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FDA and FSIS recalls this week

Winter Gardens Quality Foods, Inc., a New Oxford, Pa. establishment, is recalling approximately 42 pounds of Lemongrass Basil Chicken entrées that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced.

GHSE, LLC, a Green Cove Springs, Fla. establishment, is recalling approximately 5,682 pounds of salad products containing chicken due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced. The product contains wheat, a known allergen not declared on the product label.

Cumberland Farms Announces Voluntary Recall if it's Sea Salt Caramel Delights Flavor of Cumberland Farms Premium Chocolate Treats Due to Possible Presence of Peanuts

General Mills of Minneapolis, MN, continues to collaborate with health officials to investigate a multistate outbreak of E. coli O121, and is expanding its recall of Gold Medal flour, Wondra flour, and Signature Kitchens flour to include flour made earlier in the fall that may still be in consumers’ pantries. The recall is being expanded due to a newly-reported illness that appears to have stemmed from the consumption of raw dough or batter linked to flour produced last fall.

Eastland Food Corp. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk in Euro Custard Cakes

IKEA N.A. Services, LLC Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk, Almond, Hazelnut in the CHOKLAD MORK and CHOKLAD MORK 70% Dark Chocolate Bars, Net Wt. 3.5 oz.

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