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Recalled Food List for the Week of July 30th

Nutraloid Labs Recalls Two Dietary Supplements

Nutraloid Labs is recalling two dietary supplements – ejaculoid XXTREME and stimuloid II.  These may contain sulfoaildenafil, a drug similar to Sildenafil approved for use in male Erectile Dysfunction, but when contained in a dietary supplement makes the product an undeclared drug.  Lot numbers and UPC codes can be found by clicking the link above.

Bay Valley Issues Allergy Alert on Chef’s Cupboard Chicken with Rice Soup

Bay Valley Foods is recalling 10.5 oz cans of Chef’s Cupboard Chicken with Rice Soup because some cans are mislabeled and may actually contain a different soup – Vegetarian Vegetable Soup – which contains egg and wheat.  The recall was initiated after receipt of a customer complaint.  The product is marked with “BEST BY 01 05 12” on the bottom of the can.  The soup was distributed to Aldi stores nationwide.  Customers can return the soup to Aldi for a full refund or call Bay Valley Foods at 1-800-236-1119.

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Recalled Food List for the Week of July 23rd

Pasco Processing Recalls Packaged Corn and Poblano Peppers

Pasco Processing LLC of Washington is recalling 2087 cases of 20 pound bulk packaged Corn and Poblano Peppers (SKU 10071179017738) because of potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.  The product was distributed by JR Simplot Co in Boise ID and sold to foodservice distributors in California and Arizona.  The product was also distributed to Chipotle Mexican Grill Restaurants in California, Nevada, and Arizona.  The restaurant has already removed the affected product from its stores and none of their product was found to contain Listeria bacteria.

Specialty Farms Recalls Organic Alfalfa Sprouts

Specialty Farms LLC is recalling their brand name “Organic Alfalfa Sprouts Blend and Organic Sprout Salad” in 4 ounce plastic containers with sell by dates of 7/26/2010 because of the possibility that they are contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.  The affected UPC codes are 8192400108 (for the Alfalfa Sprouts Blend) and 8192400024 (for the organic sprout salad).  The items were distributed to retailer Price Chopper and distributor Cooseman’s NY in the following states:  NY, CT, MA, NH, VT, PA.  Consumers can call 203-366-6919 for more information.

Oregon Ice Cream Co Issues Recall on Denali Bear Claw Ice Cream

Oregon Ice Cream Company LLC is recalling 641 tubes of 3 gallon Denali Bear Claw ice cream because it may contain undeclared peanuts.  The ice cream was distributed in Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, Nevada, Montana, Arizona, and Alaska.  Customers can buy the product at ice cream scoop shops or from Cash & Carry stores.  The label reads in part “Denali Bear Claw”, Distributed by Oregon Ice Cream Company, Plant 41-90, 3 gallons, 10124 (lot code), 061041 (item number).  No illnesses have been reported to date.

KCB Issues Allergy Alert for “No Eggs Added Cake Rusk 28oz”

Kashmir Crown Baking LLC of Linden NJ is recalling its “KCB No Eggs Added Cake Rusk” in the 28 oz package because it is possible that it contains eggs.  The cake rusk (barcode 012042 00109 9) is made to expire on February 8th, 2011 and was distributed in retail shops in New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Maryland.  An allergic reaction was reported to the company, which prompted the recall.  Customers can return the product to the place of purchase for a refund or contact the company at 1-908-474-1470 for more information.

Quong Hop Recalls Raquel’s Products Due to Possible Listeria

Quong Hop of San Francisco CA is recalling all “Raquel’s” hummus, salads, wraps, sandwiches, burritos, and other food products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.  The bacteria were found in the manufacturing plant during an investigation.  In addition, soy lecithin (an allergen) was used in the production of the hummus and not declared on the label.  The hummus products involved in the recall were dated September 23, 2010 and prior.  The other food products are dated August 3, 2010 and prior.  The foods were distributed in supermarkets and natural food stores in California, Alaska, Arizona, Washington, Oregon, and Nevada.  For the full list of foods, see the link above.

UPDATE August 6, 2010:  The NY Times has more about Quong Hop Foods and their recent problems with food safety issues.  You can read the article here.

Bausch + Lomb Recalls PreserVision Eye Vitamin Formula

Bausch + Lomb is conducting a voluntary recall of the “PreserVision Eye Vitamin AREDS 2 Formula with Omega 3” soft gels, only available in the US.  The company received a small number of reports, primarily from adults aged 70 and older, who had difficulty swallowing the pill.  While the formula is safe, the company wants to conduct an investigation into the design of the pill to ensure continued safety.  Consumers who have the product can view the information at the link above for lot numbers, UPC codes and expiration date of the recalled vitamin.

DeBoles Nutritional Foods Recalls Gluten Free Tubettini Corn Pasta

DeBoles Nutritional Foods is recalling one lot code of Kids Only! Gluten Free Tubettini Corn Pasta because it may contain undeclared whole wheat alphabet pasta.  People allergic to wheat or who have celiac disease could have serious adverse health effects.  The pasta was distributed to stores nationwide and through internet orders and bears the lot code 30JUN11D1  and the UPC code (on the bottom of the box) 087336638305.  Consumers should return the packages to the place of purchase for a full refund or contact the company at 1-800-434-4246.

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Understanding Food Labels: Protein

Getting enough protein in the American diet really isn’t as hard as you think.  The amount of protein needed by the body is not as much as some would have you believe.  Most Americans get enough protein PLUS SOME.  But let’s start at the beginning.

Proteins are part of every cell in the body.  They are called “building blocks” because they make up cell walls, bone, muscle, blood vessels (and the blood inside them), hormones and more.  The body is constantly breaking down body proteins and replacing them.  For that reason, you need to replenish protein on a daily basis by eating foods that contain protein.

Some people believe that protein is only found in animal foods.  That is just not true – remember that protein is a part of every cell, so even plant foods contain some.  When you eat animal meats such as beef, poultry and fish, you are actually eating the muscle of the animal.  For this reason, the protein content is higher and called a “complete protein”.  But in the same vein, you also can eat less and easily meet your body’s needs (which is what a lot of people tend to forget).

To be considered a complete protein, a food must contain each of the eight essential amino acids.

It may be more challenging to get enough protein as a vegetarian, but it can easily be accomplished by eating beans, tofu, eggs and milk (if you are lacto-ovo vegetarian), and grains.  Usually these foods are missing at least one amino acid and are called “incomplete protein”.  However, if you are missing one amino acid (say, corn is missing lysine) and you eat another source of that amino acid (beans), you complete the protein profile.

OK, so how do you know how much protein to get each day?  You can estimate your personal needs by using the following equation:

  • First, find your weight in kilograms by dividing your weight in pounds by 2.2.
  • Take that result and multiply by 0.8-1.0 to get an estimate on the number of grams of protein to consume in a day.  *Keep in mind that if you are overweight, this will overestimate protein needs – protein is only used by lean tissue.
  • Example:  for a 175 pound man (79.5 kg), it can be estimated that he needs 80 grams a day (rounding up).

If you have already calculated your calorie needs, you can estimate protein needs another way – by calculating 20% of your total calories for protein.  Then divide that number by 4.  Example:  2000 calories x .20 = 400 calories in protein divided by 4 calories per gram = 100 grams of protein per day.

With protein, keep in mind that unless you are a professional athlete or serious body builder (or are pregnant, underweight, or a growing child), more is not always better.  Getting 2.0 grams per kilogram versus 1.0 g/kg is not going to build muscle unless you have a situation where you need dietary sources to build or rebuild tissue.  Excess protein, like excess carbs or fat, will be converted and stored as fat.

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Recalled Food List for the Week of July 16th

Good Health Inc Issues Recall for Vialipro Dietary Supplement

Good Health Inc is recalling the dietary supplement Vialipro, sold for sexual enhancement, because an FDA lab analysis found that the product may contain sulfoaildenafil, an analogue of an FDA approved drug used in the treatment of male erectile dysfunction.  The presence of this ingredient makes the supplement an undeclared drug.  Sulfoaildenafil can interact with some prescription drugs, such as nitroglycerin, lowering blood pressure to dangerous levels.  10 lot numbers are included in the recall and can be found at the link above.

Slim-30 Herb Supplement Recalled Due to Undeclared Drug Ingredient

J&H Besta Corp of Hicksville NY has been informed by the FDA that lab analysis of the Slim-30 Herb Supplement contains traces of sibutramine, a drug used as an appetite suppressant.  The FDA advises that this product poses a threat to consumers because sibutramine can increase blood pressure and/or pulse rate in some patients and could present a significant risk to those with coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias or stroke.  The affected lot/code being recalled is 032009, bearing the UPC code 8 31457 005009 2.  It was sold to distributors and retail stores nationwide and via internet sales.

Adverse reactions to Slim-30 should be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program at

D&M Smoked Fish Issues Alert on Schmaltz Herring

D&M Smoked Fish Inc, located in Queens NY, is recalling Haifa brand vacuum packaged Schmaltz Herring with lot number 168 because the product was found to be uneviscerated, the sale of which is prohibited under New York State Agriculture and Markets regulations because Clostridium Botulinum spores are more likely to be concentrated in the viscera than any other portion of the fish.  No illnesses have been reported.  Customers can return the product to place of purchase for a refund or contact D&M at 718-523-8899.

Diamond USA Inc Recalls Dry Apricot Rolled Due to Undeclared Sulfites

Diamond USA has recalled its 1 pound packages of Dry Apricot Rolled, code #01-12-2010, because it may have undeclared sulfites which can cause a reaction in those with sensitivities to the compound.  These products were distributed in New York, New Jersey, Virginia, and California to retail stores.  No illnesses have been reported.  Consumers can return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund or contact the company at 718-938-0345.

Fresh Express Recalls Expired Romaine Lettuce

Fresh Express is voluntarily recalling certain Romaine lettuce salad products with expired Use-by dates of July 9th through 12th.  The packages also can be identified by an “S” in the product code.  The lettuce has the potential to be contaminated with E. coli, but no illnesses have been reported.  Although the product is expired, some consumers may still have the lettuce in their refrigerators.  Customers can contact Fresh Express for more information by calling 800-242-5472 Monday through Friday 5am to 8pm PT.

QFC Recalls Broccoli Raisin Salad for Undeclared Allergen

Seattle’s Quality Food Center (QFC) is recalling select containers of Broccoli Raisin Salad because they may contain walnuts that are not on the label.  The containers were sold in Oregon and Washington in the deli service department on July 10.  Customers should return the products for a full refund or contact for more information.

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Understanding Food Labels: Calories

How many calories should you eat in a day?  One survey found only one out of every 8 adult Americans actually knows the answer to this question.  In addition, although most people are aware that to lose weight one must lower overall caloric intake, calculating the number of calories eaten in a day is confusing.  Enter the Nutrition Facts label – which actually can confuse the issue even more, unless you understand how to read between the lines.

The first order of business is to estimate the number of calories you need in a day for basic metabolism.  Remember, though, that this is just an estimate based on a clinical formula!  There are many factors that influence metabolism, but here is a good place to start.

You will first need an accurate weight and height – and you can’t lie about your age.

Women: BMR = 655 + ( 4.35 x weight in pounds ) + ( 4.7 x height in inches ) – ( 4.7 x age in years )

Men: BMR = 66 + ( 6.23 x weight in pounds ) + ( 12.7 x height in inches ) – ( 6.8 x age in years )

Just a note:  If you are significantly overweight, this equation may overestimate calorie needs because fat stores do not metabolize calories at the same rate that lean muscle tissue does.  We’ll deal with that in a minute.

Once you get BMR (which stands for basic metabolic rate), multiply the result by an activity factor.  This will increase total calorie needs based on how active you are:

  1. If you are sedentary (little or no exercise) : Calorie-Calculation = BMR x 1.2
  2. If you are lightly active (light exercise/sports 1-3 days/week) : Calorie-Calculation = BMR x 1.375
  3. If you are moderately active (moderate exercise/sports 3-5 days/week) : Calorie-Calculation = BMR x 1.55
  4. If you are very active (hard exercise/sports 6-7 days a week) : Calorie-Calculation = BMR x 1.725
  5. If you are extra active (very hard exercise/sports & physical job or 2x training) : Calorie-Calculation = BMR x 1.9

If you wish to lose weight, subtract 500 calories (which will potentially result in a 1 pound per week weight loss), and you have an estimation of how many calories you need in a day.

Now head for the Nutrition Facts label on that food you are about to eat.  The total number of calories in a food is derived by adding together fat, carbohydrate, and protein (the macronutrients).

Calories = (fat grams x 9) + (carbohydrate grams x 4) + (protein grams x 4)

Keep in mind that the calories derived from this equation may be slightly off because calories listed on the Nutrition Facts label are rounded up or down to the nearest 0 or 5 (usually down, so be aware you may be eating more calories than you think).

Keep a food diary of the calories you eat in a week.  At the end of the week, weigh yourself.  If you lost or maintained, the calorie calculation you did above may be right on point.  If you gained, first be sure you were truthful (a common problem!) then adjust your calorie estimation down by 100 calories.  Keep working in small increments like this to find your unique balance for calorie needs. ask questions Company formation . .

Recalled Food List for the Week of July 9th

Miravalle Foods Recalls Chile California and Chile Nuevo Mexico Peppers

Miraville Foods of El Monte CA is recalling “Miravalle Chile California & Miravalle Chile Nuevo Mexico” Brand Peppers distributed between March 15th and May 6th 2010 to some customers in CA, CO, UT, NC, NE, ID, OR and NV because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

The recalled Peppers distributed to a small group of customers through direct delivery, distributors and retail stores are in 3oz. (UPC Code: 7 12810-00301 & 7 12810-00304), 6 oz. (UPC Code: 7 12810-60001 & 7 1280-60004), 8oz. (UPC Code: 7 12810-00802 & 7 12810-00803) and 16 oz. (UPC Code: 7 12810-16005 & 7 12810-16007) clear plastic packages under the “Miravalle Chile California & Miravalle Chile Nuevo Mexico” Brand and in bulk 25lb. boxes.

J. Hellman Frozen Foods Recalls Senor Mexicano Avocado Pulp

J. Hellman Frozen Foods of Los Angeles is recalling 992 cases of Senor Mexicano Avocado Pulp because of the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.  These were distributed in California and Hawaii.  The 2 pound bags have UPC Code 7 503012 650001 with the following Lot number on a sticker affixed to the package: A 21 04 10 / A 21 04 12.

Consumers are asked to dispose of the product or return to the place of purchase for a refund.  Questions or comments can be directed to Greg Abadjian, Director of Food Safety at 213‐243‐9105 between the hours of 4 A.M. to 9:30 A.M.

Ready Pac Recalls Baby Spinach Bagged Salads

Ready Pac Foods of Irwindale CA recalled 702 cases of the Baby Spinach variety of Spinach Temptations 6 oz bagged salads with Use By dates of July 4 with Product codes  11707B, IR127121 and July 8 with Product Code 12007B, IR130373 because they could be contaminated by Escherichia coli 0157:H7 (Ecoli 0157.H7).

The product was sold in California, Washington and Arizona.  The Use By date and product code are located in the upper left hand corner of the package.  Consumers with the products should dispose of the product and contact Ready Pac at 800-800-7822 Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm Pacific Time to obtain a full refund.

Florida Company Recalls Sliced Apples

Marjon Specialty Foods Inc of Plant City FL has voluntarily recalled 119 cases of sliced apples due to possible contamination of Listeria monocytogenes.  The apples are packaged in 2 ounce single serve packages and were labeled with the brand names “Simply Fresh Fruit” or “Miller’s Ale House”.  Use by dates are 7/20/10 and 7/21/10.  They were sold to three foodservice distributors in Florida and were successfully accounted for a destroyed by customers.

For additional details, please contact Marjon Specialty Foods, Inc. at 813-752-3482, M-F 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM EST

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Strawberries and Blueberries Make Great Fourth of July Desserts

Although I live in the South, where July is notoriously HOT, I love Fourth of July barbecues with my family and friends.  Patriotic desserts are my favorite, because they provide an opportunity to use my favorite berries to create a red, white, and blue treat.  Of course, some desserts “counteract” the healthfulness of the fruit by adding way too much sugar and fat with ingredients such as whipped topping and whole milk puddings.

Here are three great recipes for Fourth of July desserts, with some ideas of tweaking them to be more healthful:

Sandra Lee’s Red, White, and Blue Trifle (Food Network)

This beautiful dessert calls for a box of red velvet cake mix, a 16-ounce tub of whipped topping, and fresh blueberries and strawberries.  According to the instructions for “Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Red Velvet Cake Mix”, you add 3 Large eggs and 1/3 cup of vegetable oil to the mix to create the cake.  You can lower the fat in the recipe by using 1/3 cup of unsweetened applesauce instead of the oil.  For the eggs, try replacing one or two whole eggs with just egg whites to reduce fat.  For the whipped topping, try Cool Whip Lite, Cool Whip Free, or Cool Whip Sugar Free to reduce calories, fat and/or sugar.

Fourth of July Frozen Desserts

Another great way to end the meal is to set up a Red, White, and Blue frozen dessert “bar”.  Easily create a strawberry sorbet and a blueberry sorbet using your blender or food processor and buy a lower fat vanilla ice cream, such as Edy’s Slow Churned Light Vanilla.  Let your guests create their own patriotic sundae by including some heart-healthy nuts like walnuts or almonds or by adding some additional fresh sliced strawberries and blueberries.

Disney Family Fun 4th of July Recipes

This site just has too many great recipes to pick just one, but one of the most original I found was a “Fruit Flag” – a fun display of fresh fruit that children will especially love.  The recipe only uses fresh strawberries, blackberries and bananas displayed in a flag pattern.  It can be served with a favorite fruit dip, such this one by Kaboose, made with plain yogurt mixed with a small amount of brown sugar and vanilla extract.

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Recalled Food List for the Week of July 2nd

Fairway Energy Mix and Setton Farms Total Energy Mix Recalled

Setton International Foods Inc of Commack NY is recalling limited quantities of its Fairway brand Energy Mix and its Setton Farms brand Total Energy Mix sold to select stores in NY and NJ because they may contain peanuts and chocolate flavored chips not listed on the label.

The recalled Fairway “Energy Mix” products were sold to Fairway stores in NY and NJ and the Setton Farms “Total Energy Mix” products were sold to the Associated 9th Ave. store in NY, the Keyfood Gerritsen Ave. store in NY, limited Foodtown stores in NJ, and select ShopRite stores in NY and NJ.

Specific lot codes can be found at the above link, or consumers with questions can contact the company at 800-227-4397 Monday through Friday 9am to 4pm Eastern Time.

Azteca Linda Recalls Queso Fresco and Queso Hebra for Possible Listeria

Azteca Linda of Brooklyn NY is recalling Queso Fresco (fresh white cheese) and queso hebra (fresh white string cheese) with an expiration date of July 7, 2010 because of the potential for contamination by Listeria monocytogenes.  These were distributed in New York State (Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Bronx, Newburgh) and Bayonne NJ through retail stores between June 7 and Jun 9 2010.

QUESO FRESCO is packed in a hard plastic container or wrapped in aluminum foil labeled with the brand name Queso El Azteca , UPC 0 23986 92692 8, and expiration date July 7, 2010. QUESO HEBRA is packaged in a vacuum sealed plastic bag, Net Weight 14 oz. and Net Weight 5 lbs., and labeled with the brand Queso El Azteca(Queso Oaxaca) with the expiration date of July 7, 2010.

Consumers can return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund or call 718-418-7459 for more information.

Tri-Union Seafoods Recalls Chicken of the Sea Solid White Tuna

Tri-Union Seafoods LLC of San Diego is recalling a limited amount of Chicken of the Sea brand 12-ounce solid white tuna in water.  Due to a production error, the product does not meet the company’s standards for seal tightness which could result in product contamination by spoilage organisms or pathogens that could lead to illness.  No illness has been reported.

The product was distributed in Wisconsin, Nebraska, Utah, Pennsylvania, New York, Maine, Colorado, Indiana, California, and Oregon in February and May.  UPC code 4800000262, “Best By Date 2/10/2014″ and product codes 7OA1E ASWAB, 7OA2E ASWAB, 7OA3E ASWAB, 7OA4E ASWAB, 7OA5E ASWAB, 7OAEE ASWAB or 7OAFE ASWAB are involved.

Consumers are asked to call 1-877-843-6376 for return information and a refund.

Domega NY International Recalls FUMA Custard Pie

Domega NY International is recalling FUMA Custard Pie because it may contain undeclared milk powder.  It is packaged in a 650 gram cardboard box containing 26 individual packages with a date code of 2010 02 04AA.  It is a product of China, but sold in New York State.

Consumers who have purchased the product are urged to return it to the place of purchase. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 646-388-3032.

I Dolce Inc Recalls Gelato Due to Undeclared Allergen

I Dolce Inc (dba Roba Dolce) of Warwick RI is recalling its 33.8 oz (1 liter) package of Roba Dolce Double Chocolate Chunk Gelato because it may contain undeclared peanuts.  Those with an allergy to peanuts run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.  The gelato was distributed through Kroger/Fry’s stores in Arizona and Ohio.

The product is packaged in a gold plastic container and has one of the following stamps on the bottom:  “Enjoy by 12/10/10, Mfg with pride pl #44-50, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Sample” or “Enjoy by 12/10/10, Mfg with pride pl #44-50″.

Consumers are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund or may contact the company at 1-877-743-5286 between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm est. for a refund.

Champion Nutrition Recalls Whey Protein Product

Champion Nutrition of Sunrise FL has recalled five lots of Champion Nutrition Chocolate Peanut Butter Pure Whey Protein in 5 pound packages due to an incomplete allergen statement for peanuts.  The product was distributed throughout the US and includes UPC code 0 27692 18550 1 and LOTS:  A0210A, C9288A, D0329A, G9201A, L9282A

Consumers who purchased the product can contact Champion Nutrition for instructions on a return and refund or replacement product at 1-800-225-4831 Monday thru Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm EST.

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