Sandwiches, Wraps And Counterfeit Supplements Recalled For Health Risks
Natural Choice Distribution Company Inc. is recalling certain ready-to-eat sandwiches and wraps because the products’ labels fail to declare food allergens:
• Products that have “cheese” listed as an ingredients do not declare the allergen MILK
• Products that have “whole grain bread” listed as an ingredient do not declare the allergens WHEAT and SOY
• Products that have “expeller pressed canola mayonnaise” listed as an ingredient do not declare the allergen EGG
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No illnesses have been reported. People who have allergies to MILK, WHEAT, SOY, OR EGGS run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.
Fare and Square Sandwiches, Superfresh Sandwiches, and Real Wraps Burritos ready to eat sandwiches and wraps are distributed throughout California. The products affected are listed below.
Only products with the following USE BY dates are included:
All Real Wraps burritos
With USE BY dates: 2/20, 2/21, 2/22, 2/23, 2/25, 2/26, 2/27 and 2/28
UPC codes: 614294201038, 614294201052, 61429201090, 614294201076, 614294201120
Superfresh Foods Avocado, Jack and Tomato sandwich and Vegetarian Smoked Turkey sandwich
With USE BY dates: 2/21, 2/22, 2/23 and 2/24
UPC codes: 614294030157, 614294035992
All Fare and Square sandwiches
With USE BY dates: 2/21, 2/22, 2/23 and 2/24
UPC codes: 011059107800, 011059108005, 011059108814, 011059108104, 011059108203
Natural Choice Distribution Company is taking this action to protect consumers who may be unaware that the ingredients contain the aforementioned allergens. The Company is currently putting additional allergen labels on all of the affected products but there is a possibility of some products with undeclared allergen labels still out at retail stores or in consumers’ homes.
Consumers who have purchased these Fare and Square Sandwiches, Superfresh Sandwiches, and Real Wraps Burritos and are sensitive to these allergens are urged to return them to the place of purchase for full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Natural Choice Distribution Company Inc. at 1-510-653-8212 Monday through Friday between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm Pacific Standard Time.
Biotab Nutraceuticals, Inc. (“Biotab”) is conducting a voluntary recall of two lots of EXTENZE nutritional supplement tablets. Some packages bearing lot numbers 0709241 and 0509075 are counterfeit products containing undeclared drug ingredients that can pose a serious risk to health.
Biotab learned about the problem after being notified by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that two lots of counterfeit product purporting to be EXTENZE contain undeclared drug ingredients. More specifically, lot 0709241 contains tadalafil and sildenafil, and lot 0509075 contains tadalafil and sibutramine. The counterfeit products are sold at retail nationwide in the form of carded four-packs (lot 0709241) and in the form of a box of thirty tablets divided into two fifteen tablet blister packs (lot 0509075).
Tadalafil and sildenafil are drugs used to treat erectile dysfunction (ED). These drugs may interact with nitrates found in some prescription drugs (such as nitroglycerin) and may lower blood pressure to dangerous levels. Consumers with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or heart disease often take nitrates. ED is a common problem in men with these conditions, and consumers may seek Extenze to enhance sexual performance.
Sibutramine is a controlled substance that was withdrawn from the market in October 2010 for safety reasons. Sibutramine is known to substantially increase blood pressure and/or pulse rate in some patients and may present a significant risk for patients with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias or stroke.
The counterfeit Extenze product is not manufactured, distributed or packaged by Biotab, but is falsely marked with the same lot numbers used by Biotab for its genuine product. Because it is very difficult to distinguish the counterfeit from the genuine product, Biotab decided to conduct this voluntary recall of the two affected lots. It is possible that there may be other counterfeit products on the market that have yet to be identified.
Consumers in possession of product from the lots in question only should return any unused product to its immediate supplier for a direct refund. Customers with questions can call (626) 775-6334 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. for further instructions or information with respect to the return and refund process. Additionally, Biotab will refund the supplier for any genuine (non-counterfeit) product returned to it.
Any adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of any counterfeit products may be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail or by fax.
• Online: http://www.fda.gov/MedWatch/report.htm9
• Regular Mail: use postage-paid, pre-addressed Form FDA 3500 available at:
http://www.fda.gov/MedWatch/getforms.htm10. Mail to the address on the pre-addressed form.
• Fax: 1-800-FDA-0178
Biotab is committed to protecting the market place and its customers from counterfeit and adulterated product purporting to be authentic Extenze. It has been avidly policing the marketplace but some pirate product does get through US Customs. We are fully willing to engage in this voluntary recall in order to avoid customer confusion with respect to counterfeit products that falsely use the Biotab lot numbers that are the same as the authentic product. We will continue to cooperate with the FDA in order to ensure that all of our customers can rely on only finding genuine Extenze on the shelves of retailers. However, one failsafe method for retailers to adopt is to only purchase the product from Biotab or its limited authorized distributors. This practice should avoid the unwitting purchase of counterfeit products that are not properly labeled and that come from sources that are not mindful of customer safety.
This recall is being conducted with the knowledge and gratitude of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.