The top news story around the world might be the coronavirus, but food-borne pathogens like Salmonella, E. coli and Listeria are still a major concern. Over the past week, there have been multiple recalls of food across the United States and Canada.
Frozen Berries from Washington State
Blackberries from Washington State were found to be contaminated with Norovirus. Boise-based WinCo Foods, LLC issued a recall of their frozen berry products:
- WINCO FOODS FROZEN BLACKBERRIES, 16 OZ. BAG – UPC: 70552-30502, Best By Code Dec/09/2021.
- WINCO FOODS FROZEN BERRY MEDLEY, 16 OZ. BAG – UPC: 70552-30522, Best By Code Dec/09/2021.
- WINCO FOODS FROZEN BERRY MEDLEY, 32 OZ. BAG – UPC: 70552-30512, Best By Code Dec/09/2021.
These berries were grown in Lynden, Washington, at Rader Farms. The berries were sold in Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Washington, Texas, and Utah.
Thankfully, no illnesses have been reported, but Norovirus is a serious virus that can easily be passed from person to person. Symptoms include vomiting, cramps, and diarrhea.
If you purchased any of the products listed above, throw them away immediately or return them to the place of purchase for a refund.
Canadian Cake Mix Recall
Multiple varieties of cake and pancake mixes made by Ecoideas Innovation Inc. The company is telling customers not to eat anything made from these mixes following confirmation that they could contain Salmonella.
- Chocolate Cake Mix: 454 g, UPC 8 75405 00243 6, Lots 43619305 and 43620050, best by 10/21/2021 and 02/28/2022
- Brown Rice Pancakes Mix: 454 g, UPC8 75405 00242 9, Lot 42920034, best by 01/31/2022
- Buckwheat Pancakes Mix: 454 g, 8 75405 00241 2, Lots 41219304 and 41220030, best by 10/21/2021 and 1/30/2022
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (their equivalent of the FDA) advises customers to discard the products or return them to the store for a refund.
Cooked Shrimp Could Be Contaminated
Our final recall comes from AFC Distribution, which announced that shrimp sold in 40 states could be contaminated with a food-borne pathogen. Unfortunately, the shrimp were not sold directly to consumers.
Instead, the “Cooked Butterfly Tail-On Shrimp” was part of various packaged sushi.
According to the FDA notice, the sushi was sold at “stores, cafeterias, and corporate dining centers in the following states: AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NM, NY, OH, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WV, WY.” The “Sushi Ebi” has a sell-by date between 02/19/2020 and 03/13/2020.
The shrimp may be contaminated with Vibrio bacterium, which can cause fever, diarrhea, and vomiting. As with other contaminated food products, throw away or return the sushi.
Contact AFC’s Recall Team at 866-467-8744 (Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Pacific Time) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.