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Recalled Food List for the Week of June 4th

Eastern Fish Recalls Hannaford and Bloom Private Brand Frozen Raw Extra Jumbo Shrimp

On June 4th, Eastern Fish in Teaneck NJ recalled Hannaford Supermarkets and Bloom brands of frozen raw extra jumbo (16/20) shrimp sold in 16 ounce packages, as well as these brands from the full-service seafood cases.  They were sold between May 4th and June 4th at Hannaford stores in New York Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine and between April 8 and June 4 at Bloom stores in North and South Carolina, Virginia, and Maryland.

The products may contain undeclared sulfites.  People who have an allergy or sensitivity to sulfites risk an allergic reaction if they consume the product.

Better Made Snack Food Issues Allergy Alert on Special Original Potato Sticks

Better Made Snack Foods of Detroit MI issued a voluntary recall on May 30th on their 3-ounce Original Potato Sticks because it may contain undeclared dairy.  People with allergies to dairy may run the risk of allergic reaction.

The product was only distributed to local stores in Michigan, and comes in a 3-ounce package with a UPC # 0-41633-01203-9 and an expiration date of July 23rd on the front with a time stamp that has the first seven digits that read 0706112.

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Explaining FDA and USDA Recall Classifications

At Healthy Intake, one of our goals will be to help you stay abreast of some of the latest food and dietary supplement recalls.  After all, staying healthy means staying safe, too!  Some of the recalls may not apply to you, based on your health or where you live, but it is important to understand the risks that some foods carry, even when all precautions have been taken to protect the public.

A food recall, by definition, is any corrective action by a company needed to protect consumers from potentially adverse effects of a contaminated, adulterated, or misbranded product.  Factors that usually trigger a recall include unsafe, contaminated or mislabeled products, nonconformities to the manufacturer’s specifications, and missing allergen or other hazard warnings.

A recall, you may be interested to know, is voluntary and the recall decision is made by the company.  However, because mistakes do happen, if a company fails to initiate a recall and people are becoming sick, one of the two government agencies that regulate that particular food product will step in and request a recall.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for monitoring domestic and imported foods.  The US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS) is responsible for meat and poultry.  The one exception to the division of duties is eggs, which is shared by the two agencies.  The USDA FSIS regulates pasteurized egg products (eggs that have been removed from their shells for further processing) and the FDA is responsible for egg products after leaving the processing plant.

Each agency has a classification system for the type of recall that they are issuing.  Class 1 is the most serious.  This type of recall involves a health hazard where a reasonable probability exists that eating the food would cause serious adverse health consequences.  An example is a bacteria such as E. coli or Listeria monocytogenes that has contaminated a food product.  Another example is the presence of an allergen, such as peanuts or eggs, which is not listed on the label.

Class II recalls indicate a potential health hazard where the probability of serious health effects are more remote or if the condition that results from eating the food is temporary or medically reversible.  An example is the presence of FD&C Yellow #5 dye in candy or the presence of a less common allergen, such as dry milk.

Class III recalls involve a situation where eating the food will not likely cause adverse health consequences, such as when a package weight is mislabeled or where a meat product has had water added – which is required by federal regulations to be listed, but not likely to cause harm if it is accidently left off.

Usually the plan of action for the consumer after a food recall is to throw away the food and contact the manufacturer for either a refund, a replacement, or a coupon toward the purchase of another food.