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Annie's frozen pizzas recalled; there might be metal in the dough

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Annie's frozen pizzas (in seven varieties!) are being voluntarily recalled across the country because of concerns that metal fragments may have migrated into the organic dough.

Annie's, the Berkeley company known for their natural food products, issued the recall Tuesday after learning that "a fine metal mesh screen failed at a third-party flour mill and fragments of flexible metal mesh were found in the flour and pizza dough."

All Annie’s manufacturers have comprehensive metal control programs that include magnets and metal detection devices. Pieces of the fine wire were too small to be detected and could have found their way into the finished product. While no metal has been found in Annie’s finished product, as a precaution, Annie’s initiated this voluntary recall. There have been no consumer complaints, illnesses or injuries reported to date.


76 products: Peanut butter recall spreads beyond Trader Joe's

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76 types of peanut butter and almond butter have been folded into a recall that sent Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter flying off the shelves at Trader Joe's on Saturday -- the FDA and CDC linked 29 salmonella illnesses in 18 states to that product.

None of the other peanut or almond butters being recalled have been linked to illnesses. New Mexico-based Sunland, Inc. recalled the foods because they were manufactured with the same equipment as the Trader Joe's product, according to a company spokeswoman.

The products were distributed nationally to a number of large supermarket chains. This recall applies to the products with Best-If-Used-By Dates between May 1, 2013 and September 24, 2013. 

Consumers who have purchased products with the below UPC codes and Best-If-Used-By-Dates are urged to discard or return the product immediately.  


Greens goblins: E. Coli scare prompts California lettuce recall

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California is one of the states on alert for a voluntary recall of more than two thousand cases of potentially contaminated lettuce in the U.S. and Canada.

In consultation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and based on testing by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Tanimura & Antle Inc. is voluntarily recalling a single lot of romaine lettuce because it may be contaminated with Escherichia coli O157:H7 bacteria (E. Coli O157:H7).  

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In total, 2,095 cases of potentially affected product were distributed, beginning August 2. 1,969 cases were shipped to 19 U.S. states and Puerto Rico. No other Tunimura & Antle products are included in this recall. No associated illnesses have been reported.


LASD recalling 200 official-looking badges and identification cards

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The U.S. attorney's office released this photo it says was taken at a Cudahy night club showing an unidentified woman wearing Councilman Osvaldo Conde's sheriff's badge as she holds his gun in one hand and his bodyguard's in another. Conde was one of three Cudahy officials arrested last month on bribery charges.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is recalling about 200 official-looking badges and ID cards that were distributed to local politicians.

The faux credentials, handed over to people without law enforcement responsibilites, have the potential for abuse, say critics, who believe the items may have been rewards for political contributions.

Sheriff Lee Baca's decision to round up the badges comes only weeks after the FBI arrested three Cudahy officials on bribery charges.

The L.A. Times reports the move to recall was prompted by the release of a photograph showing a woman in Cudahy nightclub with two handguns, and wearing a councilman's badge.

LASD spokesman Steve Whitmore told the Times the timing is a coincidence, and said a 2007 state attorney general's warning is what prompted the recall.


GM recalls Chevy Cruzes over engine fire risk

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2011 Chevrolet Cruze

General Motors announced a recall of more than 400,000 Chevrolet Cruzes -- the auto maker will be making safety modifications aimed at preventing engine fires.

All 413,418 Cruzes with manual and automatic transmissions built in the United States from September 2010 through May 2012 are included the recall.

GM will be modifying the engine shield under the vehicle to help prevent liquids from being trapped in the engine compartment, where a fire could start, and spread, said the official recall annoucement.

Improper engine oil change procedures on these vehicles can result in the spilling or dripping of oil. If oil contacts hot engine or exhaust system surfaces, and the engine shield, the shield may ignite and burn, resulting in a possible engine compartment fire.

In Cruzes with manual transmissions, continuing to drive with a completely worn clutch may cause hydraulic fluid to be expelled from the clutch housing vent hole. Under certain circumstances, the fluid could be burning as it exits the vent hole. If it contacts the engine shield, the shield may ignite and a fire may spread to the engine compartment.