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Meat Packing Company Recalls 468,000 Pounds of Meat

Comstock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A Louisiana meat packing company is expanding its recall to include approximately 468,000 pounds of meat.

According to a press release from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service, Manda Packing Company is expanding a previously announced recall to include a number of its products. The products, including roast beef, ham, turkey breast, tasso pork, ham shanks, hog head cheese, corned beef and pastrami. The food in question is at risk of possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

The packages in question were shipped to locations in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.

The potential danger was discovered when the Tennessee Department of Agriculture determined a sample of Manda Packing Company's cooked roast beef had tested positive for the bacteria. Additional samples were taken and also tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes, prompting the expanded recall. There have not been any reports of illness caused by the products.

Consumption of food containing Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a potentially deadly disease. Symptoms of listeriosis include fever, headache, neck stiffness and nausea.

The USDA urges people to wash their hands before and after handling raw meat, keep raw meat away from other food, ensure all meats are fully cooked and avoid foods containing unpasteurized milk.

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Bumble Bee, Chicken of the Sea Expand Tuna Recall

Bumble Bee Foods(WASHINGTON) -- Tuna giants Bumble Bee Foods and Chicken of the Sea have expanded recalls of their flaky fish because of a possible packaging problem.

Both companies issued voluntary recalls of some 5-ounce cans of Chunk White Albacore and Chunk Light Tuna Wednesday because the seals did not meet company standards, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The recalls have now been expanded to include more cans.

“There have been no consumer reports of illnesses attributed to these products,” Steve Mavity, Bumble Bee’s senior vice president of technical services and corporate quality assurance, said in a statement. “But because we’ve identified an issue with seal tightness, we’re voluntarily recalling products to ensure the highest margin of safety and quality.”

Loose seals and seams can lead to bacterial contamination, which can cause food poisoning, according to the FDA.

“The health and safety of our consumers is paramount,” Shue Wing Chan, president of Chicken of the Sea’s maker Tri-Union Seafoods, said in a statement. “As soon as we discovered the issue, we took immediate steps to issue this voluntary recall by alerting our customers who received the product and by asking them to remove it from store shelves.”

The recalled cans were distributed to stores nationwide between Jan. 17 and March 6, according to the FDA. The original recalls covered cans distributed between Jan. 17 and Feb. 27. Consumers who purchased the recalled products are advised to dispose of them immediately.

“We must assure our consumers and retailers of a safe and quality product, so we very much appreciate everyone’s part in disposing of the products with the specific codes indicated,” Mavity said.

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Reports of Broken Glass Fragments Cause Lean Cuisine Recall

File photo. iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- If you have any Lean Cuisine mushroom ravioli meals in your freezer, you'll want to throw them out or return them. Nestle, which makes the dietetic food line, says they are recalling some meals after receiving reports of broken glass in them.

The recall applies to Lean Cuisine Culinary Collection Mushroom Ravioli with the production codes 2311587812 and 2312587812, and with a "best before date" that appears as DEC 2013.

Three customers have reported finding fragments of glass in the ravioli portion of the entree, according to a statement released by Nestle.  Nobody has been injured.  

This is not the first such problem for Lean Cuisine. In 2008 and 2011, pieces of plastic were found in entrees.

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Fisher-Price Recalls 800K Infant Sleepers over Risk of Mold Exposure

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission(WASHINGTON) -- Fisher-Price is recalling about 800,000 infant sleepers over concerns about mold buildup, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced on Tuesday.

The recall affects Newborn Rock 'n Play Sleepers sold in stores and online since September 2009.

The CPSC said Fisher-Price has received 600 reports of mold on the recliner seats and some parents have reported illnesses linked to the product.

"Sixteen consumers have reported that their infants have been treated for respiratory issues, coughs and hives after sleeping in the product," the CPSC said in a press release.

Mold can develop under the sleeper's removable seat cushion if it is left wet or not cleaned frequently, warns the CPSC.  

Consumers who own the affected product are being asked to immediately check it for any mold.  If they spot any, they should cease use of the sleepers right away and contact Fisher-Price to find out how to remove the mold properly.

The recall does not affect Newborn Rock 'n Play Sleepers currently in stores.

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Peanut Butter Recall Extended to Raw, Roasted Peanuts

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The recall of peanut butter and other nut products linked to an outbreak of salmonella from a New Mexico food company has now been expanded to include raw and roasted peanuts.

More than 400 products have been added to the growing list of recalled items, including MoonPies and ice cream, according to a list released by Sunland Inc. and the Food and Drug Administration’s list of manufacturers that have recalled their own products.

Sunland Inc. has already recalled peanut butter brands sold at Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Walmart, Kroeger, Target and Costco.  The FDA has warned consumers not to eat any products associated with Sunland, and to discard them right away because they might be tainted with salmonella.

Thirty-five people have been sickened in 19 states from coast to coast and there is concern that with so many products on the list, that number could grow.

Sunland has recalled everything made in its contaminated plant since March 2010.

Salmonella causes diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps.  Children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are most at risk.

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Popcorn Maker Issues Recall Due to Listeria Contamination

Ciaran Griffin/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) – The maker of “Popcorn, Indiana” brand snacks is issuing a voluntary recall of less than 700,000 bags of its ready to eat popcorn due to a potential listeria contamination. That number is roughly ten-percent of its entire product line, made on or after Aug. 8.

The recall affects 14 different popcorn flavors with varying expiration dates between Feb. 4, 2013 and March 12, 2013. These bags were distributed to retailers nationwide.

A full product recall list can be found here.
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Trader Joe's Peanut Butter Recall Expands to Dozens of Other Products

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Trader Joe's, a national grocery chain, already found itself having to recall its Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter with Sea Salt because of links to 29 salmonella cases in 18 states when the news got worse on Monday.

Sunland, a New Mexico-based company that makes the peanut butter for Trader Joe's, said it was expanding the recall to 76 other peanut and almond products, mainly as a precaution since no other cases of salmonella have been traced to these items.

Katalin Coburn, Sunland's vice president of media relations, said "the products in question were manufactured on the same line that manufactured the Trader Joe's Valencia Peanut Butter."

In all cases, it's the name of the retailer, not Sunland, that's on the label of the various merchandise.

Salmonella causes nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain 12 to 72 hours after infection.  Young children, the elderly and people with weak immune systems are most at risk to developing severe infections.

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Dole Recalls Bagged Salad; Listeria Possibly Found

Medioimages/Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Dole says it is voluntarily recalling 1,039 cases of bagged salad after a random sample tested positive for the Listeria bacteria.

Dole Fresh Vegetables, a division of Dole Food Company, which is based in Westlake Village, Calif., issued the statement Wednesday evening, saying no illnesses have been reported in association with the recall.

The specific product being recalled is 10 oz. Dole Italian Blend, with a “Use-By” date of Aug. 20, distributed in eight U.S. states: Florida, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Mississippi and Virginia.

The company said the recall is in response to an “isolated instance in which a sample of Dole Italian Blend salad yielded a positive result for Listeria monocytogenes in a random sample test conducted by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture.”

However, Dan Ragan, director of the food and drug protection division of North Carolina’s agriculture department, said the testing did not take place in the state. He said samples were sent to his state’s agriculture department as part of a regular practice through the USDA’s Microbiological Data Program, a national food-borne pathogen monitoring program implemented in 2001.

Ragan said he does not know where the sample originated or where the testing took place.

A request for comment from Dole was not immediately returned.

Last year, 30 people died after being infected with one of four outbreak-associated strains of the bacteria, Listeria moncytogenes, and one ill pregnant woman had a miscarriage, the Center for Disease Control reported. A total of 146 people from 28 states were reported to the CDC as infected.

Dole said in a statement that it was “coordinating closely” with regulatory officials.

Because the product is two days past its “Use-By” date, Dole said “it is highly unlikely that any product is still available at retail….”

But the company said, “Retailers should check their inventories and store shelves to confirm that none of the product is mistakenly present or available for purchase by consumers or in warehouse inventories.”

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Licorice Recalled Over Lead Levels

Zoonar/Thinkstock(UNION CITY, Calif.) -- The American Licorice Company has recalled one-pound packages of Red Vines Black Licorice Twists, which were found to contain high levels of lead.

The Union City, Calif.-based company issued the voluntary recall on Wednesday after the state Department of Public Health warned consumers to toss the contaminated candies.

The licorice “contained as much as 0.33 parts per million of lead,” according to a statement on the department’s website.  “This concentration of lead could provide up to 13.2 micrograms of lead per serving.  Children under 6 years of age should not consume more than 6.0 micrograms of lead per day from all dietary sources.”

The recall only affects 16-ounce bags of Red Vines Black Licorice Twists with the best before date “020413.”  The date is printed on the back of the package.

“We sincerely apologize to any consumers affected by this recall,” the company said in a statement on its website.  “Safety is the number one priority for our company.  We are taking every possible precautionary step to make this situation right, including working diligently with our retailers and public health officials in an effort to keep all Red Vines consumers as safe as possible.”

Lead poisoning can cause brain damage and learning disabilities in children.  And in pregnant women, the metal can harm the fetus and increase the risk of miscarriage.

Pregnant women and parents of children who may have eaten the licorice should consult a doctor to determine if medical testing is needed, according to the Department of Public Health.

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E. Coli Concerns Spur Recall for Romaine Lettuce 

iStockphotoThinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A California supplier is voluntarily recalling its romaine lettuce over concerns the product may be contaminated with E. coli, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The FDA said Sunday that the affected product was limited to a single lot of Tanimura & Antle Field Fresh Wrapped Single Head Romaine and may have a "best buy" date of Aug. 19, 2012.

More than 2,000 cases of potentially contaminated product were distributed across the United States and Canada since Aug. 2.  The company said that 1,969 cases were shipped to 19 states and Puerto Rico.

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