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Cuisinart has announced a recall of its 7-cup food processors over fears that pieces could break off the units and be hurled at users. In a recall notice posted at the Cuisinart website the company explains that the appliance's reversible disk can loosen and collide with the plastic cover. If that happens, the plastic cover can then shatter and pieces of the plastic can be thrown at anyone nearby. The company says that it's received a single report of that happening.
The exact product being recalled was produced under 9 different model numbers and several different colors. Those affected model numbers are:
They were sold in these colors:
All of the food processors were 7-cup capacity units and all had 3 push buttons on the front--"on", "pulse" and "off". They also bear the Cuisinart logo.
About 25,000 of these are thought to be in use in the US. They were widely available from around October 2012 through about June 2013 and cost approximately $100 new. They were sold online at stores like Amazon.com and in brick-and-mortar stores like Belk, Best Buy, Dillards, J.C. Penney, Macy’s, Sears and Williams-Sonoma stores coast-to-coast.
No serious injuries have been blamed on the food processors but Cuisinart says that one customer has reported a minor facial injury that required no medical attention.
If you have one of these you're advised to stop using it and contact the company for a free replacement li and a free slicing/shredding blade. That telephone number is (877) 339-2534.
The recalled Cuisinart food processors were made in China.
Earlier this month officials with Guam's Department of Public Health announced that testing of 25 produce samples turned up 4 instances in which vegetables were found contaminated with pesticides.
A sample of locally grown long beans turned up permethrin. Permethrin is allowed on sod and certain livestock crops but not on green beans meant for human consumption.
A test on a batch of locally grown cucumbers also turned up pesticide residue--this time dimethoate. Dimethoate can be used on ornamental plants, grains and some fruits and vegetables. It is not, however, approved for use on cucumbers.
Some locally grown kang kong, or Chinese water spinach, was found contaminated with the fungicide chlorothalonil. Chlorothalonil is, of course, not approved for use on kang kong.
But it wasn't just local vegetables discovered with residue on them. When officials tested a batch of Korean spinach they found the pesticide fluquinconazole. That particular pesticide isn't legal for any produce sold anywhere in the US.
Unfortunately, the produce was likely all sold to consumers before these tests came back. None remained on store shelves to be recalled. Perhaps that's why these officials once again reminded everyone to wash their fruits and vegetables with tap water before cooking, eating or serving them. Use a brush on thick-skinned vegetables, the agency recommends.
And wash even the parts you don't intend to eat--like the rinds of melons--because bacteria, dirt and residues can be transferred to the edible parts when you cut produce open or slice it up.
Advisories like these can be scary to read but food safety experts warn against becoming afraid of food. Eating a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables will, for example, dramatically lower your exposure to any particular pesticide and, usually, the benefits of fresh fruits and veggies far outweigh the risk of chemical residues.
Yoder's Country Market is recalling gift baskets sold during the last winter holiday season over fears that peanuts included in the baskets may contain wheat and dairy ingredients not disclosed on the products' labels.
Media spokesperson Barbara Yoder says that the recall was issued after Yoder's was informed of a recall by one of their suppliers, Dutch Valley Food Distributors. The peanuts recalled by Dutch Valley are packaged in 11-ounce plastic bags labeled:
Yoder's did not provide a photo I could share with you but says that the gift baskets were sold nationwide in December of 2012.
If you think you might have some of these peanuts still hanging around you're urged to contact the company at 1-423-235-9400 right away.
No actual reports of any allergic reactions to the wheat or dairy ingredients have been reported.
The company behind the PRAN brand of kitchen spices is recalling its turmeric because tests on the spice revealed high levels of lead in the product, a company said in a press release issued late last week.
OnTime Distribution did not say what prompted the tests but the levels found were astonishing--28 to 42 parts per million. To put those numbers into perspective . . . lead levels in something like candy would be considered "excessive" if they exceeded 0.1 parts per million.
The tests on PRAN's turmeric was initially performed by the New York State Health Department and later confirmed by a private lab.
This spice was distributed in New York and New Jersey. If you think you might have some on hand you'll want to look for clear plastic jars like the one in the photo provided with the press release. Two UPCs are covered in this recall. Those are:
The "best before" date codes to look out for are:
If you have any of this in your kitchen you are, of course, urged not to use it. Instead, take it back to your place of purchase for a refund. And if you'd like more information about this recall, you can call the company directly at (718) 417-1100.
As far as I can tell, neither New Jersey nor New York has issued any official warnings about the spice but OnTime does say that it's received a consumer complaint about the spice.
This week's release of FDA warning letters yielded 7 to US farmers who stand accused of slaughtering animals with illegal drug residue in their tissues. Here's a look at each case:
The most recent letter, dated September 17th, went to John Hofmann and Robert Hofmann of Cheshire Valley Farms. The Hofmanns allegedly took a veal calf into slaughter in early January. But when the animal's tissues were tested desfuroylcentiofur was discovered in its kidneys and muscles. Desfuroylcentiofur is a marker for the antibiotic ceftiofur; the levels found in this animal were several times the limit allowed under current FDA regulations.
On September 16th, the FDA warned Ronald Machia of Machia & Sons Dairy. Mr. Machia's farm was inspected after he allegedly slaughtered a veal calf that was later found to have the antibiotic sulfamethoxazole in its kidneys. There is no legal limit for this particular drug in veal--any amount makes the meat and edible tissue "adulterated". During the inspection of Machia's farm it was discovered that he also exercises "off-label" uses of medications.
On September 13th, Samuel Fisher of Samuel A. Fisher Farm was warned about a culled dairy cow he ordered slaughtered last fall. It turns out that the cow had been previously given the antibiotic sulfadimethoxine. And since there is no legal limit for this drug, any amount found in edible tissue makes the meat "adulterated".
Also on September 13th, a letter went out to Jerod Henrickson and Gary Henrickson of Bella Holstein. Back in April the Henricksons sold a dairy cow that was found to have the antibiotic desfuroylceftiofur in its kidneys. (This is the same antibiotic cited in the Hofman letter.) The allowed level was 0.4 but this dairy cow tested at 1.27 parts per million.
On September 12th, a lengthy warning letter was sent to John Belter of Ethan Allen Farm. Mr. Belter's farm was the focus of a 4-day inspection in June and July of this year. Belter is accused of 2 separate incidences that took place last fall. Both cases involved veal calves that had been treated with antibiotics prior to slaughter. One sample tested too high for the antibiotic neomycin while the other tested for the non-approved antibiotic gentamicin. The letter to Belter also listed several alleged violations involving "off label" use of drugs.
Next in line for an official FDA warning letter is Michael Blue of James T Blue & Sons. Back in February Blue slaughtered a veal calf which came in at 43.01 ppm for neomycin--a level far higher than the 7.2 currently allowed.
Closing out the list is Robert Peyerk and Bradley Peyerk of Peyerk Brothers Dairy. The Peyerks' farm was inspected in mid- and late-June after slaughtering a dairy cow back in October of last year. That cow was ultimately found to have several times the allowed limit of desfuroylceftiofur in its kidneys.
All the farmers warned this week were also cited for incomplete or just downright deplorable record keeping. In each case, the farmers were told that the problem was so bad that future violations like the ones that prompted these warning letters, were "likely" to happen again.
Each farm and its representative(s) was given 15 working days to respond.
Officials with the California Department of Public Health, or CDPH, are urging that state's residents not to eat Santos brand Rewadi Sugar candy. The agency tested the candies and found lead levels double the allowed limits in a batch.
In its press release, the CDPH said that lead levels found in one batch hit 0.22 parts per million. Under California food laws, anything over 0.10 is considered "contaminated".
The candy was made in India and imported by California-based Santos, Inc. The company has issued a recall of batch # 12/030.
If you have any of this on hand you're urged throw it out right away. If you're pregnant and have eaten the candy, you're urged to seek medical advice immediately. The same goes for your kids and grandkids. Children who have consumed the candy may need blood tests for lead exposure.
As you can see in the photos being distributed by the agency, the candy comes in 7-ounce packages with red, green and yellow graphics. Again, the affected batch number is 12/030; that code will be printed on a sticker that should be stuck somewhere on the lower right of the package.
And should you run across any of this on a store shelf, you're also asked to contact the CDPH at 1‑800-495-3232.
Dutch Valley has announced a recall and issued an allergy alert for honey roasted peanuts sold in 11-ounce packages.
There are few details on this recall. What I can tell you is that there are 2 allergens to look out for--milk and wheat.
And that's about it. Dutch Valley's website has no information about the recall that I can find and its press release, which I picked up through the FDA's website, offers no explanation (or apology) for how the allergens got in the peanuts in the first place. All Dutch Valley has said is that the recall was prompted by "an internal review" and not reports of any actual allergic reactions.
The exact product being pulled from store shelves is:
Item # 050143, Honey Roasted Peanuts
The affected UPC is 77245 00143 3 and all date codes from 1/21/14 and earlier are covered.
Dutch Valley says that the recalled honey roasted peanuts were sold In several states. If you this item, you're asked to either throw it out or take it back to your place of purchase for a refund. To speak directly with someone from Dutch Valley, you can call 1-800-733 4191.
Wegmans says that it is recalling muffins sold in its bakeries because the treats were made with soy ingredients that are not disclosed on the products' labels.
Affected are 4327 packages of this product:
Wegmans says that the recalled muffins were sold in 82 of its stores from the 7th to the 19th of this month. All "best by" dates through September 24, 2013 are covered here.
If you think you might have some of these muffins in your own pantry you'll need to look for a clear clamshell package like the one in the photo above. Only the Apple Cinnamon mini-muffins are affected. Look for this UPC:
So far, there have been no reports of anyone actually having an allergic reaction after consuming the muffins. Wegmans says that it discovered the problem itself during a routine label review process. The store does have a notice about the recall up on its website.
If you have any of the recalled muffins you can take them back to your local Wegmans store for a refund. And if you'd like a little more information you can always call the company directly at 1-855-934-3663.
This morning's FDA warning letter release contained official warning letters to 2 cattle farmers who sold calves later found to be "adulterated" with drug residue.
The first letter went to James Rankel of Elder Grove Dairy and was dated August 30, 2013. Mr. Rankel is accused of taking 2 bob veal calves to slaughter with the antibiotics tilmicosin and gentamicin in their systems. The gentamicin has no official tolerance level under current FDA regulations while tilmicosin has a level of 1.2 parts per million in liver tissue. One of Mr. Rankel's calves had more than 32 ppm in its liver.
The more recent letter went to David Sigel of Sigel Cattle Company and was dated September 5, 2013. Mr. Sigel allegedly took to slaughter a calf that was later found to have the anti-inflammatory drug flunixin in its kidney tissue. Flunixin has no current tolerance level for edible veal kidney tissue.
Both farmers are also accused of keeping such poor records on their animals that incidents like these are--in the words of the FDA--"likely" to happen again. Neither man kept treatment records of tracked how long it had been since animals were treated.
Both men were also accused of using drugs that should be given only under veterinary supervision and doing it without the guidance of a vet.
These farmers were given the standard 15 working days to respond to the warning letters and detail the actions they're taking to assure that any future calves taken to slaughter are done so in compliance with FDA regulations.
You can learn about the FDA's power over cattle farmers in this video:
According to an official warning letter made public this morning, Kelly Dumford's Bakery Project has a bug problem. It seems that an inspector from the Kansas Department of Agriculture spent a couple of days inspecting the bakery this summer and reported "significant" problems back to the US Food and Drug Administration, or FDA.
In the FDA's warning letter to Bakery Project, Inc., the agency details some of those violations:
The inspector also reported what he or she called "buildup" of old flour, dough and "debris"--some of it on surfaces that directly contacted food when in use. Dumford was not, according to inspectors properly cleaning her equipment and, at least in one case, not replacing broken equipment.
Dumford's building, which is located in Wichita, isn't faring any better. The warning letter listed several examples of neglect that allow pests in. There were unscreened holes in the walls and holes in 2 screen doors. Outside, the inspector found overgrown grass and vines. Inside, the agent also noted holes in the ceiling that were allowing water to drip down. One of those drips was falling onto food that was already packaged for sale.
The letter to Bakery Project is extensive but not intended, the agency says, to be a full list of all Dumford's potential violations. Kelly Dumford was given 15 working days to respond to the FDA warning letter, which was dated September 5, 2013.