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article imageOcean Spray recalls Original Flavor Craisins

By Leigh Goessl     Nov 27, 2011 in Food
Ocean Spray has initiated a voluntary recall of its popular Original Flavor Craisins Dried Cranberries due to the possibility of "very small hair-like metal fragments" being present in the packages.
According to a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announcement dated Nov. 25, Ocean Spray has issued the recall as a precautionary measure, saying it is "unlikely" to cause injury. At this time no reports of adverse effects or injuries have been reported to date.
Craisins affected by this recall were sold in several different sizes including 5-ounce, 10-ounce and 48-ounce packages, as well as 10-pound packages bulk packages of the sweetened cranberries.
Ocean Spray Original Craisins Dried Cranberries included in this recall are as follows:
• 5 oz Craisins® UPC: 00293-000 with a 'Best By' Date of Oct 27 2012 M
• 10 oz Craisins® UPC: 29456-000 and 29464-000 with 'Best By' dates of Oct 27 2012 M, Oct 28 2012 M, and Oct 29 2012 M
• 48 oz Craisins® UPC: 00678-318 with 'Best By' dates of Oct 27 2012 M, Oct 28 2012 M, Nov 3 2012 M, Nov 4 2012 M, Nov 5 2012 M, Nov 6 2012 M, Nov 7 2012 M, Nov 10 2012 M, and Nov 11 2012 M
• 10 lb bulk ingredient & foodservice UPC: 03477-000 with 'Best By' dates of Oct 30, 2013 M, Oct 31, 2013 M, Nov 1, 2013 M and Nov 5, 2013.
(Note only dates followed by the letter "M" are recalled, dates with other letters are not affected by this food recall)
Currently, no other Ocean Spray products are included in this recall, it is strictly limited to its Original Flavor Craisins product.
MSNBC reported in one of the company's cranberry production facilities there was an incidence of malfunction on a piece of equipment in the production line. According to company spokesman, John Isaf, the problem has been identified and fixed.
Reportedly Isaf said the amount of cranberries sold from this recalled lot was "very small", less than one percent of cranberries produced annually. However, MSNBC estimates this recall may include approximately 150,000 pounds of sweetened dried cranberries based on previously disclosed production goals given by Isaf last summer when the company expanded one of its production facilities.
Cranberries are a popular product around the holidays, and chances are many consumers have packages of Craisins in their pantries. Consumers are being advised to destroy any packages they may have purchased and save the UPC label and 'Best by' date stamps. Ocean Spray is telling consumers to call their company hotline at 1-800-662-3263 in order to receive a coupon replacement for this product.
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