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FDA and FSIS recalls this week

Fresh from Texas of San Antonio, Texas is voluntarily recalling multiple products containing sliced red apples which are identified below because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria Monocytogenes

Progressive Gourment Inc. Issues an Allergy Alert on Taste of Inspirations Edamame Rangoon Due to Possible Mislabeling and Undeclared Crustacean Shellfish

Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., a Waco, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 40,780 pounds of fully cooked chicken nugget products that may be contaminated with extraneous plastic materials, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced.

Michel Et Augustin Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Hazelnuts in Petites Baguettes Butter Cookies Dark Chocolate

Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods, a Richmond, Va. establishment, is recalling approximately 2,881 pounds of turkey, pork, and beef products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials - glass, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced.

WD Import and Export Inc. located at 4703 2nd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11232 is recalling its bulk unlabeled cardboard boxes of Dried Yellow Fish because it has the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum

Granna's LLC is voluntarily recalling packages of item number 808 French Toast that may contain an undeclared milk allergen.

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