At least eight food products had to be recalled so far this month, federal food-safety agencies reported.
On Sept. 12, Interbay Food Company LC of Washington recalled about 4,820 pounds of banger-style pork. Milk, a known allergen, was not listed on its label.
The company’s omission is considered misbranding and is a U.S. Department of Agriculture Class-I recall, meaning it could cause serious health problems.
The banger-style pork was sold in Washington to the general public. Consumers can identify the product by using the establishment number “Est. 6267” inside the USDA mark of inspection.
Taylor Farms Pacific Inc of California accounted for another high-risk recall on Sept. 12 after it sold crates of “Expo fresh” Roma tomatoes possibly contaminated with Salmonella. The company sold the potentially hazardous tomatoes to Costco and Safeway stores throughout the country.
Salmonella is a foodborne pathogen that kills about 450 people a year. It affects another 1.2 million who become seriously ill, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The recalled tomatoes have packed-on dates of Sept. 5 and Sept. 6. Some products may also be identified through the use-by dates of Sept. 20 and Sept. 21.
No illnesses have been reported from the tomato recall thus far.
On Sept. 6, Perdue Foods LLC, based in Maryland, halted chicken production when an employee noticed uneven temperatures in the chicken.
The plant determined the issue was that an employee used room-temperature water instead of chilled water, and it recalled 720 pounds of chicken. According to the Food Safety and Inspection Service, the company shipped the chicken to New York for further distribution. It also shipped the chicken to Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
The recalled chicken is labeled with the establishment number “P-764.”
So far this month, three products were recalled by the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service and five were recalled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The Food Safety and Inspection Service controls meat, poultry and certain egg products, while the Food and Drug Administration oversees all other foods.
Additional FDA recalls pictured in the slideshow include ground black pepper, rice milk snacks and TWIX bites.
FDA recalls not pictured in the slideshow include Tulia’s Italian meatless pasta sauce, which had a high pH level that could potentially lead to the development of a dangerous organism called Clostridium botulinum.
Publix Jalapeño Bagels were also recalled in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina for possibly being covered in glass and small stones during storage.
The FDA issued a news release encouraging consumers to report any issues in its “consumer friendly” MedWatch form.
“By reporting to MedWatch your experience with, or suspicion of a product problem, you could help identify and unknown risk and potentially trigger a variety of preventative and protecting actions,” the form reads.