Category: Food Recalls

K-9 Kraving Dog Food is voluntarily recalling their Chicken Patties Dog Food because it may be contaminated with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to date, although listeriosis, the illness caused by Listeria bacteria, can take up to 70 days to manifest.

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The recalled product was shipped between July 13 and July 17, 2015 and distributed to retail stores only in Maryland. No other K-9 Kraving Dog Food products are affected by this recall.

Pets can be sickened with Salmonella and Listeria bacteria, and there is a risk to people handling contaminated pet products. Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea that may be bloody, abdominal cramps, and fever. A Listeria monocytogenes infection in dogs can cause lack of appetite, diarrhea, vomiting, high fever, and excessive drooling. If left untreated, a Listeria infection in a dog can lead to paralysis and brain swelling. If your dog has been sick and you have fed him this product, see your veterinarian.


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Panela Listeria RecallFDA inspectors found Listeria at a manufacturing facility where cheese associated with a a deadly Listeria outbreak is made. Genomic testing has revealed that the strain found in samples taken from the plant closely resembles the outbreak strain in those who became ill.

An outbreak associated with soft cheeses produced by Karoun Dairies, Inc. of San Fernando, California has caused 24 illnesses, one miscarriage and one fatality. The most recent illnesses were reported this summer. Then health officials used genetic testing to identify cases in nine states going back to 2010. This is similar to how the Blue Bell Listeria outbreak was discovered and investigated.

Several of the case patients in  this outbreak mentioned eating Karoun cheeses before becoming ill. Investigators collected samples from Central Valley Cheese Inc., a manufacturing facility in Turlock, California that makes cheese for Karoun Dairies. Whole genome sequencing tests on two environmental samples collected this month showed they closely resembled strains cultured from those who became ill. Tests on samples collected from the same facility in 2010 also showed Listeria strains highly related to the outbreak strains. These tests establish an epdemiologic link between the illnesses and the cheeses.

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Cucumber Salmonella Outbreak Not Andrew & Williamson’s First

The nationwide Salmonella outbreak linked to imported Andrew & Williamson cucumbers is not the first illness outbreak linked to produce imported by that company. In 1997, a hepatitis A outbreak that sickened 260 faculty members and students in four different school districts in Calhoun county, Michigan was linked to strawberries sold by A&W. One student needed a liver transplant after this outbreak.

Andrew & Williamson Produce OutbreaksA report that was part of a TED talk at American University states that strawberries served in school lunches “were traced to a processing plant in San Diego, known as Andrew and Williamson.” The company shipped strawberries from the same lot to schools in five other states, including Arizona, southern California, Georgia, Iowa, and Tennessee.

As a result, the CDC and local officials set up clinics in the schools, giving the children immune globulin shots to protect them against the disease. Hundreds  of children had to be immunized as a result of this outbreak, even though the vaccinations were limited to children who ate the fruit.

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California Hardest Hit by Deadly Cucumber Salmonella Outbreak

California has been hardest hit by the Salmonella Poona outbreak linked to cucumbers imported by Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce. At least 120 people are sick in that state, and one person has died. Andrew & Williamson is based in San Diego, California.

Salmonella photoThat state originally warned consumers about the outbreak on September 4, 2015, the day that Andrew & Williamson recalled the product. Government officials informed the company that there was an epidemiologic association between the cucumbers and the outbreak. The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency found one of the outbreak strains on cucumbers that were collected from the Andrew & Williams facility.

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Salmonella in Cucumbers Sickens 85 in Arizona, 1 Dead

Salmonella in cucumbers has sickened at least 85 people in Arizona, killing one of them, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services. The cases, which have been reported from Apache, Coconino, Maricopa, Pima, Pinal, and Yuma counties,  are part of a 33-state outbreak that has sickened 558 people.

Salmonella in cucumbers at Red LobsterThe outbreak has been linked to cucumbers grown in Mexico and distributed in the U.S. by Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce of San Diego, California.  Three strains of Salmonella Poona are associated with this outbreak. Four state health departments – Arizona, California, Montana, and Nevada – have isolated Salmonella from Andrew & Williamson cucumbers collected from various locations. The Nevada, Arizona and Montana health departments have all isolated outbreak strains from cucumbers collected from retail locations. And the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency isolated one of the outbreak strains from cucumbers collected from the Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce facility.

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Clover sprouts are the source of an E.coli outbreak at Jimmy John'sRaw clover sprouts on Jimmy John’s and other fast food sandwiches are the likely source of an E. coli outbreak that has sickened 10 people in Washington and Idaho, according to the Washington State Department of Health. Seven people have confirmed cases of E. coli O121 poisoning and three have probable cases. Five people have been hospitalized.

Health officials are warning consumers not to eat raw clover sprouts from Evergreen Fresh Sprouts, LLC of Idaho. They were distributed to restaurants and grocery stores in the northwest.  “If you have these products at home, you should throw them out.,” said Washington State Health Officer Dr. Kathy Lofy.

In Washington, the sprouts were served on sandwiches at Jimmy John’s locations in King and Spokane counties and two Pita Pit locations in Spokane County. In Idaho, they were served at a Daanen’s Deli and a Jimmy John’s in Kootenai County. All of the restaurants have voluntarily suspended serving sprouts.


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Retial stores that sold ground beef linked to an E.coli Outbreak in MI, OH, MA and MO.A partial list of stores involved in the 1.8 million pound ground beef recall linked to an E.coli outbreak that has sickened at least 11 people in four states has been published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS). It’s a small list for a big recall, but the agency is not permitted to list restaurants, only retail stores, and the list may not yet include all locations.

So far, here are the retail locations that are part of the recall. Gordon Food Service Marketplace Stores in FL, IL, IN, KY, MI, OH, PA, TN, and WI.; Surf N Turf Market in Sebring, Florida; Giorgio’s Italian Deli in Stuart, Florida;  M Sixty Six General Store in Orleans, Michigan and Buchtel Food Mart on Buchtel, Ohio.


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Confirmed E. Coli Case in Mass Prompts National Beef Recall

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health on Monday confirmed that a Western Massachusetts resident has E. coli, according to MassLive. That case, along with others across the country, has prompted Wolverine Packing Company and the US Department of Agriculture to recall 1.8 million pounds of beef.

From MassLive:

The beef produced between March 31 and April 18 and distributed for use in restaurants in Ohio, Michigan, Missouri and Massachusetts. The recall notice notes that none of the beef in question was distributed to the Department of Defense, the National School Lunch Program or for catalog or internet sales. 

Products that are subject to are marked with the number “EST. 2574B” and will have a production date code in the format “Packing Nos: MM DD 14” between “03 31 14” and “04 18 14.”


The recall was ordered after the Massachusetts resident, along with five Michiganders, four Ohioans and a Missourian became ill with E. coli

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Food Poisoning Bulletin

lifefit-recallLifeFit dietary supplement is being recalled because it contains an undeclared controlled substance that was banned in 2010 for safety reasons. Consumers who have purchased this product should not use it as it poses a serious health threat.

Bacai, LifeFit’s distrbuter, is voluntarily recalling the product sold in plastic bottles of 30 softgels with the lot number 13165. The lot number is located next to the expiration date May 2017. It was distributed worldwide to wholesalers, retailers, and through the internet.

An analysis by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found that the product contains sibutramine, which causes substantial increase in blood pressure and/or pulse rate. This can pose a  in significant risk for patients with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias, or stroke. The drug can also cause a life-threatening situation if taken with other medications.



Meridia (sibutramine): Market Withdrawal Due to Risk of Serious Cardiovascular Events

[Posted 10/08/2010]

AUDIENCE: Primary Care, Consumers

ISSUE: Abbott Laboratories and FDA notified healthcare professionals and patients about the voluntary withdrawal of Meridia (sibutramine), an obesity drug, from the U.S. market because of clinical trial data indicating an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

BACKGROUND: Meridia was approved November 1997 for weight loss and maintenance of weight loss in obese people, as well as in certain overweight people with other risks for heart disease. The approval was based on clinical data showing that more people receiving sibutramine lost at least 5 percent of their body weight than people on placebo who relied on diet and exercise alone. FDA has now requested market withdrawal after reviewing data from the Sibutramine Cardiovascular Outcomes Trial (SCOUT). SCOUT is part of a postmarket requirement to look at cardiovascular safety of sibutramine after the European approval of the drug. The trial demonstrated a 16 percent increase in the risk of serious heart events, including non-fatal heart attack, non-fatal stroke, the need to be resuscitated once the heart stopped, and death, in a group of patients given sibutramine compared with another given placebo. There was a small difference in weight loss between the placebo group and the group that received sibutramine.

RECOMMENDATION: Physicians are advised to stop prescribing Meridia to their patients, and patients should stop taking this medication. Patients should talk to their health care provider about alternative weight loss and weight loss maintenance programs.


[10/08/2010 – Drug Safety Communication – FDA]
[10/08/2010 – Questions and Answers – FDA]
[10/08/2010 – News Release – FDA]

Previous MedWatch Alert:

[01/21/2010 – Meridia (sibutramine hydrochloride): Follow-Up to an Early Communication about an Ongoing Safety Review]



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Updated Food Recall Warning – Pusateri’s Fine Foods brand Organic Whole Black Peppercorns recalled due to Salmonella

Updated Food Recall Warning – Pusateri’s Fine Foods brand Organic Whole Black Peppercorns recalled due to Salmonella

NEWSCANADA-PLUS                             HEALTH  SAFETY  --       Updated Food Recall Warning - Pusateri's Fine Foods brand Organic Whole Black Peppercorns recalled due to Salmonella

Ottawa, April 12, 2014 – The food recall warning issued on April 5, 2014 has been updated to include an additional product.Organic Connections Ltd. is recalling Pusateri’s Fine Foods brand Organic Whole Black Peppercorns from the marketplace due to possible Salmonellacontamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below.

Recalled products

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
Pusateri’s Fine Foods Organic Whole Black Peppercorns 245 g Lot # 040203-002 6 28240 51655 8
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Rice Porridge Recall: Product May Contain Dangerous Bacteria

CP  |  By The Canadian Press Posted: 04/04/2014 5:23 am EDT  |  Updated: 04/04/2014 6:59 am EDT

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OTTAWA – A Korean-made rice product is being recalled because of concerns it may allow the growth of a bacteria that causes botulism

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says Rice Porridge with Abalone from Korea Food Trading Ltd. is sold in Ontario and New Brunswick but may also have been distributed in other provinces.

The product is sold in a round 288-gram container featuring Korean characters with a code reading 2015-01-24.


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Food Poisoning Bulletin

Helados La Tapatia, Inc. is recalling ice cream, popsicles, fruit bars and cups, adn bolis because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. No illnesses have been reported to date, but listeriosis can take up to 70 days after exposure to make someone sick.

The products include Fruit Bars, Milk Bars, Bolis, Ice Cream Containers, Ice Cream Cups, Ice Cream Sandwiches, and Frutero. The recalled products were sold in Arizona, California, Nevada, Washington, Guam, and Canada in retail stores. The products are sold under the brand names of Helados La Tapatia and Icesations.


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Food Poisoning Bulletin

Terra-Medica is recalling 56 lots of homoepathic drug products because they may have the drug penicillin that is not declared on the label.

Anyone who is allergic to penicillin, or allergic to beta-lactam antibiotics, even at low levels, could have a serious or life-threatening anaphylactic reaction if they consume these products. The penicillin or derivatives of penicillin could be produced during the fermentation process. No reports of adverse reactions have been reported to date.


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Terra-Medica Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Specified Lots of Pleo Homeopathic Drug Products Due to the Potential for Undeclared Penicillin



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 18, 2014 – Terra-Medica, Inc. is voluntarily recalling 56 lots of Pleo-FORT, Pleo-QUENT, Pleo-NOT, Pleo-STOLO, Pleo-NOTA-QUENT, and Pleo-EX homeopathic drug products in liquid, tablet, capsule, ointment, and suppository forms to the consumer level. FDA has determined that these products have the potential to contain penicillin or derivatives of penicillin, which may be produced during the fermentation process.

In patients who are allergic to beta-lactam antibiotics, even at low levels, exposure to penicillin can result in a range of allergic reactions from mild rashes to severe and life-threatening anaphylactic reactions. To date, Terra-Medica has not received any reports of adverse events related to this recall, nor any reports of product tests indicating penicillin content in the products.

The products are used as homeopathic drugs and have a label stating “Distributed by SANUM USA Corp.” The affected products are identified by package size, batch (lot) number and expiry date (ranging from March 2014 – May 2018) in the table accompanying this release. The batch number can be located at the side panel on the label. The affected products were distributed nationwide through health care practitioners, who may have sold the products through websites.

Terra-Medica is notifying its customers by letter and email and is arranging for return of all recalled products. Consumers and distributors that have product which is subject to the recall should stop using the products and return them to the point of purchase.

Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact Terra-Medica’s Customer Service Department at (888) 415-0535, ext. 1, Monday through Friday between 8-5pm, Pacific Time Zone, or their health care practitioner that distributed the product. Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced reactions while taking or using this drug product.

Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to Terra Medica or the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail or by fax.

This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Product Name Potency Pharmaceutical Form Package Size Batch # Expiry Date
PLEO-NOT 5X Portable sips 10 x 1ml 07099 08/2014
PLEO-NOT 5X Portable sips 10 x 1ml 15090 08/2015
PLEO-NOT 5X Portable sips 10 x 1ml 06120 11/2015
PLEO-NOT 5X Portable sips 10 x 1ml 19023 01/2018
PLEO-NOT 5X Portable sips 50 x 1ml 07099 08/2014
PLEO-NOT 5X Portable sips 50 x 1ml 15090 08/2014
PLEO-NOT 5X Portable sips 50 x 1ml 01110 10/2015
PLEO-NOT 5X Portable sips 50 x 1ml 06120 11/2015
PLEO-NOT 5X Portable sips 50 x 1ml 19023 01/2018
PLEO-NOT 6X Portable sips 10 x 1ml 25050 04/2015
PLEO-NOT 6X Portable sips 50 x 1ml 25050 04/2015
PLEO-NOT 7X Portable sips 10 x 1ml 20010 12/2014
PLEO-NOT 7X Portable sips 50 x 1ml 20010 12/2014
PLEO-NOT 5X Drops 10ml 21049 03/2014
PLEO-NOT 5X Drops 10ml 13059 04/2014
PLEO-NOT 5X Drops 10ml 09080 07/2015
PLEO-NOT 5X Drops 10ml 15100 09/2015
PLEO-NOT 5X Drops 10ml 24092 08/2017
PLEO-NOT 5X Tablets 20pcs 15070 06/2015
PLEO-NOT 5X Tablets 20pcs 24072 06/2017
PLEO-NOT 3X Ointment 30g 03051 04/2014
PLEO-NOT 3X Ointment 30g 13072 06/2015
PLEO-NOT 3X Ointment 30g 21033 04/2016
PLEO-NOT 3X Suppositories 10pcs 1080 07/2015
PLEO-NOT 3X Suppositories 10pcs 1102 09/2017
PLEO-NOT 4X Capsules 20pcs 14010 12/2014
PLEO-NOT 4X Capsules 20pcs 11080 08/2015
PLEO-NOT 4X Capsules 20pcs 12092 07/2017
PLEO-NOTA-QUENT 5X Drops 10ml 04062 05/2017
PLEO-NOTA-QUENT 5X Drops 10ml 06062 05/2017
PLEO-QUENT 5X Portable sips 10 x 1ml 13090 08/2015
PLEO-QUENT 5X Portable sips 50 x 1ml 13090 08/2015
PLEO-QUENT 5X Drops 10ml 15129 11/2014
PLEO-QUENT 5X Drops 10ml 12040 03/2015
PLEO-QUENT 5X Drops 10ml 01081 08/2016
PLEO-QUENT 4X Capsules 20pcs 25030 04/2015
PLEO-QUENT 4X Capsules 20pcs 27101 09/2016
PLEO-QUENT 3X Suppositories 10pcs 2089 06/2014
PLEO-QUENT 3X Suppositories 10pcs 3031 03/2016
PLEO-FORT 5X Portable sips 10 x 1ml 15030 02/2015
PLEO-FORT 5X Portable sips 10 x 1ml 12122 11/2017
PLEO-FORT 5X Portable sips 50 x 1ml 15030 02/2015
PLEO-FORT 5X Portable sips 50 x 1ml 12122 11/2017
PLEO-FORT 5X Drops 10ml 23109 09/2014
PLEO-FORT 5X Drops 10ml 08030 02/2015
PLEO-FORT 5X Drops 10ml 12032 02/2017
PLEO-FORT 5X Drops 10ml 26043 03/2018
PLEO-FORT 5X Tablets 20 pcs 27100 09/2015
PLEO-FORT 5X Tablets 20 pcs 29100 10/2015
PLEO-FORT 5X Tablets 20 pcs 25013 01/2018
PLEO-FORT 3X Suppositories 10pcs 3110 10/2015
PLEO-FORT 3X Suppositories 10pcs 1112 10/2017
PLEO-FORT 4X Capsules 20pcs 24030 02/2015
PLEO-FORT 4X Capsules 20pcs 14062 05/2017
PLEO-EX 5X Portable sips 10 x 1ml 09020 01/2015
PLEO-EX 5X Portable sips 10 x 1ml 03052 04/2017
PLEO-EX 5X Portable sips 50 x 1ml 09020 01/2015
PLEO-EX 5X Portable sips 50 x 1ml 03052 04/2017
PLEO-EX 5X Drops 10ml 07011 12/2015
PLEO-EX 5X Drops 10ml 09043 03/2018
PLEO-EX 3X Suppositories 10pcs 2011 12/2015
PLEO-EX 3X Suppositories 10pcs 2081 07/2016
PLEO-EX 3X Suppositories 10pcs 3063 05/2018
PLEO-EX 3X Suppositories 10pcs 1013 02/2018
PLEO-STOLO 6X Drops 10ml 08060 05/2015
PLEO-STOLO 6X Drops 10ml 07119 08/2014
PLEO-STOLO 6X Drops 10ml 03043 05/2018


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