MAJOR RECALLS!! Check Your House 4 This Stuff NOW

Posted on Oct 14, 2007 in National Issues

hamburger_sandwich.jpgThis past week, huge recalls hit with food and medicine products that are highly likely to be around your home.   Don’t procrastinate!  Check on this stuff now.  If it’s possible that you’ve already been harmed by this stuff, then get medical attention first and get legal help second.

1.  Banquet Pot Pies — On Friday, ConAgra recalled all its Banquet pot pies because of Salmonella dangers.  Check your freezer not only for the Banquet brand but also the store brands Albertson’s, Food Lion, Great Value, Hill Country Fare, Kirkwood, Kroger, Meijer, and Western Family. You’re looking for single serving pot pies (7 oz.) with the numbers “P-9” or “Est. 1059” on the side.

2.  Topps Beef Patties.  The second-largest beef recall in US history occurred on September 26th when Topps Meat Company recalled an entire year’s production run after E-coli bacteria scares.  Its initial recall of around 300,000 pounds was expanded to 21.7 million pounds of beef, made into patties commonly sold at stores such as WalMart and Sam’s Club.  Check any 10-pound boxes of Butcher’s Best 100% All Beef Patties; 10-pound boxes of Kohler Foods burgers;  10-pound boxes of Sand Castle Fine Meat; s 2-pound boxes of Topps 100% Pure Ground Beef Hamburgers; and 3-pound boxes of Topps 100% Pure Ground Beef Hamburgers for the number “Est. 9748” inside the USDA mark of inspection and were produced on June 22, July 12 or July 23, and have a “sell by” date between Sept. 25, 2007 and Sept. 28, 2008.  Topps’ website has a list of the UPC codes for all the recalled beef products.  Note:  Topps Meat Company shut its doors after 67 years in business on  October 5, 2007 .

3.  Cargill Beef Products – and Other Beef Products.  Over 840,000 pounds of beef was recalled on October 6th by Cargill Meats.  These products are frozen ground beef patties with the establishment number “Est. 924A” inside the USDA mark of inspection, and include 6-pound boxes of “American Chef’s Selection Angus Beef Patties 18-1/3 Pound Patties.” Each package bears a case code of “7703100” and various package codes of Best If Used By dates of “02/05/08,” “02/06/08,” “02/12/08,” and “02/13/08.”  The remainder of the patties were distributed to restaurants and institutions.  The FDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service site is also listing various companies announcing smaller size recalls of ground beef products, so check that site before using any beef patties you’ve purchased.

4.  Children’s Cold Medicines — Cold medicines include infant versions of Johnson & Johnson’s Pediacare and its Tylenol drops; Novartis’ Triaminic strips; Prestige Brands Holdings’ Little Colds Decongestant; and Wyeth’s Dimetapp drops.  Some of the nation’s largest drug makers are reporting that they will no longer sell cold medicines targeted at infants due to safety concerns, as recommended by the US Food and Drug Administration.

Have questions?  If you have a food or drug safety question, you can contact “Karen,” the FDA’s virtual representative, 24/7 at AskKaren.gov.  For a real human, there is a toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline (1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) ) available in both English and Spanish, and lines are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday. (It has recorded food safety messages 24/7.)

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