Workers’ Day… May DAy


by Mr. BD Guide

Let’s understand International Workers Day 2021 in a way that no one ever explained. Every year on May 1st, individuals across the globe rampage to remember International Workers’ Day or May Day.

In dozens of countries, May Day is an official holiday, and for work rights campaigners, it is especially significant.

The day commemorates past work struggles against a host of workers’ rights violations, including extended workdays and weeks, poor conditions, and kid work.

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What is International Workers Day?

The date for International Workers’ Day was picked to remember the Chicago work demonstration bombarding of May 4th, 1886, or else known as the Haymarket issue.

In 1886, a typical strike was held against the eight-hour workday, and following the shelling, police fought back by shooting the workers who left many harmed and dead.

In any case, in 1889, the first socialist and work party association Second International held a gathering in Paris on the anniversary of the Chicago protests, and the day proceeded to be perceived as a yearly occasion for the socialists.

It resulted in the May Day riots of 1984, which prompted the International Socialist Congress, Amsterdam, in 1904.

They were approaching ‘all Social Democratic Party organizations and worker’s guilds of all countries.

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FDA/USDA April RECALLS & UPDATES FOR PREVIOUS MONTHS ~ SAFETY ALERTS~ 2021


**  On April 12, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a food safety alert for the Salmonella Hadar outbreak linked to ground turkey.

This public health alert was updated on April 12, 2021 to reflect the recent change made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding the incubation period for Salmonella. The most common symptoms of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever which may begin within 6 hours to 6 days after infection.

WASHINGTON, APRIL 10, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert for approximately 211,406 pounds of raw ground turkey products, produced by Plainville Brands, LLC, a Pennsylvania establishment, due to concerns the products may have caused Salmonella Hadar illness. A recall was not requested because it is believed that the products are no longer available for consumers to purchase.

 FSIS is concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase. Retail locations that may receive returned product from consumers should destroy this product immediately.

The raw ground turkey products were produced on December 18, 2020 through December 29, 2020. The following products are subject to the public health alert:

  • 1-lb. packages of Nature’s Promise Free from 94% LEAN | 6% FAT Ground Turkey with Use by/freeze/sell by date of 1/1/21, 1/3/21,1/4/21, 1/8/21 and 1/10/21 on the front of the package.
  • 1-lb. packages of Wegman 94% LEAN | 6% FAT Ground Turkey with Use by/freeze/sell by date of 1/3/21, 1/4/21, 1/8/21 and 1/10/21 on the front of the package.
  • 3-lb. packages of Wegman 94% LEAN | 6% FAT Ground Turkey with Use by/freeze/sell by date of 1/3/21, 1/4/21, 1/8/21 and 1/10/21 on the front of the package.
  • 1-lb. packages of Plainville Farms Ground White Turkey 93% | 7% Fat with Use by/freeze/sell by date of 1/10/21 on the front of the package.

The products bear establishment number EST. P-244 inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations nationwide.

FSIS and its public health partners, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), public health and regulatory officials are investigating a multistate outbreak of 28 Salmonella Hadar illnesses in 12 states with onset dates ranging from December 28, 2020 through March 4, 2021. The traceback investigation for one case patient identified the patient consumed ground turkey produced by Plainville Brands, LLC. An intact, unopened package of Plainville Brands’ ground turkey collected from this case-patient’s home tested positive for Salmonella Hadar and was closely related genetically to the sample from the patient. Evidence collected to date does not link all illnesses to this establishment. Based on the continuing investigation, additional product from other establishments may be involved. FSIS continues to work with CDC and state and local public health partners on this investigation and will provide updated information as it becomes available.

Consumption of food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses. The most common symptoms of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 6 hours to 6 days after eating the contaminated product. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days. Most people recover without treatment. In some persons, however, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. Older adults, infants, and persons with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop a severe illness. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact their health care provider.

FSIS advises all consumers to safely prepare their raw meat products, including fresh and frozen, and only consume raw ground turkey that has been cooked to a temperature of 165°F. The only way to confirm the poultry item is cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria is to use a food thermometer that measures internal temperature, https://www.fsis.usda.gov/safetempchart.

Consumers and members of the media with questions about the public health alert can contact Yusef Robb at (323)384-1789 or by email at yusef@tkCommunicationsLLC.com.

Consumers with food safety questions can call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) or live chat via Ask USDA from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Consumers can also browse food safety messages at Ask USDA or send a question via email to MPHotline@usda.gov. For consumers that need to report a problem with a meat, poultry, or egg product, the online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at https://foodcomplaint.fsis.usda.gov/eCCF/.

** More Than Gourmet, Inc., an Akron, Ohio establishment, is recalling approximately 6,896 pounds of ready-to-eat beef and veal broth and stock products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically hydraulic oil, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The ready-to-eat broth and stock items were produced on March 1, 2021, April 7, 2021 and April 8, 2021. The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF Only)]:

  • 12-oz plastic squeeze bottle of KITCHEN ACCOMPLICE ORGANIC Beef BONE BROTH Concentrate and lot code MFGA21060A5613, MFGA21060B5613 & MFGA21098B5613 with Use by/Sell by date of 3/1/2023 & 4/8/2023.
  • 16-oz. plastic cup of MORE THAN GOURMET Demi-Glace Gold CLASSIC FRENCH DEMI-GLACE and lot code MFGA21097A0205 with Use by/Sell by date of 4/7/2023.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “27446” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retailers and distributors nationwide.     Consumers with questions about the recall can contact More Than Gourmet, Inc. customer service at 800-860-9391 and sales@morethangourmet.com and members of the media can contact Paul Taylor, Vice President at 330-762-6652.               

** Velvet Ice Cream has announced it is voluntarily recalling all of its ice cream and sherbet products made on or after March 24, 2021 as a precaution because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

No illness or injury has been associated with the recalled products, which are being recalled in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The issue was identified as a result of the company’s routine testing.

The products were distributed to Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia through various drug stores, convenience stores and supermarkets. They are packaged in various sizes and containers.

The products were distributed and sold in supermarkets from on or after March 24, 2021 with the following product codes, which can be found at the bottom or side of the container:

Product CodeItem Description
21104Buehler’s Chocolate Pail
21104Buehler’s Neapolitan Pail
21104Buehler’s Vanilla Pail
21089Discount Drug Mart Chocolate Swirl Pail
21106Discount Drug Mart Neapolitan 56oz
21095Discount Drug Mart Strawberry 56
21091Discount Drug Mart Vanilla 56
21083Discount Drug Mart Vanilla Pail
21096North Star Frog Spit
21097North Star Frog Spit
21098North Star Frog Spit
21099North Star Frog Spit
21089Whale of a Pail Chocolate Fudge Pai
21090Whale of a Pail Cookies n Cream
21104Whale of a Pail Neapolitan
21103Ruggle’s Orange Sherbet Quarts
21104Whale of a Pail Vanilla Chocolate
21089Whale of a Pail Vanilla
Product CodeItem Description
21090Whale of a Pail Vanilla
21090Super Dip Chocolate Pail
21103Super Dip Chocolate Swirl Pail
21083Super Dip Chocolate Swirl Pail
21089Super Dip Chocolate Swirl Pail
21083Super Dip Cookie n Cream Pail
21106Super Dip Neapolitan 56oz
21104Super Dip Neapolitan Pail
21095Super Dip Strawberry 56
21106Super Dip Superfriends 56oz
21091Super Dip Vanilla 56
21083Super Dip Vanilla Pail
21103Super Dip Vanilla Pail
21089Super Dip Vanilla Pail
21090Super Dip Vanilla Pail
21106Super Dip Vanilla/Orange 56oz
21106Velvet erVanilla Lovers Trio 56oz
21091Velvet Banana Cream Pie 56
21088Velvet Birthday Cake 3 gallon
21084Velvet Black Walnut 3 gallon
21099Velvet Blackberry Cobbler 56
21095Velvet Blueberry Cheesecake 56
21095Velvet Buckeye Brownie 56
21091Velvet Buckeye Brownie 56
21095Velvet Buckeye Classic 56
21096Velvet Buckeye Classic Pint
21102Velvet Buckeye Sandwich 12/10pk
21096Velvet Butter Pecan & Cashew Pint
21105Velvet Campfire Smores 56oz
21100Velvet Caramel Pecan 56
21106Velvet Chocolate Pint
21096Velvet Chocolate Pint
21105Velvet Cookie Dough Extreme 56oz
21105Velvet Cookie Dough Extreme 3 gallon
21084Velvet Cookie n Cream 3 gallon
21092Velvet Cookies n Cream Pint
21103Velvet Cotton Candy 3 gallon
21092Velvet Dutch Chocolate 56
21089Velvet Dutch Chocolate 3 gallon
21102Velvet Dutch Chocolate 3 gallon
21099Velvet Elephant Ear 56
21084Velvet Elephant Ear 3 gallon
Product CodeItem Description
21092Velvet Homemade Vanilla 56
21105Velvet Homemade Vanilla 56oz
21100Velvet Kentucky Praline Pecan 56
21085Velvet Lime Sherbet Quart
21103Velvet Lime Sherbet Quarts
21091Velvet Mint Chocolate Chip 56
21102Velvet Mint Chocolate Chip 3 gallon
21091Velvet Moose Tracks 56
21095Velvet Moose Tracks 56
21096Velvet Moose Tracks Pint
21092Velvet Olde Tyme Vanilla 56
21105Velvet Olde Tyme Vanilla 56oz
21102Velvet Olde Tyme Vanilla 3 gallon
21084Velvet Orange Sherbet 3 gallon
21085Velvet Orange Sherbet Quart
21103Velvet Orange Sherbet Quarts
21091Velvet Original Vanilla 56
21084Velvet Original Vanilla 3 gallon
21089Velvet Original Vanilla 3 gallon
21100Velvet Original Vanilla 3 gallon
21102Velvet Original Vanilla 3 gallon
21084Velvet Pineapple Sherbet 3 gallon
21084Velvet Pineapple Sherbet Quart
21085Velvet Pineapple Sherbet Quart
21103Velvet Pineapple Sherbet Quarts
21103Velvet Rainbow Sherbet 3 gallon
21103Velvet Rainbow Sherbet Quarts
21085Velvet Raspberry Sherbet Quart
21084Velvet Sea Salt Caramel Toffee 3 gallon
21099Velvet Summertime Peach 56
21099Velvet Summertime Peach 3 gallon
21084Velvet Summertime Peach 3 gallon
21092Velvet Triple Chocolate Chunk 56
21100Velvet Vanilla Bean 3 gallon
21088Velvet Vanilla Pint
21106Velvet Vanilla Pint

“We’re conducting this voluntary recall in cooperation with the FDA out of consideration for the wellbeing and safety of our customers and consumers,” said Velvet Ice Cream CEO Luconda Dager. “We continue to be committed to serving consumers with high quality ice cream and sherbet products.”

Anyone who has the recalled product in their possession should dispose of it immediately or return it to the place of purchase for a refund. Consumers with questions may contact Velvet Ice Cream at 800-589-5000 x237 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday. Or visit its website at www.velveticecream.com/contact-usExternal Link Disclaimer.

** Guan’s Mushroom Co of Commerce, CA is recalling all cases of its 200g/7.05-ounce packages of Enoki Mushroom (Product of China) because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.  Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The recalled products were distributed from CA, NY, PA through produce distributors or wholesalers to retail stores nationwide.

The Enoki comes in a 200g/7.05ounces, clear plastic package with the description “Enoki Mushroom” in English, Korean and French, and Guan’s logo in the front.  At the back, there is UPC code: 810023170303.  Product code is RY3428A or RY3434A in the front bottom.

The product is being shipped in a white cardboard box with 25 pcs of 200g.  The box contains Guan’s logo in blue color and product code RY3428A or RY3434A.

Consumers who have purchased 200g packages of Enoki are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.  Consumers with question may contact the company at 323.223.1188. 

** Super World Trading Inc., a Brooklyn, N.Y. establishment, is recalling approximately 26,270 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) imported Siluriformes products. The products were imported from the People’s Republic of China, a country ineligible to export processed Siluriformes products to the United States, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. 

The following products are subject to recall, regardless of the product date: 

  • 4.23 oz. (120g) plastic tray and cover packages containing “Golden Spoon Hot Pot Fish Chips”.

** Golden Medal Mushroom Inc. of Los Angeles, CA is recalling all cases of its 200g/7.05-ounce packages of Enoki Mushrooms (Product of Korea) because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The recalled products were distributed to CA, IL, and TX through produce distributors or wholesalers to retail stores nationwide.

The Enoki comes in a 200g/7.05ounces, clear plastic and green package with the description “Enoki Mushroom” in English and labeled “Product of Korea”. On the back there is UPC 809165582015 on the bottom left and Golden Medal Mushroom Inc.’s name and address, along with instructions to keep refrigerated and cook through before eating. Consumers who have purchased 200g packages of Enoki are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumers with question may contact the company at (213) 892-9966. Monday- Friday 6:30AM to 1:00Pm

**

** Durisan Announces a Voluntary Recall Expansion of its Antimicrobial Hand Sanitizer

Sanit Technologies LLC d/b/a Durisan announces a voluntary recall expansion of its Durisan Antimicrobial Hand Sanitizer, NonAlcohol products in various sizes listed to now include products that have not yet expired. The products are being recalled due to out of specification microbial contamination. The issue was discovered during a routine audit.

To date, no reports of adverse reactions or customer complaints have been reported related to this recall.

The product is intended to be applied topically to help reduce bacteria on the skin that could cause diseases when soap and water are not available.

Use of a hand sanitizer contaminated with Burkholderia contaminans, generally considered to be of low virulence, can range from no reaction to possible infections in a person with a hand wound or scrapes because the bacteria could enter the bloodstream, especially in patients with compromised immune systems. The product is packaged in sizes ranging from 18mL credit cards, to bottles sized in 118, 236, 300 and 550 mL and 1000mL wall mounted dispenser refills. 

** JBS USA Food Company, a Greeley, Colo. firm and Importer of Record, is recalling approximately 4,860 pounds of imported boneless beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The raw, frozen, boneless beef products were imported on or around Nov. 10, 2020 and distributed for further processing. The following products are subject to recall [View Label (PDF Only)]:

  • 60-lb. cardboard boxes containing “95CL BONELESS BEEF PRODUCT OF AUSTRALIA” with “PACKED ON: 02-SEP-20” and Australian “EST. 4” on the packaging label.

The products were shipped to distributors and further processors in New York and Pennsylvania.

The problem was discovered when FSIS collected a routine product sample that confirmed positive for the presence of E. coli O157:H7. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.

Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a healthcare provider. E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps 2–8 days (3–4 days, on average) after exposure the organism. While most people recover within a week, some develop a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). This condition can occur among persons of any age but is most common in children under 5-years old and older adults. It is marked by easy bruising, pallor, and decreased urine output. Persons who experience these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately. Consumers with food safety questions can call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) or live chat via Ask USDA from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. 

** Libertyville, IL, A-S Medication Solutions, LLC (ASM) is voluntarily recalling 198,350 bottles of Acetaminophen Extra Strength 500 mg Tablets, 100 ct. bottles (NDC# 50090-5350-0) contained in Health Essentials Kits distributed by Humana to its members. See the photo below. This recall is being conducted to the consumer level. These over-the-counter (OTC) analgesic products contain an incomplete prescription drug label rather than the required OTC Drug Facts label.

Risk Statement: Use of acetaminophen could be potentially harmful if safety warnings contained on the OTC label are not observed including: liver damage if consumers exceed the recommended dose, combine use with excessive consumption of alcohol, or are allergic to the active ingredient. To date, the Company has not received any reports of adverse events related to this recall.

The product is used as a pain and fever reliever. The 100-count bottles labeled with NDC 50090-5350-0 are packaged in white plastic bottles contained in a clear plastic bag with other seasonal products labeled as a Health Essentials Kit. Distribution likely occurred between 1/14/21 and 3/15/21 nationwide in the USA. Expiration dates are either 7/31/22 or 8/31/22. The affected bottles that should be returned contain a short Rx drug label that lacks the full OTC Drug Facts chart.

ASM is also notifying its distributors and customers by mail and is arranging for return of all recalled products. Consumers and distributors that have this product which is being recalled should stop using it and return it in preaddressed return mailers that will be provided by ASM or the distributors.

Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact ASM by telephone at 847.680.3515 x 236, from 9-5 p.m. CST, or e-mail at anel.figueroa@a-smeds.com. Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they experience any problems that may be related to taking or using this or any drug product.

Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to 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.

NDC # 50090-5350-0

Lot #s 323206, 323207, 323208, 323209, 323210, 323211, 323212, 323213, 323214, 323215, 323216, 323218, 323219, 323220, 323222, 323223, 323224, 323238, 335353, 335354, 335355, 335356, 335358, 335359, 335360, 335361, 335362, 335363, 335364, 335365, 335366, 335367, 335368, 335369, 335370, 335371, 335372, 335373, 335374, 335375, 335376, 335377, 335395, and 352116.

** GraceKennedy Foods (USA) LLC (GK Foods USA) has announced a voluntary recall of a batch of its La Fe Peppers and Onions, due to the probable presence of extraneous material.

Derrick Reckord, President and CEO of GK Foods USA, owner of the La Fe brand, explained that the Voluntary Class 2 Recall has been initiated because there possibly could be small pieces of blue plastic in the product. If consumed, these plastic pieces could cause adverse health consequences. A Class 2 recall is issued when there is a remote probability of adverse health effects from the consumption of a product.

Mr. Reckord went on to say that there have been no reports of any adverse health issues associated with the affected product to date, and that GK Foods USA was recalling the entire batch out of an abundance of caution.

The batch of La Fe Peppers and Onions being recalled by Grace Foods USA comprises of 187 cases of the product which has been distributed in the North-East USA only. The product is included in La Fe’s vegetable blends category, and more details on the batch being recalled can be found below:

  • Brand/Product – La Fe Peppers & Onions
  • Net Weight – 16oz
  • Batch Number – Lot # KR043021
  • Best Before Date: March 2023

Consumers with questions pertaining to the recall may contact Ricardo Bryan at GK USA at 201.329.6260 ext. 5137 Mondays to Fridays between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST. or via email to ricardo.bryan@gkco.com.

** USDA Announces Funding Available to Organizations to Assist Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers under Pandemic Assistance for Producers Initiative

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WASHINGTON, April 5, 2021— The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) today announced the availability of $2 million to establish partnerships with organizations to provide outreach and technical assistance to socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers. The funding was made possible by USDA’s new Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative, an effort to distribute resources more broadly and to put greater emphasis on outreach to small and socially disadvantaged producers impacted by the pandemic. Today also marks the reopening of FSA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2) signup as part of the Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative. Farmers and ranchers will have at least 60 days to apply or make modifications to existing CFAP 2 applications.

** The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert for for approximately 39 pounds of raw ground chorizo sausage products due to concerns that the products may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically hard pieces of crystalline material. FSIS is issuing this public health alert out of the utmost of caution to ensure that consumers are aware that these products should not be consumed. A recall was not requested because it is believed that the products are no longer available for consumers to purchase.

The fresh and frozen raw ground chorizo sausage items were produced on March 8, 2021 by Century Oak Packing Company, an establishment in Mt. Angel, Ore. The following product is subject to the public health alert:

  • 1-lb. packages containing “Lonely Lane Farms Family Farm Since 1939 OREGON RAISED Chorizo Sausage” and product ID 21067-6.

The products bear establishment number “EST. M40256” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were sold at a farmer’s market and also shipped to retail locations in Oregon.                                 

The problem was discovered when the firm received three consumer complaints reporting findings of hard pieces of crystalline material in the product.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.  

FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumers’ refrigerators or freezers or both. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

Consumers with questions can contact Century Oak Packing at 503-845-4180. Members of the media with questions about the public health alert can contact Evelyn Shop, Media and Communications Director at Century Oak Packing at (718) 772-2350

** MG Foods of Charlotte, NC is expanding its recall issued March 10, 2021 to include three Turkey Wraps due to potential contamination of Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short- term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, a Listeria monocytogenes infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The products were distributed between March 3, 2021 and March 5,  2021 and packaged in clear plastic wedges & plastic wrap. The products were sold exclusively via vending machines and micro markets located in business locations in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and West Virginia. The company reacted swiftly and as of end-of-day March 5, 2021 affected products were removed from sale at all locations.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

PRODUCTSIZEUPCCONTAINERUSE BY DATES
Fresh to You Deluxe Club Wrap10.39 ozMGF9814Plastic Wedge3/7/2021
MG Foods Roasted Turkey in a Tomato Basil Wrap6.90 oz1 00000 50005 7Plastic Wedge3/7/2021
MG Foods The Club in a Spinach Wrap8.50 oz1 00000 50008 8Plastic Wedge3/7/2021

Product labels are attached for identification of products.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged to discard any remaining product. Consumers may contact MG Foods at 1-855-424-8390 Monday thru Friday 7:00am – 7:00 pm EST for any questions related to this recall or to request a full refund.

** Food Lion is recalling select lots of Taste of Inspirations Parmesan Garlic Wing Sause because they were mislabeled and contain an undeclared allergen (fish). The impacted products may have been purchased between Feb. 20, 2021 – March 20, 2021, and include the following information on the bottle:

  • Lot code 210305 and a Best By Date of March 5, 2022

Customers with fish allergies who purchased the impacted products should not consume them. All customers who purchased impacted product may return it to their local Food Lion store for a refund equal to double the purchase price in accordance with Food Lion’s “Double Your Money Back Guarantee.”

For more information, visit www.foodlion.com

** BC Food LA, LLC., a South El Monte, Calif. firm, doing business as B & C Food Co., is recalling approximately 1,643 pounds of Chinese style hot pot base products containing beef tallow. The products were imported from the People’s Republic of China, a country ineligible to export beef to the United States, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The Chinese style hot pot base products were imported on or around June 24, 2020. The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF Only)]:

  • 10.5-oz. (300 g) Plastic vacuum wrapped packages containing a “Lee’s 52° Da Zhuang” Hot Pot Base.
  • 10.5-oz. (300 g) Plastic vacuum wrapped packages containing a “Lee’s 45° Da Zhuang” Hot Pot Base.
  • 10.5-oz. (300 g) Plastic vacuum wrapped packages containing a “Lee’s 36° Da Zhuang” Hot Pot Base. 

The product labels are written in the Chinese language. Refer to the label link here for additional product information. The products do not bear an establishment number nor a USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations in California, Nevada, and Oklahoma.

The problem was discovered when FSIS received an anonymous report of ineligible beef tallow products imported from China.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider.  

FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumers’ homes. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

Consumers and members of the media with questions about the recall can contact Allen Pung, President, BC Food LA, LLC, at (213) 422-7473.

** Rong Shing Trading Inc., a Brooklyn, N.Y. firm, doing business as Double R Trading Inc., is recalling approximately 3,365 pounds of Chinese style hot pot base products containing beef tallow. The products were imported from the People’s Republic of China, a country ineligible to export beef to the United States, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The Chinese style hot pot base products were imported on or around February 14, 2020. The following products are subject to recall:

  • 450g Plastic vacuum wrapped packages containing a “Lee’s 52° Da Zhuang” Hot Pot Base and a Sell By date of January 29, 2022 on the label.
     
  • 300g Plastic vacuum wrapped packages containing a “Lee’s 45° Da Zhuang” Hot Pot Base and a Sell By date of June 30, 2021 on the label.

The product labels are written in the Chinese language. Refer to the label link here for additional product information. The products do not bear an establishment number nor a USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations nationwide.                            

The issue was identified after FSIS received a consumer complaint.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider.  

FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumers’ homes. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

Consumers and members of the media with questions about the recall can contact Ling Zhao, Manager, Rong Shing Trading Inc., at (718) 308-1177 or rongshing4757@gmail.com.

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What is Ocean Acidification?


SalmonAcidification

The Chemistry

When carbon dioxide (CO2) is absorbed by seawater, chemical reactions occur that reduce seawater pH, carbonate ion concentration, and saturation states of biologically important calcium carbonate minerals. These chemical reactions are termed “ocean acidification” or “OA” for short. Calcium carbonate minerals are the building blocks for the skeletons and shells of many marine organisms. In areas where most life now congregates in the ocean, the seawater is supersaturated with respect to calcium carbonate minerals. This means there are abundant building blocks for calcifying organisms to build their skeletons and shells. However, continued ocean acidification is causing many parts of the ocean to become undersaturated with these minerals, which is likely to affect the ability of some organisms to produce and maintain their shells.

Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, the pH of surface ocean waters has fallen by 0.1 pH units. Since the pH scale, like the Richter scale, is logarithmic, this change represents approximately a 30 percent increase in acidity. Future predictions indicate that the oceans will continue to absorb carbon dioxide and become even more acidic. Estimates of future carbon dioxide levels, based on business as usual emission scenarios, indicate that by the end of this century the surface waters of the ocean could be nearly 150 percent more acidic, resulting in a pH that the oceans haven’t experienced for more than 20 million years.

The Biological Impacts

Ocean acidification is expected to impact ocean species to varying degrees. Photosynthetic algae and seagrasses may benefit from higher CO2 conditions in the ocean, as they require CO2 to live just like plants on land. On the other hand, studies have shown that a more acidic environment has a dramatic effect on some calcifying species, including oysters, clams, sea urchins, shallow water corals, deep sea corals, and calcareous plankton. When shelled organisms are at risk, the entire food web may also be at risk. Today, more than a billion people worldwide rely on food from the ocean as their primary source of protein. Many jobs and economies in the U.S. and around the world depend on the fish and shellfish in our oceans.


Pteropods

The pteropod, or “sea butterfly”, is a tiny sea creature about the size of a small pea. Pteropods are eaten by organisms ranging in size from tiny krill to whales and are a major food source for North Pacific juvenile salmon. The photos below show what happens to a pteropod’s shell when placed in sea water with pH and carbonate levels projected for the year 2100. The shell slowly dissolves after 45 days.  Photo credit: David Liittschwager/National Geographic Stock. Used with permission. All rights reserved. National Geographic Images.

Pteropod image showing acidification results


Shellfish

Freshly harvested oysters from Yaquina Bay, Oregon

In recent years, there have been near total failures of developing oysters in both aquaculture facilities and natural ecosystems on the West Coast. These larval oyster failures appear to be correlated with naturally occurring upwelling events that bring low pH waters undersaturated in aragonite as well as other water quality changes to nearshore environments. Lower pH values occur naturally on the West Coast during upwelling events, but a recent observations indicate that anthropogenic CO2 is contributing to seasonal undersaturation. Low pH may be a factor in the current oyster reproductive failure; however, more research is needed to disentangle potential acidification effects from other risk factors, such as episodic freshwater inflow, pathogen increases, or low dissolved oxygen. It is premature to conclude that acidification is responsible for the recent oyster failures, but acidification is a potential factor in the current crisis to this $100 million a year industry, prompting new collaborations and accelerated research on ocean acidification and potential biological impacts.

Photo: Freshly harvested oysters from Yaquina Bay, Oregon (Credit: NOAA)


Coral

Many marine organisms that produce calcium carbonate shells or skeletons are negatively impacted by increasing CO2 levels and decreasing pH in seawater. For example, increasing ocean acidification has been shown to significantly reduce the ability of reef-building corals to produce their skeletons. In a recent paper, coral biologists reported that ocean acidification could compromise the successful fertilization, larval settlement and survivorship of Elkhorn coral, an endangered species. These research results suggest that ocean acidification could severely impact the ability of coral reefs to recover from disturbance. Other research indicates that, by the end of this century, coral reefs may erode faster than they can be rebuilt. This could compromise the long-term viability of these ecosystems and perhaps impact the estimated one million species that depend on coral reef habitat.  For more information on the impact of ocean acidification on coral, see NOAA’s Coral Reef Watch website.

Ocean Acidification: An Emerging Global Problem

Ocean acidification is an emerging global problem. Over the last decade, there has been much focus in the ocean science community on studying the potential impacts of ocean acidification. Since sustained efforts to monitor ocean acidification worldwide are only beginning, it is currently impossible to predict exactly how ocean acidification impacts will cascade throughout the marine food chain and affect the overall structure of marine ecosystems. With the pace of ocean acidification accelerating, scientists, resource managers, and policymakers recognize the urgent need to strengthen the science as a basis for sound decision making and action.

~ NOAA