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By Rady Ananda
Food Freedom

Over sixty different products of prepared pastries, quiches and pot pies containing ingredients from Rolf’s Patisserie, including gingerbread houses, and all sold by Whole Foods Market in 23 states, are being recalled for possible health risk, although no one has become ill.

The FDA recall notices advise that Rolf’s Patisserie products “have been connected to several outbreaks of Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) food poisoning,” but “no illnesses have been reported from consumers.”

Posted on Christmas Eve, the FDA emailed the following press releases today:

Whole Foods Market announces that it is recalling assembled Ginger Bread Houses sold in, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Florida, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin that came from its supplier Rolf’s Patisserie of Lincolnwood, Illinois.

The recalled ginger bread houses may have been assembled, decorated and packaged in clear plastic wrap and sold with a Whole Foods Market scale label; some scale labels also may list “Rolf’s Patisserie” as part of the description.

Products produced by Rolf’s Patisserie have been connected to several outbreaks of Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) food poisoning. All products that were made after Nov. 1, 2010 were recalled. To date no illnesses have been reported from consumers eating ginger bread houses sold by Whole Foods Market.

The other announcement included the following products:

UPC/PLU Description
23629500000 WFM LEMON MERINGUE PIE 9
23184200000 WFM MINI CARAMEL TART 1OZ
23615900000 WFM MINI CHOC FRESH FRUIT TART
23173400000W WFM MINI CHOC GANACHE TART 1OZ
23129700000 WFM MINI CHOC RASPBERRY TART
23648700000 WFM MINI CHOCOLATE MOUSSE TART
23152700000 WFM MINI FRESH FRUIT TART 1OZ
23658200000 WFM MINI GERMAN CHOC TART
23121200000 WFM MINI KEY LIME TART
23618600000 WFM MINI LEMON MERINGUE TART
23185400000 WFM MINI LEMON TART 1OZ
23185400000 WFM MINI LEMON TART 1OZ
23619600000 WFM MINI MERINGUE TART
23651200000 WFM MINI ROCKY ROAD TART
23651200000 WFM MINI ROCKY ROAD TART
23167600000 WFM STRAWBERRY & CREAM PIE 9IN
23621700000 WFM APPLE PIE 9 INCH 1/2
23621800000 WFM 9IN CHOCOLATE SILK PIE 1/2
23614300000 WFM TIRAMISU CAKE 6IN 22OZ
23167100000 WFM PUMPKIN ANGEL FOOD CAKE
23187900000 WFM LEMON CREAM PIE 9 IN
23605700000 WFM MINI COCONUT TART
23612900000 WFM TIRAMISU CUP 6OZ
23625000000 WFM CRANBERRY WLNT UPSIDE CAKE
23642700000 WFM TRES LECHES CUP
23660100000 WFM 9IN CRML APPLE WALNT PIE
23669000000 WFM CREME BRULEE
23671700000 WFM 9 INCH IN HOUSE PUMPKIN PIE
23695700000 WFM YULE LOG
Items Sold in Prepared Foods:
UPC Item Description
23773800000 CHICKEN POT PIE 9INCH SPECIAL
23851300000 BEEF & MUSHROOM POT PIE 9IN
23853500000 CURRY CHICKEN POT PIE LARGE
23856300000 FAMILY SIZE TURKEY POT PIE
23923600000 TOFU POT PIE 9 IN
23928400000 CHICKEN POT PIE 9IN
23928500000 VEGETABLE POT PIE 9 IN
9948280244 CHICKEN POT PIE LARGE
9948280320 TURKEY POT PIE LARGE
23785900000 CORN PEPPPER QUICHE WHOLE
23788900000 SMSALMONLEEKGOATQUICHESLICE
23789300000 SMSALMON LEEK GOAT CHS QUICHE
23789400000 SPINACH MUSH QUICHE SLICE
23807900000 MUSHROOM QUICHE SLICE
23808100000 SPINACH QUICHE SLICE
23808200000 SPINACH QUICHE WHOLE
23808300000 WFM BROC CHEDDAR QUICHE SLICE
23808400000 BROCCOLI CHEDD QUICHE 9 IN
23949900000 WFM QUICHE TOMATO BASIL SLICE
23950200000 WFM QUICHE LORRAINE SLICE
23950300000 QUICHE LORRAINE 9 IN
23950700000 LEEK GOAT CHEESE QUICHE SLICE
23967800000 TOMATO BASIL QUICHE 9IN
9948280061 QUICHE BROCCOLI CHEDDAR
9948280063 QUICHE LORRAINE 9
9948280065 QUICHE TOM BASIL 9
75452 CATERING QUICHE LORRAINE
75453 CATERING QUICHE BROCCOLI CHDDR
75454 QUICHE TOMATO BASIL
76009 QUICHE SPIN AND MUSHROOM
72418 QUICHE LEEK AND GOAT CHEESE

According to the press release, “A food item contaminated with S. aureus, the bacterium responsible for producing toxins in foods, can cause nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps and diarrhea. The illness usually lasts for one to two days, although severe cases may last as long as three days. However, certain individuals, such as the elderly or very young, may require medical treatment for dehydration. Consumers should not eat the gingerbread houses and should dispose of them in a sealed container so that people and animals (including wild animals) cannot get access to and eat them.”

Whole Foods Market stores have posted signs to notify customers of this recall. In the Fort Lauderdale WFM, business was brisk on December 23rd, when the gingerbread houses were still being sold. Global Public Relations executive for WFM, Robin Rehfield, did not have specific information about the timing of receipt of the recall notice.

Rolf’s Patisserie is located outside Chicago in Lincolnville, Illinois, and has been in business for 27 years.

Customers who have purchased any of the listed products from Whole Foods Market may return them to the store for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Whole Foods Market at 512-542-0878 weekdays between 8:00am and 5:00pm central standard time.

Alternatively, you could eat what is likely safe food and let your immune system deal with any problems that may arise. Exposure to such germs often results in boosted protection against future exposure. This is especially true for infants and children, writes Lisa Zamovsky at WebMD.

“A mounting body of research suggests that exposing infants to germs may offer them greater protection from illnesses such as allergies and asthma later on in life.”

Thom McDade, PhD, associate professor and director of the Laboratory for Human Biology Research at Northwestern University told her, “Just as a baby’s brain needs stimulation, input, and interaction to develop normally, the young immune system is strengthened by exposure to everyday germs so that it can learn, adapt, and regulate itself.”

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