Ocean Spray Recalls Craisins

Craisins Recall – The Ocean Spray Craisins recall affects Western states.

The company issued a press release the day after Thanksgiving to announce the call back.

Company spokesman John Isaf said the equipment malfunction that left small metal fragments in some of the Craisins bags happened at the Lakeville-based company’s Markham, Wash., plant. Because the problem is limited to that plant, the recall primarily affects states in the Western region of the country, and no New England states, Isaf said.

Ocean Spray discovered the problem the day before Thanksgiving, and initiated recall procedures at that time, Isaf said. The call back involves certain batches of the dried cranberries in 5-ounce, 10-ounce and 48-ounce packages as well as some bulk sales dried cranberries in 10-pound packages.

Ocean Spray said it’s concerned about the presence of small, hair-like metal fragments in some of the bags, although the company said it’s unlikely those fragments will cause any injuries. The company hasn’t yet received any reports of injuries or adverse effects because of the problem, or any other consumer complaints related to the fragments, Isaf said.

The Craisins involved represent less than one-fourth of 1 percent of the amount of sweetened-dried cranberries that Ocean Spray produces in a year, Isaf said.

The company has identified the source of the problem and has fixed the equipment to correct the problem, Isaf said. He said additional preventive maintenance and inspections have been instituted throughout the company’s manufacturing network.