(CNN) — Everyone has their favorite Girl Scout cookie: the popular Thin Mints, the coconuty caramel delight of the Samoas, the simple yet lovable Shortbreads. But for those who are eagerly running to their pantry to open a box of Lemon Chalet Cremes, a foul odor may dampen their cookie-eating experience.
Little Brownie Bakers of Louisville, Kentucky, one of two bakeries in the United States that make Girl Scout cookies, posted a statement on its Web site Friday saying it had received several complaints from customers who encountered a foul smell and taste in boxes of Lemon Chalet Cremes.
The bakery says it tested the cookies and determined that they are safe for consumers to eat. No sickness from the cookies has been reported. The company says that the odor is a result of oils improperly breaking down in the cookies that “are not up to our quality standards.”
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WASHINGTON, February 2, 2010 – West Missouri Beef, LLC, a Rockville, Mo., establishment, is recalling approximately 14,000 pounds of fresh boneless beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.
The following products are subject to recall:
One combo bin containing approximately 2,000 pounds of fresh boneless beef identified as “75 1-M,” produced on October 26, 2009. One combo bin containing approximately 2,000 pounds of fresh boneless beef identified as “90 3-D,” produced on November 25, 2009. One combo bin containing approximately 2,000 pounds of fresh boneless beef identified as “90 5-D,” produced on November 27, 2009. Combo bins containing approximately 2,000 pounds of fresh boneless beef identified as “90 2-P,” “90 2-R” or “90 2-V,” produced on December 8, 2009. One combo bin containing approximately 2,000 pounds of fresh boneless beef identified as “90 3-E,” produced on January 13, 2010.
SAFE PREPARATION OF FRESH AND FROZEN GROUND BEEFUSDA Meat and Poultry Hotline
1-888-MPHOTLINE or visit
Wash hands with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds before and after handling raw meat and poultry. Wash cutting boards, dishes and utensils with hot, soapy water. Immediately clean spills.
Keep raw meat, fish and poultry away from other food that will not be cooked.
Consumers should only eat ground beef or ground beef patties that have been cooked to a safe internal temperature of 160° F, whether prepared from fresh or frozen raw meat products.
Color is NOT a reliable indicator that ground beef or ground beef patties have been cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria such as E. coli O157:H7.
The only way to be sure ground beef is cooked to a high enough temperature to kill harmful bacteria is to use a thermometer to measure the internal temperature.
Refrigerate raw meat and poultry within two hours after purchase or one hour if temperatures exceed 90° F. Refrigerate cooked meat and poultry within two hours after cooking
Each container is marked with the establishment number “EST. 5821” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The fresh boneless beef products were distributed to wholesalers in the Chicago, Ill., area.
The problem was discovered by FSIS during a verification review performed at the establishment.
FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact a physician.
E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and in the most severe cases, kidney failure. The very young, seniors and persons with weak immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact a physician.
FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.
FSIS advises all consumers to safely prepare their raw meat products, including fresh and frozen, and only consume ground beef or ground beef patties that have been cooked to a temperature of 160° F. The only way to be sure ground beef is cooked to a high enough temperature to kill harmful bacteria is to use a food thermometer to measure the internal temperature.
Media and consumer questions regarding the recall should be directed to General Manager Byron Mott at (660) 598-2045.
Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.
Daniele, Inc. announced Jan. 23 a voluntary recall of approximately 1.24 million pounds of pepper-coated salami because of possible concerns of salmonella. The company recalled the product “after officials conducting a months-long, multistate investigation of a salmonella outbreak compared shopping receipts of those who got sick,” according to a Jan. 23 Associated Press story. The outbreak sickened 184 people in 38 states since July. The AP story reported that “public health investigators in Washinton state found that many of the state’s 14 residents who got sick shopped at the warehouse retailer Costco.” Costco has listed Daniele, Inc.’s press release on its page of product notices. The Rhode Island-based meat company stated in a Jan. 23 press release that “state and federal health officials have been unable to confirm a direct link between the illnesses and any Daniele product.” However the company is taking the aggressive step of recalling the salami in the event that further evidence points to Daniele, Inc. as the cause of the outbreak. Daniele, Inc. said that any consumer having problems with the following products should contact Daniele, Inc. at (888) 345-4160 for a full refund at the point of purchase:
Daniele All Natural Salame “Coated with Coarse Black Pepper) (10oz) 736436003802
Products recalled due to the possibility of being contaminated with Salmonella
QUINCY, Mass., Jan. 23 /PRNewswire/ —The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company is alerting customers to a voluntary recall by Daniele International Inc.of theirPepper-Coated Salame products because of possible concerns about salmonella. Upon learning of the recall, Stop & Shop immediately removed Daniele Italian Brand 8 oz. Gourmet Pack from sale.
The following affected product is carried at Stop & Shop Stores:
Daniele Italian Brand Gourmet Pack 8 oz., UPC 073643684721
Each package bears a label with establishment number “EST. 9992” or “EST. 54” inside the USDA mark of inspection.
To date, Stop & Shop has received no reports of illness due to consumption of this product. Customers who have purchased the affected products should discard any unused portions or bring their purchase receipt to Stop & Shop for a full refund. Consumers may call the Daniele International hot line at (888) 345-4160 to get a full list of products involved in the recall. Stop & Shop carries only the Daniele Italian Brand 8oz. Gourmet Pack.
Customers may also call Stop & Shop Customer Service at (800) 767-7772 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for more information or visit the Stop & Shop website at www.stopandshop.com.
About Stop & Shop
The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company employs more than 59,000 associates and operates stores throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, New York, and New Jersey. The company is a member of the US Green Building Council and has been awarded LEED (EB) certifications for 50 of its existing stores. Stop & Shop has been recognized by the EPA for the superior energy management of its stores and is also a member of the EPA’s Smart Way program.
New Brunswick, NJ-based Johnson & Johnson expanded their recall of some of their over-the-counter drugs Friday for the second time, in a response to a moldy smell that made users sick.
The list of drugs now includes batches of regular and extra-strength Tylenol, children’s Tylenol, eight-hour Tylenol, Tylenol arthritis, Tylenol PM, children’s Motrin, Motrin IB, Benadryl Rolaids, Simply Sleep, and St. Joseph’s aspirin. Caplet and geltab products sold in the Americas, the United Arab Emirates, and Fiji were also recalled.
The smell affected around 70 people, and resulted in nausea and stomach pains.
Food and Drug Administration officials were critical of Johnson & Johnson’s delayed action in recalling the drugs, stating that the agency knew of the problem since early 2008 but only made a limited investigation.
Johnson & Johnson says the smell is caused by small amounts of a chemical associated with the treatment of wooden pallets. The FDA said the chemical can leach into the air, and traced it to a facility in Las Piedras, Puerto Rico.
Johnson & Johnson said they will stop shipping products with the same materials on wooden pallets, and have asked suppliers to do so as well.