Three Major Recalls Underway
Three products; two food and one medicinal, are the subject of recalls, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Markets are recalling pumpkin cheesecake pies due to undeclared pecans, which could cause a reaction to those with nut allergies. Certain lots of Brooklyn's Best brand smoked Nova salmon are being recalled because of a possible listeria contamination, which can cause serious and possibly fatal infections in those with compromised immune systems. And Vicks is recalling specific lots of its Sinex nasal spray after finding the bacteria B. cepacia in a small amount of product made at its plant in Gross Gerau, Germany.
Details on the recalls are as follows:
PUMPKIN CHEESECAKE PIES
Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market is voluntarily recalling some fresh&easyTM "Pumpkin Cheesecake Pies" (40 oz.) because they may contain undeclared pecans. Individuals who have allergies to pecans run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.
The recalled product was sold in Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market stores in California, Nevada and Arizona.
The recall was initiated after it was discovered that a limited number of the fresh&easyTM "Pumpkin Cheesecake Pies" (UPC 5051379033712) were labeled with plain fresh&easyTM "Pumpkin Pie" labels (UPC 5051379008628), which do not declare the presence of pecans. The mislabeled fresh&easyTM Pumpkin Cheesecake pies all carry an "Enjoy by" date of NOV 21 and have been removed from all Fresh & Easy stores.
The fresh&easyTM "Pumpkin Cheesecake Pie" has a crumb topping containing pecans. fresh&easyTM "Pumpkin Cheesecake Pies" which are accurately labeled are not affected by the recall. (see picture of incorrectly labeled product attached)
Customers may return the unused product, empty product containers or present the receipt as proof of purchase of the recalled product to any Fresh & Easy store for a full refund. Consumers who have questions or concerns about this recall should contact the Fresh & Easy 24-hour toll free number at 800-648-8622.
BEST SMOKED NOVA SALMON
Service Smoked Fish Corp. of Brooklyn, NY, is recalling specific "Use-By" dates and lot codes of Brooklyn's BEST brand SMOKED NOVA SALMON 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. Although healthy individuals may possibly suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
Smoked Nova Salmon was distributed in the greater New York area, New Jersey, Connecticut, and the areas of Baltimore, MD, Los Angeles, CA, and Portland, Oregon. Consumers may have purchased the product from retail food stores.
The Smoked Nova Salmon was vacuum-packed in clear, plastic bags of various size packages including 3 oz., 4 oz., 8 oz., 12 oz., 16 oz. and random weight sides with the brand name "Brooklyn's BEST" appearing on a circular label inside the vacuum bag. A "Use-By" date appears on the bottom of the gold board. Units with "Use-By" dates of 12/03/09 through 12/19/09 are being recalled. The product was also air-packed in bulk boxes. Air-packed units with lot numbers 060 through 043 are being recalled. No other use-by dates or lots numbers are involved in this recall.
No illnesses have been reported to date.
The recall is the result of samplings by the Food and Drug Administration which revealed that the finished products contained the bacteria. The company has ceased the production and distribution of the product. The FDA and the company continue their investigation as to what caused the problem.
Consumers who have purchased the above "Use-By" dates or lot codes of "Brooklyn's BEST" brand SMOKED NOVA SALMON are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 718-388-4067, Monday - Friday, 7 am - 3 pm.
VICKS SINEX NASAL SPRAY
The Procter & Gamble Company announced today it is voluntarily recalling three lots of its Vicks Sinex nasal spray in three countries: the United States, Germany and the United Kingdom.
The company said it is taking this precautionary step after finding the bacteria B. cepacia in a small amount of product made at its plant in Gross Gerau, Germany. There have been no reports of illness. However, the bacteria could cause serious infections for individuals with a compromised immune system, or those with chronic lung conditions, such as cystic fibrosis. B. cepacia poses little medical risk to healthy individuals.
P&G detected this problem during routine quality control at the plant and promptly took action. The company's analysis to date shows this problem is limited to a single batch of raw material mixture involving three lots of product. These three lots were sold only in the United States, Germany and the United Kingdom
P&G is removing the product in question from store shelves and has informed regulatory authorities in the affected countries. P&G said it found the bacteria B. cepacia in a small amount of product from U.S. lot 9239028831 (Vicks Sinex Vapospray 12-Hour Decongestant Ultra Fine Mist, 15 ml., Nasal Spray) and is conducting testing on the U.K. and German lots that have been produced from the same batch of raw material mixture.
Anyone who has these specific lots of this product can call P&G for a replacement coupon or refund at 877-876-7881
Any adverse events with the use of this product and/or quality problems should be reported via the FDA's MedWatch Program by fax at 1-800-FDA-0178, by mail at MedWatch, HF-2, FDA, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852-9787, or on the MedWatch Web site at www.fda.gov/medwatch.