Archive for March, 2011


Salmonella in Peppers, Lean Cuisine Recalls…and Other Think Before You Bites

March 22, 2011

From our friends at S.T.O.P. (Safe Tables Our Priority)

Salmonella in Peppers

WorldVariety Produce, Inc. of Los Angeles, CA is recalling Serrano Peppers, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

No illnesses have been reported to date.


The affected Serrano Peppers were isolated to 300 cases from Lot # 69073901, product of Mexico.


This recall extends only to Walmart stores in Wisconsin, Montana, Utah and Wyoming; in addition to Jewel-Osco stores in Illinois. The affected Serrano peppers were sold from bulk displays between the dates of March 1, 2011 through March 18, 2011.

This recall continues at: 

Lean Cuisine Recalled


WASHINGTON, March 14, 2011 –Nestle Prepared Foods Company, Gaffney, S.C., establishment, is recalling approximately 10,260 pounds of frozen spaghetti and meatball entrees that may contain foreign materials, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The products subject to recall include: [View Label]

  • 9.5-oz. packages of “Lean Cuisine Simple Favorites, Spaghetti with Meatballs.”

The packages bear the establishment number “Est. 7991” and the case code “0298595519P” and a best before date of November, 2011 printed on the side of the package, underneath the ingredient listing. The spaghetti and meatball products were packaged on Oct. 25, 2010, and shipped to distributors and retail stores east of the Rocky Mountains.

The problem was discovered after the company received complaints from consumers in Minn., S.D. and Wisc., upon finding hard plastic in the product. FSIS has not received any reports of injury at this time. Anyone concerned about an injury from consumption of this product should contact a healthcare professional.

This recall continues at:

Listeria in Sandwiches

By Cheryll A. Borgaard

WinCo Foods has voluntarily removed its deli sandwich, the “All American ½ Deli Sub,” from its Longview store after routine surveillance sampling by the Washington Department of Agriculture revealed they might be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria.

The sandwiches were available only at the Longview store and were sold March 2 to March 11. The product removed was labeled as “sell by” March 7 to March 16, according to the Cowlitz County Health Department.

County health department officials said WinCo went beyond official recommendations.

“WinCo only had to pull certain sandwiches that were made in a specific time with a specific product, but they decided to pull all of the All American sandwiches until they know exactly what (the contaminant source) is,” county health department spokeswoman Janis Housden said Monday.

“What we’re trying to ascertain is if it was a specific lot or was it something that was contaminated after it was opened on site,” she said.

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Listeria in Wieners and Sausage

SUGARCREEK — Sugar Valley Meats has issued a voluntary recall due to possible listeria monocytogenes contamination involving approximately 200 pounds of ready-to-eat wieners, beef wieners and small-link smoked sausage.

Package labels bear the establishment number (Est. 165) inside the Ohio Department of  Agriculture inspection legend. The products involved were sold through Sugar Valley’s retail store from Feb. 23 through March 15.

The problem was discovered as a result of routine sampling by the Ohio Department of Agriculture. The department has not received any consumer complaints or reports of illness.

Consumption of food contaminated with listeria monocytogenes can cause listerosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

Customers are encouraged to return any products in question to Sugar Valley Meats, and may call Reuben Erb or Lavern Yoder at (330) 852- 4423 with concerns or questions.

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Sprout Processor Banned from Distributing Sprouts

Maryland sprout processor enters into consent decree with the FDA – Action prompted by repeated food safety violations.

The Food and Drug Administration announced today that Vegi-Pak Farm LLC of Mt. Airy, Md., and its president, Sun Ja Lee, and general manager, Brian W. Lee, signed a consent decree recently prohibiting them from processing, holding and distributing bean sprouts due to their failure to comply with federal food safety laws. 

Vegi-Pak Farm grows, processes, packages and distributes ready-to-eat soybean sprouts and holds and distributes tofu and mung bean spouts. The products are sold to markets in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

The consent decree, entered in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, on March 4, 2011, stems from evidence that Vegi-Pak Farm violated the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act by introducing into interstate commerce food that was prepared, packed or held under insanitary conditions, and by adulterating food after shipment in interstate commerce.

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New Jersey Assembly Passes Bill to Legalize Raw Milk Sales


***If you are concerned about the sale of raw milk in your state, contact S.T.O.P. at 800-350-STOP.***

By Bill Wichert

New Jersey residents are one step closer to buying raw milk in their home state.

The New Jersey Assembly this afternoon passed Assembly bill A-743 to legalize the sale of raw milk. The legislation, sponsored by Assemblyman John DiMaio, R-Warren/Hunterdon, received 71 yes votes, six no votes and one abstention.

The New Jersey Senate has not taken action on the proposal yet.

Under the Assembly bill, the non-pasteurized milk only could be sold at the farms where the raw milk is produced. The legislation also lays out specific testing requirements for the raw milk. State officials also would conduct health tests on the cattle used to produce raw milk.

Raw milk advocates have called for the legalization of raw milk sales as a way of supporting local farmers and giving consumers the choice of what type of milk to put on their kitchen tables.

The health implications of drinking raw milk remain subject to debate. Raw milk consumers tout its health benefits, but federal officials have said raw milk may contain disease-causing bacteria.

In Assembly bill A-743, raw milk permit holders must post signs at their businesses that say, “Raw milk is not pasteurized and may contain organisms that cause human disease.”

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*Advocating for sound public policy

*Building public awareness; and

*Assisting those impacted by foodborne illness


Your St. Patty’s Day BFF

March 17, 2011

One Yummy BFF (Bite Friendly Food) For St. Patty’s Day

An ode to one of our favorite green holidays, you’ll want to saddle up to on St. Patty’s Day and beyond.  Pinch me, please…although I’m not Irish, if you weren’t sure.

Colcannon Puffs

To save time, you can also form these into larger patties and pan-fry in a non-stick skillet.

  • 1 1/2 pounds potatoes, washed thoroughly with Eat Cleaner All Natural Fruit + Vegetable Wash. Keep the skins on!
  • 6 ounces kale, washed with Eat Cleaner All Natural Fruit + Vegetable Wash
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 2 teaspoons salt (or to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons soymilk
  • 2 tablespoons potato starch or corn starch

Cut the potatoes into small cubes (about 1/2-inch), put them in a large pot, and cover with water. Bring to a boil and cook until potatoes are tender.

While the potatoes are cooking, remove the center stalk from the kale and slice the leaves into strips. When the potatoes are done, lift them out with a slotted spoon and place in a large mixing bowl. Put the kale into the potato water and cook for 6 minutes or until kale is tender. Remove kale with a slotted spoon to a food processor. Add 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid and pulse to chop fine.

Preheat oven to 425 F. Mash the potatoes and add the kale and all remaining ingredients. Stir well. Using a well-rounded tablespoon, form into balls about 1 inch across. Place them on an oiled baking sheet or, preferably, a baking sheet covered with a silicone mat or parchment paper. Bake for 20 minutes. Carefully turn over and bake for 20 minutes more, until lightly browned.

Makes about 30 puffs or 6 servings. Per serving: 128 Calories (kcal); trace Total Fat; (3% calories from fat); 5g Protein; 28g Carbohydrate; 0mg Cholesterol; 733mg Sodium; 3g Fiber.

Recipe courtesy of

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