Thursday, 30 October 2008

More chocolate products recalled

The Food Standards Agency has issued a Food Alert to confirm that Lucky Dip (Nottingham) Ltd has withdrawn certain batches of their own brand Christmas and Halloween Chocolate Pop products, which have been tested in the UK and found to be contaminated with melamine. The report states that:

The affected products were manufactured in Zhongshan, China, by Le Bang Chocolate Food Company, imported into the UK by Lucky Dip (Nottingham) Ltd and sold to a number of retail outlets in the UK. On 15 October 2008 the European Commission adopted Decision (2008/798/EC) requiring that any products originating in or consigned from China containing milk or milk products as an ingredient should be subject to documentary, identity and physical checks, including laboratory analysis, to determine that any levels of melamine present in the product do not exceed 2.5 mg/kg. Those products with more than 2.5mg/kg will be destroyed. The levels of melamine detected in Lucky Dip (Nottingham) Ltd products were 28.9mg/kg and 46.2mg/kg respectively.

Saturday, 25 October 2008

Artichoke recall due to undeclared allergens

The US FDA has issued a product recall press release because Nonna's Real Italiana Cuccine of Slidell, LA is recalling a batch of stuffed artichokes because it contains milk, soy, and wheat that was not declared on the packaging. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk, soy, or wheat run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

Series of listeria recalls in Canada

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume three types of Plaisirs Gastronomiques (PG) brand sandwiches because these products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Savco Food Services Ltd. are warning the public not to consume seven types of Savco brand sandwiches because these products may also be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The public warning issued on October 21, 2008 has been updated to include additional distribution information. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) on the 22nd October warned the public not to consume ready-to-eat roast beef sold at certain deli counters in Ontario because these products may also be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Oickles Tasty Bites warned on 23rd October the public should not consume two types of Oickles Tasty Bites brand sandwiches because they too may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume ready-to-eat roast beef and sandwiches sold at certain stores in Atlantic Canada because the product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. This is a follow up recall resulting from the original recall incident of roast beef conducted by Les Salaisons Desco Inc. (EST 501).

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and William Davids Foods Limited are warning the public not to consume William Davids roast beef sandwiches described below because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

This is a follow up recall resulting from the original recall incident of roast beef conducted by Les Salaisons Desco Inc. (EST 501).

Samsono Ears and Tongue roll recalled due to Listeria

The UK FSA reports that:

"Lignesa Foods Ltd has recalled from sale all date codes of product labelled with 'Samsono' brand Ears and Tongue Roll due to contamination with high levels of Listeria monocytogenes.

The affected product was exported by JSC 'Samsonas' in Lithuania, imported into the UK by Lignesa Foods Ltd and distributed mainly to Eastern European specialty food shops. In addition, the Agency is also investigating whether this product could have been imported via other routes.

The levels of Listeria monocytogenes detected were up to 2.8 x 106 cfu/g, well above the legal limit of 100 cfu/g set in the Microbiological Criteria Regulation (EC) 2073/2005. Listeria monocytogenes was detected above the legal limit in 17 out of the 18 samples taken from a range of premises including the importer. Therefore, this product may pose a serious risk to human health". Follow the link for more details.

Tesco recall sausage meals due to undeclared allergen

The UK FSA has issued an allergy alert because Tesco has recalled some of its Prepared Sausage Meals due to incorrect allergen labelling information: Tesco Classic Bangers and Mash; Tesco Classic Lincolnshire Sausage with Cheddar; Bacon Bubble Squeak and Tesco Finest Classics 3 Cumberland Sausages with Fresh Mash. This is because the products contain small amounts of sulphur dioxide, which is not declared on the label. This makes this product a potential health risk for people who are sensitive to sulphur dioxide.Follow the link to find out more.

Thursday, 23 October 2008

Gingerbread recalled due to undeclared allergen

The US FDA has issued a press release that Harry and David, of Medford, Oregon, is voluntarily recalling approximately 400 1 lb. 4 oz. boxes labeled Harry & David Moose Munch Confection, Milk Chocolate Gingerbread. This is because the package may contain a different Moose Munch product which contains pecans not declared on the ingredient statement. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to pecans run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

More chocolate recalled due to melamine

Spencer and Fleetwood have withdrawn certain varieties of chocolate novelty products due to contamination with melamine according to the UK FSA. The novelty products were manufactured in Zhongshan, China by Le Bang Chocolate Food Company, imported into the UK by Spencer and Fleetwood and sold to a number of retail outlets in the UK. Follow the link for more details.

Sunday, 19 October 2008

Scobe (Llarn) Ltd recall novelty products

The UK FSA has reported that Scobie (Llarn) Ltd has withdrawn certain varieties of novelty products that have been tested in the UK and found to be contaminated with melamine.

The FSA reports that "The affected products were manufactured in Zhongshan, China by Le Bang and imported in the UK by Scobie (Llarn) Ltd and sold to a number of Ann Summers premises in the UK.

On 15 October 2008 the European Commission adopted a decision (2008/798/EC) stating that any products from China containing milk or milk products as an ingredient are currently subject to documentary, identity and physical checks, including laboratory analysis, to determine that any levels of melamine present in the product do not exceed 2.5 mg/kg. Those products with more than 2.5mg/kg will be destroyed. The levels of melamine detected in these products were 126mg/kg,153mg/kg and 259mg/kg respectively."

Follow the link for more details.

Cookies recalled due to concern over melamine

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Lotte USA, Inc., has initiated a recall of all Koalas' March Cookies on September 29, 2008 because they were produced in China and they may be contaminated with melamine. Nine products are affected. Follow the link for more details.

Peppers recalled for undeclared allergens

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has issued an allery alert to warn individuals who are sensitive to sulphites not to consume Cedar Phoenicia brand Greek Golden Peppers. This is because the product contains sulphites which are not declared on the label. For more coding information follow the link.

Beverage recalled due to melamine

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has issued a health hazard alert to confirm that Haofine International Trading Inc. and the CFIA are warning the public not to consume a batch of Mengniu strawberry flavour sour milk beverage. This product is being recalled because melamine test results have proved positive. Follow the link for more details.

Saturday, 18 October 2008

Burgers recalled due to undeclared allergens

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning people with allergies to sesame seeds and/or soy not to consume New World Natural Foods Tofu Burgers, Vegi Burgers and Lentil Burgers. This is because the three affected products contain sesame seeds or soy and this is not declared on the label. Fore more details click on the link.

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Products recalled due to undeclared sulphite

The US FDA has issued a recall press release to confirm that JFC International, Inc. is recalling all products of Kyosai Sengiri Daikon (40/3.50z) due to the present of undeclared sulphite. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to sulfite run the risk of life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product. Follow the link for more details.

Chips recalled due to potential undeclared milk protein

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Barry Callebaut USA LLC is conducting a voluntary recall on its product sold by Kroger Stores under the brand "Kroger Value Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips", 12 oz., UPC Code is 11110–86603 and "sell by" date May 30, 2010. This is because the product may contain undeclared milk protein. Click on the link for more details.

Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Melamine recall

The US FDA has issued a product recall release to confirm that HUA XIA Food Trade USA, Inc. of Flushing, NY, is recalling YILI Brand Sour Milk Drink packaged in 250ml flexible paperboard boxes (all codes and all lots are affected) and YILI Brand Pure Milk Drink packaged in 250ml flexible paperboard boxes (all codes and all lots are affected) because it may be contaminated with melamine.

Bread recalled for undeclared nuts

The US FDA have issued a press release notice to confirm that Arnold Foods Company, Inc. is recalling a batch of BROWNBERRY brand Whole Grains BREAD 100% WHOLE WHEAT (1 LB 8 OZ) because it may contain undeclared almonds, walnuts and hazelnuts. People who have an allergy to these nuts run the risk of life threatening or serious allergic reactions if they consume the product. Follow the link for more details

Fish recalled due to increased potential for Botulism

The US FDA has issued a product recall press release because New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker has alerted consumers not to eat “Frozen Salted Croaker” distributed by YS Trading Corp. This is because the fish was uneviscerated.

The recall notice states that" Uneviscerated fish is prohibited under New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets’ regulations because Clostridium botulinum spores are more likely to be concentrated in the viscera than any other portion of the fish. Uneviscerated fish has been linked to outbreaks of Botulism poisoning."

The "Frozen Salted Croaker" was sold in Hicksville, New York, Flushing, New York, and New Jersey in un-coded, unlabeled plastic bags. For more details follow the link.

Because the fish is uneviscerated, the product may become contaminated with Clostridium botulinum spores,

Monday, 13 October 2008

Raisins recalled due to undeclared sulphites

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Fatima Brothers Inc. of 54-08 43rd St Maspeth, New York 11378 is recalling "Shad Raisins" due to the presence of undeclared sulphites. Follow the link to find out more.

Chocolate recalled as potential undeclared nuts

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Russell Stover Candies, Inc., is recalling one batch of its 2 7/8 oz size of Private Reserve Assorted Chocolates because one piece of candy in the assortment may contain undeclared hazelnuts due to a labeling error. Follow the link to find out more

Flour recalled due to excessive levels of nutrients

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume a batch of "no name brand" all-purpose flour because the product may contain excessively high levels of folic acid, iron, niacin, riboflavin and thiamine. The affected product, no name brand all-purpose flour, is sold in 2.5 kg (5.5 lb) bags bearing lot codes beginning with 125J and UPC 0 60383 01375 2. Follow the link for further details.

The CFIA has issued a further press release with further information

Saturday, 11 October 2008

Chocolate coins and melamine

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume, distribute, or sell a batch of Sherwood Brands Pirate’s Gold Milk Chocolate Coins. The affected product, Sherwood Brands Pirate’s Gold Milk Chocolate Coins, is sold in 840g containers containing 240 pieces per container bearing UPC 0 36077 11240 7 and lot code 1928S1. This product is being recalled due to positive test results for melamine conducted by the CFIA. Follow the link to find out more.

Friday, 10 October 2008

Further batches of jam recalled

The UK FSA has issued an allergy alert to confirm that two further products have been recalled as a result of undeclared sulphites. These are:
  • Cherry Tree Apricot Extra Jam 340g
  • Forest Products Apricot Extra Jam 340g
There are twelve batch codes affected.

Thursday, 9 October 2008

Listeria and smoked meat

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Les Salaisons Desco Inc. are warning the public not to consume two batches of Dunn's Famous brand Smoked Meat pouches because these products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Morrisons recall potato croquettes

The UK FSA has issued a food alert because Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc has recalled a batch of its own brand Frozen Family Favourites Potato Croquettes. This is due to potential contamination with pieces of soft blue plastic. Follow the link to find out more.

Wednesday, 8 October 2008

Aldi recalls chicken due to incorrect date code

The UK FSA has issued a food alert because Aldi Stores Ltd has recalled its own Ashfield brand West Country Whole Chicken due to incorrect date coding of the product.

The alert states that "Aldi Stores Ltd has recalled the affected product and product recall notices have been displayed in stores. These notices alert customers to the recall and advise them of what actions to take if they have purchased any of the affected product. The incorrect 'use by' date applied to the West Country Whole Chicken was 10 Nov 2008 and it should have been 10 Oct 2008". Click on the links to find out more.

Monday, 6 October 2008

Jam recalled due to undeclared sulphites

The UK FSA has issued an allergy alert because Forest Products UK Ltd has withdrawn two batches of apricot jam products. This is as a result of incorrect allergen labelling information. Two batch codes of the Cherry Tree Apricot Extra Jam 340g and the West Country Preserving Company Finest Apricot Extra Jam 340g contain sulphur dioxide which is not declared on the label.
Sulphur dioxide is used as a preservative in the apricot ingredient. This makes these products a potential health risk for people who are sensitive to sulphites. Follow the link for the batch codes affected

Sunday, 5 October 2008

Further melamine recalls

The US FDA is issuing a food recall press release because Tristar Food, Jersey City, NJ is initiating a nationwide recall of all of their 100 ml plastic bottle packages of Blue Cat Flavor Drink (Lanmao). This is because it may be contaminated with Melamine. Follow the link for more details

Saturday, 4 October 2008

Dressing recalled due to undeclared fish ingredients

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and E.D. Smith Foods, Ltd. are warning people with allergies to fish not to consume a batch of Western Family Light Creamy Caesar dressing. The affected product contains fish which is not declared on the label.

Friday, 3 October 2008

Jenks recall Hammonds sauce sachets

The UK FSA advises that Jenks Sales Brokers Ltd have recalled a series of Hammonds Sauce Sachets due to undeclared allergens. These include: gluten, wheat, barley, rye, soya, mustard and egg. Follow the link for more details.

Sainsbury's recall soup due to undeclared allergens

The UK FSA has issued an allergy alert because Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd has withdrawn a batch of Sainsbury's SO Organic Pumpkin & Sweet Red Pepper Soup. This is because some packs of Sainsbury's SO Organic Pumpkin & Sweet Red Pepper Soup actually contain SO Organic Mushroom & Celeriac Soup. As the presence of celeriac and celery in this soup is not declared on the packaging it may be a potential risk to health for people allergic to celery.

Bamboo shoots recalled due to undeclared allergen

The US FDA has issued a product recall press release to confirm that Lion Pavilion Ltd Yulanpian Brand Dried Slices of Tender Bamboo Shoots because it contains undeclared sulphites. The FDA advised that consumers who have severe sensitivity to sulphites run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume this product.

Smoked Salmon and Listeria

The US FDA has issued a recall press release because NY Fish Inc. is recalling Imperial-European Style Smoked Salmon. This is because samples have revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes. Follow the link to find out more.

Thursday, 2 October 2008

Sainsbury's recall seafood due to coding

The UK Food Standards Agency has issued a Food Alert because Sainsbury's Supermarket Ltd has recalled a batch of its own-brand chilled Seafood Selection due to incorrect date coding of the product. Follow the link for more details.

Aldi recall meat pies

The UK Food Standards Agency has issued a food alert because Aldi has recalled four varieties of its own-brand chilled meat pies because the products have incorrect use-by dates. Follow the link for more details.

Melamine recall continues

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning people not to consume seven types of Lotte brand Koala’s March filled cookies as they may contain melamine.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Dai Jung Distributing are advising people not to consume two types of OK OK Kaiser pretzels. These products are being recalled due to a positive test result for melamine conducted by the CFIA.

The FDA have also issued a further press release for Sunny Maid Corp. of Monterey Park, California who is voluntarily recalling Mr. Brown 3-in-1 and 2-in-1 POWDERED PACKETS IN BAG COFFEE MIXES, because they are potentially contaminated with melamine.

The Food Standards Agency has issued an alert about Koala biscuits, a brand of biscuits from China on sale in the UK that have been found to contain low levels of melamine (4.98 mg/kg).

Heinz, Unilever and Mars have also been drawn into the recall
Follow the links to find out more.

Cases rise in Salmonella outbreak in Denmark

n August I wrote about the food safety outbreak in Denmark associated with Salmonella Typhimurium U292 where at least 400 people have been linked to the bacterial infection.According to the article in PolitikenWeekly there have tragically been five deaths and 822 cases of Salmonella Typharium U292 recorded up to 15th September. In a population of five million people this is a large number of cases.