H-E-B recalls both bulk and packaged raw shelled pistachios due to potential contamination of Salmonella

San Antonio, TX, 2016-Dec-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — H-E-B announced today (December 14, 2016) that it has issued a recall for both bulk and packaged raw shelled pistachios. The product is being removed because there is potential it could be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (e.g., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.The issue was discovered through FDA routine sampling.

There have been no reports of illness to date and all product has been removed from stores.

The recall affects product found in prepackaged plastic containers containing raw pistachios with either labels reading Shelled Pistachios or Central Market Shelled Pistachios as well as pistachios found in the bulk section with SunRidge Farms labels reading: Women’s Vitality Mix, Pistachio Nuts and Dark Chocolate Pistachios.

The recall affects product sold in H-E-B and Central Market Texas stores including the following:

PRODUCT UPC BEST BY DATE
Shelled Pistachios 191200005 1/1/2017
Central Market Shelled Pistachios 198300006 1/1/2017
PRODUCT UPC PURCHASED ON OR AFTER
SRF Women’s Vitality Mix 2706100000 5/15/2016
Pistachio Meats Raw Shelled 2702890000 5/15/2016
Dark Chocolate Pistachios 2705350000 5/15/2016
PPK SRF Women’s Vitality Mix 2869780000 5/15/2016

Customers who purchased the affected product can return the product to the store for a full refund. Customers with any questions or concerns may contact H-E-B Customer Service at 1-855-432-4438, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Central Standard Time.

About H-E-B

H-E-B, with sales of more than $23 billion, operates more than 380 stores in Texas and Mexico. Known for its innovation and community service, H-E-B celebrated its 110th anniversary in 2015. Recognized for its fresh food, quality products, convenient services, and a commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainability, H-E-B strives to provide the best customer experience at everyday low prices. Based in San Antonio, H-E-B employs more than 96,000 Partners in Texas and Mexico and serves millions of customers in more than 300 communities. For more information, visit heb.com.

Consumers Contact:

H-E-B Customer Service
1-855-432-4438

Media Contact:

Julie Bedingfield
210-867-6825

Source: FDA

H-E-B issues precautionary recall on its Baby Food 2 pack 4 oz. cups

San Antonio, TX, 2016-Nov-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — H-E-B announced today (November 18, 2016) that it has issued a precautionary recall of its entire H-E-B Baby Food 2 pack 4 oz. cups product line only. As of this afternoon, the H-E-B Baby Food 2 pack 4 oz. cups were removed from shelves out of an abundance of caution due to a customer report of a small piece of rubber found inside a single container of one variety of the product.

There have been no reports of injury or illness associated with this isolated incident, however the company is taking the issue very seriously and taking all necessary precautions.

“Though we have only received one report of a foreign material in H-E-B Baby Food 2 pack 4 oz. cups, as a company, we are committed to absolute and complete food safety.  As a result of that commitment, coupled with the fact that we are dealing with a children’s product, we have made the decision to pull all of our H-E-B Baby Food 2 pack 4 oz. cups from our shelves,” said Winell Herron, H-E-B Group Vice President of Public Affairs, Diversity and Environmental Affairs.

H-E-B has launched a full investigation into the incident and is working closely with its H-E-B Baby Food manufacturer to ensure all safety measures are being taken when manufacturing the product. The FDA has been made aware of the recall.

H-E-B is encouraging customers who have any H-E-B Baby Food 2 pack 4 oz. cups in their pantries to return it to their nearest H-E-B store for a full refund.

The precautionary recall affects all lots of only H-E-B Baby Food 2 pack 4 oz. cups, including:

PRODUCT NAME: UPC:
HEB BABY BANANA PASSION FRUIT 4122081488
HEB BABY BANANA PINEAPPLE MNGO 4122084761
HEB BABY GREEN BEANS 4122005670
HEB BABY BANANA APPLE 4122000208
HEB BABY GREEN BEANS CORN 4122005671
HEB BABY BANANA 4122083207
HEB BABY SQSH SWT CORN TOMATO 4122066357
HEB BABY PEAR CARROT BLUEBERRY 4122005673
HEB BABY PEAS CARROTS 4122005685
HEB BABY VEG CHKPEA MIX 4122005668
HEB BABY BANANA CARROT MANGO 4122025540
HEB BABY APL CRRT PMPKN ZCCHNI 4122054253
HEB BABY SWT POT PMPKN ZCCHNI 4122066026
HEB BABY PEAS 4122005684
HEB BABY APPLE 4122081487
HEB BABY PEAR PINEAPPLE ZCCHNI 4122018455
HEB BABY PEAR PEAS ZUCCHINI 4122079172
HEB BABY SWEET POTATO 4122005686

Customers with any questions or concerns can contact H-E-B Customer Service at 1-855-432-4438 on Friday, Nov. 18 until 11 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 19 and Sunday, Nov. 20 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. thereafter. All times are Central Standard Time.

About H-E-B

H-E-B, with sales of more than $23 billion, operates more than 380 stores in Texas and Mexico. Known for its innovation and community service, H-E-B celebrated its 110th anniversary in 2015. Recognized for its fresh food, quality products, convenient services, and a commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainability, H-E-B strives to provide the best customer experience at everyday low prices. Based in San Antonio, H-E-B employs more than 96,000 Partners in Texas and Mexico and serves millions of customers in more than 300 communities. For more information, visit heb.com.

Consumers Contact:

H-E-B Customer Service
1-855-432-4438

Media Contact:

Julie Bedingfield
210-867-6825

Source: USFDA