Frozen Organic Pomegranate Kernels Recall

Scenic Fruit Company Recalls Woodstock Frozen Organic Pomegranate Kernels

Due to Possible Health Risk – Hepatitis A Virus

Reason: Possible Hepatitis A virus contamination
Type of Recall: Voluntary by Company – Association with ongoing epidemiological and traceback investigation by FDA
Packs/Codes Information:
pome
Eight-ounce (227 gram) resealable plastic pouces
UPC Code 0-42563-01628-9
Lot Numbers
  • C 0129 (A, B, or C) 035 ; Best By Date: 02/04/2015
  • C0388 (A, B, or C) 087; Best By Date: 03/28/2015
  • C0490 (A, B, or C) 109; Best By Date: 04/19/2015

Distribution: Products shipped between Feb 2013 – May 2013 [California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania  Rhode Island, Texas, and Washington]

Action for Consumers: 

  • Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease, which in some cases may lead to liver failure.
  • If you have consumed said product, please contact your health care professional or local health department immediately.
  • Do not consumer this product.
  • Discard this product immediately.
  • Keep proof of purchase.

Company Contact: Scenic Fruit Company at 877-927-3434 or email to info@scenicfruit.com from Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. PDT

[Link to FDA Recall]

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Ah-pologies!

Ah~ I’m so sorry for the lack of posts in the past week-and-a-half. I was out up traveling in Washington D.C.  (our great nation’s capitol) for a conference and to meet up some friends. Obviously, the moment I get home, life  (and stress, or the lack thereof, haha) comes rushing to meet me.

However, be prepared for a slew of new posts within the next few days! 🙂 Stay beautiful, beautiful people!

PS: We tried two or three times to see the White House and each time we were either barred from even venturing two blocks towards it, or something dramatic was happening. Our conclusion is that the White House – much like the stolen Pyramids from “Despicable Me”  – is a farce and there is no such thing. It’s probably a giant blow-up doll too.

These Words for YOU

Daily Prompt: Shape Up or Ship Out

Write a letter to the personality trait you like least, convincing it to shape up or ship out. Be as threatening, theatrical, or thoroughly charming as is necessary to get the job done.

Photographers, artists, poets: show us UGLY.

 

Hello dearest self-doubt-inner-critic-you who I know you are definitely in cahoots with inner-laziness-and-lack-of-motivation-you! Every time I see you both, every time I hear you both, every time I think you both, I want to turn on my heels and bolt; but I don’t, I keep trying to fight you, but together one or the other of you still beats me down. What the heck kind of world is that? Aren’t you the one that’s supposed to submit to my will – or at least work with me here and help me figure out how to lessen your control.

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Weekly Roundup: Edible Adventures in Raleigh (06/10 – 06/14)

One of the great things about being back in a “real city” again, is that Raleigh is not only chock-full of adventures, but it has spectacular farm-to-table food. Being in the South, one is inherently closer to one’s food source, and having an open-daily Farmer’s Market is a definite contribution.

I will try to write, either on Saturdays or Sundays, about the fun food & drinking adventures (hopefully provide some recommendations) around whatever area that I am at at the time.

I have had the fortune of meeting like-minded and like-palate-minded friends and individuals. One girl also interning with me this summer, HB, is from Rutgers; she and I share a very similar palate in food and have not only gone on quite a lot of adventures together, but because of our eating habits, have been able to share a load of food (thereby allowing us to try everything)! My roommate, AL, is also very keen on different types of foods.

This will only cover the weekdays of Monday (06/10) to Friday (06/14).

Disclaimer – Lots of pictures included. Please contain your salivary glands, thank you. Any malfunction of keyboard or mouse, along with discoloration of tables should be towards the Man-in-the-Yellow-Hat.  Thank you.

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A Quick Intro to US Food Recalls

Disclaimer: I wrote this article for Kitchology’s blog today (Jun 13, 2013). Kitchology is a startup seeking to “create menus based on your family’s preferences and restrictions” with a specialized focus on individuals with dietary restrictions (ie: allergens, intolerances, etc.) You can visit our BLOG (link) or the WEBSITE (link)…although both are still under construction. Please leave us any feedback of interest.

You turn on the television and lo’ and behold, your favorite food has been declared unsafe to eat, the produce you bought yesterday seems to be contaminated with some pathogen, an allergen you hadn’t expected in the specific food you bought was suddenly revealed, and the list can go on! “What’s happening? What do I do?” you exclaim to yourself. The news seems dire and distressing in some cases (with authorities declaring that you should throw out or return the product at once) and in others it is merely an offhanded discussion.

Recalls, specifically in our case, food recalls, are a touchy but important topic in ensuring continued food safety and working food system.

     Recall : When a regulated item is determined to be either (a) defective, or (b) harmful thereby leading “removal from the market or correcting the problem” [3].

  • What is the purpose? 

To keep consumers like you and me safe!

  • When does this happen? 

Whenever a product is (a) contaminated, (b) mislabeled, or (c) adulterated.

  • Who declares these recalls? 

One of two agencies: (a) FDA [Food and Drug Administration], or (b) USDA FSIS [United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety Inspection Services]

  • Where can I find out about recalls?

There are multiple resources (federal and private) to locate food recalls. Or you can stay on the Kitchology blog here and tune in every week for a list of compiled recalls! 🙂 Federal and private recall websites can be found at the bottom of this post.

  • Are there different types of recalls?

While recalls are voluntary, the government can request – or “force the hand” – of companies to declare a recall if the threat is great enough.

Indeed, there are 3 classes of food recalls:

  • Class I – The food product has an incredibly high chance of causing serious health problems & even death. (ie: Salmonella, E. coli 0157:H7,  or Listeria monocytogenes contamination, undeclared allergens, high levels of metals, botulism toxin)
  • Class II – The food product has the potential to be a health hazard but whatever illness incurred can be treated. (ie: foreign physical objects, wheat allergens, certain other pathogens)
  • Class III – The food product violates FDA/USDA labeling or manufacturing laws. Unlikely to cause negative health effects. (ie: low pesticide levels, mislabeling, unnecessary dents in containers)

If there is a Class I recall on the product that you have or are consuming – seek immediate medical attention if you begin feeling ill & notify a public health official. If you have yet to eat the product and it’s still sitting there in your refrigerator or in your cabinets toss it out immediately. 

Hopefully this covers the very basics of food recalls for y’all! 🙂

Besides our Kitchology site, here are some official websites to check out for the most recent food recall activities:

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at: lily.yang@kitchology.com

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