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Salad RecallGourmet Classic Salads, Inc., a Lake Wall, Fla. establishment, is recalling approximately 3,236 pounds of ready-to-eat meat and poultry products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes.  The ready-to-eat salad, wrap and snack items were produced and packaged from Jan. 30, 2017 through Feb. 24, 2017.  These items were shipped to a distributor in Florida for further distribution to retailers.  The following items have been recalled:

  • Clear plastic container containing 1 “Turkey Pesto on Tomato Basil Wrap.”
  • Clear plastic container containing 1 “Steak Fajita on White Wrap.”
  • Clear plastic container containing 1 “Chicken Pepper Jack Wrap.”
  • Clear plastic container containing 1 “Chicken Caesar Salad.”
  • Clear plastic container containing 1 “Chef Salad.”
  • Clear plastic container containing 1 “Cobb Salad.”
  • Clear plastic container containing 1 “Chicken Caesar on Spinach Wrap.”
  • Clear plastic container containing 1 “Chicken Salad Snacker.”
  • Clear plastic container containing 1 “Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad Snacker.”
  • Clear plastic container containing 1 “Chicken Salad Cup.”
  • Clear plastic container containing 1 “Pepperoni & Cheese” snack box.
  • Clear plastic container containing 1 “Turkey & Havarti Lettuce Wrap.”
  • Round black plastic bowl containing 1 “Breakfast Bowl: Italian Sausage, Egg, Cheese & Potato.”
  • Round black plastic bowl containing 1 “Southwest Breakfast Bowl.”
  • Round black plastic bowl containing 1 “Chicken Tender Bowl.”
  • Round black plastic bowl containing 1 “Ziti with Sausage & Cheese”.

If you come across these products, do not eat them.  For more information, check here.

Lipari RecallLipari Foods, LLC has issued a voluntary recall of various bulk and retail cheeses due to potential contamination of Listeria monocytogenes.  The products were distributed to food service and retail stores throughout Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Wisconsin and West Virginia.  For more information, check here.  Do not eat these products if you find them.  The recalled products follow:

Whole Foods King CakeWhole Foods Market® stores in Arlington, MA and Brookline, MA are issuing an allergy alert to recall Cream Cheese King Cakes sold between February 4 and February 26, due to an in-store labeling error.  The cakes, labeled as Lonestar Bakeries Cream Cheese King Cakes, may have contained pecans, which were not declared on the ingredient list.  For more information, check here.

If you have no pecan allergy, feel free to grab these if you find them.

Whole Foods Market® is recalling “Our Chefs’ Own” Spinach Orzo Salad sold in stores in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine and Rhode Island due to an undeclared tree nut allergen.  Only Spinach Orzo Salad with PLU 61159 and a “sold on” date of February 24 or before is included in this recall.  The spinach orzo salad contained pine nuts, which were not declared on the label.  For more information, check here.

If you find this product, and are not allergic to pine nuts, feel free to take it.

Manzana LabelManzana Products Co., Inc. is voluntarily recalling three different types of Trader Joe's Unsweetened Apple Sauces due to the potential presence of glass pieces.  These products are sold at Trader Joe's nationally.  If you find these products, do not eat for your own safety.  For more information, check here.  The following products have been recalled:

Food

This week has been light for items in the dumpster, but what I did find, I found very useful.  I quite enjoy cauliflower, onions and sweet potatoes. Finding the cauliflower made a nice serving of cauliflower rice.

Flowers

I also found many plants this week.  It made for a nice find since it was warm this week.  I was happy to have them to join my piles of plants at home.

 

Dinner

The other nice item this week was the grass fed ground lamb that was still cold when I found it.  I took that and the spiral cut summer squash along with butter and the ground lamb (see top image here).  These ingredients together make up a nice couple meals I got from one trip.  There are plenty of things that I could have done with these items, but I like to just throw a bunch of items together and stir-fry them (see bottom image here).  The end result is a nice mix of veggies and meat that I can later reheat for lunch when I'm at work.

 

Lakeview Cheese and Bashas' Family of Stores are proactively recalling various types of Colby cheese due to a potential contamination of Listeria monocytogenes.  The recalled products were sold at Bashas' and Food City supermarkets' Arizona meat departments under the grocery brand's private label.  The recall consists of nine Colby cheese products, including fixed-weight and bulk- cut, random-weight items. The products being voluntarily recalled are:

Cheese Recall

If you find any of these products, do NOT eat them.  For more information, check here.

I've been asked many times over the years, how do you know the food you are getting is okay to eat?  After asking myself how they know the food they eat in general is okay to eat, I take a deep breath and try to explain.  Determining food quality is something you should do whether you got it from the fridge, the grocery store, or a restaurant.

While the main point of this article is about food quality no matter the source, remember the following when you are dumpster diving. Only take what you and those you feed will eat.  Assume someone might be coming along after you and they might find those items useful.  Wash your food when you get home no matter the source or cleanliness.  You never know who visited the food while it was in the field. Keep the dumpster area cleaner than you found it so there is no reason for a lock to be put on the dumpster.

...continue reading "How to: What do I take?"

Ready Pac LabelReady Pac Foods Inc. establishments are recalling approximately 59,225 pounds of one variety of chicken salad product that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes. This product was shipped to retailers nationwide.  The recalled product is 7.5-oz. single serve salad bowl packages of “Ready Pac Foods Puro Picante Blazin Hot” with Use By Dates of 01/31/17 through 03/04/2017.  For more information, visit here.  If you come across these products, do not eat them.

Kusher LabelKusher LLC is recalling cookies due to undeclared milk and egg.  Products were distributed to distributors in California and Oregon and to retailers in Washington between August 2016 and February 17, 2017.  For more information, check here.  If you find any of the recalled products, and do not have a milk or egg allergy, feel free to grab them and enjoy.  The following products have been recalled:

kusher recall