Extension Teaches Food Safety & Nutrition Classes

The following Agriculture & Natural Resources and Family & Consumer Science articles originally published in the 2017 Report to the People and reprinted in the 2017 Winter edition of the Oldham County Extension Newsletter.

Food Safety in Oldham County

Oldham and surrounding counties are home to many farmers markets, roadside farm markets, and community supported agriculture sites. Additionally, some farms sell to grocery stores and restaurants. A concern for producers and consumers is safe production, harvest, handling, and storage of food to minimize risk of microbial and other contaminant-related sicknesses.

farmers market produce

The University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service and Kentucky Department of Agriculture developed Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) guidelines to reduce the likelihood of produce contamination. It focuses on safe techniques and inputs on all levels of the farm to fork food chain. Farmers that utilize GAP principles in their production proactively take steps to reduce the possibility of producing unsafe food products. County Extension Offices provide GAP training to producers throughout the state.

From 2008 to 2017:

  • Oldham County Extension has provided 15 GAP training sessions to 56 producers.
  • These producers sell products in at least 44 markets, community supported agriculture sites, grocery stores, and restaurants.
  • These producers sell in Oldham, Jefferson, Henry, Shelby, Trimble, and Barren counties.

At a conservative estimate of 500 consumers reached through each market, this represents a minimum of 22,000 consumers purchasing foods that have been safely produced by local farmers. GAP is an ongoing training program offered periodically throughout the year at Oldham County Extension, with training verified through the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

oc canning classes

Oldham County Extension also targets food safety during canning classes. Following Canning Boot Camp in June 2017, twenty-five Oldham Countians reported that they could identify research-based methods for home food preservation, safe methods of canning low and high acid foods, and signs of spoilage in home canned goods. Participants with intermediate to skilled canning experience indicated plans to increase the amount of food that they canned.

Stretching Your Food Dollars

Although Oldham County is one of Kentucky’s healthiest and wealthiest counties, over 5,100 residents live in poverty. Struggling Oldham County residents learn food budgeting tips at the Oldham County Extension office.

Over the past year, the FCS agent taught a series of seven Economical Entrée classes for Extension Homemakers and the general public. This “train the trainer” program reached more than 1,533 people in Oldham and surrounding counties. Post-lesson survey results showed that 99% of participants understood the entrée’s role according to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 95% could identify economical proteins, and 94% felt confident planning meals using economical entrees. A six month follow-up survey revealed 89% of participants use new skills to prepare economical entrees at home and estimate saving $25.00 or more on monthly food expenses.

economical entrees

Extension programming emphasizes utilizing available resources to help provide nutritious food for a growing family. In 2013, Sheila N. attended a series of “Cooking on a Budget” classes that were held at the Oldham County Extension office. Her husband being an avid hunter, Sheila was looking for ways to make meals with the wild game that her family would find more appealing. Along with meal planning and money-saving strategies, the FCS agent provided easy and economical recipes that included venison and other wild game. Recently, Sheila reported that her family now boasts that they have the most delicious meals using wild game. Plus, Sheila has been able to be a stay at home mom and provide care for her children.

To help support individuals and families in tough economic times, Oldham County Extension partners with the Dare To Care Food Bank to provide economic cooking and nutrition classes using the foods donated to the mobile pantry. Participants learn about preparing healthy recipes, meal planning, buying vegetables and fruit in season, and other ways to stretch a food budget. Of the 70 plus families that receive supplemental food each month, more than 40% report using recipes and tips to save an average of $20.00 a week.

Inmates Pursue Healthier Lifestyles

The National Institute on Drug Abuse asserts that successful addiction treatment helps an addict become drug-free, stay drug-free, and be productive member of the family. In an effort to address the latter, the Oldham County Extension EFNEP assistant partnered with Roederer Correctional Complex to bring nutrition education to their substance abuse program. Lessons from the Healthy Choices curriculum focus on helping prepare inmates for a healthier lifestyle upon returning to their families.

Since the fall of 2016, approximately 60 participants have learned how to use nutrition labels to find healthy food choices for their families, proper food safety techniques, and stretch food dollars. Extension also provides low-salt, low-sugar versions of common recipes, such as Bean and Corn Salsa for healthier tailgating.

healthy food choices

Multiple participants noted the importance in keeping a daily food journal, especially in the case of previous health issues. One man expressed his hope that his diabetic wife could use this strategy to improve her eating habits.

Written by Chris Duncan, Oldham County Extension Family & Consumer Science Agent; Lauren State Fernandez, Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant; Traci Missun, Oldham County Extension Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent; and Sherry Ragsdale, Expanded Food and Nutrition Program Assistant.

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Recall Alert: Granola, Macadamia Nuts, Nut Butters, Dog Treats

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Wildway Grain-Free Granola Recalled

Wildway LLC issued a voluntary recall for multiple grain-free granola products. This recall follows notification by an ingredient supplier that one of the granola ingredients may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria can cause serious (sometimes fatal) illness in children, the elderly, and other people with weakened immune systems. Symptoms may include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Additionally, Listeria infections can cause pregnant women to suffer miscarriages and stillbirths.

Affected products can be identified by lot codes and “Best By” dates. These recalled granola products were distributed nationwide.

Product Size Lot Codes Best By
Wildway Apple Cinnamon Grain-free Granola
(UPC: 85866005190)
8 oz. 096
097
040618
040718
Wildway Apple Cinnamon Grain-free Granola
(UPC: 864352000015)
10 oz. 097 040718
Wildway Banana Nut Grain-free Granola
(UPC: 858660005176)
8 oz. 089
096
100
033018
040618
041018
Wildway Coconut Cashew Grain-free Granola
(UPC: 858660005183)
8 oz. 090
096
101
103117
110617
111117
Wildway Coconut Cashew Grain-free Granola 10 oz. 090
096
102
103117
110617
111117
Wildway Vanilla Bean Espresso Grain-free Granola
(UPC: 858660005206)
8 oz. 089
090
033018
033118

Wildway issued the following statement concerning this food recall:

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Consumers should discontinue use of the product listed above and may return the product to the retail establishment it was purchased at for a refund. Consumers with further questions or concerns may call Customer Care at 1-844-617-8240 which is open 8:30am-5:30pm CST, Monday to Friday and you can leave a message after hours.

Kroger Expands Nut Recall

Kroger recently expanded the Simple Truth Dry Roasted Macadamia Nuts recall, originally recalled due to potential Listeria contamination. The recalled macadamia nuts come in a 12 ounce package. Consumers can find the expiration dates on the side of the clear plastic packaging: Dec. 09, 2017; Mar. 02, 2018; Mar. 03, 2018; or Apr. 07, 2018. The UPC is 11110-02478. Recalled nuts products were distributed between December 9, 2016 and June 13, 2017.

recalled macadamia nuts

This macadamia nut recall includes the following distributors: Baker’s, City Market, Copps, Dillons, Food 4 Less, Foods Co., Fred Meyer, Fry’s, Gerbes, Jay C, King Soopers, Kroger, Metro Market, Owen’s, Pay Less, QFC, Ralphs, Ruler Foods, Pick ‘N Save, and Smith’s.

If you purchased a package of recalled Simple Truth Macadamia Nuts, cease consumption of the affected product immediately.

Almond Bars Recalled

GoMacro initiated a recall of specific lots of MacroBars and Thrive Bars following a message from their almond supplier that the almond ingredient may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Recalled MacroBars and Thrive Bars may have been distributed (nationwide as well as internationally) to retail stores and via mail order and direct delivery.

recalled nuts bars

Name of Product Unit Size Best By Date UPC Lot Code
Coconut + Almond Butter + Chocolate Chips MacroBar 2.3 oz (65g) 1/3/2018,
1/10/2018,
1/16/2018,
1/26/2018,
2/6/2018
853555006689 3516,
3525,
3536,
3553,
3571
Coconut + Almond Butter + Chocolate Chips Mini MacroBar 0.9 oz (25g) 1/16/2018,
2/6/2018
853555006719 3537,
3570
Chocolate, Nuts & Sea Salt Thrive Bar 1.4 oz (40g) 2/6/2018,
2/9/2018
853555006504 3569,
3576
1.4 oz (40g) 2/6/2018 853555006528 3568

Recalled nut bars can be identified by “best by” dates, UPCs, and lot codes. These numbers can be found on the side panel of the products in question. Consumers who have bought products affected by this recall are encouraged to return them to place of purchase and exchange them for full refunds.

Nutty Infusions Recall Expanded

nut butter recalled

Specific lots of Nutty Infusions nut butters are being recalled due to possibility of Listeria contamination. The FDA found evidence that a supplier’s facility may have been contaminated during production of the nut butters. Only two flavors of the Ellyndale Nutty Infusions are affected by this recall: Roasted Almond Butter and Mango Chili Cashew Butter.

Description Lot Number Best By Date
Ellyndale® Nutty Infusions™ Roasted Almond Butter, 10 oz. plastic jars 2124119 2/18
Ellyndale® Nutty Infusions™ Mango Chili Cashew Butter, 10 oz. plastic jars 2125156 3/19

This is an expansion of a previous recall: original nut butter recall.

Frozen Scomber Fish Recalled

“The Duck” brand of “frozen steamed scomber fish” is under recall. During routine sampling, the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets found that the frozen fish had not been properly eviscerated before it was processed. The viscera is the most likely part of the fish to cause concentrated amounts of Clostridium botulinum spores which cause botulism.

Botulism is a serious illness that attacks the nervous system. Botulism symptoms include double or blurred vision, drooping eyelids, difficulty swallowing, slurred speech, dry mouth, and muscle weakness. Symptoms usually show 18 to 36 hours after consuming contaminated food but can begin as soon as six hours after eating.

The recalled frozen fish have distributed to retail stores across the nation. The product in question comes in a styrofoam tray covered in clear plastic. The red label, which includes nutrition information, is marked “Product of Thailand.” UPC is 040459097206.

recalled fish

The FDA encourages consumers to return packages of steamed scomber fish to place of purchase. Questions may be directed to Willis Ocean Inc: 718-386-3053.

Protein Bars Recalled

Bulletproof 360 Inc is recalling specific protein bar and protein bite products due to a potential Listeria contamination. A cashew butter supplier recently discovered Listeria contamination in their facility. This recall is out of an abundance of caution, as the protein bars and bites were processed in a different part of the facility.

From April 7 to June 12, the recalled protein bars were distributed both to retail stores and online. All states may be affected as well as the following countries: Australia, Bahrain, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Cayman Islands, China, Finland, France, Germany, Guam, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Liechtenstein, Macau, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Virgin Islands (USA).

Consumers should view the protein product recall to determine whether or not they purchased recalled products. The company is shipping replacement protein bars and bites.

Dog Treats Recalled

Specific lots of Loving Pets dog treats are under recall due to potential Salmonella contamination. Salmonella is dangerous both to pets and the humans that handle the treats. Salmonella symptoms in humans include abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and fever. Pets suffering from Salmonella infections may also exhibit diarrhea, fever, vomiting, and lethargy.

Check the dog treats recall on the FDA’s website to determine whether or not you have bought an affected product.

Rawhide Dog Chews Recalled

Multiple brands of rawhide dog chews are being recalled by United Pet Group after finding that certain facilities are using a quaternary ammonium compound mixture during the manufacturing process. The United States has not approved the compound for use in producing rawhide chews for dogs. It is, however, approved to clean food processing equipment.

Diarrhea and vomiting has been reported in connection with this dog rawhide recall. Consumers primarily complain of the unpleasant smell exhibited by affected products. Recalled dog rawhides were distributed to retail stores nationwide as well as through online outlets.

American Beefhide, Digest-eeze, and Healthy Hide were all included in the recall. Consumers should view the rawhide dog chews recall to identify recalled products.

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Aldi’s Cashews Recalled

Specifics lots of Southern Grove Cashew Halves and Pieces with Sea Salt are under recall due to potential contamination of glass pieces. The affected product comes in an eight-ounce (227 gram) canister. It may be identified by UPC code 041498179366 and best by date of 11/27/18 or 11/28/18.

Aldi cashews recalled

The recalled cashews may have been distributed to Aldi stores in Washington D.C. as well as Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, and West Virginia.

Consumers should dispose of or return recalled packages of cashews for full refunds.

Queso Fresco Cheese Recall

Global Garlic Inc. recently expanded its recall of Queso Fresco cheese due to potential Listeria contamination. Listeria monocytogenes is an organism with the potential to cause serious (sometimes fatal) illness in children, the elderly, and other people with weakened immune systems.Symptoms include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Additionally, Listeria infections can cause pregnant women to suffer miscarriages and stillbirths.

The recalled cheese products were distributed in Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, and North Carolina. Identify affected products with the following information:

  • Recalled “Queso Fresco / Whole Milk” products come in sixteen ounce, clear plastic packaging. The UPC is 8-96211-00235-9, and an expiration date of September 19, 2017 is stamped on the side.
  • “Queso Fresco x LB (Barra)/Whole Milk Cheese” products are weighted around five to six pounds. It comes in clear, plastic packaging, lacking UPC number. The expiration date is June 17, 2017.
  • Customers who have purchased the recalled cheese products may return them for full refunds.

    Kroger Snack Kits Recalled

    Chef Club LLC initiated a voluntary recall of Retail Snack Kits due to the possibility that they were contaminated with Listeria. Affected products were processed on May 30 and 31 and can be identified using information from the following table.

    Name of Product Brand Name Unit Size Use By Dates UPC Lot Codes
    Veggie Tray with Apples Fresh Selections by Kroger 6.25 oz (177g) 06/11/2017 & 06/12/2017 1111091544 7150KT8
    Fruit Tray with Carrots Fresh Selections by Kroger 7 oz (198g) 06/11/2017 & 06/12/2017 1111091451 7150KT5, 7151KT3
    Veggie Tray with Pretzels Fresh Selections by Kroger 5.75 oz (163g) 06/11/2017 & 06/12/2017 1111091477 7150KT6, 7150KT8
    Veggie Tray with Snap Peas Fresh Selections by Kroger 6 oz (170g) 06/11/2017 & 06/12/2017 1111091484 7150KT7, 7150KT8
    Veggie Tray with Ranch Dip Fresh Selections by Kroger 6.75 oz (191g) 06/11/2017 & 06/12/2017 1111091472 7151KT3, 7150KT6
    Snack Tray with Almonds & Apples Fresh Selections by Kroger 5.75 oz (163g) 06/11/2017 & 06/12/2017 1111091481 7150KT5, 7150KT7
    Snack Tray with Baby Carrots, Sliced Apples, Raw Almonds, and Cheddar Bar Club Chef LLC 5.75 oz (163g) 06/11/2017 & 06/12/2017 0 1727800703 7 7150KT6
    Snack Tray with Peanut Butter (Celery Sticks, Sliced Apples, Peanut Butter and Raisins) Club Chef LLC 5.5 oz (155g) 06/11/2017 & 06/12/2017 0 17278 00704 4 715KT6
    Snack Tray with Sliced Apples, Almonds, Raisins and Caramel Dip Club Chef LLC 4 oz (113g) 06/11/2017 & 06/12/2017 0 1727800701 3 715KT6
    Veggie Tray with Carrots, Celery, Broccoli Florets and Ranch Dip Club Chef LLC 6.75 oz (191g) 06/11/2017 & 06/12/2017 0 1727800702 0 715KT6

    The recalled snack kits may have been distributed to Kroger stores in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia.

    Do not consume these recalled fruit and veggie trays. Questions can be directed to Club Chef at 866-458-3188.

    Summer 2017 FCS Events

    The following Agriculture & Natural Resources calendar printed in the Summer 2017 edition of the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

    All activities are held at the Oldham County Extension office unless otherwise noted.

    June FCS Calendar

    5 Homemaker Executive Board, 9:30 a.m.
    8 Canning Boot Camp, 6:30 p.m.
    9 Canning Boot Camp, 10:00 a.m.
    13 FCS Council, 10:00 a.m.
    16 Homemakers Club Reports due to Extension Office
    21 Dare to Care Cooking & Nutrition Class, La Grange Community Center, 1:00 p.m.
    30 Homemaker Volunteer Hours due to Extension Office

    July FCS Calendar

    4 Office closed for Independence Day
    10-12 Kids Cooking Camp
    19 Wednesday Quilters, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    19 Dare to Care Cooking & Nutrition Class, La Grange Community Center, 1:00 p.m.
    24 County Fair Entry Day (Non-Perishables), 1:00 – 7:00 p.m.
    25 County Fair Entry Day (Non-Perishables), 9:00 a.m. – noon
    31 County Fair Entry Day (Culinary), 9:00 a.m. – noon

    August FCS Calendar

    1-5 Oldham County Fair
    6 County Fair Entry Check Out, Oldham County Fairgrounds, noon – 2:00 p.m.
    8 Extension Foundation, 9:00 a.m.
    16 Dare to Care Cooking & Nutrition Class, La Grange Community Center, 1:00 p.m.
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    Recall Alert: EpiPens, Aldi’s Peas, Hunt’s Chili Kits

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    EpiPens Recalled

    Mylan is recalling EpiPens (epinephrine injections) and EpiPen Jrs due to potential defects. A defective EpiPen may require unnecessary force in order to deploy medicine, or in some cases, the device may altogether fail. Epinephrine, the drug injected by an EpiPen, is first aid treatment for an individual undergoing anaphylactic shock, or life-threatening allergic reaction.

    The recall was originally limited to Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Japan but has since expanded to include the United States. Outside of the United Stated, there have been two cases reported of individuals whose EpiPens failed during emergency situations. Both patients, fortunately, were able to use alternate EpiPens in order to obtain treatment.

    Both faulty EpiPens came from the same lot, but additional lots are now being recalled out of precaution. The potentially defective EpiPens were distributed between December 2015 and July 2016. Recalled lots in the United States are listed below.

    faulty epipens recalled

    The image below indicated where to find the lot number on an EpiPen package.

    recalling epipens

    Patients carrying recalled EpiPens are encouraged to return them for replacements, free of charge. The manufacturing company can also be contacted via 800-796-9526 or customer.service@mylan.com.

    Aldi’s Peas Recalled

    Just under two thousand packages of Season’s Choice Frozen Peas are being voluntarily recalled due to potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Listeria infections can be serious or even fatal in young children, the elderly, or other persons with weakened immune systems. Symptoms include high fever, nausea, stiffness, severe headache, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Pregnant women who are infected with Listeria may suffer miscarriages or stillbirths.

    The recalled frozen peas were distributed to Aldi Stores in Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and West Virginia. Identify the recalled product by its label code:

    Season’s Choice Sweet Peas, Net Weight 16 oz (1 LB) 454 g UPC code 041498164294

    Code: DC17038 PLAB6176 BEST BY 08 2018

    DC27038 PLAB6176 BEST BY 08 2018

    DC27038 BNAF7286 BEST BY 08 2018

    DC37038 BNAF7286 BEST BY 08 2018

    DC47038 PLAC6216 BEST BY 08 2018

    DC57038 PLAC6216 BEST BY 08 2018

    Consumers may returned recalled products to place of purchase for full refunds.

    Hunt’s Chili Kit Recalled

    On April 2, Conagra initiated a voluntary recall of its Hunt’s Chili Kits due to potential Salmonella contamination of the chili seasoning packets. Symptoms of a Salmonella infection include abdominal cramps, fever, and diarrhea. An otherwise healthy individual may recover without treatment, although some cases of severe diarrhea lead to hospitalization. Salmonella infections pose the greatest risk to infants, the elderly, and others with weakened immune systems.

    The recalled chili kits were distributed in retail stores and online, as well as through military commissaries, across the United States. Identify a recalled product via UPC and Manufacturing Lot Codes.

    Item Description UPC MFG/Lot Code Best By Date
    HUNT’S CHILI KIT 44.8OZ 20-0-27000-42063-2 3534619500 Apr 04, 2018
    HUNT’S CHILI KIT 44.8OZ 20-0-27000-42063-2 3534622200 May 01, 2018
    HUNT’S CHILI KIT 44.8OZ 20-0-27000-42063-2 3534619600 April 5, 2018

    The below picture demonstrates where to find the information that can be used to identify a recalled chili product.

    hunts recall

    March Food Recalls

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    Edamame (Soybean) Recall

    On March 16, Advanced Fresh Concepts (AFC) issued a recall for packaged Edamame (soybeans) due to the potential of Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Listeria infections can be serious, even fatal, in young children, the elderly, pregnant women, and other persons with weakened immune systems. Symptoms include fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. A Listeria infection can also cause a pregnant woman to suffer a miscarriage, stillbirth, or fetal infection.

    The recalled products were sold in eight ounce (227 gram) packages, labeled “Edamame – Soybeans in Pods” with UPC 0-23012-00261-9. Packaging also bears a date between January 1 and March 17 of this year. The recalled soybeans were distributed through sushi counters in grocery stores, cafeterias, and corporate dining centers in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Washington DC, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washing, and Wyoming.

    Recalled soybean packages are white with black and blue text:

    soybean recall

    Consumers who have purchased the recalled soybeans are encouraged to return packages to place of purchase for full refunds.

    Wellness Dog Food Recalled

    WellPet is voluntarily recalling a specific recipe of canned dog food topper due to elevated levels of beef thyroid hormone. Although beef thyroid hormone is naturally occurring, elevated levels may adversely affect your dog’s metabolism. Initial symptoms include anxiousness, increased heart rate, increased thirst, increased urination, and weight loss. Prolonged effects include vomiting, diarrhea, and rapid/difficulty breathing. If your dog has experienced any of these symptoms, contact your veterinarian.

    Wellness 95% Beef Topper For Dogs is the only recipe affected by this dog food recall. The product is sold in 13.2 ounce cans bearing Best By Dates of February 2, August 29, and August 30 of 2019. Recalled dog food cans were distributed online and at pet retailers throughout North America.

    dog food recall

    As of March 17, the FDA had received reports that three dogs were affected by the increased levels of beef thyroid hormone in Wellness 95% Beef Topper For Dogs. WellPet’s investigation led to this voluntary recall. The dogs in question have since full recovered.

    “Please know that safeguarding the health and wellbeing of pets is of the utmost importance to us. We fully intend on maintaining the trust you have placed in us to keep your pets healthy and happy, and are removing this product as part of our ongoing commitment to quality and food safety.”

    -Camelle Kent, WellPet CEO

    Blue Buffalo Dog Food Recalled

    Blue Buffalo Company has issued a voluntary recall for one production lot of BLUE Wilderness Rocky Mountain Recipe Red Meat Dinner Wet Food for Adult Dog. The recalled dog food may contain increased levels of a naturally occurring beef thyroid hormone. Prolonged consumption of the affected product may result in serious symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, and rapid or difficulty breathing.

    BLUE Wilderness Rocky Mountain Recipe Red Meat Dinner Wet Food for Adult Dogs is sold in 12.5 ounce cans. The recalled lot can be identified by UPC Code 840243101153 and Best By Date of June 7, 2019.

    dog food recalled

    Only one dog has been reported ill in connection with the Blue Buffalo canned dog food recall. Blue Buffalo’s investigation led to the voluntary recall. The dog which ate the affected product has made a complete recovery.

    The recalled canned dog food was distributed online and at pet retailers across the nation. Consumers should cease feeding the affected Blue Buffalo dog food and return it to place of purchase for full refunds.

    Nutiva Shakes Recalled

    On March 18, Organic Superfoods company Nutiva issued a voluntary recall for specific vanilla shakes. The Vanilla Flavor Organic Plant Based Protein Superfood 30 Shakes are being recalled due to a potential peanut contamination. People with peanut allergies run the risk of an allergic reaction by consuming the recalled shake products.

    The recalled shakes were packaged in ten 1.2 ounce (34 gram) packets or 21.6 ounce jars. The expiration date is September 20, 26, or 27 of 2018. The recalled Nutivaa shakes were distributed online and through retailers in California, Colorado, Florida, New Hampshire, Oregon, and Texas.

    For product replacement or refund, contact Nutiva at (800) 993-4367 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., or email help@nutiva.com.

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    Private Selection Pies Recalled

    On February 8, Lengendary Baking issued a recall for Private Selection Salted Caramel Chocolate Almond Pie packages due to a mistake in labeling. Almonds and eggs were listed under “may contain” instead of “contains.” Consumption of the recalled pie products poses a health risk to people with almond and egg allergies.

    The recalled pies come in 34 ounce packages marked with lot number CH17025. They were distributed to Kroger and other retail stores in Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia.

    Consumers who have egg or almond allergies should not consume the recalled pies. Private Selection Salted Caramel Chocolate Almond Pies can be returned to place of purchase for full refunds.

    Pimento Cheese Recalled

    A recent recall of Ruth’s Salads Pimento Cheese Spreads has been expanded. Select cheese products are being recalled due to the possibility ofListeria contamination. Listeria can cause serious (or even fatal) infections in children, the elderly, and other people with weakened immune systems. Symptoms include fever, headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Listeria infections are also known to cause pregnant women to suffer miscarriages and stillbirths.

    The recalled pimento cheese products were distributed to grocery stores in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. Affected products can be identified by UPC (see table below).

    Product UPC Size
    Ruth’s Original Pimento Spread 74952-00005 7 oz
    Ruth’s Original Pimento Spread 74952-12023 12 oz
    Ruth’s Original Pimento Spread 74952-24023 24 oz
    Ruth’s Old Fashion Original Pimento Spread 74952-15005 16 oz
    Ruth’s Jalapeno Pimento Spread 74952-12014 12 oz
    Ruth’s Lite Pimento Spread 74952-12000 12 oz
    Ruth’s Cream Cheese w/Pineapple-Pecans 74952-12008 12 oz

    Meijer Recalling Cheese

    Meijer Brand Colby Cheese and Colby Jack Cheese is being recalled due to a potential Listeria contamination. The affected products were sold in deli counters from November 10, 2016 to February 9, 2017. The plastic deli packaging is labeled with UPCs 215927xxxxxx or 215938xxxxxx (last six digits vary due to product weight).

    Consumers possessing the recalled Meijer Colby Cheese and/or Meijer Colby Jack Cheese should discontinue consumption and are urged to return the recalled products to Meijer for full refunds.

    PetSmart Dog Food Recalled

    One lot of PetSmart canned dog food has been recalled. The product has potentially been contaminated with scrap metal which could present as a choking hazard to pets. No complaints have been received by PetSmart concerning this recall.

    The recalled Grreat Choice Adult Dog Food was sold between October 10, 2016 and February 7, 2017 via PetSmart.com, Pet360.com, PetFoodDirect.com and in PetSmart retail stores across the United States. Only 13.2 ounce cans of Grreat Choice Adult Dog Food with Chicken & Rice Classic Ground were affected by this recall. To identify this product, look for UPC 7-3725726116-7, Best By Date 8/5/19, or Lot 1759338.

    Customers who purchased the recalled dog food should feeding it to their pets. PetSmart Grreat Choice canned dog food can be returned or exchanged. Questions concerning this recall should be directed to PetSmart Customer Service: 1-888-839-9638.

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    Canned Cat Food Recalled

    The recent recall of 9Lives, EverPet, and Special Kitty, and cat food has been expanded. The J.M. Smucker Company is recalling specific lots of these canned cat food products due to low levels of thiamine (Vitamin B1), an essential vitamin for cats. Thiamine deficiency symptoms include low appetite, increased salivation, vomited, and weight loss. Extended thiamine deficiency can lead to neurological issues such as wobbly walking and seizures. Typically reversible, contact your veterinarian immediately should your cat display any of the mentioned symptoms.

    The recalled cat food products were distributed across the nation between December 20 and January 3. Check product codes to determine whether you bought recalled cans of 9Lives, EverPet, or Special Kitty canned cat food. Recalled canned cat food should not be fed to cats.

    Limited Edition Holiday Twinkies Recalled

    Hostess issued a recall of select packages of Holiday White Peppermint Twinkies. The confectionery coating, provided by Blommer Chocolate Company, was recalled due to a possible Salmonella contamination. No illnesses have been reported to date.

    A Salmonella bacteria infection can cause serious illness and even death. Young children, elderly persons, and other people with weak immune systems are at the most risk. Someone infected with Salmonella may experience symptoms such as 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 (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

    Hostess is only recalling White Peppermint Twinkies with UPC 888109111571. They were only sold in multipack boxes (nine cakes individually wrapped, sold together in a box). The recalled Hostess Twinkies were sold throughout the United States to convenience stores, dollar and discount stores, and grocery stores. Consumers should not consume the affected products and are encouraged to return them to place of purchase for full refunds.

    Recalled Palmer Candy

    Select Palmer Candy products are being recalled due to a possible Salmonella contamination of a milk powder ingredient. The recalled candies, produced between October 20 and December 9, were distributed across the nation. Recalled products include Palmer Candy Chocolate Almond Bark, Palmer Candy Christmas Tree Pretzels, and Trail’s End Chocolatey Caramel Crunch.

    “We are truly sorry for any distress this recall causes to our retail customers and to consumers. We remain committed to the highest standards in food quality and safety. We are taking this recall very seriously and truly appreciate the cooperation of our customers as we work to resolve this matter promptly.”

    -Marty Palmer, Palmer Candy Company President and Chief Executive Officer

    The recalled candies should not be consumed but can be returned for full refunds.

    Recall of Pictsweet Okra

    On January 13, the Pictsweet Company announced a recall of their 12 ounce Pictsweet Farms Breaded Okra due to a possible contamination of glass fragments. One minor injury has been reported in connection with the recalled okra products.

    Recalled okra packages display UPC# 0 70560 98377 8 and a “best if used by” date of Nov 3, 2018. Affected production codes are 3086B C, 3086B D, 3086B E, 3086B F, or 3086B G. Check the back panel of the package to find this information. The Breaded Okra products were distributed to retail stores across the U.S.

    The Pictsweet Company affirms that no other Pictsweet Farms products were affected by this recall.

    Consumers possessing the recalled okra should not consume the product and are encouraged either to discard it or return to place of purchase for a full refund.

    November Food Recalls

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    Skinny Bee Diet Recalled

    On November 8, Love My Tru Body issued a voluntary recall of Skinny Bee Diet 500 mg pills following the FDA lab discovery of sibutramine, desmethylsibutramine, and/phenolphthalein in the pills.

    The FDA explains these ingredients:

    “Sibutramine is an appetite suppressant that was withdrawn from the U.S. market in October 2010. Desmethylsibutramine is an active metabolite of sibutramine. Sibutramine and its active metabolites substantially increase blood pressure and/or pulse rate in some patients and may present a significant risk for patients with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias or stroke. Phenolpthalein was previously used in over-the-counter laxatives, but because of concerns of carcinogenicity, it is no longer marketed in the U.S. These undeclared ingredients make this product an unapproved new drug for which safety and efficacy have not been established.

    The affected pills have a manufactured date of March 7, 2016 and expiration date March 6, 2018. They were distributed via the internet from March 23 to April 28 of this year. Consumers possessing the recalled product should discontinue use and dispose of it.

    Weight Watchers Recall

    Due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination of cookie dough pieces, Weight Watchers Smart Ones Chocolate Chip Cookie Sundae frozen desserts are currently being recalled. The contaminated cookie dough was provided by third party supplier Aspen Hills.

    Listeria can cause serious illness (sometimes even death) in young children, the elderly, and other people with weakened immune systems. A Listeria infection can also cause pregnant women to experience miscarriages or stillbirths. Symptoms of this infection include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.

    View the FDA Food Recall to determine if you have purchased one of the recalled ice cream products. Consumers should not eat the recalled frozen treats. They may be returned to place of purchase for full refunds.

    GFS Cheese Manicotti Recalled

    Specific pans of GFS Cheese Manicotti are being recalled. The product may actually contain Chicken Cannelloni which contains eggs. This undeclared ingredient poses a health risk to people with an egg allergy.

    The recalled pasta came in 68 ounce (4 pound, 4 ounce) packages. Only packages bearing lot code 15268 were affected. Gordon Food Service distributed the recalled pasta products to retail stores, restaurants, and others in the food service industry in the following states: Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Montana, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and West Virginia. The mislabeled product arrived in cases or boxes labeled Chicken Cannelloni.

    Consumers sensitive to egg may return these products to place of purchase for a full refund.

    Recalling Hummus

    Sabra Dipping Company has voluntarily recalled hummus products manufactured before November 8, 2016 due to a possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The recalled hummus was distributed to retail stores and others in the food service industry in the United States as well as Canada.

    Recalled products can be identified by the Unit Production Code and Best By Date. See the FDA Food Recall to identify recalled food products. Sabra also specifies that the following products are not included in this recall: Sabra Organic Hummus, Sabra Salsa, Sabra Guacamole, and Sabra Greek Yogurt Dips.

    October 2016 Food Recalls

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    Nestle Ice Cream Recalled

    In a recent news release, Nestle products Drumstick Club 16 count Variety Pack and 24 count Vanilla Pack were recalled due to a possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Listeria can cause serious illness (sometimes even death) in young children, the elderly, and other people with weakened immune systems. A Listeria infection can also cause pregnant women to experience miscarriages or stillbirths. Symptoms of this infection include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.

    Affected products contain 4.6 fluid ounce cones. Check the FDA Recall Alert to see production codes included in this food recall.

    CESAR Dog Food Recalled

    Mars Petcare U.S. issued a voluntary recall of specific CESAR® Classics Filet Mignon Flavor products. There is the potential presence of hard white plastic pieces in the food. Consumers may have purchased CESAR® Classics Filet Mignon individually of in a flavor variety multipack. The Lot Codes listed below are the only affected products. All other CESAR® products can be safely consumed.

    Check the FDA Recall Alert to see lot codes included in this dog food recall.

    Turkey Hill Ice Cream Recalled

    Turkey Hill Dairy has recalled Dutch Chocolate Premium Ice Cream products. The 48 ounce containers may contain Rocky Road Premium Ice Cream rather than Dutch Chocolate Premium Ice Cream as the label claims. Rocky Road contains almonds and eggs which may be a health risk to those with allergies to these foods. If you do not have either of these allergies, then the ice cream poses no health risk to you.

    Check the FDA Recall Alert to view the UPC codes included in this ice cream recall.

    Blue Bell Ice Cream Recalled

    Blue Bell Ice Cream voluntarily recalled all products that list cookie dough as an ingredient. Aspen Hills, a third party supplier of cookie dough, reported a possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Affected products were produced between February 2 and September 7 of this year.

    The following products are included in this ice cream recall:

    • Blue Bell Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
    • Blue Bell Cookie Two Step
    • Blue Bell Blue Monster
    • Blue Bell Chocolate Chip Cookie
    • Blue Bell Krazy Kookie Dough

    Recalled ice cream products were distributed in the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

    Consumers should not consume these recalled products, and Blue Bell encouraged the return of the recalled ice cream to place of purchase in exchange for full refunds. Read further specifics about this recall in the FDA Food Recall.

    Nutrisystem Bars Recalled

    Nutrisystem, Inc., is recalling Nutricrush Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough bars which are manufactured by Noble Foods, Inc. The chocolate chip cookie dough ingredient, supplied by a third party supplier, may potentially contain Listeria monocytogenes.

    The Nutricrush Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough bars were distributed to stores in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, and Vermont, as well as online through Amazon.com and Walmart.com. Only one code date is affected by this recall: UPC 6 32674 85579 4, Enjoy by Aug 22 2017 and Lot Code NF082216A.

    Customers should not eat the recalled bars and are encouraged to return these products to place of purchase for a full refund.