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FDA and FSIS recalls this week

The Quaker Oats Company Issues Voluntary Recall of Quaker Quinoa Granola Bars Due to Listeria monocytogenes

Dr. Praeger's Sensible Foods, Inc. Announces Voluntary Recall of Various Dr. Praeger's and Ungar's Products Related to CRF Frozen Vegetable Recall for Possible Health Risk from Listeria monocytogenes

As part of the CRF Frozen Foods recall, McCall Farms Incorporated is notifying consumers that it is recalling Piggly Wiggly brand frozen Yellow Cut Corn due to the potential risk that it may contain Listeria monocytogenes.

Hy-Vee, Inc., based in West Des Moines, Iowa, is voluntarily recalling its frozen Hy-Vee Vegetable Fried Rice and frozen Hy-Vee Chicken Fried Rice products across its eight-state region due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., a Waco, Texas establishment, is recalling an additional 376,380 pounds of fully cooked chicken products that may have been contaminated with extraneous materials, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced

The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) said today it is recalling Kroger Broccoli Raisin Salad because a supplier indicated sunflower kernels included in the package may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Uncle Buck's brand Sweet & Salty Trail Mix recalled due to Listeria monocytogenes

Asian Star brand Scallop Shaped Seafood recalled due to undeclared egg

Boulangerie Chicoutimi-Nord brand "G√Ęteau aux fruits" recalled due to undeclared allergens

Montero Farms of McAllen, Texas is recalling Orange Habanero Peppers, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella,

HMSHost of Bethesda, Maryland is recalling multiple brands of trail mix, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

Perfect Fit Meals, LLC, a Houston, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 10,455 pounds of poultry entrees due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced. The products are mislabeled and one of the products, the Turkey Enchilada, may contain milk, a known allergen which is not declared on the mislabeled product label.

A precautionary recall of three cases (containing 6 salads each) of 6.25 ounce The Farmers Market Chopped Asian Salad Kit with Product Code G126B22 and Use-by Date of May 20, 2016 has been issued due to possible exposure to undeclared allergens (soy, almonds, wheat). The product, manufactured by Fresh Express, was marketed and distributed by Giant Eagle Inc.

Aurnish Enterprises Corporation, a Woodside, N.Y. establishment, is recalling approximately 5,616 pounds of pork dumpling products due to misbranding, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced. The products contain monosodium glutamate (MSG), which is not declared on the product label.

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