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FSA and FSIS recalls this week

GIANT Food Stores, LLC and MARTIN’S Food Markets announced it removed from sale Nature’s Promise Organic Edamame products because they contain soy, which is not listed on the ingredient label.

Joseph Epstein Food Enterprises, Inc., an East Rutherford, N.J. establishment, is recalling approximately 190 pounds of turkey meatball products due to misbranding, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced. The label declares the product as “gluten-free,” a false negative claim.

Farmer Creek of Cloverdale, OR is voluntarily recalling canned albacore tuna with the Farmer Creek brand label with any codes starting with "OC" because it has the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum.

Pelmen Foods, an Ontario, Canada, establishment, is recalling approximately 332 pounds of beef, chicken and pork dumpling products that were not presented at the U.S. point of entry for inspection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced. Without the benefit of full inspection, a possibility of adverse health consequences exists.

Kar’s Nuts, Inc. announces it has recalled a limited number of packages of their Sweet n Salty Mix products with best by dates between August 25, 2016 and September 2, 2016. The recall is being initiated due to consumer reports of hard, clear foreign material (approximately one half the size of a sunflower kernel) being found in several packages. There are no reports of injury.

Hormel Foods Sales LLC Voluntarily Recalls a Limited Number of Jars of Skippy Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter Spread Due to Possible Metal Pieces

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ordered Sun Valley Juice Company of Ketchum, Idaho, to stop receiving, processing, preparing, packing, holding, and distributing juice until the agency determines that the company is in compliance with laws and regulations applicable to producing food that is safe.

Northstar Produce Inc.of St. Louis Park, MN is recalling 33 cases of Granny Smith Size 175ct apples, because a test performed on a sample of the apples indicated the presence of Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella, and / or Enterohemorrhagic E. coli.

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