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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 www.fda.gov/medwatch.

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 www.qfc.com/recalls for more information.

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