recalled products are present or available for purchase by consumers or in warehouse inventories. Please contact SunOpta at contactus@sunopta.com to arrange for disposal or return of the product.

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Meadow Gold Dairy in Boise Conducts Voluntary Recall of Whipping Cream and Half and Half Because of Possible Health Risk

June 1, 2016 - From the FDA:

The Meadow Gold Dairy plant in Boise is voluntarily recalling Meadow Gold brand Old Style Whipping Cream and Meadow Gold DairyPure brand Whipping Cream and Half and Half due to insufficient pasteurization. It is possible that pathogens present in raw milk, including Salmonella, Campylobacter, Listeria, and/or E. coli, may have survived and, if ingested, could cause serious or life threatening issues. Meadow Gold Dairy has received no reports of illnesses related to the affected product to date and is removing the product from the market. Distribution of the affected product was limited in scope. Therefore, consumers should only be concerned with products carrying the following Individual Universal Product Codes (UPCs) and plant code 16-05:

Size Name UPC # Code Date Plant Code
Pint Meadow Gold “Old Style” Whipping Cream 1570013313 06-24-16 16-05
Half Pint Meadow Gold DairyPure Whipping Cream 1570010018 06-24-16 16-05
Quart Meadow Gold DairyPure Whipping Cream 1570013210 06-24-16 16-05
Quart Meadow Gold DairyPure Half and Half 4190007913 06-17-16 16-05
Gallon Meadow Gold DairyPure Whipping Cream 1570016615 06-24-16 16-05

No other Meadow Gold Dairy products are affected by this recall.

The recall involves approximately 10,000 units of the affected product, which was distributed in four states including Idaho, Oregon, Wyoming and Utah through numerous retail outlets and food service settings. The company is actively notifying customers and is in the process of retrieving the affected product.

During a routine records review, we discovered that the product may have been under-processed. Meadow Gold Dairy has ceased distribution of the affected product and recovery is actively underway. Consumers who have this product should not consume it. They should discard it and may return the product package to the place of purchase for a full refund or exchange. Consumers with questions can contact the Company at 1-800-587-2259 Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm central time.

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Kashrus information on Dasani Sparkling Beverages

June 2, 2016 - From the Atlanta Kashruth Commission and confirmed by the OU:

Dasani Sparkling Beverages are OU certified. The OU symbol does not appear on some cans. Dasani has the OU symbol next to the date stamp on the inkjet until new cans with the OU symbol can be produced.

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