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FDA and FSIS recalls this week

American Gourmet Recalls American Gourmet Roasted/Salted Pistachios Because of Possible Health Risk from Salmonella

QFC has recalled its Fresh Food Market Cranberry Chicken Salad that is sold in QFC stores, located in Oregon and Washington. The product may be mislabeled and may contain pecans, wheat, and soy not listed on the label.

Trader Joe's Issues Voluntary Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk in Chocolate Orange Sticks and Chocolate Raspberry Sticks

Alimentos Congelados, S.A. (Pinula) is voluntarily recalling 1,800 cases of Frozen Broccoli Cuts because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria Monocytogenes.

FDA Investigates Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Muenchen Linked to Alfalfa Sprouts Produced by Sweetwater Farms

Snyder's-Lance Announces Voluntary Recall of a Limited Number of Emerald® Cashew Roasted & Salted Halves & Pieces Due to Potential Presence of Glass

Roland Foods, LLC, Initiates A Voluntary Recall Of Roland® Fire Roasted Red Pepper Strips Due To The Possible Presence Of Glass In The Product

Flowers Foods Issues Allergy Alert and Voluntary Recall on Cobblestone Bread Co. Wheat English Muffins

Lee Seed Company, Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk in Yogurt Super Soynuts

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank is announcing a voluntary recall of one lot of Imperial Choice Mandarin Oranges Broken Segments in Light Syrup because some of the cans from this lot may leak, bulge or burst open.

 R.W. Baker Co. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Peanuts in "Meijer Plain Knot Rolls" "Assorted Dinner Rolls 128 ct."

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Source: FSA

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Source: FSA

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