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Food Recalls
Release Date: February 21, 2007

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

Subject: Food Recalls
Date: 2/21/2007; 13:47:41
Message #: 100387-2-21-2007-PHIN
Contact Inf   Alan L. Talarsky, NJDHSS/CEHS/Food and Drug Safety Program
Phone: 609-588-3122x4560; Email: at2@njlincs.net
Attachments: None

Please review the following messages from Alan Talarsky, Environmental Scientist 1, Food and Drug Safety Program, DHSS, concerning the following three recalls: the first two issued from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the last one from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service.

1. Vita Specialty Foods, Inc. of Martinsburg, West Virginia, is voluntarily recalling the following products because their labels do not disclose that the products contain a flavor ingredient derived from milk. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. The product names, sizes, and Best Before Dates are as follows:

* Scorned Woman Wicked Wing Sauce, 18 oz., Best Before 5/04/07 - 1/18/08
* Jim Beam Hot Wing Sauce, 5 oz., Best Before 4/17/07 - 11/7/07
* Jim Beam Hot Wing Sauce, 13 oz., Best Before 1/26/07 - 12/19/07
* Jim Beam Gourmet Foods Hot Wing Sauce, 1 gal., Best Before 10/25/07
* Budweiser Barbecue Sauce, 19 oz., 77 oz, 1 gal, 5 gal., All date codes through 6/11/08
* Budweiser Basting Sauce, 14 oz., 71 oz., 1 gal, 5 gal., All date codes through 12/19/07

The recalled products were distributed nationwide in retail stores.

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2. Dole Fresh Fruit Company announced the recall of cantaloupes in the Eastern U.S. and Quebec due to potential health concerns. Some cantaloupes packed on January 25, 26 and 27, 2007 by an independent, third-party grower in Costa Rica have tested positive for Salmonella. Although no illnesses have been reported, Dole voluntarily has decided to recall all cantaloupes imported from Costa Rica and packed by that grower.

Persons infected with Salmonella may experience a variety of symptoms and illnesses. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in more severe illnesses and potentially can be fatal.

Approximately 6,104 cartons of cantaloupes were distributed to wholesalers in regions of the eastern United States and Quebec between February 5 and February 8, 2007. The cantaloupes have a light green color skin on the exterior, with orange flesh. The cantaloupes were distributed for sale in bulk in cardboard cartons, with 9, 12 or 15 cantaloupes to a carton. The recalled cartons are dark brown with "Dole Cantaloupes" in red lettering. They have a thirteen-digit number on a white tag pasted to the carton: the tenth digit is a 2.

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3. Carolina Culinary Foods, a West Columbia, S.C., firm, is voluntarily recalling approximately 52,650 pounds of fully cooked chicken breast strips that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease. Healthy people rarely contract listeriosis. However, listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Listeriosis can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths, as well as serious and sometimes fatal infections in those with weakened immune systems, such as infants, the elderly and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy.

The following product was manufactured for Oscar Mayer and is subject to recall:
. 6-ounce packages of "OSCAR MAYER/LOUIS RICH CHICKEN BREAST STRIPS WITH RIB MEAT, GRILLED, FULLY COOKED - READY TO EAT." The front of each package bears the establishment number "P-19676" inside the USDA mark of inspection. On the back of each package appears a "Use by" date of "19 Apr 2007." The code "19 APR 2007" appears on each case.

The chicken breast strips were produced on Jan. 9, 2007 and distributed to retail establishments nationwide.

No action is being requested of local health agencies at this time for any of these recalls. If any requests for assistance are received from either the FDA or USDA-FSIS, the Food and Drug Safety Program will contact you.

Please click the weblinks below for additional details. If you have questions concerning this information, please contact Alan Talarsky at 609-588-3123, or by e-mail at alan.talarsky@doh.state.nj.us.

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Please go to the following weblink for detailed information regarding FDA recalls: http://www.fda.gov/opacom/7alerts.html

Please go to the following weblink for detailed information regarding USDA recalls:
http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Fsis_Recalls/Open_Federal_Cases/index.asp






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