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May 7, 2010

Freshway Foods is an Ohio based processor and is in NO WAY affiliated with Fresh Start Foods Canada.

Fresh Start Foods Canada does NOT purchase or supply Freshway Food.

NONE of our products are effected by this recall.

We have verified that suppliers of raw product to Fresh Start DO NOT supply Freshway.

If there are ANY questions or concerns regarding this recall, please do not hesitate to contact us directly.

 

Thank you.

Freshway Foods Voluntarily Recalls Products Containing Romaine Lettuce Because of Possible Health Risk

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - May 6, 2010 - Sidney, Ohio – Freshway Foods is voluntarily recalling products containing romaine lettuce with a use by date of May 12 or earlier because they have the potential to be contaminated with Escherichia coli O145 bacteria (E. coli O145). The products were sold under the Freshway brand and Imperial Sysco brand. The company is working with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to inform consumers of this recall.

This recall includes romaine lettuce products sold by Freshway Foods for food service outlets, wholesale, and in-store retail salad bars and delis; no other products are involved. Freshway Foods does not produce bulk, prepackaged romaine or bagged salad mixes containing romaine for sale in supermarkets, and therefore these products are not included in this recall. 

E. coli O145 causes a diarrheal illness often with bloody stools. Although most healthy adults can recover completely within a week, some people can develop a form of kidney failure called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). HUS is most likely to occur in young children and the elderly. The condition can lead to serious kidney damage and even death. 

The recalled romaine lettuce products were sold to wholesalers and food service outlets in the following states east of the Mississippi river: Alabama, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. The recalled romaine products were also sold for distribution to in-store salad bars and delis for Kroger, Giant Eagle, Ingles Markets, and Marsh stores in the states listed. 

The recall comes after FDA informed Freshway Foods the afternoon of Wednesday, May 5 that a previously unopened product sample in a New York state laboratory tested positive for the bacteria. Freshway Foods traced the entire lot of romaine products and is advising customers to cease use and distribution of it immediately. This recall may be linked to an outbreak investigation in New York, Michigan, and Ohio.

Freshway Foods has kept the FDA and other public health authorities fully apprised of its handling of this matter, and it continues to cooperate with them to identify the cause. An extensive FDA investigation of Freshway Foods’ facility in Sidney has not uncovered any contamination at the plant. 

November 24, 2009

FOOD SAFETY UPDATE: TIMCO WORLDWIDE ISSUES A VOLUNTARY RECALL OF SEEDLESS WATERMELON

The Packer reported in today’s online news that Timco Worldwide has issued a voluntary watermelon recall. In the released article, it states “Timco Worldwide Inc., Davis, Calif. is recalling 812 cases of its large seedless watermelons because of potential salmonella contamination.”

No Fresh Start products are included in this recall. Please remember to physically check your inventory to ensure none of the recalled products have been purchased and remain in inventory.

The company said in a November 20, 2009 news release that cases were shipped to seven customers including grocers, wholesalers and processors in California and Texas. One of the customers conducted the test on the outside rind of a melon and received a positive result on November 19, 2009. Two subsequent tests from the same six pallets came back negative.

The watermelons are stickered with the “MelonUp!” label with the PLU No. 4032; the UPC code is 0 33383 40240 6.

In the news release, Timco said that it elected to exercise an abundance of caution and initiate the recall in the interest of public health. Timco asks that consumers who purchased the watermelon return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at 530-757-1000; press “4” for food safety.

To read the entire article, click here <http://thepacker.com/Timco-issues-watermelon-recall/Article.aspx?articleid=943180&authorid=577&categoryid=122&feedid=215> .

We will provide further information as warranted. At this time, the FDA has not reported the recall on its website.

 

 

 

November 23, 2009

FOOD SAFETY ALERT: FIVE CROWNS MARKETING ISSUES A VOLUNTARY RECALL OF CANTALOUPE

Five Crowns Marketing announced in a press release Friday that it is voluntarily recalling cantaloupe melons due to the potential of Salmonella. This decision follows a positive test result on a lot of cantaloupes packed by Five Crowns Marketing on November 4, 2009, which resulted in a confirmed positive for Salmonella. The company is working with the FDA to inform consumers of this recall; no illnesses have been reported to date.

No Fresh Start products are included in this recall. Please remember to ask your staff to physically check their inventory to ensure none of the recalled products have been purchased from another source and remain in their inventory.

The lots in question were distributed to numerous wholesale, retail, and foodservice operators in Alabama, California, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee. Cantaloupes were packed in various sizes with and without individual stickers, under the Majesty label.

The recalled cantaloupe codes are 198 2 and 198 3; pack dates are November 4, November 6, and November 10.

Consumers with questions may contact Five Crowns Marketing at 760-344-1390 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (PST).

We will provide further information as warranted.

FOOD SAFETY ALERT : Michigan Grower recalls alfalfa sprouts over Salmonella fears

October 14, 2009

A Michigan grower is recalling product after news that 12 people in the state became sick after eating salmonella-tainted raw alfalfa sprouts.

Ionia-based Living Foods Inc. announced the voluntary recall Oct. 13, though as of that date no tests had linked the company’s sprouts to the illnesses, according to a news release from the company.

On Oct. 9, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and the Michigan Department of Community Health issued a public health alert advising Michigan residents not to eat raw alfalfa sprouts. No other sprouts have been implicated in the salmonella outbreak, which sent two people to the hospital.

Illnesses were reported between Aug. 17 and Sept. 18 in the Michigan counties of Bay, Genesee, Kent, Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne.

Living Foods is recalling several products sold under its Living Foods label and marked with a sell-by date of Oct. 22 or earlier. They include 4-ounce cups and bags, 1-pound bags and 5-pound boxes of alfalfa sprouts; and 4-ounce cups of spicy sprouts, alfalfa/onion sprouts, alfalfa/garlic sprouts and seven sprouts.

The sprouts were distributed to retail and foodservice distributors in Michigan through wholesale produce suppliers.

FRESH START FOODS DOES NOT SELL ALFALFA SPROUTS FROM ANY SOURCE.

Please check your cooler for this product in case it came from an alternate source/supplier and dispose of it.

 

September 18, 2009

FOOD SAFETY UPDATE: IPPOLITO INTERNATIONAL, LP RECALLS BUNCHED SPINACH

Ippolito International, LP of Salinas, is voluntarily recalling 12-count and 24-count bunched spinach after routine testing detected salmonella. A total of 1715 cases packed under two labels are being recalled as a precautionary measure due to routine testing. No illnesses have been reported from these products.
Of the 1,715 cartons of recalled bunched spinach, a total of 1,515 cartons were packed under the “Queen Victoria” label and distributed to California, Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, and to British Columbia, Ontario, and Manitoba in Canada. The remaining 200 cartons were packed under the “Tubby” label and distributed in California and New York. The recalled spinach was harvested September 1 through September 3, and distributed to retail, food service and wholesale buyers.
Fresh Start Foods does not have any of the effected product/lots. This recall is only for BUNCHED SPINACH.
The 12-count and 24-count spinach bunches were bound with a twist tie which says “PLU 4090 UPC 33383-65200.” The twist tie associated with the “Queen Victoria” label has the Queen Victoria logo on it. The twist tie for the Tubby label has a generic spinach band on it.

The cartons of recalled bunched spinach were labeled with the following Code Date Stickers which can be located on the outside edge panel of the carton: 10522441 5 205 (harvested September 1, 2009), 10522451 5 205 (harvested September 2, 2009), and 10522461 5 205 (harvested September 3, 2009). The Tubby label was packed only on Code Date 10522451 5 205.
Consumers who purchased these products should immediately discard them or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. For more information, consumers may contact Ippolito International, LP at 1-831-772-9991.

August 31, 2009

FOOD SAFETY UPDATE: OCEAN MIST RECALLS ICELESS GREEN ONIONS

Ocean Mist has announced a voluntary recall of their iceless green onions. The released statement states: “Although no Ocean Mist Farms’ product has been identified, the company immediately began a precautionary, voluntary recall of 1,746 cases of iceless green onions. This decision follows confirmation from federal regulators of a positive test for salmonella on iceless green onions supplied by Circle Produce to several shippers, including Ocean Mist Farms.

Fresh Start Foods DOES NOT purchase green onions from Ocean Mist Farms / Circle Produce.

“The health and safety of our customers and their consumers always comes first. As soon as we learned of the positive test, it became our immediate responsibility to begin a voluntary recall of the product in the interest of protecting public health,” said Ed Boutonnet, president, Ocean Mist Farms. “We quickly traced back the product using our tracking system and will work closely with our customers and officials.”

“It’s fortunate there have been no reported illnesses; regardless, we must remain vigilant in ensuring food safety.” The company has suspended receiving Circle Produce green onions. Ocean Mist Farms will continue to provide green onions from its own growing and packing operation.

“We’re seeing more inspections by regulators throughout the industry, which is good. It’s having a positive effect in ensuring food safety, and through our systems at Ocean Mist Farms, we’re able to trace back and quickly recall product.”

It is possible that a small amount of product may have already been purchased by consumers and therefore anyone who has purchased any of the following products with the trace back codes listed below should dispose of the product. For additional information, consumers can visit www.oceanmist.com.

The recalled iceless green onion pack styles and code dates are as follows:
• 4 x 12 count
• 2 x 24 count
• 36 count 5.5 oz Cello Bag
• 40 count 5.5 oz Cello Bag

Trace Back Code: 95ONCP7G
Production Dates: 80309; 80709; 80809; 81109; 81209; 81309
Please remember to physically check your inventory to ensure none of the affected products are in your facilities from other suppliers.

August 27, 2009

FOOD SAFETY UPDATE: GREEN ONIONS RECALLED AS PRECAUTIONARY MEASURE

Steinbeck Country Produce has issued a voluntary product recall for iceless green onions grown and packed in Mexico. The voluntary recall is due to preliminary test results for Salmonella, and is being done as a precautionary measure only. No illnesses have been associated with this recall.


Fresh Start Foods does NOT purchase green onions from Steibeck County Produce.


Please remember to physically check your inventory to ensure that you have none of the affected products.

Due to this presumptive test result, Steinbeck has initiated a voluntary recall Nature’s Reward and Sysco Natural Brand green onions.

Packs include: 4/2# iceless, 4/12 bunch, and 2/24 bunch green onions shipped from August 3 through August 21, 2009.
Green onion availability is sporadic with some shortened shelf life code dating due to the test and hold delays caused by the FDA on all green onions from Mexico.
We do not anticipate this issue to be resolved quickly, and so we will keep everone posted on any new developments

 

Frontera Produce Recalls One Lot of Cilantro Because of Possible Health Risk

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - July 28th, 2009 - Frontera Produce, of Edinburg, TX, is voluntarily recalling one lot of cilantro because it has the potential to be contaminated with salmonella. The company is working with the FDA to inform consumers of this recall, and no illnesses have been reported to date.

Salmonella, is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

The lot in question, 118122, was distributed to two retail store chains in Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Louisiana, and New Mexico. Both chains were provided with case tag identification and have been advised of the recall. Frontera Produce is issuing this voluntary recall as an additional measure to advise consumers to destroy the cilantro described above, purchased between July 20, 2009 and July 27, 2009. The cilantro bunches in question have a white twist tie with pink lettering spelling the word 'Cilantro' and the UPC number 033383801049.

The recall involves only one lot of cilantro and does not involve any other products.

This product originated in Mexico and was procured by Frontera Produce, who subsequently routinely tested for

contaminants as part of their internal food safety program.

"Frontera Produce continues to stay committed to the highest levels of food safety, and strives to work within the industry to bring food safety to the forefront. We continually look for ways to enhance our protocol and stay committed to providing outstanding products to our consumers," said Will Steele, President and CEO.

Consumers with questions may contact Frontera Produce at 1(877)-381-5701, Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm central standard time, or email fpltd.mail@fronteraproduce.com.

 

July 29, 2009

FOOD SAFETY ALERT: FRONTERA PRODUCE CILANTRO RECALL

Frontera Produce, of McAllen Texas is recalling a single lot of fresh cilantro due to a confirmed positive test for Salmonella.

No illnesses have been reported. The potential for contamination was discovered during random testing by Frontera Produce.

The recalled cilantro was available at select retail store chains in Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Louisiana and New Mexico between July 20 and July 27.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at 877-381-5701.

At this time, limited information is available. Updates will be issued as more information becomes available.

Fresh Start Foods does not purchase Cilantro from the USA at this time of year. We purchase locally from Ontario.

 

July 22, 2009

FOOD SAFETY ALERT : ROMAINE LETTUCE RECALLED AS A PRECAUTIONARY MEASURE

Tanimura & Antle (T&A) in conjunction with the US FDA, is issuing a voluntary recall of 6-ct., 12-ct., and 24-ct. private label and T&A brand romaine lettuce.

This is a precautionary recall due to USDA random sampling performed by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture through routine testing for Salmonella.

Due to this presumptive positive result, T&A has implemented a voluntary precautionary recall of a single lot of romaine packed in 6-ct., 12-ct., and 24-ct.

No illnesses have been associated with this recall.

Fresh Start Foods has not and does not purchase the effected pack sizes of romaine from T&A.

The affected lot code is 531380. The lot number is located on the orange sticker attached to the case of product.

This product was shipped between June 26 and July 3, 2009.

July 20, 2009

The US FDA has recalled cilantro in TEXAS.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - July 18, 2009 - Sweet Superior Fruit LTD. Co. of McAllen, Texas, is recalling 104 crates of fresh cilantro (coriander) because the product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonellaoften experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

The recalled fresh cilantro (coriander) was sold July 13-16, 2009 in 15 pound, black plastic crates to individuals and companies through cash sales at Sweet Superior Fruit LTD. Co., 2501 W. Military Hwy., Suite #A-5 and A-6, McAllen, Texas. The product may have been further sold through direct retail sales in McAllen, Texas and surrounding areas or used as an ingredient to manufacture additional products.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The potential for contamination was revealed through testing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration which found the presence of Salmonella in the product.

Individuals and companies who purchased fresh cilantro (coriander) from Sweet Superior Fruit LTD. Co., July 13-16, 2009, should immediately discontinue use of the product. Companies should make efforts to recall the product from customers and consumers who may have purchased the product and ask them to return or throw it away.

Consumers who have purchased fresh cilantro (coriander) in McAllen, Texas and surrounding areas since July 13, 2009 should determine from the store they purchased the product whether or not the fresh cilantro (coriander) they purchased is involved in this recall.

Fresh Start is currently purchasing CILANTRO from sources in ONTARIO as well as the time frame above for the implicated product.

When we are sourcing product outside of Ontario, we purchase from Mexican Markon 5 star approved supplier.

May 18, 2009

Salmonella find leads L&M to recall cantaloupe lot

L&M Cos. Inc., based in Raleigh, NC, is recalling one SINGLE lot of whole cantaloupes because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. No illnesses have been reported to date, and the company said that it is working with the Food & Drug Administration to inform consumers of this recall.
The whole cantaloupes were sold between May 10 and May 15 in Walmart Supercenter Stores in North Carolina and South Carolina, and in a Walmart Supercenter Store in South Hill, VA.
The recall comes after a cantaloupe at a small farm from which L&M Cos. sources product tested positive for Salmonella. L&M Cos. has ceased shipments from this farm, and the grower continues to investigate the cause of the problem.

Please note that Fresh Start Foods has not sourced cantaloupes from L&M Companies.

"L&M Companies takes food safety seriously and we are committed to the shoppers who buy our products every day," Mike McGee, vice president of production and grower development, said in a press release issued May 16. "We are issuing this recall because we want to ensure that even the slightest risk to public health is minimized."

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