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Apples recalled due to health risk

Jack Brown Produce is recalling certain types of apples due to possible Listeria contamination. Courtesy photo.

Jack Brown Produce, Inc. of Sparta, Michigan, is recalling Gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp and Golden Delicious apples processed and shipped by one of its suppliers, Nyblad Orchards, Inc., on December 11 through December 16, 2017, 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 from Listeria such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. No illnesses have been reported to date.

The recalled apples were distributed through retail stores in Michigan, Georgia, Missouri, Indiana and Ohio. The product at issue consists of the following types of apples sold or distributed by Jack Brown Produce, Inc. under the brand name “Apple Ridge” including:

  1. Honeycrisp apples in two-pound clear plastic bags;
  2. Gala, Fuji, and Golden Delicious apples in 3-pound clear plastic bags;
  3. Fuji and Gala apples in 5-pound red-netted mesh bags; and
  4. Gala, Fuji and Honeycrisp apples that were tray-packed/individually sold.

The potentially-affected product can be identified by the following lot numbers printed on the bag label and/or bag-closure clip:

Fuji: NOI 163, 165, 167, 169, 174

Honeycrisp: NOI 159, 160, 173 Golden Delicious: NOI 168 
Gala: NOI 164, 166 on either the product labels and/or bag-closure clip.

The recall was the result of a routine sampling program at the Nyblad Orchards, Inc. facility which revealed that finished products contained Listeria monocytogenes. Jack Brown Produce, Inc. has ceased the distribution of any further products processed at Nyblad Orchards as the FDA and the Company continue their investigation as to what caused the problem.

Consumers who have purchased Gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp and Golden Delicious Apples under the brand name “Apple Ridge” on or after December 11, 2017 are urged to destroy the product and contact Jack Brown Produce, Inc. for a full refund.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at 616-887-9568 (Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET) and ask for Lisa Ingalls.


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Two flavors of Betty Crocker cake mix recalled


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Betty Crocker Super Moist Party Rainbow Chip Cake mix and Betty Crocker Delights Super Moist Carrot Cake Mix has been recalled due to the possibility of E. coli O121 in the flour used in the flavor chips.

Consumers reminded not to consume uncooked cake batter or raw flour products

MINNEAPOLIS – Out of an abundance of caution, two flavors of Betty Crocker cake mix sold in the U.S. and one flavor sold in Canada have been added to General Mills’ previously announced flour recall from July 1, 2016. No illnesses reported to date have been connected to cake mix. No other General Mills or Betty Crocker mixes are included in this recall.

Two flavors of cake mix — Betty Crocker Delights Super Moist Party Rainbow Chip Cake Mix (called Betty Crocker Super Moist Rainbow Bit Cake Mix in Canada) and Betty Crocker Delights Super Moist Carrot Cake Mix — have been added to the recall as they contain flavor chips (or bits) produced using Wondra flour, which was included in General Mills’ previous July 1 recall announcement. General Mills continues to collaborate with health officials to investigate a multistate outbreak of E. coli O121 connected to several brands of flour.

This recall applies only to the specific product and date codes listed below.

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Betty Crocker Super Moist Party Rainbow Chip Cake mix and Betty Crocker Delights Super Moist Carrot Cake Mix has been recalled due to the possibility of E. coli O121 in the flour used in the flavor chips.

The affected Betty Crocker cake mixes sold in the U.S.:

Betty Crocker Delights Super Moist Party Rainbow Chip Cake Mix
Package UPC 000-16000-40997
Recalled Better if Used by Dates 25MAR2017, 28MAR2017, 27APR2017, 28APR2017, 23MAY2017, 24MAY2017, 25MAY2017
Betty Crocker Delights Super Moist Carrot Cake Mix
Package UPC 000-16000-40987
Recalled Better if Used by Dates 12APR2017, 13APR2017, 14APR2017, 28MAY2017, 29MAY2017, 30MAY2017, 07JUL2017, 08JUL2017


The affected Betty Crocker cake mix sold in Canada:

Betty Crocker Super Moist Rainbow Bit Cake Mix
Package UPC 000-65633-46589
Recalled Better if Used by Dates 27AL2017, 08JN2017, 09JN2017

If you possess any products included in this recall, they should be thrown away. A full list of retail products included in the flour recall can be found at http://www.generalmills.com/flour.

Guidance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) continues to be that consumers should refrain from consuming any raw dough or batter products. E. coli O121 is eliminated by heat through baking, frying, sautéing or boiling products. All surfaces, hands and utensils should be properly cleaned after contact with flour, batter, or dough.

Although most strains of E. coli are harmless, others can make you sick. E. coli O121 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea and dehydration. Seniors, the very young, and persons with compromised immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness. Anyone diagnosed by a physician as having an illness related to E. coli O121 is also urged to contact state and local public health authorities.

U.S. consumers with questions or requesting Betty Crocker replacement product should contact General Mills at 800-230-8103. Canadian consumers with questions about the Betty Crocker products including in the recall, or requesting replacement, should contact General Mills Canada at 800-526-4579. Additional recall information can also be found at http://www.generalmills.com/flour.


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Emerald Cashews recalled

N-recall3Snyder’s-Lance, Inc. is initiating a voluntary recall for a limited amount of Emerald® 100 Calorie Pack Roasted & Salted Cashew Halves & Pieces product, distributed nationwide, due to the possible presence of small glass pieces. This voluntary recall covers only specific production codes of the following product:

Emerald® 100 Calorie Pack Roasted & Salted Cashew Halves & Pieces 7 Packs / 0.62oz.

No injuries have been reported to date. They are recalling these products because they may contain small pieces of glass that could potentially cause injury. They believe the source of the glass to be the raw cashews received from one of their suppliers under a specific lot code.

A consumer complaint alerted them to the problem.

Consumers who may have purchased the product listed above should not consume it but should contact Consumer Affairs for a full refund online at http://www.emeraldnuts.com/contact-emerald/ or by calling 503-364-0399 between 8am and 5pm Pacific Time, Monday – Friday.

The voluntary recall is limited to the production codes listed below. To locate the production code on the carton or inner package, consumers should look next to the nutrition facts panel. No other production codes, sizes or varieties of Emerald products are affected by this recall.

Information regarding Emerald product affected by this recall: Retail Carton UPC 0 10300 33324 1; Retail Carton before dates of 12 DEC 16, 13 DEC 16, 18 DEC 16, 21 DEC 16; Inner package UPC code of 0 10300 33399 9; and Inner package production codes of 15346D346S, 15347D346S, 15352D346S and 15355D346S.

The quality and safety of our products are the top priority for our company,” said a company spokesperson, in a news release issued April 1. “We apologize to our retail customers and consumers and sincerely regret any inconvenience created by this recall. We are working and cooperating fully with the U. S. Food & Drug Administration on this voluntary recall.”

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Nationwide recall on eggs makes it to Michigan

More than 500 million eggs have been recalled due to more than 1,000 people getting sick from salmonella. And the Michigan Department of Agriculture confirmed Tuesday that some of those eggs have made it to Michigan.

No illnesses from the eggs have been reported here. The Michigan Department of Agriculture said Tuesday that the eggs weren’t sold directly to Michigan customers, but some food distributors sold the eggs to Michigan locations.

“This is a fluid, changing process as the investigation is ongoing. Federal, state, and local investigators follow the chain of evidence to identify the various channels of distribution,” said Don Koivisto, MDA Director. “The best advice I can give is be an informed consumer – ask where eggs are purchased and always cook your eggs well. And, always, the best rule of thumb is when in doubt, throw it out.”

The contaminated eggs have been traced to two Iowa egg producers—Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms. The recalls of eggs began on August 13 and were expanded on August 18 and 20.

Retailers, institutions, and food service facilities, particularly those serving high risk populations, such as nursing homes, senior citizen nutrition programs, schools or hospitals, should contact their suppliers to verify that they have not received recalled product. Firms receiving recalled products should follow disposition instructions from their supplier.

MDA continues to work with state and federal investigators to identify where the recalled eggs were distributed and will be conducting recall effectiveness checks to ensure recalled eggs are being removed from the marketplace.

The eggs were packaged under a variety of names. Visit http://www.fda.gov/Food/NewsEvents/WhatsNewinFood/ucm223536.htm to see if your eggs are affected.

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Medicine for children recalled

Children’s liquid Tylenol, Motrin among products recalled

Working in consultation with the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), McNeil Consumer Healthcare is implementing a voluntary recall of infant and children’s liquid products due to manufacturing deficiencies that may affect quality, purity or potency. Following McNeil’s recall announcement on Friday evening, the FDA is providing additional advice to consumers.

“We want to be certain that consumers discontinue using these products and that they know what to do if they have concerns about a specific product,” said Commissioner of Food and Drugs Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D. “While the potential for serious health problems is remote, Americans deserve medications that are safe, effective and of the highest quality. We are investigating the products and facilities associated with this recall and will provide updates as we learn more.”

What products are affected by this recall?

The products include certain liquid infant’s and children’s Tylenol®, Motrin®, Zyrtec®, and Benadryl® products. For a complete list of recalled products, please see the recall notice at http://www.mcneilproductrecall.com/.

Why were these products recalled?

McNeil Consumer Healthcare is initiating this voluntary recall because some of these products may not meet required quality standards. As a precautionary measure, parents and caregivers should not administer these products to their children. Some of the products included in the recall may contain a higher concentration of active ingredient than specified; others contain inactive ingredients that may not meet internal testing requirements; and others may contain tiny particles. While the potential for serious medical events is remote, FDA advises consumers who have purchased these recalled products to discontinue use.

What can I use instead of the recalled products?

There are a number of other products on the market, including generic versions of the recalled products, which are intended for use in infants and children and are not affected by the recall. FDA recommends that you check the labeling of these products. If you have any questions, you should discuss this with your pharmacist or other health care professional. FDA does not anticipate that there will be a shortage of alternative products.

Can I give my child adult strength Tylenol® or Motrin® products that are not being recalled?

No. Consumers should not give drug products to infants and children that are not intended for those age groups. This could result in serious harm.

What should I do if I have some of the medication at home?

FDA recommends that consumers stop using these products.

For further instructions, see McNeil’s website at: www.mcneilproductrecall.com2

I gave my child some of the medication. What do I do? Is my child at risk?

According to the information the FDA has received at this time, the potential for serious medical problems is remote. If your child exhibits any unexpected symptoms after use of any of the recalled products, contact your health care professional.

If I think my child may be having an adverse reaction to one of the products involved in this recall who should I notify?

Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of these products may be reported to FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail, or by fax, using the contact information at the bottom of this sheet. The agency asks health care professionals and consumers to report any adverse reactions to the FDA’s MedWatch Program by fax at 1-800-FDA-0178, by mail at MedWatch, FDA, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852-9787, or on the MedWatch website at www.fda.gov/medwatch3.

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Recall expansion of DVD players due to fire hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Walmart, announced a voluntary recall of Durabrand DVD Players. The original recall of the silver Durabrand DVD player has been expanded to also include the pink and purple-colored versions of the same DVD player.

NRecallDVDplayerAccording to the recall, the DVD player’s circuit board can overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers. Walmart has received 14 reports of DVD players overheating, seven of which have resulted in fires that caused property damage. No injuries have been reported.

About 4.2 million players are affected.

This recall involves a single DVD player with a remote control. The device was sold in three colors—silver, pink and purple and has a U-shaped opening at the top to insert the DVD. The DVD players were sold under the following UPC codes and model numbers:

  • Silver: UPC 1799901002, Model No. 1002
  • Pink: UPC 1799934100, Model No. 1002 PINK
  • Purple: UPC 1799932100, Model No. 1002 PUR

They were sold exclusively at: Wal-Mart stores nationwide from January 2006 through July 2009 for about $29.

Consumers should immediately stop using the product and return it to the nearest Walmart for a full refund. For additional information, contact Walmart Stores at (800) 925-6278 between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.walmartstores.com.

CPSC is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports related to this product. Please tell us about it by visiting https://www.cpsc.gov/cgibin/incident.aspx.

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