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If You Shop at Trader Joe’s, You’ll Want to Read About this Hummus Contamination

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Bad news hummus lovers. A batch of 14,800 pounds of hummus products are belong recalled due to a possible listeria risk. The voluntary recall was announced earlier this week after Texas health officials discovered the risk of contamination in Target Archer Farms Traditional Hummus.

Listeria monocytogenes is a bacteria that can be spread through the consumption of contaminated food. Listeria can cause serious infection and even death in the young and elderly and those with weaker immune systems.

While no illness has yet been reported, consumers who have bought hummus products on the recall list can get a full refund at their place of purchase. Some of these products can be found at large chains like  Trader Joe’s, Target and Giant Eagle.

H/T USA Today Picthx FDA

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Hot Pockets Pulled from Shelves Over ‘Processed Diseased and Unsound Animals’

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The USDA recalled more than 8.7 million pounds of meat from Rancho Feeding Corporation when they discovered the beef producer had “processed diseased and unsound animals and carried out these activities without the benefit or full benefit of federal inspection.

In response, Nestlé USA issued a voluntary recall of their Philly Steak and Cheese Hot Pockets after confirming that a limited quantity of meat from Rancho was used at a California facility “devoted entirely to HOT POCKETS brand sandwiches.”

While no illnesses have been reported as of now, the affected Hot Pocket batches have been pulled from store shelves. If you’re concerned that you may have eaten beaver nuts and Swiss cheese for lunch, you can check out the exact batch codes here:

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Picthx Nestlé

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California Company Recalls 8.7 Million Pounds of Un-Inspected Beef, Shuts Down

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Might wanna steer clear of burgers for the next few weeks, fellas.

Northern California-based firm Rancho Feeding Corp. recalled 8.7 million pounds of beef products Saturday due to “unsound” conditions. The plant, according to the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service, “processed diseased and unsound animals” without subjecting them to a full federal inspection, the Los Angeles Times reports. The resulting products, sent to distributors and retailers in California, Florida, Texas, and Illinois between January 1 and 7, have been declared “unsound, unwholesome or otherwise . . . unfit for human food” and “must be removed from commerce.”

This follows a similar slip-up last month, for which Rancho recalled 40,000 pounds of un-inspected beef.

So far, the company and USDA have reported no contamination-related injuries or illnesses, which means someone somewhere is probably doubled over a toilet and getting paid big bucks to keep his mouth shut. Well, figuratively, anyway.

According to the LA Times, the plant announced its voluntary closure earlier this morning.

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Subway Tells Foodbeast Garlic Bread Recall ‘Not Food Safety Related’

We should have known it was too good to be true.

Apparently Subway’s new garlic bread has been pulled from the assembly line due to “contamination.” A tipster screennamed “lubby” posted this warning the city-date.com forums last Friday afternoon:

“This has not made the news yet, I checked. I work at Subway and we got an urgent message from Subway HQ to throw out any garlic bread plus the garlic butter topping. It was contaminated. Not sure how or what it was contaminated with. I wanted my fellow foodies to know in case they had some. The garlic bread was a new feature for September.”

It’s unclear whether the problems were  limited to any specific batch, but our local Subway in Santa Ana was not offering the garlic bread when we visited earlier today. A few comments have also appeared on the Subway Facebook page complaining about the garlic bread’s supposed contamination and unavailability (ex: A, B, C).

Garlic bread was just the second in a string of brand new menu offerings from the sandwich chain (the first being the Applewood Pulled Pork), so yeah, you could say we’re a little bummed, especially since it was just introduced September 1st.

So far, Subway has released this official statement:

“Our garlic bread seasoning was not being made to the specifications we required. Although it was not food safety related, we temporarily removed it from our bread offerings.  We’re working around the clock to get garlic bread back in your local Subway restaurant and it will be worth the wait.”

Which, okay, seems reasonable. Just hurry up and bring it back, would you Subway? We’re suffering from some serious QSR blue balls here.

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11,400 Pounds of Enchiladas Recalled Because of Plastic Pieces

Have you ever sat in the office, hard at work, and thought: “Man, I could really go for a some frozen enchiladas right about now.” Well thanks to the latest recall, 11,400 pounds of frozen chicken enchiladas won’t be filling and fulfilling the stomachs of hard-working office employees on the East Coast.

About 11,400 pounds of the frozen “Bremer Party Size White Meat Chicken Enchiladas” products were recalled by Food Source, L.P. due to the possibility they contained plastic fragments. The boxes were shipped out to stores in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and New York.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service made the announcement for the recall on Tuesday after receiving two complaints about the frozen meals. Though no one was injured, hopefully the recall will keep any other contaminated boxes from harming anyone.

Now here on the West Coast, I’m off to buy some frozen enchiladas. Booyakasha.

via HuffingtonPost

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Contaminated Eggs Recalled From 34 States

You may want to think twice about that seemingly harmless egg salad at the grocery store deli.

Minnesota-based food distribution giant Michael Foods has recalled over a million hard-cooked eggs due to possible listeria contamination. Although Michael Foods does not sell directly to retailers, the cooked and peeled eggs were sold to many distributors, manufacturers, and food service companies, leading to the recall of prepackaged sandwiches and salads, as well as the following brand of eggs: Columbia Valley Farms, GFS, Glenview Farms, Papetti’s, Silverbrook, and Wholesome Farms.

Listeria contamination can lead to listeriosis, an infection that occurs from the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes. Symptoms include gastrointestinal infection, nausea, fever, and diarrhea. Although not debilitating for the healthy adults, listeriosis can be serious for young children, adults over 50, adults with a weakened immune system, and pregnant women.

The 34 states that have been affected by this recall are as follows: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Jersey, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, and West Virginia.

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Smuckers Peanut Butter Recall: Possible Salmonella Contamination

Before you indulge in National Peanut Butter month this November by preparing dishes filled with peanut buttery goodness, you had better check the label before getting your grub on. Smuckers is recalling thousands of jars of its Chunky peanut butter due to a possible salmonella contamination. The company says that the possibly contaminated jars would have been purchased within the last week or so, and will have a “Best if used by” date of between August 3 2012 or August 4 2012. You can also check jars with product codes 1307004 and 1308004 to identify possibly contaminated jars. So far, no illnesses have been reported and the recall for customers is currently on a voluntary basis.

(via The Huffington Post)

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36 Million Pounds of Ground Turkey Recalled Over Possible Salmonella Contamination

A joint announcement from the United States Department of Agriculture and the Springdale, Arkansas-based Cargill Meat Solutions Corporation have announced the recall of 36 million pounds of ground turkey products that may be contaminated with a multi-drug resistant strain of Salmonella.

Here’s the full list of items subject to the recall straight from the USDA

Ground Turkey Chubs – Use or Freeze by Dates of 2/20/11 through 8/23/11

  • 10 lb. chubs of Honeysuckle White Fresh Natural Lean Ground Turkey with Natural Flavorings
  • 10 lb. chubs of Unbranded Ground Turkey w/ Natural Flavoring 2 Pack
  • 80 oz. (5 lbs.) chubs of Riverside Ground Turkey with Natural Flavoring
  • 10 lb. chubs of Natural Lean Ground Turkey with Natural Flavorings
  • 16 oz. (1 lb.) chubs of Fresh Lean HEB Ground Turkey 93/7
  • 16 oz. (1 lb.) chubs of Fresh HEB Ground Turkey 85/15
  • 16 oz. (1 lb.) chubs of Honeysuckle White 93/7 Fresh Ground Turkey with Natural Flavoring
  • 4-1 Pound Packages of Honeysuckle White Ground Turkey with Natural Flavoring Value Pack
  • 16 oz. (1 lb.) chubs of Honeysuckle White 85/15 Fresh Ground Turkey
  • 48 oz. (3 lb.) chubs of Honeysuckle White 85/15 Fresh Ground Turkey

85% Ground Turkey – Use or Freeze by Dates of 2/20/11 through 8/23/11

  • 19.2 oz. (1.2 lb.) trays of Honeysuckle White 85/15 Ground Turkey
  • 19.2 oz. (1.2 lb.) trays of Honeysuckle White Taco Seasoned Ground Turkey Colored with Paprika
  • 19.2 oz. (1 lb. 3.2 oz.) trays of Kroger Ground Turkey Fresh 85/15
  • 48.0 oz. (3 lb.) trays of Kroger Ground Turkey Fresh 85/15
  • 20 oz. (1.25 lb.) trays of Honeysuckle White 85/15 Ground Turkey
  • 48.0 oz. (3 lbs.) trays of Honeysuckle White 85/15 Ground Turkey Family Pack
  • 16 oz. (1 lb.) trays of Honeysuckle White 85/15 Ground Turkey
  • 19.2 oz. (1.2 lbs.) trays of Honeysuckle White Seasoned Italian Style Ground Turkey with Natural Flavorings
  • 20 oz. (1 lb. 4 oz.) trays of Safeway Fresh Ground Turkey with Natural Flavorings * 15% Fat
    (NOTE: Sold in Texas only at Randall’s and Tom Thumb, Use or Freeze by 03/12/11 through 05/05/11)

93% Ground Turkey – Use or Freeze by Dates of 2/20/11 through 8/23/11

  • 19.2 oz. (1.20 lb.) trays of Honeysuckle White 93/7 Lean Ground Turkey
  • 48 oz. (3.0 lbs.) trays of Honeysuckle White 93/7 Lean Ground Turkey Family Pack
  • 19.2 oz. (1.2 lb.) trays of Fit & Active Lean Ground Turkey 93/07
  • 19.2 oz. (1.2 lbs.) trays of Giant Eagle Ground Turkey Fresh & Premium Lean
  • 19.2 oz. (1 lb 3.2 oz.) trays of Kroger Ground Turkey Fresh Lean 93/7
  • 20 oz. (1.25 lb.) trays of Honeysuckle White 93/7 Lean Ground Turkey

Ground Patties

  • 16.0 oz. (1 lb.) trays of Honeysuckle White Ground Turkey Patties with “Use by” or “Freeze by” dates of 2/20/11 through 8/23/11
  • 16 oz. (1 lb.) trays of Kroger Ground Seasoned Turkey Patties Fresh 85/15, with “Use by” or “Freeze by” dates of 2/20/11 through 8/23/11
  • 16.0 oz. (1 lb.) trays of Shady Brook Farms Ground Turkey Burgers with Natural Flavoring with the following “Use by” or “Freeze by” dates: 07/09/11, 07/10/11, 07/11/11, 07/15/11, 07/16/11, 07/21/11, 07/22/11, 07/24/11, 08/01/11, or 08/04/11

Frozen Ground Turkey – Production Dates of 2/20/11 through 8/2/11

  • 16 oz. (1 lb.) chubs of Honeysuckle White Ground Turkey with Natural Flavoring
  • 16 oz. (1 lb.) chubs of Spartan Ground Turkey
  • 48 oz. (3 lb.) chubs of Honeysuckle White 85/15 Ground Turkey
  • 40 lb. Bulk Packed Ground Turkey with Natural Flavoring for Food Service Use Only