January 2011

Mama Rose’s Gourmet Foods of Phoenix, AZ is voluntarily recalling Cilantro Con Queso, Garlic Con Queso, Viper Venom Con Queso and Hopi Corn Salsa, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death. Consumers are warned not to use the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled.

Botulism, a potentially fatal form of food poisoning, can cause the following symptoms: general weakness, dizziness, double-vision and trouble with speaking or swallowing. Difficulty in breathing, weakness of other muscles, abdominal distension and constipation may also be common symptoms. People experiencing these problems should seek immediate medical attention.

Product Description UPC Code Packaging Lot Number(s)

Mama Rose’s Cilantro Con Queso 7 90648 09020 3 12oz jars All 6 digit Lots beginning with 260… & 270…

Mama Rose’s Garlic Con Queso 7 90648 09010 4 12oz jars All 6 digit Lots beginning with 260… & 270…

Mama Rose’s Viper Venom Con Queso 7 90648 09000 5 12oz jars All 6 digit Lots beginning with 260… & 270…

Mama Rose’s Hopi Corn Salsa 7 906480 1070 6 12oz jars All 6 digit Lots beginning with 260… & 270…

Fred Harvey Hopi Corn Salsa 4 52030 16600 4 12oz jars All 6 digit Lots beginning with 260… & 270…

All Con Queso expiration dates of 01/10/12 and earlier and Salsa expiration dates of 01/06/13 and earlier located on a white sticker on the bottom of the jar are affected by this recall.

The listed Con Queso and Corn Salsa products were distributed in AZ and WA through retail stores and gift shops.

Hawaii Business Group Inc., Barb’s Favorite Recipes and Ohana Seafoods are recalling Barb’s Local Style Black Bean Sauce and Ohana Flavors Black Bean Sauce because of possible health risks due to the potential growth of Clostridium Botulinum, a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death.

Consumers should not to use the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled. The sauce was manufactured by First Commercial Kitchen LLC.

Botulism, a potentially fatal form of food poisoning, may cause the following symptoms: general weakness, dizziness, double-vision, and trouble with speaking or swallowing. Difficulty in breathing, abdominal distension, and constipation may also be common symptoms. People experiencing these problems should seek immediate medical attention.

The Black Bean Sauce is sold in 12oz. glass jars and labeled as Barb’s Local Style Black Bean Sauce or Ohana Flavors Black Bean Sauce. The UPC numbers on the product are 6-75981-42491-8 and 7-02003-72739-6. The recalled sauce was distributed on Oahu and Molokai.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem. A routine inspection discovered the problem.

At the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Justice today filed a complaint for permanent injunction against a Jamaica, N.Y.-based beverage company to prevent it from processing and distributing juice and other products.

Hank J. Hagen and Milton S. Reid and their company, Mystical One LLC (also known as Mystical One Juice LLC), are charged with violating the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act by failing to have a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) plan for certain juice products, such as the company’s carrot juice products, and by failing to comply with current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP).

The FDA requires all juice processors to prepare and implement HACCP plans that identify and control food hazards associated with their juices, and it requires all food manufacturers to follow cGMP. The FDA is not aware of illnesses associated with Mystical One’s juice products.

Among the violations observed by FDA investigators were failures to:

• adequately heat low-acid vegetable juices to destroy or prevent growth of dangerous microorganisms;

• properly clean food-contact surfaces; and

• maintain and monitor sanitation conditions at the manufacturing facility to prevent sources of possible food and water contamination.

Failure to identify and control food hazards could lead to the formation of Clostridium botulinum bacteria that can germinate in the carrot juice made by the company. The neurotoxin formed by these bacteria, when ingested in even very small amounts, could cause paralysis, difficulty breathing and death from asphyxiation. In 2006, six cases of botulism in the United States and Canada were linked to refrigerated carrot juice.

The complaint also charges Mystical One, Hagen and Reid with failing to conform to cGMP requirements for making, packing, or holding human food. Beverage products produced under conditions that do not comply with HACCP or GMP requirements are considered adulterated under the Act.

Violations cited by the FDA involved the following brands:

• Fresh Carrot Juice,

• Magnum Food Drink,

• Pineapple Ginger Drink,

• Sorrel & Ginger,

• Sea Moss, and

• Peanut Punch.

The company purchases ingredients, such as carrots, that originate outside of New York and sells products to food service establishments primarily in New York, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania.

The FDA’s most recent inspection at the Mystical One facility in August 2010 found the same or similar violations observed during previous inspections of the company. The agency issued a warning letter to the company in October 2009 and the company agreed to bring its operations into compliance. However, Mystical One did not make the necessary changes.

“This action shows that FDA will take strong enforcement action against companies that fail to put the required preventive controls in place to protect their customers from foodborne illness,” said Associate Commissioner for Regulatory Affairs Dara A. Corrigan. “Mystical One failed to adhere to food safety guidelines and we have stopped their operation.”

The injunction was filed by the Office of Loretta E. Lynch, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, together with the Department of Justice’s Office of Consumer Litigation.