9/7/2005 – The majority of recent product recalls initiated by the FDA have focused on undeclared ingredients and potential instances of contamination in packaged foods.
For example, Oregon-based Harry & David Operations has recalled 1,400 bags of Spiced Apple Almonds, because of contain undeclared milk.
The bags of Spiced Apple Almonds were distributed throughout the United States, and feature a “Best if used by” date of 07/28/06.
The recall was initiated after it was discovered that product containing milk products were distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of milk products. Subsequent investigation indicates the problem was caused by a data entry error.
In addition, E.D. Smith USA has recalled 16 ounce bottles of “Classic Sensation and Garden Goodness Honey Dijon Dressing” because they may contain undeclared milk and egg.
The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the milk and egg-containing product was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of milk and egg. Subsequent investigation indicates the two ingredients (milk, egg) were not on the ingredient statement of the package.
People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk products run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.
Michigan-based House of Flavors has recalled batches of Shurfine brand Butterscotch Twirl 1/2 Gallon Ice Cream, because it contains undeclared peanut butter. As with milk, people who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction.
The recall was initiated after a consumer reported that the product contained peanut butter and that the packaging did not reveal the presence of peanut butter. Subsequent investigation indicated a packaging mix-up.
Instances of potential contamination have also resulted in recent product recalls. Oklahoma-based Allison’s Gourmet Kitchens has recalled BBQ Beans because of potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.
The recalled product was distributed to retail and food service outlets in Illinois, Oklahoma and Texas. The product was packaged under the Allison’s Deli Fresh label.
In addition, Latin Food Group of Miami, Florida has recalled 25 40-lb. cases of its Queso Seco Cheese because the product may also be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
The contamination was detected in a 12 oz. package of cheese with an “El Puro” label, which may have been provided to the distributor by Latin Food Group.
The bacteria was discovered during a routine sampling of cheese by the Florida Department of Agriculture in a grocery store located in Palm Beach County Florida on 2 August 2005.
Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.