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FDA and FSIS recalls this week

CRF Frozen Foods of Pasco, Washington is voluntarily recalling fifteen frozen vegetable items that have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

CVS Pharmacy Announces Voluntary Recall of Gold Emblem Abound Organic Spiced Herbal Tea Due to Possible Health Risk - Salmonella

CSM Bakery Solutions Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Peanut in Chick-Fil-A Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., a Waco, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 4,568,080 pounds of fully cooked chicken products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, including plastic, wood, rubber, and metal, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)

 Schaffner Distributing Pronutri LLC. Issues an Allergy Alert on Undeclared Soy Lecithin and Milk in Re-VITA-lize

Glenn Wayne Wholesale Bakery Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Peanuts in Select 7-Eleven Fresh To Go Cookies

Krasnyi Oktyabr USA Inc. Recalls Vobla (Roach) Dry Eviscerated Salted Fish and Bream Dry Eviscerated Salted Fish Due to Possible Health Risk - Clostridium botulinum

CSM Bakery Solutions Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Peanut in Chick-Fil-A Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Southeastern Grocers Issues Voluntary Recall on Undeclared Peanuts in Bakery Creme Cakes

Old Home Kitchens Issues Allergy Alert and Voluntary Recall on Undeclared Peanuts in "Old Home Kitchens 14oz Sliced Creme Cake"

Bakery Express of Southern California Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Peanut in 7-Eleven Fresh To Go Cookies 

 World's Choice Products, Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk And Soy Lecithin From Whey Protein in “Supreme Elixir”, “Kids Juice” And “Xtreme Fiber Detox”

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