Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services HEALTH AND SAFETY http://health.mo.gov/information/news/rss.xml Official news releases issued by the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services. en-us <![CDATA[ Prepare for the School Year with Required Immunizations]]>JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reminds parents to prepare for the upcoming school year now by getting their children's annual physical and required immunizations.

"Immunizations are proven to be one of the most successful and cost-effective ways to prevent serious diseases," said Gail Vasterling, Director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. "Even though we're still on summer vacation, we encourage parents to make their children's immunization appointments now instead of waiting until the busy days right before school begins."

Missouri law requires children in Kindergarten through 12th grade to receive immunizations to protect against certain vaccine-preventable diseases. This helps protect everyone including students, teachers, staff and other community members.

Children attending Kindergarten through 12th grade are required to have the following immunizations or booster shots:

  • DTaP - Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis or DT - diphtheria and tetanus
  • Tdap - Tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (required for 8th - 12th grade)
  • IPV - Polio
  • Hepatitis B
  • MMR- Measles, mumps, rubella; and
  • Varicella - Chickenpox

Getting your child immunized can be easy and inexpensive. For families with health insurance, all vaccines are usually covered.  Children age 18 and younger may be eligible to get vaccines free through the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program if they are Medicaid eligible, do not have health insurance, underinsured or are an American Indian or Alaskan Native.  Doctors can charge a fee to give each vaccine.  However, VFC program funded vaccines cannot be denied to an eligible child if the family cannot afford the fee.

Contact your health care provider to ensure your child is up to date on immunizations. For more information visit www.health.mo.gov/immunizations or contact your local public health agency.

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Fri, 01 Aug 2014 14:10:52 CST
<![CDATA[ California Department of Public Health Warns Consumers Not to Eat VR Green Farms Jarred Food Products Because of Botulism Risk]]>The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services received information regarding a recall of VR Green Farms jarred food products because they may have been improperly produced, making them susceptible to contamination with Clostridium botulinum.

VR Green Farms of San Clemente, California, is recalling the following varieties of jarred food products: Pine Nut Basil Pesto, Pickled Farm Mix, Old World Tomato Sauce, Sundried Tomatoes in Olive Oil, Tuscan Grilling Sauce, and Pasta Sauce. These food products were sold under the VR Farms label and packaged in Mason-style glass jars with screw-on metal lids. The product labels do not include any coding or "use by" dates. View photos at:  www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm407545.htm.

The products were sold at the VR Green Farms stand in San Clemente, California and via the Internet to consumers throughout the United States.

Botulism toxin is odorless and colorless. Consumers who have any of these products or any foods made with these products should discard them immediately. Double bag the cans in plastic bags and place in a trash receptacle for non-recyclable trash. Wear gloves when handling these products or wash your hands with soap and running water.

The full recall can be found at:  www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm407542.htm.

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Fri, 01 Aug 2014 11:52:52 CST
<![CDATA[ Wawona Packing Co. Expands the Recall of Fresh Whole Peaches, Plums, Nectarines and Pluots]]>The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services received information regarding a recall of whole white and yellow peaches, white and yellow nectarines, plums and pluots due to the potential of the products being contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The July 19 recall covered specific lots of products packed from June 1 through July 12, 2014. Wawona Packing Company is expanding the recall to cover all products packed in the Wawona Packing Co. facility from June 1, 2014 through July 17, 2014.

Consumers can identify the recalled products by the information provided in the photographs at http://www.wawonapacking.com/Packstyles.pdf

The recalled products include the following brands marketed to consumers: Sweet 2 Eat, Sweet 2 Eat Organic, Mrs. Smittcamp's, and are also packed in private labels. These brands will be on the boxes or on the stickers placed on individual fruit.

The full recall can be found at:  http://www.wawonapacking.com.

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Fri, 01 Aug 2014 11:44:55 CST
<![CDATA[ SW Wisc Dairy Goat Products Coop Recalls Raw Goat Milk Mild Cheddar Cheese Lot Code 103-114]]>The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services received information regarding a recall of Raw Milk Mild Cheddar Cheese Lot Code 103-114 because it may be contaminated with Shiga toxin producing Escherichia coli (STEC) O111:H8 bacteria. This is one of the 6 STEC strains that have been deemed to be of serious health concern as it can cause diarrheal illness, often with bloody stools, and may lead to more severe complications like Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). HUS is most likely to occur in young children, the elderly and immunocompromised individuals and can lead to severe kidney damage and even death.

This product was sent through distributorship in Wisconsin and Georgia. From these two states this product was then sent to retail stores in the Midwest and Southwest.

This product was packed as an 8oz cryovac retail size piece with the code 103-114 on a sticker attached to the side of the cheese. This product is all white in appearance and has a front and back separate label. The back label is a black and white nutrition and ingredient label and the front label is a yellow and blue colored label with the Mt Sterling Coop Creamery brand name.

The full recall can be found at:  http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm407355.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery.

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Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:33:37 CST
<![CDATA[ Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage Recalls Chunks of Energy Products Because They Contain Organic Carob Powder from Ciranda, Inc., Which May Be Contaminated With Salmonella]]>The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services received information regarding a recall of Chunks of Energy Carob Greens and Chunks of Energy Date / Flax/Tumeric because they contain organic carob powder, which may be contaminated with Salmonella.

Products impacted by the recall include Natural Grocers bulk food brand labeled as follows:

  • CHUNKS OF ENERGY CAROB GREENS
    Packed On dates: 155-14, 167-14, 175-14
  • CHUNKS OF ENERGY DATE / FLAX /TUMERIC
    Packed On dates: 125-14, 133-14, 147-14, 155-14, 170-14, 181-14
    Packed On dates appear near the bottom of the label affixed to each bag. 

These products were repackaged by Natural Grocers and sold in small bags in the refrigerated bulk foods section of the stores.  A black and white printed label is affixed to each bag. The product was distributed only to Natural Grocers's 84 stores located in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

The full recall can be found at:  www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm407197.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery.

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Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:59:26 CST
<![CDATA[ Undeclared Milk in Uprising Brand Carrot Drink, Beet Drink, and Peanut Punch]]>The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services received information regarding a recall for Erlo Distribution Inc., a Brooklyn, NY based establishment. On Friday, July 18, New York State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball today alerted consumers to undeclared milk in Uprising Brand "Carrot Drink," "Beet Drink," and "Peanut Punch." People who have severe sensitivity to milk may run the risk of serious or life-threatening reactions if they consume this product.

The Uprising Brand "Carrot Drink," "Beet Drink," and "Peanut Punch" are packaged in 12 ounce glass bottles. The "Carrot Drink" has a product code of "Jul 30 2014" stamped on the label. The "Beet Drink" and "Peanut Punch" have product codes of "Sep 30 2014" stamped on the label. All are products of Jamaica. The product was found for sale at a Brooklyn retail store; however, full distribution of the product is not known.

Routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets' food inspectors and subsequent analysis of the product by the New York State Food Laboratory revealed the product contained milk allergens, which were not declared on the label.

No illnesses have been reported to date to this department in connection with this product. Consumers who have purchased Uprising Brand "Carrot Drink," "Beet Drink" and in "Peanut Punch," should not consume the product.

The full recall including a list of products can be found at: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm407109.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

 

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Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:34:47 CST
<![CDATA[ GOMACRO Recalls "Almond Butter + Carob" and "Sunflower Butter + Chocolate" MacroBars Because of Possible Health Risk]]>The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services received information regarding a recall of MARCOBARS brand almond butter + carob lots 1634 and 1645 and sunflower butter + chocolate lot 1646, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

The MacroBars were distributed across the country and internationally via retail stores, mail order and direct delivery. Affected MacroBars are marked as either almond butter + carob with lot numbers 1634 (expiration 10 Mar 15) or 1645 (expiration 18 Mar 15) or sunflower butter + chocolate lot 1646 (expiration 18 Mar 15) and in a foil wrapper.

The full recall can be found at www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm406804.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery.

 

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Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:43:28 CST
<![CDATA[ Carmel Food Group Recalls One Code Date of Mislabeled Butternut Squash Ravioli Due to Undeclared Allergens]]>The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services received information regarding a recall of Rising Moon Organics Butternut Squash Ravioli, a frozen product due to the possibility of undeclared allergens, milk, egg and soy. 

Product being recalled:
Rising Moon Organics Butternut Squash Ravioli, 8 oz, UPC#7-85030-55557-6. One Code Date is affected: Pkg. SELL BY APR 09 2015, Case SELL BY 040915 

The product involved was distributed through retail stores nationwide. 

The full recall can be found http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm406808.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery.

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Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:59:13 CST
<![CDATA[ Dancing Star LLC, Buckland, MA Issues Voluntary Recall For Various Snacks]]>The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services received information regarding a voluntary recall of various snacks from Dancing Star LLC, Buckland, Ma., because of possible Salmonella contamination. The recalled  products include:

Dancing Star LLC brand:

Carob Supergreens Chunks of Energy

Carob Supergreens Chunks of Energy.

Date Flax with Turmeric Chunks of Energy

Date Flax Turmeric Chunks of Energy

Rave Bites Brand:

Rave Bites Carob Supergreens

Rave Bites Date Flax with Turmeric

Bulk Carob Powder:

Bulk organic Carob powder

There are no other flavors of Dancing Star Chunks of Energy or Rave Bites being recalled. The recalled items are distributed nationwide and sold to retail stores, some of them in bulk for the sales of smaller quantities to their customers. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem. Consumers who have purchased this item are urged to not eat the product, and to dispose of it or return it to the store where it was originally purchased for credit. This precautionary action was taken because the products contain Carob Powder that was part of Ciranda Inc.'s Organic Carob powder recall. The company is working closely with FDA on this issue. "Ensuring that Dancing Star LLC maintains the highest standards possible," said Michael Garfield-Wright (owner Dancing Star LLC, Buckland, MA 01338). "We stand behind the safety and integrity of our products and strive to insure the highest quality possible". Customers with questions or who would like product replacements or refunds may contact 413 625-8300 between 8:00-4:30 EST, Monday through Friday, or email recall@chunksofenergy.com.

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Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:06:55 CST
<![CDATA[ Whole Foods Market Recalls Made-In-Store Items Prepared With Stone Fruit Recalled by Wawona Packing Co. Due to Possible Health Risk]]>The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services received information regarding a recall of made-in-store items prepared with organic and conventional stone fruit, including peaches, nectarines, and plums from Wawona Packing Co. because of possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

Made-in-store items that contained one or more fruits subject to the Wawona Packing Co. recall were sold between June 1st and July 21st. Not all items or all products were sold in all store locations. Affected made-in-store items such as cakes, tarts, salsas, and prepared salads were sold in Whole Foods Market stores using Whole Foods Market scale labels in all states where Whole Foods Market stores are located except Florida, Washington and Oregon.

For a list of made-in-store items that have been affected by state, this web page.

The full recall can be found at www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm406461.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery.

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Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:16:18 CST
<![CDATA[ Earth Circle Organics Recalls Organic Carob Powder for Possible Salmonella Contamination]]>The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services received information regarding a recall of Organic Carob Powder due to possible health risks related to Salmonella contamination.

Products were sold to distributors and retail outlets in North America.

Product SKU

Lot #

UPC Code

Exp Date

CRBP16ow

3642; 3404; 3221; 3267

894932002283

6/5/2015

CRBP5lb

3405; 3262

894932002733

6/5/2015

CBP20lb

3487; 3387; 3292

813313011485

6/5/2015

CRBP55lb

201901; 196201; 194801; 188901; 0786

894932002740

6/5/2015

The full recall can be found at www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm406458.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery.

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Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:00:40 CST
<![CDATA[ Wisconsin Firm Recalls Sausage Product Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergen]]>The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services received information regarding a recall of smoked sausage due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen. The product was formulated with an ingredient containing hydrolyzed soy protein, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label.

 The product subject to recall is: [View Label]

  • Cases of "Smoked Sausage Rope" in 10-lb. cases containing two 5-lb packages with case code SKU 46218 

The product, which bears the establishment number "Est. 2435" inside the USDA mark of inspection, was produced from January 1, 2014 through June 6, 2014 and was sent to distribution centers for further shipment to institutional users across the United States. The product is not available in grocery stores or sold directly to consumers. 

The full recall can be found at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archive/2014/recall-047-2014-release.

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Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:00:07 CST
<![CDATA[ Wawona Packing Co. Recalls Fresh, Whole Peaches, Plums, Nectarines, and Pluots]]>The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services received information regarding a recall of certain lots of whole peaches (white and yellow), nectarines (white and yellow), plums and pluots packed between June 1, 2014 through July 12, 2014 due to Listeria monocytogenes.

View the product list at http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Safety/Recalls/UCM405955.pdf.

View the product labels at http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm405945.htm.

The full recall can be found at www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm405943.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery.

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Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:26:35 CST
<![CDATA[ California Firm Recalls Chicken Products Due to Possible Salmonella Heidelberg Contamination]]>EDITOR'S NOTE: This release was updated July 12 to further clarify and correct "Use or Freeze by" and "Best by" date ranges, as well as to provide an updated product list. The product list remains the same and the recall is not expanded.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services received information regarding a recall of chicken products that may be contaminated with a particular strain of Salmonella Heidelbergy. The recalled product includes fresh and frozen chicken products sold by retailers under Foster Farms or private label brand names, with varying "use or freeze by"dates ranging from March 16 through March 31, 2014 and Aug. 29, 2015 through Sept. 2, 2015, and frozen Sunland Chicken products with "best by" dates from March 7 through March 11, 2015 and Aug. 29, 2015 through Sept. 2, 2015. Consumers will only be able to locate such dates on fresh product retail packaging. [Other dates can be found on bulk master cases of products.] The products subject to recall bear the establishment number "P6137," P6137A" or "P7632" inside the USDA mark of inspection.

The chicken products were produced from March 7 through March 13, 2014. These products were shipped to Costco, Foodmaxx, Kroger, Safeway and other retail stores and distribution centers in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Utah and Washington. The list of products subject to recall can be accessed here.

The original recall can be found at http://health.mo.gov/information/news/2014/chicken71414.

The full recall can be found at www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archive/2014/recall-044-2014-release.

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Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:23:44 CST
<![CDATA[ Mars Food North America Recalls UNCLE BEN'S® Products]]>The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services received information regarding a recall of two Lot Codes of UNCLE BEN'S® READY RICE® Garden Vegetable with Peas, Carrots & Corn pouch product. Some pouches in these lot codes were filled with a different product that contains barley, a non-wheat source of gluten, which is not declared on the product packaging.

PRODUCT

LOT CODE

ITEM NO.

UNCLE BEN'S® READY RICE® Garden Vegetable with Peas, Carrots & Corn pouch

422GBBFP1[L or R] 423AABFP1[L or R]

U03234

The full recall can be found at www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm405615.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery.

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Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:59:55 CST