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Recalls of Quong Hop Tofu and Kraft Foods' Baker's Premium White Chocolate Baking Squares
Release Date: October 05, 2007

NJLINCS Health Alert Network
Public Health Info
Distributed by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services
Subject: Recalls of Quong Hop Tofu and Kraft Foods' Baker's Premium White Chocolate Baking Squares
Date: 10/4/2007; 19:43:59
Message#: 100637-10-4-2007-PHIN
Contact Inf Alan L. Talarsky, NJDHSS/CEHS/Food and Drug Safety Program
Phone: 609-588-3123; Email: at2@njlincs.net
Attachments: Quong_Hop_Tofu.jpg; Kraft_Baker's_White_Chocolate.jpg
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 Recalls of Quong Hop and Co's tofu products due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination and Kraft Foods' Baker's Premium White Chocolate Baking Squares due to possible Salmonella contamination.

1. Quong Hop & Co. of South San Francisco, California is expanding their recall of tofu to include the following products in the following sizes and code dates:

Date Code
Product
Package Size

1/28/08 or earlier
"SOY DELI Five Spice ORGANIC BAKED TOFU"
8 ounce

1/28/08 or earlier
"SOY DELI Hickory ORGANIC BAKED TOFU"
8 ounce

1/28/08 or earlier
"SOY DELI Honey Sesame ORGANIC BAKED TOFU"
8 ounce

1/28/08 or earlier
"SOY DELI Teriyaki ORGANIC BAKED TOFU"
8 ounce

1/28/08 or earlier
"SOY DELI Savory ORGANIC BAKED TOFU"
8 ounce

1/28/08 or earlier
"SOY DELI Mesquite all natural SMOKED TOFU"
8 ounce

1/28/08 or earlier
"SOY DELI Hawaiian Style all natural FRIED TOFU"
8 ounce

1/28/08 or earlier
"SOY DELI FIRM ORGANIC NIGARI TOFU" (Vacuum Packed)
8 ounce and 12 ounce

1/28/08 or earlier
"SOY DELI All-Natural Tofu Burgers ORIGINAL"
6 ounce

1/28/08 or earlier
"SOY DELI All-Natural Tofu Burgers GARDEN"
6 ounce

1/28/08 or earlier
"SOY DELI All-Natural Tofu Burgers BARBEQUE"
6 ounce

1/28/08 or earlier
"SOY DELI All-Natural Tofu Burgers TERIAKI"
6 ounce

1/28/08 or earlier
"SOY DELI All-Natural Tofu Burgers CAJUN"
6 ounce





11/28/07 or earlier
"SOY DELI FIRM ORGANIC Gourmet Rich CALCIUM TOFU" (Water Packed, Orange label)
12 ounce

11/28/07 or earlier
"SOY DELI SOFT ORGANIC Gourmet Rich CALCIUM TOFU" (Water Packed, Blue label)
12 ounce

11/28/07 or earlier
"SOY DELI FIRM ORGANIC NIGARI TOFU" (Water Packed, Red label)
12 ounce

11/28/07 or earlier
"QUONG HOP ORGANIC NIGARI TOFU firm style non-pasteurized" (Water Packed, Red label)
16 ounce

11/28/07 or earlier
"SOY DELI FIRM ORGANIC NIGARI TOFU" (Vacuum Packed)
30 ounce

11/28/07 or earlier
"SOY DELI NIGARI BULK TOFU"
10 pound

11/28/07 or earlier
"SOY DELI NIGARI MEDIUM BULK TOFU"
10 pound

11/28/07 or earlier
"NIGARI FIRM TOFU 54 PC" (4 oz squares)
10 pound

11/28/07 or earlier
"SOY DELI NIGARI FIRM BULK TOFU"
10 pound and 25 pound

11/28/07 or earlier
"SOY DELI SOY LOWER CARB RAVIOLI" SOY PASTA
12 ounce

11/28/07 or earlier
"SOY DELI SOY LOWER CARB TORTELLINI" SOY PASTA
12 ounce

11/28/07 or earlier
"SOY DELI SOY LOWER CARB MANICOTTI" SOY PASTA
12 ounce

A photo of these products is attached above.

These products are being recalled due to finding Listeria monocytogenes in three of our twenty nine products during the Company's sampling and in the three swabs in the manufacturing plant. This extended recall is being done because these items 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 suffer only short term symptoms such as high fever, sever headache, stiffness, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria infection in severe cases can cause miscarriages and still births among pregnant women.

The recalled "SOY DELI" and "QUONG HOP" brand products are distributed on the West Coast and Midwest through supermarkets and natural food stores. Product was distributed to the following states: AK, AZ, WA, CA, OR, NV, WI, MO, IL, IN, WY, ND, SD. Due the numbers of states these items are distributed in this is considered a "National Recall" to ensure consumer and trade awareness.

This expanded recall reflects product currently in the market. No additional cases of bacteria have been reported. This is a precaution being taken to help ensure product safety.

The date code can be found on the front panel of all the aforementioned products printed in blue ink.

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

The potential for contamination was noted after a routine test by Washington State Department of Agriculture's Food Safety Program revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in a 12 OZ vacuum pack package of "SOY DELI FIRM ORGANIC NIGARI TOFU". Further testing in two sample lots confirmed that the 12oz , 30 oz and Bulk tofu did contain Listeria monocytogenes. The company working with the State of California is voluntarily recalling all products produced during the same time period as the sampled product to ensure customer safety.

Consumers who have purchased the recalled products are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 650-553-9900 ext 22.

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2. Kraft Foods has issued a recall in the U.S. for Baker's Premium White Chocolate Baking Squares (6 oz.) with a UPC Code 0043000252200 and four best when used by dates:

31 MAR 2008 XCZ
01 APR 2008 XCZ
02 APR 2008 XCZ
03 APR 2008 XCZ

A photo of this product is attached above.

This product may be contaminated with Salmonella, (a bacterium that causes foodborne illness).

Symptoms of foodborne illness caused by Salmonella include fever, diarrhea and abdominal cramps. In persons with poor underlying health or weakened immune systems, Salmonella can invade the bloodstream and cause life-threatening infections.

The product was distributed nationwide. Consumers should not consume the recalled product and should discard any product they may have.

The potential for contamination was noted after testing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that detected the presence of Salmonella in some packages of Baker's Premium White Chocolate Baking Squares (6 oz.). The company is aggressively investigating the source of the problem.

This recall is only for Baker's Premium White Chocolate Baking Squares (6 oz.). No other varieties of Baker's White Chocolate or any other Baker's products sold in the United States are impacted by this recall.

Consumers can contact the company at 1-800-310-3704 with any questions they may have or to request reimbursement for purchased product.

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

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







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