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U.S. FDA recall of food and beverages may contain contaminated milk ingredients

7 July 2009 917 views No Comment

Even if you’re not a fan of nonfat dry milk you should pay attention to a number of recalls being made by the Food and Drug Administration because the tainted milk—or related milk products—can appear as an ingredient in foods you do like such as popcorn, hot cereal and cocoa.

Giant, Kroger, Meijer, Stop & Shop and other well-known retailers have recalled a variety of foods made over the past two years with ingredients provided by Plainview Milk Products Cooperative in Plainview, Minn., because they might be contaminated with salmonella. Malt-O-Meal has recalled instant oatmeal products sold under a number of brand names that may also contain ingredients from Plainview.

None of Plainview’s products were sold directly to the public. Plainview provides instant nonfat dry milk, whey protein, fruit stabilizers and food thickening agents to distributors, who may distribute them further, and to manufacturers to use in their own branded products.

This recall is reminiscent of another recall in which ingredients were the culprit — the recall of almost 4,000 peanut products made with peanuts and peanut paste distributed by the Peanut Corporation of America (search the recall database). Like the peanut recall and the subsequent recall of pistachios (664 recalled products), the Plainview recall is being classified as a “major” recall and features a growing database of products.

 Some of the recent recalls include:

Giant brand nonfat dry milk
Land O Lakes “Madagascar Vanilla” cocoa
Meijer brand instant nonfat dry milk
Malt-O-Meal  “Maple & Brown Sugar Instant Oatmeal” sold under a variety of private labels
CPI Foods brand nonfat dry milk
NOW Foods products containing whey protein concentrate
Stop & Shop brand nonfat dry milk
Kroger brand popcorn seasoning
The recall follows an FDA investigation that found some Plainview processing equipment contaminated with salmonella. The investigation was sparked by a U.S. Department of Agriculture test that found a contaminated dairy shake powder produced by one of Plainview’s customers, in “shelf-stable meal kits” distributed to consumers at home by community service organizations. So far, no illnesses have been associated with the dried-milk products.

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