February 21st, 2013
10:42 PM ET

Sausage recalled because of plastic concerns

Packaged meat company Smithfield Packing Company is recalling some 38,000 pounds of pork sausage because it may contain small pieces of plastic, likely from gloves, the U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Thursday.

The sausages were sold in 11 states and the District of Columbia.

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August 12th, 2011
10:33 PM ET

Listeria contamination fears prompt two food recalls

A Canadian company has recalled 38,000 pounds of diced bacon products that may be contaminated with listeria bacteria, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Friday.

No illnesses have been reported from consuming the bacon, which came from Ontario-based Aliments Prince, S.E.C.

The recall is preventative, spokesman Richard Vigneault said. Most of the product is with distributors in North Carolina, Connecticut, New Jersey and Illinois. The company is looking into whether the product made it into stores.

Listeria contamination primarily affects older adults, pregnant women, newborns and adults with weakened immune systems, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Symptoms of listeriosis include fever and muscle aches, often preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms.

The contamination was discovered during routine testing by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service. The recall applies to items with production dates prior to August 10, 2011, sold under the names Napoli, Stefano, Bellissimo, Olymel or Assoluti cooked diced bacon.

In an unrelated instance of listeria contamination, California company Fresh Food Concepts voluntarily recalled several layer dip products containing guacamole because the avocado potentially could be contaminated.

The contamination also was discovered in routine sampling by the Food and Drug Administration. The recall extends to products with a "use by" dates of September 16 and before, sold under the following names:

- Fresh Food Concepts 5 Layer Dip

- Delicioso 5 Layer Dip

- Rojo’s Ultimate 7 Layer Dip

- Rojo’s Supreme 6 Layer Dip

- Rojo’s 6 Layer Dip

- Fresh Food Concepts 5 Layer Dip

- Signature Café 6 Layer Dip

For more information on the recalls, contact the USDA or the FDA.

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July 1st, 2011
08:31 PM ET

Idaho company recalls alfalfa sprouts, citing salmonella threat

A potential salmonella outbreak has prompted a multi-state recall of sprouts, an Idaho food company announced Friday.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration made a formal recall request Monday, urging on its website that people not eat alfalfa or spicy sprouts from Evergreen Fresh Sprouts. The federal agency noted that the salmonella Enteritidis pathogen is different from the E. coli bacteria that has been blamed for at least 47 deaths, and widespread recalls, in Europe.

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1.7 million baby monitors recalled after 2 infants strangled by cords
The Consumer Product Safety Commission advises against placing cords or corded cameras within 3 feet of a crib.
February 11th, 2011
09:40 PM ET

1.7 million baby monitors recalled after 2 infants strangled by cords

A voluntary recall was issued Friday for 1.7 million video baby monitors, after federal regulators probed reports that two babies had died in the past 11 months after being strangled by electrical cords.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued the announcement in conjunction with Summer Infant, the Woonsocket, Rhode Island, company behind the monitors, which are made in China and sold at retailers nationwide.

The federal commission noted that at least seven babies and toddlers nationwide have died since 2004 after being strangled by monitor cords, the last two involving Summer Infant items.

That includes a 10-month-old girl from Washington, D.C., killed last March after being strangled by a cord from a Summer Infant monitor that had been placed atop her crib rail, the commission said.

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Ford, Chrysler recalling thousands of vehicles
December 30th, 2010
06:51 PM ET

Ford, Chrysler recalling thousands of vehicles

Ford Motor Co. is recalling 19,600 2011 model year trucks and crossover SUVs over concerns that an electrical short could cause a fire, the manufacturer said Thursday.

Chrysler Group LLC also is recalling nearly 145,000 trucks and crossover wagons in three separate campaigns for steering, stalling and airbag concerns, according to letters posted this week on website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Ford decided to recall certain 2011 model year F-150 trucks, Super Duty trucks (F-250 through F-550) and its Edge and Lincoln MKX vehicles after fires started in the cabs of two F-150 trucks at a Michigan assembly plant in November and December, the company said in a letter Monday to the NHTSA.

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Kroger announces select pet food recall
December 19th, 2010
11:11 PM ET

Kroger announces select pet food recall

The Kroger Co. is recalling select pet food packages from stores in 19 states fearing some of these products may contain aflatoxin, a toxic chemical byproduct that could be harmful to animals.

The recall involves certain bags of Pet Pride Cat Food, Pet Pride Kitten Food, Old Yeller Chunk Dog Food, Kroger Value Cat Food and Kroger Value Chunk Food, the company said Saturday.

The Kroger Co. urged customers to immediately consult with their veterinarian if their animals show any signs of sluggishness or lethargy combined with a reluctance to eat. A yellowish tint to the eye/and or gums, severe blood or diarrhea are also warning signs, the company said.

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November 13th, 2010
07:32 AM ET

Contaminated cheese recalled in Colorado

Mauri gorgonzola cheese sold in Costco wholesale stores is being recalled because of possible E. coli contamination.

Colorado health department officials are warning consumers who purchased Mauri gorgonzola cheese with "sell by" dates of January 13, 2011, and January 14, 2011, that the product has been recalled by the distributor, DPI Specialty Foods of Tualatin, Oregon.

The cheese was distributed only to Costco stores in Colorado in one-pound wedges.

Consumers who have any of this cheese should not eat it. They should return it to the place of purchase or dispose of it in a closed plastic bag and place it in a sealed trash can to prevent people or animals from eating it, the health department said.

Colorado and several other state health departments, the Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration have been investigating an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections among people who sampled or purchased cheeses that were part of a "Cheese Road Show" at Costco stores October 14-17.

E. coli O157:H7 causes diarrhea and abdominal cramps, but some illnesses may last longer and can be more severe.

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October 30th, 2010
03:39 AM ET

Lipitor bottles being recalled

Pfizer is recalling an additional 38,000 bottles of the cholesterol-fighting drug Lipitor after reports of an odor related to the packaging bottles, the drug company said in a statement.

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October 10th, 2010
01:58 AM ET

Mercedes recalls 85,000 cars over steering problem

Luxury automaker Mercedes-Benz is recalling about 85,000 vehicles from certain 2010 and 2011 models due to potential steering problems.

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September 22nd, 2010
12:51 PM ET

Company in egg recall had been warned

A company under fire after a salmonella outbreak that sickened more than 1,600 people has had "warning after warning" about conditions at its farms for decades, the chairman of a congressional committee probing the outbreak said Wednesday.

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September 5th, 2010
07:10 PM ET

Pet product company recalls nearly 75,000 bags of dog treats

A leading pet product company has issued a voluntary recall of nearly 75,000 bags of dog treats due to salmonella concerns, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The move by Hartz Mountain Corp. came after random sample testing by the FDA indicated the presence of salmonella organisms in one or more 8-ounce bags of Hartz Naturals Real Beef Treats for Dogs.

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August 26th, 2010
03:51 PM ET

Investigators: Hen feed one likely source of salmonella

Feed given to hens - used at both Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms - is one likely source of contamination that led to a nationwide salmonella outbreak, federal officials said Thursday.

The feed and some feed ingredients are believed to have been contaminated and are the source of the salmonella, U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials said in a conference call.

It's possible the contamination happened at a feed mill that produces the feed or it could have present before feed materials arrived at the mill, officials said.

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August 26th, 2010
01:36 PM ET

Toyota announced voluntary safety recall for Corollas

Toyota has announced a "Voluntary Safety Recall" on Certain Toyota Corolla and Corolla Matrix Models, CNNMoney.com has confirmed.

The company says the recall is to address some “Engine Control Modules (ECM) that may have been improperly manufactured.”

The voluntary recall is for the approximately 1.13 million 2005-2008 model Corolla and Corolla Matrix models sold in North America.

No other Toyota or Lexus vehicles are involved in this recall, the company says.

There are three unconfirmed accidents alleged to be related to this condition, one of which reported a minor injury, the company says in its press release.

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August 26th, 2010
09:02 AM ET

On the Radar: Anti-Muslim stabbing, egg recall, Katrina

Anti-Muslim stabbing – A New York cab driver who was stabbed, allegedly after a passenger learned he was Muslim, will address the media Thursday afternoon at a news conference on the steps of City Hall. Shortly before the event, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is expected to meet with the driver, Ahmed Sharif, according to the mayor's schedule. At the news conference, Sharif will call for an end to anti-Muslim rhetoric that has followed the plan to build an Islamic cultural center two blocks from 9/11 ground zero.

Egg recall – Fresh eggs being produced by farms at the heart of a massive recall are making their way to consumers via facilities that pasteurize the eggs, process them and rid them of any possible salmonella. A half-billion eggs were recalled by Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms during the salmonella scare.

Fresh eggs produced at those farms since the recall are being sold to "breaking plants" that break the eggshells, pasteurize the eggs and turn them into liquid or other form used in a variety of products, officials said.

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June 18th, 2010
12:26 AM ET

15 million pounds of SpaghettiOs recalled

Campbell Soup Co. is recalling nearly15 million pounds of canned "SpaghettiOs with Meatballs" because of possible under-processing, the U.S. agriculture department said.

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April 18th, 2010
09:06 PM ET

WinCo supermarkets issue beef recall

WinCo Foods, a supermarket chain with locations throughout the western United States, has issued a recall on ground beef purchased from its stores over 13 days in late March and early April.

The recall, announced Saturday, comes after two samples of ground beef from WinCo's Modesto, California, store tested positive for E. coli 0157:H7, a bacteria strain in the E. coli family that can cause severe food poisoning.

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