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#1 Old 05-14-2005, 04:25 PM
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I noticed this is a couple days old, but I didn't see a post on it here so I thought I should post it:



http://healthandfitness.sympatico.ms...etect=&abc=abc



TORONTO (CP) - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has broadened an earlier food recall of vegetarian products that contain egg protein not listed among ingredients on their labels.



People with egg allergies, who can suffer serious reactions if exposed to egg protein, should avoid these products, the agency said.



The earlier warning suggested listed vegetarian foods marketed under the YTS Veggie Food brand with expiration dates from 4/27/04 to 4/27/05 were covered by the recall.



But the agency has learned that packages of the foods sold in Canada may not bear an expiration date. Consequently all packages of the following YTS Veggie Food brand products distributed in Canada



are subject to the recall:



-Veggie Lamb, 10 ounce (283 gram), UPC 6 42971 95705 3.



-Veggie Golden Roast, 1 pound (454 gram), UPC 6 42971 95701 5.



-Liang Zen Golden Ham, 2.2 pound (35.3 ounce), UPC 6 42971 95712 1.



The affected products imported from the United States were distributed only in the Toronto area. The importer, Perfect International Co. Ltd., of North York, Ont., is voluntarily recalling the products from the market.



The agency said it is continuing its food safety investigation and monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.
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#2 Old 05-14-2005, 05:18 PM
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Never heard of them. Although Golden Roast sounds
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I read about this the other day, the company voluntarily issued a recall in the United States and notified the FDA so at least they are dealing this on the up and up unlike *cough*Health is Wealth*cough*.
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#4 Old 05-14-2005, 05:40 PM
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Health is Wealth??
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The packaged some real chicken nuggets in the vegan boxes a couple years ago. The didn't have to recall it, since chicken isn't an allergen, so they didn't recall it.
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The packaged some real chicken nuggets in the vegan boxes a couple years ago. The didn't have to recall it, since chicken isn't an allergen, so they didn't recall it.



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Some VB members got some of the mispackaged chicken at the time, I don't either of them are active now but here is the thread:

https://www.veggieboards.com/boards/s...=health+wealth
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OMG I never had heard of that Health is Wealth thing. I once bought their nuggets a few years ago, I didn't like the taste so I don't buy them anymore. UGH that is horrible. I would have freaked.



I know someone who was ACTUALLY allergic to chicken - it might not be a common allergen, but he had a terrible reaction to it (windpipe would swell up and he couldn't breathe.) So this should have been all over the news as far as I am concerned.



Disgusting.
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I looked up the health as wealth recall. There was one done up a few days before the first post in the above thread. It didn't look like the FDA put out a notice until October (which was a few months later).





Please note that this was 2 years ago. I'm just posting it out of interest:

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PRODUCT

Chicken-Free Nuggets, Net Wt. 12 OZ. (340g). Recall # F-521-3.

CODE

Date code 3077. The product's date is embossed on the side panel of the retail package, and the first five numbers are 23077. A manufacturer's date of 30772 appears on the outside case.

RECALLING FIRM/MANUFACTURER

Health Is Wealth Products, Inc., Williamstown, NJ, by telephone and fax on August 1, 2003. Firm initiated recall is complete.

REASON

Chicken-Free Nuggets are mislabeled because the product inside the package is made of chicken.


VOLUME OF PRODUCT IN COMMERCE

1,442 cases/12 boxes per case.

DISTRIBUTION

Nationwide.

http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/enforc.../ENF00815.html

*I added the bold*
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So there was a recall. Most of the people who got this did so in July 2003 so it seems like an October recall is a bit late to do much good, I know for a fact that HIW was aware of the problem at least as early as the beginning of July. Either way, I stand corrected, a recall was issued.
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I don't get why it takes the FDA so long to publicize the recall. I also didn't realize how much was mispackaged. Presumably thousands of people ate them and never knew.
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So there was a recall. Most of the people who got this did so in July 2003 so it seems like an October recall is a bit late to do much good, I know for a fact that HIW was aware of the problem at least as early as the beginning of July. Either way, I stand corrected, a recall was issued.



Agreed. It was definitely too late. It looks like it was an FDA delay...but HIW still should have done a voluntary recall as soon as they found out.





BTW, I wasn't trying to prove you wrong. I had forgotten until now that you had said that there wasn't a recall. I just googled it to see if I could find out more info because the thread left everything up in the air.
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Agreed. It was definitely too late. It looks like it was an FDA delay...but HIW still should have done a voluntary recall as soon as they found out.





BTW, I wasn't trying to prove you wrong. I had forgotten until now that you had said that there wasn't a recall. I just googled it to see if I could find out more info because the thread left everything up in the air.



I always assumed there was no recall because the thing had pretty much died down before it was published by the FDA. I also thought it was weird that the people who questioned HIW about this were never contacted back and apologized to or had the situation explained.
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I don't get why it takes the FDA so long to publicize the recall. I also didn't realize how much was mispackaged. Presumably thousands of people ate them and never knew.



True. If you look at the link, there are some scary drug and blood recalls that took a really long time for the FDA to publicise. Let's hope that the companies involved publicised the recalls before the FDA.
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I always assumed there was no recall because the thing had pretty much died down before it was published by the FDA. I also thought it was weird that the people who questioned HIW about this were never contacted back and apologized to or had the situation explained.



True. I wonder if they were maybe contacted later and just didn't post about it. Probably not...
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I wish HIW would have just called all there suppliers the day they confirmed this and asked them to return/destroy the affected product instead of just going the FDA route. It almost seems like they managed to do enough to cover their butts and still having the minimum amount of product returned possible, insteading of acting in the customer's best interests from day 1.



I've noticed nobody here seems to really buy the HIW nuggests now that they aren't vegan anyway, I always wondered why they gave up being the vegan nugget to be one of a dozen vegetarian ones.
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