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Watts Brothers Farms Organic Mixed Vegetables, Organic Super Sweet Corn, And Organic Peas And Trader Joe's Organic Super Sweet Corn Recalled Because Of Possible Health Risk

May 5, 2016 from the FDA:
ConAgra Foods is voluntarily recalling Watts Brothers Farms Organic Mixed Vegetables, Organic Super Sweet Corn (Yellow/Gold), and Organic Peas and Trader Joe’s Organic Super Sweet Corn due to the potential for these products to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. This voluntary action is being undertaken because the Watts Brothers and Trader Joe’s recalled products contain vegetables that are part of the recent CRF Frozen Foods recall.
Products covered by this recall were distributed in the U.S. Watts Brothers Farms products were sold at Costco and Trader Joe’s products were sold at Trader Joe’s. Specific product names and information are listed below. No other ConAgra Foods or Watts Brothers retail branded products are impacted by this recall. Watts Brothers Farms Products: The Best Before Date and Package Code is located on the back of the package above the zipper. The HH:MM portion of the Package Code indicates the time product was made and varies by package. Please refer to the attached photographs for examples.

UPC Product Name  Net Weight Best Before Date  Package Code
681241053484 Watts Brothers
Farms Organic
Mixed Vegetables
5 lbs  Best Before 09/30/16
Best Before 10/01/16
Best Before 10/16/16
Best Before12/11/16
Best Before 12/12/16
Best Before 12/16/16
Best Before 12/17/16
Best Before 01/20/17
Best Before 01/21/17
Best Before 01/24/17
Best Before 02/03/17
Best Before 02/12/17
Best Before 02/26/17
Best Before 03/31/17
Best Before 04/17/17
Best Before 04/24/17
Best Before 04/25/17
Best Before 05/08/17
Best Before 05/12/17
Best Before 05/26/17
Best Before 05/27/17
Best Before 08/07/17
Best Before 08/27/17
Best Before 08/28/17
Best Before 09/01/17
Best Before 10/22/17
Best Before 10/23/17
Best Before 10/24/17
Best Before 10/25/17
Best Before 10/26/17
Best Before 01/14/18
Best Before 01/25/18
Best Before 02/02/18
Best Before 02/09/18
Best Before 02/10/18
Best Before 02/26/18
Best Before 03/12/18
Best Before 03/30/18
Best Before 03/31/18
Best Before 04/05/18
Best Before 04/06/18
Best Before 04/13/18
Best Before 04/22/18
6180 09 30 16 HH:MM
6180 10 01 16 HH:MM
6180 10 16 16 HH:MM
6180 12 11 16 HH:MM
6180 12 12 16 HH:MM
6180 12 16 16 HH:MM
6180 12 17 16 HH:MM
6180 01 20 17 HH:MM
6180 01 21 17 HH:MM
6180 01 24 17 HH:MM
6180 02 03 17 HH:MM
6180 02 12 17 HH:MM
6180 02 26 17 HH:MM
6180 03 31 17 HH:MM
6180 04 17 17 HH:MM
6180 04 24 17 HH:MM
6180 04 25 17 HH:MM
6180 05 08 17 HH:MM
6180 05 12 17 HH:MM
6180 05 26 17 HH:MM
6180 05 27 17 HH:MM
6180 08 07 17 HH:MM
6180 08 27 17 HH:MM
6180 08 28 17 HH:MM
6180 09 01 17 HH:MM
6180 10 22 17 HH:MM
6180 10 23 17 HH:MM
6180 10 24 17 HH:MM
6180 10 25 17 HH:MM
6180 10 26 17 HH:MM
6180 01 14 18 HH:MM
6180 01 25 18 HH:MM
6180 02 02 18 HH:MM
6180 02 09 18 HH:MM
6180 02 10 18 HH:MM
6180 02 26 18 HH:MM
6180 03 12 18 HH:MM
6180 03 30 18 HH:MM
6180 03 31 18 HH:MM
6180 04 05 18 HH:MM
6180 04 06 18 HH:MM
6180 04 13 18 HH:MM
6180 04 22 18 HH:MM
681241153986 Watts Brothers Farms
Organic Super Sweet Corn
(Yellow/Gold)
5 lbs Best Before 03/18/17
Best Before 04/09/17
Best Before 04/13/17
Best Before 04/14/17
Best Before 04/29/17
Best Before 05/18/17
Best Before 05/19/17
Best Before 05/28/17
Best Before 06/12/17
6180 03 18 17 HH:MM
6180 04 09 17 HH:MM
6180 04 13 17 HH:MM
6180 04 14 17 HH:MM
6180 04 29 17 HH:MM
6180 05 18 17 HH:MM
6180 05 19 17 HH:MM
6180 05 28 17 HH:MM
6180 06 12 17 HH:MM
681241054023 Watts Brothers Farms
Organic Peas
5 lbs Best Before 11/23/16
Best Before 11/24/16
Best Before 11/25/16
Best Before 12/1/16
Best Before 04/24/17
Best Before 10/21/17
Best Before 11/26/17
6180 11 23 16 HH:MM
6180 11 24 16 HH:MM
6180 11 25 16 HH:MM
6180 12 1/ 16 HH:MM
6180 04 24 17 HH:MM
6180 10 21 17 HH:MM
6180 11 26 17 HH:MM

Trader Joe's Products

The Package Code is located on the back of the package. The HH in the Package Code indicates the time the product was made and varies by package. Please refer to the attached photographs for examples.

UPC Product Name  Net Weight Package Code
0029 9633 Trader Joe's Organic Super Sweet Cut Corn 16 oz 6180 03237HH
6180 03247HH
6180 06287HH
6180 06297HH
6180 06307HH
6180 07137HH
6180 08117HH
6180 08127HH
6180 08137HH

Consumers who have purchased these items are advised to discard them or return them to the store where originally purchased. ConAgra Foods is working with its customers to ensure the packages are removed from store shelves and are no longer distributed. Consumers with questions should call our Consumer Affairs hotline at (800) 881-3989, open 9 am through 7 pm CDT, Monday through Friday.

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Kosher Alert Marina Tuna

May 5, 2016 from the OU: Marina Tuna Chunks in Sunflower Oil, Marina Group, Hebron Israel bear an unauthorized OU:
The Orthodox Union generally certifies Marina Tuna Chunks in Sunflower Oil, however, Marina Tuna Chunks bearing the following codes were manufactured without OU supervision and bear an unauthorized OU:
MN5INN ALNNBAZ together with any of the following codes 8EB10; 9ABCK; 9AB3K; 9A9CK; 9ACCM; 9AC3M; 9AD3M; 9ADCM; 9AECM; 9AE3M; 9AFCM; 9AF3M; 9AC3K; 9ACCK; 9AD3K; 9ADCK; 9AE3K; 9AECK; 9AF3K; 9AFCK; 9ALCK; 9AM3K. This product is sold in the West Bank.

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Kosher Alert Natural Treats

April 15, 2016 from the Central Rabbinical Congress:
"Due to kashrus violations we removed our supervision from

'Natural Treats', Fresh Made Juices
769 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205
3801 13th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11218

We have no responsibility on their products anymore."

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Sunflower Kernel Products (Multiple brands) Recalled for Listeria (US/Nationwide)

May 4, 2016From StopfoodbourneIllness.com
Multiple brands of products containing sunflower kernals from SunOpta including: Planters Sunflower Kernels, Dakota’s Best Biggy’z Roasted and Salted Kernels, Giant Eagle (bulk – three central Ohio area Market District stores), Kroger Cranberry Delight Trail Mix, Kroger Sunflower Kernels, Kroger Salad Toppers Sunflower Kernels, Brown & Haley brand Mountain Thins “Trail Mix” flavor have been recalled because they may contain Listeria monocytogenes.

Recall of Certain Sunflower Kernel Products Due to Possible Listeria Monocytogenes

May 4, 2016 from the FDA
SunOpta is voluntarily recalling a limited number of sunflower kernel products that have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
The products were produced at SunOpta’s Crookston, Minn. facility between the dates of February 1, 2016 and February 19, 2016. No illnesses have been reported to date, but in an abundance of caution SunOpta is recalling the products.
Recalled retail items were sold in clear printed plastic packages and are marked with Best By Dates located on the front or back of the packages. Listed below are details regarding the recalled items:

Product DescriptionSizeUPCLot #Best By Date
Dakota’s Best Biggy’s Roasted and Salted Kernels16 oz.834648001484FEB-11-17C202/11/2017
Planters Sunflower Kernels3 oz.0290000127147065A3, 7065B3, 7065C3
7066A3, 7066B3, 7066C3
7067A3, 7067B3, 7067C3
03/06/2017
03/07/2017
03/08/2017

Recalled products were distributed to distribution centers between February 22, 2016 and February 25, 2016 in Illinois and North Dakota, and may be redistributed to other states nationwide.

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 1-877-237-4374 Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Central 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 SunOpta at contactus@sunopta.com to arrange for disposal or return of the product.

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Brown & Haley Issues Voluntary Recall of Mountain Thins "Trail Mix" Flavor Because of Possible Health Risk

May 4, 2016 from the FDA
Brown & Haley of Tacoma, Washington is taking the precautionary measure of voluntarily recalling certain lots of Mountain Thins "Trail Mix" flavor that may be impacted by sunflower seeds contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
Brown & Haley was notified by our supplier of sunflower seeds of the possibility that some sunflower seeds provided to Brown & Haley may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
Mountain Thins "Trail Mix" flavor was distributed to select retail stores nationwide. Lots being recalled were distributed between March 7, 2016 and April 25, 2016, and are listed below.

Product Name Size UPC Code Lot Codes Best By Date
Mountain Thins "Trail Mix" flavor 5.3 oz. stand-up film pouch (resealable) 0 41770 33370 7 O07O610, O07O620
O08O610, O08O620
O09O610, O09O620
O10O610, O10O620
O11O610
O16O610
W11W610, W11W620
W14W610
W15W610
3/7/2017
3/8/2017
3/9/2017
3/10/2017
3/11/2017
3/16/2017
4/11/2017
4/14/2017
4/15/2017
 

Retailers and wholesalers should remove the recalled products from their shelves and contact their sales representative or broker for return authorization.

Consumers should not consume the recalled 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 sweets@brown-haley.com or call 1-800-426-8400 ext. 3085, Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Pacific Time.

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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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Vitalicious Issues Allergy Alert For Undeclared Milk In SELECT Apple Crumb VitaTops

May 2, 2016 from the FDA
Vitalicious Acquisition LLC, of Jamaica, NY, is voluntarily recalling select lots of VITALICIOUS Apple Crumb VitaTops because they may contain undeclared milk.
The VITALICIOUS Apple Crumb VitaTops were sold nationwide directly to consumers via online ordering only, not sold in stores and began shipping on March 21, 2016.
The affected VITALICIOUS Apple Crumb VitaTops are packed in a clear plastic film, NET WT. 2 oz. (55g) with the following LOT CODES and sold frozen in cases of 12 units, 24 units, or variety packs:

  • VitaTops APPLE CRUMB LOT 16 075 C (stamped on top of film)
  • VitaTops APPLE CRUMB LOT 16 078 C (stamped on top of film)

No other VITALICIOUS brand products are included in this recall action.
There has been one reported illness to date.
The voluntary recall was initiated after it was discovered that the incorrect ingredient statement which failed to declare the presence of milk was included with the Apple Crumb VitaTops online orders. The company has revised the ingredient statement to declare the presence of milk. Consumers who have an allergy to milk and are in possession of the affected Apple Crumb lot codes are encouraged to dispose of it, and contact the company for a refund. Consumers with questions may call Vitalicious at 718-439-0200 ext. 627, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EDT or by email to: julie@vitalicious.com.
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Kashrus alert on ERNIE & ELLIE’S

March 17, 2016 - The MK wishes to inform the public that the MK has withdrawn their certification from ERNIE & ELLIE’S and all products produced by them.

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7-Eleven Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Peanut in Fresh Fully Baked Chocolate Chunk, Sugar and Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

April 29, 2016 from the FDA
7-Eleven, Inc. of Irving, TX is recalling fully baked chocolate chunk, sugar and oatmeal raisin cookies produced by CSM Bakery Solutions frozen cookie pucks because they may contain undeclared peanut.
Fully baked cookies prepared from frozen pucks were distributed and sold prior to Friday, April 22 at 45 7-Eleven stores in Missouri, South Carolina and Texas.
Chocolate chunk, sugar and oatmeal raisin cookies are sold fresh in a self-serve bakery case or within a countertop self-serve, acrylic case. There is no UPC code or label attached to these cookies.
7-Eleven was notified that these products may contain undeclared peanut by its supplier and has pulled all fully baked and frozen cookie pucks provided by CSM Bakery Solutions from our stores until the issue with our supplier is resolved.
Consumers who have purchased the above are urged to discard. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-255-0711, Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm EDT.

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The Republic of Tea Issues Voluntary Recall of Organic Turmeric Ginger Green Tea

April 29, 2016 from the FDA
The Republic of Tea is dedicated to the health and wellness of each and every citizen (customer). As such, we are issuing a voluntary recall of our Organic Turmeric Ginger Green Tea in response to a possible health risk.
The Republic of Tea was notified by one of our suppliers, of the possibility that one lot of its organic ginger ingredient may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria.
The organic ginger supplier reported this finding from another customer. The Republic of Tea and the organic ginger supplier have conducted their own investigations and have tested numerous samples of organic ginger by accredited independent third party laboratories and confirmed the absence of Salmonella.
Despite the fact it was confirmed that there is no Salmonella in the organic ginger that was tested, The Republic of Tea is taking the precautionary measure to recall the following Organic Turmeric Ginger Green Tea:

  • Organic Turmeric Ginger Green Tea – 50 CT Tin
    • UPC: 7-42676-40355-5 – Best Sipped by March 23, 2018
  • Organic Turmeric Ginger – 250 CT Bulk Bag
    • UPC: 7-42676-30655-9 – Best Sipped by March 23, 2018
  • Organic Turmeric Ginger – 250 CT Bulk Bag
    • UPC: 7-42676-30655-9 – Best Sipped by April 13, 2018
  • Organic Turmeric Ginger – 50 CT Refill Bag
    • UPC: 7-42676-42155-9 – Best Sipped by March 23, 2018

Citizens may return Organic Turmeric Ginger Green Tea to The Republic of Tea for a replacement tea, or for a full refund.
For questions and concerns teasafety@republicoftea.com or call 1-800-298-4832, Monday-Friday between the hours of 8:00am-5:00pm CST.
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