Ghiringhelli Trader Giotto’s Caesar Salad Recall [US]

US FDA RecallUS/Silver Spring: Ghiringhelli Specialty Foods recalls some Caesar Salads due to undeclared fish, soy and wheat ingredients, all known allergens. FDA: http://ht.ly/qETWp

Direct link: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm373500.htm

Additional information:Ghiringhelli Caesar Salad
The US Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) reports the following Salads are subject to this recall:

  • Trader Giotto’s Caesar Salad bearing the “USE BY 11/03” date packaged in 8.5 ounce plastic clamshells. The Use-By date is located immediately above the front label.

According to the FDA, the Caesar Salads were distributed to Trader Joe’s stores located in Northern California, Reno and Carson City, Nevada.

About Fish, Soy and Wheat Allergies:
For some people, foods made from fish, soy or wheat ingredients pose serious and potentially life-threatening hazards. Worse still, it may not necessarily sound as if they are derived from these food products.

Fish (such as anchovies) can be a source of dangerous, urgent and potentially deadly, allergic reactions requiring immediate medical intervention. Anaphylactic Shock could occur in consumers who are allergic to fish within a very short time, potentially leading to severe injury and/or death.

Similarly, many foods have soy-based ingredients including edamame (soybeans in pods), hydrolyzed soy protein, miso, soy protein isolate, soy sauce, tamari, tempeh, teriyaki sauce, textured vegetable protein (“TVP”) and tofu. In addition, lax labeling laws in many countries allow manufacturers to use (but not declare) small amounts of soy in “artificial flavoring”, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, vegetable broth and others.

Likewise, wheat (and wheat products) can also be a source of urgent, dangerous and potentially deadly, allergic reactions. Due to modern food manufacturing methods, wheat products may not “look” or “sound” like wheat. People with a wheat allergy should suspect products including breads, cakes, breakfast cereals, pasta, crackers, beer, soy sauce and even condiments, such as ketchup, as having wheat unless specifically declared otherwise.

Anaphylactic Shock could occur in consumers who are allergic to fish, soy or wheat ingredients within a very short time, potentially leading to severe injury and/or death. If you suspect Anaphylactic Shock, call 9-1-1 or other local emergency number for immediate transport to a medical center.

If trained and an emergency kit is available, it may be appropriate to give an injectable drug such as Epinephrine (also known as adrenaline or adrenalin) to the affected individual. Trade names of these products include EpiPen, Twinject, Adrenaclick, Anapen, Jext, Allerject and Auvi-Q. Please note: even patients who are apparently stabilized should still go to hospital for emergency evaluation. Further treatment is often necessary.

You can learn more about food allergies from the US National Institutes of Health (“NIH”) at http://1.usa.gov/IZWUlm.

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Dutch Treat Salads Mexicali Dip Recall [US]

US FDA RecallUS/Silver Spring: Dutch Treat Salads recalls some Mexicali Dip due to Listeria monocytogenes hazard. FDA: http://ht.ly/qEMni

Direct link: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm373335.htm

Additional information:Dutch Treat Salads Mexicali Dip
The US Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) reports the following Foods are subject to this recall:

  • Mexicali Dip, sold bulk in 10 pound cases under the Lipari Old Tyme label. It is believed the food was re-sold in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
  • Mexicali Dip, sold in retail stores in Michigan in bulk 5 pound bags and 14 ounce containers under the Dutch Treat Salads label. The recalled product has “Use By” dates of 10/18/13 through 11/22/13.

According to the FDA, this recall was necessary because the above mentioned Mexicali Dip uses a recalled ingredient supplied by Reser’s Fine Foods.

About Listeria Poisoning:
Listeria monocytogenes, the bacteria that cause Listeriosis (Listeria poisoning), most often produce a gastrointestinal illness that can be quite serious or even fatal. Listeriosis in pregnancy, for example, may cause a miscarriage or fetal death. In other cases, people can develop Septicemia (a serious blood infection) or Meningitis (an inflammation of the covering of the brain and spinal cord, known collectively as the meninges).

If you suspect your food is contaminated, do not eat it. Contact the retailer for a refund or replacement. Wash your hands, contaminated preparation surfaces, cutlery and serving dishes thoroughly with hot soapy water and dry. Contact your MD immediately if you experience Listeriosis symptoms.

You can learn about Listeriosis from the US National Institutes of Health (“NIH”) at http://1.usa.gov/IScAKJ

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NHTSA November Vehicle Recalls – 22 MTD [US]

FlagUSUS/Washington: As of Saturday, November 9, 2013, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) has posted 22 vehicle or tire recalls so far this month. Are yours listed? http://ht.ly/5G8bb

Direct link: http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/owners/SearchCurrentMonthRecall

Additional information: Recently added recalls include vehicles and products from the following manufacturers:

  • Aluminum Trailer Company Quest, RSX and Raven Trailers – lock malfunction hazard; potential number of units affected: 4,295
  • Altec Industries AT200A, AT235, AT235P, AT30-G, AT35-G, AT37-G, AT40-G and AT237 Aerial Devices mounted on Ford Super Duty Chassis’ equipped with 6.8L gas engines and Muncie FR67 power take offs (PTO) – oil leakage, fire hazards; potential number of units affected: 1,145
  • American Hauler Cargo Trailers – lock malfunction hazard; potential number of units affected: 1,103
  • American Honda Motor Company (Honda) Odyssey Vehicles due to Vehicle Safety Assist System (“VSA”) malfunction, unexpected brake application (without illuminating brake lights) and crash hazards; potential number of units affected: 344,187
  • Blue Bird Body Company (Blue Bird) Ultra LMB, Ultra LF, Express Commercial Buses with Sure Power-brand Battery Equalizers – fire hazard; potential number of units affected: 393
  • Charmac Trailers Cargo, Horse and Sports Trailers – lock malfunction hazard; potential number of units affected: 432
  • Chrysler Group Jeep Grand Cherokee Vehicles – random illumination of multiple instrument cluster warning lights, loss of cluster illumination, loss of anti-lock brake system (ABS) and electronic stability control (ESC) functions, crash hazard; potential number of units affected: 91,559
  • Chrysler Group RAM 1500, RAM 2500 and RAM 3500 Trucks – loss of cluster light illumination, crash hazard; potential number of units affected: 8,370
  • Chrysler Group RAM 4500, RAM 5500 Trucks – tie rod assembly failure, loss of steering control, crash hazards; potential number of units affected: 36,710
  • Collins Bus Corp Bantam, Super Bantam, Grand Bantam, Mid Bus Guide, Super Guide, and Grand Guide School Buses – electrical circuit overheating, fire hazards; potential number of units affected: 251
  • Daimler Buses North America Orion V and VII buses equipped with Sure Power equalizers and DC-DC Converters – fire hazard; potential number of units affected: 3,009
  • Eagan Manufacturing – lock malfunction hazard; potential number of units affected: 4,761
  • Emmett Door RV Doors – lock malfunction hazard; potential number of units affected: 4,231
  • Harley-Davidson Motor Company Trike Motorcycles – incorrectly machined part, brake fluid loss, steering damper damage, crash hazards; potential number of units affected: 436
  • Hyundai-Kia America Genesis Vehicles – Hydraulic Electronic Control Unit (HECU) corrosion hazard; potential number of units affected: 43,500
  • Maxzone Auto Parts Corp. DEPO-brand Headlamps for Ford F-150 Pickup Trucks – illumination failure, reduced driver visibility, crash hazard; potential number of units affected: 2,286
  • Orbit Baby G2 Car Seat Bases, model  number ORB822000 – injury hazard; potential number of units affected: 2,962
  • Play-Mor Trailers Travel Trailers – lock malfunction hazard; potential number of units affected: 241
  • Prevost Cars X3-45, 2012-2014 H3-45, 2008 H3-45 VIP, 2005 XL2, and 2006-2011 XL2-45 Entertainer buses equipped with Super Single Tires – tire overinflation, traction reduction, braking and handling impairment and crash hazards; potential number of units affected: 35
  • Spartan Motors School Bus Chassis – steering wheel loosening, loss of vehicle control, crash hazards; potential number of units affected: 138
  • Stealth Enterprises Cargo Trailers – lock malfunction hazard; potential number of units affected: 7,056
  • Volvo Bus Corp. 9700 Coach Buses – parking brake failure, unintentionally movement, pedestrian injury and crash hazard; potential number of units affected: 22

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