Recalls are actions taken by a firm to remove a product from the market. Recalls may be conducted on a firm’s own initiative, by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, or by the US Food & Drug Administration.
National Recall Information
Recent Recalls Relevant to Virginia*
Announcement: Voluntary Recall of Panera Bread Cream Cheese Due to Potential Listeria monocytogenes Risk (posted January 30, 2018)
FDA.gov: Released January 28, 2018- Panera Bread Preemptively Recalls All 2 oz. and 8 oz. Cream Cheese Products
While there have been no reported illnesses, out of an abundance of caution, Panera Bread is conducting a nationwide preemptive, voluntary recall of all 2 oz. and 8 oz. cream cheese products sold in its U.S. bakery-cafes. This recall was initiated after samples of one variety of 2 oz. cream cheese from a single production day showed a positive result for the presence of Listeria monocytogenes. Tests on cream cheese samples manufactured both before and after the production run in question have all come back negative.
Despite the finding in only one day of production, Panera Bread is issuing a voluntary recall of all varieties of the 2 oz. and 8 oz. cream cheese. The products included in the recall are all varieties (refer to the FDA link above) of unexpired 2 oz. and 8 oz. cream cheese products with an expiration date on or before 4/2/18. This recall only affects cream cheese sold in Panera Bread United States bakery cafes and does not affect Panera Bread Canadian bakery cafes or any other Panera Bread food products.
According to the FDA, Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, 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 and stillbirths among pregnant women.
Visit FDA.gov for more information on this voluntary recall, including affected cream cheese varieties.
Announcement: National Frozen Foods Corporation Recalls Multiple Brands of Frozen Green Beans and Frozen Mixed Vegetables (posted January 25, 2018)
FDA.gov: Released January 24, 2018- National Frozen Foods Corporation Recalls Frozen Green Beans and Frozen Mixed Vegetables Because of Possible Health Risk
National Frozen Foods Corporation (NFFC) is voluntarily recalling a limited quantity of Not-Ready-To Eat Individually Quick Frozen (IQF) green beans and IQF mixed vegetables because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, 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 and stillbirths among pregnant women. Following cooking preparation instructions on the labels of master cases or packages will effectively reduce the risk of exposure to this bacterium.
The FDA is advising that consumers should not consume affected products. Consumers who purchased affected products may return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-253-8269, Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Pacific Time).
Visit FDA.gov for more information on this recall, including brands and lot codes listed on the packaging for affected products.
*This section includes information related to food products that have been either formally recalled by the manufacturer or the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as well as food products related to foodborne illness outbreaks that may or may not have been officially recalled at the time of posting.