Cacao Nibs, Lemon Bars, Melting Toothbrushes Recalled

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Gut Check is overdue for a look at recent FDA recalls. What have we missed over the past couple of weeks? Cacao nibs, lemon bars and -- yikes! -- a melting toothbrush.

- FunFresh Foods, Inc. on May 5 issued a voluntary recall of six-ounce packages of its FunFresh Foods World Berries Organic Cacao Nibs for possible E. coli contamination. The packages were distributed to multiple states, including Missouri and Illinois.

"Wait!" you cry. "What the hell is a cacao nib?"

Here's some FunFresh copy:

Theobroma cacao (the food of the gods ) was central to some of the most ancient Central and South American civilizations. Within a century after Christopher Columbus first encountered the cacao, its medicinal and culinary uses had spread throughout Europe. Today, many cacao varieties are cultivated throughout the world. World Berries uses only cacao nibs of the Criollo variety, the variety thought to be originally used by the Mayas. Though they are more difficult to grow, Criollo nibs are the most prized of all cacao nibs and are less bitter and more aromatic than more modern varieties. This ancient snack food contains vitamins, minerals and beta-carotene and is known for its antioxidant flavonols.

At any rate, no illnesses have been reported. The affected packages have the UPC code 632474929022, the lot code 161104 and the use-by date 04/14.

- Figi's Inc. has recalled one-pound tins of its Lemon Bar Bliss product for undeclared almonds. The tins were distributed to both Missouri and Illinois as well as other states.

- Finally, though it's only tangentially related to food, we couldn't ignore the voluntary recall of Spinbrush Rechargeable SONIC toothbrushes, which are manufactured by the Church & Dwight Co., Inc. and distributed nationwide. Seems that toothbrushes with the lot numbers DD9310 to 9365 or DD0002 to 0122 have a bit of problem:

...the charging base may overheat with localized melting and sparking, possibly causing fire, shock or burns. The risk of these malfunctions appears to increase with the age of the product. To date, Church & Dwight has received six consumer reports of overheating in the U.S. and one consumer report in Canada.


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