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National Steak and Poultry, an Owasso, Okla., establishment, is recalling approximately 1,976,089 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken products due to adulteration because of possible undercooking, resulting in the potential survival of bacterial pathogens in the products, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced

Phil-am Trading, Inc. of Jersey City, NJ is recalling Phil-am Smoked Mackerel (Hasa-Hasa), because it has the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum,

Oriental Packing Co., Inc., Miami, Florida is recalling ORIENTAL Hot Curry Powder 50 lb. Bulk, OCHO-RIOS Jamaican Nice Mild and Spicy Hot Curry Powder 4oz, and OCHO-RIOS Mild Curry Powder 5 lb, due to the presence of lead.

Clif Bar & Company is initiating a voluntary Class II recall of one production run of Chocolate Hazelnut Butter CLIF® Nut Butter Filled energy bars due to the presence of small plastic pieces found in a limited number of bars sold in the U.S. Clif Bar has not received any reports of injuries as a result of the plastic;

Golden Star International Inc. Issues Allergy Alert On Undeclared Eggs & Soybean Oil/Lecithin in "Bon Appetito Walnut Ladies Finger Cookies"

Stonewall Kitchen of York, Maine is voluntarily recalling limited quantities of Stonewall Kitchen Cinnamon Apple, Orange Cranberry and Toasted Coconut Pancake & Waffle Mixes, after the FDA found traces of Salmonella

Publix Super Markets is issuing a voluntary recall for certain Publix Premium Pancake and Waffle Mixes after being informed by the supplier that milk powder used as an ingredient may contain Salmonella.

FAIRWAY “LIKE NO OTHER MARKET” of New York, NY is voluntarily recalling FAIRWAY brand Candy Corn, because it may contain undeclared egg. People who have an allergy to egg run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

Taylor Farms Northwest, LLC, a Kent, Wash. establishment, is recalling approximately 79 pounds of meatloaf products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced. The Turkey Meatloaf with Kale contains milk and fish (anchovies), known allergens which are not declared on the product label. The Homestyle Meatloaf contains beef and pork, which are not declared on the label

Blue Ridge Beef is voluntarily recalling two (2) of its frozen products due to their potential to be contaminated with Salmonella and/or Listeria monocytogenes.

Boulder Brands, Inc. Voluntarily Recalls Earth Balance Vegan White Cheddar Mac & Cheese and Earth Balance Vegan Cheddar Mac & Cheese Due to Possible Dairy Allergen Contamination - Milk

TreeHouse Foods, Inc. (NYSE: THS)  announced a voluntary recall of certain macaroni and cheese cup products containing cheddar cheese seasoning which may be contaminated with Salmonella.

Deep River Snacks Issues Voluntary Recall For Sour Cream & Onion Kettle Chips Due To Possible Salmonella Contamination

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