Thursday, 30 April 2009

Food Trac withdraws two batches of Lar brand 13mm frozen cooked diced chicken breast due to possible undercooking

The UK FSA has issued a food alert to confirm that Food Trac has withdrawn two batches of Lar brand 13mm frozen cooked diced chicken due to possible undercooking. The affected batches have been distributed by Lomond Foods.

The Agency has been informed that Food Trac has withdrawn the affected batches from sale. The product has been imported from Brazil and distributed widely, mainly to catering establishments in Scotland and to a limited number of premises in England. The affected products have been withdrawn from outlets supplied. For more details click on the link

Sainsbury's withdraws Strawberry Pencils due to a 'suitable for coeliacs' label on a product containing wheat gluten

The UK FSA has issued an allergy alert to confirm that Sainsbury's has withdrawn its Strawberry Pencils due to a 'suitable for coeliacs' label being on a product containing wheat gluten. All batch codes of the above product contain wheat gluten. A 'suitable for coeliacs' label is incorrectly present on the packaging. This makes the product a potential health risk for people who are allergic to or intolerant of wheat gluten. Follow the link for more details.

Jolly Good Food recalls certain batches of Various Products due to possible allergen contamination

The UK FSA has issued an allergy alert covering a range of Jolly Good Food products because they each contain undeclared allergens including peanuts, tree nuts, sesame, cow's milk and gluten. More than 75 products have been recalled - follow the link for more details.

Meat recalled due to Listeria concerns

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Piller Sausages and Delicatessens Ltd. are warning the public not to consume two batches of Piller’s brand Maple Flavoured Smoked Ham and Hickory Smoked Turkey Bacon because these products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Follow the link to find out more.

The CFIA and Piller have issued two further recall notices on the 30th April also see recall notice. xx

Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Products recalled due to undeclared milk

The US FDA has issued a produce recall press release to confirm that McCormick & Company, Incorporated (NYSE:MKC) has announced a voluntary recall of Lawry's® Fajitas Spices & Seasonings packages with UPC Code 2150022500 and a “best if used by” date of OCT0110PX62, sold under the Lawry's brand. Lawry's Fajitas Spices & Seasonings packages with this date code contain undeclared milk ingredients.

People who have allergies to milk run the risk of serious or life threatening allergic reactions if they consume this product. Follow the link to find out more.

Sunday, 26 April 2009

Torres Hillsdale Country Cheese LLC Announces the Recall of Oaxaca Cheese due to Possible Listeria Monocytogenes Contamination

The FDA has issued a food alert press release to confirm that Torres Hillsdale Country Cheese of Reading, Michigan has recalled Oaxaca soft Mexican-style cheese due to potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Follow the link to find out more.

Cookies recalled due to concern over undeclared allergen

The FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Alternative Baking Company, Inc. of Sacramento, California is conducting a nationwide recall of several types of chocolate chip cookies with code dates of 015 through 036 stamped on the fold of the cellophane package in black ink. The chips appear to contain milk and have caused reactions in a few children who are highly allergic to milk according to phone calls from parents of the affected children. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk, run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

Alfalfa sprouts recalled again for potential Salmonella contamination

The FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Los Angeles Calco of Arcadia, CA is recalling their Los Angeles Calco brand of Alfalfa sprouts because they may be contaminated with salmonella. Follow the link for more details.

Brent and Sam's Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Pecans in "Simply Enjoy" Pina Colada White Chocolate Gourmet Cookies

The FDA has issued a press release to confirm that North Little Rock-based Brent and Sam’s have issued a voluntary recall on 31 cases of “Simply Enjoy” Brand Pina Coloda White Chocolate Gourmet Cookies because it may contain undeclared pecans. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to tree nuts(pecans) run the risk of serious or life threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

The “Simply Enjoy” Brand Pina Colada White Chocolate Gourmet Cookies were distributed to Stop n Shop stores located in New Jersey, New York, New Hampshire, Maine, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Follow the link for more details.

Saturday, 25 April 2009

Jolly Good Food recalls certain batches of Organic Puffed Rice 200g due to possible nut contamination

The UK FSA has issued an allergy alert to confirm that Jolly Good Food has recalled certain batches of Organic Puffed Rice 200g due to possible nut contamination. The product is potentially contaminated with nuts which are not declared on the label. This makes this product a potential health risk for people with a nut allergy. Follow the link to find out more.

Memory Lane Cakes Ltd withdraws batches of Nestle FUNtastic Chocolate Cake due to incorrect labelling information

The UK FSA has issued an allergy alert to confirm that Memory Lane Cakes Ltd has withdrawn batches of Nestle FUNtastic Chocolate Cake due to incorrect labelling information because due to a packaging error, the reference to whole egg in the ingredients list has been omitted. This product is, therefore, a potential health risk for egg allergic individuals. Follow the link to find out more about the batches affected.

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Cardamom recalled due to concern over Salmonella

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume certain green cardamom because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella. Follow the link for more details.

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

A.G Barr PLC withdraws Simply Fruity and Simply Aqua drinks due to reports of a problem with the bottle cap

The FSA has issued a food alert to confirm that A.G Barr PLC has withdrawn batches of Simply Fruity and Simply Aqua drinks, due to reports of a problem with the bottle cap. All three complaints have related to young children who have chewed the cap, which has led to the cap coming off the bottle and causing a choking hazard. The contents of the bottle are safe to drink. Follow the link for more details.

Esteban Espuña, S.A. (Spain), withdraws Chorizo Sarta Fort/Scharf Hot due to the possible presence of Salmonella Typhimurium

The UK FSA has issued a food alert to confirm that Esteban Espuña, S.A. (Spain) has withdrawn certain date batches of Chorizo Sarta Fort/Scharf Hot, due to the possible presence of Salmonella Typhimurium.

The Agency has been informed that Esteban Espuña, S.A. has withdrawn the affected products, which have been distributed to a number of companies within the UK. The affected products have been withdrawn from outlets supplied and point-of-sale notices have been displayed. Consumers are advised not to eat the affected products. Follow the link for more details.

Saturday, 18 April 2009

Tesco Stores Ltd withdraws Storck Nimm 2 Polish Candy due to sweetened condensed milk and whey powder not being declared

The UK FSA has issued an allergy alert to confirm that Tesco Stores Ltd has withdrawn Storck Nimm 2 Polish Candy due to sweetened condensed milk and whey powder not being declared on the label. All batch codes have been found to contain sweetened condensed milk and whey powder, which has not been declared on the label. This makes the product a potential health risk for people who are allergic to or intolerant of milk or milk constituents.

Sainsbury’s recalls one date code of own brand Frozen Thin & Crispy Vegetable Stonebake Pizza, due to metal contamination

The UK FSA has issued a food alert to confirm that Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd has recalled one date code of Sainsbury’s Frozen Thin & Crispy Vegetable Stonebake Pizza, due to small pieces of metal being found within the base of the product. The product recalled:Sainsbury’s Frozen Thin & Crusty Vegetable Stonebake Pizza - Pack size: 312 g - Best before end: Feb 2010
No other Sainsbury’s products are known to be affected.

Friday, 17 April 2009

Undeclared peanuts cause cookie recall

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Dollarama are warning people with allergies to peanut proteins not to consume Bergen brand Apple Cinnamon Cookies. The affected product may contain peanuts which are not declared on the label. All Best Before date codes of the Bergen brand Apple Cinnamon Cookies, product of Poland, sold in 150 g packages are affected by this alert.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.
Consumption of this product may cause a serious or life-threatening reaction in persons with allergies to peanuts.

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Food-borne illness in the US

Shigella Blog has reported on the most common food-borne illness reported in 10 U.S States.
The ranking was as follows:
1. Salmonella
2. Campylobacter
3. Shigella
4. Cryptosporidium
5. STEC O157
6. STEC non-O157
7. Yersinia
8. Listeria
9. Vibrio
10. Cyclospora

Undeclared allergen causes recall

The FDA has issued a product recall press release to confirm that the Olde Cape Cod Foods of Ayer, MA is voluntarily recalling Old Cape Cod Sweet & Bold Grilling Sauce, because it contains trace amounts of an undeclared seafood allergen (anchovy). People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to seafood allergen run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product. This product is not a health risk to those who do not have a seafood sensitivity or allergy.

Products can be identified by the Olde Cape Cod logo and are packed in the following packages:
Sweet & Bold Grilling Sauce, 15.5 ounce glass bottle, UPC 90997-60100
Sweet & Bold Grilling Sauce, 23.2 ounce plastic squeeze bottle, UPC 90997-61020.
Code dates involved are up to, but not including “Apr 10 10” (April 10, 2010).Product was distributed from March 2008 through April 2009 to retail stores nationwide. No illnesses have been reported.

Sunday, 12 April 2009

Undeclared peanuts in cookies

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Dollarama are warning people with allergies to peanut proteins not to consume the Bergen brand Almond Cookies described below. The affected product may contain peanuts which are not declared on the label. All Best Before date codes of the Bergen brand Almond Cookies, product of Poland, sold in 145 g packages are affected by this alert.

This product has been distributed nationally. There has been one reported illness associated with the consumption of this product.

Saturday, 11 April 2009

Cub Foods Brand Queen Olives Stuffed With Minced Pimientos Recalled Due To Possible Glass Contamination

The US FDA has issued a produce recall press release to confirm that CUB FOODS is voluntarily recalling Cub Foods brand Queen Olives Stuffed with Minced Pimientos because the jars have the potential to be contaminated with glass. The affected product was sold at Cub Foods stores in Minnesota and Iowa. There have been no reported injuries associated with the identified product. This product recall includes all: Product Name and Description: Cub Foods® Queen Olives Stuffed with Minced Pimientos, 7 oz UPC#: 41130-48488

Follow the link for more details.

Mrs. Grissom’s Salads Announces Voluntary Product Recall Due To Undeclared Anchovies

The US FDA has issued a food recall press release to confirm that Mrs. Grissom’s Salads is recalling ALL LOTS of the following cheese products due to undeclared anchovies:

Cheese products packaged under the Mrs. Grissom’s brand:

* Premium Cheese Spread, packaged in 11 oz, 24 oz, 48 oz and 5 lb plastic tubs
* Hot Jalapeno Cheese Spread or Dip, packaged in 11 oz plastic tubs
* Original Recipe Pimento Cheese Salad, packaged in 11 oz and 5 lb plastic tubs
* Jalapeno, Hot Cheese Dip, packaged in 8 oz plastic containers
* Gar-licious, Garlic & Onion Flavor Cheese Dip, packaged in 8 oz plastic containers
* Cheese n’Cheese, Double Cheese Dip, packaged in 8 oz plastic containers
* Bac’n Cheese, Bacon Flavor Cheese Dip, packaged in 8 oz plastic containers
* Ragin’ Cajun, Spicy Cheese Dip, packaged in 8 oz plastic containers

Cheese products packaged under the Grace’s HomeStyle Brand:

* Pimento Sandwich Spread, packaged in 11 oz and 24 oz plastic tubs
* Hot Jalapeno Pimento Spread or Dip, packaged in 11 oz plastic tubs

These products were distributed through retail grocery and dollar stores in Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia and West Virginia. The omission was discovered April 8, 2009 during a routine inspection at the company’s processing and packaging plant in Nashville, Tennessee. The Worcestershire sauce used in these products contains anchovies, and people who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to fish run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

Fineland Corp Issues Alert on Undeclared Sulfites in Mong Lee Shang Brand Dry Bamboo Shoots

The US FDA has issued a food recall press release to confirm that Fine Land Corp of 239 Bay 20th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11214, is recalling Mong Lee Shang Brand Dry Bamboo Shoots because it contains undeclared sulphites. Consumers who have severe sensitivity to sulphites run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume this product. Mong Lee Shang Brand Dry Bamboo Shoots is sold in an un-coded, 6 ounce, clear plastic package and was distributed nationwide. It is a product of Taiwan .

The recall was initiated after routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors and subsequent analysis by Food Laboratory personnel revealed the presence of sulphites in Mong Lee Shang Brand Dry Bamboo Shoots which were not declared on the label. The consumption of 10 milligrams of sulphites per serving has been reported to elicit severe reactions in some asthmatics. Anaphylactic shock could occur in certain sulphite sensitive individuals upon ingesting 10 milligrams or more of sulphites.

No illnesses or allergic reactions involving this product has been reported to date.

Sprouts recalled for potential contamination with Listeria

The US FDA has issued a product recall press release to confirm that Amalgamated Produce, Inc. (API), Bridgeport, CT, has announced a voluntary recall of its Specialty Farms, Vermont Sprout House, Nature’s Promise and BroccoSprouts (noted as distributed by API, Bridgeport, CT) sprout items with sell by date codes of March 31 through to April 27, 2009. These sprouts are being recalled because they may have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Follow the link for more details.

Friday, 10 April 2009

Yoghurt coated fruit recalled due to undeclared allergen

The UK FSA has issued a food allergy alert to confirm that Marybake has recalled batches of yoghurt coated fruit due to a labelling error resulting in an incorrect ingredient list. The products contains whey powder and lactose, but they are not labelled as being derived from milk. This makes the product a potential health risk for people with a milk allergy.

Thursday, 9 April 2009

Cardamom may be contaminated with Salmonella

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume certain green cardamom because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella. Follow the link to find out more details.

Undeclared milk in non-dairy frozen product

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and SoyaWorld Inc. are warning people with allergies to milk proteins not to consume So Good brand Creamy Vanilla Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert described below. The affected product contains milk protein which is not declared on the label.

The affected product, So Good brand Creamy Vanilla Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert, is sold in a 946 mL carton, bearing UPC 6 26027 00410 6, and a 10-digit lot code beginning with "G8350" located on the rim of the lid.

This product has been distributed in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. There has been one reported 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.

Mars Food UK Ltd recalls certain batches of sauces due to possible contamination with traces of metal

The UK FSA has issued a food alert to confirm that Mars Food UK Ltd has recalled certain batches of sauce products, due to possible contamination with traces of metal thought to be small pieces of copper wire. Mars Food UK Ltd has recalled the affected batches as a precautionary measure. The products recalled are:

Dolmio Tomato and Cheese Pasta Bake, 500g jar
Best before date: 25.03.2010

Dolmio Red Sauce for Lasagne, 750g jar
Best before dates: 25.09.2010 and 01.10.2010

Dolmio Tomato and Basil Culinary Sauce, 2.29kg (catering pack, also sold through wholesale outlets)
Best before date: 19.03.2010

Dolmio Bolognese Culinary Sauce, 2.3kg (catering pack also sold through wholesale outlets)
Best before date: 19.03.2010

Uncle Ben’s Chilli Con Carne Culinary Sauce, 2.3kg (catering pack also sold through wholesale outlets)
Best before date: 20.03.2010

No other date codes or products within the Dolmio and Uncle Ben’s Culinary Sauce ranges have been affected.

Undeclared allergen in breaded vegetable sticks

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Rich Products Corporation is voluntarily recalling its Farm Rich Breaded Vegetable Sticks manufactured for foodservice operators nationwide because the product contains an incorrect ingredient list appearing on the shipping label. Specifically, the ingredient listing on the incorrect labels do not include the allergen egg. People who have an allergy to eggs run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Beef recalled over E.Coli concerns

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Canada Safeway are warning the public not to consume certain Safeway lean ground beef because it may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

Lean Ground Beef affected by this alert was sold in packages of approximately 0.450 kg, with the first part of UPC being 201670. Product label bears Canada establishment number 573 and the product was prepared for certain Canada Safeway stores in Northeastern Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

The affected packages bear a Best Before or a Freeze By date of March 19 and were sold from March 13 to March 19, inclusive and are no longer available for sale. Consumers who may have previously purchased this product and still have it in their freezers, are advised not to consume this product.
There has been no reported illness associated with the consumption of this product

Allergens not declared in Korean foods

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning people with allergies to milk, sesame seeds, soy and almonds not to consume various food products imported from Korea. The affected products contain milk, sesame seeds, soy and almonds which are not declared on the label. Follow the link for more details. These products are known to have been distributed in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario. However, it is likely these products were distributed nationally.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Salmon may be contaminated with Listeria

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has warned consumers not to eat Strubs Norwegian Style Sliced Smoked Steelhead Salmon in 300 gram packages because of potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The FDA urges consumers who have purchased the Strubs product to dispose of the product in a safe manner and wash their hands thoroughly after handling the product. For product details follow the link.

The contamination was discovered by the FDA and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency during routine testing.

Monday, 6 April 2009

Salmonella and nuts - escalating costs

There have been a further 30 or so product recalls since I last blogged about pistachios, peanuts and salmonella. How much will these recalls finally cost the industry?

Sunday, 5 April 2009

Chocolate figures recalled due to allergen alert

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Chocolat Laurentide Inc. are warning people with allergies to egg protein not to consume the chocolate Easter figurines described below. The affected products contain egg protein which is not declared on the label.

The affected chocolate figurines are decorated with eyes that contain egg protein which is not declared on the label. The chocolate figurines are packaged in see-through plastic bags with the Laurentide brand, ingredient list and company contact info, as well as a sticker with the Nutrition Facts table. The packages do not bear a UPC or lot code.

These products have been distributed in Quebec. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.
Consumption of this chocolate Easter figurines may cause a serious or life-threatening reaction in persons with allergies to egg protein.

Product may contain undeclared peanuts

The FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Lawrence's Delights, Atlanta, Ga is recalling its 2 oz walnut Baklava because it may contain undeclared peanuts. People who have allergies to peanuts run the risk of serious of life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products

Products may be contaminated with cleaning chemical

The FDA has issued a product recall press release to confirm that Stonyfield Farm is conducting a voluntary recall of Fat Free Plain Quarts in Stonyfield Farm branded containers limited to specific dates. The products are being recalled because they may contain a presence of food grade sanitiser. Follow the link for more details.

Gluten free rice bread contains wheat

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is warning people with sensitivities or allergies to wheat proteins not to consume certain gluten or wheat free organic brown and white rice buns because these products contain wheat that is not declared. Follow the link to find out more.

Friday, 3 April 2009

Major recall for pistachios

Twenty products have now been recalled as part of the pistachios recall in the US. Go to the FDA website for the latest details. This is on top of the 2000 products that have been recalled for Salmonella and peanut butter. Additional peanut products are being recalled still on a daily basis.

Nuts continue to prove problematic in the food supply chain.

Heinz sauce recalled due to labelling error

Ausfoodnews reports that Heinz Australia is undertaking a precautionary recall of a small batch of Heinz Dijon Mustard Sauce With A Hint of Orange. This is due to the fact that a small amount of this product was incorrectly labelled and consequently does not declare the presence of egg and milk. The recall applies only to Heinz Dijon Mustard Sauce With A Hint of Orange, batch code 3248, best before 19/11/10.

Asda recall product - possible metal contamination

The UK FSA has issued a food alert to confirm that Asda has recalled two sizes of its ultra light mayonnaise product due to possible contamination with traces of metal

Asda has recalled the affected batch from sale as a precautionary measure. Product recall notices will appear in its retail stores and will be also published in the national press. These notices alert customers to the recall and advise them of what actions to take if they have purchased the product. The product recalled is:

ASDA Ultra Light Mayonnaise 500ml – Date Code: BBE DEC 2009
ASDA Ultra Light Squeezy Mayonnaise 450ml – Date Code: BBE DEC 2009

Follow the link for more details.

Saalmonella and Mayo

The FDA has issued a press release to confirm that The Kroger Co. is recalling Kroger Lite Mayo in 32-ounce plastic jars with a “Sell by” date of SEP-25-09 that was sold in Kroger stores in Southwestern Ohio, including Cincinnati and Dayton, and in Northern Kentucky and Southeastern Indiana because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella.
No illnesses have been reported in connection with the product.

Bread recalled due to undeclared allergens

The FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Unified Grocers is recalling six Mariegold Baking bread products (units) because they may contain undeclared milk and soy. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk or soy may run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.
Mariegold Baking breads are distributed by Unified Grocers and other distributors to select independently-owned and operated retail grocery stores in Southern California, Nevada and Arizona. Follow the link for coding details.

Salmonella and spices

The FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Union International Food Co. of Union City, CA is recalling 15-pound. and smaller size packages of the Lian How brand spices (for a complete list of the products and sizes follow the link) and Uncle Chen brand white pepper & black pepper (whole and ground) in 5oz. retail containers, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Thursday, 2 April 2009

Pistachios recalled for Salmonella by CFIA

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Frito Lay Canada are warning the public not to consume Munchies brand Pistachios because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella. This product contains pistachios which have been recently recalled in the USA by Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Inc. due to Salmonella contamination.

The affected product, Munchies brand Pistachios, is sold in 50 g packages, bearing UPC 0 60410 04595 4, and a date between 04AUG09 and 15DEC09. The date is located on the front of each package.
This product has been distributed nationally.

Brands of smoked salmon and Grav-lox may contain Listeria Monocytogenes

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Niagara Smoked Fish Limited are warning the public not to consume certain brands of Smoked Salmon and Grav-Lox because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Follow the link to find the product details. The products have been distributed in Ontario, Quebec and Alberta. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

The manufacturer, Niagara Smoked Fish Limited of Mississauga, Ontario, is voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

Chocolate products contain undeclared egg protein

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Chocolaterie de l'Île d'Orléans are warning people with allergies to egg protein not to a range of decorated chocolate figurines because these products contain egg protein that is not declared on the label.

The affected decorated chocolate figurines contain coloured eyes, hearts and flowers that contain undeclared egg protein. These decorated figurines are packaged in clear plastic bags with two labels. One label bears the name Chocolaterie de l'Île d'Orléans and the second label lists type of chocolate, ingredient list and Nutrition Facts table. These labels do not bear a lot code or UPC. These decorated figurines are made of milk, dark or white chocolate.

These chocolate products were sold in Québec. There have been no reported reactions associated with the consumption of these decorated chocolate figurines. Consumption of these decorated figurines cause a serious or life-threatening reaction in persons with allergies to egg protein. Follow the link for product details.

Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Inc. Announces Nationwide Recall of Pistachios Because of Possible Health Risk

The FDA has issued a product recall press release to confirm that Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Inc. has announced that it is voluntarily recalling from nationwide distribution specific lots of bulk roasted shelled pistachios and 2,000 lbs., 1,700 lbs., 1,800 lbs. and 1,000 lbs. tote bags of roasted inshell pistachios sold to wholesale customers due to potential contamination with the Salmonella organism.

This voluntary recall affects certain bulk roasted inshell and roasted shelled pistachios shipped on or after September 1, 2008. The bulk product was distributed throughout the United States. The Company is voluntarily taking this precautionary measure after learning that a small amount of roasted shelled pistachios processed by Setton Pistachio and received by a commercial customer in late 2008 recently tested positive for Salmonella.

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

FDA Alerts Consumers to Recall of Certain Pistachios

The FDA issued the following alert on March 30th:

"The FDA and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) are investigating Salmonella contamination in pistachio products sold by Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella Inc, Calif. The company has stopped all distribution of processed pistachios and will issue a voluntary recall involving approximately 1 million pounds of its products. Because the pistachios were used as ingredients in a variety of foods, it is likely this recall will impact many products. In addition, the investigation at the company is ongoing and may lead to additional pistachio product recalls.

The contamination involves multiple strains of Salmonella. Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Thus far, several illnesses have been reported by consumers that may be associated with the pistachios. It is not yet known whether any of the Salmonella strains found in the pistachio products are linked to an outbreak. The FDA is conducting genetic testing of the samples to pursue all links.

FDA is working closely with the pistachio industry and recommends that consumers avoid eating pistachio products until further information is available about the scope of affected products.

FDA will provide a searchable database of affected products at
http://www.fda.gov/pistachios/ and will continue to update the public.

FDA first learned of the problem on March 24, when it was informed by Kraft Foods that its Back To Nature Trail Mix was found to be contaminated with Salmonella. Kraft had identified the source of the contamination to be pistachios from Setton and conducted a recall.".

Menorca foods recalls a range of cheese products

Ausfoodnews reports that Menora Foods Pty Ltd is conducting a voluntary recall of a range of cheese products due to tests showing they may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria. Customers are asked to return the products to the place of purchase for a full refund and retailers should remove them from sale. For full details follow the link.

Bisto gravy granules recalled

The UK FSA has issued an allergy alert to confirm that Premier Foods has recalled a specific batch code of Bisto Favourite Gravy Granules due to incorrect allergen labelling information The product - Bisto Favourite Gravy Granules - 360g - is sold exclusively through Asda and Iceland stores. A number of Bisto Favourite Gravy Granules drums have been incorrectly filled with Turkey Gravy Granules. Therefore, this product contains milk and egg, which is not declared on the label and is a potential health risk for people who are allergic to, or intolerant of, milk or milk constituents and allergic to egg. Follow the link to find out more.