Monday, 25 February 2008

Seed mix snack recalled due to Salmonella

The UK Food Standards Agency has issued an alert that Imperial Snack Foods Ltd has recalled a certain batch code of its Premier Quality Seed Mix, due to the presence of salmonella. For more details follow the link.

Aldi recalls Premium Tex-Mex Meatballs

The Food Standards Agency have reported that Aldi Stores is recalling packs of 500g Premium Tex-Mex Meatballs because of possible glass contamination. The packs have use by dates of between 22/02/08 and 20/03/08 and were sold in stores across the UK.

Have we found all the beef?

Back in August, I wrote a post on product recalls When did you last test your product recall? and in last week or so about the Hallmark beef recall.

There have been a flurry of posts since on the issues surrounding the recall including:

Where's the recalled beef?

Will the Westland/Hallmark Recall Prompt Action by Congress?

Beef industry presses for reduced recall

Meat packer to close after largest ever product recall

Company may fold

I have written before about food safety and brand equity, including in the British Food Journal, and the consequences to organisations and supply chains in the event of a product recall.

The problem with recalling the last two years production from a processing site is the truth is that most of the product produced at the start and middle of the recall has probably already been eaten! In many recall situations, whilst you can advise consumers not to use product linked to certain batch codes if they are storing it at home; once the food has left the wholesale or retail shelves especially if it has entered the catering supply chain it can prove very hard to trace.

Sunday, 17 February 2008

UK supermarkets recall salmon products

The Food Standards Agency have reported a recall of a range of salmon products due to a potential taint. The retailers implicated are:

  • Asda
  • Booths
  • Budgens
  • Co-op
  • Morrisons
  • Nisa-Today's
  • Sainsbury's
  • ShopRite
  • Somerfield
  • Tesco
See also Supermarkets recall salmon over contamination;
Diesel salmon contamination in UK supermarkets ;

Tuesday, 12 February 2008

South Wales E.Coli outbreak inquiry due to start

The public inquiry into the South Wales E.Coli outbreak in 2005 will start today. For more details follow the link.

FSA issues new guidance on management of foodborne disease

The UK Food Standards Agency have produced revised guidance on the management of outbreaks of foodborne illness in England and Wales. To view the document follow the link.

Food safety issues this week

There have been several food safety issues reported this week including:

Botulism and canned product

Botulism and bottled product

E.coli 0157 and raw organic milk

Co-op recalls ravioli due to undeclared allergen - celery powder

Issues with beef supplied to schools

The LA Times reports that the USDA has shut down a beef plant at Chino because it has been alleged that meat from sick and poorly treated cattle has entered the food supply chain. Cattle that cannot walk are banned from use as human food. This is due to the fact that they show a higher occurrence of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, (BSE) otherwise known as mad cow disease.

The Food Poisoning Blog reports from the USDA Statement that the "USDA at the time of the hold also indefinitely suspended the eligibility of Westland Meat Packing Company to participate as a supplier to Federal food and nutrition programs, specifically the National School Lunch Program, the Emergency Food Assistance Program and the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations."

There is no evidence that unsafe meat was produced but the whole process has highlighted big issues with regard to animal welfare and food safety.

Wednesday, 6 February 2008

Walkers crisps recall

The UK Food Standards Agency has issued a food alert concerning Walkers Snack Foods Ltd who have recalled some date codes of Walkers Crisps due to the possible presence of pieces of yellow rubber within the products. For more details follow the link.

Allergy alert for Apricots

The UK Food Standards Agency has issued an Allergy Alert because East End Foods plc has recalled its own-brand Dried Apricots Seedless (300g) because the product contains sulphur dioxide, which is not mentioned on the label. Sulphur dioxide is an allergen that should be declared on the label. For more details follow the link.

Flour recalled for potential metal contamination

The UK Food Standards Agency reports that Rank Hovis has recalled some of its Elephant Atta, Fassal and Goldcrest flour because the products might contain small metal pieces. The Agency has issued a Food Alert for Information - follow the link for more details.

Chocolate recall for potential metal contamination

The UK Food Standards Agency has issued a food alert with regard to the Monmouth Coffee Company Ltd who has recalled all date codes of Pralus Brut de São Tomé - Barre de la Plantation chocolate bar (160g) because the product might contain small metal pieces.

Fore more details follow the link.

Listeria closes business

The Food Poisoning Law Blog reports that following the recent Listeria outbreak in the US, Whittier Farms will end their production indefinitely. For more details follow the link.