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Latest Food Recalls

Latest Food Recalls

Cyclospora: a parasite that causes an intestinal infection called cyclosporiasis.

Symptoms appear 1 week after exposure:

·       Watery diarrhea, with frequent, sometimes explosive, bowel movements

·       Loss of appetite

·       Weight loss

·       Stomach pain

·       Fatigue

·       None

 June 15, 2018: Del Monte Fresh Produce recalled vegetable trays containing fresh broccoli, cauliflower, celery sticks, carrots, and dill dip. Recalled products are sold in clear, plastic clamshell containers, and were distributed to the following stores: Kwik Trip, Kwik Star, Demond’s, Sentry, Potash, Meehan’s, Country Market, FoodMax Supermarket, and Peapod. Do not eat the recalled vegetable trays. Throw them away.

Recalled products have a “Best If Enjoyed By” date of June 17, 2018.

·       6 oz. Del Monte Fresh Produce vegetable tray: UPC code: 7 1752472715 2

·       12 oz. Del Monte Fresh Produce vegetable tray: UPC code: 7 1752472518 9

·       28 oz. Del Monte Fresh Produce small vegetable tray: UPC code: 7 1752478604 3

As of July 19, 2018, there have been 237 confirmed cases of cyclosporiasis in persons who consumed pre-packaged Del Monte Fresh Produce vegetable trays in 4 states: Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan. 7 of these people have been hospitalized, and no deaths have been reported

  On July 12, 2018, the Iowa and Illinois Departments of Public Health reported an increase in cases of cyclosporiasis among people who ate salads sold at McDonald’s restaurants.

·       CDC also has received reports of sick people who reportedly ate McDonald’s salads in Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

McDonald’s is cooperating with the investigation and has voluntarily stopped selling salads in more than 3,000 locations in the following 14 states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

·       Because of the proactive actions McDonald’s took to remove the affected salads from the locations in these states, there likely is not ongoing risk to consumers who eat at those locations.

As of August 23, 2018, 507 confirmed cases of cyclosporiasis were reported in people who consumed salads from McDonald’s restaurants in 16 states. 24 people have been hospitalized with no deaths reported.


Symptoms of Salmonella infection appear 6 to 48 hours after eating a contaminated food and typically last 4 to 7 days.

·       Vomiting

·       Diarrhea

·       Fever

·       Abdominal cramping

July 21, 2018: Mondelēz Global LLC announced a voluntary recall of certain Ritz Cracker Sandwiches and Ritz Bits product. Whey powder, a major ingredient, was recalled due to the potential presence of Salmonella. There have been no complaints of illness reported to date in connection with these products. The company is conducting this recall as a precaution, based on the ingredient supplier’s recall. Consumers who have these products should not eat them, and should discard any products they may have.

The business statement and list of recalled products can be found at: https://us.mondelezinternational.com/~/media/MondelezCorporate/us/uploads/downloads/press-releases/2018/Ritz-Recall-2108.pdf

On May 17, 2018, the FDA learned about a cluster of Salmonella Mbandaka illnesses in multiple states. On June 14, 2018, the likely source identified was Kellogg’s Honey Smacks. The Kellogg’s company voluntarily initiated a recall of the cereal:

·       The FDA has become aware that recalled Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal is still being offered for sale

UPC code: 3800039103; 15.3 oz. size; Best if used by: June 14, 2018 through June 14, 2019

UPC code: 3800014810; 23 oz.; Best if used by: June 14, 2018 through June 14, 2019

·       The FDA is advising consumers to not eat and to discard any Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal. This is regardless of size or “best if used by” dates. The recall notice accounts for all of the product that is on the market within the cereal’s estimated one-year shelf-life. However, Honey Smacks products with earlier dates could also potentially be contaminated

As of September 4, 2018, a total of 130 cases have been identified in 36 states. There have been 34 hospitalizations and no deaths.


·       Don’t eat and discard any Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal, regardless of size or “best if used by” dates

·       If already purchased, throw it away or return to the place of purchase for a refund

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