Sweet Leaf tea, the one with a cartoon grandmother on the label, is being recalled

I know a few people who drink Sweet Leaf tea, so this came as a big surprise.

According to a FDA release, the makers of Sweet Leaf Tea is pulling all of their 16 ounce glass bottles off the shelves “because of the possible presence of glass fragments”.

Surprise crunchiness in a drink? Usually not a good thing.

The recall affects pretty much everything they have, including…

  • Raspberry
  • Half and Half Lemonade Tea
  • Original
  • Green Tea w/Citrus
  • Peach
  • Mint & Honey

You can see the full table of the recalled items at the FDA website, or on Sweet Leaf Tea’s website here.

Medline recalling Acetaminophen due to mislabeling with incorrect strength

I’m posting this because a lot of retail stores and Texas public schools use Medline products as their go-to for medical supplies.

In a press release by the FDA, Medline is recalling lot # 45810 of Acetaminophen tablets because their acetaminophen packages labeled as 325 mg really have 500 mg instead.

That’s epically bad.

According to the press release, “The Acetaminophen 500mg, Tab 100/BT (OTC20101) has been found to be mislabeled displaying “Acetaminophen 325mg” (OTC10101) instead of “Acetaminophen 500mg”. The Acetaminophen tablets, 500mg is incorrectly labeled as 325 mg tablets. This error is not easily identifiable by the user or prescriber. If the product is taken at the maximum labeled dose, every four hours, five doses a day, or with other medications containing acetaminophen, it may lead to liver toxicity or liver failure.”

If you’ve got a Medline 325 mg acetaminophen tablets for dispensing, triple check to see if they’re part of this recall.

“Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact Medline Industries, Inc. by phone 866-359-1704 or recalls@medline.com Monday through Friday between the hours of 8am and 5pm CST. ”

You can also read the press release here from the FDA.

HEB is recalling some of their Homestyle White Corn tortillas

For those of you that don’t have an HEB – my sympathies.

HEB is a supermarket chain that runs from mid to deep south Texas, and they’re very, very good. Once an HEB opens in a city, no other grocery store remains for long. They’ve got their own products that spank national brands senseless, and if it’s not on their super-sized store shelves, it’s not worth your time. I think there’s even a little HEB logo in the corner of all Texas flags.

Having said all that, today HEB announced they’re making a “voluntary and precautionary recall” on some of their Homestyle White Corn tortillas.

Nobody is sick, and nobody is hurt, but HEB noticed “on January 13, 2015 during quality assurance product reviews at [their] manufacturing facility… the possible presence of foreign material.”

The products to kick out are…

  • H-E-B Homestyle White Corn Tortillas 12 ct. packages with Best By dates of January 22, 2015 and earlier
  • H-E-B Homestyle White Corn Tortillas 30 ct. packages with Best By dates of January 22, 2015 and earlier

If you’ve got either of these, take them to a local HEB to get your money back. “Customers with concerns or questions may contact H-E-B Customer Relations at 210-938-8357 or 1-800-432-3113 between the hours of 8AM and 5PM Monday through Friday.”

Recall on NESQUIK Chocolate Powder

Nestlé is recalling their NESQUIK Chocolate Powder drink mix (that magically delicious powder that changes regular chankla-flavored milk to chocolate milk) because they might be infected with Salmonella.

According to the press release from the FDA

“To ensure the safety of consumers, Nestlé is recalling selected NESQUIK Chocolate Powder. The recall is limited to the following sizes, UPC and production codes of NESQUIK Chocolate Powder:

Size UPC Code Production Codes
40.7 oz. Chocolate (72 servings) 0 28000 68230 9 2282574810
21.8 oz. Chocolate (38 servings) 0 28000 68090 9 2278574810
10.9 oz. Chocolate (19 servings) 0 28000 67990 3 2278574810

The affected NESQUIK Chocolate Powder was produced during early October, 2012. To locate the production code, consumers should look on the bottom of the canister, adjacent to the consumer expiration date. All affected products have an expiration date of BEST BEFORE Oct 2014.

Consumers who may have purchased the affected NESQUIK Chocolate Powder should not consume it, but instead should return it to the place of purchase for a full refund or contact Nestlé Consumer Services at (800) 628-7679.”

Kellogg is recalling Mini-Wheats cereals. Metal mesh found in the product.

Kellogg just announced they are recalling their very popular Mini-Wheats cereals due to some metal mesh getting into the cereal.

Here’s the big writeup from Food Business News about the recall…

BATTLE CREEK, MICH. — The Kellogg Co.  is recalling about 3.2 million boxes of Mini-Wheats in the U.S., Canada and Mexico due to possible fragments of metal mesh that may have gotten into the products. The company said the metal contamination may be due to a faulty manufacturing part.

The recall is expected to cost the company between $20 million and $30 million.

The recalled cereals include Frosted Mini-Wheats Bite Size Original and Mini-Wheats Unfrosted Bite Size with the letters KB, AP or FK before or after the “Best if Used Before” date, which ranges from April 1, 2013 to Sept. 21, 2013.

“Because our number one priority is the quality and safety of our foods, as a precautionary measure, Kellogg voluntarily recalled certain packages of Mini-Wheats Bite Size cereal,” said Kris Charles, company spokesperson. “No other cereals are impacted and there have been no reports of any injuries associated with these foods.”

FDA recalls some Protica products “Because Of Possible Health Risk”

Anyone want some after-workout clostridium botulinum poisoning? Anyone?

Today, Protica pulled some of their health-and-after-workout products off the shelf “including Body Choice “Protein Shots”, Nutritional Resources “Protein Wave”, ProBalance “Protein to Go French Vanilla Latte” and “Protein to Go Milk Chocolate Shake” because they have the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death. ”


Protein To Go Recall


“Botulism, a potentially fatal form of food poisoning, can cause the following symptoms: general weakness, dizziness, double-vision and trouble with speaking or swallowing. Difficulty in breathing, weakness of other muscles, abdominal distension and constipation may also be common symptoms. People experiencing these problems should seek immediate medical attention.”

Not exactly the best thing to slam after a workout!

The affected lots are…

Protein to Go Milk Chocolate Shake (2.5oz bottle)

 Manufacture Date Lot Number
2/9/12 PP0402 4109 A
2/9/12 PP0402 4109 B
 2/9/12 PP0402 4109 C
 2/9/12  PP0402 4109 D
 2/9/12  PP0402 4109 E
 2/9/12  PP0402 4109 F
 2/9/12  PP0402 4109 G
 2/13/12 PP0442 4113
 2/16/12  PP0442 4115
 3/29/12  PP0892 4121
 4/12/12  PP1032 4131 A
 4/12/12  PP1032 4131 B
 4/25/12 PP1162 4134 B
 4/25/12  PP1162 4134 C
 4/25/12  PP1162 4134 A
 5/3/12  PP1242 4139
 5/8/12  PP1242 4140
 6/7/12  PP1592 4145 B
 6/7/12  PP1592 4145 A

Protein to Go French Vanilla Latte (2.5oz bottle)

 Manufacture Date Lot Number
9/8/2011  PP2511 4066 A
 9/8/2011  PP2511 4066 B
 10/11/2011  PP2841 4079
 10/18/2011  PP2911 4086
 12/6/2011  PP3401 4103
 2/13/2012  PP0442 4112
 4/2/2012  PP0932 4122
 4/4/2012  PP0952 4125
 4/11/2012  PP1022 4129
 4/24/2012  PP1152 4133 A
 4/24/2012  PP1152 4133 B
 4/24/2012  PP1152 4133 C
 5/1/2012  PP1222 4138 A
 5/1/2012  PP1222 4138 B
 5/1/2012  PP1222 4138 C
 5/8/2012  PP1292 4141
 6/8/2012  PP1592 4146 A
 6/8/2012  PP1592 4146 B

Nutritional Resources Protein Wave gelatin (6oz cup)

 Manufacture Date Lot Number
May 03 2012 PP 1242 6123

Body Choice Protein Shots (3oz vial)

 Manufacture Date LotNumber
Dec 20, 2011 PP 3541 2924


You can check out the official FDA press release here for some more details on the recall.

The FDA is mad at Nite Rider? The 80’s supercar?

When I heard the FDA was highly ticked off at Knight Rider, I immediately thought of that super-awesome 80’s intro…

Doo dee dee dee… dee dee dee deeeee… doo dooo do dee dee deee….

But then when I finally stopped humming the theme song and started reading the press release, I saw the FDA wasn’t ticked about Knight Rider from the 80s. It’s all about “Nite Rider Maximum Sexual Enhancer For Men”.

Ah. Slight difference there.

Anyhow, the FDA is pulling “Nite Rider Maximum Sexual Enhancer For Men” and “STUD Capsule for Men” off the shelves because…. wait for it… they were filled with generic Viagra!

The FDA says using these pills may screw up your blood pressure, and since “Nite Rider Maximum Sexual Enhancer For Men” has a bunch of Sildenafil, it falls under the “unapproved new drugs” category that the FDA can come stomp all over.

Chunk ’em if you got ’em!

Here’s the official FDA release notice.

Recall : Tylenol, Benadryl, Sudafed, Sinutab and Rolaids

The FDA just announced it’s time for more meds to get pulled off the shelf! Specifically, “TYLENOL® 8 Hour, TYLENOL® Arthritis Pain, and TYLENOL® upper respiratory products, and certain lots of BENADRYL®, SUDAFED PE®, and SINUTAB® products.”

The problem isn’t stinky packaging this time, but an actual problem with “equipment cleaning procedures” at the factories where they were put together. Nobody is saying what got dirty, and the FDA release says “it is very unlikely that this [cleaning procedures] impacted the quality of these products”, but you know it’s gotta be something “Call the attorneys!” nasty since everything is getting pulled.

Also some “ROLAIDS® Multi-Symptom Berry Tablets” are getting pulled because somebody forgot to type “Does not meet USP” on the labels. That’s somebody’s job right there.

Here’s the highly official FDA release on this mess.

Recall: Toxic Waste brand Nuclear Sludge Chew Bars

Toxic Waste brand Nuclear Sludge Chew Bars. Seriously. Somebody sat down at a desk and said “I KNOW! WE WILL CALL OUR PRODUCT TOXIC WASTE BRAND NUCLEAR SLUDGE CHEW BARS! THE KIDS WILL LOVE ‘EM!!”

Shockingly, Toxic Waste brand Nuclear Sludge Chew Bars have been recalled by the FDA today.

Even though Toxic Waste brand Nuclear Sludge Chew Bars are imported fresh from Pakistan, somehow, “the cherry flavor of the above-listed product contains elevated levels of lead (0.24 parts per million; the U.S. FDA tolerance is 0.1 ppm)”.

Lead. In a candy imported from Pakistan. Called Toxic Waste brand Nuclear Sludge Chew Bars.

When I win the lotto, I think I’m gonna’ put some crushed Ritz crackers with some lime powder in a bright-glow baggie, call it ETERNAL DRAGON SCALES FROM THE BLOOD TIGER JUNGLE and see if I can’t knock off Toxic Waste brand Nuclear Sludge Chew Bars off the shelf. Hey, no matter what I put out there, it can’t be worse than sucking on imported lead from Pakistan!

Here’s the link to the FDA recall notice.

Recall : Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Solution from Ritedose Corporation

Yow. This is a scary recall because I know someone who is using this specific product to get over their pneumonia.

Albuterol Sulfate (the Inhalation Solution) “is a prescription inhalation solution, administered via nebulization, for the treatment and maintenance of acute asthma exacerbations and exercise induced asthma in children and adults.”

“This product is being recalled because the 2.5 mg/3 mL single use vials are embossed with the wrong concentration of 0.5 mg/ 3 mL and therefore, represents a potential significant health hazard.”

Um, yeah. Slight difference in .5 mg and 2.5 mg doses. Albuterol Sulfate doesn’t play nice with significant increases like this, either.

“Administration of this defective product could result in a range of potential health effects that spans from temporary and medically reversible to life threatening and death. There is significant concern that health professionals who read the incorrect embossed concentration may upwardly adjust the volume of product used resulting in an administered amount that is 5 times the recommended dose.”

“The following lot numbers manufactured by The Ritedose Corporation under NDC: 0591-3797-83, 0591-3797-30, and 0591-3797-60 are included in the recall: 0N81, 0N82, 0N83, 0N84, 0NE7, 0NE8, 0NE9, 0NF0, 0P12, 0P13, 0P46, 0P47, 0PF0, and 0S15. No other Albuterol formulations or products are included in this recall.”

If you know someone who has a nebulizer and is using it to get better, please check with them to see what specific meds they are using.

Here’s the link to the FDA article.