December 2023 – 12/10 – 12/16 – 11 Recalls (10 FDA, 1 USDA)

Current FDA & USDA Recall Trends


Recall / Contributing Factor(s)

  • 12/16/23 – Food & Beverage – Various Deli Salads – Product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
    • “Out of an abundance of caution Herold’s Salads of Cleveland is recalling assorted deli salads packaged in various sizes. Recalled products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.” “Product may have been repackaged in a variety of sizes pending on the location of purchase. Please ask your local point of purchase if the product purchased falls within this recall.” 1
  • 12/16/23 – Food & Beverage – Cookie Bites – Undeclared milk and soy.
    • “This recall has been initiated due to the ingredient label not stating milk and soy as allergens. 2
  • 12/15/23 – Food & Beverage – Mung Bean Sprouts – Listeria monocytogenes.
    • “The recall was initiated after a random sample was collected and analyzed by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), which resulted in confirmation of presence Listeria Monocytogenes in the product. Further analysis of the sample by Food and Drug Administration (FDA) confirmed the same. The company has actively started investigating the root cause of the problem.” 3
  • 12/15/23 – Food & Beverage, Drugs – Notoginseng Formula Special Gout Granule – Undeclared drugs, Diclofenac and Dexamethasone.”
    • The products have been found to contain undeclared diclofenac and dexamethasone from FDA laboratory analysis. “ 4
  • 12/15/23 – Food & Beverage – Granola Bars and Granola Cereals – Potential for Salmonella contamination.
    • “The Quaker Oats Company today announced the recall of specific granola bars and granola cereals listed below because they have 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 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.” 5
  • 12/15/23 – Food & Beverage – Spinach- Listeria monocytogenes/
    • “The recall was initiated after routine sampling conducted by the Florida Department of Agriculture yielded a positive result for Listeria monocytogenes in a single randomly selected package of spinach. Fresh Express immediately notified affected retailers and instructed them to remove the recalled items from store shelves and all inventories.” 6
  • 12/14/23 – Food & Beverage – Peanut Butter, Maple Nut, Chocolate, and Chocolate Walnut Fudge – Undeclared eggs.
    • “The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the fudge products containing egg was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of egg.” 7
  • 12/13/23 – Food & Beverage – Tea – Undeclared drugs, Diclofenac and Dexamethasone.
    • “The products have been found to contain undeclared drugs, Diclofenac and Dexamethasone.” 8
  • 12/12/23 – Food & Beverage – Peach Oat Bars – Undeclared coconut.
    • “The recall was initiated after it was discovered that product containing coconut was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of coconut on the ingredient deck.” 9
  • 12/11/12 – Drugs – Vigabatrin for Oral Solution, USP 500mg – Due to seal integrity issues allowing for powder leakage from the pouch.
    • “Vigabatrin for Oral Solution, USP 500 mg has been found to have seal integrity issues allowing for powder leakage from the pouch. An improper seal in the pouch may lead to the leakage of powder blend outside the pouch, resulting in a lower content of medicine inside the pouch compared to the label claim and result in potential underdosing. The population at risk is primarily infants and young children. In those patients, there is a reasonable probability that inaccurate dosing might result in a serious adverse effect such as intoxication or breakthrough seizures requiring medical intervention. For a small minority of patients, who might have severe or repeated breakthrough seizures, a drop in their phenytoin blood levels could result in life-threatening seizures requiring immediate emergency room treatment. Cipla has not received any reports of adverse events related to this recall.” 10


  • 12/15/23 – Food – Boneless Chicken Bite Products – Possible Foreign Matter Contamination.
    • “Simmons Prepared Foods Inc., a Van Buren, Ark. establishment, is recalling approximately 26,550 pounds of TGI Fridays boneless chicken bites products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically pieces of clear, hard plastic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The problem was discovered when the firm notified FSIS that it had received consumer complaints reporting that clear, hard plastic was found under the breading of the boneless chicken bites.” 11












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