Monday, 29 September 2008

Cadbury recall products because of melamine

The Guardian reports that Cadbury has stated that it was recalling 11 products from sale in China because of concern that the products could contain the chemical melamine. Follow the link for more details.

Sunday, 28 September 2008

Further melamine recall

The US FDA has issued a product recall press release to confirm that QFCO, Inc. of Burlingame, California is recalling White Rabbit Candy because it may be contaminated with Melamine. Follow the link for more details.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Thai Indochine Trading Inc. are advising people not to consume three batches of Mr. Brown 3-in-1 instant coffee products as they may be contaminated with melamine.

Friday, 26 September 2008

FDA issue statement on melamine

The FDA has today issued a new statement on the Melamine Contamination. Check it out.

Thursday, 25 September 2008

Melamine contamination leads to sweets recall

Yesterday I wrote on our sister blog The Human Imprint about the ongoing melamine recalls throughout the world connected with Chinese dairy products. The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has today issued the following alert:
"Following on from the current incident regarding milk and milk products contaminated with melamine in China, the FSAI has been made aware of unsatisfactory results (180ppm melamine) found by the New Zealand Food Safety Authority (NZFSA) in a Chinese manufactured confectionery product called 'White Rabbit Creamy candies'. This product has subsequently been withdrawn in other countries.

The product has been found on sale in Ireland in some Asian/Chinese speciality retail outlets. The ingredients of this product list among others: sweetened condensed milk and whole milk powder. The presence of melamine in the sweets is almost certainly as a result of the use of melamine-contaminated milk and milk products in their manufacture in China.

Melamine is an industrial contaminant used in plastics manufacture and is not permitted to be added as a food ingredient.

The level of melamine found in the product by NZFSA was unsatisfactory and there is a potential risk of illness, particularly in young children, if the sweets are consumed over an extended period of time."


Postscript
On the 25th September the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) issued a health hazard alert warning the public not to consume, distribute or sell White Rabbit brand candy as they may be contaminated with melamine.

Product recall for undeclared allergens

The US FDA has issued a product recall notice to take that:
"CaJohns Fiery Foods Company is recalling a total of 103 individual bottles of HDH Grillin' Sauce sold between the dates of 01/01/07 and 09/15/08. This recall is initiated due to the possibility of non-declared contents on the Ingredient Declaration. The products contain the listed Worcestershire Sauce, but may not be parenthetically listed as to it's ingredients one of which is Anchovies, a serious allergen to specific individuals. These products also contain the listed Soy Sauce, but may not be parenthetically listed as to it's ingredients. Soy Sauce contains Soybeans and Wheat which are serious allergens to specific individuals." Follow the link for more details.

Sandwiches and Listeria

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Hygaard Fine Foods are warning the public not to consume sixteen Hygaard brand sandwich products because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. To find out more check out the link.

Pumpkin seeds and undeclared sulphites

The US FDA has issued a product recall press release to confirm that Fineland Corp has issued an alert because of undeclared sulphites in Ying Feng Foodstuffs Brand Pumpkin Seeds. Check out the link to find our more

Undeclared egg in sandwiches

The US FDA has issued a product recall press release to confirm that Mom's Food Products, Inc. is recalling all Tuna Salad sandwiches, Pimento Cheese sandwiches, and potato salad because they may contain eggs in the salad dressing that have not been declared on the label. The FDA advise that individuals who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to eggs run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. Click on the link for more details.

Cheese and Listeria

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume six cheeses manufactured by Fromagerie La Voie lactée Inc. because they may be contaminated with pathogenic bacteria because of an inadequate pasteurisation. Follow the link for more details

Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Melamine recall affects Canada

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Thai Indochine Trading Inc. have issued a Health Hazard Alert. They are advising people not to consume three batches of Mr. Brown 3-in-1 instant coffee products. The CFIA was notified by the importer that these products may contain melamine.



The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Regent Long Marketing and Distribution Ltd. are also advising people not to consume Nissin Cha Cha Dessert. This product was made using Yili Pure Milk, in which melamine was detected by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region’s Centre of Food Safety.

Saturday, 20 September 2008

FDA issues allergy alert

The US FDA has also issued an allergy alert recall press release because Derringer Foods has recalled Albacore Tuna Salad Hoagie, because the batch contains egg which is not declared on the ingredients label. Egg is an allergen which can in sensitive individuals cause an allergic reaction. Follow the link for more details

CFIA issues allergy alerts

Note the following two alerts:

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Cuisine Malimousse Inc. are warning people with allergies to milk proteins not to consume Oceania Duo Mousse Lobster with tomatoes & basil / Smoked Salmon & pesto with the batch codes described. The affected product contains milk which is not declared in English on the label. The French ingredients list has milk declared.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning people with allergies to egg, milk, and soy not to consume the products the three products described in this allergy alert as they contain egg, milk, and soy which are not declared on the label.

Further products recalled for listeria

A Health Hazard Alert has been issued by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Smith’s Snack Service Ltd. The alert is warning the public not to consume certain Smith Snacks products because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Follow the link for more details on the thirty-one items.

Thursday, 18 September 2008

Ginger recalled due to undeclared sulphites

The US FDA has issued an allergy alert with regard to a recall by K-FAT INC. of its 150g packages of MUT GUNG SWEETENED GINGER because they contain undeclared sulfites. The FDA has stressed that consumers who have severe sensitivity to sulfites run the risk of serious life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume this product.

Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Bread recalled due to potential presence of undeclared nuts

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Bimbo Bakeries has announced a voluntary recall of Oroweat 100% Whole Wheat bread. This is because it may contain tree nuts that are not listed on the label. The FDA advises that individuals with allergies to tree nuts run the risk of a serious and or life threatening reaction if they consume this product. Follow the link to find out more.

Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Oatmeal recalled due to undeclared milk allergen

The US FDA has issued an allergy alert because Ralston Foods, Division of Ralcorp Holdings, Inc. is recalling 14664 cartons of Western Family Variety Pack Instant Oatmeal cereal bearing the "Best If Used By" Date Code of "DEC0409N" (found on the box top). This is because a small number of cartons contain an undeclared milk ingredient. Follow the link for more details.

Tortilla chips recalled due to undeclared milk protein

The US FDA has issued an Allergy Alert to confirm that "El Matador Enterprises, makers of Margaritaville Tortilla Chips is voluntarily recalling 13-ounce bags of Margaritaville Island Lime Tortilla Chips because they may contain undeclared whey in the spice blend". This will be a problem for people with a milk protein allergy. Follow the link for more details.

Sunday, 14 September 2008

Creamed Salmon and Listeria

The CFIA has announced in a Health Hazard Alert that they and Private Recipes Ltd. are warning the public not to consume a batch of Private Recipe brand Creamed Salmon frozen entree. This is because the product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Saturday, 13 September 2008

Sainsburys recall risotto due to undeclared allergens

The UK FSA has issued an allergy alert because Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd has recalled a batch of Sainsbury’s Italian Mushroom Risotto due to undeclared wheat gluten. "Due to an error, Sainsbury’s Italian Mushroom Risotto has been manufactured with a sauce containing wheat gluten and chicken which are not declared on the ingredients list. This makes the product a potential health risk for people with an allergy to wheat or who are gluten intolerant." Follow the link for more details.

Aldi recall muesli due to undeclared sulphites

The UK FSA has issued an allergy alert to state that Aldi is recalling all batches of its own brand Harvest Morn Luxury Fruit Muesli due to incorrect allergen labelling information. The product contains sulphites which are not declared on the label. For more details follow the link.

Sainsbury's recall pie due to undeclared allergens

The UK FSA has issued an allergy alert to confirm that Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd is recalling a batch of Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Steak and Ale Pie due to undeclared celery. "Due to a manufacturing error, a small batch of Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Steak and Ale Pie contains celery, which is not declared on the ingredients list. This makes this product a potential health risk for people with an allergy to celery." Follow the link for more details

Friday, 12 September 2008

Salmonella outbreak in Switzerland linked to soft cheese

Eurosurveillance report that in Switzerland there was a nationwide outbreak of gastrointestinal illness due to Salmonella Stanley between September 2006 andFebruary 2007. Eighty-two cases were documented and the cases were more likely to have eaten local soft cheese Salmonella Stanley strain was also isolated from soft cheese and the outbreak ended after the withdrawal of the cheese from the market.

Thursday, 11 September 2008

Material migration from food contact materials

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has issued an alert notification because the FSAI was notified of non-conforming food contact materials (Black Nylon Kitchen Utensils) on the market. The products allowed excess migration of Total Primary Aromatic Amines in contravention of Commission Directive 2002/72/EC and European Communities (Plastics and Other Materials) (Contact with Food) Regulations 2007; S.I. No. 587 of 2007. Some of these substances are considered to be potentially harmful to human health. Follow the link for more details

E.Coli 0111 outbreak in Oklahoma

Over the last couple of weeks there has been much concern over an outbreak of E.Coli 0111. E.Coli Blog reports that 248 persons have become ill including 46 children. One person has died and at least 64 persons have been hospitalised. Whilst the outbreak seems to have been centred on the Country Cottage restaurant the food source has yet to be identified.

Meat recall for potential listeria contamination

The Canadian CFIA has issued a health hazard alert because they and Métro-Richelieu are warning the public not to consume certain batches of Merit Selection Delicatessen Cooked Extra Lean Ham because the product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Click on the link to find out more.

Lead in licorice

The USDA has issued a product recall notice to communicate that Lucky Country Inc. is recalling all of its natural black licorice products from the following states: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Utah, Virginia, and Washington State. This is due to elevated levels of lead. Follow the link for more details

Wegmans recall bagels

The USDA have issued a product recall notice to confirm that:

"Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is voluntarily recalling all varieties of its in-store made bagels and bialys (flattened bagels with various toppings, i.e. pizza) sold in the bakery and purchased between August 24 and September 9, 2008. This recall is being initiated because the bagels may contain pieces of a metal spring from a mixer that entered the dough, which is produced at Wegmans' Central Bakeshop in Rochester, posing a possible choking hazard".

Follow the link for more details.

Postscript: Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. has expanded the voluntary recall of in-store made bagels and bialys. Follow the link.

Monday, 8 September 2008

Bisphenol A

The What to Eat blog has carried a very interesting article on Bisphenol A - do check it out.

Saturday, 6 September 2008

Sweets recalled due to metal contamination

The Food Standards Agency in the UK has issued a food alert because Sainsbury's has recalled a batch of its own-brand confectionery product Strawberry Pencils, as pieces of metal have been found in it. Follow the link for more details.

Canadian recall for listeria

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has issued a health hazard alert to state that they and Metro Ontario Inc. are warning the public not to consume products including sandwiches and party trays because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Follow the link for the associated product codes.

Listeria source may have been identified

Following the series of posts on the Listeria outbreak in Canada associated with Maple Leaf products, BarfBlog has issued a post on the likely cause of the incident. Click on the link for the report.

Undeclared egg causes product recall

In another instance of undeclared allergens the US FDA has issued a product recall alert because the T. Marzetti Company, is recalling a batch of Girard's Honey Dijon Peppercorn (item 58105) because they may have the incorrect back label of Girard's French Dressing (item 58015). The Girard's Honey Dijon Peppercorn contains eggs, which is not declared as an ingredient on the Girard's French label. People who have allergies to egg run the risk of serious allergic reaction if they consume this product. For more details on the recall click on the link.

Sprouting seeds recalled due to potential link with Salmonella outbreak

The US FDA has issued a product recall press release because Sprouters Northwest, Inc. recalling its alfalfa sprout products (alfalfa sprouts, onion sprouts, and salad sprouts) because they may be linked to a recent outbreak of Salmonellosis in Oregon and Washington State. The FDA report that as of the 5th September 13 cases of Salmonella Typhimirium infection have been associated with the consumption of raw alfalfa sprouts. Follow the link for further batch details

Patak Sauce recalled due to potential undeclared milk allergen

The FDA has issued a product recall notice because ACH Food Companies, Inc. is recalling a batch of Patak's® Dopiaza Cooking Sauce. This is because it may contain an undeclared milk allergen. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk may run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. For more details follow the link.

Peaches recalled due to undeclared sulphites

The FDA has issued a product recall press release because Starway Incorporated, has recalled EGO brand Preserved Peaches. This is because the product contains undeclared sulphites and individuals who have severe sensitivity to sulphites run the risk of serious or life-threatening reactions if they consume this product. For more details follow the link.

Hershey topping and undeclared almonds

The US FDA has issued a product recall release because The Hershey Company has undertaken a voluntary recall of 7.25-ounce plastic bottles of Hershey's Chocolate Shell Topping because they contain undeclared almonds. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to almonds run the risk of serious or life threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product. Follow the link for further details.

Friday, 5 September 2008

Bologna and Listeria

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to serve or consume a batch of Maple Leaf bologna because the product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Follow the link for more details

French cheese recalled for Listeria

The FSAI has reported the recall of cheese products in Ireland that have tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes. Follow the link for more details.

Cheese and Listeria

The CFIA and Ivanhoe Cheese Inc. are warning the public not to consume various batches of cheese products because these products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Follow the link for more details.

Follow-up
The CFIA has issued an updated food alert with regard to these and further products - see CFIA

On the 10th September the product recall was expanded further to include more products.

Cookie Dough contains undeclared milk

The CFIA has issued an allergy alert because Loblaw Companies Limited are warning people with allergies to milk proteins not to consume various batches of No Name Cookie Dough products because the products contain milk which is not declared on the label.

Thursday, 4 September 2008

Can Salmonella bind to produce?

The mechanism for how Salmonella bacteria can attach to salad leaves was discussed yesterday at the 21st International ICFMH Symposium 'Food Micro 2008' conference in Aberdeen. This has caused a lot of comment including in the Telegraph, and the FSA Blog.

Wednesday, 3 September 2008

Mushrooms recalled due to potential Listeria contamination

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) have issued a health hazard alert because Ravine Mushroom Farms Inc. are warning the public not to eat a batch of the Fresh Obsessions brand Ready To Serve Pre-washed Sliced White Mushrooms. This is because the product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Follow the link for more details.

CFIA cheese alert

The health hazard alert issued by the CFIA several days ago for cheese and Salmonella contamination has now been extended

Sandwiches recalled for Listeria

Further health hazard alert for Listeria in Canada - follow the link for more details

Smoked Salmon recalled due to potential listeria contamination

The US FDA has issued a product recall notice to advise that Trans-Ocean Products, Inc. is recalling a batch of 4 ounce Cracked Pepper Style Smoked Salmon. This is because it may be potentially contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Follow the link for more details.

Monday, 1 September 2008

Alert for Salmonella and cheese

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Fromages La Chaudière Inc. have issued a health hazard alert warning against consumption of some of the fresh cheeses manufactured by Fromages La Chaudière Inc. because these products may be contaminated with Salmonella. Follow the link for more details.