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Panera Bread Recalls Cream Cheese Nationally Over Listeria Concerns

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Patrons who purchase their cream cheese from Panera Bread may want to check their fridge quickly. Like, real quick.

Panera Bread announced that they’re issuing a voluntary nationwide recall of two cream cheese products sold in U.S. bakery locations.

The company discovered samples of a variety of 2 oz. cream cheese tested positive for presence of Listeria monocytogenes. According to the company, the products to be recalled are the 2 and 8 oz. cream cheese containers with the expiration date that’s on or before 4/2/18.

Here’s what they look like:

Cream cheese flavors include: Plain Cream Cheese, Reduced-Fat Cream Cheese, Reduced-Fat Chive & Onion Cream Cheese, Reduced-Fat Honey Walnut Cream Cheese, and Reduced-Fat Wild Blueberry Cream Cheese.

Blaine Hurst, Panera’s President and CEO, said in the statement:

“The safety of our guests and associates is paramount, therefore we are recalling all cream cheese products sold in the US with an active shelf life. We have likewise ceased all manufacturing in the associated cream cheese facility.”

He added:

“Only one variety of 2-oz cream cheese from a single day yielded the positive result. Our intent is to go above and beyond for our guests. You should expect nothing less from Panera.”

Listeria can cause infection and illness in small children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems. Sometimes, this could be fatal. Luckily, Panera caught this early on and preemptively issued the recall.

Anyone who bought these cream cheese products are advised to chuck them out immediately and visit for a full refund.

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Tyson Recalls 2 Million Pounds Of Food Over Serious Labeling Error

A massive cascade of recalls has swept up chicken-producing giant Tyson Foods.

The food manufacturer just recalled nearly two and a half million pounds of frozen chicken patties and fritters that were produced over the past year because of a mislabeled product, according to Food Safety News. The breadcrumbs that Tyson utilized in their food contained milk that was not declared on the labels.

Since milk is considered to be a major allergen, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued a Class I recall to indicate that those who are allergic to milk and unknowingly consume the improperly marked foods may suffer from “serious, adverse health consequences, or death.” So far, thankfully, no such cases have been reported that are linked to Tyson, according to Fortune.

Tyson gets their breading from an unidentified supplier, whose labeling error has led to a total of over 3 million pounds of food being recalled so far, the majority of it being Tyson’s frozen foods. Other major brands affected by the mistake include Libby’s and Chef Boyardee.

Fortunately for Tyson, the massive food recall does not mean that the millions of pounds of misbranded foods will be lost. They do have four options for their returned product that can be utilized: recooking, reworking, relabeling, or destruction if the products cannot be saved. Since Tyson’s products are all frozen, it is possible they could just be relabeled to ensure that customers know the chicken patties and fritters contain dairy within them.

If you have purchased Tyson frozen products recently, you should check here to see if your purchase should be returned and refunded.

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‘Hepatitis A’ Found In Tuna Across California, Massive Recall Is In Effect

Seafood lovers beware, as the Hepatitis A virus was linked to frozen tuna from Hilo Fish Company, and has affected 31 different restaurants in California, Texas, and Oklahoma (list below).

The fish in question for this recall include, frozen yellowfin tuna steaks from both Sustainale Seafood Company, and yellowfin tuna cubes from Santa Cruz Seafood.

No one has gotten sick yet, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but they’re suggesting that consumers to get checked out for a post exposure prophyolaxis (PEP) if they have not been vaccinated.

If you’re not familiar with Hepatitis A symptoms,  they include fatigue, abdominal pain, abnormal liver tests, dark urine, and a pale stool, according to the FDA.

The establishments affected by the recall include, in California:

-Almansor Court- 701 S. Almansor St., Alhambra, CA

-Arroyo Trabuco- 26772 Avery Pkwy, Mission Viejo, CA

-Blue HI Café- 2 Embarcardero, San Francisco, CA

-Bonito Poke- 2277 Shafter Ave. San Francisco, CA

-Camp Four Wine Café- 1508 10th St. Modesto, CA

-Doubletree- 555 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont, CA

-Fenix- 919 4th ST. San Rafael, CA

-Fuzio’s- 1020 10th St. Modesto, CA

-Galaxy Foods Inc- 31224 Palos Verdes Dr. W., Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

-Galetto Ristorante- 1101 J St., Modesto, CA

-High Sierra Grill House- 2003 W. Bullard, Fresno, CA

-Hotel Irvine- 17900 Jamboree Rd, Irvine, CA

-Jus Poke- 501 N. Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach, CA

-Noelani- 1037 Laurel St. San Carlos, CA

-Ola Mexican Kitchen- Huntington Beach, CA

-Poke Shack- 2001 Lawton St. San Francisco, CA

-Shamrock Foods- 12400 Riverside Dr. Eastvale, CA

Texas and Oklahoma:

-Central Market Kitchen N- HEB Vendor #15385, Austin, TX

-Conservatory Plano- 6401 Ohio Dr. Plano, TX

-Hilton Garden Inn- 23535 Northgate Crossing, Spring, TX

-Jack Ryan’s- 102 N. College Ave. Tyler, TX

-Jack Ryan’s- 119 N. Longview St. Kilgore, TX

-Johnny Tamale- 4647 E. Sam Houston, Pasadena, TX

-Marriott Conf. Center- 2801 St. Hwy 9, Norman OK

-Myron’s Prime Steakhouse- 10003 NW Military Hwy, San Antonio, TX

-Prestonwood CC- 15909 Preston Rd., Dallas, TX

-Sea Ranch Restaurant- 1 Padre Blvd., S Padre Island, TX

-Sysco East Texas- 4577 Estes Pkwy, Longview, TX

-Sysco Foods Central Texas- 1260 Schwab R. New Braunfels, TX

-Sysco Food Houston- 10710 Greens Crossing Blvd, Houston, TX

-The Schooner- 1507 S, Hwy 69, Nederland, TX

Sushi has been getting dragged a bit of late, with the CDC recently warning against a parasitic disease called Anisakiasis, as cases have been slowly growing in the United States. Earlier this year, we also learned that half the sushi dishes in Los Angeles are actually mislabeled, and you’re not actually getting what you ask for.

The FDA is doing additional testing on the food coming out of Hilo Company, but if you think you’ve eaten at any of the listed places, make sure to get checked by a doctor, just in case.

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Over 500,000 Frozen Burritos Recalled Due To Listeria Contamination

If those little frozen burritos are in your daily lunch rotation, check that they’re not from Green Chile Food Company, or you might end up getting sick.

Green Chile recalled 252,854 pounds of frozen burritos after the USDA discovered traces of listeria in a beef and potato burrito this past Saturday.

According to the USDA, listeriosis symptoms can include fever, muscle aches, headaches, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions followed by diarrhea. The effects can be even worse for pregnant women, as it can lead to miscarriages, stillbirths, premature delivery, or life-threatening infections to the newborn.

Green Chile sells its burritos throughout California, Illinois, Oregon, and South Dakota, but thankfully, no one has gotten sick from them yet.

The burritos in the recall were produced between March 8 to May 10, and the USDA suggests you take them back for a refund, or at the very least throw them away.

Below is a complete list of of all the products in the recall, a handful of them often found at ampm convenience stores:

  • 8-oz paper wrap packages containing “am pm & Green Chile FOOD COMPANY, EGG & BACON BURRITO with Cheddar Cheese, Potato, Green Chile, Salsa & Jalapeños” with case code of 833425000900.
  • 8-oz paper wrap packages containing “am pm & Green Chile FOOD COMPANY, POBLANO CHICKEN BURRITO with Monterrey Jack Cheese, Salsa, Rice, Onion, Green Chile and Green & Red Bell Peppers” with case code of 833425000931.
  • 8-oz paper wrap packages containing “am pm & Green Chile FOOD COMPANY, BEEF & POTATO BURRITO with Cheddar Cheese, Green Chile & Salsa” with case code of 833425000887.
  • 7-oz paper wrap packages containing “Green Chile FOOD COMPANY, Chipotle Chicken Burrito with Salsa & Monterey Jack” with case code of 833425001426.
  • 7-oz paper wrap packages containing “Green Chile FOOD COMPANY, CARNITAS Burrito with Salsa, Monterey Jack & Cilantro Lime Rice” with case code of 833425001488.
  • 7-oz paper wrap packages containing “Green Chile FOOD COMPANY, EGG & SAUSAGE Breakfast Burrito with HASHBROWNS, Salsa, & Cheddar” with case code of 833425000382.
  • 7-oz paper wrap packages containing “Green Chile FOOD COMPANY, EGG & BACON Breakfast Burrito with HASHBROWNS, Salsa, Green Chile & Cheddar” with case code of 833425000368.
  • 7-oz paper wrap packages containing “Green Chile FOOD COMPANY, BEEF Burrito with POTATO, GREEN CHILE, Salsa & Cheddar” with case code of 833425000320.
  • 7-oz paper wrap packages containing “Green Chile FOOD COMPANY, CHICKEN FAJITA Burrito with Salsa & Cheddar” with case code of 833425000429.
  • 7-oz paper wrap packages containing “Green Chile FOOD COMPANY, SHREDDED STEAK Burrito with Salsa, Monterey Jack, Green Chile, Onion, Rice & Jalapeño Peppers” with case code of 10833425008941.
  • 7-oz paper wrap packages containing “Green Chile FOOD COMPANY, BEEF & BEAN Burrito with Green Chile, Salsa & Cheddar” with case code of 833425000344.
  • 7-oz paper wrap packages containing “Green Chile FOOD COMPANY, FIESTA Breakfast Burrito with Beef, Egg, HASHBROWNS, GREEN CHILE, Cheddar & Sausage” with case code of 833425000405.

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Bombay Gin Recalled In Canada For Having Almost Double The Normal Alcohol Content

Hey Canada, if you’ve got some bottles of Bombay Sapphire gin lying around, you may want to pay attention, ’cause your booze is getting recalled.

CBC reports that a recall notice from the Liquor Control Board of Ontario has now spread nationwide after their internal quality assurance team discovered the gin wasn’t diluted correctly.

This means that there was about double the normal alcohol content in each bottle of Bombay Sapphire.

Typically, Bombay Sapphire gin is about 80-proof, or 40% alcohol. The tests in Ontario put that number as high as 77%, or 154-proof. As a point of reference, 70% (or 140-proof) alcohol is strong enough to be used as a sanitizing agent in labs.

Basically, drinking this alcohol is the equivalent of sanitizing your guts. A sensation, we imagine, isn’t all that pleasant.

Only 1.14-litre bottles were affected and any currently in stores have already been taken off the shelf. If your bottle has the code “L16304” printed on the bottom, you should take it back to the point of purchase to get fully refunded.

If you choose not to, however, just remember to drink safely and serve smaller portions of the Bombay Sapphire. The same amount will get you more drunk at a faster rate.

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Woman Had The Same Number As The Cuisinart Recall Hotline, Answered Phone All Weekend


Last week, Cuisinart issued a major recall of about 8 million food processors due to faulty rivets. These rivets caused about 30 or so lacerations, and prompting the voluntary recall from the company. Consumers were instructed to call a hotline if they had one of the many products being recalled, to get a replacement or return theirs. Unfortunately for one woman, her number was nearly identical to the help line associated with the historic recall.

To be specific, a Virginia woman shares the same telephone number as the Cuisinart hotline, reports 13NewsNow. Save for one overlooked digit, the numbers are pretty much the same for anyone just eager to get their food processors replaced.

The woman, Jacqueline McDonald, received many calls she initially believed were wrong numbers until she noticed the pattern: they were all regarding Cuisinart.

That is because the first seven digits of the company’s recall number are the same as McDonald’s (minus dialing the 1). McDonald believes that folks with a landline aren’t dialing the 1 to get to the hotline and the call goes straight to her.

She doesn’t blame the callers though, who she knows are just trying to get information about the faulty products. McDonald does hope Cuisinart will change the hotline number, or tell customers to dial the 1 first.

If you own a Cuisinart product, you may want to check out the story behind the major recall.

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McDonald’s Latest Recall On Fitness Tracker Sets A Company Record

We recently reported that McDonald’s was giving away a very basic fitness tracker inside Happy Meals. Less than a day after our initial report, McDonald’s pulled the plug on its STEP-iT Activity Bands, due to parents claiming the fitness tracker was causing skin irritation, “and burns from wearing the band.”

McDonald’s recalled 29 million fitness trackers in the United States and more than 3 million in Canada, according to its website. Considering the numbers and the circumstances on which McDonald’s most recent recall were issued — 32 million total units between the U.S. and Canada —  make this McDonald’s largest recall EVER.

In 2010, McDonald’s recalled a Shrek-themed drinking cup, due to exposure to paint that contained cadmium. Approximately 7.5 million units of the cups were sold to customers, which McDonald’s offered to pay $3.00 for each cup returned. In 2015, McDonald’s released Minions-themed toys, which were quickly recalled due to claims that the toy said, “What the F*ck.”

In an August 23 statement, released via McDonald’s Facebook page and website, the company announced a voluntary recall on the newly released fitness tracker.

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“Nothing is more important to us than the safety of our customers, including the toys and children’s products we offer them. McDonald’s has decided to voluntarily recall the Step-iT Activity Wristbands in the U.S. and Canada after recently receiving reports of skin irritation and burns upon wearing the wristband,” McDonald’s Facebook page read.

Now, McDonald’s is encouraging customers that are still using the activity tracker to, “stop wearing them and return them to any McDonald’s for a free replacement toy and a choice of a yogurt or apple slices.”

McDonald’s is now working with the Consumer Product Safety Commission after more than 70 different cases of skin irritation promoted company officials to take action.


27 Tons Of Whole Chicken Recalled For Contamination

More than 27 tons of chicken from GNP Company are under recall following the detection of contaminants. The Minnesota-based company sells its products under the brands Just BARE and Gold’n Plump.

The recall only effects one retail item, Just BARE whole chicken in four-pound poly-bags. The contaminated products have June 26 use-by dates.  The chicken can also be identified by the USDA mark of inspection code P-322 and Universal Product Code 024105594057.  The rest of the recalled meat was bulk and custom orders for institutional and food service outlets.


No illnesses linked to the recall have been reported so far. The Class I recall was issued Saturday by the U.S Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. The product contamination is believed to be linked to an isolated product tampering incident at the company’s Cold Spring processing plant the week of June 6. According to the company website, a third-party lab tested the chicken and found the contaminant to be “benign, natural materials including dirt/sand.”

The company urged costumers not to eat the recall items, and instead to get rid of or return the chicken for a refund.