This Week’s Food Recalls

While this week began with a focus on undeclared milk, the latter part brings about a new batch of food recalls, for various issues.

Falcon Trading Company, Inc./SunRidge Farms has announced the voluntary recall of their All Natural Milk Chocolate Cranberries, as they may contain Toffee and/or Peanuts. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the recalled product, but symptoms may include: hives, tingling in the mouth, swelling in the tongue and throat, difficulty breathing, abdominal cramps, vomiting or diarrhea, eczema or rash, coughing or wheezing, loss of consciousness or dizziness. This recall does not include all distributed products, only the 6.5 oz and the 10 pound packages of their All Natural Milk Chocolate Cranberries.

Next on this week’s list of recalls are avocado products from Fine Mexican Food Products, Inc. (FMP). While there are no reported illnesses with this product either, FMP is recalling them out of an abundance of caution. The affected products include 12/2 lb. Frozen Avocado Pulp and IQF 8/3 lb. IQF Avocado Halves that have been distributed since June of 2010. There is a possibility that these products may be contaminated with Listeria Monocytogenes. Also recalled for potential Listeria, Jensen Farms of Holly, Colorado has recalled their shipments of Rocky Ford whole cantaloupes due to potential Listeria. Listeria is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Symptoms may include: high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Last to be recalled, as of this blog entry anyway, are the 10 pound containers of Fresh Hot Basil herb, distributed by Sanith Ourn Farm. The recalled products were shipped to Washington, Oregon, and Rhode Island, only, and pertains to shipments made on August 23, 2011 and August 30, 2011. Retailers may have bundled or wrapped the hot basil in small foam trays, prior to placing on retail shelves. This too, has no reported illnesses, however it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Salmonella, has we have written before, is a dangerous organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. Symptoms can include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections and arthritis.

Earlier this week, there was also a chocolate recall that we wrote about on Monday.

Of course, the week’s not over. But hopefully summarizing the week early will make these the last food recalls of the week……whoops, we spoke too soon….

Consumers who have purchased any of these products should return them immediately to the location from which the items were purchased.