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.
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Announcement: Multistate Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Infections Likely Linked to Chopped Romaine from Yuma Growing Region (first posted April 17, 2018, updated 4/24/18)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration, along with state and local partners, are investigating a multistate outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses. While there have not yet been any formal product recalls related to this outbreak, preliminary information indicates that the chopped romaine lettuce that ill people ate was likely grown or originated from the winter growing areas in Yuma, Arizona. No specific grower, supplier, distributor, or brand has been identified at this time. As of April 18, 2018, there have been 53 persons from 16 states who have become infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7, including one person in Virginia.
Based on the most current information information, CDC is expanding its warning to consumers to cover all types of romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region. This warning now includes whole heads and hearts of romaine lettuce, in addition to chopped romaine and salads and salad mixes containing romaine. CDC is warning that consumers do not buy or eat romaine lettuce at a grocery store or restaurant unless you can confirm it is not from the Yuma, Arizona, growing region. Unless the source of the product is known, consumers anywhere in the United States who have any store-bought romaine lettuce at home should not eat it and should throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick. Product labels often do not identify growing regions; so, throw out any romaine lettuce if you’re uncertain about where it was grown.
Consumers who have symptoms of STEC infection should contact their health care provider to report their symptoms and receive care. Although many infections resolve in 5-7 days, they can result in serious illness, including a potentially serious condition called hemolytic uremic syndrome. The CDC, FDA, and other partners are continuing to investigate this outbreak and will share more information as it becomes available. For more information, visit CDC.gov and FDA.gov.
Announcement: Rose Acre Farms Recalls Shell Eggs Due to Possible Salmonella Braenderup Risk (posted April 15, 2018)
FDA.gov: Released April 13, 2018- Rose Acre Farms Recalls Shell Eggs Due to Possible Health Risk
Rose Acre Farms of Seymour, Indiana, is voluntarily recalling 206,749,248 eggs because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella Braenderup, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals infected with Salmonella Braenderup can experience symptoms including fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella Braenderup can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.
The eggs were distributed from the farm in Hyde County, North Carolina, and reached consumers in states including Virginia. Visit FDA.gov for more information on this voluntary recall, including lot codes of the affected eggs.
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.