November 2011

Four Star Import & Distribution Inc, 1075 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, New York, 11237 is recalling Noya Brand Boyal Dry Fish discovered by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors during a routine inspection and subsequent analysis of the product by New York State Food Laboratory personnel confirming that the product was not properly eviscerated prior to processing.

This product may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum spores, which can cause botulism, a serious and potentially fatal food–borne illness.

The sale of this type of fish is prohibited under New York State Agriculture and Markets regulations because Clostridium botulinum spores are more likely to be concentrated in the viscera than any other portion of the fish. Uneviscerated fish has been linked to outbreaks of botulism poisoning; symptoms of botulism include blurred or double vision, general weakness, poor reflexes, difficulty swallowing and respiratory paralysis.

The recalled Noya Brand Boyal Dry Fish comes in 200 gram plastic bags coded Best Before Dec. 2012 and is a product of Bangladesh. Noya Brand Boyal Dry Fish was sold nationwide.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

United Natural Foods previously announced a recall of its black bean tortillas due to potential contamination by clostridium botulinum bacteria.  In the previous recall, the affected products were stated as having a product date of 12-7-11. UNF has recently updated its recall, however, revising the date code of the affected products to 11-6-11. Below is specific information about the recalled product:

  • Brand: Gentes Foods
  • Product Information: Gordita Black Bean Tortillas
  • UPC code: 618032102021
  • Date code: 11-6-11 (printed on a white sticker found on the product packaging)
  • Net weight: 10 ounces
  • Packaging: 6 tortillas per vacuum-packed, clear sleeve container
  • Label: white lettering on an orange background

It is important to note that some products under the same date code are not affected by the recall because these products were not exposed to the absence of refrigeration controls. Gentes Foods Gordita Black Bean Tortillas having the same date code sold in the following stores are included in the recall:

  • Safeway #110 located at 1546 North Main,Salinas California
  • Safeway #2840 located at2010 Freedom Boulevard,Watsonville California
  • Safeway #3116 located at2255 Gellert Boulevard, SouthSan Francisco California
  • Safeway #3125 located at3889 San Pablo Avenue,Emeryville California

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Milford Bay Trout Farm Inc. are warning the public not to eat Milford Bay Smoked Trout Filet, after discovering the product may be contaminated with the bacteria Clostridium botulinum.

C. botulinum contains neurotoxins related to the muscular paralysis often seen in botulism, a life-threatening condition.

The affected product is sold vacuum-packaged at various weights. All best-before dates and lot codes are affected.

The smoked trout filets have been distributed in Ontario.

There have been no reported illnesses relating to the consumption of the product, according to the CFIA.

Food contaminated with C. botulinum may not look or smell spoiled, but consumption could lead to nausea, fatigue, dizziness and double vision, and in severe cases, paralysis, respiratory failure and death.

Four Star Import & Distribution Inc, 1075 Flushing Avenue is recalling Munia Brand Churi Dry Fish discovered by New York State Dept. of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors during a routine inspection and subsequent analysis of the product by New York State Food Laboratory personnel confirming that the product was not properly eviscerated prior to processing.

This product may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum spores, which can cause botulism, a serious and potentially fatal food–borne illness.

The sale of this type of fish is prohibited under New York State Agriculture and Markets regulations because Clostridium botulinum spores are more likely to be concentrated in the viscera than any other portion of the fish. Uneviscerated fish has been linked to outbreaks of botulism poisoning; symptoms of botulism include blurred or double vision, general weakness, poor reflexes, difficulty swallowing and respiratory paralysis.

The recalled Munia Brand Churi Dry Fish comes in 200 gram plastic bags with a code of Best Before April-2013 and is a product of Bangladesh. Munia Brand Churi Dry Fish was sold nationwide.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

United Natural Foods, Inc. is recalling selected types of FoodMatch, Inc. Divina Stuffed Olives, 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 is a potentially fatal form of food poisoning. It can cause symptoms that include 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.

The following products have been recalled:

  • DIVINA 4 OZ OLIVES,FETA CHEESE STUFFED UPC 63172352780
  • DIVINA 4 OZ OLIVES,BLUE CHEESE STUFFED UPC 63172352790

Divina Olives Stuffed with Feta Cheese were distributed to the stores identified below. The date codes affected states: Best Used By: 11 JAN 2012 and Best Used By: 1 FEB 2012.

SAFEWAY #0583 1606 N AVE SPEARFISH SD
SAFEWAY #1577 6520 S ACADEMY ROAD COLORADO SPRINGS CO
SAFEWAY #1615 3325 28TH STREET BOULDER CO
SAFEWAY #1644 7655 MCLAUGHLIN RD FALCON CO
SAFEWAY #2761 1165 MAIN ST LANDER WY
SAFEWAY #2792 27152 MAIN ST CONIFER CO
SAFEWAY #2910 1632 HOVER ROAD LONGMONT CO
AFEWAY #0853 7625 OLD GEORGETOWN ROAD BETHESDA MD
SAFEWAY #0942 12 WEST WASHINGTON ST MIDDLEBURG VA
SAFEWAY #1283 8646 RICHMOND HIGHWAY ALEXANDRIA VA
SAFEWAY #1606 9596 OLD KEENE MILL RD BURKE VA
SAFEWAY #1668 5510 NORBECK ROAD ROCKVILLE MD
SAFEWAY #1956 14939 SHADY GROVE ROAD ROCKVILLE MD
SAFEWAY #2650 43150 BROADLANDS PLAZA ASHBURN VA
SAFEWAY #4002 5727 BURKE CENTER BURKE VA
SAFEWAY #4205 415 14TH STREET SE WASHINGTON DC

 

Date codes Best Used By: 11 JAN 2012 and Best Used By: 1 FEB 2012 sold at other retail outlets have not been affected because the products were not exposed to a lack of refrigeration controls.

Divina Olives Stuffed with Blue Cheese were distributed to the following states: Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Nevada, South Dakota, Colorado, Wyoming, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington DC through the following retail stores: Genuardis, Carrs, Safeway, Pavilion and Vons. The following date codes were affected:

Best Used By: 11 JAN 2012, Best Used By: 15 DEC 2011, Best Used By: 30 DEC 2011, Best Used By: 1 FEB 2012

These date codes sold at other retail outlets have not been affected because the products were not exposed to a lack of refrigeration controls.

Divina Feta Cheese Stuffed Olives are packaged in plastic 4oz cup containers with a blue and yellow label.

Divina Blue Cheese Stuffed Olives are packaged in plastic 4oz cup containers with a blue label.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

These items have been recalled due to a lack of temperature control during the distribution process. UNFI inadvertently subjected the recall items to temperature ranges above those directed by the manufacturer.

Consumers who have purchased FoodMatch Inc. Divina Feta Cheese Stuffed Olives, or FoodMatch Inc. Divina Blue Cheese Stuffed Olives should not consume these products and are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Lisa Madsen of the Company at 1-401-528-8634, Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm.

United Natural Foods, Inc. is recalling selected types of Gentes Foods Gordita Black Bean Tortillas, 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.

The following product has been recalled:

GENTES FOODS 10 OZ GORDITA BLACK BEAN TORTILLAS UPC 618032102021

Gentes Foods Gordita Black Bean Tortillas were distributed to the Safeway and Pak N Save stores in California listed below. The date code is on a white sticker applied to the packaging that reads “12 7 11.” This date code sold at other retail outlets has not been affected.

  • SAFEWAY #1110 1546 N MAIN SALINAS CA
  • SAFEWAY #2840 2010 FREEDOM BLVD WATSONVILLE CA
  • PAK N SAVE #3116 2255 GELLERT BLVD S SAN FRANCISCO CA
  • PAK N SAVE #3125 3889 SAN PABLO AVE EMERYVILLE CA

Gentes Foods Gordita Black Bean Tortillas are packed as 6 tortillas in a vacuum packaged clear sleeve. The package is approximately 10oz in size and an orange label is on a clear wrapper with white lettering.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

These items have been recalled due to a lack of temperature control during the distribution process. UNFI inadvertently subjected the recall items to temperature ranges above those directed by the manufacturer.

Certain Pangasinan brand smoked seafood products are being recalled due to potential contamination with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death.  The company, Foremost Foods, International, Inc. of Pomona, CA, is recalling these products, shipped to California, Nevada, and Washington through Seafood City and Manila Seafood retail stores:

UPC Description Pack Size
2239257451 PANGASINAN Roundscad Smoked Galunggong 60 6 OZ
2239257470 PANGASINAN Mackerel Smoked Hasa Hasa 60 6 OZ

 

The recall was initiated after the FDA sampled the product and found it to be partially uneviscerated and may have the potential to cause Botulism.

There have been no illnesses reported to date.

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Symptoms of botulism poisoning begin within 6 hours to 10 days (average is 12 and 36 hours) after eating food that contains the toxin. Symptoms of botulism include double vision, blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, dry mouth, and muscle weakness that moves down the body, usually affecting the shoulders first, then the upper arms, lower arms, thighs, calves, etc. Paralysis of breathing muscles can cause a person to stop breathing and die, unless assistance with breathing (mechanical ventilation) is provided.

Consumers who have purchased the above mentioned products are urged to return them to their place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at (909) 525-9500 extension 154 (M-F 9:00AM to 5:00PM).

Nearly a week after a woman in Finland died from botulism poisoning — the result of eating tainted Italian olives — a U.S. distributor is warning consumers not to eat Bio Gaudiano Organic Olives Stuffed with Almonds because they may be contaminated with the Clostridium botulinum toxin.

The distributor, Pure Italian of Watertown, MA, together with the manufacturer and packer, Bio Gaudiano of Italy, are recalling all sizes of glass jars and cans and all lots of the Bio Gaudiano almond-stuffed olives, which were sold at the SoWa farmers market in South End, MA, and also distributed to other Massachusetts retailers.

The recalled organic olives sold at the SoWa farmers market were in 314 ml glass jar with a white label that reads Bio Gaudiano and a green twist-off metal lid with the lot number E0511X and an expiration date of 05/2013.

Other sizes and lots of the organic Italian olives went to unnamed Massachusetts retailers, according to the recall notice. The notice did not include label information on those products.

In Finland, two adults from the same household were hospitalized, and one died after eating Bio Gaudiano almond-stuffed olives. Both were diagnosed with botulism and their jar of stuffed organic olives was subsequently discovered to contain the toxin, the National Institute for Health and Welfare reported.

The Bio Gaudiano organic almond-stuffed olives implicated in the Finland botulism cases had the lot H2510X and an expiration date of 09/2012.