Saturday, 31 January 2009

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, 300g
  • Use by: 31 February 2009

No 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.

Wednesday, 28 January 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.

Tuesday, 27 January 2009

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 wheels in the blanching department were not properly cleaned and sanitized.”

A code violation in the same report observed “clean peanut butter buckets stored uncovered,” while another cited a “wiping cloth” to “cover crack on surge bin.” Tests on samples gathered on the day of that inspection were negative for salmonella".

To read the full article click on the link to the New York Times. The case count is now 501 cases in 43 US States and the outbreak may have contributed to eight deaths.

First posted at The Human Imprint

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.

Monday, 26 January 2009

Heinz BBQ sauce recalled in Australia

Ausfoodnews reports that Heinz Australia is undertaking a precautionary recall of the Heinz BBQ Sauce with Honey & Black Pepper. A small batch of this product was incorrectly labelled and consequently does not declare the presence of wheat and soya.

Follow the link for more details

Salmonella recalls slow over the weekend

There have been three further recall statements from the CFIA and five further FDA product recall notices over the weekend. The latest CDC update puts the number of confirmed cases at 491.

Saturday, 24 January 2009

More peanut recalls

There have been another ten recall press releases from the FDA since my last post yesterday. I have not written about them all individually, but do check out the site for full details at: http://www.fda.gov/opacom/7alerts.html

Friday, 23 January 2009

Product recalls accelerate

There have been twelve further recall press releases from the FDA since my last post thirty or so hours ago. The Salmonella peanut butter recall is certainly gaining serious momentum. I have not written about them all individually, but do check out the site for full details at: http://www.fda.gov/opacom/7alerts.html

Wednesday, 21 January 2009

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 for the full details.

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 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.

The products recalled are:

  • Lärabar Peanut Butter Cookie flavour snack bars
  • All sizes, batch and best before date codes

A copy of the text of the product recall notice issued by Lärabar can be found below. A customer helpline has been provided, the number for which is 0800 0232951. No other Lärabar products or flavours are known to be affected".


UK reaction to Salmonella incident in the US

The UK Food Standards Agency has issued a statement on the current product recall for Salmonella connected with peanut butter. Click on the link to find out more.

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 recalling its Lofthouse® brand PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES, PEANUT BUTTER NO-BAKE COOKIES and PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE NO-BAKE COOKIES, Parco Foods’ Chuck’s Chunky® food service brand PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES and Pastries Plus GOURMET COOKIES because the cookies have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Ralcorp Frozen Bakery Products, Inc. announced that it has taken the precautionary measure of voluntarily recalling its Food Lion Bake Shop brand PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES because the cookies have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Meijer initiated a voluntary recall of two types of its Meijer Brand crackers and two types of Meijer Brand ice cream sold in all of its stores and gas stations in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. Meijer removed all identified products from its stores and gas stations.

Clif Bar & Company has announced a voluntary recall of CLIF(R) and LUNA(R) branded bars that contain peanut butter because the products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Abbott Nutrition has also announced that it is initiating a precautionary, voluntary recall of ZonePerfect® Chocolate Peanut Butter bars, ZonePerfect® Peanut Toffee bars and NutriPals™ Peanut Butter Chocolate bars in response to the widening recall involving peanut butter and peanut paste ingredients manufactured by Peanut Corporation of America (PCA).

The Kroger Co. is recalling Private Selection Peanut Butter Passion Ice Cream sold in select stores because the peanut butter in the ice cream was supplied by Peanut Corporation of America and may be contaminated with Salmonella.

Evening Rise Bread Co. of McCall, Idaho is recalling Peanut Butter Cookies and Peanut Butter Bars, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Country Maid Inc, is voluntarily recalling its 2 pound packages of Classic Breaks Peanut Butter Cookie Dough because the peanut butter used to make the cookie dough was supplied by Peanut Corporation of America and may be contaminated with Salmonella.

Nature's Path Organic Foods of Richmond, British Columbia, Canada is recalling Optimum Energy Bars Peanut Butter flavor, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

PetSmart is voluntarily recalling seven of its Grreat Choice® Dog Biscuit products that contain peanut paste made by Peanut Corporation of America (PCA)

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) are also warning the public not to consume various snack foods because these products may be contaminated with Salmonella. These snack foods contain peanut butter and / or peanut paste which have been recently recalled in the USA by Peanut Corporation of America due to Salmonella contamination.

Click on any of the links to find out more details on the products affected

Sunday, 18 January 2009

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.

Saturday, 17 January 2009

Sandwiches recalled due to possible contamination with Listeria

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and HQ Fine Foods are warning the public not to consume certain Hygaard brand sandwich because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. For full details follow the link.

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 announced the recall of 21 lots of peanut butter produced on or after July 1, 2008.

Hy-Vee Inc. is voluntarily recalling the following products made in its bakery departments because they contain peanut butter that has the potential to be contaminated with salmonella: Peanut Butter Cookies, Monster Cookies, Peanut Butter Reese's Pieces Cookies, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies, Lunchbox Reese's Pieces Cookies, Lunchbox Peanut Butter Cookies, People Chow Party Mix and Assorted Truffle Fudge. All sell-by dates are included in this recall. The products are sold in various packaging and quantities and have a Hy-Vee price label attached. All items should be destroyed or returned to Hy-Vee for a full refund.

For full details follow the link.

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 link.

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".

Wednesday, 14 January 2009

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 butter being recalled is sold directly to consumers through retail stores.

“We deeply regret that this has happened,” said Stewart Parnell, owner and president of PCA. “Out of an abundance of caution, we are voluntarily withdrawing this product and contacting our customers. We are taking these actions with the safety of our consumers as our first priority.”

PCA initiated this recall after an open container of King Nut brand peanut butter in a long-term care facility in Minnesota was found to contain a strain of salmonella. King Nut brand peanut butter is produced by PCA.

According to the Minnesota Department of Health and Minnesota Department of Agriculture, the Minnesota laboratory analyses on the contamination in the already-opened container of peanut butter have the same genetic fingerprint as the cases in the national outbreak that has sickened almost 400 people in 42 states.

The voluntary recall of 21 lots of its peanut butter, in containers ranging from five to 50 pounds, is being taken immediately. PCA is notifying its institutional customers and has set up a toll-free hotline number 1-877-564-7080 to answer questions.

PCA is continuing to work closely and cooperating with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as state officials as part of this ongoing investigation.

According to a CDC update issued on their website today (January 13, 2009), preliminary analysis of an epidemiologic study conducted by CDC and public health officials has suggested peanut butter as a likely source. The CDC and other public health officials are continuing to conduct surveillance for cases of infection with the outbreak strains, and to gather and analyze data or exposures that may be associated with illness. To date, no association has been found with common brand names of peanut butter sold in grocery stores.

Customers are asked to take all peanut butter manufactured with the lot numbers listed below out of distribution immediately. Customers can call the following toll-free 24-hour number 1-877-564-7080 for further instructions on what to do with the product or visit the company website at www.peanutcorp.com for additional information.

Eating food contaminated with Salmonella can result in abdominal cramping, diarrhea, and fever. Most people infected with Salmonella develop the symptoms 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment. However, in some persons, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses. For more information on the salmonella bacteria, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Website at http://www.cdc.gov."

For details on the batch codes and to read the full recall - click on this link.

Tuesday, 13 January 2009

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 sulfite sensitive individuals upon ingesting 10 milligrams or more of sulfites".

Follow the link to find out more.

Sunday, 11 January 2009

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.

Saturday, 10 January 2009

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 the mystery of the source of the outbreak. They have issued a news release which states that:

"Officials from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) today issued a product advisory after MDA’s preliminary laboratory testing indicated the presence of Salmonella bacteria in a 5-pound container of King Nut brand creamy peanut butter.

The product is distributed in Minnesota to establishments such as long-term care facilities, hospitals, schools, universities, restaurants, delis, cafeterias and bakeries. At this time, the product is not known to be distributed for retail sale in grocery stores. State officials are urging establishments who may have the product on hand to avoid serving it, pending further instructions as the investigation progresses".

Laboratory results for the product sample have not yet been linked this product to the national outbreak, but confirmatory laboratory results are expected early next week.

Two years ago another Salmonella outbreak was linked to peanut butter. In that outbreak the CDC identified that as of May 2007 628 people were confirmed to have been infected with Salmonella Tennessee. This was subsequently was isolated from several opened and unopened jars of Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter and from two environmental samples obtained from the production plant. Between April and June 1996, 15 persons with Salmonella enterica serovar Mbandaka infection were reported in South Australia and this outbreak was also linked to peanut butter.

I will keep you up to date with developments.

First posted at The Human Imprint.

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 (vomiting, cramps, diarrhea), itching of the skin, and central nervous system dysfunction, which often includes hot and cold inversion (e.g., cold foods or drinks feel hot, a hot shower feels cold, etc.)."

For more details follow the link

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".

Alflatoxins are a naturally found toxin to find out more visit the "Bad Bug Book" Aflatoxins are carcinogenic "cancer inducing" substances which is why they are of major concern as a food contaminant.

Thursday, 8 January 2009

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

Tuesday, 6 January 2009

$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 was found to contain Melamine. For more details follow the link.

Friday, 2 January 2009

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 EXP OC 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.