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Recalls That Should Be on Your Radar—Week of July 14, 2019

JUL 20, 2019 | CONTAGION® EDITORIAL STAFF
We’ve compiled a list of recalls issued by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and US Department of Agriculture (USDA) from this past week:

Growers Express Issued Recall of Select Products Due to Listeria Monocytogenes Risk

Growers Express takes issues of food safety seriously and in an abundance of caution and in the interest of protecting consumers is expanding the list of select fresh vegetable products affected by a voluntary recall that was issued on July 1, 2019. After further testing of an additional product lot from the suspected source of the recall, a single retail sample was found to be positive for Listeria monocytogenes. The company has expanded the list of recalled products to include certain specific fresh Brussels sprouts, fresh cauliflower florets and fresh green beans products with the “best by” or “pack dates” identified in the chart below.

The products originated from a Growers Express production facility in Biddeford, Maine and were distributed to the states of Massachusetts and Maine. Growers Express is no longer sourcing vegetables from the suspected cause of the contamination. There are no reported illnesses to date.

No other Growers Express products are impacted or part of this expansion. This recall does not affect or include any Green Giant® canned or frozen vegetable products.

Read more about this recall here.

Altaire Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Issues Recall of More Ophthalmic Products

Altaire Pharmaceuticals, Inc., announces today that it is voluntarily recalling the over the counter (OTC) and prescription (Rx) drug products and lots, within expiry, it has manufactured and distributed under the Altaire label and trade dress during the time period as indicated below. As a precautionary measure, Altaire is voluntarily initiating this recall due to management concerns regarding the sufficiency of Quality Assurance controls over critical systems in the manufacturing facility. The FDA has determined these issues indicate a lack of sterility assurance. Administration of a non-sterile product intended to be sterile may result in serious and potentially life-threatening infections or death.

This recall is being carried out to the RETAIL LEVEL and IS ONLY FOR THE SPECIFIC LOTS LISTED BELOW. No other lots are being recalled. A Retail Level recall is limited to product lots currently in inventory on hand at any distributor to which Altaire Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has sold these products.

Read more about this recall here.

Altaire Recalls Products Sold by Natural Ophthalmics and TRP Company, Inc.

Altaire Pharmaceuticals, Inc., announces today that it is voluntarily recalling the Over-the-Counter (OTC) drug products and lots, within expiry, sold by Natural Ophthalmics and TRP Company, Inc. during the time period as indicated in the tables below. As a precautionary measure, Altaire is voluntarily initiating the recall due to management concerns regarding the sufficiency of Quality Assurance controls over critical systems in the manufacturing facility. The FDA has determined these issues indicate a lack of sterility assurance. Administration of a non-sterile product intended to be sterile may result in serious and potentially life threatening infections or death.

This recall is being carried out to the RETAIL LEVEL and IS ONLY FOR THE SPECIFIC LOTS LISTED BELOW. No other lots are being recalled. A Retail Level recall is limited to product lots currently in inventory of the distributors and retail outlets.

Read more about this recall here.

Altaire Recalls Products Sold by Accutome, Focus Laboratories, Grandall Distributing Co. Inc. And Prestige

Altaire Pharmaceuticals, Inc., announces today that it is voluntarily recalling the Over-the-Counter (OTC) drug products and lots, within expiry, sold by Accutome, Focus Laboratories, Grandall Distributing Co. Inc. and Prestige Brands Inc., during the time period as indicated in the tables below. As a precautionary measure, Altaire is voluntarily initiating the recall due to management concerns regarding the sufficiency of Quality Assurance controls over critical systems in the manufacturing facility. The FDA has determined these issues indicate a lack of sterility assurance. Administration of a non-sterile product intended to be sterile may result in serious and potentially life threatening infections or death.
This recall is being carried out to the RETAIL LEVEL and IS ONLY FOR THE SPECIFIC LOTS LISTED BELOW. No other lots are being recalled. A Retail Level recall is limited to product lots currently in the inventory of the distributors and retail outlets.

Read more about this recall here.

Altaire Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Issues Recall of Products Sold by OCuSOFT

Altaire Pharmaceuticals, Inc., announces today that it is voluntarily recalling the Prescription (RX) and Over-the-Counter (OTC) drug products and lots, within expiry, sold by OCuSOFT during the time period as indicated in the tables below. As a precautionary measure, Altaire is voluntarily initiating the recall due to management concerns regarding the sufficiency of Quality Assurance controls over critical systems in the manufacturing facility. The FDA has determined these issues indicate a lack of sterility assurance. Administration of a non-sterile product intended to be sterile may result in serious and potentially life threatening infections or death.
This recall is being carried out to the RETAIL LEVEL and IS ONLY FOR THE SPECIFIC LOTS LISTED BELOW. No other lots are being recalled. A Retail Level recall is limited to product lots currently in inventory.

Read more about this recall here.

Northfolk Bison Distributions Inc. Issues Recall for Bison Burger and Ground Bison Due to E coli Risk

Northfork Bison Distributions Inc. of St. Leonard, Quebec is recalling its Bison Burgers & Bison Ground because they have the potential to be contaminated with E. coli: O121 and O103. This form of E. coli may cause diarrheal illness often with bloody stools. Although most healthy adults can recover completely within a week, some people can develop a form of kidney failure called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). HUS is most likely to occur in young children and the elderly. The condition can lead to serious damage and even death.

The recalled Bison Burgers & Bison Ground were distributed across Eastern & Central U. S., to institutions and retail outlets.

The institutions that have Bison Burgers and Bison Ground in their inventory with the production date: February 22, 2019 – April 30, 2019, are urged to contact their distributor for a full refund. For the retail outlets, the Bison Burgers (4 x 4 oz) in question, with the expiration date up to October 8th, 2020, can be clearly identified by their blue boxes with the Northfork Bison logo prominently displayed. Consumers who have purchased these Bison Burgers are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Illnesses have been reported; the number and extent of which are currently under investigation.

Read more about this recall here.

Pita Pal Foods, LP Issues Recall for Hummus and Dips Due to Listeria Risk

Pita Pal Foods, LP of Houston, TX has issued a voluntary recall of certain hummus products made between May 30, 2019 and June 25, 2019, due to concerns over Listeria monocytogenes, which was identified at the manufacturing facility (not in finished product) during an FDA inspection.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. No illnesses have been reported to date for these products. The company is issuing this recall out of an abundance of caution.

The products have been distributed nationwide and to United Arab Emirates. Consumers who have purchased products listed below with these use by dates are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Read more about this recall here.

Mizkan America, Inc. Issues Recall for Select Ragu Pasta Sauce Products

Mizkan America, Inc., announced the voluntary recall of select production codes of certain RAGÚ pasta sauces in the U.S. because the sauce may contain fragments of plastic. There have not been any reports of consumer injuries or complaints. Mizkan America is taking this action out of an abundance of caution. This recall is at the retail level and all impacted retailer customers have been notified of this voluntary recall prior to this press release. Retail customers who have not been notified are not impacted by this voluntary recall. Mizkan America also asks consumers to examine their refrigerator and pantry inventory for the specific jars affected by this recall. Any recalled sauce should be discarded and not consumed.

On the recalled sauces, consumers should look for the Cap Code on the yellow RAGÚ® jar cap as well as the Best Use By Dates listed below. Please see the attached product photos with cap/best used by codes. 

Read more about this recall here.
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