Last week was a busy week for recalls at the FDA, with 13 total recalls on consumer foods and medical products. These ranged from simple food-based allergies to full-blown bacterial contamination and metal fragments in foods.
Here is more information on these recalls and what you should know as a consumer.
FDA Food Recalls
Hampton Creek issued a recall of six varieties of its baking mixes containing coconut milk powder due to possible salmonella contamination.
SM Fish Corp. issued a recall of fourteen varieties of its OSSIE’s brand Ready-to-eat Herring Salads due to possible Listeria monocytogene contamination.
Chapel Hill Creamery recalled all of their cheese products due to a possible salmonella infection outbreak.
Kwik Trip expanded a recall of its Kitchen Cravings brand Mixed Berry Parfait and Strawberry Parfait due to undisclosed presence of peanuts and almonds.
Gel Spice, Inc. has issued a recall of its Fresh Finds brand of Turmeric powder with UPC code of 81026-01230 sold at Big Lots stores due to elevated lead levels.
Conagra Foods is expanding a previous recall of its Watts Brothers Farms Organic Greens Peas, Mixed Vegetables and Super Sweet Corn due to a possible Listeria monocytogene bacterial infection.
Meijer stores has recalled various salads and sandwiches sold in its stores due to possible salmonella contamination.
Integrated Food Service (IFS) has expanded a previous recall of its Let’s Do Lunch brand ready-to-eat sandwiches due to a possible Listeria monocytogene contamination.
General Mills has expanded a previous recall of its Gold Medal and Signature Kitchens brand flours for an E. Coli contamination after receiving confirmation of four consumer illnesses.
Weis Markets has issued a recall of several bakery products including muffins, cookies, shortbread and baked breads due to the possible presence of small (2-9mm) metal fragments in the sugar topping used on these products.
FDA Medical Product Recalls
Sage Products issued a nationwide recall of its Comfort Shield Barrier Cream Cloths sold to distributors and health care facilities due to a contamination of the bacteria Burkholderia cepacia, which may cause serious infections. The topical wipes are used to treat skin irritation caused by urine and/or stool exposure.
The recall is for Product Code 7503, Lot Number 53957, Expiration Date 3/6/2018 for cloths given to customers between March 31, 2016 and June 8, 2016.
CareFusion has recalled its AVEA ventilators used in hospitals due to a defective fuse on the alarm board, which may cause the ventilator to unexpectedly shut down. In the event this occurs, patients may not receive necessary oxygen, causing serious injury or death.
The recall covers 501 AVEA ventilators manufactured between November 13, 2016 to January 4, 2016 and sold from December 16, 2016 to February 15, 2016.
Finally, the FDA ordered new warnings added to the labels of fluoroquinolone antibacterial drugs due to possible permanent side effects of the tendons, muscles, joints, nerves, and central nervous system.
This affects the brands Avelox, Cipro, Factive, Levaquin and Ofloxacin.
The agency has now recommended that these antibiotics only be used for patients with no other treatment options for acute bacterial sinusitis, chronic bronchitis, and urinary tract infections.
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FDA. Recalls, Market Withdrawals & Safety Alerts. (August 1, 2016). Retrieved from www.fda.gov
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