Recalled Products in August 2021
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The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is a federal agency responsible for protecting public health through control and supervision of:
- food safety
- tobacco products
- dietary supplements
- blood transfusions
- medical devices
- electromagnetic radiation emitting devices
- animal foods & feed
- veterinary products
The FDA may learn about a problem with a product by inspecting a manufacturing facility, receiving reports from consumers, receiving notification by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the manufacturer of a product may notify the FDA. After notification, the FDA will begin an investigation. After the investigation on the product in question the FDA will determine if a recall is needed. If a recall is needed, the recall will be classified based on how dangerous the product is to consumers. The three classifications for an FDA recall are:
- Class I: The most severe type of recall. Products in a class I recall can cause serious injury or death.
- Class II: recalls for products that could cause serious injury or temporary illnesses.
- Class III: recalls for products that violate FDA guidelines but are unlikely to cause serious injury or illnesses.
Consumers can check for food, drug and cosmetic recalls on the United States Food and Drug Administration’s website. Below are two products that were recalled in August of 2021.
- Ballreich BAR-B-Q Potato Chips
On August 10, 2021, Ballreich Snack Food Co recalled its 1.5oz, 2.75oz and 7oz packages of BAR-B-Q Potato Chips due to a potential Salmonella contamination. Salmonella is a bacterium that is the most frequent cause of food related illnesses in the United States. An illness caused by Salmonella can cause upset stomach, diarrhea, fever and pain and cramping in the stomach. In rare cases, a Salmonella infection can get into the bloodstream and can cause more severe infections like arterial infections, endocarditis and arthritis.
The recalled chips were distributed regionally at retail and convenience stores within Northwest, Northeast, Southwest and Central Ohio and around Southern, MI, and Northeast Indiana. The chips came in 1.5oz, 2.5oz, and 7oz bags and had the following sell by dates printed on the bag: 10/18/21, 10/25/21 and 11/01/21/. Consumers who purchased the chips are urged not to consume them and to contact Ballreich Snack Food Company for a replacement or refund. To date, no illnesses have been reported.
- Golden Natural Dried Apricots
On August 2, 2021, Golden Natural Product Inc. recalled dried apricots due to undeclared sulfites. Those who have an allergy to sulfites run the risk of a severe or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume the apricots. The recalled products are:
- Golden Natural Product Inc. brand Dried Apricot Subkhon with Bone, Net Wt. 16 oz (1 lb) 454 g; Lot: GC005; Best Before: 2023
- Golden Natural Product Inc. brand Dried Apricot Subkhon Jumbo, Net Wt. 16 oz (1 lb) 454 g; Lot: GC005; Best Before: 2023
The dried apricots are packaged in 16oz bags with white labels and were distributed to California, Washington and New York through wholesalers. Consumers who purchased the recalled products are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. To date, no illnesses have been reported.