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Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin alerts consumers to the recall of some “muffin tops.”

The Seattle Favorite Gourmet Cookies and Dessert Company, Tukwila, Wash., is recalling orange cranberry and banana nut muffin tops because they contain a milk product not listed as an ingredient on the package label.

These products are individually wrapped in clear plastic with a black product card featuring the Seattle’s Favorite logo on the upper left hand side and the product name and ingredient statement.

The product may or may not contain an expiration date or BEST BY DATE. The date is placed on the product at the retail location.

Consumers who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to dairy products run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

The orange cranberry and banana nut muffin tops were distributed nationwide to coffee shops, espresso stands and retail outlets.

Consumers with these products are urged to return them to place of purchase for a full refund. Those with questions should visit the company’s Web site or call 1-866-203-5588.

Nestlé Farinha Lactea Cereal
Nestlé USA is withdrawing Nestlé Farinha Lactea cereal in the United States because the product may contain residual traces of a pesticide not currently approved for use on wheat in the U.S. While the pesticide is approved for use in Brazil and the noted levels are well below Brazilian standards, it is not used on wheat products in the United States and therefore there is no set standard for its presence in cereal.

The withdrawal applies to all sizes, varieties and production codes of the product. No other Nestlé products are affected. Nestlé Farinha Lactea cereal is manufactured in Brazil by Nestlé Brazil and sold primarily in Portuguese language communities in the U.S.

Consumers who have purchased Nestlé Farinha Lactea cereal should not consume the product and should return it to the store where they purchased it for a full refund.

Consumers with questions about the withdrawal should contact Nestlé Consumer Services at (800) 628-7679.

Frozen Shrimp Product
The problem is with Sea Best “10 Raw Shrimp Skewers.” The product contains sulfites without listing so on the label. People who have severe sensitivity to sulfites run the risk of serious or life-threatening reactions if they consume this product.  

Scientists at the Georgia Department of Agriculture discovered the problem as part of the department’s routine sampling program.

The “10 Raw Shrimp Skewers” product weighs 1.5 pounds (681 g) and contains 10 skewers of seven shrimp each. It is a product of China and is distributed by Beaver Street Fisheries Inc., Jacksonville, Fla.  

“We have notified the Food and Drug Administration of our laboratory findings, and we are warning the public about the problem,” said Irvin. “Our sanitarians will be checking grocery stores and food warehouses to make sure this product is removed from sale.”

R. L. Zeigler Co., Inc., of Selma, Ala., is recalling approximately 28,610 pounds of wieners that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The products were produced on Sept. 22 and were sent to food service institutions and retail establishments in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee.

The problem was discovered by the Georgia State Department of Agriculture through microbiological testing.

Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease. Healthy people rarely contract listeriosis. However, listeriosis can cause miscarriages and stillbirths, and can also cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in those with weak immune systems, such as infants, the elderly, and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy.  Infection can spread to the nervous system, resulting in high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness, nausea, confusion and convulsions.

Consumers with questions about the recall should contact company Controller Ken Fitzgerald at 1-800-326-6328.

“Our inspectors will be checking store shelves to make sure these products are removed from sale,” said Irvin.  “Our scientists here at the department discovered this contamination as part of our sampling program.  Sampling on a regular basis following scientific protocol is a very important part of our food safety program.”