FDA/USDA February RECALLS -UPDATES FOR PREVIOUS MONTHS ~ SAFETY ALERTS ~ 2022


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** 2022 List of FDA recall pages for dried plums for lead contamination:

https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/rojas-inc-recalls-plain-dried-salted-plums-because-possible-health-risk

https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/la-fiesta-food-products-recalls-saladitos-salted-plums-chili-because-possible-health-risk

https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/ae-corrales-llc-recalls-saladitos-dried-salted-plums-chili-because-possible-health-risk

https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/el-chavito-inc-recalls-saladitos-dried-salted-plums-and-saladitos-enchilados-salted-plums-chili

https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/el-super-leon-ponchin-snacks-inc-recalls-saladitos-dry-salted-plums-because-possible-health-risk

https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/rojas-inc-recalls-plain-dried-salted-plums-because-possible-health-risk

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** The FDA is alerting the public that several categories of FDA-regulated products purchased from Jan. 1, 2021, through the present from Family Dollar stores in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee may be unsafe for consumers to use.

The impacted products originated from the companys distribution facility in West Memphis, Arkansas, where an FDA inspection found insanitary conditions, including a rodent infestation, that could cause many of the products to become contaminated.Conditions observed during the FDAs inspection included live rodents, dead rodents in various states of decay, rodent feces and urine, evidence of gnawing, nesting and rodent odors throughout the facility, dead birds and bird droppings, and products stored in conditions that did not protect against contamination.Rodent contamination may cause Salmonella and infectious diseases, which may pose the greatest risk to infants, children, pregnant women, the elderly and immunocompromised people.

** Morgan Foods, an Austin, Ind., establishment, is recalling approximately 2,205 pounds of Skyline chili due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The product contains milk, wheat, and soy, which are known allergens and are not declared on the product label. 

The cans labeled as chili product may actually contain cream of chicken soup and were produced on Dec. 21, 2021. The following product is subject to recall [View Labels]:

  • 10.5 oz. cans containing “Skyline CHILI ORIGINIAL CHILI” with a lot code “L2121”, product code “CHC8T UPY” on the bottom of the can, and a best by date of Dec. 21, 2023. The cans are packed in trays marked as “Skyline Original Chili” with an expiration date of December 21, 2024.   

The product subject to recall bears establishment number “EST. 6806” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations nationwide.

The problem was discovered by consumers who reported to the company that the cans labeled as chili contained cream of chicken soup.

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’ pantries. 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 lists 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 Bridget Castellini, Wordsmith Communications, (513) 515-9673 or bcastellini@wordsworthweb.com.

Consumers with food safety questions can call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 888-MPHotline (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/.

** La Fiesta Food Products, La Mirada California is recalling all lots of Saladitos Con Chile(Salted Plums with Chili) because it has the potential to be contaminated with lead.

Lead is a toxic substance present in our environment in small amounts and everyone is exposed to some lead from daily actions such as inhaling dust, eating food, or drinking water. Exposure to larger amounts of lead can cause lead poisoning. While lead can affect nearly every bodily system, its effects depend upon the amount of and duration of lead exposure and age of the person exposed.

Symptoms can include abdominal pain, vomiting, lethargy, irritability, weakness, behavior or mood changes, delirium, seizures, and coma. However, infants, young children and the developing fetus can be affected by chronic exposure to amounts of lead that may not result in obvious symptoms of lead poisoning. A child with lead poisoning may not look or act sick. Lead poising in children can cause: learning disabilities, developmental delays, and lower IQ scores.

The affected product was distributed in California as well as Nevada, North Carolina, and Georgia through distributors to retail stores from December 1, 2021 through January 31, 2022.

The impacted Saladitos Con Cr le(Salted Plums with Chili) products are identified below.

La Fiesta Brand Saladitos Con Chile(Salted Plums with Chili)
UPC#032327028290

There have been no reports of illnesses to date.

This recall is being made with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and California Department of Public Health Food & Drug Branch.

Consumers who have purchased this product are advised to dispose of it or return to place of purchase for refund. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider. Consumers with questions can contact 408-326-0487 or joe.nibali@lffp.com, Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm PST.

** The Royal Ice Cream Company, Inc. of Manchester, CT is recalling specific lots of Batch Ice Cream Brand Vanilla, Ginger, and Mocha Chip Ice Cream, 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 effected ice cream was distributed to Market Baskets in Mass, Big Y Stores in MA. and CT & Roach Brothers Markets in MA.

The products are packaged in paper 16oz pints with the Batch Ice Cream brand name and flavors clearly shown on the front. Products are coded with the Date of Manufacture as 1/19/22 and Best By: 7/19/23, found on the bottom of the cup. UPC Vanilla – 837654968505 Ginger- 83765496856- Mocha chip 83765496853

There have been no illnesses reported to date.

The recall was initiated by Royal Ice Cream after FDA sampling revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes on processing equipment. The company is holding future product and testing before releasing distribution of the products as FDA and the company continue their investigation as to what caused the problem.”

Consumers who have purchased Batch Ice Cream brand 16oz Vanilla, Ginger, or Mocha Chip Pints with the effected dates are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 860-649-5358, Monday thru Friday 7:30 to 5:00. EST.

** EL CHAVITO, INC. of San Diego, CA is recalling all lots of Saladitos Dried Salted Plums and Saladitos Enchilados Salted Plums With Chili because it has the potential to be contaminated with lead. This recall does not impact any other El Chavito brand products.

Lead is a toxic substance present in our environment in small amounts and everyone is exposed to some lead from daily actions such as inhaling dust, eating food, or drinking water. Exposure to larger amounts of lead can cause lead poisoning. While lead can affect nearly every bodily system, its effects depend upon the amount of and duration of lead exposure and age of the person exposed.

Symptoms can include abdominal pain, vomiting, lethargy, irritability, weakness, behavior or mood changes, delirium, seizures, and coma. However, infants, young children and the developing fetus can be affected by chronic exposure to amounts of lead that may not result in obvious symptoms of lead poisoning. A child with lead poisoning may not look or act sick. Lead poising in children can cause: learning disabilities, developmental delays, and lower IQ scores.

The affected product was distributed nationwide through distributors to retail stores, and online orders on El Chavito website from 01/09/2019 to 02/02/2022.

The impacted Saladitos Dried Salted Plums and Saladitos Enchilados Salted Plums with Chili products are identified below.

Item DescriptionUPCBatch/LotBest By Date
El Chavito® Saladitos Dried Salted Plums, net wt. 1.7 oz859470006049AllAll
El Chavito® Saladitos Dried Salted Plums, net wt. 1.7 oz850013297221AllAll
El Chavito® Saladitos Enchilados Salted Plums w/Chili, net wt. 1.7 oz859470006070AllAll

There have been no reports of illnesses to date.

This recall is being made with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and California Department of Public Health Food & Drug Branch.

El Chavito, Inc. will work with distributors and retailers to ensure that the recalled products are removed from store shelves.

Consumers who have purchased this product are advised to dispose of it or return to place of purchase for refund. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider. Consumers with questions can contact El Chavito via email at info@chavitomexcandy.com, Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm PST.

** Golden Medal Mushroom Inc. of Los Angeles, CA is recalling all cases of its 200g/7.05-ounce packages of Enoki Mushrooms, lot # 300511, 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 Enoki Mushroom has the lot # 300511. Product was distributed directly in Chicago, IL in January 2022, and it has been further distributed to retail stores nationwide.

The Enoki mushroom was packaged in a 200g/7.05ounces and has the UPC 6 953150 100684. Product is packaged in a vacuum sealed plastic package with upper transparent and lower portion has a black background. The product is “Product of China” and there is no English translation on label. There are no business name & address printed on packages.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

The potential for contamination was discovered after routine testing by Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in 200gram package of Enoki mushroom.

The distribution of the product has been suspended.

Consumers who have purchased Enoki mushroom are urged to discard of or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with question may contact the company at (323) 720-9126, Monday- Friday 6:30AM to 1:00PM PST.

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** El Super Leon Ponchin Snacks Inc of San Diego, CA (February 3rd, 2022) is recalling Saladitos Dry Salted Plums with and without Chili, El Leoncito and El Super Leon brands, because it has the potential to be contaminated with lead.

Lead is a toxic substance present in our environment in small amounts and everyone is exposed to some lead from daily actions such as inhaling dust, eating food, or drinking water. Exposure to larger amounts of lead can cause lead poisoning. While lead can affect nearly every bodily system, its effects depend upon the amount of and duration of lead exposure and age of the person exposed.

Symptoms can include abdominal pain, vomiting, lethargy, irritability, weakness, behavior or mood changes, delirium, seizures, and coma. However, infants, young children and the developing fetus can be affected by chronic exposure to amounts of lead that may not result in obvious symptoms of lead poisoning. A child with lead poisoning may not look or act sick. Lead poising in children can cause: learning disabilities, developmental delays, and lower IQ scores.

Products were distributed in California to different retails stores, grocery stores, convenience stores, and cash & carry stores. Products are packaged in plastic peg bags and usually sold near the registers at the stores. All of the lot codes for the product are included in the recall of Saladitos.

The affected products are sold under brands El Leoncito and El Super Leon and each package has a net weight of 1.05oz, 1.4oz, and 16oz. The Dry Salted Plum product is packaged with a green top packaging and the Dry Salted Plum with Chili and chamoy is packaged with red top packaging.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

The recall was initiated after the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) analyzed a sample at our location, and a sample from a store. Lab results showed the items had unsafe levels of lead.

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

Consumers who had acquired Dry Salted Plums from El Super Leon and El Leoncito brands in any of the presentations can dispose of the item. Any question regarding the recall you can call 619-271-0846, from 8am-2pm PST M-F.

** On February 3, 2022, A&E Corrales LLC, Seattle, WA is recalling Saladitos Dried Salted Plums With Chili because it has the potential to be contaminated with lead.

Lead is a toxic substance present in our environment in small amounts and everyone is exposed to some lead from daily actions such as inhaling dust, eating food, or drinking water. Exposure to larger amounts of lead can cause lead poisoning. While lead can affect nearly every bodily system, its effects depend upon the amount of and duration of lead exposure and age of the person exposed.

Symptoms can include abdominal pain, vomiting, lethargy, irritability, weakness, behavior or mood changes, delirium, seizures, and coma. However, infants, young children and the developing fetus can be affected by chronic exposure to amounts of lead that may not result in obvious symptoms of lead poisoning. A child with lead poisoning may not look or act sick. Lead poising in children can cause: learning disabilities, developmental delays, and lower IQ scores.

The affected product was distributed nationwide through distributors to retail stores, and online orders on Amazon and company website at spiceandchili.wazala.com from August 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021.

The impacted Saladitos Dried Salted Plums With Chili product has net weight of 16 oz (1 lb) with UPC # 0661799748162.

There have been no reports of illnesses to date.

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

Consumers who have purchased this product are advised to dispose of it or return to A&E Corrales LLC, PO Box 78531, Seattle, WA 98178. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider. Consumers with questions can contact dakarillc@yahoo.com.

** Jan. 28, 2022 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert due to concerns that ready-to-eat (RTE) chicken salad products produced by Simply Fresh Market, a Marietta, Ga. establishment, may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. A recall was not requested because the known affected product is no longer available in commerce for consumers to purchase.

The RTE chicken salad with apples and walnuts items were produced on Jan. 17, 2022. The following product is subject to the public health alert [view label]:

  • 8-oz and 16-oz. deli hinged containers of “simply fresh MARKET CHICKEN SALAD Apples & Walnuts” with a sell by date of “1/25” printed on the label.

The products bear establishment number “EST. P47170” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to three local markets in Atlanta, Ga.

The problem was discovered when the company notified FSIS that product sampling reported positive Listeria monocytogenes results.

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

Consumption of food contaminated with L. monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a serious infection that primarily affects older adults, persons with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women and their newborns. Less commonly, persons outside these risk groups are affected.

Listeriosis can cause fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. An invasive infection spreads beyond the gastrointestinal tract. In pregnant women, the infection can cause miscarriages, stillbirths, premature delivery or life-threatening infection of the newborn. In addition, serious and sometimes fatal infections can occur in older adults and persons with weakened immune systems. Listeriosis is treated with antibiotics. Persons in the higher-risk categories who experience flu-like symptoms within two months after eating contaminated food should seek medical care and tell the health care provider about eating the contaminated food.

FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumers’ refrigerators. 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 food safety questions can call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 888-MPHotline (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/.