Food and Pet Food Recalls

Date:10/13/2021
Official Message No.:111092-10-13-2021-RECL
Contact Info: Alan | 609-947-8595 | alan.talarsky@doh.nj.gov
Attachments: No

Please review the following message from Alan Talarsky, Environmental Scientist 4, Public Health and Food Protection Program, NJDOH regarding the following Class 1 Recalls issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

 

Chocolate and the Chip of Los Angeles, CA is recalling various flavors (see list below) including chocolate chip cookies, cookie bundt cakes and rice crispy treats because they may contain undeclared wheat, milk, soy, and tree nuts. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to specific type of allergens run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

Cookies, bundt cakes and rice crispy treats were distributed locally in the Los Angeles area as well as CA, MA, TX, ID, NY, AL, AZ, AR, WA, UT, NJ, FL, OH, CO, GA, ID, MI, NV, NC, PA, VA, OR,  and reached consumers through e-commerce and pop-up retail locations.

Cookies were packaged in uniform pairs in a clear resealable plastic package labeled with logo and ingredient information. Bundt cakes were packaged in a unit of 4 in a white bakery box and labeled with logo and ingredient information. Rice crispy treats were packaged in single units in a food grade poly tubing labeled with logo and ingredient information.

There have been zero (0) confirmed illnesses reported to date.

The recall was initiated after it was discovered that baked good products containing the allergens of wheat, milk, soy, and tree nuts were distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of said allergens. Subsequent investigation indicates the problem was caused by a mistake made on the owners’ behalf and not having the proper protocol for distributing and labeling baked goods under the proper regulations.

PRODUCTS INCLUDE:

The Original

Undeclared: WHEAT, MILK, SOY, TREENUTS
(Hazelnuts)

The Sweetie

Undeclared: WHEAT, MILK, SOY

Spiced Oatmeal raisin

Undeclared: WHEAT, MILK, SOY

Spiced rum oatmeal raisin cookies

Maple macadamia

Undeclared: WHEAT, MILK, SOY, TREENUTS
(Macadamia Nuts)

Fluffadoodle

Undeclared: WHEAT, MILK, SOY

The disco ball

Undeclared: WHEAT, MILK, SOY

Hot chip summer

Undeclared: WHEAT, MILK, SOY

Oktoberfest

Undeclared: WHEAT, MILK, SOY

Peanutbutter spice

Undeclared: WHEAT, MILK, SOY

Funfetti

Undeclared: WHEAT, MILK, SOY

Fluffa-Nutta

Undeclared: WHEAT, MILK, SOY

The Fluffetti Cookie
Cake

Undeclared: WHEAT, MILK, SOY

The big cookie cake

Undeclared: WHEAT, MILK, SOY, TREENUTS
(Hazelnuts)

Original Nutella
Cookie cake

Undeclared: WHEAT, MILK, SOY, TREENUTS
(Hazelnuts)

Lavender

Undeclared: WHEAT, MILK, SOY

Boozy banana Walnut

Undeclared: WHEAT, MILK, SOY, SULFITE

The original gluten free

Undeclared: MILK, SOY, TREE NUTS (ALMOND MILK)

Gluten Free sweetie

Undeclared: MILK, SOY, TREE NUTS (ALMOND MILK)

Gluten Free cookie cake

Undeclared: TREENUTS (Hazelnuts AND ALMOND

Gluten Free Nutella cookie cake

Undeclared: MILK,SOY,TREENUTS (Hazelnuts AND
ALMOND

The OG rice crispy

Undeclared: MILK, SOY

Brown butter rice crispy treat -salted
caramel

Undeclared: MILK, SOY

Brown butter rice crispy treat
-Chocolate

Undeclared: MILK

Brown butter rice crispy treat -confetti

Undeclared: MILK

The sweetie rice crispy

Undeclared: MILK, SOY

Pumpkin Spice cookie bundt cake

Undeclared: WHEAT, MILK, SULFITE, SOY


Consumers who have purchased Chocolate and the Chip cookies, bundt cakes and rice crispy treats are urged to disregard items still in their possessions. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 213-792-2810. 

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2. Crider Foods, a Stillmore, Ga., establishment, is recalling approximately 525,717 pounds of canned beef with gravy products that may be contaminated with unsafe levels of lead, due to a spice mix used from an outside supplier, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced.

The canned beef with gravy product items were produced on October 22, 2020 and March 15, 2021 production dates. The following products are subject to recall:    

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 31812” on the can. These items were shipped to retail locations nationwide.                  

The problem was discovered during routine surveillance sampling conducted by a state partner. In-plant verification activities conducted by Crider Foods in conjunction with FSIS found that a spice mix used from an outside source contained unsafe levels of lead.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.

FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumers’ pantries. 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. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Mark Howell, President of Crider Inc., at mhowell@criderinc.com or (912) 536-1424. Members of the media with questions about the recall can contact Aaron Schoeneberger, Crider Inc., Director of Marketing at aschoeneberger@criderinc.com or (912) 562-9142. 

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3. Fullei Fresh is voluntarily recalling Bean Sprouts and Soy Sprouts as a precaution due to possible exposure to listeria monocytogenes. Affected lots are numbered consecutively between 251 and 271. They were harvested and shipped to distributors between September 14 and October 5, 2021. Both conventional and organic bean sprouts as well as soy sprouts are voluntarily recalled. No other products are affected at this time as they are grown and packed in segregated departments.

Listeria monocytogenes is 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, a Listeria monocytogenes infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

There have been no known illnesses reported in connection with these products.

Fullei Fresh conventional bean sprouts are sold in 5 lb bulk, 10 lb bulk and 8 oz retail packs. Organic bean sprouts are sold in 5 lb bulk and 4 oz retail packs. Soy sprouts are sold in 5 lb bulk and 10 lb bulk. The lot numbers are printed on the retail packs and on bulk cardboard boxes in the barcode (the last 3 digits).

Should you be in possession of these products, please discard.

This recall is being made with the knowledge of the Food and Drug Administration and the Florida Department of Agriculture.

If you require further information, please contact dannielle@fulleifresh.com.

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4. Simple Mills is initiating a voluntary recall because a select number of Fine Ground Sea Salt Almond Flour Cracker boxes were erroneously packed with bags of Farmhouse Cheddar Almond Flour Crackers. As a result, the packaging does not list the presence of a possible allergen (milk). Some people who have an extreme allergy or severe sensitivity to milk could run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

Following are the product lots impacted by this voluntary recall. 

Product Name

Box Size

Item Number
(UPC)

Lot Codes
(Best By Date)

Fine Ground Sea Salt Almond
Flour Crackers

4.25oz
(120 g)

856069005131

02/12/2022

02/13/2022

02/14/2022

02/15/2022

 

Recalled product could have been sold as an individual box or part of a 3 or 6 pack of 4.25 oz boxes. On individual boxes, the lot code (Best By date) can be found on the top of each box and the item number (UPC) can be found on the bottom of each box. Photos of the packaging of the recalled product are below.

This product was distributed nationally via brick-and-mortar retail, direct delivery, and e-commerce. This is the only product that is subject to the recall. Impacted retailers have been notified and are removing the product from their warehouses, distribution centers, and store shelves.

The company was made aware of this issue via consumer contact. To date, there has been one report of a consumer experiencing mild symptoms.

Consumers who purchased the impacted product specified above or have questions can contact Simple Mills at info@simplemills.com or (312) 410-8414 Monday through Thursday 9 am - 5 pm CST and Friday 9 am - 1 pm CST.

For media inquiries, reach out to Aurora Gonzalez at aurora@leveecommunications.com.

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5. Nestlé Professional, Solon, OH is recalling four Nature’s Heart 1.5 ounce fruit and trail mix products because they may contain undeclared peanuts. People who have an allergy to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

The recalled products are:

 

Nature’s Heart 1.5 oz Superfood
Trail Mix

  • Pouch UPC: 050000211944
  • Case UPC: 050000618569

Nature’s Heart 1.5 oz Toasted
Coconut Chips

  • Pouch UPC: 050000695454
  • Case UPC: 050000695454

Nature’s Heart 1.5 oz Pineapple
Chili Cashew Glazed Mix

  • Pouch UPC: 050000867967
  • Case UPC: 050000948758

Nature’s Heart 1.5 oz Mango
Turmeric Cashew Glazed Mix

  • Pouch UPC: 050000891450
  • Case UPC: 050000692514

 

Batch codes and best buy dates are included in the chart below. See squares in images below to identify where to find batch codes & best by dates.

 

Material Description

Batch

Best By
Date

Nature’s Heart Superfood Trail Mix 1.5 oz.

1083T353T2

DEC 2021

1084T353T2

1085T353T2

1086T353T2

1088T353T2

1089T353T2

1200T353T3

APR 2022

Product

Batch Code

Best By
Date

Nature’s Heart Toasted Coconut Chips 1.5 oz.

1120T353T2

JAN 2022

1121T353T2

FEB 2022

1123T353T2

1124T353T2

1197T353T3

APR 2022

 

Product

Batch Code

Best By
Date

Nature’s Heart Mango Turmeric Cashew Glazed Mix
1.5 oz.

1089T353T2

DEC 2022

1090T353T2

1091T353T2

JAN 2022

Product

Batch Code

Best By
Date

Nature’s Heart Pineapple Chili Cashew Glazed Mix 1.5 oz.

1096T353T2

JAN 2022

1097T353T2

1140T353T2

FEB 2022

1141T353T2

1144T353T2

1145T353T2


The recall was initiated after Nestlé Professional received two complaints from individuals with peanut allergies who ate the Nature’s Heart Superfoods Trail Mix and Mango Turmeric Cashew Glazed Mix and experienced mild reactions. No severe reactions or hospitalizations have been reported.

None of the products contain peanuts, and peanuts are not identified as an allergen on the product labels, but we are investigating whether the products may have been inadvertently cross-contaminated with peanuts during manufacture.

The recall only applies to the four Nature’s Heart products (listed above) sold in 1.5 oz packages. No other retail Nature’s Heart products are affected.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. They should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

Retailers and consumers with questions may call Nestlé Professional Customer Service at 800-288-8682. 

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6. Tuffy's Pet Foods is issuing a voluntary recall of approximately 1,600 cases of Pure Vita Salmon Entree Dog Food in a Tetrapak carton following notification from the product manufacturer of potentially elevated levels of Vitamin D.

Consuming elevated levels of vitamin D in dog food can cause adverse reactions in dogs of all sizes, including symptoms such as vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling and weight loss. When ingested at excessive levels, vitamin D can lead to serious health issues in dogs including renal dysfunction.


While no reports of illness or injury have been reported from consumers to date, Tuffy’s is acting out of an abundance of caution and is removing the specific lots of product listed below from distribution. As such, consumers should stop feeding the product listed below to their pets immediately. Tuffy’s recommends consumers whose dogs have consumed the potentially affected product and are exhibiting any of the above mentioned symptoms contact their veterinarian.

The recalled product was distributed exclusively within the United States to distributors and retail stores.  The recalled product is limited to Pure Vita Salmon Entrée Dog Food in a Tetrapak carton, bearing UPC Code "0 73893 96202 1" (found on side of the carton).  Products included in the recall are identified by the "Best by Dates" and “Lot Numbers” (found on the top of the carton) as listed in the grid below.  No other Pure Vita dog or cat foods, or treats are affected by this announcement.

 

Product Name

Net Weight

UPC

Lot Numbers

Best By Dates

Pure Vita Salmon Entrée Dog Food TetraPak  

12.5 oz. per carton

0 73893 96202 1

0629101N1
0901101N1

29 Jun 2023
1 Sep 2023  

 

The recall was initiated after Tuffy’s was notified by the product manufacturer that this product may contain elevated levels of vitamin D. The manufacturer of the affected product has identified and isolated the error and corrective actions are in progress to prevent this from happening again. There are no other Pure Vita products affected by this recall. This voluntary recall is being made with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and is being made out of an abundance of caution.

Consumers who purchased the Pure Vita Salmon Entrée dog food product subject to this voluntary recall (as identified above) are urged to return the product to their retailer for a full refund.

For consumer information or questions regarding this voluntary recall, please contact Tuffy’s Pet Foods, Inc. at (800) 525-9155 from Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm Central Time, or by email at tufcustservice@klnfamilybrands.com.

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7. Maple Island Inc. has issued a voluntary recall of three lots of its Parent’s Choice Rice Baby Cereal that it manufactures for Walmart. This recall is a result of a routine sampling program by the FDA which found that a sample from three production lots of Parent’s Choice Rice Baby Cereal tested above the guidance for naturally occurring inorganic arsenic.

Maple Island Inc. is voluntarily recalling this product with the knowledge of the FDA, This product was distributed nationally through Walmart’s stores and online.

Walmart was advised and has pulled the product from its store shelves and put a register block on the product at its stores and online to prevent any further sales.

The specific Parent’s Choice Rice Baby Cereal 8 oz lots being recalled were sold after April 5, 2021, and include:


The best if used by date and product numbers can be found in the bottom left corner on the back of the Parent’s Choice Rice Baby Cereal packaging.

 Customers who may have purchased Parent’s Choice Rice Baby Cereal at Walmart with Lot Number 21083/UPC Code #00681131082907 and best if used by date of JUN 24 2022, Lot Number 21084/UPC Code #00681131082907 and best if used by date of JUN 25 2022, or Lot 21242 with UPC Code #00681131082907 with a best if used by date of NOV 30 2022 should discard the product or return it to Walmart for a full refund.

 

Customers seeking additional information may call Maple Island Inc., Monday through Friday 8am – 4pm Central time at 1-800-369-1022 or contact the company by email at info@maple-island.com.

 No illnesses related to the product lots have been reported to date and no other production lots or Parent’s Choice products are affected by this recall.

Maple Island Inc. conducted testing on both the raw material and finished product in question. While the test results were in compliance with the FDA’s guidelines, Maple Island Inc. is issuing this recall out of an abundance of caution. FDA has recognized that trace elements such as these are widely present in the environment, including water, soil and food. The FDA also noted that research has shown reducing exposure to toxic elements is important to minimizing any potential long-term effects on the developing brains of infants and children.

 

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No action is required of local health departments at this time for any of these recalls. If any requests for assistance are received from either FDA or USDA, the Public Health and Food Protection Program will contact you. For additional information regarding warnings and recalls, please click on the weblink below.

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