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Ocean Spray recalls more dried cranberries after finding metal fragments

December 7, 2011 | 10:51 am

Cranberries with a garnish of metal pieces? Ocean Spray is expanding its November recall after discovering more packets of the dried fruit contaminated with tiny bits of metal.

The Original Flavor Craisins were sold in California and elsewhere around the western U.S., the the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Friday.

There are no reports of illness and officials say that injuries from the “very small hair-like metal fragments … are unlikely,” but Ocean Spray said its recall comes from “an abundance of caution.”

The company said the metal fibers slipped in when a piece of production equipment malfunctioned at its Markham, Wash., dried cranberry manufacturing facility.

"We’ve identified the source of the problem and corrective maintenance has been performed on the equipment and additional preventative maintenance and inspections have been instituted throughout our network," said spokesman John Isaf.

Affected consumers should throw out the 5-ounce, 10-ounce and 48-ounce packages but keep the UPC and Best By Date labels to get a free replacement coupon, the FDA said. Bulk 10-pound packages were also affected.


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