Sunday, 30 August 2009

CERTAIN READY-TO-EAT DELI MEATS MAY CONTAIN LISTERIA MONOCYTOGENES

The CFIA has issued an expanded recall following the public warning issued on August 25, 2009 which has now been expanded to include additional products.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Delstar Foods Inc. are warning the public not to consume the sliced ready-to-eat deli meats described in the alert because these products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The sliced ready-to-eat deli meats bearing Establishment number 308 and a Best Before date between 09AU26 (August 26, 2009) and 09OC01 (October 1, 2009), inclusive, are affected by this alert. Follow the link to find out more.

Melon Acres Announced the Recall of Cantaloupes Distributed Through Farm-Wey Produce of Lakeland FL Due to Potential Health Concerns

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Melon Acres has announced the recall of cantaloupes distributed through Farm-Wey Produce of Lakeland, FL due to potential health concerns. The cantaloupes were shipped August 13th and 14th and were identified as 41 MG 10, Bin Numbers 4753-4980. These bins were distributed to Aldi's in Greenwood, Indiana and Meijer in Lansing, Michigan, Newport, Michigan, and Tipp City, Ohio. The recall was issued following a testing on Tuesday, August 11, 2009 by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that revealed one of a sample of twenty cantaloupes taken by that Agency tested positive for Salmonella. The FDA reported the positive test to Melon Acres on Friday, August 21, 2009. Follow the lint for more details.

Undeclared Sulfites in "Island Snacks Natures Mix"

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that the New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker has alerted consumers that Snack King Foods, Inc., located at 675 Pullman Avenue, Rochester, New York is recalling "Island Snacks Natures Mix" 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 recalled "Island Snacks Natures Mix" is packaged in a 6.5 oz. plastic bag that is coded with the date Jul 24, 2010. The product was offered for sale at Kmart stores in Western New York State.

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.

Voluntary Prodcut Recall: Chef Pierre® Gourmet Lemon Meringue Pie, Day Code 9159 Only

The US FDA has issued a product recall press release to confirm that Chef Pierre® is voluntarily recalling a partial production run of the following foodservice product as a precautionary measure as the product may contain milk, an undeclared allergen, posing a potential serious and life-threatening health risk to milk-allergic individuals. This recall affects 4,380 cases of Chef Pierre Gourmet Lemon Meringue Pie labeled product that actually contained chocolate meringue pie.

The item included in the voluntary recall is part of a partial production run only for Chef Pierre Lemon Meringue Pie with the UPC CODE 3210009293 AND a code of 9159 printed on the top of the pie label directly under the Chef Pierre logo.

No other Chef Pierre branded products are affected by this voluntary recall. Only packages labeled as Chef Pierre Lemon Meringue Pie with the UPC CODE 3210009293 AND a code of 9159 printed on the top of the pie label directly under the Chef Pierre logo is part of this recall.

This product was sold and distributed nationally to foodservice companies and sold to consumers through foodservice retail outlets and other foodservice establishments. Follow the link for more details.

Saturday, 29 August 2009

Quesos MI PUEBLITO, LLC Recalls Cheese Products Because of Possible Health Risk

The US FDA has issued a product recall press release to confirm that Quesos Mi Pueblito, LLC of Passaic, NJ is recalling the following cheese products with Sell by Date from February 2, 2009 to present:

LA FE OAXACA STRING CHEESE
EL VIEJITO OAXACA CHEESE
MI PUEBLITO COTIJA/AñEJO
MI PUEBLITO CUAJADA FRESCA
MI PUEBLITO QUESO COLOMBIANO DE ARRIERO
MI PUEBLITO QUESO MOLIDO
MI PUEBLITO QUESO COTIJA TRIANGULO
MI PUEBLITO QUESO FRESCO
MI PUEBLITO QUESO FRESCO DE RANCHO
MI PUEBLITO QUESO CASERO
MI PUEBLITO QUESO OAXACA
MI PUEBLITO REQUESON
MI PUEBLITO SERRANO

The cheese products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Friday, 28 August 2009

Commission report published on hygiene legislation

The UK Food Standards Agency has issued an article on European hygiene legisation.

"When new European food hygiene legislation came into affect in January 2006, the European Commission made a commitment itself to provide a report by May 2009 that looked at the experience gained from the implementation of the hygiene package by all interested stakeholders.

This report was published in July 2009 and is based on information received from member states, representatives of the food industry and consumer organisations at European level, and the Commission's Food and Veterinary Office.

The Agency has issued a letter to interested parties seeking views on the report, which it has now placed on this website along with the Commission's Report. The Agency has also taken the opportunity to make stakeholders aware of the wide range of information we provide about the food hygiene legislation, including the regular provision of reports detailing negotiations on amendments to that legislation
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Follow the link to download the relevant documents and letters.

Thursday, 27 August 2009

CERTAIN SPROUTS ALIVE BRAND SPROUTS MAY CONTAIN SALMONELLA BACTERIA

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Living Foods Ltd. are warning the public not to consume two Sprouts Alive brand products because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. Follow the link to find out more.

UNDECLARED ALLERGENS IN LOTTE BRAND SNACK FOODS FROM KOREA

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning people with allergies to almond, egg, milk, peanut and soy not to consume three Lotte brand snack foods. These products contain allergens which are not declared on the label.

All codes of the Lotte brand snack foods concerned that are imported from Korea, are affected by this alert. Product information can be found on the package and the sticker applied for the Canadian market. Follow the link to find out more.

Agency warns consumers to avoid certain clay-based drinks

The Food Standards Agency is warning consumers not to drink certain brands of clay-based products, following test results that show unsafe levels of arsenic and lead. The brands are listed at the link. Exposure to arsenic can be associated with an increased risk of lung, skin and bladder cancer. Additionally, exposure to lead by pregnant women, infants and children poses a risk to the development of the brain which can affect intellectual performance.

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

CERTAIN READY-TO-EAT DELI MEATS MAY CONTAIN LISTERIA MONOCYTOGENES

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Delstar Foods Inc. are warning the public not to consume five ready-to-eat deli meats because these products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The following ready-to-eat deli meats bearing Establishment number 308 are affected by this alert. Follow the link to find out more.

CERTAIN SPROUTS ALIVE BRAND SPROUTS MAY CONTAIN SALMONELLA BACTERIA

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume the Sprouts Alive brand product described below because it may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The following product is affected by this recall: Sprouts Alive Baby Onion Sprouts 70 g (2.5 oz) 0 69022 00032 0 Best Before Date September 4, 2009 . The best before date is shown in one of the following formats: "Best Before 04 SE 09", "EX SEP 04 09", or "EX 09 04 09".

This product has been distributed in Alberta, however, it may also have been distributed in British Columbia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. Click on the link to find out more.

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Texas Firm Recalls Smoked Beef Brisket Product For Possible Listeria Contamination

USDA's FSIS has issued a press release to confirm that Lone Star Brisket Company, a Thorndale, Texas, establishment, has recalled approximately 207 pounds of smoked beef products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Follow the link to find out more.

Sunday, 23 August 2009

Kroger Recalls Super Kids Enriched White Sandwich Bread Due to Undeclared Milk in the Product

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Kroger Co. is recalling Kroger brand Super Kids Enriched White Sandwich Bread sold in 13 states because it may contain milk not listed on the label. Customers should return the product to stores for a refund or replacement.

People who are allergic to milk could have a serious or life-threatening reaction if they consume this product. For consumers who are not allergic to milk, there is no safety issue with the product. Follow the link for full details.

Saturday, 22 August 2009

UNDECLARED ALLERGENS IN SHAKESPEARE MEAT PIES

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Shakespeare Pies are warning people with allergies to egg, milk, sulphites and/or soy not to consume Shakespeare meat pies. The affected products contain egg, milk, sulphites and/or soy which are not declared on the label. Follow the link for the full list of products.

CERTAIN SPROUTS ALIVE BRAND SPROUTS MAY CONTAIN SALMONELLA BACTERIA

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume two Sprouts Alive brand products because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. All best before date codes up to and including August 28, 2009 of the products are affected. Follow the link for more details.

Undeclared Sulphites in "Cleopatra Candy" Mixed Nuts

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker has alerted consumers that Cleopatra Candy Inc., located at 1135 E 95th Street, Brooklyn, New York is recalling "Cleopatra Candy" Mixed Nuts 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 recalled "Cleopatra Candy" Mixed Nuts are packaged in an uncoded, 4 oz. plastic bag and is distributed in metropolitan New York and New Jersey. This packaged product also contains undeclared dried apricots, pineapple, papaya, banana chips and raisins.

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 for more details.

Van's International Foods Issues Allergy Alert On Undeclared Wheat, Gluten, Milk And Egg In Wheat Free Homestyle Pancakes

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Van's International Foods has issued an allergy alert and is voluntarily recalling a "lot" of 12.4 ounce package of frozen Van's Wheat Free Homestyle Pancakes because they contain undeclared wheat, gluten, milk and egg in the product.
People who have allergies or sensitivities to wheat, gluten, milk or eggs may run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

The 118 cases of recalled Van's Wheat Free Homestyle Pancakes may have been distributed in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, District of Columbia, New Jersey, New York, California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Washington, Oregon, Texas, Idaho and Hawaii, through retail outlets that include but may not be limited to Whole Foods, Wegmans, Giant Carlisle, Sprouts and Martins. The distributors and the retail customers involved have been notified. Follow the link for the lot details and further information.

Quesos Mi Pueblito, LLT Issues a Recall on Mi Pueblito Queso Fresco Authentic Mexican Style Soft Cheese

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Quesos Mi Pueblito is recalling its Mi Pueblito Queso Fresco 14 oz., with Sell by Date 09/08/09, because it may contain listeria monocytogenes. This is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms, such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and still births among pregnant women.

The recalled cheese is distributed in the New Jersey/New York City area as well as, Delaware and Virgina, through Puebla Foods, Inc., Passaic, N. J. to retail stores and wholesalers.

The product comes in a 14 oz, clear plastic package, with a sell by label dated 09/08/09 on top, UPC code 2407710025.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem. Click on the link for the full press release

UNDECLARED MILK IN LOTTE BRAND KOREAN CRACKER ("UMMAESON PIE")

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning people with allergies to milk not to consume the Lotte brand Korean Cracker ("Ummaeson Pie") described below. The affected product contains milk which is not declared on the label.

The affected product, Korean Cracker ("Ummaeson Pie"), is sold in 127 g packages bearing UPC 8 801062 249770. The English product name, Korean Cracker, appears on a sticker on the back of the package along with ITEM NO. 13963. The Korean product name, "Ummaeson Pie", appears on the principle display panel.

All lot codes of this product are affected.

This product has been distributed in British Columbia and Alberta and 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 allergies to milk. Follow the link for more details.

UNDECLARED WALNUT IN CHOICES MARKETS CRANBERRY LEMON SPLASH MUFFINS

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Choices Markets are warning people with allergies to walnut not to consume the Choices Markets brand Cranberry Lemon Splash Muffins described below. The affected product contains walnuts which are not declared on the label.

The affected product, Choices Markets brand Cranberry Lemon Splash Muffins, is sold in 600 g packages bearing UPC 227231 706994.

All best before dates up to and including AUG.26.09 (August 26, 2009) are affected.

This product is sold at Choices Markets stores in British Columbia.

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

Consumption of this product may cause a serious or life-threatening reaction in persons with allergies to walnuts. Follow the link for the full release.

Thursday, 20 August 2009

UNDECLARED SULPHITES IN HUIPU BRAND DRIED PACHYRHIZUS (SWEET POTATO) FROM CHINA

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Uncle T Foods Ltd. are warning people with sensitivity to sulphites not to consume Huipu brand Dried Pachyrhizus (Sweet Potato) described below. This product contains sulphites which are not declared on the label.

All codes of the Huipu brand Dried Pachyrhizus (Sweet Potato), product of China, sold in 350 g packages bearing UPC 6 922601 400949, are affected by this alert. This product is known to have been distributed in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario. 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. Follow the link for full details

Shun Fung International Trading Inc. dba Yummy Foods Co. is Conducting an URGENT Recall due to Undeclared Egg and Wheat in Wife Cake

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Yummy Foods Company of San Francisco, California, is recalling its 17 oz./480g Wife Cake because the product contains undeclared egg and wheat. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to egg or wheat run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

The product was distributed to individuals in California, Ranch 99 Supermarkets in Kent and Edmonds, Washington and Asian retail markets in California.

The product is sold in a pink box under the Yummy Foods Company brand name. There are 6 cakes to a box, 24 boxes to a case. This recall applies to all product having UPC 0 19151 00168 2.

No illnesses have been reported.

Frozen Culinary Circle™ Gourmet Macaroni And Cheese Recalled Due To Possible Listeria Contamination

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that SUPERVALU INC.® (NYSE:SVU) is voluntarily recalling frozen Culinary Circle™ Gourmet Macaroni and Cheese products because they may have the potential to be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes. The products are found in the frozen foods section in a 38 oz. package and were sold at SUPERVALU-owned stores including Acme®, Albertsons®, biggs®, Cub Foods®, Farm Fresh®, Hornbacher’s®, Jewel-Osco®, Lucky®, Shaw’s/Star Market™, Shop ‘n Save®, and Shoppers Food & Pharmacy® in all of the states where they operate.The possibility for contamination was identified through routine sampling of the product at the manufacturing facility. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the identified product.

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Limited Recall of 772 Cartons of Iced Jumbo Green Onions due to Possible Health Risk

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm a precautionary voluntary recall of 772 cartons of iced jumbo green onions under the brand names Omo and Fu Choy distributed from three locations, R.A.M. Produce Distributors of Detroit, Michigan, Franzella Distributing of San Francisco, CA, and United Food Service of East Point, GA by California-based NewStar Fresh Foods due to the possible presence of Salmonella.

No illnesses have been reported. The product is packaged in a 48-count iced carton, item numbers 02487403 and 02487452, product lot numbers 40550707 and 40510707, with production dates of July 20th and July 21st 2009. No other food service distributors or products are involved in this recall.

All affected product within the foodservice channel has already been accounted for and destroyed. Follow the link for full details.

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

FSIS has issued a press release to confirm that Sterling Pacific Meat Co., a City of Commerce, Calif., establishment, is recalling approximately 3,516 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. Follow the link to find out more.

Shutki Raja Chutney Powder produced on unregistered (or unapproved) premises

The UK FSA has issued an alert to the public so they are aware that a composite fish product described as ‘Shutki Raja Chutney Powder’ has been identified as having been produced on premises unknown to the originating local authority.

The Shutki Raja Chutney Powder was previously manufactured in the UK by Naga Raja Ltd. 15, Argall Avenue, London E10 7QE.

Despite enquiries by officers in London Boroughs, it has not been possible to obtain full distribution details or product traceability records, as the company no longer trades; however, distribution is believed to be restricted to the London area. This product appears to be distributed through direct van sales, to food business operators who sell predominantly ethnic food products. For full details follow the link.

Joy Quil Pty Ltd—Chinese Gingili Paste (sesame paste)

There has been a food safety recall in Australia concerning Chinese Gingili Paste (Sesame Paste) in 300g glass jars due to the presence of an undeclared allergen - peanuts. Follow the link for more details.

Wisconsin Firm Recalls Frozen Pepperoni and Sausage Pizza Products Due To an Undeclared Allergen

FSIS has issued a press release to confirm that Kraft Foods Global, Inc., of Medford, Wis., is recalling approximately 8,000 pounds of frozen pepperoni and sausage pizza products because they may contain an undeclared allergen, soy protein concentrate. Follow the link for full details.

New Jersey Firm Recalls Ground Beef Products Due To Possible E. coli O157:H7 Contamination

FSIS has issued a news release to confirm that Pasha Halal Poultry, otherwise known as Marcacci Meats, a Vineland, N.J., establishment, is recalling approximately 128 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. For full details follow the link

Monday, 17 August 2009

Two girls ill in E.coli outbreak

BBC News reports that two girls who attended a dance camp in Pembrokeshire have contracted E.coli. An 11-year-old from the West Midlands is being treated in hospital and a seven-year-old from Denbighshire is recovering at home. Both had attended Dance Camp Wales in Cresselly, which runs between 29 July and 9 August. Follow the link to find out more.

Sunday, 16 August 2009

UNDECLARED MILK IN HAITAI AND LOTTE BRANDS OF COOKIE / CRACKER FROM KOREA

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning people with allergies to milk not to consume certain Haitai and Lotte brands of Cookie /Cracker. These products contain milk which is not declared on the label. Follow the link for full details

Saturday, 15 August 2009

CERTAIN JUMBO GREEN ONIONS MAY CONTAIN SALMONELLA BACTERIA

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Vitale Produce Ltd. are warning consumers not to certain batches of Jumbo Green Onions as they have been recalled by the supplier from the USA due to the possible contamination with Salmonella.

The affected Jumbo Green Onions, product of the USA, were sold unwrapped with a rubber band. There is no lot code sticker, UPC or product name on the individual bunch of onions. The product was imported into Canada by Vitale Produce Ltd. of Windsor, Ontario and sold on or after July 30, 2009. Follow the link to find out more.

Friday, 14 August 2009

Peregrina Cheese Corporation Recalls All Products Manufactured In Its Plant Because Of Possible Health Risk

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Peregrina Cheese Corporation of Brooklyn, New York, is recalling all products manufactured in its Brooklyn, NY plant from March 17, 2009 to the present date because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

This recall action is being conducted in accordance with the Consent Decree filed on July 20, 2009, which requires Peregrina Cheese Corporation to recall all products and codes produced in the Brooklyn plant from March 17, 2009 to the present. The recall action involves the following products produced since March 17, 2009:

    • Peregrina Cheese brand QUESO FRESCO Fresh Cheese, 14 Oz. (397 g) foil-wrapped package, Plant # 36-8431, UPC 8 17424 00024 6, all lot codes on the market produced since March 17, 2009.
    • Chipilo brand MEXICAN CHEESE QUESO FRESCO – Fresh Cheese, NET WT. 15 oz. (425g), Plant #36-8431, UPC 8 17424 00028 4, all lot codes on the market produced since March 17, 2009.
    • Peregrina Cheese brand QUESO HEBRA Queso Oaxaca, NET WT. 15 Oz. (425g), Plant #36-8431, UPC 8 17424 00026 0, all lot codes on the market produced since March 17, 2009.
    • Peregrina Cheese brand QUESO COTIJA MOLIDO, NET WT. 15 OZ. plastic bags, Plant # 36-1388, UPC 8 17424 00027 7, all lot codes on the market produced since March 17, 2009.
    • Peregrina Cheese brand Flan, NET WT 8 oz., Plant # 36-8431, UPC 8 17424 00026 0, all lot codes on the market produced since March 17, 2009.
    • Peregrina Cheese brand GELATIN, NET WT. 10 OZ., Plant # 36-8431, UPC 8 17424 00031 4, all lot codes on the market produced since March 17, 2009.
    • Peregrina Cheese brand CREMA MEXICANA Mexican Cream, Weight 16 Oz., Plant # 55-8991, UPC 8 17424 00030 7, all lot codes on the market produced since March 17, 2009.

The products were distributed to retail stores in New York and Pennsylvania.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

This recall action is being conducted with the knowledge of the FDA.

UNDECLARED EGGS AND SOY IN CROWN BRAND CEREAL COOKIE

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning people with allergies to eggs and soy not to consume the Crown brand Cereal Cookie described below. The affected product contains eggs and soy which are not declared on the label.

All Best Before date codes of the Crown brand Cereal Cookie, made in China and sold in 183 g packages bearing UPC 8 801111 614634, are affected by this alert. This product is known to have been distributed in Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia. 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 allergies to eggs or soy.

The importer is voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

PIDY BRAND PUR MAMBA (PEANUT BUTTER) MAY BE CONTAMINATED WITH AFLATOXIN

The public warning issued on August 12, 2009 has been updated to include additional distribution information. In addition to Quebec, the affected product was also distributed in Ontario.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume Pidy brand Pur Mamba (peanut butter-piment) described below because the product may be contaminated with aflatoxin.

The Pidy brand Pur Mamba (peanut butter-piment), product of Haiti, is sold in a 1 lb. plastic container bearing UPC 0 00000 71726 7. The affected product has been distributed in Quebec and Ontario.

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

Aflatoxins are a group of toxic compounds produced by certain strains of fungi. Aflatoxin is listed as a human carcinogen. Consumption of products containing aflatoxin can lead to serious health consequences including liver damage and possibly death. Follow the link to check it out.

Thursday, 13 August 2009

Liberté Yogourt Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Walnuts and Plums in Its Méditerranée Wild Blackberry Yogourt 6oz Product Distributed in the USA

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Liberté Brand Products, St Hubert, Quebec, Canada is recalling all Liberté Méditerranée Wild Blackberry Yogurt 6 oz code dated Sept 02 distributed in the USA because it may contain undeclared walnuts and plums. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to walnuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume the product.

Liberté Méditerranée Wild Blackberry yogurt was distributed nationwide. The product is packaged in a 6oz retail plastic container with the expiry code date of September 02 printed on the foil lid. The UPC Bar code is 0 65684 65434 5.

Liberte initiated the recall on August 11th 2009, when the company received an email from a consumer that found that containers labelled as Liberté Wild Blackberry yogurt actually contained the Liberté Méditerranée Plum and Walnut fruit preparation. Notwithstanding our internal quality safeguards, the Plum and Walnut filling was inadvertently put into the Wild Blackberry containers for some subset of this production run. The company has notified its distributors and retailers where the product was distributed and has asked that the products be removed from the shelves.

To date no illnesses have been reported from this product.

Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd withdraw Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Scotch Beef Burgers with Smoked Jalapeno Chillies (pack of two) due to incorrec

The UK FSA has issued an allergy alert to confirm that Sainsbury’s has recalled their Taste the Difference Scotch Beef Burgers with Smoked Jalapeno Chillies (pack of two – 284g) because the product contains cheese that is not declared in the allergy advice box but it is correctly labelled in the ingredients list. This makes the product a potential health risk for people who are allergic or intolerant to milk or milk constituents.

Monday, 10 August 2009

Adams Extract & Spice, LLC Announces Recall Because of Possible Health Risk

The US FDA has issued a product recall notice to confirm that Adams Extract and Spice, LLC. is announcing a voluntary recall of products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The products contain a specific lot of ground red pepper supplied by Van de Vries Spice Corporation, 9 Elkins Road, East Brunswick, New Jersey 08816 This lot of ground red pepper initially tested negative for salmonella. Subsequently, Adams Extract and Spice, LLC. has been informed that another sample drawn from the same lot has been confirmed positive for salmonella. Follow the link for full details.

CERTAIN SPROUTS ALIVE AND SUN SPROUT BRANDS OF ONION AND ONION MIXED SPROUTS MAY CONTAIN SALMONELLA BACTERIA

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Sunsprout Natural Foods are warning the public not to consume certain varieties of Sprouts Alive and Sun Sprout brands that contain onion sprouts described below because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. All Best Before codes up to and including August 27, 2009 of the following products are affected:

Brand Product Size UPC
Sprouts Alive Baby Onion Sprouts 70 g (2.5 oz) 0 69022 00032 0
sun sprout Alfalfa & Onion Sprouts 135 g (4.76 oz) 0 57621 13506 2

These products were distributed in Ontario and the Maritimes, and may have been sold in Quebec. Follow the link for the full recall notice.

Friday, 7 August 2009

Hastings Valley/Norco Vanilla Custard recalled for potential Listeria contamination

Ausfoodnews reports that the dairy organisation Fonterra is voluntarily recalling Norco 2 litres Vanilla Custard and Hastings Valley Dairy 2kg (2 litres) Vanilla Custard from New South Wales, and Norco 2 litres Lite Reduced Fat Custard from New South Wales and Queensland. The affected custard may contain Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. Follow the link for full details

Salmonella Newport linked to beef

Food Poison Journal have issued a post to confirm that the USDA Food safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that Beef Packers, Inc., a Fresno, Calif., establishment, is recalling approximately 825,769 pounds of ground beef products that may be linked to an outbreak of salmonellosis. Consumerreports advise that this particular strain Salmonella Newport is resistant to many commonly prescribed drugs, which can increase the risk of hospitalization or possible treatment failure in infected individuals

Follow the links to read the full posts.

PRODUCT IN WONG WING VEGETABLE EGG ROLL PACKAGES MAY CONTAIN UNDECLARED SESAME

The CFIA has issued a further public warning to the one issued on August 1, 2009 which has been expanded to include additional information on product distribution. In addition to Quebec and Ontario, the affected product was sold in Alberta, British Columbia and the Atlantic provinces. Wong Wing is warning people with sesame allergies not to consume product contained in 680 gram Wong Wing VEGETABLE Egg Roll packages with UPC Number 0 69459 01104 3 and production lot code A0219. The product may contain sesame not declared in the ingredient list on the package.

UNDECLARED MILK IN BITE BRAND KOREAN BISCUIT

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning people with allergies to milk not to consume the Bite brand Korean Biscuit described below. The affected product contains milk which is not declared on the label.

All codes of the Bite brand Korean Biscuit, sold in 160 g packages bearing UPC 8 801544 130091, are affected by this alert. This product is known to have been distributed in Ontario and Quebec. 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 allergies to milk proteins. Follow the link for more details.

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

E.coli outbreak linked to chip shop

In the news there has been a number of concerning reports about an outbreak of E.coli 0157 and its possible link to a fish and chip shop in Wrexham. Follow these links for more information:

Woman on life support machine after E.coli outbreak in Wales

Chip show shows poor hygiene

PRODUCT IN WONG WING VEGETABLE EGG ROLL PACKAGES MAY CONTAIN UNDECLARED SESAME

The CFIA has issued the following statement:

"Wong Wing is warning people with sesame allergies not to consume product contained in 680 gram Wong Wing VEGETABLE Egg Roll packages with UPC Number 0 69459 01104 3 and production lot code A0219. The product may contain sesame not declared in the ingredient list on the package.

Consumers with allergies to sesame are advised to check their freezers and return any affected product to the store where it was purchased for a full refund. The product can be identified by the UPC Number and the lot code which is embossed on the end panel of the package below the UPC number. Also, the package will contain only six pieces, rather than ten pieces as indicated on the label".

The product was sold in Ontario and Quebec. Follow the link for more details

Tanimura & Antle Expands Possible Distribution Area of Voluntary Romaine Recall

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Tanimura & Antle, Inc. of Salinas, California has expanded the geographic scope of its voluntary recall of bulk and wrapped romaine head lettuce. "Although the volume of cases from the single recalled lot has not changed, the company recognizes the possibility that some customers may have distributed the romaine in states beyond the original 29. Therefore, the company is extending the U.S. recall to all 50 states. The recall also includes Puerto Rico and Canada, as initially indicated".

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Maple Leaf in the news again for Listeria

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume nine different wieners products because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
Maple Leaf Foods, the manufacturer, is voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall, and the investigation is continuing.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products. The Public Health Agency of Canada continues to closely monitor for cases of listeriosis, but to date, there have been no increases in cases of the illness, nor detected any cases linked to this investigation.

The products listed below are affected by this alert. These products are manufactured at the Federally Registered Establishment 611, a Maple Leaf Foods plant. They can be identified by the markings L1 and EST 611 in the inkjet marking on the edge of the package. These products have been distributed nationally. Maple Leaf had a large scale recall in August 2008 as a result of Listeria.

Sunday, 2 August 2009

Hepatitis A outbreak and its possible link to a McDonalds restauarnt

I have been following the on-line discussion about this outbreak for some time and Marler Blog has just posted an update - follow the link to read the post.