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Food Recall of Whole Foods' Chocolate Bars and Vasinee Food Corp's Steamed Mackerel
Release Date: August 03, 2007

NJLINCS Health Alert Network
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Distributed by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services

Subject: Recall of Whole Foods' Chocolate Bars and Vasinee Food Corp's Steamed Mackerel< /FONT>
Date: 8/3/2007; 11:36:54
Message #: 100574-8-3-2007-PHIN
Contact Info:   Alan L. Talarsky, NJDHSS/CEHS/Food and Drug Safety Program
Phone: 609-588-3123; Email: at2@njlincs.net
   

Please review the following messages from Alan Talarsky, Environmental Scientist 1, Food and Drug Safety Program, DHSS regarding the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Class 1 recall of Whole Foods Market's 365 Organic Everyday ValueT Swiss Dark Chocolate Bars because they may contain undeclared almonds and NY Department of Agriculture and Markets' recall of Vasinee Food Corp's Thai Foods Steamed Mackerel Fish because the product may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum.

1. Whole Foods Market is recalling 365 Organic Everyday ValueT Swiss Dark Chocolate Bars because they may contain undeclared almonds. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to nuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

These products were distributed to and sold at Whole Foods Market stores in New Jersey.

365 Organic Everyday Value Swiss Dark Chocolate Bars are sold in red and white wrappers with a picture of chocolate pieces and the Swiss countryside on the front. The recalled chocolate bars have a lot code that begins with the characters L71423 followed by a four digit time stamp between the times of 11:33 and 12:15, which is found on the back of the wrapper. If the coding on the package is illegible the product should also be returned. No illnesses have been reported to date.

The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the product containing almonds was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of nuts. Subsequent investigation indicates the problem was caused by a temporary breakdown in the producer's packaging processes.

Consumers who have purchased 365 Organic Everyday Value Swiss Dark Chocolate Bars can return it to Whole Foods Market for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at (512) 542-0656 or at PrivateLabel.CustomerService@WholeFoods.com

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2. Vasinee Food Corporation, 333 N. Henry street Brooklyn New York 11222, is recalling packages of "Thai Foods Steamed Mackerel Fish" because the product may be contaminated with Clostridium Botulinum, which can cause botulism, a serious and potentially fatal food borne illness.

The sale of this type of fish is prohibited under New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets regulations because Clostridium botulinum spores are more like ly to be concentrated in the viscera than in any other portion of fish. Uneviscerated fish has been linked to outbreaks of botulism poisoning: Symptoms of botulism include blurred or double vision, general weakness, and poor reflexes, difficulty swallowing and respiratory paralysis.

The recalled "Thai Foods Steamed Mackerel Fish" was distributed to retail stores in CT, NJ and NY. The product comes in a clear plastic bag with blue trim, labeled "Wang Derm Brand". The UPC number on the pac kage is 8 41466 0024 7. It is a product of Thailand.

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

The uneviscerated fish was discovered after sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors and subsequent analysis by Food Laboratory personnel revealed the presence of viscera in packages of "Thai Foods Steamed Mackerel Fish".

Consumers who have purchased packages of "Thai F oods Steamed Mackerel Fish" are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-878-5996.

No action is required of local health departments at this time for any of these recalls. If any requests for assistance are received from either the FDA or NYSDAM, the Food and Drug Safety Program will contact you. For additional information regarding these recalls, please click on the weblink below.

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For all FDA-issued food recalls - http://www.fda.gov/opacom/7alerts.html







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