Food Recalls Affecting Local Grocery Stores
Republished here from the Jemez Daily Post
Ranch Foods Direct, a Colorado meat company, and Del Monte Fresh Direct are recalling produce on sale in New Mexico.
The meat company has recalled more than 12,500 pounds of beef, pork and poultry products after failing to list sodium nitrite as an ingredient. This recall affects 36 products from that were produced over the last year, and then shipped to retail locations in New Mexico.
Sodium nitrate as an ingredient is often an added preservative that can be toxic in excessive amounts.
The products should be thrown out or returned to the place of purchase.
Meanwhile Del Monte Fresh is making a recall of Granny Smith green apples because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stuffiness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
A total of 695 boxes containing 8 “Granny Smith” green apples each and 67 clear plastic bags containing 6 “Granny Smith” green apples each were distributed to Coremark and 7-Eleven for sale in convenience stores in the Mountain States region up to Oct. 12, 2015.
While the meat recall has just been announced, the apples are likely to have been mostly withdrawn since Oct. 12. However, it is best to check the source of the product when purchasing them.