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More FDA and FSIS recalls this week

Whole Foods Market Voluntarily Recalls All Cut, Wrapped And Weighed Papillon Organic Roquefort Cheeses Because Of Possible Health Risk due to Listeria monocytogenes

New England Natural Bakers Inc. Issues Voluntary Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk, Wheat and Tree Nuts (Pecans) in Coconut Cranberry Granola

General Mills is voluntarily recalling several days of production of Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios cereal produced at its Lodi, California facility on certain dates in July of this year because of an undeclared allergen – wheat – with potential adverse health effects.

Snack Out Loud Foods Issues Allergy Alert On Undeclared Milk In Snack Out Loud Sea Salt Crunchy Bean Snacks 1.2oz Single Serve Units

General Mills announced a voluntary class 2 recall of a limited quantity of frozen Cascadian Farm Cut Green Beans produced on one day in June 2015. The recall is being issued as a precaution after one package of finished product tested positive for the presence of Listeria monocytogenes. No illnesses have been reported in connection with this product.

Texas Star Nut and Food Co., Inc. Voluntarily Recalls Natural Macadamia Nuts and Simply Raw Trail Mix Due To Possible Salmonella Contamination

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