Food Safety

Houdini Inc. Recalls Blue Cheese Savory Twists, 7 Oz Box Because of Possible Health Risk

December 16, 2016

Houdini Inc. of Fullerton, California is recalling limited quantities of Blue Cheese Savory Twists, 7 oz box after the FDA found traces of Salmonella at the manufacturing facility of the ingredient supplier for the powdered buttermilk used to make the Blue Cheese seasoning in these products. Although no pathogenic bacteria have been found in the powdered products supplied to our Savory Twist supplier by the ingredient manufacturer, nor in any of the Blue Cheese Savory Twists themselves, we have decided out of an abundance of caution to recall products produced from the specific lots purchased from this ingredient supplier.

Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

A limited quantity of products was distributed nationwide to consumers through Houdini Inc.’s direct to consumer division Wine Country Gift Baskets (catalog / internet) and Houdini Inc’s wholesale division.

Affected product includes the following details:

Gift Basket Name: Lot Code Number:
Wine Country Gift Baskets:  
Wine Trio LC448865
Napa & Sonoma Valley Exclusive LC449695
Bodega de San Antonio Sangria Tradicional LC446420
California Cabernet and Chardonnay Gift LC451463
Cakebread Cellars Napa Valley Duet LC450020
Placeholder Six Bottle WOM Wines Collection LC448798
The Ultimate Wine and Champagne Collection LC448866
Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Collection LC449703
The Classic LC444761, LC446625, LC446626, LC451389
Lasting Impression LC447394, LC452566
Wine Country Extravaganza LC445632
Grgich Hills Napa Valley Selection LC444483
Vintners Path Merlot Season’s Greetings LC444763
Stag’s Leap Winery Collection LC449624
Vintners Path Cabernet Season’s Greetings LC445181
Houdini Napa Valley Collection LC445631
Vintners Path Chardonnay Season’s Greetings LC444766
Alfasi Cabernet Kosher Selection LC444152
Alfasi Kosher Trio LC446250
Alfasi Chardonnay Kosher Selection LC444153
Napa and Sonoma Duet LC448370
California Wine Crate LC450022
The Classic LC451792, LC454676


TJX Companies: Lot Code Number:
Metal Basket with Handles LC449614
Metal Basket with Leather Handles LC446548, LC446549, LC446550


Sam’s Club: Lot Code Number:
The Executive                                       LC442525, LC442751, LC443675


Costco Southeast Region: Lot Code Number:
Burgundy and Bronze Metal Basket                                            LC448217, LC448218, LC448219, LC50256, LC52057, LC50258


Costco Northeast Region: Lot Code Number:
Houdini Fabric basket LC448981                           


Costco Midwest Region: Lot Code Number:
Wooden Centerpiece LC448210                    Lot Code Number:
Tis The Season LC445630                     
Sweets For The Season LC446542

Houdini Inc. is committed to providing only the highest quality of product and is taking this action out of an abundance of caution in interest of consumer protection.
This recall only affects the 7oz Blue Cheese Savory Twist in gift baskets shipped or sold in stores from September 1, 2016 to December 12, 2016. There is no issue with any of the other food products in the gift basket.

Houdini Inc. has not experienced any problems or complaints about this product. To date, no injuries or illnesses have been reported. If you have any 7 oz Blue Cheese Savory Twists remaining, please discard them; do not consume. If you gave the product to someone, please let them know to discard the product. This is a voluntary recall as a precautionary measure. This voluntary recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

If you have any questions concerning this recall, please contact Houdini Customer Care at 866-712-5910 between the hours of 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM PST Monday – Friday.

Sample of lot code label, found on the bottom of the basket, a white label with black printing:

Pictures of the external packaging for the Blue Cheese Savory twists. The product was packaged in a variety of colors. Red Package, Copper Package, Green Package

Internal Package: If your foil package does NOT have one of the two lot codes listed below printed on the pouch, your item is not part of this recall.

Internal Package Code Date:

1831602 XX (XX=last 2 digits refer to specific packaging machine)

2431602 XX (XX=last 2 digits refer to specific packaging machine)

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