Blue Marble Brands - Recall Fact Sheet RISING MOON ORGANICS

Blue Marble Brands - Recall Fact Sheet
March 24, 2015
1. Description of Recalled RMO Items:
Item Description,
Rising Moon
Organics Garlic &
Roasted Veggie
Ravioli, 6/8 oz
Rising Moon
Ravioli, 6/8 oz
Rising Moon
Spinach &
Cheese Ravioli,
6/8 oz
Package SELL BY
122215, 123015,
123115, 010216,
011916, 012016
2. Reason: Health risk due to possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes.
Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal
infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune
systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as
high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria
infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
We are not aware of illnesses confirmed to be associated with this product.
3. How this recall developed:
Our packer was notified of the recall by their ingredient supplier in connection with two
bulk lots of chopped organic spinach.
The RMO frozen ravioli products were produced with organic spinach which was found
in test results performed by the organic spinach supplier to show the presence of
Listeria monocytogenes. The recall was initiated when it was discovered that certain
lots of the listed items were produced with the ingredient in question.
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4. Public Press Release & Recall Notice – The press release and recall notice were
issued by the packer late Monday, 3/23/15, in consultation with FDA. We are in the
process of issuing a Press Release correction related to a couple of minor typographical
errors in the expression of package SELL BY dates. This Recall Fact Sheet is correct.
Further, the recall notice was sent to Blue Marble Brands – RMO customers today,
March 24, 2015. The nature of this recall is such that this action will be handled as a
Class 1 Recall with notification to the retail customer and consumer levels. The
company is not aware of illnesses associated with this product.
5. Distribution Route & Product Hold – According to production records, a total of 7181
cases of 3 Rising Moon Organics Frozen Ravioli items, with SELL BY dates indicated,
are affected by the recall. The item break-down is as follows:
RMO Organic Garlic & Roasted Veggie Ravioli, 6/8 oz [1241 cases]
RMO Organic Spinach Florentine Ravioli, 6/8 oz [1260 cases]
RMO Organic Spinach & Cheese Ravioli, 6/8 oz [4680 cases]
Individual products were manufactured from December 2014 through January 2015 and
shipped to DBB/Partners Cold Storage. The lot trace indicates all recalled product has
now shipped from DBB/PCS on Blue Marble Brands purchase orders beginning
1/29/2015 through 03/20/2015.
No other Rising Moon Organics items are affected by this action.
As of 03/23/15, none of the product with recalled SELL BY dates remains in inventory at
Partner’s Cold Storage. Also on 03/23/2015, UNFI East and UNFI West DC’s were
instructed to place on hold and destroy product with the Recalled SELL BY dates. Now
awaiting case quantity reports for recalled cases retrieved at the UNFI DC’s.
BMB Customers receiving the recalled product include: Certain UNFI East and UNFI
West DC’s and direct BMB customers (noted below) serviced through Acosta and TB
Allen Sales.
6. UNFI & BMB Direct Customer Recall Notification – Product has been distributed by
UNFI and BMB direct customers. Based on production & shipping information, the
recalled product was shipped to Blue Marble customers from 1/29/2015 – 3/20/2015.
As of today, March 24, 2015, retail customers are being notified of the recall of certain
SELL BY dates through UNFI automated Recall InfoLink & UNFI Customer Service.
The direct Blue Marble Customers are being notified by brokers, Nature’s Best, Kehe,
Tree of Life (Acosta) and Target (TB Allen) which are to further notify retail locations.
Disposition has been given to destroy the recalled product at warehouse and retail store
level and to document actions taken.
7. Instructions to the Retail Customer:
You are to check your inventory for the listed item, remove ONLY product with recalled
SELL BY dates from stock and destroy the recalled product at store level.
Customer Disposition: Be prepared to document the action taken at your store including
the label description, Best By date on the units, number of pieces destroyed (full and
partial cases), method and date of destruction. Retail Customers should expect to
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receive the Product Recall notice and Customer Recall Effectiveness Response form.
They are asked to complete the Customer Recall Effectiveness Response form as
instructed on the form. For credit, report count information through normal distribution
channel (e.g. UNFI Customer Returns/Claims or BMB Direct Customer Account Reps).
8. Blue Marble Brands Sales – Retailers are removing only the recalled product from
store shelves. Retailers are instructed to destroy recalled product. Retail stores are to
report count information through their normal UNFI Customer Returns/Claims or BMB
Direct Customer Account Reps. for credit.
9. Instructions for the Consumer:
Rising Moon Organics® Frozen Ravioli, 6/8 oz, 3 listed items ONLY, with recalled SELL
BY dates are being recalled because of health risk due to possible presence of Listeria
monocytogenes. Those who have purchased the Rising Moon Organics® frozen
Ravioli, 8 oz. with the recalled Best By date may return it to the place of purchase for a
full refund.
10. Consumer Response Contact for this recall: Customers or Consumers with
questions may contact the company as indicated in the recall letter or Call Blue Marble
Brands Quality Assurance 888-534-0246 x25154, M-F between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm
Eastern time.
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