Consumer Protection

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    April 25, 2013

    Louisiana Firm Recalls 468,000 Pounds of Meat for Listeria Risk

    Well, hello there, When Food Attacks. We haven't visited with you in a while. But we return to your clammy, off-smelling embrace with a doozy of a recall: Manda Packing Company of Baker, Louisiana, has recalled 468,000 pounds of its meat products over the risk of listeria contamination. And before ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2013

    Momentary Panic: Buffalo Trace Recalls... Flavored Sauces

    I ask so very little of the universe. Two things, really. Don't serve me desiccated calamari. And don't screw with my bourbon. This week already shattered one of my illusions. And then, for a moment this morning -- before the coffee kicked in -- I thought it had taken out the other as well. The Buf ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2013

    Bumble Bee Recalls Canned Tuna for Loose Seals [Updated]

    No, Buster. The problem with Bumble Bee canned tuna is not Lucille, Nos. 1 or 2. Bumble Bee today announced a voluntary recall of certain five-ounce cans of its Chunk White Albacore and its Chunk Light Tuna because the cans' seals might be loose. Update: (Thursday, March 7, 12:00 p.m.) Tri-Union ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2013

    Metal Mesh in the Biscuits, Plastic in the Sausage

    What's that, you say? Not one, but two new recalls involving foreign objects in food? Gut Check is shocked -- shocked! -- that there's gambling in this establishment, First up we have Mondelez Global LLC issuing a voluntary recall of the apple-cinnamon and chocolate varieties of its belVita Breakf ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2013

    Sara Lee, Aldi, Other Breads Recalled for Possible Presence of Wire

    What strikes Gut Check as a statistically improbable run of products recalled because of the possible presence of foreign objects continues. BBU, Inc. has issued a voluntary recall of several different brands of bread because of the possible presence of flexible wire. According to the press release ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2013

    FTC Cracks Down on Four Loko; Frat Boys Everywhere Weep

    If you're one of the few poor souls who have no taste buds and therefore love Four Loko, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission is worried about you. On February 12, the FTC reached an agreement with Phusion Projects, LLC, makers of Four Loko, a carbonated, fruity malt beverage. Phusion is now required ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2013

    Small Glass Fragments in Lean Cuisine Ravioli, Plastic in Fast Classics Country-Fried Steaks

    We have a When Food Attacks two-fer this morning. First, Nestle Prepared Foods Company on Friday announced (via the FDA) a voluntary recall of its Lean Cuisine Culinary Collection Mushroom Mezzaluna Ravioli -- no, really, that's the product's full name -- after three customers complained that the ra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2013

    More Metal in Your Food: Chicken-Fried Chicken Breasts Recalled

    Some days, everything goes well at work, and you return home to a well deserved hug from your loved ones and an ice-cold beer. Other days, you drop a hand tool into a grinder, and small pieces of metal end up in a package of Fast Classics Chicken Fried Chicken Breasts. And so Advance Pierre Foods ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2013

    Don't Eat This Stuff! Recall Roundup for January 14-18, 2013

    It has been a quiet week, generally speaking, for food recalls involving the Greater Gut Check Metropolitan Area. A quiet month, for that matter. Maybe it has something to do with New Year's resolutions: Gonna scrub the ol' slaughterhouse and keep 'er spotless this year! A Springfield, Illinois out ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2013

    Missouri Department of Agriculture Suspends Homestead Creamery on E. Coli Threat

    Homestead Creamery in Jamestown, southwest of Columbia, has voluntarily recalled a batch of its "Flory's Favorite" cheese because of the risk of contamination by shiga-toxin producing E. coli, the Missouri Department of Agriculture, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the State ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2012

    Trader Joe's "Butter Chicken" Recalled, but St. Louis Area OK

    First, the bad news: The USDA has alerted us to a Canadian recall of frozen butter chicken and basmati rice because of potential listeria contamination. The product from Aliya's Foods Limited in Canada made it to the U.S. as Trader Joe's Butter Chicken with Basmati Rice.

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2012

    Ultimate Meatless Burgers: Meat? No. Listeria? Maybe.

    So maybe you don't have to ponder the ethical dilemma of eating meat when you tear open a package of Veggie Patch's Ultimate Meatless Burger. You do have to ponder the risk of listeria. Veggie Patch has announced a voluntary recall of two products, its Ultimate Meatless Burger and its Falafel, bec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2012

    Lox, Peanut-Butter Cookies Recalled (Separately)

    Last week was a busy one for recalls. On Friday we told you about the recalls of Nesquik and Fresh Express spinach. Turns out that ont he same day the FDA posted news of two more recalls. First, Spence & Co. of Brockton, Massachusetts, has announced a voluntary recall of four-ounce packages of its ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2012

    Nesquik Recalled for Salmonella Risk

    The good news for Nesquik? Wreck-It Ralph, the animated film with which it has a promotional partnership, is looking like a blockbuster. The bad news? The only reason we're talking about Nesquik's promotional partnership with Wreck-It Ralph is because of a recall of the chocolate-powder drink mix. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2012

    Dole Recalls Salad Blend for Listeria Risk

    A food recall not related to peanuts and peanut butter? Gut Check had to read the item twice before we believed it. Dole Fresh Vegetables has announced a voluntary recall of its "American Blend" salad mix because of the risk of contamination by listeria monocytogenes. According to the Dole press r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2012

    Trader Joe's Recalls Peanut Butter for Salmonella Risk [Update: Recall Greatly Expanded]

    Update: (Tuesday, September 25, 1:40 p.m.) Sunland Inc., the maker of the Trader Joe's peanut butter referenced in the original post, has expanded the voluntary recall of its almond and peanut butter products due to the risk of salmonella contamination, the company announced yesterday in a press rel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2012

    Recall Roundup: E. Coli Beef Trim, Listeria Spinach, Mangos Salmonella

    We have news of multiple food recalls this week via the FDA and the USDA. None of them impact the St. Louis area directly yet, but all bear watching... - The USDA yesterday announced a recall of raw boneless beef trim products from the Canadian company XL Foods Inc., for possible E. coli contaminat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2012

    Put Down That Bucket of Chunky Cinnamon Streusel, Sam's Club Customer

    Usually it's the why that catches our attention when a food product is recalled: pieces of a gasket, say, or of a pen or a glove. Today it's the what. Dawn Food Products Inc. on Friday announced, via the FDA, a recall of 25-pound buckets of Sam's Club Chunky Cinnamon Streusel because of the risk of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2012

    Cantaloupe Salmonella Outbreak Strikes 21 States, Including Missouri and Illinois [Updated]

    Chamberlin Farm Produce of Owensville, Indiana, has announced a voluntary recall of all of the cantaloupes from this year's growing season after being linked to an outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium that has sickened at least 178 people across twenty-one states.

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2012

    The Most Ridiculous Food Recall Ever? Yeah, the Most Ridiculous Food Recall Ever.

    In general, food recalls aren't funny. Listeria, E. coli, salmonella: serious business, all of them. Undeclared allergens might not matter to most consumers, but for those who are allergic, they can be a very big deal, indeed. But then there is this recall, announced last week by the USDA.

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2012

    Cantaloupes, Frozen Bacon Cheeseburgers Recalled

    Put down that cantaloupe! Or, you know, at least check the sticker before you slice it open. Burch Equipment of North Carolina has recalled 188,902 of its Athena variety cantaloupes due to a risk of contamination by listeria monocytogenes. (This is separate issue from the multiple recalls connected ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2012

    Listeria Threat Prompts Multiple Recalls

    On July 18, Gills Onions of Oxnard, California, voluntarily recalled certain packages of its diced and slivered red and yellow onions as well as an onion and celery mix because of possible listeria monocytogenes contamination. As the press release announcing the recall makes clear, listeria is serio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2012

    Cargill Recalls Ground Beef for Possible Salmonella Contamination

    Cargill has recalled 29,339 pounds of ground beef because of possible salmonella contamination, the USDA announced yesterday. An outbreak of salmonella in early June sickened 33 individuals; officials were able to trace back five of the cases to ground beef from Cargill Meat Solutions in Wyalusing, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2012

    74,000 Cases of Pasta Mix Recalled

    Bay Valley Foods on Wednesday, June 6, announced a voluntary recall of 74,000 cases of boxed pasta mix. The pasta mixes, manufactured by Bay Valley subsidiary ST Specialty Foods Inc., are sold under multiple brand names, including a mac & cheese mix sold under the Walmart brand and multiple items so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2012

    Bagged Salad Recall Expands Nationwide

    OK, so maybe you shrugged your shoulders at yesterday's news about the FDA's warning on Korean shellfish. Fair enough. Not exactly an everyday purchase around these parts. Bagged salad, on the other hand... The FDA has announced that River Ranch Fresh Foods of Salinas, California, has expanded its ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2012

    Salmonella Strikes Again, Dole Salad Recalled

    We told you earlier about the voluntary recall of frozen raw yellowfin tuna responsible for more than 100 cases of salmonella nationwide. Now we have word from the FDA of another voluntary recall: Dole Fresh Vegetables has recalled 756 cases of its "Seven Lettuces" salad mix for possible salmonella ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2011

    Cilantro Recalled for Possible Salmonella Contamination

    Image via​Pacific Marketing International, a California firm, and the FDA on Friday announced a recall of cilantro for possible contamination with Salmonella. No illnesses have been reported as of yet, but a sample of the Pacific-branded cilantro did test positive for Salmonella.The FDA has yet to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2011

    Grape Tomatoes Recalled for Potential Salmonella Contamination

    ​St. Louis-based produce distributor Front Row Produce is recalling ten-ounce and ten-pound packages of its grape tomatoes after potential salmonella contamination was discovered at the Mission, Texas, farm where they were grown.The tomatoes are distributed exclusively to local Aldi grocery stores ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2011

    Just Recall It: Landshire Recalls Nike All-American Sandwiches

    fda.govSt. Louis-based Landshire has recalled sandwiches owing to listeria concerns.​A local sandwich company has had its products recalled after screenings in North Carolina revealed possible listeria contamination. Landshire of St. Louis voluntarily recalled 1,751 cases of the Nike All-Amer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2011

    Summer Treats and Meats Recalled

    fda.govDole Italian Blend salad recalled for possible contamination.​It's been a busy few days at the FDA and USDA, recalling lots of potentially contaminated goods. It's salad season! Unless you've got a potentially-tainted bag of salad in your fridge. Some 2,880 cases of Dole Italian Blend ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2011

    Grape Tomatoes, Canned Seafood Get Nasty

    Gray's Harbor Public Market​ Who doesn't love a good seafood salad with tangy little grape tomatoes? The human gastrointestinal tract, that's who, especially if that salad's made with the canned seafood the FDA's just recalled. Quinault Tribal Enterprise in Washington State has recalled al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2011

    UPDATE! Nuclear Sludge and Toxic Waste STILL Unsafe to Eat!

    FDALead has prompted a recall of Toxic Sludge Short Circuits Gum!​Back in January Gut Check warned you of the potential dangers of consuming Toxic Waste, when we reported on the voluntary recall of Candy Dynamics brand Toxic Waste chewy Nuclear Sludge Bars. Elevated levels of lead in the candy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2011

    [Updated]Turkey Burger Not Always the Healthy Choice When It's Loaded With Salmonella

    Hardee's/Carl's Jr.​ Updated Tuesday, April 5 Today the St. Louis City Department of Health issued a warning about the recalled Jennie-O Turkey Burgers as a precaution. In an email to Gut Check, Harold L. Bailey, Jr., Public Information Officer for the St. Louis City Department of Health sai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2010

    Rolf's Patisserie Recall Strikes Local Whole Foods Market Locations

    ​Monday's Morning Brew mentioned a recall of gingerbread houses made by Rolf's Patisserie of Linconwood, Illinois, and sold at Whole Foods Market because of possible S. aureus (or staph) contaminationIn fact, Whole Foods has issued a broader recall of Rolf's products sold in Missouri, Illinois and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2010

    Kellogg Recalls Apple Jacks, Corn Pops, Froot Loops and Honey Smacks

    Beware the Corn Pops!​Are you a kid at heart who still loves to start the day with a bowl of sweet, sweet breakfast cereal? Are you the parent of an actual kid who loves Apple Jacks, Corn Pops, Froot Loops or Honey Smacks? Are you planning to get high this weekend? Then you need to pay attention t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2009

    Real Men of Genius: Mizzou Chancellor Kindly Requests A-B to Quit Selling Bud Light in Black and Gold Cans​ Add Mizzou to the list of schools that fail to see the "genius" of the Bud Light Fan Can. Chancellor Brady Deaton has officially registered his disapproval.As Chad reported last week, Fan Cans,  A-B's latest ad campaign for the fall, involves selling cans of Bud-Light decorated ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 6.29

    A Colorado company recalls beef for possible E. coli contamination. (Reuters)Could eating farmed fish put you at risk for mad cow disease? (Reuters)An electronic "nose" can pinpoint a wine's origins down to the barrel. (Daily Telegraph)

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    June 23, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 6.23

    The recall of Nestlé Toll House cookie dough for E. coli contamination could lead to as many as 200 layoffs. (CNN)A Chicago-area company has recalled ground beef contaminated with E. coli. (Chicago Breaking News)The Chinese love Bordeaux, apparently. (AP)

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    August 11, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 8.11

    Whole Foods recalls ground beef due to possible E. coli contamination. The meat is linked to a Nebraska slaughterhouse that has already recalled meat this year. (AFP) The World Food Program steps in to provide food to those displaced by the conflict between Georgia and Russia. (AP) Disneyland is s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 3.31

    The recall of salmonella-tainted cantaloupe continues to expand. (UPI) Recent history indicates that if the U.S. does enter a recession, restaurants will fare better than you might think. (New York Times) The cost of the Westland/Hallmark meat recall is still being calculated. (USA Today) Another ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 3.7

    The continuing saga of the Westland/Hallmark beef recall: Congress demands a list of stores that received the recalled frozen beef, but the USDA says it might not be able to comply. (Reuters) The rise in food costs could continue until 2010, a U.N. expert warns. (BBC) Major consolidation in the gl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2007

    FDA and FTC Tell Monsanto to Quit Bellyaching (Part 2)

    Here's the headline I put on the blog entry I just posted about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's and Federal Trade Commission's responses to complaints from Monsanto that U.S. milk producers are "misleading" the citizenry about the Creve Coeur-based chemical company's product Posilac, a.k.a. ... More >>

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    August 29, 2007
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    August 16, 2007

    Late Update: Judge Won't Stop Whole Foods

    Federal Judge Paul L. Friedman has rejected the FTC's bid to block Whole Foods' acquisition of rival Wild Oats. (AP) -Ian Froeb

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    August 15, 2007

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 8/15

    The FTC claims that Whole Foods plans to shut down 30 Wild Oats stores if a judge allows Whole Foods' proposed takeover of its rival to occur. (AP) Wait! Whole Foods says the FTC's claim is based on proprietary information not meant to be made public. Whole Foods also says it can't make any decisio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2007

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 8/13

    Another week, another food to avoid: oysters from the southern tip of the Hood Canal in Washington state. The culprit this time is the bacterial illness vibriosis. (Seattle Times) A look at the growing backlash against bottled water, and the guilt it's inspiring in bo ... More >>

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    April 4, 2007

    rBST and Monsanto: The Corporate Teat I was in the car last week listening to the Diane Rehm Show (it, uh, relaxes me), when an exchange between the host and one of her guests roused me out of my torpor. The topic du jour was the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's recent determination that meat and milk from clone ... More >>

  • News

    July 21, 2004

    Highway Robbery

    Beware of auto-transport companies that promise safe and timely delivery of your car

  • News

    November 29, 2000

    Porn in the USA

    Internet smut peddlers reaped millions from unsuspecting credit-card holders. Their partner in slime was right here in the heartland.

  • News

    June 28, 2000

    Thinking Outside the Box

    Casket retailers take a new approach to the tradition-bound business of death

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