How do you get Hepatitis A from frozen organic berries? Scary. The FDA is apparently investigating. At least 30 people in five states have been sickened included in Arizona. The berries are sold by Costco, possibly more stores will be added to the list. Stay tuned. Read the full article here.
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The ice cream recall is directed at people with nut allergies; otherwise the ice cream is safe.
from the press release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 6 , 2012 – The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) said today it is recalling select containers of Kroger Deluxe French Vanilla Ice Cream sold at the company’s Dillons, King Soopers/City Market, Fry’s Food and Smith’s Food & Drug operating divisions in 11 states because it may contain pecans not listed on the label.
Customers should return the product to stores for a full refund or replacement.
People who are allergic to pecans could have a serious or life-threatening reaction if they consume this product. For consumers who are not allergic to pecans, there is no safety issue with the product.
Dillons, Gerbes, Bakers, Fry’s, King Soopers, City Market and Smith’s stores in the following states are included in this recall: Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.
Not included in this recall are Kroger, Ralphs, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer and QFC stores.
Kroger is recalling the following ice cream: Kroger Deluxe French Vanilla Ice Cream sold in 48 fluid ounce cartons with a “sell by” date of June 12, 2013 under the following UPC Code: 11110 50718. Kroger has removed affected items from store shelves and initiated its customer recall notification system that alerts customers who may have purchased recalled Class 1 products through register receipt tape messages and phone calls.
Consumers who have questions about this recall may contact Kroger toll-free at 800-KROGERS (800-576-4377). For more information, please visit the website.
Kroger, one of the world’s largest retailers, employs more than 339,000 associates who serve customers in 2,425 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 31 states under two dozen local banner names including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Jay C, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith’s. The company also operates 788 convenience stores, 342 fine jewelry stores, 1,124 supermarket fuel centers and 37 food processing plants in the U.S. Recognized by Forbes as the most generous company in America, Kroger supports hunger relief, breast cancer awareness, the military and their families, and more than 30,000 schools and grassroots organizations. Kroger contributes food and funds equal to 160 million meals a year through more than 80 Feeding America food bank partners. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber’s Million Dollar Club.
Not one but two black licorice makers tested for too much lead. Some Arizona distribution is in the mix.
On August 21, 2012 there was a voluntary recall Red Vines Black Licorice Twists made by the American Licorice Company. The affected product in this recall is only for the one-pound bags of Red Vines Black Licorice with a “Best Before Date 020413″.
The ingredients for black licorice are molasses, wheat flour, corn syrup, caramel coloring, licorice extract, salt, and anise flavor. So where does the lead come from?
On their website, American Licorice Company says their products are made in the United States but some ingredients may be reprocessed elsewhere. To their credit, there is a good Q&A dialogue going on between customers and the company.
According to their website, and to answer someone’s question posed:
“Thanks for your question. Lead is a naturally occurring element on the planet, and as such, tiny traces of the element are present in many foods and beverages including drinking water. The amounts present in most food and beverages, including our candy, are so small they have to be measured in parts per million. The FDA and California Department of Public Health (CDPH) have guidelines about the levels of lead that is considered safe for consumption so that they can ensure safety for the public food supply, specifically for children under six and pregnant women who are most susceptible to health issues from lead exposure. Below is a link from the FDA with more information on lead in candy products.”
Here’s the FDA website for more info
People are asking for the distribution list and that seems unavailable a/o this writing.
However, another astute person says that a competitor recently had their black licorice recalled because of the same problem. “Two separate firms, making similar products, have recalls for similar time frames? Some common, but specific material, may be suspect?”
On August 10, second candy manufacturer Lucky Country Inc. recalled one lot of Lucky Country Aussie Style Soft Gourmet Black Licorice with Natural Ingredients from Costco and Smart & Final stores located in California, Arizona, and Utah due to elevated levels of lead.