A food recall is defined as “action taken to remove from sale, distribution and consumption foods which may pose a safety risk to consumers. Food recalls may be initiated by the manufacturer, distributor, or a government agency. In most cases, recalls are done voluntarily by the manufacturer or distributor of a product. In most cases a company will discover their product is defective and issue a recall. A government agency such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may also notify a company that their product is defective and ask them to issue a recall. Often, the company will comply but if they refuse, the FDA can get a court order that allows the federal government to seize the defective item. Consumers can check for food, drug and cosmetic recalls on the United States Food and Drug Administration’s website. Below are three products that were recalled in March of 2021.
1. Wilton Brands Sprinkles
On March 3, 2021, Wilton Brands recalled all lots of six sprinkle products and one kit due to undeclared milk. Those who are allergic to milk could experience a severe reaction if they consume the products. Wilton has recalled:
· Tasty Coffee Shop Cookie Kit (Item #1 900-0-0054)
· Holiday Home Assorted Treat Toppings (Item #710-0-0207)
· Valentine Chip Crunch Sprinkles (Item # 710-4277)
· Rainbow Chip Crunch Sprinkles (Item #710-5264)
The recall was initiated due to one reported allergic reaction associated with the recalled products. Wilton Brands has ceased production and distribution of the affected products and has advised consumers who purchased the product to cease use immediately and return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund. The products were sold at Albertsons, C&S Wholesale Grocers, Fareway Stores, Jo-Ann, H-E-B Grocery, Harris Teeter, Hy-Vee, Party City, Super Store Industries, SuperValu, Walmart, Wegmans Food, Wilton.com and Kroger.
2. Mediterranean Food Inc’s Alqosh Sesame Oil
On March 5, 2021, Mediterranean Food Inc. Recalled its 2 pound jars of “Alqosh Sesame Oil”( Lot #16082020) due to a possible Salmonella contamination. The Alqosh Sesame Oil was distributed in Michigan retail stores and to distributors. The potential Salmonella contamination was discovered after routine testing by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development at one of the retailers who sold the oil. The sesame oil was sold from November 6, 2020 to December 10, 2020. Those who have purchased the Alqosh Sesame Oil “Tahin” should not consume the product and can return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. To date, there have been no illnesses reported.
3. Hu Products’ Chocolate Covered Hunks- Sour Goldenberries
On March 5, 2020, Hu Products recalled a single production lot of the HU Chocolate Covered Hunks- Sour Goldenberries Product due to the possibility of undeclared almonds. Those who are allergic to almonds could experience a serious allergic reaction if they consume the product. The Chocolate Covered Hunks- Sour Goldenberries were sold in retail stores and online. The voluntary recall is limited to the Hu Chocolate Covered Hunks- Sour Goldenberries (4 oz. bag) with a lot code of 202891. Consumers who have purchased this product should dispose of it and contact Hu Products directly at 888-389-2224. To date, there have been no reports of adverse reactions due to the consumption of this product.