Saturday, 20 September 2014

Food Safety Recalls NZ and Australia

Woolworths—Homebrand Honey Poppas 250g Breakfast Cereal - may contain glass

Coles Supermarkets—Coles Right Start Fruit and Fibre 600g Breakfast Cereal - may contain glass

FDA and FSIS recalls

An Alert on Uneviscerated Dried Roach (Vobla) - risk of Clostridium Botulinum

Taylor Farms Pacific, Inc. Voluntarily Recalls Roma Tomatoes Due to Potential Salmonella Contamination

Gel Spice Company, Inc. Issues A Voluntary Recall Of Fresh Finds Brand Ground Black Pepper, 3.53 oz (100 g), Due To Possible Salmonella Risk

Mars Chocolate North America Issues Allergy Alert Voluntary Recall On Undeclared Peanut Butter In M&M’s ® Brand Milk Chocolate Theater Box

CFIA recalls this week

Salzburg Schokolade brand wafers recalled due to undeclared milk

PC Organics brand Original stoned wheat crackers recalled due to undeclared sesame

Shan brand pickle products recalled due to undeclared mustard 

Star brand Guava Drink recalled due to undeclared sulphites

MD brand sauces recalled due to undeclared sulphites

MD brand cordials recalled due to undeclared sulphites 

Mitchell's brand pickles recalled due to undeclared mustard

Beverage powders imported by Portoola Trading recalled due to undeclared milk

Gingerbread House bakery brand baked goods recalled due to undeclared milk and wheat

Eudora's brand Relish recalled due to undeclared mustard

Himalaya Gourmet brand products recalled due to undeclared mustard

Spenst Bros. brand pizzas recalled due to undeclared mustard and wheat

The Baker's brand Bela Biscuit recalled due to undeclared milk and wheat

JD Hoggs Meat and Sausage brand Smokies recalled due to undeclared milk

Wolski brand Prepared Horseradish recalled due to undeclared sulphites


Saturday, 13 September 2014

European Hepatitis A outbreak

Eurosurveillance report on the Hepatitis A outbreak in Europe highlights Bulgarian blackberries and Polish red currants have been identified as the most common ingredient in the contaminated lots and in the food consumed by affected people. No single point source of contamination could be identified but 12 food operators were identified that were linked to cases and lots in five of the affected countries. This comes on the back of the norovirus and raspberries in Finland in 2009 thought to trace back to Polish raspberries and again in Denmark the source was thought to be Polish raspberries previously in 2005 and in Sweden with Chinese frozen raspberries in 2006.


FSIS and FDA recalls this week

Washington Firm Recalls Pork Sausage Product Due To Misbranding and Undeclared Allergen - Milk

New Mexico Firm Recalls Beef Jerky Products Produced Without the Benefit of Inspection and Misbranded With Undeclared Allergens - wheat and anchovies

Publix Recalls Private Label Jalapeño Bagels -  the company is issuing a voluntary recall for Publix Jalapeno Bagels, which are sold in either the self-service bins or artisan cases in the bakery department, and may contain pieces of glass and small stones.

Plum Organics Voluntarily Recalls Little Crèmes Organic Rice Milk Snacks Due to Potential Choking Hazard

CFIA recalls this week

Premier brand and Konrads.ca brand spice products recalled due to Salmonella

McCain brand Onion Rings may be unsafe due to glass

San Mig Coffee brand Pro-Slim Coffeemix recalled due to undeclared milk

Organic Traditions brand Sprouted Chia & Flax Seed Powder recalled due to Salmonella

Soup Stock imported by Sheung Kee Trading recalled due to undeclared sulphites

EMB brand biscuits recalled due to undeclared milk

Frozen pork spring rolls, pork buns and pork wontons sold in Alberta recalled due to E. coli O157:H7

Monday, 8 September 2014

Acrylamide infographic

EFSA Infographic

Recall of Dunnes Stores Easy Cook Rice due to Insect Contamination

Dunnes Stores is recalling one batch of its ‘my family favourites’ Easy Cook Rice, due to the presence of rice weevils in a limited number of packs. Dunnes Stores advises that customers who have purchased the implicated rice can return the product to their local store.

CFIA recalls this week

Raw pork products sold at Trimming Fresh Meats Ltd. and Hiep Hoa Asian Food in Calgary, Alberta recalled due to E. coli O157:H7

Frozen pork spring rolls, pork buns and pork wontons sold from Vinh Fat Food Products in Edmonton, Alberta recalled due to E. coli O157:H7

Niru brand Faluda and Sherbet Drink with Jelly recalled due to undeclared milk

Catch of the Bay Fresh Fish Market brand seafood pies recalled due to undeclared egg and wheat

L'Alpette cheese recalled due to a toxin produced by Staphylococcus bacteria

FDA and FSIS recalls this week

Mars Chocolate North America Issues Allergy Alert Voluntary Recall on Undeclared Peanuts and Eggs in TWIX® Bites 7oz Stand Up Pouch

Perdue Food LLC, a Salisbury, MD establishment, is recalling approximately 720 pounds of raw, fresh chicken products because they may have experienced a processing deviation in temperature during production, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced.

The products subject to the recall include: 80-lb. cardboard boxes, containing approximately 28, 2.5-lb. ice-packed, sealed packages of “COOKIN’ GOOD WHOLE YOUNG CHICKENS” with giblets and necks. The products were produced Sept. 3, 2014 and then shipped to a New York distributor for re-sale and foodservice use in Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. The packages bear the establishment number “P-764” on the box. The company discovered the problem when a plant employee checking whole bird temperatures noticed variations in the product. Upon further investigation it was found that a plant worker turned the wrong water valve, using potable water instead of chill water in the system’s chiller. The company notified FSIS of the incident. Product found in the firm’s warehouse was destroyed. However nine cases inadvertently shipped into commerce.

Tullia’s is recalling Italian Meatless Pasta Sauce code 530140. This recall has been initiated because a records review by the Washington State Department of Agriculture revealed that one batch of sauce produced with the 530140 code had a pH level high enough to allow the growth of Clostridium botulinum. If present, this organism can cause botulism, a serious and potentially fatal foodborne illness.

Tjs Place of Kirkland Washington is voluntarily recalling approx. 20 containers of Basil Pesto Pasta packed in 8 oz plastic tubs because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes,

La Orocovena Biscuit Voluntarily Recalls Pound Cake de Queso Due to Undeclared Milk, Soy and Wheat

4C Foods Corp. Voluntarily Recalls 4C Grated Cheese Homestyle Parmesan Because of Salmonella Contamination

Kraft Foods Group Voluntarily Recalls Select Varieties of Regular Kraft American Singles Pasteurized Prepared Cheese Product Due to Ingredient Supplier's Out-of-Standard Storage Temperatures

Dole Fresh Vegetables Announces Allergy Alert and Voluntary Limited Recall of DOLE-branded Spinach Due to Possible Contamination by Walnuts

Hepatitis A outbreak: EFSA coordinates trace-back investigation

EFSA has coordinated an investigation to trace food items connected with a multinational outbreak of hepatitis A. Since January 2013, more than 1,440 hepatitis A cases have been reported in 12 European countries, with 331 cases confirmed by genotyping.

Laboratory testing of food items and interviews with affected people identified consumption of mixed frozen berries as the source of the outbreak. Bulgarian blackberries and Polish redcurrants have been identified as the most common ingredient in the contaminated lots and in the food consumed by affected people. No single point source of contamination could be identified but 12 food operators were identified that were linked to cases and lots in five of the affected countries. Further investigations at the local level are needed to identify where the suspect berries were harvested and the conditions at these harvest or production sites. Follow the link to read the full report.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

CFIA recalls this week

Marc Angelo brand Smoked Prosciutto Speck recalled due to Listeria monocytogenes

Chicken Burgers recalled due to undeclared egg

Kaak brand Crispy Baked Bread recalled due to undeclared sesame

MaraNatha brand almond butters and peanut butters and Trader Joe's brand raw almond butters recalled due to Salmonella

FDA and FSIS recalls this week

Voluntary Recall Notice of Margaret Holmes 14.5 oz Turnip Greens and 14.5 oz Mixed Greens Due to Questionable Seals

New Jersey Firm Recalls Breaded Chicken Product For Possible Listeria Contamination

Nestlé Prepared Foods Company Announces Allergy Alert and Voluntary Recall Of LEAN CUISINE® Culinary Collection Chicken with Peanut Sauce Recall Due to Package Mislabeling



Multi-country outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis infections associated with consumption of eggs from Germany

Sporadic or outbreak cases of Salmonella Enteritidis reported by Austria, France, Germany and the United Kingdom, in addition to one case reported in Luxembourg in a patient residing in France, appear to be linked by time of symptom onset and microbiological characteristics of isolates. Cases in Austria, France and Germany share an epidemiological link to the same egg packaging centre in southern Germany. Isolates from contaminated eggs identified in France originating from the implicated German egg packaging centre share similar molecular characteristics to the human cases. Isolates from a sample of a Salmonella-contaminated strawberry cake, identified in Germany through an investigation unrelated to this outbreak, also share similar molecular characteristics to the human cases. Additional microbiological and environmental investigations could further strengthen evidence to support or discard the hypothesis of all cases being part of the same outbreak, and being infected after consumption of the same food (i.e. contaminated eggs produced in southern Germany). This is particularly unclear with regard to the outbreak cases in the United Kingdom. Investigations and actions taken by the food sector have supposedly stopped the distribution of the suspected contaminated food to the market. However, due to the delay in case reporting, it is still possible that more cases will be notified. ECDC will continue to closely monitor the occurrence of human cases through EPIS-FWD and Member States could consider enhancing their surveillance activities for this Salmonella serovar and specifically for the phage type 14b. It is noticeable that Salmonella Enteritidis-contaminated eggs have been able to reach the market, in spite of the strict regulations applying to table eggs for human consumption, and the success in reducing human and animal infections in recent years within the EU. EPIS-FWD and RASFF have been confirmed to be excellent tools for sharing information, identifying potential cross-border threats and linking independent investigations simultaneously occurring in different Member States.

Source: EFSA

Thursday, 21 August 2014

FDA and FSIS recalls this week

nSPIRED Natural Foods, Inc. Voluntarily Recalls Certain Retail Lots Of Arrowhead Mills® Peanut Butters, Maranatha® Almond Butters And Peanut Butters And Specific Private Label Nut Butters Because Of Possible Health Risk from Salmonella



CFIA recalls this week

Shan brand pickle products recalled due to undeclared mustard

Clic Royal brand Seven Spices recalled due to undeclared sesame

MaraNatha and Trader Joe's brands almond butters and peanut butters recalled due to Salmonella

Belleisle Farms brand cole slaw recalled due to Listeria monocytogenes

Pâtisserie Les Fantaisies brand Cream Mille Feuilles recalled due to undeclared milk and wheat

Waitrose Brazilian Chardonnay recalled

Waitrose has recalled its Waitrose Brazilian Chardonnay as the product contains sulphites, which are not mentioned on the label. This means the product is a possible health risk for those with a sensitivity to sulphites. Follow the link for product details.

Source: FSA

Sainsbury's Freefrom Oaty Muesli recalled

Sainsbury's has recalled its Freefrom Oaty Muesli because a limited number of packets may contain almonds and hazelnuts, which are not declared on the label. This poses a public health risk to those who are allergic to almonds and/or hazelnuts. Follow the link for product details.

Source: FSA

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Mars Chocolate Drinks Recalls Certain Milk Drink Products Due to Elevated Levels of Bacillus species

The FSA and the FSAI report that Mars Chocolate Drinks is recalling certain milk drinks manufactured by Milchwerke Mittelelbe GmbH with ‘best before’ dates between 19th December 2014 and 11th April 2015. Twelve products are affected by the recall. These batches are being recalled due to the presence of a bacterium known as Bacillus at elevated levels in some of these products, which can cause food poisoning. Consumers are advised not to drink the affected batches. Follow the links for more details.

Salmonella outbreak investigated after three people with links to disease die

The Independent reports that the confirmation of the deaths came after Public Health England (PHE) said it had launched an investigation into a national salmonella outbreak which affected 156 people, mainly in Hampshire.

Across England, experts are examining 55 cases in Hampshire, 32 of which have been connected with a restaurant, and 33 cases in Cheshire and Merseyside, 31 of which have been linked to one takeaway. PHE are also looking at 43 cases in the West Midlands, 34 of which were connected with the Birmingham Heartlands Hospital outbreak, as well 25 cases in London.

The source for the West Midlands outbreak has not yet been identified, although investigations are ongoing and officials are working as part of the national outbreak control team, PHE said. The cases occurred in “isolated clusters” over several months but officials now fear they could be potentially linked.

Follow the link to read the full report.

FDA and FSIS recalls this week

Georgia Firm Recalls Chicken Nugget Product Due To Possible Foreign Matter Contamination - Plastic

Sunfood Recalls Organic Carob Powder Because Of Possible Health Risk - Salmonella

Avocados Shipped to Florida, New York, Illinois, Georgia and New Jersey Recalled Due to Salmonella

Voluntary Recall Notice of McCormick Ground Oregano Due to Possible Salmonella Risk

CFIA recalls this week

Shan brand pickle products recalled due to undeclared mustard

"Soufflé covered by chocolate plombir" recalled due to undeclared milk

Pâtisserie Les Fantaisies brand products recalled due to undeclared allergens

Wang Korepab - Seaweed crackers recalled due to undeclared milk

Monday, 11 August 2014

Recall of Batches of St Felicien, St Marcellin, Sechon de Vache and Tommes du Dauphine Cheeses Due to Verotoxigenic E. coli O26:H11

Verotoxigenic E. coli O26:H11 has been found in a batch of Saint Felicien cheese. The manufacturer, Etoile du Vercors, is recalling the above four types of cheese with the use by dates specified because they could have been made with the same contaminated raw milk. Affected cheeses were exported to Ireland to a small number of speciality stores. A recall notice is being displayed in these stores advising consumers not to consume the implicated cheeses.

Nature Of Danger: E. coli O26:H11 can cause severe bloody diarrhoea and abdominal cramps. In some groups, particularly children under five years of age and the elderly, the infection can also cause a complication called haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS), in which the red blood cells are destroyed and the kidneys fail.

Source: FSAI

Saki Snacks Almonds Ground withdrawn

Saki Snacks Ltd is withdrawing a batch code of its Almonds Ground because the presence of peanut protein is not mentioned on the label. This makes the product a possible health risk for anyone who has an allergy to peanuts.
 Follow the link to find product details.

Dairy Crest Ltd recalls two date codes of Weight Watchers West Country Thick Cream – Reduced Fat due to high levels of Bacillus cereus

Dairy Crest Ltd is recalling two date codes of Weight Watchers West Country Thick Cream – Reduced Fat due to the presence of high levels of the bacterium known as Bacillus cereus. This bacterium can cause food poisoning and means the product is a possible health risk to consumers.
 Follow the link for product details.

Fine Seafood Co recalls smoked mackerel (update)

The Fine Seafood Co has extended the recall of its Plain Smoked Mackerel (240g) and Peppered Smoked Mackerel (240g) to include 150g packs because these also have incorrect 'use by' dates. The FSA has issued an updated Product Recall information Notice. Follow the link for product details.

Source: FSA

Sunday, 10 August 2014

FDA and FSIS recalls this week

Oberto’s Brands, a Kent, Wa. establishment, is recalling approximately 57,578 pounds of chicken strip products due to company quality issues

Seoul Shik Poom Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Eggs in Choripdong Chocolate Almond Richmond Ice Bar

Oasis Brands, Inc Recalls Quesito Casero 12oz Because Of Possible Health Risk due to Listeria Monocytogenes

Ortho Molecular Products Issues Allergy Alert On Undeclared Milk In Lifecore Chocolate And Lifecore Complete Chocolate

CFIA recalls this week

Mary's Organic Crackers brand pretzels recalled due to undeclared almonds


Boulangerie Boutin Coop brand pastries recalled due to undeclared milk and wheat

Korean Peanut Balls recalled due to undeclared crab and squid

Avina Fresh Mushrooms brand Sliced Crimini Mushrooms recalled due to Listeria monocytogenes

Marc Angelo brand Genoa Salami recalled due to Listeria monocytogenes

Sourdough Country Bakery brand Chocolate Macaroons recalled due to undeclared sulphites

La fromagerie Hamel brand French cheeses recalled due to E. coli O26:H11

Green Table Foods brand hummus products recalled due to undeclared sesame

Recall of Korean products by Pan Asia Food Co. Ltd. due to undeclared allergens - Allergen - Crustacean/Shellfish, Allergen - Fish, Allergen - Other, Allergen - Soy, Allergen - Sulphites




Sunday, 3 August 2014

Booker has withdrawn a batch of Chef's Larder Madras Curry Powder due to the presence of salmonella

Booker has withdrawn a batch of Chef's Larder Madras Curry Powder due to the presence of Salmonella.

Source: FSA

A1 Mountain Globe brand curry powders recalled due to undeclared peanuts and mustard

A1 Mountain Globe brand curry powders recalled due to undeclared peanuts and mustard

FDA and FSIS recalls this week

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage Issues Voluntary Recall For Various Chunks of Energy Products Because They Contain Organic Carob Powder From Ciranda, Inc., Which May Be Contaminated With Salmonella

California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Health Officer Dr. Ron Chapman warned consumers today not to eat VR Green Farms jarred food products because they may have been improperly produced, making them susceptible to contamination with Clostridium botulinum.

Wawona Packing Company of Cutler, California is expanding its voluntary recall from July 19, 2014, of whole white and yellow peaches, white and yellow nectarines, plums and pluots due to the potential of the products being contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Sunburst Superfoods of Tuckahoe, NY, is recalling Sunburst SUPERFOODS Organic Raw Carob Powder sold from March 12, 2014 through July 28th, 2014, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella,

New England Greens, LLC dba Vibrant Health Recalls Green Vibrance and Rainbow Vibrance Because of Possible Health Risk - Salmonella

Starway Inc. Issues an Alert on Undeclared Sulfites in Peony Mark Brand Roasted and Salted Pumpkin Seeds

CONSUMER ALERT: UNDECLARED MILK IN Uprising brand “Carrot Drink”, “Beet Drink” and in “Peanut Punch”

Hummingbird Wholesale Recalls Organic Raw Carob Powder for Possible Salmonella Contamination

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Thai Chicken Panang withdrawn (update)

The FSA is issuing an updated allergy alert for nice 'n easy Thai Chicken Panang with a 'best before end' date of October 2015. This product has been withdrawn by Aldi Stores Ltd, because the packets contain 'Thai Chicken peanut', and the presence of peanuts is not mentioned on the label. This makes the product a possible health risk for anyone who has an allergy to peanuts. Follow the link for product details.

Source: FSA

Young's Seafood Ltd recalls its Chip Shop Extra Large Fish Cakes 2 Pack due to possible contamination with small pieces of hard plastic

Young's Seafood Ltd is recalling one batch of its Chip Shop Extra Large Fish Cakes 2 Pack, as a precautionary measure, because a limited number of packs were found to have been contaminated with small pieces of hard plastic. Follow the link for product details.

FDA and FSIS recalls this week

Wisconsin Firm Recalls Sausage Product Due To Misbranding and Undeclared Allergen
 - Soy

Whole Foods Market Recalls Made-In-Store Items Prepared With Stone Fruit Voluntarily Recalled by Wawona Packing Co. Due to Possible Health Risk - Listeria Monocytogenes

Earth Circle Organics Recalls Organic Carob Powder for Possible Salmonella Contamination

Great American Marketing, a Houston, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 475 pounds of FSIS and FDA-regulated, ready-to-eat products due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes

Lion Pavilion Issues Alert on Undeclared Sulfites in Tasty Peach Slices

The TJX Companies, Inc. Recalls "Ecoato" Sweet Paprika Powder Due to Possible Health Risk from Salmonella

Massachusetts Firm Recalls Raw Boneless Turkey Breasts Due To Misbranding and Undeclared Allergen - Milk

Carmel Food Group Announces a Voluntary Recall of One Code Date of Mislabeled Butternut Squash Ravioli Due to Undeclared Multiple Allergens

GOMACRO RECALLS "Almond Butter + Carob" and “Sunflower Butter + Chocolate” MacroBars Because of Possible Health RiskCarob Powder Supplier May Have Exposed Ingredient to Salmonella

CaCoCo, Inc. Recalls Raw Drinking Chocolate Containing Voluntarily Recalled Organic Carob Powder From Their Supplier for Possible Salmonella Contamination

Monday, 21 July 2014

VBites Foods recalls 'Wot, No Dairy?' desserts (update)

VBites Foods is extending its recall to all 125g pots of its 'Wot, No Dairy?' raspberry dessert and black cherry dessert products because they may contain milk, which is not mentioned on the labels. This makes the products a possible health risk for anyone who has an allergy or intolerance to milk or its constituents. The FSA is issuing an updated Allergy Alert.

The original alert was published yesterday, 17 July 2014. The recall is being extended to all 'best before' dates as a precautionary measure. Follow link for product details.

Source: FSA

Recall of Fromagerie Donge Brie de Meaux Due to Possible Presence of Listeria monocytogenes

As a precautionary measure, Sheridan’s Cheesemongers is recalling the above batch of Fromagerie Donge Brie de Meaux, due to the possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes. The affected cheese was supplied to a small number of speciality stores and point of sale notices are being displayed in stores advising consumers not to consume the implicated batch.