Friday, 31 July 2009

Indian Groceries & Spices, Inc. Issues Allergy Alert On Undeclared Sulphites In Nirav Golden Raisins

The FDA has issued a press release to confirm that as a follow up to the June 10th, 2009 press release, expanding the recall by Indian Groceries & Spices, Inc. of Skokie, IL is recalling Nirav Golden Raisins because it may contain undeclared sulphites. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to sulphites run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

Follow the link to find out more.

Low levels of contamination found in ready-to-eat speciality meats sold in UK

The UK Health Protection Agency (HPA) report that a new multiagency year long study has highlighted that 99% of ready-to-eat speciality meats sold in the UK are safe to eat. However the study also reveals that a very small proportion of the meats contained Salmonella or unsafe levels of Listeria monocytogenes. A total of 2359 ready-to-eat speciality meat samples (continental sausages, cured/fermented, and dried meats) were collected from markets and specialist food shops in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The samples were tested for Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes, other Listeria, Staphylococcus aureus, and E. coli. A very small number were found to be contaminated with Salmonella or high levels of Listeria monocytogenes.

The full report can be found on the Health Protection Agency's website at http://www.hpa.org.uk/foodsampling


United Food Group, Inc. Recalling Product Because Of Possible Health Risk

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that United Food Group, Inc has announced a voluntary recall of products that contain instant nonfat dry milk manufactured by Plainview Milk Products Cooperative. This recall is a precautionary measure due to the voluntary recall of instant nonfat dry milk announced by Plainview Milk Products Cooperative on June 29, 2009 due to Salmonella. Follow the link to see the list of affected products.

Undeclared Sulphites in “Bifeng Nong Fu Shanzhuang” Plum Candy

The FDA has issued a press release to confirm that the New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker has alerted consumers that Tiffany Food Corporation, located at 1182 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn, New York is recalling “Bifeng Nong fu Shanzhuang” plum candy due to the presence of undeclared sulphites.

The recalled “Bifeng Nong fu Shanzhuang” plum candy is packaged in an uncoded 122 gram, plastic foil bag and were distributed nationwide. It is a product of China.

Routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors and subsequent analysis of the product by Food Laboratory personnel revealed the product contained high levels of sulphites 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 have been reported to date to this Department in connection with this product. Consumers who have purchased “Bifeng Nong fu Shanzhuang” plum candy should contact Vivian Chen of Tiffany Food Corp at (718) 326-2667.

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Frontera Produce Recalls One Lot of Cilantro Because of Possible Health Risk

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Frontera Produce, of Edinburg, TX, is voluntarily recalling one lot of cilantro because it has the potential to be contaminated with salmonella. The company is working with the FDA to inform consumers of this recall, and no illnesses have been reported to date.

The lot in question, 118122, was distributed to two retail store chains in Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Louisiana, and New Mexico. Both chains were provided with case tag identification and have been advised of the recall. Frontera Produce is issuing this voluntary recall as an additional measure to advise consumers to destroy the cilantro described above, purchased between July 20, 2009 and July 27, 2009. The cilantro bunches in question have a white twist tie with pink lettering spelling the word 'Cilantro' and the UPC number 033383801049.

The recall involves only one lot of cilantro and does not involve any other products. This product originated in Mexico and was procured by Frontera Produce, who subsequently routinely tested for contaminants as part of their internal food safety program. Follow the link to find out more.

UNDECLARED EGG AND MILK IN HAITAI BRAND BUTTERRING COOKIES FROM KOREA

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning people with allergies to eggs or milk not to consume the Haitai brand ButterRing Cookies. This product contains egg and milk which are not declared on the label. All codes of the Haitai brand ButterRing Cookies, product of Korea, sold in 80 g packages bearing UPC 8 801019 306297, are affected by this alert. Product information can be found on the package and the sticker applied for the Canadian market.

The affected product is known to have been distributed in Ontario and Alberta. However, it may have been distributed nationally. There have been no reported allergic reactions associated with the consumption of this product. Consumption of this product may cause a serious or life-threatening reaction in persons with allergies to eggs or milk.

Haifa Smoked Fish, Inc is voluntarily recalling Haifa Smoked Fish brand Cold Smoked Whitefish sold because

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Haifa Smoked Fish, Inc is voluntarily recalling all Haifa Smoked Fish brand Cold Smoked Whitefish sold between December 7, 2008 and June 18, 2009. The product is being recalled because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The recalled product was distributed to retailers and distributors in the New York State area. Consumers could possibly purchase the product through retail stores outside the New York State area. Follow the link to find out more.

Waitrose Ltd recalls all date codes of Waitrose Moody’s Rosary Pink Peppercorn Goats Cheese due to the presence of salmonella in the pink peppercorns

The UK FSA has issued a food alert to confirm that Waitrose Ltd is recalling all date codes of Waitrose Moody’s Rosary Pink Peppercorn Goats Cheese due to the presence of salmonella in the pink peppercorns. Waitrose Ltd has recalled all date codes . Follow the link to find out more.

Monday, 27 July 2009

99p Stores Limited withdraws a certain batch of Elgorriaga Chocolate con Leche due to a labelling error resulting in the presence of undeclared peanut

The UK FSA has issued an allergy alert to confirm that 99p Stores Limited has withdrawn a certain batch of Elgorriaga Chocolate con Leche due to a labelling error resulting in the presence of undeclared peanuts and almonds. The product is, therefore, a potential health risk for individuals with an allergy to almonds and peanuts. Follow the link to find out more.

Sunday, 26 July 2009

Recall of Heinz Mum's Own Spaghetti Bolognaise

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland has been informed of a food recall initiated by H.J. Heinz Company Ltd. The implicated batch of spaghetti bolognaise is being recalled as a precautionary measure because of the potential presence of small pieces of plastic which could present a choking risk. The batch code affected is 9136, which is marked on the top of the cap, with a best before end date of 11/2010, which may be found on the side of the cap. Product recall notices will appear in national newspapers today. Point of sale notices are being displayed in retail outlets which stocked the affected product.

Follow the link for full details

Saturday, 25 July 2009

UNDECLARED ALLERGENS IN SURASANG AND CREMON BRANDS OF SNACK FOODS FROM KOREA

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning people with allergies to eggs or milk not to consume various Surasang and Cremon brands of snack foods. These products contain allergens which are not declared on the labels.

Friday, 24 July 2009

Heinz baby food recalled due to potential plastic contamination

The UK FSA has issued a food alert to confirm that Heinz has recalled a certain batch and date code of Heinz Mum’s Own Spaghetti Bolognese (7 Months +) Baby Food due to possible contamination with small pieces of plastic. The statement says:

"The public will wish to be aware that Heinz are recalling a certain batch and date code of Heinz Mum’s Own Recipe Spaghetti Bolognese (7 months +) baby food due to possible contamination with small pieces of plastic which could present a choking hazard.

The implicated product mentioned below is being recalled. Product recall notices will appear in national press as of tomorrow, Thursday 23rd July. Point of sale notices will also be displayed in those stores which stocked the affected product. These notices alert customers to the recall and advise them of what actions to take if they have purchased the product. A copy of the product recall notice can be viewed below
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Food recall: Cadbury Old Gold Dark Chocolate

Ausfoodnews reports that Cadbury has initiated a recall of their Cadbury Old Gold Dark Chocolate for the second time this year. The report states that:

"The voluntary consumer level recall was instigated due to the possible presence of milk protein, which is not labelled on the packaging. Apart from this labelling irregularity, there is no other fault with the product. “We are undertaking this recall as a precaution to protect consumer safety as well as to maintain our high quality standards,” the company advised. “We apologise for any inconvenience.” The confectioner voluntarily recalled the same product last month due to the same labelling irregularity.

Name of Product: Cadbury Old Gold Dark Chocolate 70% Cocoa
Package Description & Size: Cardboard carton around foil inner
Best Before: 16/08/2010 only
Australian Distribution: National
Overseas Distribution: Guam
Reason for Recall: Labelling - undeclared milk solids
The Old Gold Dark Chocolate 70% Cocoa 220g block (in paper packaging) is not affected
"

CERTAIN ROMAINE LETTUCE MAY CONTAIN SALMONELLA BACTERIA

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume certain Tanimura & Antle romaine lettuce because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The affected product, Tanimura & Antle Romaine Lettuce, product of the United States of America, was shipped in cartons of 6, 12, or 24 lettuces, bearing an orange sticker on the carton only with lot code 531380. Individual lettuce is sold unwrapped in bulk, unwrapped with a Tanimura & Antle (T & A) logo rubber band, or wrapped in transparent plastic film. There is no lot code sticker on the individual lettuce.

This product is known to have been sold at the following stores, and may have been sold nationally by other independent retailers. Follow the link to find out more about the recall.

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Tanimura & Antle Voluntarily Recalls One Lot of Romaine Lettuce Because of Possible Health Risk

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Tanimura & Antle, Inc. of Salinas, Calif. has voluntarily recalled one lot of romaine lettuce because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. No illnesses have been reported to date, and the company is working with FDA to inform consumers of this recall. The recall comes after a random test conducted by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture tested positive.

Within hours of being notified, Tanimura & Antle, Inc. traced back the entire lot of romaine and advised all customers who received the recalled product of the test result. Tanimura & Antle, Inc. has instructed these customers to destroy the product. Follow the link for more details.

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Contamination with excess levels of aflatoxins of Active Brand Peanut Butter/Paste and Peanut Butter manufactured by Jesu Aka Ltd and Mardoro Ltd

The UK FSA has issued a food alert to confirm the following:

"The public will wish to be aware that groundnut products manufactured in Ghana by Mardoro Ltd (alternative name Maduro Limited) and Jesu Aka Ltd have been found to be contaminated with excessively high levels of aflatoxins. In addition these products fail to comply with food labelling legislation. The groundnut products that are contaminated are either in the form of peanut butter or peanut paste and, to the best of our knowledge, are imported and distributed in the UK by Marduro Ltd.Despite enquiries by food enforcement officers from London Boroughs, the Agency has been unable to establish exact distribution details of these products. The Agency is aware, however, that they are distributed through direct van sales to retailers who sell African or African-Caribbean food products". Follow the link for the full text of the alert.

Kestrel Foods Ltd recalls certain batches of sesame seed products due to the presence of salmonella

The UK FSA has issued a food alert to confirm that Kestrel Foods Ltd is recalling certain batches of SuperValu and Centra sesame seed products due to the presence of Salmonella. Point-of-sale notices have been displayed in stores. These notices alert customers to the recall and advise them of what actions to take if they have already purchased the affected products. Follow the link to find out more.

Wirth's Nutcracker Sweet Initiates Voluntary Recall Of Pistachios Sold In Michigan Because Of Possible Risk To Health

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that; "Wirth's Nutcracker Sweet of Sanford, MI is voluntarily recalling 258 of their 2-lb holiday party trays containing roasted and salted pistachios in the shell because they have the potential to be contaminated with salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy 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. The party trays were distributed for fundraising by Kiwanis Clubs in Michigan (Alma, Bay City, Midland and Saginaw) and were shipped in November and December 2008.

The recalled pistachios were packaged as part of a 2-lb party tray, which also contains cashews, deluxe mixed nuts, chocolate covered peanut clusters and pecan caramel candy. The 2-lb party tray is a round, clear plastic, 6-compartment container with pistachios in one of the compartments. The tray label states Wirth's Nutcracker Sweets and 2 pounds – there is no product name or UPC code on the tray. None of the other products in the tray are affected by the problem.Albanese Confectionery Group, Inc. notified Wirth's that the pistachios are being recalled because they were purchased from Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Inc., who voluntarily recalled them due to possible contamination with salmonella.Wirth's Nutcracker Sweet has received no complaints or reports of any illness related to this product, or any other products".

Follow the link to find out more.

Monday, 20 July 2009

Sweet Superior Fruit LTD Recalls Cilantro (Coriander) Because Of Possible Health Risk

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm the following:

"Sweet Superior Fruit LTD. Co. of McAllen, Texas, is recalling 104 crates of fresh cilantro (coriander) because the product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonellaoften 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.

The recalled fresh cilantro (coriander) was sold July 13-16, 2009 in 15 pound, black plastic crates to individuals and companies through cash sales at Sweet Superior Fruit LTD. Co., 2501 W. Military Hwy., Suite #A-5 and A-6, McAllen, Texas. The product may have been further sold through direct retail sales in McAllen, Texas and surrounding areas or used as an ingredient to manufacture additional products. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem. The potential for contamination was revealed through testing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration which found the presence of Salmonella in the product".

Follow the link to find out more.

Second Recall of Sesame Seeds due to Salmonella Contamination

The FSAI has issued a food alert to confirm that Salmonella has been detected in a second batch of sesame seeds, supplied via the UK to the retail chains Centra, Supervalu, and Tesco Ireland. The batches are being withdrawn from sale by the supermarkets but consumers who may have already purchased the seeds should not eat the seeds, and should dispose of them or return them to the supermarket. The type of Salmonella present has been identified as Salmonella Orion; its presence could cause illness if the seeds are eaten raw.

Follow the link to find out more.

Sunday, 19 July 2009

Undeclared Sulphites in Maya Overseas Foods Golden Raisin

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that the New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker has alerted consumers that Maya Overseas Foods, Inc., located at 48-85 Maspeth Avenue, Maspeth, New York is recalling "Maya Overseas Foods Golden Raisin" due to the presence of undeclared sulphites. People who have severe sensitivity to sulphites may run the risk of serious or life-threatening reactions if they consume this product.

The release states that "the recalled "Maya Overseas Foods Golden Raisin" is packaged in an uncoded, one pound, plastic bag and were distributed in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Connecticut. Routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors and subsequent analysis of the product by Food Laboratory personnel revealed the product contained high levels of sulphites, 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 have been reported to date to this Department in connection with this product."

Follow the link to find out more.

Hiland-Roberts Ice Cream Announces Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Specific Lot Numbers of Espo brand and Natures Promise brand Sorbettos Due to Contai

The US FDA is issuing a press release to confirm that Hiland-Roberts Ice Cream, Norfolk NE is voluntarily recalling sorbet products manufactured for Espo’s Cucina Dolce, Inc. because they contain undeclared milk. The recalled products are pint containers of Espo’s Sorbetto and Nature’s Promise Sorbetto. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

Friday, 17 July 2009

Kesso Foods, Inc. voluntarily recalls8 oz. and 16 oz. Kesso Foods Low fat All Natural Plain 2% Greek Thick Yogurt

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Kesso Foods, Inc. of East Elmhurst, NY is voluntarily recalling 8 oz. and 16 oz. Kesso Foods Lowfat All Natural Plain 2% Greek Thick Yogurt. The affected product has a "SELL BY" date up to and including August 10, 2009. The yogurt is being recalled because it contains nonfat dried milk manufactured by the Plainview Milk Products Cooperative of Plainview, MN. The nonfat dried milk has been subject to an FDA recall due to potential Salmonella contamination. There have been no complaints or reports of illness reported to Kesso Foods, Inc. up to date. The voluntary recall of our product is a precaution to ensure our client safety.

Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and other with weakened immune systems. Healthy 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. For more information on Salmonella, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions’s website at http://www.cdc.gov.

The affected product is packaged in 8oz. and 16oz. white plastic container. It is only distributed to retailers in New York State. The 8oz. container bears UPC number 669541537767 and the 16 oz. containers bears UPC number 669541537774. Follow the links to find out more.

Chang Farm Recalls Soy Bean Sprouts Because of Possible Health Risk

The FDA has issued a press release confirming the following:

"Chang Farm, River Road, Whatley, MA is issuing a voluntary recall of Soy Bean Sprouts produced by Chang Farms, with the specific sell-by date of July 17, 2009 because of the possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes (L. Monocytogenes) contamination. 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 headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

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 July 17, 2009. The product has been distributed to retail stores and wholesalers throughout MA, CT, NY and NJ. No illnesses have been reported to date. Sample analysis by US FDA confirmed Listeria Monocytogenes".

Follow the link to find out more.

Trans-Packers Services Corp. Expands Its Recall of Dairy Shake Blends Because of Possible Health Risk

The FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Trans-Packers Services Corp. of Brooklyn, NY, has added 300 packets to its July 7, 2009 recall of 6,300 packets (net wt. 100g) of Dairy Shake blends. Such Dairy Shake blends contain instant non-fat dry milk manufactured by the Plainview Milk Products Cooperative, which recently commenced a voluntary recall of instant non-fat dry milk and other ingredients that have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. The 300 additional packets were sold to a company in Tennessee. Follow the links to find out more.

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

UNDECLARED MILK IN CERTAIN MASTER CHOICE BRAND FROZEN GARLIC BAGUETTES

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Metro Ontario Inc. are warning people with allergies to milk not to consume two types of Master Choice brand frozen Garlic and Herb Baguettes. The affected products contain milk which is not declared on the label. Follow the link to find out more.

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

L A Weight Loss Recalls L A Hot Drinks Café Au Lait Because of Possible Health Risk

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Weight Loss Services, LP of Horsham, PA has recalled 403 cases (16,120 selling units) of L A Hot Drinks Café Au Lait net weight 4.07oz, because one of the ingredients of the product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The ingredient, an instant non-fat dry milk product, was manufactured by Plainview Milk Products Cooperative of Plainview, MN. and further processed by Associated Brands LP, Medina, NY.

Sunday, 12 July 2009

Herring Produce Company Recalls Anaheim Peppers Because of Possible Health Risk

The US FDA has issued a product recall press release to confirm that Herring Produce, Lake Park, Georgia is voluntarily recalling production lot number 0801206 of whole Anaheim Peppers out of an abundance of precaution because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the Herring Produce Anaheim Pepper products and the company is working with FDA to inform all retail consumers of this recall. FDA is not linking this isolated positive sample to any current or ongoing Salmonella outbreaks.

Kowalke Family Sprouts Announces Recall of Kowalke Family Sprouts Brand Alfalfa Products

The US FDA has issued Kowalke Family Sprouts of Los Angeles CA is recalling all Kowalke Family Sprouts Brand Alfalfa Products with sell-by dates from June 18 through June 30 because they may be contaminated with Salmonella, which can cause serious illness. Mike’s Produce, Inc. dba Kowalke Family Sprouts is voluntarily recalling the alfalfa products after receiving notification that a surveillance sample taken at a retail location with a June 21 sell-by date tested positive for Salmonella.

No illnesses have been reported from these products. Kowalke Family Sprouts has informed the Food and Drug Administration of its actions and is fully cooperating with the Agency. Follow the link to find out more.

General Mills Announces Voluntary Recall of Limited Quantity of ‘Nut Lovers’ flavor of Nature Valley Granola Nut Clusters product

The FDA has issued a press release to confirm that General Mills has announced a voluntary recall of a limited quantity of “Nut Lovers” flavor Nature Valley Granola Nut Clusters product containing pecans. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the “Nut Lovers” Granola Nut Clusters product, and no other types, varieties or flavors of Nature Valley products are being recalled. This action is being taken as a precaution because pecans received from a supplier and used in the product may be tainted with salmonella. No other types of nuts are impacted, and no other flavors or varieties of Granola Nut Clusters products are involved. Click on the link to find out more.

More Plainview recalls

The FDA has issued a number of further recalls for Salmonella:

Nutrition Global, LLC recalls certain batches of SNI Pro Whey, SNI Pro Mass and Sci Labs Mass Fuzion Dietary Supplement bearing LOT numbers as shown below because of Possible Health Risk

Diamond Crystal Brands Inc. Announces a Nationwide Recall of Products Containing Nonfat Dry Milk Because of Possible Health Risk

Plentiful Pantry Recalls Almond Pound Cake containing Instant Non Fat Dry Milk associated with the Plainview Milk Recall

Hot Chocolate Recovery Drink Mix Voluntarily Recalled By CLIF SHOT®

Calico Cottage, Inc. Voluntarily Recalls 10 oz. Gourmet Hot Cocoa Mix Pouches Because Of The Possible Presence Of Salmonella

Sturm Foods, Inc Announces Voluntary Recall ofOne-Quart Instant Nonfat Dry Milk Products

Lewis Laboratories International, Ltd. Recalls Weigh Down Chocolate Flavor Nutrition Drink Mix Because of Possible Health Risk

Max Muscle USA Conducts Voluntary Recall on Whey Protein Products Due to Possible Health Risks

‘G Collection’ Mother's Day and Valentine's Day Gift Boxes Are Voluntarily Recalled

Country Creations Recalls Frosting Packets Because of Possible Health Risk

Lewis Laboratories International, Ltd. Recalls Weigh Down Chocolate Flavor Nutrition Drink Mix Because of Possible Health Risk

FOODS CONTAINING VARIOUS INGREDIENTS RECALLED BY PLAINVIEW MILK PRODUCTS COOPERATIVE IN UNITED STATES MAY CONTAIN SALMONELLA BACTERIA

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume the foods described below because these products may be contaminated with Salmonella. These foods contain dry milk ingredients that have been recalled in the U.S. by Plainview Milk Products Cooperative, Plainview, Minnesota due to Salmonella contamination.

This is an ongoing food safety investigation. The CFIA is working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to identify and remove all affected products imported into Canada from the U.S. The CFIA will also work as needed with Canadian manufacturers to recall foods containing affected U.S. ingredients. As more products are identified, the CFIA will continue to update its list of recalled products. Three products have been recalled in Canada

UNDECLARED MILK IN CERTAIN TREASURE MILLS BRAND BROWNIE BARS

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Treasure Mills Bakery are warning people with allergies to milk not to consume two types of Treasure Mills brand Brownie Bars The affected product contains milk which is not declared on the label.

UNDECLARED ALLERGENS IN CROWN, LOTTE, AND SURASANG BRANDS OF SNACK FOODS FROM KOREA

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning people with allergies to milk, eggs, or tree nuts (almond, hazelnut) not to consume ten Crown, Lotte, and Surasang brands of snack foods. These products contain allergens which are not declared on the labels.

KTC (Edibles) Ltd withdraws some flour

The UK FSA has issued an allergy alert to confirm that KTC (Edibles) Ltd has withdrawn some of its Golden Tropics Cocoyam Fufu Flour and Plantain Fufu Flour, because the products contain sodium bisulphite, which is not clearly mention on the product labels. This makes these products a possible health risk for anyone who is sensitive to sulphites. Follow the link to find out more.

Friday, 10 July 2009

Recall of Sesame Seeds due to Salmonella Contamination

The FSAI has issued a food alert to confirm that Salmonella has been detected in a batch of sesame seeds, supplied via the UK to three retail chains (Supervalu,Superquinn, Tesco Ireland) in the Republic of Ireland. The batches have been withdrawn from sale by the supermarkets but consumers who may have already purchased the seeds should not eat the seeds, and should dispose of them or return them to the supermarket. The type of Salmonella present has not yet been identified and has not been detected in most of the samples taken; but if present could cause illness if the seeds are eaten raw. Follow the link to find out more.

Thursday, 9 July 2009

Manufacturer for Publix Brand GreenWise Vanilla & Chocolate Flavored Whey Proteins Issues an Allergen Alert for Undeclared Milk Allergen

The FDA has issued an allergy alert to confirm that a limited number of Publix GreenWise Vanilla and Chocolate Whey Protein Powders are being recalled by the manufacturer as they may contain undeclared milk ingredients. Persons who have an allergy to milk run the risk of a serious or possible life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume the affected product. Follow the link to find out more.

Non-fat dry milk recall

The FDA has issued a press release on a non-fat milk recall for Salmonella - follow the link to find out more.

Stop & Shop Issues A Voluntary Recall of Stop & Shop Non Fat Dry Milk

04/07/2009

A further two recall releases has been issued:

NOW Foods Issues Nationwide Voluntary Recall of Whey Protein Concentrate

CPI Foods, Inc Recalls Non Fat Dry Milk Because of Possible Health Risk

06/07/09

A further four FDA recall releases has been issued

Precision Foods Inc. Recalls Madagascar Vanilla Cocoa Because of Possible Health Risk

Meijer Announces Voluntary Recall of Some Meijer Brand Instant Non-fat Dry Milk Citing Possible Health Risk

Giant Food Issues a Voluntary Recall of Giant Brand Nonfat Dried Milk

Malt-O-Meal Company Conducts Voluntary Recall of Maple & Brown SugarInstant Oatmeal Due To Possible Health Risk

08/07/09

A further FDA product recall press release has been issued:

Kroger Recalls Three Seasonings Due to Possible Health Risk

09/07/09

Six further FDA product recall press releases have been issued:

The C. F. Sauer Company Recalls Gravy and Sauce Mixes Because of Possible Health Risk

Traditions Meal Solutions Recalls Non-Fat Dry Milk Packets Because of Possible Health Risk

Robertstjohn.com recalls Rich, Rich, Rich Hot Chocolate Mix because of Possible Health Risk

McClancy Seasoning Co. Voluntarily Recalls Alba Instant Non-Fat Dry Milk Products and Various Alba Snack Shake Mixes Because of the Possible Presence of Salmonella

Trans-Packers Services Corp. Recalls Dairy Shake Blends Because of Possible Health Risk

Vital Pharmaceuticals Inc. Recalls Powdered Dietary Supplement, Stealth Chocolate and Stealth Vanilla Because Of Possible Health Risk

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Man dies in cruise ship bug outbreak

The Telegraph reports that a man has died on a cruise ship the Marco Polo, which is touring the British Isles with around 400 passengers. He is thought to have died after contracting the norovirus bug. More than 70 others have been ill onboard.

Update

The Guardian reported that 200 people are now sick with norovirus and that there were actually over 1100 people onboard the ship.

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Morrisons recalls product due to potential blue plastic contamination

The UK FSA has issued a food alert to confirm that William Morrison Supermarkets plc has recalled seventeen products within its range of own-label salad tubs, in-store produced pizzas and a bakery product due to the red peppers used in those products being potentially contaminated with pieces of hard, blue plastic.

Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc has withdrawn all affected products from retail sale and has issued a point-of-sale notice. These notices alert customers to the recall and advise them of what actions to take if they have purchased the products.

Follow the link for full product details.

Saturday, 4 July 2009

Hy-Vee Inc. Recalls Mislabeled Salad Dressing

The FDA has issued a product recall press release to confirm that Hy-Vee Inc. is voluntarily recalling some 12-oz. bottles of Hy-Vee HealthMarket Organic Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing. The bottles are mislabeled and actually contain Hy-Vee HealthMarket Organic Sesame Ginger Dressing. As a result of the mislabeling, the potential exists for undisclosed ingredients that may affect allergens.

Customers who purchased Hy-Vee HealthMarket Organic Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing coded “E3 Sell by Sep. 30 10” are encouraged to return the product for a full refund.
Fewer than 100 bottles were shipped to Hy-Vee stores before the error was discovered. The majority of inventory was still on shelves and has since been removed. The private label dressing is bottled by Chelten House Products Inc. in Bridgeport, N.J., where the mislabeling occurred. Check out the link

Friday, 3 July 2009

JBS Swift Beef Recall expanded

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume certain beef products because these products may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. This recall of beef products in Canada is related to the expanded recall of beef products in the USA by JBS Swift Beef Company, Greeley, Colorado due to possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination. http://www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/Recall_034_2009_Expanded/index.asp

Follow the CFIA link for a full list of products

The public warning issued on June 30, 2009 has been updated on the 2nd of July to clarify UPC information and to amend the list of stores distributing the affected products.

Thursday, 2 July 2009

Salmonella and E. coli bacteria found in packets of shelled nuts

The HPA reports that a recent study carried out by the Health Protection Agency and LACORS (Local Authorities Co-ordinators of Regulatory Services) has revealed the presence of Salmonella and E. coli bacteria in a small number of samples of ready-to-eat shelled nuts. The article stated that:

"Consumption of nuts has gone up, reflecting a growing preference for snacks that are both healthy and convenient. The study was therefore undertaken to explore the microbiological safety of a selection of these products including brazil nuts, cashews and peanuts.

Between October 2008 and March 2009, councils collected 2,866 samples of nuts of different varieties from randomly selected retail premises such as supermarkets and health food shops. Testing of the nuts showed that at least 99% were of a satisfactory or acceptable quality in microbiological terms. However 0.1% of samples were found to be unsafe due to the presence of Salmonella, which is unacceptable in ready-to-eat foods. E. coli, the presence of which indicates poor hygiene was found in a total of 0.8% of the samples; and in 0.03% of samples the level of E. coli was assessed as being too high and therefore unsatisfactory in microbiological terms
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Wednesday, 1 July 2009

North Coast Seafood is recalling Fresh Tuna Steaks sold in Retail Store in New England

The FDA has issued a product recall release to confirm that North Coast Seafood has voluntarily removed from sale Fresh Tuna Steaks that were sold at Shaw’s, Star Market and Big Y Stores in New England. The recalled product was sold between June 20th and June 24th to retail stores throughout New England and was removed from sale on June 24, The product was recalled because of possible elevated levels of histamine that may result in symptoms that generally appear within minutes to an hour after eating the affected fish. Follow the link to find out more.

TEHINA REAL MEDITERRANEAN MAY CONTAIN SALMONELLA BACTERIA

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume Tehina Real Mediterranean because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The affected product is sold in 500 g plastic bottles bearing lot code EXP28/12/2010 and UPC 7 290010 304011. Other than the product name ("Tehina Real Mediterranean") and serving instructions, all other label information is in Hebrew and Arabic. This product has been distributed in Quebec. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.