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Product Recalls Include Bagged Salads, Onions, Spices And More

Recall-SidebarSeveral recalls were announced over the weekend by the US Food and Drug Administration, including bagged salads and red onions for possible Listeria contamination; erectile dysfunction drugs available over the internet for undeclared drugs and various flours, spices and legumes for possible peanut contamination.

BAGGED SALADS

River Ranch Fresh Foods, LLC of Salinas, CA is expanding its voluntary recall of retail and foodservice bagged salads, because they have the potential of being contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.


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Listeria monocytogenes is 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 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.

Retail salad products under this recall were distributed throughout the United States and Canada under various sizes and packaged under the brand names of River Ranch, Farm Stand, Hy-Vee, Shurfresh, and The Farmer’s Market.

Foodservice salad products under this recall were distributed throughout the United States and Canada under various sizes and packaged under the brand names of River Ranch and Sysco.

The recalled retail and foodservice salad bags have either “Best By” code dates between 12MAY2012 – 29MAY2012 or Julian dates of 118 and 125. The code date is typically located in the upper right hand corner of the bags.

See attached list for the specific salad products, size, package type, UPC codes and states of distribution. No other products, brands or code dates aside from those listed below are affected by this recall.

There have been NO reported illnesses associated with this recall. We are working closely with the Food & Drug Administration and California Department of Public Health.

Consumers who have purchased this product should not consume it and are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions can contact River Ranch at their 24-hour customer service center at 1-888-624-2569River Ranch Fresh Foods, LLC of Salinas, CA is expanding its voluntary recall of retail and foodservice bagged salads, because they have the potential of being contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Listeria monocytogenes is 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 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.

See attached list for the specific salad products, size, package type, UPC codes and states of distribution. http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm304742.htm

No other products, brands or code dates aside from those listed below are affected by this recall.

There have been NO reported illnesses associated with this recall. We are working closely with the Food & Drug Administration and California Department of Public Health.

Consumers who have purchased this product should not consume it and are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions can contact River Ranch at their 24-hour customer service center at 1-888-624-2569.

RED ONIONS

Gills Onions, LLC of Oxnard, CA is initiating a voluntary recall, 2,360 pounds, of diced red onions with lot code 51RDA1A2119 and use-by-dates May 14, 15 and 17, 2012 because it may be contaminated by Listeria monocytogenes. The product is beyond its use-by-date, no illnesses have been reported in connection with this recall, and no other Gills Onions product is affected by this recall.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may 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.

The recalled diced red onions were distributed directly from Gills Onions to retailers in Canada and retailers and foodservice distributors in California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Idaho, Texas, Illinois, Michigan, Arkansas, Ohio, Tennessee, New Jersey, Georgia, and Florida.

Recalled product sold at retail was packaged in a 7oz. clear plastic clamshell, labeled Gills Onions with the May 17, 2012 use-by-date and the lot code 51RDA1A2119 stamped on the UPC label. The UPC number in Canada is 643550 00045 0 and the UPC number in the United States is 643550 00041 2. However, since this number can also be on other products, please refer to the lot code in order to identify the recalled product. Photos are available on our website. Anyone who has the recalled product in their possession should discard it.

Product sold to foodservice customers was packaged in 5 lb clear plastic bags, identified as Gills Onions Diced Red Onions, and stamped with an expiration date of May 14 or 15, 2012. The lot code 51RDA1A2119 is also stamped on both the bag and box. Photos are available on our website.

This voluntary recall was initiated as a result of a routine and random test directed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Gills Onions has notified all customers who received the recalled lot directly from the company and requested that they remove from commerce any of the expired product they may still have in stock. As an extra precautionary measure and because we do not always know to whom our direct customers sell our products, we are also asking our direct customers to notify their customers of this recall. Gills Onions is keeping the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency informed of its recall process to assure that consumers are properly alerted.

Consumers with questions may contact Gills Onions at 1-800-348-2255, M-F 8am-5pm PDT or at 1-209-678-1354 today, Saturday, May 19, 2012. Please visit our website at www.gillsonions.com for updates.

ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION PILLS

WEST COAST NUTRITIONALS, LTD is conducting a voluntary recalling all lots of FIRMINITE, EXTRA STRENGTH INSTANT HOT ROD, AND LIBIDRON capsules to the consumer level. An FDA lab analysis of FIRMINITE distributed by West Coast Nutritionals was found to contain undeclared Tadalafil. Tadalafil is an active ingredient of an FDA approved drug for Erectile Dysfunction (ED), making FIRMINITE, EXTRA STRENGTH INSTANT HOT ROD, AND LIBIDRON unapproved new drugs. All lots of these three products contain undeclared Tadalafil which can pose a serious risk to health.

FDA advises that this poses a threat to consumers because Tadalafil 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. FDA advises that Tadalafil may cause side effects such as headaches and flushing. The firm has not received any reports of adverse events related to this recall. The FDA is aware of one consumer complaint with an adverse event.

The affected products may have been ordered online at www.firminite.com , www.instanthotrodextrastrength.com , www.libidron.com , www.amazon.com and were distributed to customers and retailers nationwide and worldwide. These products are marketed as dietary supplements intended for use as a male enhancement product and are as follows:

Firminite is sold in two count (2 ct.), four count (4 ct.), and ten count (10 ct.) individual boxes and sold in various kits and packs including but not limited to:

  • Intro Pack
  • Tester Pack
  • Economy Stimulus Pack
  • Super Performance Pack
  • Super Savings Pack

Firminite is sold in black and white boxes with red and yellow lettering that states, “FIRMINITE MAXIMUM STRENGTH HIGH POTENCY MALE ENHANCEMENT”.

Libidron is sold in two count (2 ct.), four count (4 ct.), and ten count (10 ct.) individual boxes and sold in various kits and packs including but not limited to:

  • Intro Special
  • Tester Pack
  • Elite Silver Pack
  • Elite Gold Pack
  • Ultimate Performance Pack
  • Ultimate Savings Pack

Libidron is sold in blue and orange boxes with white lettering that states, “LIBIDRON HIGH POTENCY FORMULA”.

Extra Strength Instant Hot Rod is sold in four count (4 ct.), and ten count (10 ct.) individual boxes and sold in various kits and packs including but not limited to:

  • Intro Special
  • Tester Pack
  • Silver Elite Special Pack
  • Gold Elite Special Pack
  • Platinum Elite Pack
  • Super Savings Elite Pack

Extra Strength Instant Hot Rod is sold in black and white boxes with red and white lettering that states, “EXTRA STRENGTH INSTANT HOT ROD”.

West Coast Nutritionals is notifying its customers and retailers by email and/or phone to return all recalled products. All customers and retailers that have any of these products which are being recalled should stop using these products and return any unused products to ATTN: West Coast Nutritionals, 5670 Guhn Road, Houston, TX 77040 for a direct refund. Customers with questions can call (877) 782-6464 Mon thru Fri from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM PST for further instructions or information with respect to the return and refund process.

Consumers should contact their physician or health care provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using these products.

Any adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA’s Med Watch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail or by fax.

Online: http://www.fda.gov/MedWatch/report.htm

Regular Mail: Use postage-paid, pre-addressed Form FDA 3500 available at:

http://www.fda.gov/MedWatch/getforms.htm. Mail to the address on the pre-addressed form.

Fax: 1-800-FDA-0178 This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

SANTOS BRAND FLOURS, LEGUMES, SPICES

Santos Agency, Inc. has initiated a recall of Santos Brand products i.e. various kinds of flours, legumes and spices because they may contain undeclared peanuts and wheat. Consumers who are allergic to peanut or wheat allergens may run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume any of the products.

The following Santos Brands Products (packed in USA) were shipped to retail stores throughout California only. The products affected were distributed between May 2011 and May 2012. All products are affixed with a label on the front side, packed in clear, plastic bags and there are no UPC codes, lot codes, or expiration dates on the products. The labels consist of a design of a house bordered by two columns with the word “SANTOS” on the roof of the house.

Similar products of the Santos Brand that bears UPC codes and label indicates that it was packed in India are NOT part of this recall.

Products

Sizes

Bulgur Wheat (USA packaging only)

2lbs

Sooji (Farina) (USA packaging only)

2lbs

Urid Split (USA packaging only)

2lbs, 4lbs

Fennel Seed (USA packaging only)

3.5oz, 7oz, 14oz, 2lbs

Deggi Mirch (USA packaging only)t

7oz, 14oz, 2lbs

Ginger Powder (USA packaging only)

7oz, 16oz, 2lbs

All Purpose Flour (USA packaging only)

2lbs, 5lbs

Cumin Seeds (USA packaging only)

7oz, 14oz, 2lbs

Mustard Seed (USA packaging only)

3.5oz, 16oz

Garam Masala (USA packaging only)

7oz, 16oz

Cinnamon Sticks (USA packaging only)

7oz, 14oz

Garbanzo Beans (USA packaging only)

2lbs, 4lbs

Urid Split (USA packaging only)

2lbs, 4lbs

Mace Whole (USA packaging only)

3.5oz, 7oz

Cardamom (USA packaging only)

3.5oz, 14oz

The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the products i.e. various kinds of flours, legumes and spices were cross packaged on shared equipment with peanuts and wheat flour. The products i.e. various kinds of flours, legumes and spices were distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of peanuts or wheat, but may contain traces of it.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

Consumers who purchased any of the listed products above are urged to return it to Santos Agency Inc for a full refund at 1188 Montague Street San Leandro, CA 94577. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 510-357-0277 from Tuesday to Saturday 9am – 5pm Pacific Standard Time.