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July 31, 2012 / Narine Khngikyan

Food Product Recalls

1. VitaKitty Chicken Treats: Arthur Dogswell, a natural pet food company based in Los Angeles, has voluntarily recalled 1,051 cartons of their Catswell brand, VitaKitty Chicken Breast with Flaxseed and Vitamins treats.  The treats may possibly contain propylene glycol from glycerin found in a vitamin E supplement used during manufacturing.  If propylene glycol is consumed in high levels, it may cause blood loss or inadequate red blood cell production in cats. No injuries have been reported but customers who purchased the treats are asked to stop using the treats and return the treats for a full refund. The recall pertains to VitaKitty treats that were distributed nationwide from April 13 to June 14, 2012.

2. Trader Joe’s Roasted Butternut Squash, Red Quinoa Wheatberry Salad: Huxtable’s Kitchen, which provides pre-packaged foods to retailers specialty markets like Trader Joe’s, has voluntarily recalled their Trader Joe’s Roasted Butternut Squash, Red Quinoa Wheatberry Salad. The onions used in the salad have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria and can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, elderly people and others with weak immune systems. The recall pertains to salads with a “best by” date of 7/28/2012 and 7/30/2012 and those purchased from Trader Joe’s stores in Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington. Trader Joe’s has since removed the affected product from their store shelves and customers who purchased the salad are asked to discard the salad immediately.

3. Tyson Premium Chunk Canned Chicken: Arizona based food company, Tyson Foods has recalled 70,500 lbs. of their canned Premium Chunk Chicken. The canned chicken, which is produced by Tony Downs Foods Company, were mislabeled and contained beef and gravy products as oppose to chicken. Approximately 24 cans produced on May 18, 2012 were mislabeled. Tyson Foods has accounted for 14 of the 24 cans, however as a precautionary measure, the company is recalling all 12.5-oz. cans of “Tyson Premium Chunk Chicken” produced that day. There have been no reported illnesses associated with this mislabeling. The mislabeled product can be identified by the date code 8965 248A 12139 printed directly on the end of each can, with a “best by” date of May 18, 2015.

4. Togo’s Pastrami: Rose & Shore Meat Co. of Vernon announced that they were recalling 15,900 pounds of deli meats, including boxes of Togo’s pastrami because of possible contamination from the bacterium Listeria. The products were not sold to retail establishments directly, but to distributors in California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. No illnesses have yet been reported but the company has received numerous commercial consumer complaints which led them to test the deli meats.  The recall pertains to Togo’s Pastermi with a packing date of April 5, 2011.

If you have purchased a product and suspect that the product poses health or safety hazards, contact Khorrami, LLP for a confidential consultation.

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