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Chutney recalled due to undeclared sulphur dioxide

The Food Standards Agency reports that Shaws of Huddersfield has recalled their Shaws of Huddersfield 1889 Apricot and Ginger Chutney, because the product contains sulphur dioxide, which is not declared on the label. This makes the product a potential health risk for individuals who are sensitive to sulphur dioxide. Follow the link to find out more.

Postscript

The list of products affected has been updated by the FSA.

Teething syrup may have caused kidney failure

BBC News reports that the Nigerian food and drug agency says that 25 children aged between three months and four years have died after taking a contaminated teething syrup. It has been suggested that the syrup was contaminated with diethylene glycol. This chemical is used as anti-freeze and an engine coolant and may have triggered kidney failure in the children. Follow the link to find out more.

Nougat recalled due to potential insect infestation

The UK Food Standards Agency reports that TK Maxx and Homesense are recalling, on a precautionary basis, all varieties of Properzi and Valentino branded Nougat. The recall follows two reports of insects being found in the nougat.
The products recalled are:
Properzi Nougat – all varieties, all sizes, all dates
Valentino Nougat – all varieties, all sizes, all dates

Follow the links for further details

Further strawberry flavour pencils recalled - this time Tesco

The UK Food Standards Agency has issued a food alert to confirm that Tesco Stores Ltd has recalled a batch of its own-brand Strawberry Pencils (75g) confectionary product, due to a small piece of metal being found within one packet of the product. "Tesco Stores Ltd has recalled the affected batch from sale. Product recall notices will be displayed in all stores. These notices alert customers to the recall and advise them of what actions to take if they have purchased the product.
The product recalled is:
Tesco Strawberry Flavour Pencils, 75g
Best Before End: 03/2010
Batch codes: All
No other Tesco products are known to be affected
."

This follows on from a similar recall in Sainsburys back in September. In that instance the product was the same size (75g) but had a different code: Best before end: July 2009
Batch codes: L-H 8213-3. Follow the original link to find out more.

Butternut squash recalled due to undeclared allergen

The US FDA has issued a press release regarding butternut squash in prepared meals. It states:

"Following a recall from its vendor, the Stop & Shop Supermarket Company has announced it is recalling all butternut squash sides that are packaged with the supermarket chain’s prepared turkey and ham holiday dinners. The recall applies to all 24-ounce sides of butternut squash packaged in the holiday meals and was issued immediately after Stop & Shop’s vendor, Simmering Soup, Inc. recalled the product because of an undeclared egg allergen and quality concerns. The recall applies only to butternut squash that comes as part of the packaged holiday dinners and not to squash sold in the prepared foods department." Follow the link for further details

Undeclared sulphites in cake products

The public warning issued on November 21, 2008, by the CFIA has been updated to include additional distribution information.

"The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning people with sensitivity to sulphites not to consume the Six Fortune brand Papaya Cake and Strawberry Cake products described below. The affected products contain sulphites which are not declared on the label. All codes of the following products, imported from Taiwan, are affected by this alert." For more details follow the link to the site

Vegan cheese recalled due to possible undeclared allergen

The US FDA has issued a product recall press release to confirm that: "PANOS brands, of Saddle Brook, NJ is recalling Vegan Rella Cheddar Block, (a cheese substitute) with a Sell by date of 12/09/2008. This product is being recalled because it may possibly contain an undeclared milk protein. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk protein run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product. No other lot or variety of Vegan is involved." Follow the link for more details

Wegmans recall sauce due to potential undeclared allergen

The US FDA has issued a food recall pres release to confirm that: "Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is initiating a voluntary recall of 24 oz. Wegmans Italian Classics Seasoned Tomato Sauce with a “use-by- date of 11/26/08”, UPC 77890 79010. The product is being recalled because the package may actually contain a milk ingredient which is not declared on the label. The recall of this product is of concern only to those individuals who have an allergy to milk. Consumption may cause a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction in persons with an allergy to milk. No other code dates are affected by this recall". Follow the link for more details

Waitrose recalls bean mix due to allergen alert

The Food Standards Agency has issued an allergy alert to confirm that Waitrose Ltd has recalled a batch of Waitrose Wholesome 10 Bean Mix 500g due to the presence of undeclared gluten and barley as a result of a packaging error.Some packs may contain pulses, rice, and barley (a source of gluten). This makes the product a potential risk for people who are gluten intolerant or allergic to barley. Follow the link for more details.

Fray Bentos pies recalled due to metal contamination

The FSA has reported that Fray Bentos has recalled a batch of its own brand Minced Beef & Onion Pie (425g), due to pieces of metal being found in the product. The affected batch has only been supplied to Iceland stores. Fray Bentos has recalled the affected batch from sale. Product recall notices will be displayed in all Iceland stores. These notices alert customers to the recall and advise them of what actions to take if they have purchased the product.The product recalled is:Fray Bentos Beef & Onion Pie, 425gBest before end: June 2010Batch code: 8169For further details follow the links

Oats recalled due to potential contamination with flour beetles

The Food Standards Agency has issued a food alert because Quaker Oats has recalled a batch of their own brand 1.5kg carton of Quaker Oats Original and 1kg carton of Quaker 'Jumbo' Rolled Oats due to the potential presence of flour beetle (Tribolium confusum) in the product. For more details follow the link to the FSA website or to the product recall notice.

Product recalled due to undeclared allergens

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Seattle's Favorite Gourmet Cookies & Dessert Co. is recalling Orange Cranberry and Banana Nut Muffin Tops because they contain undeclared milk. Individuals who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk could have a serious or life threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. These products are not individually date coded. For further details click on the link.

Tortellini recalled for potential undeclared milk additive

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and AFC Food Group have issued a food allergen alert. They are warning people with allergies to milk not to consume Fresh 2 Go Beef Tortellini. The affected product may contain milk which is not declared on the label.

The code details are as follows:
"The affected product, Fresh 2 Go brand Beef Tortellini, is sold in 2 package sizes, 350 g bearing UPC 0 59749 87838 8, and 700 g bearing UPC 0 59749 87841 8. All Best Before date codes of this product are affected by this alert". Follow the link for more details.
This is the 300th food safety post!

Outbreak of E.coli in Southern Ontario

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is communicating with the public about its investigation into potential food sources connected with an E. coli outbreak in the Niagara, Halton, Waterloo and Guelph areas of Ontario.

They stated that "Although no common food source has yet been confirmed, local and provincial investigators along with the CFIA are studying whether the outbreak is linked to lettuce". Follow the link for more details.

Tesco recalls sponge puddings due to labelling error

The UK FSA has issued a food allergy alert to confirm that Tesco Stores Ltd has withdrawn a batch of 2 Spotted Dick Sponge Puddings due to undeclared egg. Jam sponge puddings, containing egg have been packed in the Spotted Dick Sponge Puddings packaging and egg is not declared on the label. This makes the product a potential risk for people who are allergic to egg. Follow the link for more details.

Amy’s Kitchen Inc. Issues Allergy Alert and Voluntary National Recall due to Possible Undeclared Milk in Tofu Scramble in a Pocket Sandwich

The US FDA has issued a product recall news release to confirm that Amy's Kitchen Inc. of Santa Rosa, California is voluntarily recalling Tofu Scramble in a Pocket Sandwich Lot 10 H148, because of the presence of milk in a product that is labeled non-dairy. Follow the link for product details and further information.

Nestlé Withdraws Nestlé Farinha Lactea Cereal in the United States

The US FDA has issued the following product recall notice "Nestlé is withdrawing Nestlé Farinha Lactea cereal in the United States. Nestlé is taking this action as we have learned that the product may contain residual traces of a pesticide not currently approved for use on wheat in the U.S. While the pesticide is approved for use in Brazil and the noted levels are well below Brazilian standards, it is not used on wheat products in the United States and therefore there is no set standard for its presence in cereal. The pesticide is permitted in the United States on grain crops other than wheat".

Follow the link for more details.

Nestle recall strawberry powder due to potential contamination

The US FDA has issued a product recall news release to confirm that Nestlé USA is voluntarily recalling two production codes of Nestlé Nesquik Strawberry Powder 21.8 ounce. This is because the products may contain small fragments of aluminum. The production codes that are printed on the bottom of each plastic container is a code of "82255880" or "82265880" with a best by date of "August 2010." No other Nestlé Nesquik products or production codes of Nestlé Nesquik Strawberry Powder are affected by this recall. Follow the link for more details.

Cases of Listeria increase in the UK too

After the number of recent posts on the Listeria outbreak in Canada, the Independent has published an article on Listeria cases in the UK. The article focuses on the fact that the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has stated that latest figures show there are 400 cases of Listeria a year, double the number seen in 2001 and a rise of a fifth in the past 12 months. Most of those cases have been in people aged 60 plus. Follow the link to read the full report.

Salmonella cases rise in Denmark

Eurosurveillance report that an outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium phage type U292 that has been ongoing in Denmark since 1 April, now has 1,054 cases that have been registered up until 23 October 2008. I last wrote an update in October when 400 cases had been identified. It further suggests that extensive investigations have not provided clear indications of a specific source of infection but the main hypothesis is that the vehicle of the outbreak are different pork products.

Meat recalled due to potential staphylococcus toxin

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Les Salaisons Desco Inc. are warning the public not to consume some pouches of Dunn’s Famous brand Smoked Meat because the product may be contaminated with Staphylococcus toxin. The affected product, Dunn’s Famous brand Smoked Meat pouches, is sold in 1 kg boxes bearing UPC 4 00007 55699 7 and the Best Before Date 2008 NO 13. A Canada logo with the number 501 also appears on the outside of the box. The 1 kg boxes contain 6 plain wrapped 175 g smoked meat pouches.
Follow the link for more details.

Asda recalls breaded haddock fillets due to undeclared allergen

The Food Standards Agency have issued an Allergy Alert because "a number of Asda frozen Battered Haddock Fillets have been put in the Breaded Haddock Fillet packaging in error. The Battered Haddock Fillets contain milk which is not indicated on the label. This makes the product a potential health risk for people who are allergic to or intolerant of milk or milk constituents". Follow the link for more details

Soup recalled for potential undeclared allergens

The US FDA has issued a food alert press release to confirm that General Mills is voluntarily recalling a single day's production of Progresso Hearty Tomato soup. This is due to a product labelling issue. Product produced on this date may have been mislabeled, and may contain allergens not listed on the ingredient label, specifically egg, milk, and soy. The code is 19May10 NV VN-3 - follow the link for more details.

More developments on melamine

Only a day ago I wrote about melamine and feed and I concluded that "Maybe in time this will be shown to go full circle link back to animal feed ingredients and/or gluten contamination". The BBC News have carried a report to say that animal feed is the likely source of the melamine and yesterday UPI News reported that "in the last two months, China has closed 238 animal feed companies for melamine-related violations and destroyed an estimated 3,682 tons of substandard feed". The International Herald Tribune have also written an interesting article on the subject. Every country has had its own issues with food safety that has linked back to animal feed contamination. In March I wrote a post about dioxin contamination of feed in 1999 and 2004. No country is immune from these problems and national and regional food standards agencies need to ensure that adequate monitoring and verification activities are in place to identify accidental as well as intentional contam…

Melamine and eggs

First it was gluten, pet food, then milk and now eggs that have been found to be contaminated with melamine. First the New York Times reported that Hong Kong inspectors have found that eggs imported from North East China are contaminated with melamine. The melamine level found was almost double the legal limit for food sold in Hong Kong. Then CNN News reported that a second contaminated batch of eggs had been identified from a second supplier. CNN confirms that U.N. officials are concerned that melamine has been introduced to animal feed and that it may turn up in chicken, pork, farmed fish and other products. Maybe in time this will be shown to go full circle link back to animal feed ingredients and/or gluten contamination. Follow the links for more details. First published in The Human Imprint.

Biscuits recalled due to potential contamination with melamine

The US FDA has issued a recall press release to confirm that Everlasting Distributors Inc., is initiating a nationwide recall of all their 3.88oz (110gm) packages of Fresh and Crispy Jacobina Biscuits because it may be contaminated with Melamine. Product was distributed nationwide in Asian Grocery stores. The product comes in 3.88oz (110 gm) blue and red color clear plastic package, labeled “JACOBINA”. Follow the link for more details.

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