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FSIS and FDA recalls this week

World Variety Produce, Inc. Voluntarily Recalls Italian Pine Nuts Because of Possible Health Risk due to Salmonella

Brett Anthony Foods Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Peanut, Egg, Sulfite in Whole Foods Brand Tofu Curry Cous Cous Box 16oz

Kozy Shack Enterprises LLC is recalling one lot of Kozy Shack® Indulgent Recipe™ Pudding in a Salted Caramel cardboard sleeve because it may contain Vanilla Bean Pudding cups, which contain egg.

Peru Food Imports, Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Sulfites in Mote Corn-Maiz Mote, Lot# 38-16

Tate's Bake Shop Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Walnut Allergen in Tate's 7oz Chocolate Chip Cookies And Tate's 7oz Ginger Zinger Cookies.

Southeastern Grocers today announced an immediate recall of 12-count, 18-count, and 20-count Bakery Oatmeal Raisin Cookies and Bakery Variety Pack Cookies, along with 36-count and 48-count Bakery Cookie Platters in all Harveys and select Winn-Dixie stores in Florida and Georgia. According to the supplier of the oatmeal raisin cookie dough, the reason for the recall is that the product is mislabeled. The product contains walnuts, an allergen, which is undeclared on the packaging label.

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