Thursday, 31 December 2009

Janzen Farms Recalls Hazelnut Kernels Because of Possible Health Risks

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Janzen Farms, Dayton, Oregon is recalling hazelnut kernels because the product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Hazelnut kernels were sold in November and December 2009 at Lenny's North, Seattle, WA and six 1 lb. bags were sold at the Sunset Produce Stand in Banks, OR.

The product is packed in 1 lb plastic bags closed with a twist-tie, with a label reading: "OREGON HAZELNUTS Product of U.S.A., JANZEN FARMS 20555 SE Webfoot Rd, Dayton, OR. Net wt. 16 oz (1 lb)".

This recall resulted from routine sampling of product by the FDA at the company which shells the nuts and supplies the shelled hazelnuts for Janzen Farms. The supplying company has ceased the production and distribution of the product as FDA and the company continues their investigation as to what caused the problem.Follow the link to find out more.

Sunday, 27 December 2009

Oklahoma Firm Recalls Beef Products Due To Possible E. Coli O157:H7 Contamination

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that National Steak and Poultry, an Owasso, Okla., establishment, is recalling approximately 248,000 pounds of beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. Follow the link to find out more.

Maine Firm Recalls Ham Products for Possible Listeria Contamination

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that Associated Grocers of Maine, importing firm, a Gardiner, Maine, establishment, is recalling approximately 312 pounds of ham products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Follow the link to find out more.

Cans of Pakstar curried chick peas produced on premises served with hygiene emergency prohibition order

The UK FSA has issued an alert regarding cans of Pakstar curried chick peas produced on premises served with hygiene emergency prohibition order. It reads as follows:

"Heads of Environmental Health Services and Directors of Trading Standards will wish to be aware that cans of ‘Pakstar’ Curried Chick Peas, which have been produced on premises served with a Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Order due to food hygiene contraventions and insufficient controls of the canning process.

The implicated product was manufactured by United National Foods Limited, Marshall Hall Mills, Elland Lane, Elland HX5 9DU. The company previously traded as Rehman & Sons Ltd.

Despite inquiries by officers in Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council, it has not been possible to obtain full distribution details or product traceability records; however distribution is believed to be restricted to the Bradford and Leeds area of West Yorkshire.

Identification of the product

Pakstar Curried Chick Peas, 400g cans
All date codes produced from August 2009
Best Before Dates: August 2012, September 2012, October 2012, November 2012, December 2012

Actions to be taken by enforcement authorities

If any of this product is found during routine inspections, enforcement officers should ensure that they are withdrawn from sale and destroyed, if necessary using powers under the Food Safety Act 1990 and regulation 27 of the Food Hygiene (England) Regulations 2006. In the event of local authorities finding this product, they are requested to inform the FSA immediately of the retail outlet and the quantities found.

It is essential that all Non Unitary Authorities liaise at county level to ensure that they co-ordinate their actions
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Thursday, 24 December 2009

Paris Creek Cheese Com’n Bear French Style Camembert & Brie French Style Brie

This Camembert and Brie product has been recalled in Australia as it is believed to be contaminated with E. coli.

Product description: 200g. Wrapped in paper.
Best Before: 27 JAN 10, 28 JAN 10 – Com’n Bear.
Best Before: 22 JAN 10 - Brie French Style Brie.

Follow the link to find out more.

Bonsoy soy milk recall due to very high levels of iodine

Ausfoodnews reports that Food Standards Australia New Zealand has advised people not to consume Bonsoy soy milk. Coffee shops, retail and other outlets should also not use this product.

"This follows a cluster of nine adults aged from 29 to 47, and one child, who have recently presented in NSW with thyroid problems. These individuals all reported consuming Bonsoy soy milk. Subsequent testing of samples of Bonsoy soy milk revealed unusually high levels of iodine. This brand of soy milk is enriched with “Kombu”, which is a seaweed product.

A consumer-level recall for the Bonsoy soy milk is being voluntarily instigated by the importer today.

The levels of iodine in the Bonsoy soy milk were at a level that is likely to exceed tolerable daily intakes for iodine when as little as 30ml (one eighth of a cup) is consumed per day by an adult
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Follow the link to read more.

CERTAIN PROCESSED MEAT PRODUCTS MAY CONTAIN LISTERIA MONOCYTOGENES

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Olymel S.E.C. are warning the public not to consume certain processed meat products described below because these products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Follow the link to find out more.

Further hazlenut recalls

Further hazlenut recalls include:


Market of Choice Recalls Hazelnuts Because of Possible Health Risks

Mountain Man Nut & Fruit Co.® Announces Voluntary Recall of Hazelnut

Wednesday, 23 December 2009

More hazelnut recalls

Further to the previous email there have been a series of further recalls for hazelnuts that may be contaminated with Salmonella:

Evonuk Oregon Hazelnuts Recalls Raw and Dry Roasted Hazelnut Kernels Because of Possible Health Risk

Harry and David Conducts Hazelnut Recall in Medford, Oregon because of Possible Risk to Health

Whole Foods Market® Recalls Bulk Hazelnuts

Burnt Ridge Orchards, Inc. Recalls Shelled Hazelnuts Because of Possible Health Risks

SIENA BRAND MILD CACCIATORE SALAMI MAY CONTAIN LISTERIA MONOCYTOGENES

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Siena Foods are warning the public not to consume a batch of Siena brand mild Cacciatore Salami because this product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Follow the link to find out more.

Heinz Baby Food 100% apple and pear puree recall

The UK FSA has issued a food alert to confirm that Heinz is recalling a batch and date code of Heinz 100% Apple and Pear purée baby food due to leaking pouches. The product recalled is:

Heinz 100% Apple and Pear Purée
Plastic pouches 4x90g
Batch code: L9286
Best before: 11/01/11

No other Heinz products are known to be affected

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland has also been informed of a food recall initiated by Heinz. The implicated product is being recalled because of a manufacturing fault which causes leaking in a small number of pouches within this batch. The product affected is 100% apple & pear puree 90g pouches (pack of 4), batch L9286, with a best before date of 11/01/11.

Vermont Firm Recalls Fresh Ground Beef Products Due to Possible E. Coli O157:H7 Contamination

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that Harrington and Sons, a Williston, Vt., establishment, is recalling approximately 68 pounds of fresh ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. Follow the link to find out more.

Sunday, 20 December 2009

Hazelnut recalls due to potential contamination with Salmonella

There have been a number of recalls reported by the US FDA concerning Salmonella and Hazelnuts. Follow the links to find out more.

Willamette Shelling Recalls Shelled Hazelnuts Because of Possible Health Risk

Willamette Shelling Recalls Shelled Hazelnuts Because of Possible Health Risk

Kunze Farms Recalls Hazelnut Kernels because of Possible Health Risks

Salmonella in eggs update

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre and the Health Service Executive are continuing to investigate the cause of recent illnesses due to Salmonella Enteritidis PT14b (naladixic acid resistant variant). To date, ten cases have been identified across Ireland. No specific food has been linked to these cases.

The Food Standards Agency (UK) has also reported cases of Salmonella Enteritidis PT14b (naladixic acid resistant variant) which may be linked to an egg production premises in Spain. Information provided by the Salmonella Reference Laboratory suggests that the strain of Salmonella isolated from the Irish cases is similar to those isolated in the UK.

As part of the ongoing investigation the FSAI is seeking additional information about the sources of eggs on the Irish market. The FSAI has a complete list of suppliers of Irish eggs but does not have comparable information on suppliers of non-Irish eggs into the Irish market.

Eggs are stamped with a producer code which begins with 3 for cage eggs, a country code (e.g. United Kingdom UK, Spain ES etc) and followed by letters and/or numbers identifying the unique farm where they were produced. Packs containing eggs must bear an indication of the packing centre code which also included the country code of the packing centre.

Saturday, 19 December 2009

Faribault Foods Voluntarily Recalls Three Lots of Health Valley Organic No Salt Added Split Pea Soup Due to the Presence of an Undeclared Allergen

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Faribault Foods has announced that it is recalling Health Valley Organic No Salt Added Split Pea Soup (15 oz.) with the lot codes 22JUL2011, 18AUG2011, and 11SEP2011 because of the presence of an undeclared dairy allergen. This soup contains butter and potatoes, which are not listed on the ingredient statements of the affected lots. No other lot codes of this product or any other Health Valley product is affected in any way.

Consumers who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk protein or potatoes run the potential risk of a health problem or illness if they consume these lots of product. No confirmed illnesses have been reported to date.

Thursday, 17 December 2009

CERTAIN HAM SAUSAGES MAY CONTAIN LISTERIA MONOCYTOGENES

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Superior Sausage and Meat Products Ltd. are warning the public not to consume two batches of Ham Sausages because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Follow the link to find out more.

Asda withdraws its own-brand ready-to-eat Southern Fried Popcorn Chicken due to the presence of undeclared gluten (wheat)

The UK FSA has issued an allergy alert to confirm that Asda has withdrawn its own-brand ready-to-eat Southern Fried Popcorn Chicken due to the presence of undeclared gluten (wheat)
This is because Asda ready-to-eat Southern Fried Popcorn Chicken with a 'Use by' date of 18 December 2009 contains bread crumb. The product contains gluten (wheat) which is not declared on the label and is a potential health risk for those allergic or intolerant to wheat or gluten. Product identification details are as follows: Asda ready-to-eat Southern Fried Popcorn Chicken, 190g; Use by: 18 December 2009

Follow the link to find out more.

Sunday, 13 December 2009

Simple Foods, Inc. recalls food due to undeclared allergen

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Simple Foods, Inc. has issued an allergy alert on undeclared dairy products (traces of milk) in Carob Peanut Butter Cups, Carob Almond Butter Cups, Carob Mint Crème Cups, Pre-packaged Carob Brown Rice Crunch, Pre-packaged Carob Peanut Butter Squares, Pre-packaged Crispy Carob Peanut Butter Squares, Pre-Packaged Carob Coated Rice Cakes, Pre-packaged Carob Mint Coated Rice Cakes, and Pre-packaged Carob Almond Butter Coated Rice Cakes.

Simple Foods, Inc. of Tonawanda, NY is recalling pre-packaged varieties of Carob Cups, Carob Squares and Carob Rice Cakes, because they may contain undeclared traces of milk. 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.

Follow the link to find out more.

Saturday, 12 December 2009

Limited Recall of 120 Cartons of Berries & Balsamic Salad due to Unlabeled Allergen

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm a precautionary voluntary recall of 120 cartons of 5.75 oz Berries & Balsamic Salad has been issued by California-based organicgirl produce because it may contain an incorrect condiment packet with an unlabeled allergen for walnuts.

The product is packaged in plastic trays in a 6-count carton, UPC 895203-001332, product lot number 31B073830, with Use-By Date of December 16, 2009. No other products, lot numbers or use-by dates are involved in this recall. The limited number of cases was distributed in three states only: California, Texas and Florida.

Cases of Salmonellosis Under Investigation

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland issued the following statement:

"The Food Safety Authority of Ireland would like to bring to the attention of relevant food businesses, information released by the Food Standards Agency (UK) regarding cases of Salmonella Enteritidis PT14b which may be linked to an egg production premises in Spain....
We are aware of six cases of illness in Ireland associated with a similar strain of Salmonella Enteritidis PT14b, one of whom has unfortunately died. To date, no specific food has been identified as the cause of any of these illnesses in Ireland. The cause of these illnesses is subject to an on-going investigation by the HSE.

As a precaution, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland would like to remind food businesses of the need to source good quality eggs and to follow good hygienic practices. See: FSAI advice for the safe handling and use of eggs
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HEINZ MIXED CEREAL FOR BABIES MAY CONTAIN OCHRATOXIN A (OTA)

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Heinz Canada are warning the public not to consume the Heinz Mixed Cereal for babies described below as it may contain elevated levels of Ochratoxin A (OTA). The following product is affected by this alert:

Heinz Mixed Cereal, a Baby Cereal, Stage 2, From 6 Months
227 g
UPC 0 57000 02516 8
Codes:
BB/MA 10 DE 26 and
BB/MA 10 DE 29

The best before date codes are located on the top left hand corner of the package. The affected product has been distributed nationally. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

Ochratoxin A is a mycotoxin produced by some fungi that can grow in certain food crops such as grains, grapes and coffee beans. Ochratoxin A has been classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as a possible human carcinogen.

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Rock Creek Nut Company Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk and Soy in "Quick Fix" Trail Mix

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that ROCK CREEK NUT COMPANY of Union, Oregon is recalling all "Quick Fix" trail mix, because it contains undeclared milk and soy in the carob chips. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk and/or soy run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. "Quick Fix" was distributed in Oregon and Washington at retail stores.

The product is packaged in clear plastic bags in ½ pound and 2 ounce sizes with a round blue and white label reading "Quick Fix", Rock Creek Nut Co. Union, Oregon 97885”. This product does not contain a lot code. No illnesses have been associated with this product. This recall is being conducted because it was discovered that "Quick Fix" product containing milk and soy was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of milk and soy in the ingredient statement.

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

College Inn Initiates Voluntary Recall of Select Canned Chicken Broth Products due to Mislabeling

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that as a precautionary measure, due to mislabeling, College Inn is initiating a voluntary recall of College Inn® No MSG Chicken Broth sold in individual 14 ½ oz cans.

All other sizes and varieties of College Inn® Chicken Broth are correctly labeled and therefore are not affected by this voluntary recall. College Inn is voluntarily recalling College Inn® No MSG Chicken Broth in individual 14 ½ oz cans due to the presence of wheat (an allergen) which was not declared in the ingredient statement. Also, the label incorrectly states that the product does not contain Monosodium Glutamate (MSG). The following product is subject to the voluntary recall:

College Inn® No MSG Chicken Broth Individual 14 ½ oz cans All Dates (Only products labeled "No MSG")

People who are allergic to wheat may run a risk of serious adverse health consequences by consuming this product. To date, no illnesses have been reported in connection with this mislabeling.

Sunday, 6 December 2009

Unilever Conducts Nationwide Voluntary Recall of Slim-Fast® Ready-to-Drink Products in Cans Due to Possible Health Risk

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Unilever United States, Inc., in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is conducting a nationwide voluntary recall of all Slim-Fast® ready-to-drink (RTD) products in cans, due to the possibility of contamination with Bacillus cereus, a micro-organism, which may cause diarrhea and possibly nausea and/or vomiting. The probability of serious adverse health consequences is remote. The products were sold in stores nationwide.

Product Description: The products are packaged in paperboard cartons and contain four, six or 12 steel cans that are 11 FL OZ (325 mL) each. Individual cans are also sold in certain retail outlets. The recall involves all Slim-Fast® RTD products in cans, regardless of flavor, Best-By date, lot code or UPC number. A listing of all RTD recalled products is attached to this press release.

No other Slim-Fast® products are affected by this recall. No Slim-Fast® powdered shakes, meal bars, or snack bars are affected by this recall.

The recall was initiated after the company conducted quality testing on Slim-Fast® RTD products in cans. Out of an abundance of caution, the company is recalling all RTD products in cans that are currently in distribution centers, on-shelf or in back rooms in retail outlets or in consumers’ homes. The company is in the process of identifying and correcting the production issue, and will resume production and shipment of the product when the issue has been addressed and corrected.

Snax in Pax, Inc. Issues a Nationwide Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk Allergen in Caramel Corn and Caramel Puff Products.

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Snax In Pax, Inc. of Topeka, Indiana is recalling a range of products because they contain undeclared MILK on their label. People who have an allergy or sensitivity to MILK run the risk of a serious or life threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. Follow the link to find out more details.

Sunny Lake Trading Inc. Issues Alert on Undeclared Sulphites in Radix Polygonati Officialis

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Sunny Lake Trading Inc. of 651A Lexington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11221 is recalling Radix Polygonati Officinalis because it contains undeclared sulphites. Consumers who have severe sensitivity to sulfites run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume this product.

Radix Polygonati Officinalis is sold in a 12 ounce un-coded, clear plastic bag and was distributed throughout New York State. It is a product of China. Follow the link for more details

SLIM-FAST READY-TO-DRINK MEAL REPLACEMENT SHAKE PRODUCTS MAY CONTAIN BACILLUS CEREUS BACTERIA

Unilever Canada Inc. has informed the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) that they are recalling certain Slim-Fast ready-to-drink products distributed in Canada. Unilever Canada Inc. is warning the public not to consume a range of Slim-Fast ready-to drink meal replacement shake products because these products may be contaminated with Bacillus cereus. Follow the link to see the lot codes and BB dates affected. These products have been distributed nationally.

CERTAIN WESTERN BRAND CREAM CHEESE PRODUCTS MAY CONTAIN SALMONELLA BACTERIA

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Liberté Natural Foods Ltd. are warning the public not to consume the Western brand cream cheese products described below because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. The following products are affected by this alert:

Brand Product Size UPC Best Before
Western Original Cream Cheese Product 250 g 0 61641 00006 4 DE 28
Western Light Cream Cheese Product 250 g 0 61641 01550 1 DE 28

These products have been distributed in Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

A further recall notice addresses these products also recalled.

Saturday, 5 December 2009

California Firm Recalls Ground Beef Products Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that Beef Packers, Inc., a Fresno, Calif., establishment, is recalling approximately 22,723 pounds of ground beef products that may be linked to an outbreak of salmonellosis. Follow the link to find out more.

Boutinot recalls Chardonnay Marsanne Viognier wine

The UK FSA has issued an allergy alert to confirm that Boutinot has recalled the NOVAS Winemaker's Selection White 2006 brand of Chardonnay Marsanne Viognier wine, because it contains the preservative sulphur dioxide, which is not mentioned on the product label. This makes the product a possible health risk for anyone who is sensitive to sulphites. The product details are as follows:

* Product: Chardonnay Marsanne Viognier
* Brand: NOVAS Winemaker's Selection White 2006
* Lot number: L 41358

The wine is imported from Chile and sold mainly in independent retailers, some restaurants and in Booths' stores. Boutinot has recalled the affected wine from sale and it will be re-labelled with the correct allergy labelling information before being put back on sale. Boutinot has provided product recall notices for shops to display, and the relevant allergy support organisations have been contacted and will inform their at-risk members. If you are sensitive to sulphites and have bought the affected wine, you should speak to the manager at the shop where you bought it.
No other Boutinot or NOVAS Winemaker's Selection products are known to be affected.

Thursday, 3 December 2009

Rikki USA, Inc.Re-Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Shrimp in Toi Sauce Thai Red Curry (Panang) produced for the Siamrica Co. to Correct Lot Number

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Rikki USA, Inc. of Redmond, WA is voluntarily recalling 168 cases of Toi Sauce Thai Red Curry (Panang), manufactured for the SIAMRICA Co., Bellevue, WA, because it may contain undeclared shrimp in the red curry paste. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to shrimp run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

Ginni's withdraws soft dried apricots

The UK FSA has issued an allergy alert to confirm that Ginni’s is withdrawing its Soft Dried Apricots (200g) with a ‘best before’ date of October 2010, because the product contains the preservative sulphur dioxide, which is not mentioned on the product label. This makes the product a possible health risk for anyone who is sensitive to sulphites. The product being withdrawn is:

* Ginni's Soft Dried Apricots
* Best before end: October 2010
* Pack size: 200g

Ginni’s is temporarily withdrawing the affected product from sale until stickers with the relevant allergen labelling adivce has been put on the packets. The company has been asked to contact the relevant allergy support organisations, which will inform their members of the withdrawal.

No other Ginni’s products are known to be affected.

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

La Espiga De Oro, Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Whey in Flour Tortillas

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that La Espiga de Oro, Inc. of Houston, Texas is recalling Fiesta brand Flour Burrito Tortillas in 12 count packages, because they may contain undeclared whey (milk allergen). People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk allergens run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.
The product was distributed through Fiesta Marts in Houston, Texas in plastic wrap packages labeled Fiesta 12 Flour Burrito Tortillas. The packages have the UPC code 51022 00060, and the recall includes tortilla packages labeled with a date of November 30, 2009 through December 20, 2009.

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Woolworths recall milk

Ausfoodnews has reported that Woolworths has recalled a batch of their 2-litre private label milk in Victoria and parts of New South Wales due to possible microbiological contamination with E.coli.

Oklahoma Firm Recalls Frozen Beef Steak Fritter Products That May Contain Foreign Materials

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that Advance Food Company, a Enid, Okla., establishment, is recalling approximately 110,730 pounds of frozen beef steak fritter products that may contain foreign materials. The problem was discovered after the company received customer complaints about finding pieces of plastic in the product. Follow the link to find out more.

Increase in cases of salmonella

The Food Standards Agency and Health Protection Agency (HPA) are investigating a recent increase in the number of cases of a certain type of salmonella in England and Wales. The increase in cases of Salmonella Enteritidis phage type (PT) 14b, since mid-August 2009, was noted by the HPA as part of its monitoring of infectious diseases. The article states that:

"A total of 443 cases of S. Enteritidis (PT) 14b have been reported to the HPA this year, compared with 137 cases in 2008. Fourteen clusters of cases in England and Wales are currently being investigated to determine if there is a common source of infection. A total of 144 cases of S. Enteritidis (PT) 14b have been associated with these 14 clusters.

The clusters have been linked to a number of different catering establishments and one care home. Although there is no conclusive evidence yet, the clusters may be linked to eggs sourced from outside the UK and used in these establishments. Investigations are ongoing into a possible link to eggs sourced from an approved establishment in Spain, and the UK and Spanish authorities are working in close cooperation to investigate this
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