Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services HEALTH AND SAFETY http://health.mo.gov/information/news/rss.xml Official news releases issued by the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services. en-us <![CDATA[ Statement Regarding Testing of the Mercy Hospital Jefferson Potential Ebola Case]]>Initial test results from the State Public Health Laboratory were negative for the Ebola virus. As a precautionary measure, the patient will continue to be kept in isolation and monitored in accordance with CDC guidelines.

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Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:18:48 CST
<![CDATA[ REFA Enterprises, LLC Recalls Forever Beautiful Bee Pollen Due to Undeclared Sibutramine and Phenolphthalein]]>The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services received information regarding a recall of one lot of Forever Beautiful Bee Pollen (UPC #6333090804632) and Forever Beautiful Infinity (UPC #633090804649). The products have been found to contain undeclared Sibutramine or a combination of both Sibutramine and Phenolphthalein through FDA laboratory analyses.

Sibutramine is an appetite suppressant that was withdrawn from the U.S. market in October 2010 (due to increased risk of seizures, heart attacks, arrhythmia and strokes). Phenolphthalein is an ingredient previously used in over-the-counter laxatives, but because of concerns of carcinogenicity, it is not currently approved for marketing in the United States. These undeclared ingredients make these products unapproved new drugs for which safety and efficacy have not been established.

Products containing sibutramine pose a threat to consumers because Sibutramine can increase blood pressure and/or pulse rate in some patients and may present a risk for those with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhymias or stroke. These products may also interact in life threatening ways with other medications a consumer may be taking. Health risks associated with phenolphthalein could include potentially serious gastrointestinal disturbances, irregular heartbeat and cancer with long-term use.

All affected products are marketed as dietary supplements for weight loss and were packaged and distributed as follows:

  • Forever Beautiful Bee Pollen is packaged in bottles of 60 capsules, Forever Beautiful Bee pollen was distributed via internet to consumers nationwide from July 7, 2014 - November 3, 2014.
  • Forever Beautiful Infinity is packaged in bottles of 60 capsules. Forever Beautiful Infinity was distributed via internet to consumers nationwide from July 7, 2014 - November 3, 2014.

The full recall can be found at: www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm423908.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery.

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Thu, 20 Nov 2014 09:00:32 CST
<![CDATA[ Pennsylvania Firm Expands Recalls Pretzel Dog Products Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens]]>The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services received information regarding a recall of frozen pretzel hot dog products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens. The products contain soy lecithin, a known allergen which is not declared on the product label.

The recalled products were produced Nov. 14, 2013 - Nov. 14, 2014.

The following products are subject to the expanded recall:

  • "Kunzler Cheddar Pepper Frank Pretzel Dogs."
  • "Kunzler Pretzel Dogs."
  • "Kunzler Turkey Pretzel Dogs."
  • "Berks All Beef Pretzel Franks."

The following products are subject to the FSIS recall issued November 15, 2014.

  • "Auntie Anne's All Beef Classic Pretzel Dogs."
  • "Auntie Anne's Fundraising Pretzel Dogs."
  • "West Creek Black Angus Beef Pretzel Dogs."
  • "Kunzler Pretzel Dogs."
  • "Kunzler Turkey Pretzel Dogs."
  • "Berks All Beef Pretzel Franks."
  • "Nathan's Famous Pretzel Dogs."
  • "City Line Foods Pretzel Dogs."

The products subject to recall bear the establishment number "EST. or P-34073" or "34073" inside the USDA mark of inspection. These products produced were shipped nationwide for retail distribution and fundraising. This recall does not affect Auntie Anne's pretzel stores found in malls, airports and other venues nationwide.

The full recall can be found at:  www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archive/2014/recall-079-2014-release-EXP.

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Wed, 19 Nov 2014 12:51:21 CST
<![CDATA[ B&G Foods Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Peanut and Almond in Ortega and Las Palmas Taco Seasoning Mixes and Sauces]]>The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services received information regarding a recall of certain Ortega Taco Seasoning Mix, Ortega Taco Sauce, Ortega Enchilada Sauce and Ortega Taco Kit products and certain Las Palmas Taco Seasoning Mix and Las Palmas Taco Sauce products after learning that one or more of the spice ingredients purchased from a third party supplier contain peanuts and almonds, allergens that are not declared on the products' ingredient statements.

Click here for a complete product list.

The recalled products were distributed in retail stores and foodservice outlets nationwide.

The full recall can be found at:  www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm423216.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery.

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Mon, 17 Nov 2014 16:03:24 CST
<![CDATA[ Great American Appetizers, Inc. Recalls Hyvee Mozzarella Cheese Sticks]]>The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services received information regarding a recall of HyVee Mozzarella Cheese Sticks because they may contain undeclared soy flour, yellow #5 and yellow #6. People who have an allergy or sensitivity to soy, yellow #5 or yellow #6 can run the risk of serious allergic reaction if they consume this product.

The HyVee Mozzarella Cheese Sticks affected are in an 8 oz. (227 g) carton (UPC #075450149913). The product date codes are printed on the end of the carton: 14290402 (BEST IF USED BY 4/17/2016) and 14295402 (BEST IF USED BY 4/22/2016).

The HyVee Mozzarella Sticks were distributed to retailers in Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

The full recall can be found at:  www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm423211.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery.

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Mon, 17 Nov 2014 16:00:36 CST
<![CDATA[ Solgar, Inc. Recalls ABC Dophilus® Powder]]>The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services received information regarding a recall of ABC Dophilus® Powder. The product was found to contain Rhizopus oryzae, which may cause Mucormycosis. This is a rare infection that may cause health problems to consumers, particularly pre-mature infants/infants, children, and those with weakened immune systems.

This product was distributed to: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CT, CO, FL, IA, IL, IN, MI, ME, MO, MA, NC, NE, NY, NJ, NV, OH, OK, PA, PR, UT, TN, TX, VT, KY, WI, WA, UK and Israel through pharmacy, retail stores, wholesale, internet, etc.

Description: Solgar ABC Dophilus® Powder NET Wt. 1.75 oz (50 g)
UPC Code: 0 33984 00010 0
Label: Solgar
Lot# 074024-01R1, 074024-01, 074024-02 Expiration Date 7/31/15

The full recall can be found at:  www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm423219.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery.

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Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:57:47 CST
<![CDATA[ Pennsylvania Firm Recalls Pretzel Dog Products Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens]]>The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services received information regarding a recall of frozen pretzel hot dog products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens. The products contain soy lecithin, a known allergen which is not declared on the product label.

The pretzel dogs were produced on various dates from February 14, 2014 to November 14, 2014. The following products are subject to recall: [View Label]

  • "Auntie Anne's All Beef Classic Pretzel Dogs.
  • "Auntie Anne's Fundraising Pretzel Dogs."
  • "West Creek Black Angus Beef Pretzel Dogs."
  • "Kunzler Pretzel Dogs."
  • "Kunzler Turkey Pretzel Dogs."
  • "Berks All Beef Pretzel Franks."
  • "Nathan's Famous Pretzel Dogs."
  • "City Line Foods Pretzel Dogs."

The products subject to recall bear the establishment number "EST. or P-34073" inside the USDA mark of inspection. These products produced were shipped nationwide for retail distribution and fundraising. This recall does not affect Auntie Anne's pretzel stores found in malls, airports and other venues nationwide.

The full recall can be found at:  www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archive/2014/recall-079-2014-release.

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Sat, 15 Nov 2014 12:25:41 CST
<![CDATA[ Chaotic Labz Recalls Mayhem Dietary Supplement Due to Undeclared Dexamethasone and Cyproheptadine]]>The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services received information regarding a recall of Mayhem dietary supplement capsules, Lot #CLM061114 with an expiration date of 06/2016.

Mayhem's intended use is as a bodybuilding supplement. FDA laboratory analysis found that Mayhem Dietary Supplement contains undeclared dexamethasone, a prescription corticosteroid commonly used to treat inflammatory conditions, and cyproheptadine, a prescription antihistamine used for seasonal allergy treatment, making this an unapproved drug.

Consumers are advised that corticosteroid use can impair a person's ability to fight infections, cause high blood sugar levels, muscle injuries and psychiatric problems. When corticosteroids are taken for a prolonged period, or at high doses, they can suppress the adrenal gland and cause withdrawal symptoms with abrupt discontinuation. Antihistamines may cause drowsiness and affect mental alertness. In addition, these undeclared drug ingredients in Mayhem may cause serious side effects when combined with other medications.

Mayhem is packaged in a clear bottle with yellow capsules associated with Lot #CLM061114 with an expiration date of 06/2016. The product can be identified by the brand known as Chaotic Labz and product name Mayhem, Appetite for Construction. This product was distributed nationwide to various Nutritional Supplement Retail Outlets and via the internet.

The full recall can be found at:  www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm423203.htm.

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Mon, 17 Nov 2014 14:40:09 CST
<![CDATA[ Marathon Ventures, Inc. Recalls Raw Macadamia Nuts]]>The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services received information regarding a recall from Marathon Ventures, Inc. that it is recalling various retail and bulk packages containing raw macadamia nuts because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The items below were sold after March 11, 2014, through grocery, food service and other retail outlets throughout the country. 

UPC

BRAND

PRODUCT
DESCRIPTION

UNIT WT

CODE DATE
LOT NUMBER

#015400866354

Shurfine

Macadamia Diced Nuts

5oz/142g

Best By: 11 MAR 2015

       

Best By: 23 JUN 2015

       

Best By: 11 AUG 2015

#015400166355

Western Family

Macadamia Diced Nuts

5oz/142g

Best By: 11 MAR 2015

       

Best By: 23 JUN 2015

       

Best By: 11 AUG 2015

       

Best By: 6 OCT 2015

#075450132878

HyVee

Macadamia Nuts

2oz/57g

Best By: 27 AUG 2015

       

Best By: 28 AUG 2015

       

Best By: 10 OCT 2015

#085239521083

Market Pantry

Chopped Macadamia Nuts

2.25oz/64g

Best By: 28 APR 2015

       

Best By: 1 MAY 2015

       

Best By: 28 MAY 2015

       

Best By: 1 JUL 2015

       

Best By: 23 JUL 2015

       

Best By: 21 AUG 2015

       

Best By: 16 OCT 2015

#075049421864

Pear's Gourmet

Macadamia Nuts Raw

16oz/454g

Best By: 23 JUL 2015

 

Cash-Wa Distributing

Macadamia Nuts Raw

5lbs/2.27kg

#14170

       

#14261

#06509

Pegler Sysco

Macadamia Nuts Raw

5lbs/2.27kg

#14052

       

#14094

       

#14128

       

#14181

       

#14267

Bulk Case

Mayan Gold

Macadamia Nuts Style #5

25lbs

PO#0011766SDC0034

The full recall can be found at:  www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm421435.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery.

 

 

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Tue, 04 Nov 2014 09:48:49 CST
<![CDATA[ Texas Firm Recalls Boudin Products Due To Possible Temperature Abuse]]>The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services received information regarding a recall for Carlton Foods, a New Braunfels, Texas establishment. Carlton Foods is recalling 25,764 pounds of fresh Boudin products, which were produced with pre-cooked rice that may have experienced temperature abuse and may contain an emetic toxin produced by Bacillus cereus, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The Boudin (sausage-like) products were produced on Aug. 22, 2014, through Oct. 17, 2014. The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF Only)]

  • 12-oz. vacuum-packed packages of "RICHARD'S HICKORY SMOKED BOUDIN"
  • 12-oz. vacuum-packed packages of "RICHARD'S PREMIUM BOUDIN"
  • 12-oz. vacuum-packed packages of "RICHARD'S 'HOT' PREMIUM BOUDIN"
  • 16-oz. vacuum-packed packages of "RICHARD'S PREMIUM BOUDIN"
  • 32-oz. vacuum-packed packages of "RICHARD'S CAJUN GRILLERS BOUDIN"

The products subject to recall bear the establishment number "EST. 1943" or "EST. 961" inside the USDA mark of inspection. Products with the EST. 961 inside the mark of inspection would also have NB printed on the label. "Sell By" dates for the recalled products range from Oct. 28, 2014, to Dec. 16, 2014. The products were shipped to retail locations in Louisiana and Texas.

The problem was discovered by FSIS personnel during a Food Safety Assessment. During production, FSIS personnel observed pre-cooked rice, a component of the Boudin, being held at unsafe temperatures which could result in the products containing an emetic toxin produced by Bacillus cereus.

Bacillus cereus is a type of bacteria that can be found in a variety of foods, particularly rice that has been stored too long at room temperature. Emetic toxins produced by Bacillus cereus are characterized by nausea and vomiting occurring within 30 minutes to six hours after consumption of contaminated foods.

FSIS and the company have received no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact a health care provider.

Consumers with questions regarding the recall can contact Randy Rust, President, at (830) 625-7583 ext. 109.

The full recall including a list of products can be found at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archive/2014/recall-075-2014-release.

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Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:10:18 CST
<![CDATA[ Chetak New York L.L.C. Recalls 7 Oz., 14 Oz., & 28 Oz. Packages of "Deep Raw Cashew Pieces" Because of Possible Health Risk]]>The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services received information regarding a recall of 5560 packages of 7oz., 3840 packages of 14oz., & 1920 packages of 28oz. "DEEP RAW CASHEW PIECES" because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

The recalled "Deep Raw Cashew Pieces" were distributed nationwide in retail stores from March 12, 2014 to October 21,2014. The product comes in a 7 oz., 14oz., & 28oz. clear plastic package marked with UPC number on the rear of the package.

  • UPC number for 7oz. is #011433133104
  • UPC number for 14oz. is #011433133111
  • UPC number for 28oz. is #011433133128

The full recall can be found at:  www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm420689.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery.

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Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:02:10 CST
<![CDATA[ Illinois Firm Recalls Chicken Products Due to Possible Salmonella Enteritidis Contamination]]>The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services received information regarding a recall of 28,980 pounds of chicken products that may be contaminated with a particular strain of Salmonella Enteritidis.

The recalled product includes partially prepared chicken products sold by retailers under the Antioch Farms brand name, with "sell by" dates of October 1, 2015 and October 7, 2015. The products subject to recall bear the establishment number "P-1358" inside the USDA mark of inspection. The chicken products were produced on July 2, 2014 and July 8, 2014. These products were shipped to retail stores and distribution centers in Minnesota.

The product is identified as:

  • Single 5 once plastic packets of Raw Stuffed Chicken Breast Breaded, Boneless Breast of Chicken with Rib Meat "A La Kiev"

The full recall can be found at:  www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archive/2014/recall-073-2014-release.

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Tue, 28 Oct 2014 10:30:49 CST
<![CDATA[ Pennsylvania Firm Recalls Chicken Products Due to Staphylococcal Enterotoxin Contamination]]>The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services received information regarding a recall of gluten free breaded chicken products that may be contaminated with Staphylococcal enterotoxin.

The products have a best by date of August 9, 2015. The following products are subject to recall: [View Label (PDF Only)]

  • 12-oz. boxes of "Bell & Evans Gluten Free Breaded Chicken Breast Nuggets."
  • 10.5-oz. boxes of "Bell & Evans Gluten Free Breaded Chicken Breast."

The products subject to reall bear the establishment number "P-516" inside the USDA mark of inspection. These products were shipped to retail locations nationwide.

Staphylococcal food poisoning is a gastrointestinal illness. It is caused by eating foods contaminated with toxin-producing Staphylococcus aureus.

Staphylococcus aureus is a common bacterium found on the skin and in the noses of healthy people and animals. Staphylococcus aureus can produce seven different toxins that are frequently responsible for food poisoning.

Staphylococcal enterotoxins are fast acting, sometimes causing illness in as little as 30 minutes. Symptoms usually develop within one to six hours after eating contaminated food. Patients typically experience several of the following: nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, and diarrhea. The illness is usually mild and most patients recover after one to three days.

To prevent Staphylococcal contamination, keep kitchens and food-serving areas clean and sanitized. Keep hot foods hot (over 140°F) and cold foods cold (40°F or under). Make sure to wash hands and under fingernails vigorously with soap and water before handling and preparing food. Do not prepare food if you have an open sore or wound on your hands or if you have a nose or eye infection.

The full recall can be found at:  www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archive/2014/recall-074-2014-release.

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Mon, 27 Oct 2014 15:26:56 CST
<![CDATA[ Nutek Disposables, Inc. Recalls Baby Wipes Due to Potential Bacteria]]>The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services received information regarding a recall of baby wipes manufactured under the brand names Cuties, Diapers.com, Femtex, Fred's, Kidgets, Member's Mark, Simply Right, Sunny Smiles, Tender Touch and Well Beginnings, because some packages may contain bacteria. These wipes were distributed by Nutek prior to October 21, 2014 to the following retail stores: Walgreens, Sam's Club, Family Dollar, Fred's, and Diapers.com.

After receiving a small number of complaints of odor and discoloration, Nutek conducted microbial testing that showed the presence of a bacteria, called Burkholderia cepacia (B. cepacia), in some of these products. Soon after, on October 3, 2014 the company initiated a voluntary withdrawal of lots that had tested positive for the bacteria, as well as other baby wipes in the surrounding time frame.

B. cepacia poses little medical risk to healthy people. However, people who have certain health problems like weakened immune systems or chronic lung diseases, particularly cystic fibrosis, may be more susceptible to infections with B. cepacia. If you believe you have a weakened immune system or chronic lung disease and you have used one of the affected wipe products, you should call your doctor promptly for medical advice.

Brand Name

Retailer

Lot Numbers of Product Manufactured by Nutek

Cuties

Internet and various retailers

All Lots

Diapers.com

Diapers.com

All Lots

Femtex

Family Dollar

All Lots

Fred's

Fred's

All Lots

Kidgets

Family Dollar

All Lots

Member's Mark

Sam's Club

All Lots

Simply Right

Sam's Club

All Lots

Sunny Smiles

Walgreens

All Lots

Tender Touch

Various retailers

All Lots

Well Beginnings*

Walgreens

Certain Lots±

*These lot numbers represent all lots manufactured by Nutek. There may be other lots that are made by manufacturers other than Nutek and that are not subject to this recall.

The full recall can be found at:  www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm420426.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery.

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Mon, 27 Oct 2014 15:23:55 CST
<![CDATA[ Lundberg Family Farms Recalls Sea Salt Rice Chips Due to Undeclared Allergen]]>The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services received information regarding a recall of Sea Salt Rice Chips due to possible presence of an undeclared dairy allergen.

The recall applies to only 6 ounce bags (170g) of Sea Salt Rice Chips packed on August 11th, 2014, bearing the code "140811" and a best before date of "2015 JUN 08" on the upper right-hand corner of the bag. The Sea Salt Rice Chips display the following UPC numbers 0-73416-03530-0 for U.S., or 0-73416-03540-9 for Canada.

Product label can be found at www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm420412.htm.

The full recall can be found at:  www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm420411.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery.

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Mon, 27 Oct 2014 15:19:17 CST