Monday, 29 June 2009

Health Unit Reports Three Cases of E. coli O157:H7 in London, Ontario

June 27, 2009 The CFIA reports that over the last five days, the Middlesex-London Health Unit has received reports of three children with E. coli O157:H7. To receive three laboratory confirmed cases of E. coli O157:H7 in such a short timeframe is unusual. In two of these cases, the common food consumed was kofta (spiced ground beef) purchased on June 14 and 15 from the Westmount Halal Food Store located at 490 Wonderland Road South. The source of the third child's infection is currently unknown. This child's family also eats halal food but did not purchase any food from the Westmount Halal Food Store.

Follow the link for full details

Company Recalls Various Products Due to Potential Salmonella Contamination

The US FDA has issued the following statement:

"Plainview Milk Products Cooperative, Plainview, Minn., is voluntarily recalling all instant nonfat dried milk, whey protein, fruit stabilizers, and gums (thickening agents) that it has manufactured over the past two years, because they might be contaminated with Salmonella. The company sells these products to other industry customers, including distributors and manufacturers, who may have incorporated them into their own products. None of Plainview’s products were sold directly to the public.

Plainview has stopped production of these products and has notified its customers of the recall. Currently, the Plainview recall is limited to industry customers who received suspect product.

This is an ongoing investigation, and the FDA will update the public as new information emerges. At this time, the FDA is not aware of products being recalled at the consumer level.

"This recall is an appropriate precaution to protect public health,” said David W.K. Acheson, M.D., associate commissioner for foods in the Food and Drug Administration. “It reflects the concerted efforts of numerous partners at the local, state, and federal levels."

During an investigation of the Plainview facility, FDA found that some of the equipment was contaminated with Salmonella. At this time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not linked any human illnesses to potentially contaminated products from the Plainview facility.

The FDA became aware of this problem through the U. S. Department of Agriculture. USDA found Salmonella in Dairyshake powder, in 100-gram pouches that were not for retail sale. The FDA began an investigation as to the source of the contamination. In the course of that investigation, Plainview Milk Products was identified as a supplier of a key ingredient in the Dairyshake powder. Inspection of the firm uncovered conditions that resulted in the broader recall.

The FDA is conducting this investigation in collaboration with USDA, CDC, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, and state and local health departments.

FDA investigators are working to track the distribution of the Plainview ingredients to identify additional products that contain the recalled ingredients." Follow the link for more details

Sunday, 28 June 2009

UNDECLARED SULPHITES IN SWEET POTATO SLICE

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning people with sensitivity to sulphites not to consume the Sweet Potato Slice product described below. The affected product may contain sulphites which are not declared on the label. All codes of the Sweet Potato Slice, a product of China, sold in a 454 g package bearing UPC 6 941882 504139 are affected by this alert. This product is manufactured by Zhongshan Kaxing Industry & Trade Co., Ltd. in China.

The affected product is known to have been distributed in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. However, it may have been distributed nationally. 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 sensitivity to sulphites.

Friday, 26 June 2009

Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd recalls own brand sesame seed and seed mix products due to the presence of salmonella

The UK FSA has issued a Food Alert to confirm that Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd has recalled its own brand sesame seed and seed mix products, due to the presence of salmonella.

"Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd has removed from sale the products listed below. Point of Sale notices have been issued to all stores. These notices will alert customers to the recall and advise them of what actions to take if they have already purchased the affected products.
The products recalled are:

Sainsbury's Sesame Seeds Pack Size: 100g Best Before End: Mar 2010

Seed Mix Pack Size: 60g Best Before End: Mar 2010

Fore more details follow the link

No other Sainsbury's products are known to be affected.

Colorado Firm Recalls Beef Products Due To Possible E. coli O157:H7 Contamination

The USDA's FSIS has announced that JBS Swift Beef Company, a Greeley, Colo., establishment is recalling approximately 41,280 pounds of beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. The problem was discovered through FSIS microbiological sampling and an investigation into the distribution of other products.

For full product details follow the link.

Thursday, 25 June 2009

La Mexicana, Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk and Milk Products in Tortilla Chips

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that La Mexicana, Inc., of Seattle, Washington, is recalling Solena Tortilla Chips with a June 03, 2009 code date, because they may contain undeclared milk and milk products. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk or milk products run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

The Solena Tortilla Chips were distributed through retail stores and food service outlets in Washington and Oregon.

Solena Tortilla Chips are sold in clear, 16oz. bags that have the red, white, and green Solena label affixed to the front of the package. A code date of JUN 03 09 appears in the top right corner on the front of the bag.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

The recall was initiated after it was discovered that product containing milk and milk products was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of these ingredients. Subsequent investigation indicates the problem was caused by a temporary breakdown in production and packaging processes. Follow the link for more details

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Poor egg hygiene in the UK

Poor egg handling practices in restaurants and takeaways could be putting UK consumers at risk, reveals a new report from the Health Protection Agency and LACORS (Local Authorities Coordinators of Regulatory Services).

The HPA report identifies that UK Councils have collected hundreds of egg mix samples from restaurants, takeaways, bakeries, cafés and sandwich bars, along with information on hygiene practices. The article states that:

"Although the study revealed low levels of Salmonella contamination in egg mix samples (0.13%), 14% of takeaways were not aware of key food safety practices for the use of egg mixes. Worryingly, 43% of staff did not wash and dry hands after handling eggs and egg mixes and 41% did not refrigerate egg mixes properly".

"The study involved taking samples from samples from 934 catering establishments including restaurants, takeaways, bakeries, cafés, and sandwich bars between May and October 2008 in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Salmonella was detected in 0.13% (1/764) of egg mixes, 0.3% (2/726) of environmental swabs, and 1.3% (7/550) of cleaning cloths.
The study showed that 40% of caterers did not use designated utensils when handling egg mixes; 17% did not clean surfaces and utensils thoroughly after they had been used with egg mixes
".

Source: Health Protection Agency

Knouse Foods, Inc. Announces Recall of Apple Sauce in Glass Jars

The US FDA has issued a product recall press release to confirm that Knouse Foods, Inc. has announced a recall of a range of its Apple Sauce in Glass Jars because there have been reports of imperfections on the outer rim of the glass jars received from one of our suppliers which may chip when the lid is removed.

Follow the link to find out the products that have been affected.

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

KILDARA FARMS ORGANIC GOURMET SALAD GREENS MAY CONTAIN SALMONELLA BACTERIA

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Kildara Farms are warning the public not to consume Kildara Farms Organic Gourmet Salad Greens described below because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The affected product, Kildara Farms Organic Gourmet Salad Greens is sold in 113 g plastic containers bearing Best Before JUN 25 and UPC 8 10770 00001 4.

This product has been distributed in British Columbia.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product. Follow the link for more details.

Sainsbury's recall products due to undeclared allergens

The UK FSA has issued an allergy alert to confirm that Sainsbury’s has withdrawn one date code of own brand Strawberry Upside Down Trifle and Heritage Raspberry Jelly due to incorrect labelling resulting in undeclared allergen information. Click on the link to find out more.

Waitrose recall beefburgers

The UK FSA has issued a food alert to confirm that Waitrose is recalling certain batches of service counter Aberdeen Angus Beefburgers due to possible contamination with small pieces of plastic. Click on the link to find out more.

Sunday, 21 June 2009

Nestlé USA’s Baking Division Initiates Voluntary Recall

The US FDA has issued a product recall press release to confirm that Nestlé USA’s Baking Division is initiating a voluntary recall of Nestlé® TOLL HOUSE® refrigerated cookie dough products. Nestlé is taking this action out of an abundance of caution after being notified that the Food and Drug Administration, together with the Centers for Disease Control, are conducting an investigation into reported E. coli 0157:H7 illnesses that may be related to consumption of raw cookie dough. Click on the link to read the release in full.

Soup recalled due to undeclared allergen

The CFIA reports that Knorr® is recalling one Foodservice soup product because it may contain undeclared egg ingredients. This product recall includes:
  • Knorr Kosher Soup Mix – Chicken Vegetable Flavor with Pasta

The product is packed in a 62 g (2.18 oz) pouch.

The UPC code is 4800170660 (located on the back of the pouch under the bar code).

This product was manufactured in Israel by Unilever Bestfoods Israel Ltd., and imported and distributed by a third party.

Deli products may contain Listeria

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Restaurant Chez Gautier Inc. are warning the public not to consume certain deli products (click on link to find out more) because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Friday, 19 June 2009

Smith Dairy Announces Voluntary Recall on SMITH’S Tea with Lemon in Gallon Size Only

The US FDA has issued an allergy alert to confirm that Smith Dairy Products Company has announced a voluntary recall on SMITH’S Tea with Lemon in gallon size, lot no. 07/07/09. The product is being recalled immediately because it may contain milk which is an undeclared allergen. People who have allergies to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

Thursday, 18 June 2009

Chocolates recalled due to undeclared milk

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and La Chocolaterie des Pères Trappistes Mistassini Inc. are warning people with allergies to milk protein not to consume the Blueberry Flavour Cream chocolates described below. The affected product contains milk which is not declared on the label.

The La Chocolaterie des Pères Trappistes brand Blueberry Flavour Cream chocolates are sold in a 250 gram cellophane bag bearing UPC 0 67456 50806 1. Only those packages of this product which do not declare milk on the label are affected by this alert.

This product has been distributed in Quebec.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Spag Bol is actually Bangers and Mash

The UK FSA has issued an allergy alert to confirm that Asda has withdrawn one date code of frozen Spaghetti Bolognaise due to a packaging error resulting in incorrect allergen labelling information.
Packs of this product may contain Bangers and Mash instead of Spaghetti Bolognaise due to a packing error. Therefore the product contains milk and barley, which are not declared on the label. This makes the product a potential health risk for people who are allergic or intolerant to milk or barley. Follow the link to find out more.

Asda withdraws one date code of Asda Pick 'n' Mix Mexican Rice due to incorrect labelling resulting in undeclared allergen information

The UK FSA has issued an allergy alert to confirm that Asda has withdrawn one date code of Asda Pick 'n' Mix Mexican Rice due to incorrect labelling resulting in undeclared allergen information. It contains the allergens: milk, shellfish, fish and gluten (wheat) because it actually contains Mexican Paella. This makes the product a potential health risk for people who are allergic or intolerant to these allergens.

Asda withdraws one date code of Asda Pick 'n' Mix Mexican Rice due to incorrect labelling resulting in undeclared allergen information

The UK FSA has issued an allergy alert to confirm that Asda has withdrawn one date code of Asda Pick 'n' Mix Mexican Rice due to incorrect labelling resulting in undeclared allergen information. It contains the allergens: milk, shellfish, fish and gluten (wheat) because it actually contains Mexican Paella. This makes the product a potential health risk for people who are allergic or intolerant to these allergens.

Biscuits contain undeclared allergens

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning people with allergies to milk, eggs or hazelnuts not to consume various Lotte and Crown brands of biscuits. These products contain allergens which are not declared on the labels. All codes of the following Lotte and Crown brands of Biscuits, products of Korea, are affected by this alert.Follow the link for full details.

Indian Groceries & Spices, Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Sulfites in Nirav Golden Raisins

The US FDA has issued an allergy alert to confirm that Indian Groceries & Spices, Inc. of Skokie, IL is recalling Nirav Golden Raisins because it may contain undeclared sulfites. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to sulfites run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. Follow the link to find out more.

Monday, 15 June 2009

Apricot kernals may cause poisoning

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume Our Father's Farm brand Ultra Bitter Apricot Kernels in excessive amounts because the product contains a natural toxin called amygdalin. This toxin may cause acute cyanide poisoning.

The affected product, Our Father's Farm brand Ultra Bitter Apricot Kernels, product of Canada, is sold in 227g packages bearing UPC 18122 91760 0.

This product has been distributed in Ontario and may have been sold nationally.

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

Bitter apricot kernels naturally contain a compound called amygdalin, which has the potential to release cyanide when the kernels are ingested. Small amounts of cyanide can be detoxified by the human body, but high amounts may be lethal.

Follow the link for full details.

Bao Ding Seafood Co. Issues Alert on Uneviscerated Fish

The US FDA has issued a product recall press release to confirm that Bao Ding Seafood of New York, NY 10002 is recalling Boiled Horse Mackerel, because it has the potential to be contaminated with clostridium botulinum, a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death. Click on the link to read the full information.

R. E. Kimball. and Company, Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk and Wheat in Clam Chowder and Corn Chowder

The US FDA has issued an allergy alert to confirm that R. E. Kimball and Company, Inc. of Amesbury, MA is voluntarily recalling all approximately 1200 units of Clam Chowder and Corn Chowder, all lot numbers in 15 oz cans, because they contain undeclared Milk and Wheat. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to Milk or Wheat run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. Follow the link to find out more.

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Tesco recalls its own brand Lamb Rogan Josh products due to the presence of undeclared wheat, soya and sulphites

The UK FSA has issued an allergy alert to confirm that Tesco has recalled its own brand Lamb Rogan Josh products due to the presence of undeclared wheat, soya and sulphites. Due to a production problem, the above products contain pieces of pork sausage, which is not an intended ingredient. Because of this, the presence of wheat, soya and sulphites is not declared. Therefore, this is a potential health risk for individuals who are allergic or sensitive to these ingredients. Follow the link to read the full alert.

Le Pain Quotidien Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk in Noir Belgian Dark Chocolate Spread

The US FDA has issued an allergy alert to confirm that the manufacturer of Le Pain Quotidien’s Noir Belgian Dark Chocolate Spread is recalling a limited number of 14.15 oz. jars of Noir Belgian Dark Chocolate Spread because the product may contain undeclared milk. People who have an allergy to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product. Follow the link to find out more.

NY Fish Inc. Recalls Imperial-European Style Smoked Salmon Because of Possible Health Risk

The US FDA has issued a product recall notice to confirm that N.Y. Fish, Inc. of Brooklyn, NY is recalling I ♥ NY Fish brand Imperial-European Style Smoked Salmon in vacuum packed 3 oz, 8 oz, 16 oz, and whole side “to be weighed at time of sale” sizes of lots starting with # 142 xxxx. This is because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. For more details follow the link.

Sunday, 7 June 2009

Bagels recalled for undeclared egg

The US FDA has issued an allergen alert to confirm that the manufacturer of Publix 100% Whole Wheat Sliced Bagels is recalling a limited number of 12oz packaging of 100% Whole Wheat Sliced Bagels with lot code date of 10491 and 11291 as they may contain undeclared egg.

The lot code date may be found printed on the clip that closes the bag. People who have an allergy to egg run the risk of a serious or possible life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume the affected product.

The UPC number may be found on the side label below the Nutrition Facts panel:
Publix 100% Whole Wheat Sliced Bagels, UPC: 41415-78290
The product was distributed throughout the chain to include stores in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee.

Saturday, 6 June 2009

Under processed meat recalled in US

The USDA has announced that Cameco, Inc., a Verona, N.J., establishment is recalling approximately 79,312 pounds of various fully cooked, ready-to-eat meat and poultry products because the products may contain under-processed ham components after contacting surfaces of equipment. Follow the link to find out more.

Campbell’s Country Ladle Potato and Leek Soup Recalled

Ausfoodnews reports that Campbell’s Soup Australia is conducting a voluntary national recall of the below listed product as a precautionary health measure. Pieces of rubber have been identified in some cans.

The article states that:

"Campbell’s Soup Australia is working with health authorities and taking action as part of its commitment to ensuring the health and safety of all its consumers. Consumers should not consume the product. They should return it to the store of purchase for a full refund.
Only the product with the below batch code is affected by this recall. No other Campbell’s Soup products are affected by this recall.
Food Product: Canned Soup
Name of Product: Campbell’s Country Ladle Potato and Leek Soup
Package Description & Size: 505g can
Batch Code: 3T9PAL (located on the base of the can)
Australian Distribution: National
Overseas Distribution: Nil
Reason for Recall: Foreign matter - black rubber pieces
"

Friday, 5 June 2009

Undeclared Sulphur Dioxide in Asda Extra Special Apricot Conserve

The UK FSA has issued an allery alert to confirm that Asda Extra Special Apricot Conserve contains undeclared sulphur dioxide. This makes the product a potential health risk for individuals who are sensitive to sulphur dioxide.

Product identification:Asda Extra Special Apricot Conserve 340g. Batch Code – all codes up to and including, BB 23/03/10

Asda Stores Ltd has withdrawn all affected stock from sale. Point of sale notices are to be displayed in its stores informing customers of the actions they should take if they have purchased the affected product.

Frozen pie products recalled due to possible plastic contamination

The UK FSA has issued a food alert to confirm that specific batches of various brand frozen pie products have been recalled due to possible contamination with small pieces of white plastic. The alert states that:

"The public will wish to be aware that certain batches of the various brands of frozen pie products listed below have been recalled due to possible contamination with small pieces of white plastic on top of the products.

The implicated products mentioned below are being recalled. Product recall notices will appear in stores. These notices will alert customers to the recall and advise them of what actions to take if they have purchased the product(s).
The brands and products recalled are:Heinz
Heinz Apple Pie 425g
Batch code: 9139
Best before: November 2010

Iceland
Iceland Apple Pie 700g
Best before: 18 Nov 2010 Batch code: 9141
Best before: 04 Nov 2010 Batch code: 9127

Morrisons
Morrison’s Apple and Blackberry Pie 425g
Batch code: 9140
Best before: November 2010

Sainsbury’s
Sainsbury’s Basics Frozen Apple Pie 400g
Batch Code: 09129
Best Before: November 2010

Sainsbury’s Frozen Bramley Apple Pie 700g
Batch code: 09126
Best Before: November 2010

No other HJ Heinz or retailer own-brand products are known to be affected".

Thursday, 4 June 2009

AZ Hydroponic Farming Recalls 4oz Alfalfa Sprout Cup Because of Possible Health Risk

The US FDA has issued a food safety alert to confirm that Arizona Hydroponic Farming LLC. of Eloy, Arizona, is voluntarily recalling its “4oz Alfalfa Sprout Cup” as a preventive measure because of a positive test result in California for Salmonella.

The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing by the USDA revealed the presence of Salmonella in some 4 ounce packages collected from a customer in California. The affected AZ Hydroponic Farming shipments are questionable since they were grown from the same batch of seeds as the sprouts sent to California.

Follow the link to find out more.

LeClerc Foods Announces a Limited Nationwide Voluntary Recall of Market Pantry Chocolate Chip Chewy Granola Bars due to Unlabeled Peanut Allergen

The US FDA has issued an allergy alert to confirm that Leclerc Foods has initiated a limited voluntary recall of a single lot of Market Pantry Chocolate Chip Chewy Granola Bar packages with UPC Code 85239 20124 and a “Best By” date of 18JAN2010.

The recall was initiated as a precautionary measure after it was discovered that product was mispackaged and the retail units may also contain Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars and S’more Bars. As a result the ingredient statement on the retail package does not include peanuts as an ingredient. People who have allergies to peanuts run the risk of serious or life threatening allergic reactions if they consume this product.

The wrappers of the individual bars within the retail package have correct variety name on it. However, out of an abundance of precaution, the mispackaged product is being recalled.
No illnesses or allergic reactions have been reported to date.

Cantaloupes recalled due to Salmonella

The US FDA has issued a food safety alert to confirm that L&M Companies, Inc. of Raleigh, NC is recalling one lot of whole cantaloupes because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

No illnesses have been reported to date, and we are working with the FDA to inform consumers of this recall.The whole cantaloupes were sold between May 10-15, 2009 in Walmart Supercenter Stores in North Carolina and South Carolina, and in the Walmart Supercenter Store located at 315 Furr Street in South Hill, Virginia. Consumers who have purchased whole cantaloupes from these Walmart stores during this time period should not consume them, and should destroy the product.The recall comes after a cantaloupe at a small farm from which L&M Companies sources product tested positive for Salmonella. L&M Companies has ceased shipments from this farm, and the grower continues to investigate the cause of the problem.

Click on the link to read the full report.

Domega International Co Ltd, Issues an Alert on Undeclared Sulphites in FMD Brand Spiced Bean

The US FDA has issued an allery alert to confirm that DOMEGA INTERNATIONAL LTD., INC., of 1916 W 13TH Street, Brooklyn, NY 11223 is recalling FMD BRAND SPICED BEAN because it contains undeclared sulphites. Individuals who have severe sensitivity to sulphites can have serious or life-threatening reactions if they consume this product.

The recalled FMD BRAND SPICED BEAN is sold in an un-coded, clear 80 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 FMD BRAND SPICED BEAN which did not declare sulphites 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.

Follow the link to find out more

Peppers recalled due to Salmonella

The US FDA has issued a product recall press release to confirm that Union International Food Company of City of Industry, CA is recalling Lian How Brand White Peppers with red labels, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

The Lian How Brand White Pepper in 5 lbs plastic containers with red labels were distributed in Southern California to restaurants and wholesalers from September 2008to March 2009. No other Lian How Brand White Pepper products are affected by this recall.

No illnesses have been reported to date. Follow the link to find out more.

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Sprouts recalled due to Listeria

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Chang Farm, River Road, Whatley, MA is issuing a voluntary recall of Bean and Soy sprouts produced from Chang Farms, with specific expired date codes because of the possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The affected product is packaged in 10 lb bags (bulk) and 12 oz plastic bags (retail), labeled under the Chang Farm Brand as Soy Sprouts and have a “Sell By” date of May 23, 2009 or May 24, 2009 and Bean Sprouts with “Use By” date of May 23, 2009 or May 24, 2009. The product has been distributed to retail stores and restaurants throughout MA, CT, NY and NJ.
No illnesses have been reported to date. The contamination was discovered after a sample was secured at a retail store in New York which tested positive for L. monocytogenes. Follow the link to find out more.

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

More than $1.5 million of adulterated food and food ingredients seized

The US FDA has released the following statement:

"At the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Marshals today seized more than $1.5 million worth of food products, including herbs and botanicals, stored under filthy conditions at the American Mercantile Corporation of Memphis, Tenn.

During an inspection of American Mercantile in March, FDA investigators discovered evidence of extensive rodent and insect infestation throughout the company’s warehouse. The company failed to correct these problems. Acting on a warrant issued by the United Stated District Court in Memphis, U.S. Marshals seized all FDA-regulated food products exposed to rodent and insect contamination at the facility. The seized products violate the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act because they were held under insanitary conditions under which they may have become contaminated with filth.

"FDA will not tolerate a company’s failure to adequately control and prevent filth in its facility," said Michael Chappell, the FDA’s acting associate commissioner for regulatory affairs. "The FDA is prepared to use whatever legal means are necessary and appropriate to keep potentially contaminated products out of the marketplace." Follow the link to read the full report.

Crisps recalled due to rubber contamination

Ausfoodnews reports that the Smith’s Snackfood Company is conducting a voluntary recall of Smith’s Classic Crinkle Cut Potato Chips as a precautionary measure following the discovery of pieces of rubber in some packs produced at their Queensland manufacturing plant. The rubber may pose a choking hazard. Follow the link for full product details

Red Bull Cola withdrawn

Ausfoodnews reports that Jordan is the second country after Germany to ban Red Bull Cola. The Food and Drug Administration in Jordan (JFDA) has suspended the import of Red Bull Cola and ordered the withdrawal of all products from the market.

Mohammed Rawashdeh, Director of JFDA said this decision follows after food authorities in Germany found trace amounts of cocaine in the product, causing six states to ban the product from their shelves. Follow the Ausfoodnews link for more details.