Recalls You Should Know About—Week of March 18, 2018

In case you missed them, we’ve compiled a list of the latest recalls posted this week.

Oregon Food Bank Initiates Voluntary Recall of Pumpkin Seeds Due to Potential Listeria

The Oregon Food Bank has announced that they will be voluntarily recalling upwards of 60,000 pounds of pumpkin seeds due to potential Listeria contamination. This recall is associated with the ongoing recall of donated chia seeds that began on March 12, 2018. Although no associated illnesses have been reported, the company has decided to recall the product out of an abundance of caution.

The seeds were distributed in Oregon, as well Clark County, Washington via the Oregon Food Bank Network which is comprised of regional food banks. The recalled products was distributed either: in 1-pound plastic poly film bags with twist closures, re-sealable pouches, or a “KALE JOY” plastic bag. The products were distributed between November 1, 2017 through March 16, 2018.

For more information on the recall, read the official company announcement.

Oregon Food Bank Voluntarily Recalls Nutritional Yeast

The Oregon Food Bank initiated another voluntary recall of 1,219 pounds of nutritional yeast which had been donated at the same time as the 2 aforementioned recall products: chia and pumpkin seeds.

The yeast was distributed to the same locations—Oregon and Clark County, Washington—through the same means. It was distributed in either a 1-pound plastic poly film bag with a twist closure or a re-sealable pouch, between November 1, 2017 and March 16, 2018.

For more information, check out the company announcement.

Natural Grocers Recalls Coconut Smiles Due to Salmonella

Colorado-based natural grocery chain, Vitamin Cottage Natural Food Markets, Inc., recalls Natural Grocers brand 10-ounce Coconut Smiles Organic due to the risk of contamination with Salmonella.

The recalled product was packaged in clear plastic bags bearing the “Natural Grocers” label; all of them have packed-on dates (found on the bottom left-hand corner of the label) that are prior to 18-075 (or March 16, 2018).

This recall was initiated due to laboratory analysis conducted by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) which found Salmonella in the product.

Since this recall, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have announced the launch of an investigation into a multistate Salmonella outbreak associated with dried coconut.

For the most recent case counts and states affected, just check out our Outbreak Monitor.

Radagast Pet Food, Inc. Initiates Voluntary Recall 1 Lot of Free-Range Chicken & Turkey Due to Potential Listeria

Radagast Pet Food Inc. has decided to recall 1 lot of Free-Range Chicken along with 1 lot of Free-Range Turkey Recipe due to potential Listeria contamination. The recall only includes the following 2 lots: single lot of Rad Cat Raw Diet Free-Range Chicken Lot 62762, BB Date: 10/19/18 and single lot of Rad Cat Raw Diet Free-Range Turkey Recipe, Lot 62926, BB Date: 05/03/19.

Not only does Listeria pose a risk for animals, but the bacteria pose a risk for humans who are handling contaminated pet products as well—especially if they do not thoroughly wash their hands after contact with the product.

For more information, read the company announcement.

Mickey Brown, Inc. Recalls Beef Burrito Products Produced Without Benefit of Inspection

The US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced that Mickey Brown, Inc. is recalling an undetermined amount of beef burrito products that had been produced without the benefit of federal inspection; this is a Class I Recall, and the health risk is high.

The products were produced on dates ranging from March 28, 2017 to March 6, 2018, packaged in 1-pound, 2-ounce plastic packages which contain “Mickey Brown’s A Taste of Cajun 3 Beef Burritos.”

To learn more about the recall, check out the official news release.

Class I Recall of Monteris Medical’s NeuroBlate Probe Due to Unintended Heating

The FDA has issued a letter to health care providers which provided preliminary information regarding the potential for unintended heating and patient injury with the use of the Monteris Medical NeuroBlate probe—part of the NeuroBlate System. The FDA has classified this recall as a Class I, which is the most serious type of voluntary recall.

The FDA received medical device reports related to the overheating of the probe, which included 1 report of a patient who experienced an intracranial hemorrhage and died, although causality with the device malfunction cannot be concluded with certainty.

For more information read the safety alert.

PDX Aromatics Issues A Second Expanded Recall of Kratom Products Due to Potential Salmonella

PDX Aromatics, DBA Kraken Kratom, Phytoextractum, and Soul Speciosa, expand the scope of their 3/19/2018 and 3/15/2018 voluntary recalls to include some red vein and green vein kratom powder and capsule products due to potential Salmonella contamination.

The second expanded recall is due to FDA investigation into PDX Aromatics’ products which found Salmonella. To date, there are 4 cases associated with the consumption of red and white vein products.

The CDC is currently investigating a multistate Salmonella outbreak that has been linked to kratom. To see the most recent case counts as well as the states affected in the outbreak, be sure to head to our Outbreak Monitor.

For more information, check out the company announcement.

Becton, Dickinson, and Company Issues Class I Recall of Vacutainer Blood Collection Tubes

The recall includes their Vacutainer EDTA Blood Collection Tubes with lavender, tan, pink, and green rubber tube stoppers and is because of a chemical that was found in the rubber tube stopper which was found to interfere with the accuracy of the Anodic Stripping Voltammetry testing methodology.

For more information, read the safety alert.