2 Food Recalls: Wholesome Spice and Seasoning Crushed Red Pepper Flakes / Trader Joe’s Expanding Granola Bar Recall

February 26, 2010 § Leave a comment

Wholesome Spice and Seasoning is recalling all lots of 25-lb boxes of crushed red pepper sold between April 6, 2009 and January 20, 2010. The current FDA Recall Notice is invalid (will update once FDA corrects the link to the notice).

The following information is provided by newsinferno.com:

The 25-pound boxes of Crushed Red Pepper were distributed in the Northeastern United States; the product was not sold to consumers at the retail level.

The Crushed Red Pepper product is packaged in a clear plastic bag, which is placed inside of a cardboard box with an adhesive white label with a blue border and blue and black lettering. The brand name on the product labels is WHOLESOME SPICES. The product name is listed as CRUSHED RED PEPPER.

At this point, the FDA stresses that it cannot be determined if the recalled Crushed Red Pepper has been related to any illnesses.

Wholesome Spice was informed that samples of its product tested positive for Salmonella. The firm is currently working with the FDA to determine how the contamination occurred. Meanwhile, manufacturers who have purchased 25-pound boxes of WHOLESOME SPICES brand Crushed Red Pepper are urged not to use the product and to recall any product they further distributed. Manufacturers with questions may contact the Wholesome Spices via telephone at (718) 388-1549, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. No other specific information has been provided about the recall on the manufacturer’s website.

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Trader Joe’s has voluntarily expanded the recall of the Trader Joe’s Chocolate Chip Chewy Coated Granola Bars (SKU 82818) (go here for the original FDA Recall Notice) to include all code dates, manufactured by Bloomfield Bakery, a subsidiary of Ralcorp Holdings, Inc. because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

The product involved in this recall was distributed at Trader Joe’s stores nationally and comes in a 7.4 oz box. Production of the product has been suspended while FDA and Bloomfield Bakery continue their investigation.

No illnesses have been confirmed to date in connection with this product.

At Trader Joe’s we take the safety of our customers and the integrity of our products very seriously. Customers who have purchased Trader Joe’s Chocolate Chip Chewy Coated Granola Bars are urged to return them to any Trader Joe’s for a full refund. Customers with questions may contact Trader Joe’s Customer Relations Monday through Friday, 6am to 6pm PST at (626) 599-3817.

More information about the recall product can be found on Trader Joe’s website here as well as a picture of the recalled product label.

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