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Cropwell cheese recalled in US

The US FDA has issued a statement to confirm that Cropwell Bishop Creamery Limited of England is recalling in the United States some batches of Blue Stilton and Shropshire Blue Cheese, as a precautionary measure because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Follow the link for product details.

The Canadian Food Inspection Authority issued a similar recall back in December.

Ice cream recalled due to undeclared allergens

The US FDA report that House of Flavors Ice Cream Company, Ludington, MI. has recalled 64 ounce square packages of Hannaford Chocolate Chip Ice Cream lot code number SR L1 26-426 08319 because this lot contains undeclared walnuts. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to walnuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

Rice recalled due to incorrect date coding

The UK FSA has issued a food alert to confirm that Tesco Stores Ltd has recalled a batch of its own brand of Oriental Special Fried Rice, due to an incorrect 'use by' date being given. The incorrect 'use by' date applied was 31 February 2009 and it should have been 31 January 2009.Tesco Stores Ltd has recalled the affected batch and has issued point-of-sale notices to be displayed in stores. These notices advise customers of the actions they can take if they have already purchased the affected product. The product recalled is:Tesco Oriental Special Fried Rice, 300gUse by: 31 February 2009No other Tesco Stores Ltd products are known to be affected.

Chocolate recalled due to undeclared allergen

The UK FSA has issued an allergy alert because a batch of Bovetti Dark Chocolate with Cocoa Beans has been found to contain milk protein that is not declared on the label. No other Bovetti Chocolate products are known to be affected. A batch of the product has been found to contain casein (milk protein) and this makes the product a potential health risk for people who are allergic to, or intolerant of, milk or milk constituents.

Fore more details follow the link,

Peanut butter fall out continues

I have been busy delivering food safety training the last couple of days and in my absence there have been a further THIRTY product recall notices as a result of the actions taken because of the identification of Salmonella contamination in peanut butter.

This is having a truly widespread cost in human and financial terms. Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) has announced that it is now is voluntarily recalling all peanuts and peanut products processed in its Blakely, Georgia facility since Jan. 1, 2007. Two pet products have also been recalled as they have been linked to the recall too.

The latest case count is 529 in 43 states with the most recently reported illness beginning on January 16, 2009.

Unilever withdraws Ben and Jerry’s Chocolate Fudge Brownie Low Fat Ice Cream 500ml due to a labelling issue

The UK FSA has issued an allergy alert to confirm that certain batches of Ben and Jerry’s Chocolate Fudge Brownie Low Fat Ice Cream 500ml distributed to the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland have been inadvertently packed in Dutch packaging with the result that the ingredients list does not appear in English. This makes these products a potential health risk for people who are sensitive to egg, milk, soya or gluten.

The alert states that "Unilever is withdrawing the affected batches from sale and is displaying notices in all stores to alert consumers to the reasons for the withdrawal and the actions they can take if they have purchased the product. They are also publishing notices in a number of newspapers in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The product has not been distributed to other parts of the UK".

No other Unilever or Ben and Jerry’s products are known to be affected.

Report on conditions in peanut butter plant

I last wrote about the peanut butter and Salmonella food recall on 22nd January and almost daily at Food Safety Chat. The New York Times carried an article yesterday on hygiene issues at the peanut butter plant in Georgia in 2006 and 2007. The article states that:"Inspections of the plant in Blakely, Ga., by the State Agriculture Department found areas of rust that could flake into food, gaps in warehouse doors large enough for rodents to get through, unmarked spray bottles and containers and numerous violations of other practices designed to prevent food contamination". It continues:"A typical entry from an inspection report, dated Aug. 23, 2007, said: “The food-contact surfaces of re-work kettle in the butter room department were not properly cleaned and sanitized.” Additional entries noted: “The food-contact surfaces of the bulk oil roast transfer belt” in a particular room “were not properly cleaned and sanitized. The food-contact surfaces of pan without…

FDA peanut butter recall

There has only been one FDA recall update in the last twenty-four hours: Trader Joe’s expanded its voluntary recall to include Trader Joe’s Sliced Green Apples With All Natural Peanut Butter, 7-ounce (UPC 92459) because the product contains peanut butter that was manufactured by Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), which is the focus of an ongoing Salmonella investigation.

Leeks recalled due to potential Listeria

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Les Cultures de Chez Nous Inc. are warning the public not to consume two leek products because the products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Follow the link to find out more.

Postscript 24.01.09

The public warning issued on January 20, 2009 has been updated to include additional distribution information on two further products.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and S. Bourassa (St-Sauveur) Limited are also warning the public not to consume the sliced leeks described below because the product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The affected product, S. Bourassa (St-Sauveur) Sliced Leeks is sold in packages of various weights (approximately 250g to 400g) bearing "EMP. LE 13/01/2009 (January 13, 2009) to 20/01/2009 (January 20, 2009)", "MEIL. AV. 20/01/2009 (January 20, 2009) to 27/01/2009 (January 27, 2009)", and code 160305X.
These products have been distributed in Quebec.

Today's peanut butter recalls

Today's FDA recalls for peanut butter contamination are as follows:

Premier Nutrition today announced a voluntary recall of select TWISTED and TITAN branded bars that contain peanut butter manufactured by Peanut Corporation of America (PCA).

NutriSystem Inc., a leading provider of weight management products and services, today announced a voluntary recall of its NutriSystem-branded Peanut Butter Granola Bar 1.41 ounces or 40 grams packaged in flexible film, lot codes: TC08158A, TC08188A, TC09158A, TC09168A, TC09178A, TC11148A, TC11178A, because the product contains peanut butter which was manufactured by Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), which is the focus of an ongoing Salmonella investigation by the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

Ready Pac Foods, Inc. is announcing that they are initiating a voluntary recall of certain products containing peanut butter that may have been contaminated with Salmonella.

Follow the links fo…

Peanut butter recall reaches the UK

The UK Food Standards Agency has issued a food alert because Lärabar has recalled certain batch and date codes of their own brand Peanut Butter Cookie flavoured snack bar (51g) and Peanut Butter Cookie flavoured mini snack bar (21g), due to the possible presence of Salmonella Typhimurium. Lärabar has withdrawn the affected products from sale and will be issuing a product recall notice in the national press as of today, Wednesday 21 January 2009. These notices will alert consumers to the recall and advise them of what actions to take if they have purchased the affected products. Follow the link for more details.Updated on 24th January as follows:"The Agency has been informed that, on a precautionary basis, Lärabar has extended the recall of Lärabar Peanut Butter Cookie flavour snack bars to include all size, batch and date codes. The affected products have been withdrawn from sale and a product recall notice will be issued by the company in the national press on Saturday 24 Janua…

Salmonella recalls continue apace

The following recalls have been announced by the FDA:

The South Bend Chocolate Company today has a voluntary recall of some candy products because they contain peanut butter from Peanut Corporation of America, which may be contaminated with Salmonella.

Ralcorp Frozen Bakery Products, Inc. has announced that it has taken the precautionary measure of voluntarily recalling all Wal-Mart Bakery brands of PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES, PEANUT BUTTER NO-BAKE COOKIES and PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE NO-BAKE COOKIES because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The cookies contain peanut butter supplied by Peanut Corporation of America which is the subject of an FDA investigation concerning recent Salmonella outbreaks. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the recalled cookies and no other type of Wal-Mart Bakery brand cookies are being recalled.

Ralcorp Frozen Bakery Products, Inc. has announced that it has taken the precautionary measure of voluntarily re…

Further FDA recall

As the full impact of the peanut butter recall takes shape the FDA announces a further recall of associated products:

Perry’s Ice Cream has announced a voluntary recall of select ice cream products containing peanut butter because the products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.FDA and other regulatory agencies have indicated that Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) is the focus of an investigation concerning a recent Salmonella outbreak thought to be caused by tainted peanut butter. As a result of the investigation, PCA has recalled 170 lots of suspect peanut butter and peanut paste. PCA is one of Perry’s peanut butter sauce suppliers. Perry’s is recalling ice cream products containing peanut butter sauce, which have been recalled by PCA. The company has not received any consumer illness complaints about these products.

The US FDA has also issued an update on the recall. Follow the links to get full product lists and further information.

Further peanut butter recalls

The US FDA has issued further food recall press releases associated with the Salmonella and peanut butter incident.

Kellogg Company has announced a voluntary recall of certain Austin® and Keebler® branded Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers and select snack-size packs of Famous Amos® Peanut Butter Cookies and Keebler® Soft Batch Homestyle Peanut Butter Cookies because the products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. No other products are involved in this recall.

Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), a peanut processing company and maker of peanut butter for bulk distribution to institutions, food service industries, and private label food companies, has announced an expanded recall of peanut butter produced in its Blakely, Georgia processing facility as well as the voluntary recall of peanut paste produced in the same plant because these products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The company on January 13, 2009 previously …

Salmonella Tainted Peanut Butter Found in Connecticut

The US FDA have issued this food press release which states that:

"Food inspectors conducting recall effectiveness checks in the state this week in response to the nationwide salmonella outbreak linked to King Nut peanut butter have confirmed the presence of salmonella bacteria in an unopened five-pound tub of peanut butter found at a Connecticut food distributor, Consumer Protection Commissioner Jerry Farrell, Jr.“This is the first unopened tub of King Nut peanut butter found in the country that is definitively identified as being tainted with salmonella,” Farrell said. “My office just received the results from the Connecticut Department of Public Health Laboratory confirming the presence of Salmonella Type B in an unopened tub. This provides further evidence that some lots of King Nut brand peanut butter delivered to food service accounts are responsible for a recent outbreak of salmonella infections in consumers.”For the full press release follow the …

Agency warns against Fangocur mineral drink

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) is warning consumers not to drink Fangocur mineral supplement drink following test results that show dangerous levels of arsenic. The statement reads as follows:
"The Austrian product is only sold to individuals over the Internet and claims to be a 'comprehensive inflammatory bowel disease treatment'. Food supplements are, by law, not allowed to make claims about preventing, treating or curing illnesses – only medicines that have approved evidence that they do what they say they do and are rigorously tested can do this.The FSA has been told of two reported illnesses in the Cheshire area thought to be linked to this drink, with symptoms including dizziness, heart palpitations and stomach cramps. You should not drink this product. If you have consumed this product and feel ill as a result, contact NHS Direct on 0845 4647 or speak to your doctor. The FSA has notified other countries in the European Union about the test results".

Lakenham Creamery Ltd withdraws ice cream due to a labelling error

The UK FSA has issued an allergy alert to confirm that Lakenham Creamery Ltd has withdrawn two batches of Zabaglione Ice Cream due to a labelling error resulting in the presence of undeclared peanut oil. The product is, therefore, a potential health risk for individuals with an allergy to peanuts. Follow the link to find out more about the batch codes affected.

Peanut Corporation of America Announces Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Peanut Butter

The US FDA has issued a product recall press release to confirm that Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), a peanut processing company and maker of peanut butter for bulk distribution to institutions, food service industries, and private label food companies, has implemented a voluntary recall of peanut butter produced in its Blakely, Georgia processing facility because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

The statement states that:
"All product affected was produced on or after July 1, 2008, specific to the lot numbers and descriptions listed below. The peanut butter being recalled is sold by PCA in bulk packaging to distributors for institutional and food service industry use. It is also sold under the brand name Parnell’s Pride to those same industries. Additionally, it is sold by the King Nut Company under the label King Nut. PCA customers who received the recalled product are being notified by telephone and in writing. None of the peanut bu…

Café Favorites Issues a Recall of Sandwiches Because of Possible Health Risks

The US FDA has issued a product recall press release to confirm that "Café Favorites has initiated a recall of their Whole Grain 5" Super Sub with daycode starting with 08343XXX because it may 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 still births among pregnant women".

For more details follow the link

Domega International Ltd., Inc Issues An Alert On Undeclared Sulfites In "Guangdayuan Brand Dried Sweet Potato"

The US FDA has issued a produce recall press release to confirm that Domega International Ltd is recalling “Guangdayuan Brand Dried Sweet Potato" because it contains undeclared sulfites. People who have severe sensitivity to sulfites run the risk of serious or life-threatening reactions if they consume this product.

The release states that the "recalled "Guangdayuan Brand Dried Sweet Potato" is sold in an un-coded, clear 200 gram vacuum packed plastic bag and is a product of China. The product was sold nationwide.

The recall was initiated after routine sampling by NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets Food inspectors and subsequent analysis by Food Laboratory personnel revealed the presence of sulfites in “Guangdayuan Brand Dried Sweet Potato", which did not declare sulfites on the labels. The consumption of 10 milligrams of su1fites per serving has been reported to elicit severe reactions in some asthmatics. Anaphylactic shock could occur in certain sulfit…

Yogurt recalled due to undeclared allergens

The US FDA has issued a product recall press release to confirm that Triple B Corporation dba S.T. Produce, Seattle, WA is initiating a voluntary recall of some Charlie's brand yogurt parfait products because they contain undeclared walnuts and almonds. People who have allergies to walnuts or almonds run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. For full details follow the link.

Salmonella and peanut butter: an update

Further to the post yesterday, the US company King Nut has issued a formal peanut butter product recall. The press release states that "King Nut took this action as soon as it was informed that salmonella had been found in an open five-pound tub of King Nut peanut butter. King Nut distributes peanut butter only through food service accounts. It is not sold directly to consumers. King Nut does not supply any of the ingredients for the peanut butter distributed under its label. All other King Nut products are safe and not included in this voluntary recall".The US FDA has also issued a press release.

Salmonella and peanut butter

Between April and August 2008 last year in the US, 1442 people were identified as having had a Salmonella Saintpaul infection with the same genetic fingerprint. The outbreak covered 43 US states, the District of Columbia, and Canada. The outbreak was first thought to be linked to tomatoes and then was finally linked to jalapeno peppers mainly due to the work of investigators at the Minnesota Department of Health. Over the last few weeks I have been following the emergence of the latest outbreak in the US of Salmonella Typhimurium. The CDC report that "As of Friday, January 9, 2009, 399 persons infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Typhimurium have been reported from 42 states ..... Among the 380 persons with dates available, illnesses began between September 3 and December 31, 2008, with most illnesses beginning after October 1, 2008. Patients range in age from <1>". Once again it seems that the Minnesota Department of Health may have solved…

Fish recall due to ciguatera toxin

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Frobisher International Enterprise Ltd. are warning the public not to consume the School of Fish brand frozen Leatherjacket because the product may be contaminated with ciguatera toxin. The statement reads that:

"The affected product, School of Fish brand frozen Leatherjacket, product of China, is sold in packages of various weights bearing Production Code HI04 and one of the following Size and UPC combinations:

1. Size 100/200 and UPC 8 74718 00074 0; or,
2. Size 200/400 and UPC 8 74718 00073 3.

This product has been distributed in British Columbia and Ontario.

There have been two reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

Fish contaminated with ciguatera toxin may not look or smell spoiled. Ciguatera toxin is a marine biotoxin that accumulates in fish and causes an illness in humans called Ciguatera Poisoning. The toxin is not destroyed by cooking. The symptoms of Ciguatera Poisoning include gastroenteritis…

Nuts recalled due to aflatoxin contamination

The UK Food Standards Agency has issued a food alert to confirm the recall of Chilli and Lemon Roasted Pistachios from Julian Graves. The alert states that:

"Julian Graves is starting a recall of a batch of chilli and lemon roasted pistachios following tests showing levels of aflatoxins 600 times higher than the legal limit.

The affected nuts (Lot number LF02454, Best before APR2009) are sold in Julian Graves stores and were immediately withdrawn from sale on 2 January. The company has initiated a recall of the affected nuts.

The Agency is advising consumers, who may have bought this product, not to eat it and to return it to the shop where they bought it.

If you have already eaten this product it is unlikely that your health will have suffered, but it is important that you should not eat any more. If you have eaten several packets and feel unwell, consult your doctor.

The Agency is working with the company and manufacturer to check that no affected product is on the market".

Alfl…

Waitrose product recalled due to mislabelling

The UK Food Standards Agency has issued an Allery Alert to confirm that Waitrose Ltd has recalled its Low Saturated Fat Chicken Tikka Masala with Pilau Rice. This is due to incorrect allergen labelling information because some packs may contain Chicken Korma with Pilau Rice. This product contains nuts (cashew nut puree) which is not declared on the label. The product is, therefore, a potential health risk for individuals with an allergy to nuts. Follow the link to find out more

$42,000 fine for Australian food poisoning outbreak

Ausfoodnews reports that a couple has been fined $42,000 for causing the worst ever food poisoning outbreak in NSW. The 2007 outbreak affected 319 people with 136 people being hospitalised and a further 165 people seeking medical treatment. Long and Linda Fou, former owners of the Homebush French Golden Hot Bakery, each pleaded guilty to four charges of handling and selling unsafe food in March 2007.

The source of the food poisoning was raw egg mayonnaise used in Vietnamese-style pork and chicken rolls. Follow the link to read the full article.

Further recall for melamine

The US FDA has issued a product recall press release to confirm that National Brands Inc., Spring Valley NY is initiating a nationwide recall of all their 4.76oz (135gm) cans and 12.3oz (350gm) cans of Topaz brand Wafer Rolls because they may be contaminated with Melamine. The product comes in 4.76oz (135gm) metal cans and 12.3oz (350gm) metal cans in the following four flavors:

* Topaz Wafer Rolls with Chocolate Flavored Cream Filling Lot numbers L8085A, L8219A, L8245A
* Topaz Wafer Rolls with Hazelnut Chocolate Flavored Cream Filling Lot numbers L8085D, L8219D, L8245D
* Topaz Wafer Rolls with Vanilla Flavored Cream Filling Lot numbers L8085B, L8219B, L8245B
* Topaz Wafer Rolls with Mocha Cappuccino Flavored Cream Filling Lot numbers L8085C, L8219C, L8245C

Consumers who have the product which is being recalled should stop using it immediately. No illnesses associated with this product have been reported to date.

The recall was initiated after FDA testing discovered that product…

Apricots recalled due to undeclared sulphites

The UK FSA has issued an allergy alert to confirm that The Health Store is recalling one batch of its own-brand Whole, Dried Apricots due to incorrect allergen information. The Apricots contain sulphites, which have been used as a preservative and are not declared on the label. This makes these products a potential health risk for people who are sensitive to sulphites.Follow the link for more details.

Sauce recalled due to undeclared milk allergen

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Groupe St-Hubert, Division Détail are warning people with allergies to milk not to consume a brand of St-Hubert brand Bar-B-Q Sauce. The affected product may contain milk which is not declared on the label. The affected product, St-Hubert brand Bar-B-Q Sauce, is sold in a 398 mL metal can bearing UPC 0 66701 00100 5 and lot code beginning with EXPOC 2011 0 2718BA. This product has been distributed in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland.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.

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