Sunday, 29 March 2009
Saturday, 28 March 2009
Damasgate Wholesale recalls certain batches of Ayyam Zaman Halawa (sesame seed paste halva) due to 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.
Friday, 27 March 2009
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 2009
Food Product: Ready-to-eat meal
Name of Product: McCain Shepherd’s Pie
Package Description & Size: Cardboard box outer with plastic tray inner, 400g
Best Before: June 2010 353 only (these 3 digits appear after time code)
Australian Distribution: NSW, ACT
Reason for Recall: Labelling - Undeclared Allergen (fish)
McCain invites calls to their Customer Service team on 1800 065 521 if requiring further information.
Wednesday, 25 March 2009
Tuesday, 24 March 2009
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.
Sunday, 22 March 2009
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.
Saturday, 21 March 2009
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:
|Brand||Common Name||Format||UPC||Best Before / Lot Code|
|Schneiders Lunch Mate Stackers||Ham||111 g||62000 31917||2009 AL 29 9049|
|Schneiders Lunch Mate Stackers||Turkey||111 g||62000 31933||2009 MA 08 9058|
|Schneiders Lunch Mate Stackers||Summer Sausage||111 g||62000 11452||2009 AL 29 9029|
|Schneiders Smart Lunch||Traditional Style Crust Pepperoni Pizza||351 g||62000 18466||2009 MR 22 9021|
|Schneiders Smart Lunch||Bagel Combo with cream cheese||326 g||62000 18469||2009 MR 20 9019|
|Schneiders||Original Wieners||450 g||0 620180 3||2009 MA 04 03391|
|Schneiders||Light 55% Less Fat Wieners||450 g||62000 63681||2009 AL 16 03692|
|Schneiders||Original Juicy Jumbos||450 g||62000 15806||2009 MR 27|
|Schneiders||Hot 'n' Spicy Juicy Jumbos||450 g||62000 15822||2009 AL 10|
In addition, the CFIA is encouraging the public to carefully inspect any similar type products purchased at this store. Should there be any signs of tampering consumers are advised not to consume the product and to contact the police immediately.
Loblaw Companies Limited, Brampton, Ontario has voluntarily recalled the affected products from the No Frills Store located at 191 Silvercreek Parkway, Guelph, Ontario, and is actively participating in this investigation.
Follow the link to find out more.
Interlink Direct Ltd withdraws all batches of CQ Hotpot Seasoning Spicy and CQ Hotpot Seasoning Seafood sauces
Wednesday, 18 March 2009
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.
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 distributed through direct van sales, where retailers who sell African or Afro-Caribbean food products are the main clients.Follow the link for more product details.
Source: FSA website.
Monday, 16 March 2009
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.
Saturday, 14 March 2009
An outbreak of Salmonella Stanley 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 asked to review the literature on sprout-associated outbreaks and develop recommendations on how food safety issues could be managed and reduced. There have been further outbreaks in 2003, 2004 and 2008 - see link.
There have also been recalls in the UK. In 2004, three products containing alfalfa sprouts where recalled due to potential Salmonella contamination. In 2008, Waitrose Ltd recalled its own-brand alfalfa seeds, due to the presence of salmonella in one batch.
This latest incident started to be reported in early March with a recall initiated on March 4th. Food Poisoning Law Blog has reported that there may now be 100 cases and investigations continue. I will keep you posted!
Friday, 13 March 2009
"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 be part of communities’ efforts regarding sewage collection and treatment".
For more information click on the link.
Thursday, 12 March 2009
Product Identification:Morrisons Chunky Vegetable Soup, 330g
Best Before End: December 2009
Morrisons have recalled the affected product.
Wednesday, 11 March 2009
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.
Tuesday, 10 March 2009
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
Monday, 9 March 2009
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, 5 March 2009
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.
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.
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
Wednesday, 4 March 2009
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
Date Notified To FSANZ: 3 March 2009
Food Product: Smallgoods
Name of Products: Sliced Mortadella, Sliced Pancetta, Sliced Danish Salami
Package Description & Size: 1kg Vacuum sealed packages
Use By Date: 18/03/09
Australian Distribution: NSW
Overseas Distribution: Nil
Reason for Recall: Microbial - Listeria monocytogenes
Tuesday, 3 March 2009
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.
Sunday, 1 March 2009
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
BEST BEFORE FEB-13,10
Consumers can return product with these production dates to the store they purchased it from for a refund. There have been no reported injuries.