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October 28, 2013 at 5:42 PM
BEAVERTON, Ore. — Reser’s Fine Foods has voluntarily expanded a recall of packaged salads from its factory in Topeka, Kan.
The company based in Beaverton said it took the step Saturday because the products distributed nationwide and in Canada may be contaminated with listeria, which can cause serious illness. Symptoms of listeria include fever, headache, abdominal pain and diarrhea.
People with weak immune systems, such as young children, elderly and others can die. Pregnant woman can suffer miscarriage or stillbirth.
The recall was first announced Friday.
The company said in a statement on its website that there have been no confirmed illnesses linked to the products. Consumers were advised they could throw away recalled products or take them back where they bought them for a refund.
The products include potato, pasta, tuna and egg salads and others sold under the Reser’s name and others. Reser’s said the packages are marked with a plant identifier code of 20 next to the best-by-date.
About 450 products are listed on the Resers.com website and were sold under names that include Safeway Deli Counter, Walmart and SYSCO, as well as many others. The expiration dates range from Oct. 11 to Feb. 6, 2014.
Reser’s would not respond to questions about how the contamination was discovered, how extensive it was, whether the plant is still operating, or what kind of losses the recall represents.
Food and Drug Administration spokeswoman Juli Ann Putnam said FDA generally does food inspections, but companies sometimes do their own. She said the agency was referring specific questions to Reser’s, as it generally does in cases of voluntary recalls.
April 25, 2013 at 10:43 AM
OLYMPIA (AP) — Washington’s Supreme Court says an effort to recall the mayor of Pacific can move forward.
Cy Sun won the mayor’s office on a write-in campaign in 2011, promising to rid the small town on the Pierce-King County line of corruption and patronage.
Instead, the Supreme Court noted in its unanimous decision Thursday, he has abused his authority in directing the police department to investigate his political enemies, has been arrested for interfering in a crime scene and has failed to fill key vacancies in the city government.
A King County Superior Court judge approved two charges against him in the recall petition: that he used the police department as his personal force, and that he risked the town’s liability insurance by not filling department head vacancies.
The Supreme Court upheld that decision. The Committee to Recall Cy Sun said on its website it would begin collecting signatures in support of the recall as soon as possible.
November 6, 2012 at 3:05 PM
An effort to recall Seattle School Board member Sherry Carr failed this week after King County Superior Court Judge Palmer Robinson ruled that the allegations against Carr, if true, would not amount to malfeasance or a violation of Carr’s oath of office.
Rita Green, a Seattle parent and president of the Rainier Beach High PTSA, sought to recall Carr. Green alleged that Carr demonstrated wrongful conduct because Carr, after saying she would never do so, voted for a memorandum of understanding to allow the district’s superintendent to waive school-board policies.
Robinson ruled Monday that Carr had the right to change her mind, especially since Carr’s vote came before King County Superior Court Judge John Erlick ruled that the board could not delegate that authority.
Carr was one of five school board members to approve the memorandum of understanding, which covers the creation of Creative Approach Schools, which can be exempted from district and union rules in an effort to raise student achievement. The first such schools may open as early as next fall. The board has since adjusted the memorandum to reflect Erlick’s ruling.
Recall elections can’t go forward unless petitioners’ allegations, if true, would amount to wrongful conduct or a violation of an oath of office.
September 24, 2012 at 12:18 PM
The Associated Press
BOISE — Alberstons said Monday that it is voluntarily recalling a number of ground beef products sold at its stores in Oregon, Washington and Idaho, due to risk of E. coli contamination.
No illnesses have been reported.
The grocery chain, which is owned by Supervalu Inc., said the move follows an expanded recall by XL Foods Inc. for ground beef products imported to the U.S. from Canada.
Albertsons is recalling multiple ground beef items sold in all of its stores in Washington and Oregon, as well as three stores in Northern Idaho: Coeur d’Alene, Hayden and Lewiston.
No other Albertsons stores are affected by the recall.
The raw ground beef products were sold at its full service counters at the customer’s request or sold in packaged form with an Albertsons store label between Sept. 3 and Sept. 21. The products are no longer for sale at any stores.
Customers should return any of the recalled products for a refund or replacement.
The recall includes the following packaged products with the Albertsons store label:
1 lb. fresh ground Beef Patties with the UPC: 7-52907-60030 and “USE BY” date of 9/11/12
1 lb. fresh ground beef chub with the UPC: 7-52907-18271 and a “USE BY” date of 9/18/12 or 9/21/12
3 lb. fresh ground beef chub with the UPC: 7-52907-18251 and a “USE BY” date of 9/18/12 or 9/21/12
For more information: Call Supervalu’s customer care line at 1-877-932-7948
September 20, 2012 at 8:59 PM
Imported Canadian beef products distributed in Washington may be contaminated with E. coli according to a Public Health Alert the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced today. The meat is often processed into other products such as ground beef, ground beef patties, beef jerky, and pastrami.
Tests conducted by both the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service and Canadian Food Inspection Agency confirmed raw boneless beef trim meat from Canadian Establishment 38, XL Foods, Inc. had the bacterium. The CFIA first recalled the company’s ground-beef products on Sunday but has since expanded the recall to other meat products from the company.
XL Foods, Inc., also distributed meat to California, Michigan, Nebraska, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin. In a release, the USDA said it’s making sure the meat is removed from companies the ground beef products were delivered to.
E. coli is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and — in severe cases — kidney failure. Infants, children, seniors and persons with weak immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness. The USDA advises consumers to cook ground beef well at a temperature of at least 160 F.
September 12, 2012 at 8:49 PM
Whole Foods Market has recalled a cheese called ricotta salata that may be contaminated with sometimes fatal Listeria monocytogenes from stores in Seattle, Lynnwood, Bellevue and Redmond, the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday.All “sell by” dates through Oct. 2 may be carrying the organism, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems, according to the FDA.
Listeria can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. Healthy individuals may only suffer short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.
In addition to six Puget Sound area locations, stores in 20 other states that sell the product supplied by Forever Cheese Inc. of Long Island City, NY, were affected by the recall. Fourteen illnesses which may be associated with the recalled cheese have been reported to the FDA.
The 4,800 pounds of imported Italian cheese was first recalled by the Long Island supplier on Monday, according to the Associated Press.
The cheese is cut into wedges and packaged in clear plastic wrap with a Whole Foods Market scale label using the PLU 293427. The FDA says stores have signage posted about the recall and will refund customers who have purchased the product recently.
The specific Washington state stores affected are located in:
-Lynnwood at 2800 196th St. S.W.
-Seattle’s Interbay at 2001 15th Ave. W.
-Seattle’s Westlake at 2210 Westlake Ave.
-Seattle’s Roosevelt Square at 1026 N.E. 64th St.
-Bellevue at 888 116 Ave. N.E.
-Redmond at 17991 N.E. Redmond Way
August 16, 2012 at 12:09 AM
By The Associated Press
Wisconsin-based Johnsonville Sausage is recalling some packages of turkey sausage with cheddar cheese distributed in Washington state and elsewhere because the product may include glove pieces.
The company is recalling select 13.5-ounce vacuum packages of Johnsonville “Turkey Sausage with Cheddar Cheese” with a “Best By” date of Aug. 20, 2012, and the establishment number “EST. P-34224.”
Nearly 49,000 pounds of product is being recalled. No injuries have been reported.
The sausage was distributed in Washington state and Oregon, as well as Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah and Wisconsin.
Consumers who bought the sausage can call Johnsonville at 800-270-4662 or visit johnsonville.com.
August 9, 2012 at 12:01 PM
The Associated Press
MOUNT VERNON — A Skagit County judge has ruled that a recall petition targeting Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon was improperly filed and must be dismissed.
Superior Court Judge John Meyer said Thursday the petition was flawed because its author had failed to allege under oath that Reardon had engaged in misconduct. The recall petition was filed by attorney Anne Block, who says she plans to refile it.
The recall paperwork accused Reardon of breaking state campaign laws by using his executive assistant and other public resources for political fundraising and lobbying. Reardon’s attorneys argued Block has asserted “nothing more than bald insinuations.”
Reardon was the focus of a Washington State Patrol investigation into allegations he misused public resources. In June, Island County Prosecuting Attorney Greg Banks decided there was insufficient evidence to charge Reardon with official misconduct.
July 10, 2012 at 4:58 PM
The recall petition filed against Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon will be heard in Skagit County, Snohomish County Judge Thomas Wynne ruled today, saying it was appropriate to move it out of Snohomish county.
Gold Bar attorney Anne Block filed the petition, accusing Reardon of breaking campaign laws by using his executive assistant and county resources for political fundraising and lobbying.
Reardon is currently under investigation by the state Public Disclosure Commission for allegedly using county cellphones and offices during his re-election campaign, an inquiry that was put on hold in February while the State Patrol looked into allegations that Reardon had misused public funds. The Island County Prosecutor’s Office last month declined to file charges against Reardon on those allegations.
If Block’s recall petition is allowed, she will have 180 days to collect 47,444 signatures, or 25 percent of the votes cast in the November election.
The hearing has not yet been scheduled.
March 25, 2012 at 11:18 AM
A company is recalling 16,800 pounds of ground beef patties that may be contaminated with a potentially deadly type of bacteria called E.coli O157:H7. The meat was imported from Canada by Sysco Seattle, Inc. for distribution to restaurants in Washington, Arizona, Texas and Colorado.
A press release from the U.S. Department of Agriculture says Sysco was informed of the possible contamination by its supplier, and began notifying customers March 20.
The recalled products are:
* 10-pound boxes of “PRIME RIB BEEF PATTIES,” 8 ounces, with product code 55317, and production code 11 NO 22.
* 10-pound boxes of “PRIME RIB BEEF PATTIES,” 71 grams, with product code 55391 and production code 11 SE 01 or 12 JA 04.
The patties were produced by New Food Classics of Burlington, Ontario.
E.coli O157:H7 can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration and kidney failure. It is particularly dangerous to children, older adults and people with weakened immune systems. Cooking beef to an internal temperature of 160 degrees F kills the bacteria.
Consumers with questions can call Susan Linn at Sysco Seattle, 832-489-1799.
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