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Pistachios recalled for Salmonella

March 27, 2009 – The US FDA have issued a product recall to confirm that Kroger Co. is recalling Private Selection® Shelled Pistachios sold in its family of retail stores because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella. Stores under the following names in the 31 states where Kroger operates are included in this recall: Kroger, Ralphs, Fred Meyer, Fry's, King Soopers, Smith's, Dillons, QFC, City Market, Foods Co., Jay C, Scott's, Owen's, Baker's, Gerbes, Hilander and Pay Less. Food 4 Less stores the company operates did not receive any of the pistachios being recalled. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the product. Follow the link for more details.

Damasgate Wholesale recalls certain batches of Ayyam Zaman Halawa (sesame seed paste halva) due to presence of salmonella

The Food Standards Agency has issued a food alert to confirm that Damasgate Wholesale has recalled certain batches of Ayyam Zaman Halawa (sesame seed paste halva) due to the presence of salmonella.

Damasgate Wholesale has contacted all of its customers and requested they remove the affected products from their shelves. The company is in the process of providing retail outlets with point-of-sale notices, which will advise consumers of the products recalled.
The products recalled are:

Ayyam Zaman Halawa - Topped with Pistachio
Ayyam Zaman Halawa - Strawberry Flavour
Ayyam Zaman Halawa - Plain

The Food Standards Agency has issued a further update to the alert.

McCain Foods recalls Shepherd's Pie due to packaging error

AusFoodNews has reported that McCain Foods has announced a voluntary recall of McCain Shepherd’s Pie due to an inadvertent packaging error that has seen some contain a Tuna Mornay meal instead.The affected product was available for sale at Coles Supermarkets, Coles Online, and Bilo Supermarkets from March 2, 2009. McCain has now sent a direction to all stores in NSW and ACT to remove all affected stock from sale.“We apologise for the mix-up but customers are only at risk if they are allergic to fish,” McCain Marketing Director David Boyle advised in a statement.The recall applies only to the product listed below with the specified Best Before date and with the number 353 after the time code. No other McCain products are affected, the company reported.Date Notified To FSANZ: 26 March 2009Food Product: Ready-to-eat mealName of Product: McCain Shepherd’s PiePackage Description & Size: Cardboard box outer with plastic tray inner, 400gBest Before: June 2010 353 only (these 3 digits app…
The US FDA has issued a product recall press release to confirm that Torres Hillsdale Country Cheese of Reading, Michigan has announced the recall of Asadero and Oaxaca soft Mexican-style cheeses due to potential Listeria contamination. Follow the link to find out more.

Shefa brand beef salami may contain Listeria Monocytogenes

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Shefa Meats are warning the public not to consume Shefa brand Beef Salami because the product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The affected product, Shefa brand beef salami, is sold in 750 g packages, bearing lot code 2831, UPC 8 13217 00179 7, and a Best Before date of Jun2 09.This product has been distributed in Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario.There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

FDA warns consumers, food service operators, and retailers to avoid oysters recently harvested from Mississippi Area 2C

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is advising retailers and food service operators not to offer for sale oysters harvested between Feb. 24 and March 17, 2009, from Mississippi Area 2C, located in the Mississippi Sound portion of the Gulf of Mexico near Pass Christian, Miss. Further, consumers are advised not to eat such oysters. Consumers who are uncertain about the origin of oysters they currently have should contact the place of purchase to determine if the oysters are from the affected area as the Agency investigates an outbreak of norovirus illnesses associated with the oysters. Norovirus is a foodborne pathogen that can cause acute gastroenteritis in humans.Eleven individuals reported becoming sick after eating raw oysters at a restaurant in Chattanooga, Tenn. Test results by the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department and Tennessee Department of Health confirmed that the patients were infected with norovirus.

Product recall following concerns over tampering

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Loblaw Companies Limited are warning the public not to consume certain luncheon meat kits and wieners described below. The CFIA is working with Loblaw Companies Limited and the Guelph Police Service to investigate tampering of meat products at the No Frills Store located on Silvercreek Parkway in Guelph. A number of products have been found to contain 50 mm sewing needles.The following products sold from the No Frills Store located at 191 Silvercreek Parkway, Guelph, Ontario are affected by this alert:BrandCommon NameFormatUPCBest Before / Lot CodeSchneiders Lunch Mate StackersHam111 g62000 319172009 AL 29 9049Schneiders Lunch Mate StackersTurkey111 g62000 319332009 MA 08 9058Schneiders Lunch Mate StackersSummer Sausage111 g62000 114522009 AL 29 9029Schneiders Smart LunchTraditional Style Crust Pepperoni Pizza351 g62000 184662009 MR 22 9021Schneiders Smart LunchBagel Combo with cream cheese326 g62000 184692009 MR 20 9019SchneidersOrigina…

Neco Foods Recalls Atlantis Brand Smoked Fish Dip Because of Possible Health Risk

The US FSA has issued a press release to confirm that Neco Foods, LLC of Lantana, Florida is recalling 231 cases of 7 ounce, 32 ounce and 5 pound packages of Atlantis Brand SMOKED FISH DIP, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Follow the link to find out more.

Interlink Direct Ltd withdraws all batches of CQ Hotpot Seasoning Spicy and CQ Hotpot Seasoning Seafood sauces

The UK FSA has issued a food allergy alert to confirm that Interlink Direct Ltd has withdrawn two products CQ Hotpot Seasoning – Spicy and CQ Hotpot Seasoning - Seafood. The above products contain peanut, which is not declared on the label, resulting in incorrect allergen information. These products are, therefore, a potential health risk for individuals with an allergy to peanuts.

Undeclared walnuts in candy

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is warning people with allergies to walnuts not to consume the Brighton Beach Golden Chocolate Candy described in their allergy alert because the product contains walnuts which are not declared on the label. The affected product, Brighton Beach Golden Chocolate Candy, product of U.S.A., comes in individually wrapped pieces and does not have UPC or any lot code.
Click on the link for full details.

Mycotoxins and peanut butter

The Food Standards Agency has issued a food alert because Active brand peanut butter has been found to be contaminated with excess levels of aflatoxins. The Food Alert advises local authorities that if any of these products are found during routine inspections, local authority food law enforcement officers should ensure the products are withdrawn from sale and destroyed.The maximum permitted limits in groundnuts and processed products are 2 μg/kg for aflatoxin B1, and 4 μg/kg for total aflatoxin, and these limits are enforced under the Contaminants in Food (England) Regulations 2007, as amended.

The Active brand peanut butter is distributed in the UK by Marduro, believed to be from Croydon area and is manufactured by Marduro in Ghana. Despite enquiries by local authorities in London, the Agency has been unable to establish distribution details. In previous cases believed to have involved this company, distribution was restricted to the London area and appeared to be distrib…

Morrisons recall curry due to undeclared allergens

The Food Standards Agency has issued an allergy alert to confirm that Wm Morrisons Supermarkets has recalled its own brand Chunky Vegetable Curry (canned) due to presence of undeclared wheat gluten, celery and mustard. The allergens - wheat gluten, celery and mustard, have not been declared on the label so the product is a potential health risk to allergic or intolerant individuals. For more details follow the link.

Peregrina Cheese Corporation Recalls Queso Fresco Because of Possible Health Risk

The US FDA has issued a product recall press release to confirm that Peregrina Cheese CorporationofBrooklyn, New York, is recalling one code of its 14 ounce packages of Queso FrescoFresh Cheese Mexican style soft cheese. This is because it may potentially be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The recall cheese was distributed to retail stores in New York City (Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx and Manhattan) and Pennsylvania (Scranton and Hazelton). Follow the link for more details.

Fish recalled due to Salmonella concern

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Asia Cash & Carry Inc. in Maspeth, New York, is recalling 17 cases of CROWN FARMS brand "GULSHA" Frozen Fish (Bangladeshi Freshwater Fish) in 500 g packages with production code AUG 2008 because the product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Fore more details follow the link.

Salmonella Saintpaul is back!

Between June and August last year, I blogged about the US Salmonella Saintpaul outbreak linked to firstly tomatoes and then confirmed in peppers. . On the 20th August 2008, the CDC stated that since April 2008, 1434 people, were infected with Salmonella Saintpaul with the same genetic fingerprint in 43 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada. Before this outbreak Salmonella SaintPaul was a relatively uncommon serotype, causing, on average, 1.6% of all reported laboratory-confirmed Salmonella infections each year in the US.

An outbreak of SalmonellaStanley occurred in the US and Finland in 1995. Alfalfa sprout consumption was identified as the only exposure associated with S. stanley infections. Alfalfa sprouts eaten by patients in 6 US states and Finland were traced to seed shipped by a Dutch shipper. A Salmonella Newport outbreak in the US associated with alfalfa sprouts then followed. In 1997, the US National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods was aske…

Sweets recalled due to undeclared walnuts

The US FDA has issued an allergy alert to confirm that Golden Chocolate International, Inc.ofBrooklyn, NY, is recalling its Brighton Beach Candy because it may contain undeclared walnuts. People who have an allergy to walnuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product. The Brighton Beach Candy was distributed to retail stores, delis and restaurants located in New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio, and California from December 2008 to date. The product was also sold to one customer in Canada.Click on the link to find out more.

Hepatitis A outbreak in France

Eurosurveillance has carried an article on the Hepatitis A outbreak in France in 2007. The article states that

"111 cases were identified in the outbreak, all of whom lived or had stayed as tourists in the Côtes d’Armor district. Of the cases, 87% had eaten raw shellfish, and 81% specifically oysters. Traceback investigations carried out on raw shellfish consumed by the cases showed that the raw shellfish originated from a single shellfish farm. The shellfish were probably contaminated either in the submersible tanks or in a depuration land-based tank where they were stored. The source of contamination was not identified but shellfish could have been tainted by sewage overflows or by wastewater releases from a polluted storm sewer close to the shellfish farm or from on-site sanitation facilities. To prevent future hepatitis A outbreaks due to shellfish consumption from this area, hazards specific to each farm should be analysed. Timely information on sewage overflows should also b…

Morrisons recall soup due to undeclared allergen

The UK FSA has issued an allergy alert to confirm that Morrisons Supermarkets has recalled its own brand Chunky Vegetable Soup due to the presence of undeclared gluten/barley. A small number of Morrisons Chicken and Vegetable Soup products have been packed into Morrisons Chunky Vegetable Soup packs. Therefore, this product contains gluten, which is not declared on the label and is a potential health risk for gluten allergic or intolerant individuals or those allergic to barley.

Product Identification:Morrisons Chunky Vegetable Soup, 330g

Best Before End: December 2009

Morrisons have recalled the affected product.

Chocolates recalled due to undeclared allergen

The UK FSA has issued an allergy alert to confirm that Castle Chocolates has withdrawn its 50g milk chocolate bar due to incorrect labelling information. The product uses soya lecithin as an ingredient which is not declared on the label. This product is, therefore, a potential health risk for soya allergic individuals.

The product is sold exclusively at Tesco stores in Wales. All the affected stock has been removed from sale and point of sale notices are being displayed in stores to inform consumers of the withdrawal. No other Castle Chocolates products are known to be affected. Follow the link to find out more.

FDA warns about cheese and possible listeria contamination

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to eat Queso Fresco Fresh Cheese Mexican style soft cheese (two specific lots) or any Queso Cotija Molido Mexican style grated cheese manufactured and distributed by Peregrina Cheese Corp. of New York City. These products could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
No illnesses are known to be associated with the products at this time. The company is recalling certain products based on sampling and analysis by the FDA that detected Listeria monocytogenesin some of the samples. For more details follow the link

Sun dried tomatoes recalled due to undeclared sulphites

The US FDA has issued an allergy alert to confirm that Chloe Foods Corporation of Brooklyn, NY is recalling its Chloe Farms brand Marinated Sun Dried Tomatoes because they contain undeclared sulphites. Consumers who have sensitivity to sulphites run the risk of serious of life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume this product. The product is packaged in 8 oz plastic containers. All production lot codes are affected and the product has been distributed to Golub Corporation at 501 Duanesburg Road, Schenectady, NY, 12306. It is a product of USA.

Cheese may contain Listeria

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Portuguese Cheese Co. are warning the public not to consume St. John’s Brand Fresh Cheese described below because the product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The affected product, St. John's Brand Fresh Cheese, is sold in a 500 g package bearing UPC 0 68168 00071 3, lot code 147 and Best Before date 09MR09 (March 9, 2009). The affected product has been distributed in Ontario. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

Ground veal may contain bacteria

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume lean ground veal described below because the product may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. Lean Ground Veal affected by this alert was sold in packages of approximately 0.500 kg, bearing UPC 0 284112 505596 and best before date 09 MAR 8 (March 8, 2009). Product label bears Canada establishment number 429 and was prepared for New Zealand Lamb, Etobicoke, Ontario.This product has been distributed in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. There has been no reported illness associated with the consumption of this product.

Health watchdog issues kebab shop contamination warning

The Guardian reports that one in 20 kebab shop salads and sauces are contaminated with health-threatening levels of bacteria, including E coli and salmonella. This is according to an HPA report that examined 1,213 salad and 1,208 sauce samples from 1,277 kebab shops across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The samples were taken between the beginning of June and the end of July 2007.The salads were tested for the bacteria E coli, Staphylococcus aureus and Salmonella, while the sauces were also examined for bacillus. The study found 4.7% of salads and sauces served at the kebab takeaways contained "unsatisfactory" levels of bacteria and 0.4% of salads and sauces contained "unacceptable or potentially hazardous" levels, meaning the food was unfit for human consumption. Follow the link to read the whole article.

Apricot Chicken recalled due to potential contamination with Bacillus cereus

Ausfoodnews reports that McCain Foods (Aust) Pty Ltd is conducting a voluntary recall of McCain Healthy Choice Apricot Chicken.The affected product has been available for sale at Woolworth/Safeway retailers since March 03 2009. McCain has sent a direction to all stores to remove all affected stock from sale. The report states that:
The product affected may contain Bacillus cereus bacteria and should not be consumed. The recall applies only to this product with the specified Best Before date. No other McCain products are affected. Customers are asked to return the affected product to place of purchase for a full refund. McCain is taking this action as part of its commitment to provide high quality products to its customers.Follow the link for product details.

Mochi recalled due to undeclared allergen

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning people with allergies to peanut proteins not to consume the Japanese Style Sesame Mochi described below. The affected product contains peanuts which are not declared on the label. The affected product, Japanese Style Sesame Mochi, product of Taiwan, is sold in 210 g packages bearing UPC 4 712905 016043. All codes are affected. Follow the link for more details

Sunsprout recalls alfalfa sprouts due to Salmonella

The FDA has issued a press release to confirm that SunSprout Enterprises, Inc., Omaha, Nebraska, is initiating a voluntary recall of Alfalfa Sprouts, Onion Sprouts, and Gourmet Sprouts based on communications it has had with Nebraska State officials regarding several cases of Salmonella St. Paul reported in Nebraska and Iowa. The release states that: Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Health persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses, such as arterial infections (i.e. infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.Follow the link to find out more

Cooked meats recalled due to Listeria

Ausfoodnews reports that Pendle Ham and Bacon Curers Pty Ltd has initiated a consumer recall on the below-listed products as a precautionary health measure. The recall is in response to testing which indicates the presence of Listeria monocytogenes.
Date Notified To FSANZ: 3 March 2009Food Product: SmallgoodsName of Products: Sliced Mortadella, Sliced Pancetta, Sliced Danish SalamiPackage Description & Size: 1kg Vacuum sealed packagesUse By Date: 18/03/09Australian Distribution: NSWOverseas Distribution: NilReason for Recall: Microbial - Listeria monocytogenes

Hazelnut spread contains undeclared allergen

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Arthur Roger & Assoc., Inc. are warning people with allergies to milk proteins not to consume Choconutta brand Chocolate Hazelnut Spread. The affected product contains milk which is not declared on the label. The affected product, Choconutta brand Chocolate Hazelnut Spread, product of Belgium, is sold in 750 g jars bearing UPC 0 55710 07112 3 and lot code L8289508.This product has been distributed in Quebec and Ontario.There has been one reported allergic reaction associated with the consumption of this product.Consumption of this product may cause a serious or life-threatening reaction in persons with allergies to milk proteins.

Milk recalled due to potential metal contamination

The US FDA has issued a recall press release to confirm that Marron Foods is voluntarily recalling approximately 140 cases of Non Fat Dry Milk that may contain a piece of metal that came off the packaging equipment which was discovered as part of regular maintenance. Swallowing fragments of metal may constitute a choking hazard. The product was distributed in Safeway Food stores nationally.The following products are subject to recall:Safeway Instant Non Fat Dry Milk, 25.6 oz Box.
UPC code # 2113038511 The following code dates are printed on the top of each box:BEST BEFORE FEB-12,10
55-343 043BEST BEFORE FEB-13,10
55-343 044

Consumers can return product with these production dates to the store they purchased it from for a refund. There have been no reported injuries.

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