Friday, April 20, 2018

New #foodsafety #recall #undeclared #walnut #allergen in Eataly USA Artichoke Spread

Eataly USA Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Walnuts in Artichoke Spread

April 19, 2018





Eataly USA of New York City, New York is recalling Eataly Artichoke Spread, because it may contain undeclared walnuts. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to walnuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.
Eataly Artichoke Spread was distributed in New York City sold at Eataly Flatiron, located at 200 5th Avenue, New York, 10010.
The product us packed in a plastic container and has a front and back label. The front label says “Eataly artichoke spread” nt wt.7 oz. 200g, UPC: 612067. The back label lists the ingredients and mentions the expiration date of 05.12.
The problem was found by a costumer who is allergic to nuts. He did not encounter any illness, but had a light allergic reaction. The customer declined to fill out the Eataly incident form and just wanted to bring the seriousness of what happened to our attention. Subsequent investigation indicates that the problem was caused by a temporary breakdown in the packaging process.
Consumer who have purchased the product need to be aware that it contains walnuts as an ingredient. For customer who are not allergic to walnuts, the product is totally safe.
Consumers who have purchased Eataly Artichoke Spread are urged to return it to the Eataly NYC Flatiron. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-201-875-0606, Monday – Friday, 10:00am – 5:00pm.

Today was the HRM Fiesta (end of year celebration)

The students from both our events class and the advanced foodservice operations class put together our end of year celebration, the HRM Fiesta.

food was great and there was a lot of fun. I competed against one of my students in a pie eating contest (a pan of whipped cream and 10 M&M's, whoever finds and eats all the M&M's wins)

here are the pictures, enjoy.the last picture is Pin the Mustache on Chef...



Recent #outbreak of #HepatitisA and what you should know.

Recently, two outbreaks of Hepatitis A (Hep A) have been confirmed; however, outbreaks of Hepatitis A are becoming more and more common, which I find odd, since there is a vaccination for it. The vaccine can be administered up to 14 days after exposure. Symptoms begin to appear within 15 to 50 days after ingestion (see below for Hepatitis A information).

The two outbreaks were confirmed by laboratory analysis at a Buffalo Wild Wings in Warren Michigan, and a Dave & Buster's in Toledo, Ohio.

What you should know about Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is a virus that is found in the feces of infected individuals. It can contaminate many types of food in addition to water, and is commonly linked with ready-to-eat foods; however, it has also been linked to shellfish that has been contaminated by sewage.

The virus is primarily transmitted to food when an infected foodhandler touches food or equipment with fingers that have feces on them. While eating only a small amount of the virus can make a person sick, the symptoms may not show for weeks even though the person can be very infections. Cooking DOES NOT destroy Hepatitis A.

The most common symptoms of Hepatitis A are: fever, general weakness, nausea, abdominal pain, and jaundice (appears later).

Aside from the most important prevention measure (practicing good person hygiene), other prevention methods include:

1. Keep employees who have jaundice out of the operation.
2. Keep employees who have been diagnosed with Hepatitis A out of the operation.
3. Wash Hands.
4. Minimize bare-hand contact with ready-to-eat food.
5. Purchase shellfish from approved, reputable suppliers.

If you have any questions about anything that I present, or have a question about anything regarding food safety, please feel free to contact me.

New #foodsafety #recall possible #Listeria #contamination of Smoked Salmon Spreads from Superior Foods Company

Superior Foods Company Voluntarily Recalls 487 lbs. of Smoked Salmon Spreads

April 18, 2018



Scott Ruth


No illnesses have been reported to date
Superior Foods Company located in Kentwood, Michigan is voluntarily recalling a specific lot of Smoked Salmon Spreads (487 lbs.) that were produced on March 26, 2018. This voluntary action is being undertaken in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Listeria monocytogenes was identified through routine inspection and testing by MDARD.
The products in question could potentially be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, pregnant women and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages, stillbirths and fatal infection in pregnant women. People experiencing these problems should seek immediate medical attention.
Products covered by this voluntary recall were distributed in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, and Minnesota, and include only those products listed below, currently in distribution and for sale. Products were sold in retail grocery stores and some food service businesses. Specific product names and further product information is listed below.
No other Superior Foods Company retail or food service-branded products are impacted by this voluntary recall.
The following products are included in this product recall:
Smoked Salmon Spread
5 lb. bulk units – Code Number: 68487 – Sell by Date: 4/25/18 – Lot Number 0728-2
UPC #043823684873
Simply Superior Smoked Salmon Spread 
6X5 oz units – Code Number: 92379 – Sell by Date: 4/25/18 – Lot Number 0728-2
UPC #043823923798
Morey’s Smoked Salmon Spread 
6x6 oz units – Code Number: 92503 – Sell by Date: 4/25/2018 – Lot Number 0728-2
UPC #043823925037
Superior Foods Company is working with our customers to remove the products from store shelves and distribution. Consumers who have purchased these items are advised to discard them or return them to the store where originally purchased for a full credit.
Consumers with questions may contact Scott Ruth at 616-698-7700.
Superior Foods Company will be contacting our customers that have received this specific lot code that are impacted by this recall.

New #petfood #recall possible #Salmonella #contamination of Boost Me Mighty Meaty Beef Topper Meal Enhancer

TruPet LLC Recalls Boost Me Mighty Meaty Beef Topper Meal Enhancer Because of Possible Salmonella Contamination

April 17, 2018



Anthony Santarsiero


TruPet, LLC of Milford, OH, is voluntarily recalling a limited amount of Boost Me Mighty Meaty Beef Topper Meal Enhancer because the products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The recall is limited to 400 cases of the product, as identified below.
The following affected "Boost Me" products were distributed in the continental USA via online retailer and through direct delivery:
Affected product can be identified by comparing the following lot number: "Boost Me Mighty Meaty Beef Topper Meal Enhancer" with "lot number #20190531 13815 ".
No products other than the specific product identified above are subject to this voluntary recall.
Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.
Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.
Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.
The recall is being issued in an abundance of caution following the FDA’s collection of a retail sample from a single batch which tested positive. No illnesses have been reported to date.
Consumers who have purchased Boost Me Mighty Meaty Beef Topper Meal Enhancer are urged to return effected product to the place of purchase for a refund. Consumers with questions may call the company at 800-476-8808 for additional information.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

New #foodsafety #recall possible #Listeria #contamination of Formagerie de la Brie brand, l’Explorateur soft ripened cheese

World’s Best Cheese Recalls l’Explorateur Soft Ripened Cheese Due to Possible Health Risk

April 17, 2018


914 273-1400


World’s Best Cheeses of Armonk, NY is recalling 22 cases of Formagerie de la Brie brand, l’Explorateur soft ripened cheese 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 Formagerie de la Brie brand, l’Explorateur, soft ripened cheese made from pasteurized milk was distributed in NY, NJ, CT, MD, UT, CO, SC, PA, TX and Washington D.C. through retail stores beginning February 28, 2018 through April 13, 2018. The Explorateur product comes in a 250g (8.8 oz.), clear plastic package marked with lot #’s H036, H038, H043 and H044.
No illnesses have been reported to date by public health authorities.
The cheese was manufactured by Fromagerie de la Brie of St. Simeon, France. World’s Best Cheeses was one of several importers notified by their French Consolidator of a suspicion for Listeria monocytogenes. World’s Best Cheeses is taking these steps because of our dedication to providing quality foods, and that must start with ensuring the safety of all the food we import and distribute. This recall is being undertaken with the knowledge of the FDA.
Consumers should not consume the product, and should discard it or return the product to the store for refund. World’s Best Cheeses representatives have already been in contact with their retail stores that received product and requested that they remove the recalled product from store shelves and inventory and that no product is available for consumer purchase.
Consumers with questions may contact World’s Best Cheeses at or 914 273-1400 Monday- Friday from 8:00am – 5:00pm.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

New #foodsafety #recall of 119,480 lbs of beef rib-shaped patty products #contaminated with thin blue plastic

Koch Foods Inc. Recalls Beef Products Due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination

Class II Recall032-2018
Health Risk: LowApr 11, 2018
Congressional and Public Affairs
Benjamin A. Bell
(202) 720-9113

WASHINGTON, April 11, 2018 – Koch Foods, Inc., a Fairfield, Ohio establishment, is recalling approximately 119,480 pounds of beef rib-shaped patty products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically thin blue plastic pieces, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.
The fully cooked, not shelf stable rib-shaped beef patty with BBQ sauce products were produced on July 8, 2016. The following products are subject to recall: [View Label (PDF Only)]
  • 30-lb. bulk boxes containing 6 plastic shrink-wrapped unlabeled packages of “Fully Cooked Rib-Shaped Beef Patty With BBQ Sauce” and identified by case code “67329” and lot number “JTM 16190” represented on the label.
The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 20795” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to a distributors nationwide for institutional use.             
The problem was discovered when the firm received notification from a customer, and the firm notified FSIS on April 5, 2018. 
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 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.
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.
Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Mark Kaminsky, Quality Assurance Manager, at (847) 384-5940.  Media with questions can contact James Bohlander, Recall Coordinator, at (513) 642-2653.