Thursday, 30 December 2010

Nutrition Facts Panels to Appear on Labels of Popular Cuts of Meat and Poultry Products

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that it will be making important nutritional information readily available to consumers on 40 of the most popular cuts of meat and poultry products. Under a new rule, packages of ground or chopped meat and poultry will feature nutrition facts panels on their labels. Additionally, whole, raw cuts of meat and poultry will also have nutrition facts panels either on their package labels or available for consumers at the point-of-purchase. Follow the link to read the full press release.

California Firm Recalls Teriyaki Beef Jerky Products Due To Mislabeling and an Undeclared Allergen

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that Bach Cúc Beef Jerky, Inc., a South El Monte, Calif., establishment, is recalling approximately 3,874 pounds of teriyaki beef jerky products because they contain an undeclared allergen, wheat. Follow the link for more details.

TINY GREENS ORGANIC FARM FOOD CO. RECALLS PRODUCT BECAUSE OF POSSIBLE HEALTH RISK

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Tiny Greens of Urbana, Ill., is recalling all Alfalfa Sprouts and Spicy Sprouts from November 1st thru December 21st because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Product was distributed thru various distributors in Illinois, Indiana, and Missouri and could have ended up in restaurants and supermarkets near those areas. Click on the link to find out more.


Food Poison Blog report that the outbreak has affected 94 people in 16 US States and Washington DC. Check out the details.

VOLUNTARY RECALL OF LITTLE BEAR BRAND FRESH GREENS BY J & D PRODUCE INC.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume certain Little Bear brand fresh greens listed below because the products may be contaminated with Salmonella. The following products are being recalled by J & D Produce Inc., in Canada.

Arugula

Beets

Cilantro

Collards

Curly Parsley

Curly Mustard

Diakon

Dill

Green Swisschard

Kale

Kohlrabi

Methi (fenugreek) leaf

Plain Parsley

Red Swisschard

These fresh greens were sold in bunches tied with a Little Bear band. These products were shipped to Canada from November 30 to December 7, 2010, and sold by various grocery stores thereafter. These products may have been distributed nationally. Individual bunches do not have a date on the bands. Consumers who may have purchased these fresh greens and are not sure of the dates or brands are advised to contact the place of purchase to see if they have the affected product(s). There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

The US FDA has also issued a press release regarding this product.

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

UNDECLARED PEANUTS IN CERTAIN CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES PRODUCED AND SOLD AT THRIFTY FOODS BROADMEAD (VICTORIA, BC)

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Thrifty Foods are warning people with allergies to peanuts not to consume the chocolate chip cookies described below. The affected product contains peanuts which are not declared on the label. The affected product is in-store baked Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies incorrectly labelled as Chocolate Chip Cookies. The cookies were sold in 500 g packages bearing UPC 0 74147 66187 5 and a Best Before date of 29 DE, 10 (December 29, 2010). This product was sold at Thrifty Foods Broadmead, 777 Royal Oak Dr., Victoria, British Columbia. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

FDA: Don’t Eat Tiny Greens Brand Alfalfa Sprouts or Spicy Sprouts

The FDA is advising consumers not to eat Alfalfa Sprouts and Spicy Sprouts (which contain alfalfa sprouts mixed with radish and clover sprouts) from Tiny Greens Organic Farm of Urbana, Ill. The sprouts were distributed in 4 oz. and 5 lb. containers to various customers, including farmers’ markets, restaurants and groceries, in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri and possibly other Midwestern states. Preliminary results of the investigation of a multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections indicate a link to eating Tiny Greens’ Alfalfa Sprouts at Jimmy John’s restaurant outlets. Follow the link to read the full press release.

Source: FDA

South Florida Bakery Issues Recall for Publix Bakery Coconut Macaroons (Coquitos)

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that South Florida Bakery is recalling all lot codes of Publix Bakery Coconut Macaroons (Coquitos). This includes several varieties:
Coconut Macaroons (Coquitos), 21oz – UPC 41415-95290

Mini Coconut Macaroons (Mini Coquitos), 12oz - UPC 10878-90011

Mini Coconut Macaroons with Chocolate Chips (Mini Coquitos con Pedazos de Chocolate), 12oz – UPC 10878-90012

Mini Coconut Macaroons with Confetti Sprinkles (Mini Coquitos con Dulcecitos de Colores), 12oz.- UPC 10878-90013

The UPC may be found on the back label below the Nutritional Facts panel. The pre-packaged coconut macaroons were sold in 21oz and 12 oz plastic dome containers exclusively in the retail bakeries of Publix Super Markets throughout Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee. The products are being recalled due to an undeclared milk ingredient present in a small amount in the product.

Fuller, Smith & Turner PLC recalls certain batches of Golden Pride, Organic Honey Dew and London Pride (330ml bottles) due to potential glass contamination

There have been a series of bottled beer recalls in the UK due to potential glass contamination over the last few months and the UK FSA has issued a further food alert to confirm that Fuller, Smith & Turner PLC has recalled certain batches of Golden Pride, Organic Honey Dew and London Pride (330ml bottles) due to potential glass contamination as a result of a fault during the bottle manufacture. Follow the link to find out more.

The UK FSA has issued a further food alert to confirm that the size of the recall has been increased to include an additional batch code of London Pride (330ml bottles) due to potential glass contamination

Whole Foods Market Announces A Recall For Ginger Bread Houses Which Were Produced By Rolf’s Patisserie In Twenty-Three States Because Of A Possible Health Risk

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Whole Foods Market is recalling assembled Ginger Bread Houses sold in, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Florida, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin that came from its supplier Rolf’s Patisserie of Lincolnwood, Illinois. The recalled ginger bread houses may have been assembled, decorated and packaged in clear plastic wrap and sold with a Whole Foods Market scale label; some scale labels also may list “Rolf’s Patisserie” as part of the description. This includes all ginger bread Houses made after Nov. 1, 2010. Products produced by Rolf’s Patisserie have been connected to several outbreaks of Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) food poisoning. All products that were made after Nov. 1, 2010 were recalled. To date no illnesses have been reported from consumers eating ginger bread houses sold by Whole Foods Market.  This is the fourth S. Aureus recall this year on the blog.

UNDECLARED EGG IN KELLOGG’S RICE KRISPIES TREATS HOLIDAY VILLAGE KITS

The Public warning issued on December 23, 2010 has been expanded to include all codes of the affected product and wider distribution. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Brand Castle LLC are warning people with allergies to egg not to consume the Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats Holiday Village Kits described below. The icing portion of the affected product contains egg which is not declared on the label. The affected product, Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats Holiday Village Kit, is sold in a 666g package bearing UPC 8 44527 02106 9. All Best By dates are affected by this alert. This product is known to have been distributed in Michaels, Winners and HomeSense stores across Canada. However it may have been sold in other stores as well. There has been one reported reaction associated with the consumption of this product.

Brand Castle, LLC Issues Allergy Alert On Undeclared Egg In Icing Of Licensed Rice Krispies Treats Holiday Village Kit Distributed Through Michaels Retail Stores Only

Coalisland firm must pay £32m damages following contamination of pork

"A Northern Ireland company has been ordered to pay a County Wexford firm 38.7m euros(£32m) damages arising from the Irish pork contamination scare. O'Neill Fuels Ltd, in Coalisland, County Tyrone, were told to pay damages to Millstream Power Recycling Ltd, Bunclody. Millstream was at the centre of the worldwide Irish pig meal contamination scare in 2008. They claimed that the source was tainted oil supplied by the NI firm.  In 2008, all Irish pork produce was recalled from supermarkets throughout the EU as well as in world markets as a result. Millstream supplied the pig meal containing dioxins that led to the recall of Irish pork products. It was ordered after pig meal on a number of farms was found to have had between 80 and 200 times more dioxins than the recognised safety limit.

The oil that Millstream used had not been tested for dioxins such as polychlorinated biphenyls, (PCBs) because these had been banned in the 1970s, the company said. O'Neill Fuels from Annaghmore Hill, Coalisland, had denied that any fuel supplied by it contained dioxins or PCBs. In the High Court in Dublin, earlier this month, the judge struck out the case as O'Neill Fuels had not entered a defence. Speaking after the damages were awarded, Millstream director Doreen Hogg said her family felt relieved that they had been vindicated. "We are delighted with the outcome and the judgement after what have been two very difficult years," she said.

Source: BBC News

Friday, 24 December 2010

UK FSA jssues new joint paper on campylobacter strategy

The UK FSA has issued a new paper on a joint industry strategy for Campylobacter control in the UK supply chain. Follow the link to find out more.

Thursday, 23 December 2010

CERTAIN SHELL EGGS DISTRIBUTED IN QUEBEC MAY CONTAIN SALMONELLA BACTERIA

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Réal Veer inc. are warning the public not to serve or consume the Shell Eggs described below because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella. The raw shell eggs, product of USA, were sold in boxes containing 15 dozen eggs bearing lot code SEA-1024796 and Best Before date JAN-18-11 (January 18, 2011) to restaurants and other food service clients and other end-users. In addition, some of these eggs were packed as a component of Christmas baskets distributed to a charity organization located in St-Damien in the province of Quebec. Consumers who may have received unlabelled raw shell eggs, or Christmas baskets containing raw shell eggs, are advised to contact their supplier to determine if they have affected product. This product has been distributed in Quebec

Whole Foods Market Announces Cheese Recall For Products In Three Western States And Washington, D.C. Because Of Possible Health Risk

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Whole Foods Market announces that it is recalling cheese sold in California, Nevada, Washington State and Washington, D.C. that came from its supplier Sally Jackson Cheese of Oroville, Washington. The recalled cheese was cut and packaged in clear plastic wrap and sold with a Whole Foods Market scale label; some scale labels also list “Sally Jackson” as part of the description. Sally Jackson Cheese recalled its cheese products, including cow, goat, and sheep, because they may be contaminated with Escherichia coli O157:H7 bacteria. E. coli 0157:H7 causes diarrhea illness often with bloody stools. Although most healthy adults can recover completely within a week, some people can develop a form of kidney failure. Young children and the elderly are most susceptible to serious complications and even death. Consumers should seek immediate medical care if they develop these symptoms.
All of the following Sally Jackson cheese products are included in this recall:
  • Cow’s milk cheese
  • Goat’s milk cheese
  • Sheep’s milk cheese
  • Cow’s milk cheese wrapped in chestnut leaves
  • Sheep’s milk cheese wrapped in chestnut leaves
  • Goat’s milk cheese wrapped in grape leaves

IMPF Voluntarily Recalls Dips & Spreads because of Possible Health Risk

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Bright Water Seafood, Tucker, GA is voluntarily recalling its 7 ounce packages of Buffalo Krab Dip and 7 ounce packages of Southwest Krab Dip because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The recalled Dips & Spreads were distributed in retail stores in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, North Georgia and Virginia.
The Bright Water Buffalo Krab Dip product comes in a 7 ounce, clear plastic container marked with an UPC code 8 1971100001 4 and with an expiration date of 12/21/2010 stamped on the side. The Bright Water Southwest Krab Dip comes in a 7 ounce, clear plastic container marked with an UPC code 8 1971100002 1 and with an expiration date of 12/29/2010 stamped on the side. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem. The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing by the company revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in 7 ounce container. Follow the link to find out more.

JFC International Inc Issues An Alert On Uneviscerated Fish

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that JFC INTERNATlONAL INC. at 40 VARICK AVE, BROOKLYN, NY 11237 is recalling frozen CAPELIN discovered by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors during a routine inspection and subsequent analysis of product by Food Laboratory personnel confirming that the fish was not properly eviscerated prior to processing.
This product may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum spores, which can cause Botulism, a serious and potentially fatal food borne illness. Symptoms of botulism include blurred vision, general weakness and poor reflexes, difficulty in swallowing and respiratory paralysis. The sale of un-eviscerated fish is prohibited under New York State Agriculture and Markets regulations because Clostridium botulinum spores are more likely to be concentrated in the viscera than any other portion of the fish. Un-eviscerated fish has been linked to outbreaks of botulism poisoning. The recalled FROZEN CAPELIN comes in a PLASTIC WRAPPED STYROFOAM TRAY with the following codes: FROZEN CAPELIN 7L8P, FROZEN CAPELIN 7L5P, FROZEN CAPELIN 6L10P, FROZEN CAPELIN 6L8P, FROZEN CAPELIN 6L5P, FROZEN CAPELIN 5L10P, FROZEN CAPELIN 5L8P and is a product of VIETNAM. This product was sold NATIONWIDE. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem. 

McCain Foods (GB) Ltd recalls certain batches of Sweet Potato with Rosemary and Garlic due to potential grit contamination

The UK FSA has issued a food alert to confirm that McCain Foods (GB) Ltd has recalled certain batches of Sweet Potato with Rosemary and Garlic due to potential grit contamination. The product potentially contains pieces of grit that became embedded within the sweet potato during harvesting. The pieces of grit are very small and not considered to be harmful. Follow the link for product coding details.

CERTAIN SESAME SEEDS AND SESAME BLENDS WITH HERBS MAY CONTAIN SALMONELLA BACTERIA

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and McCormick Canada are warning the public not to consume four sesame seeds and sesame blends with herbs because the products may be contaminated with Salmonella. Follow the link to find out more.

UNDECLARED PEANUT IN CERTAIN FEI DUN CHOCOLATES

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) are warning people with allergies to peanut not to consume the Fei Dun Chocolates described below. The affected products contain peanut which is not declared on the label.
The affected products, Fei Dun Chocolates, were sold in plastic containers of various shapes (octagon, rectangle, heart, Christmas shapes, etc.) and various weights (62.5 g to 450 g), each bearing a unique UPC code. All Best Before dates where peanuts are not declared in the list of ingredients are affected by this alert.
These products have been distributed in Ontario.There has been one reported illness associated with the consumption of these products

UNDECLARED MILK IN VSC CHOCOLATS BRANDY BEANS BRANDY LIQUEUR CHOCOLATES

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning people with allergies to milk proteins not to consume certain batches of VSC Chocolats Brandy Beans Brandy Liqueur Chocolates. The affected product may contain milk which is not declared on the label. The affected product, VSC Chocolats Brandy Beans Brandy Liqueur Chocolates, made in Germany, was sold in a 200 g package bearing UPC 0 13413 50301 3 and lot code L7058 J8 and L5177 J8. This product has been distributed nationally. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

YNOT FOODS INC. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk and Soybean in Upsides™ Orzo Toscano, 6/2.5lb

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that YNot Foods, Inc. of Madison, WI is recalling 2,541 cases because it may contain undeclared milk and soybean. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk and/or soybean run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. Follow the link to find out more.

Tofutti Brands Inc. Announces Updated Information for Recall of 25 Pallets of Yours Truly Frozen Dessert Cones Due to Possible Trace Level Milk Contamination

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm thatTofutti Brands Inc. expanded its recall of 25 pallets of its 4-Pack YOURS TRULY frozen dessert cones (UPC 0-20188-01500-9) due to possible trace level milk contamination reported for one lot of product shipped which was produced in August of 2010 to include lot number 2360. YOURS TRULY CONES are labeled as Milk Free and persons who have an allergy or severe sensitivity or intolerance to Milk products run the risk of serious or life-threatening injury if they consume products with milk ingredients. Follow the link to find out more.

Sunday, 19 December 2010

UNDECLARED EGGS IN CHORIPDONG FROZEN DUMPLING

The public warning issued on December 17, 2010 has been expanded.




The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Seoul Trading Corporation are warning people with allergies to egg proteins not to consume the Choripdong brand frozen dumpling described below. The affected product contains egg which is not declared on the label. The affected product, Choripdong brand frozen dumpling was sold in 810 g packages bearing UPC 0 761898 652022. All codes of this product are included in this alert. This product, imported from Korea, is known to have been distributed in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, and the city of Toronto, Ontario. The product may have been distributed nationally.  There has been one reported allergic reaction associated with the consumption of this product.

Texas Firm Recalls Ground Beef Products Due to Mislabeling and Possible Adulteration

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that Winn Meats Co., a Dallas, Texas, establishment, is recalling approximately 25,600 pounds of ground beef products that were improperly labeled and potentially adulterated. The products’ labels include “For Cooking Only,” indicating that they are intended for further processing to apply a full lethality at a federally inspected establishment. Because the products were distributed to non-federally inspected establishments where it cannot be verified that sufficient further processing occurred to remove foodborne pathogens that could have been present, these products must be removed from sale. Follow the link to find out more.

YU YUAN BRAND VACUUM PACKED SWEET GLUTINOUS CORN ON THE COB MAY CONTAIN DANGEROUS BACTERIA

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Yie Ming (Canada) Ltd., are warning the public not to consume Yu Yuan brand vacuum packed Sweet Glutinous Corn described below because the product may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum. Toxins produced by these bacteria may cause botulism, a life-threatening illness. The affected product, Yu Yuan brand Sweet Glutinous Corn, is a single corn cob vacuum packed in a plastic bag that weighs approximately 300 g. The affected product has a manufacture date 2010.03.19 C and UPC 6 922474 188425. This product, imported from China, is not labelled in English and/or French. This product was sold in British Columbia. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

UNDECLARED EGGS IN CHORIPDONG FROZEN DUMPLING

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Seoul Trading Corporation are warning people with allergies to egg proteins not to consume the Choripdong brand frozen dumpling described below. The affected product contains egg which is not declared on the label. The affected product, Choripdong brand frozen dumpling was sold in 810 g packages bearing UPC 0 761898 652022. All codes of this product are included in this alert. This product, imported from Korea, is known to have been distributed in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia and may have been distributed nationally. There has been one reported allergic reaction associated with the consumption of this product.

Sally Jackson Cheese Recalls All Cheese Because Of Possible Health Risk

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Sally Jackson Cheese of Oroville, WA is recalling all cheese products, including cow, goat, and sheep, because they may be contaminated with Escherichia coli O157:H7 bacteria (E. coli O157:H7). Sally Jackson brand cheeses made from raw cow, goat, and sheep milk were distributed nationwide. The cheeses were distributed to restaurants, distributors, and retail stores. The three types of cheese are all soft raw milk cheeses in various sized pieces. The products do not have labels or codes. The cow and sheep milk cheeses are wrapped in chestnut leaves, the goat cheese is wrapped in grape leaves and all are secured with twine. The cheeses may have an outer wrapping of waxed paper. The products have been identified as a possible source of E. coli infections currently under investigation.

Recall of Sigma Makaron Swojski Egg Noodles Due to the Presence of Salmonella and Staphylococcus aureus

The FSAI has issued a food alert to confirm that Sigma Makaron Swojski watkowany 4 jajeczny is being recalled by two retailers in Dublin, due to the presence of Salmonella Mbandaka and Staphylococcus aureus. The retailers have displayed point of sale notices informing customers of the recall.  Consumers are advised not to consume this affected batch. Follow the link to find out more.

UNDECLARED PEANUTS IN CERTAIN MISPACKED QUAKER BRAND CHEWY GRANOLA BARS VALUE PACKS SOLD AT CANADA SAFEWAY

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Canada Safeway Limited are warning people with allergies to peanuts not to consume certain Quaker brand Chewy Granola Bars Value Packs described below.
The affected product, Quaker brand Chewy Granola Bars Value Pack, 14 bars, 364 g, bears UPC 0 55577 10742 3. All lot codes are affected by this alert. These Quaker brand Chewy Granola Bars Value packs may contain Quaker brand Dipps granola bars that contain peanuts. The individual granola bars within these value packs are correctly labelled and declare peanuts, where present. The affected Quaker brand Chewy Granola Bars Value Packs which were previously recalled on November 24, 2010, may have been distributed, after the original recall, throughout Canada Safeway retails stores located in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario. There has been one reported reaction associated with the consumption of this product. Consumption of this product may cause a serious or life-threatening reaction in persons with allergies to peanuts. Follow the link to find out more.

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Tropical Nut & Fruit of Charlotte, NC Announces a Nationwide Voluntary Recall of Walnut Products Because of Possible Health Risk

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Tropical Nut & Fruit of Charlotte, NC, is voluntarily recalling all its products containing walnuts supplied by Atlas Walnuts, LLC after November 16, 2010 because they have the potential to contain Salmonella. Follow the link to find out more.

Lead in Asphalia for natural sleep

The UK FSA has issued an alert to confirm this product has been removed from sale. Follow the link to find out more.

Toffutti Brands Inc. Announces Recall Of 25 Pallets Of Yours Truly Frozen Dessert Cones Due To Possible Trace Level Milk Contamination

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Tofutti Brands Inc. has announced a precautionary recall of 25 pallets of its 4-Pack YOURS TRULY frozen dessert cones (UPC 0-20188-01500-9) due to possible trace level milk contamination reported for one lot of product shipped which was produced in August of 2010. YOURS TRULY CONES are labeled as Milk Free and persons who have an allergy or severe sensitivity or intolerance to Milk products run the risk of serious or life-threatening injury if they consume products with milk ingredients. Tofutti Brands uses stringent quality controls to prevent milk contamination of its products and sells tens of millions of ice cream novelty products each year.

The 25 pallets from the suspect lot are being recalled. The bulk of these 25 pallets were sold along the east coast and the Midwest. None of the suspected lot was sold to any west coast distributors or stores.

ASDA withdraws one date code of its own-brand Strawberry Swirled Cheesecake due to a packaging error resulting in incorrect allergen information

The UK FSA has issued an allergy alert to confirm that ASDA has withdrawn one date code of its own-brand Strawberry Swirled Cheesecake due to a packaging error resulting in incorrect allergen information.Due to a packaging error, the presence of egg is not declared on the label. The product therefore presents a potential health risk for people who are allergic to egg. Follow the link to find out more.

CERTAIN CANTALOUPES PURCHASED AT SAFEWAY STORE LOCATED ON OSBORNE STREET, WINNIPEG, MANITOBA, MAY CONTAIN SALMONELLA BACTERIA

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume the cantaloupes described below because these cantaloupes may be contaminated with Salmonella. The affected cantaloupes were sold unwrapped. There is no lot code sticker, UPC or product name on the individual cantaloupes.
The cantaloupes were sold from Canada Safeway Limited, located at 655 Osborne Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba on December 5, 2010. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

Brinkman Turkey Farms Inc. Issues Allergy Alert On Undeclared Soy And Milk In “Brinkman's Gourmet Barbecue Sauce

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Brinkman Turkey Farms Inc. of Findlay, Ohio is recalling the following product from distribution: Brinkman’s Gourmet Barbecue Sauce in 22 oz. glass jars UPC# 033244000215, 40 oz. glass jars UPC# 033244000222, and 160 oz. plastic jugs UPC# 033244000208. This product is subject to recall because it contains the undeclared ingredients, milk and soy. People who have allergies to milk and soy run the risk of serious or life threatening allergic reactions if they consume these products.

The recalled Brinkman’s Gourmet Barbecue Sauce products were distributed to retail stores and distribution centers in Ohio and direct to consumers in Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, and Iowa. The product comes in 22 oz. and 40 oz. glass jars and a 160 oz. plastic jug. No illness has been reported to date in connection with this problem. The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the product containing milk and soy was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of milk and soy in its contents.

Monday, 13 December 2010

Mojave Foods Corporation Initiates Recall Due to Possible Health Risk from Walnut Ingredient

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Mojave Foods Corporation is initiating a recall of sixty (60) packages of El Guapo Shelled Walnuts 1 OZ, date code 5527, manufactured with walnuts supplied by Atlas Walnuts, Visalia, California, because we were advised by the supplier that the ingredient has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Follow the link to read the full release.

Pablo’s Produce, Inc. Recalls One Lot of Cilantro because of Possible Health Risk

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Pablo’s Produce, Inc. of Oxnard, Ca is voluntarily recalling one lot of cilantro because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The company is working with health officials to inform consumers of this recall, and no illnesses have been reported to date. Follow the link to find out more.

Wm Morrison Supermarkets recalls its own brand The Best 8 Sweet Pastry Tartlets due to incorrect allergen advisory labelling

The UK FSA has issued an allergy alert to confirm that Wm Morrison Supermarkets has recalled its own brand The Best 8 Sweet Pastry Tartlets due to incorrect allergen advisory labelling. Due to a labelling error, the presence of egg is not declared in the allergy advice box, although it is correctly stated in the list of ingredients. The product therefore presents a potential health risk for people who are allergic to egg. Follow the link to find out more.

HPA warns of increasing norovirus activity

The UK HPA reports that there has been an increase in norovirus activity - which is expected at this time of year but needs close monitoring. Since the beginning of November the Health Protection Agency (HPA) has recorded 43 outbreaks of norovirus in hospitals of which 39 have led to ward closures. This is almost 50 per cent more than the number recorded in October. Follow the link to read more.

BARRIE BROS. LOCAL FOOD COMPANY 1892 VEGETABLE SOUPS MAY CONTAIN DANGEROUS BACTERIA - EXPANDED ALERT

The public warning issued on December 8, 2010 has been expanded to include other vegetable soup products. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Barrie Bros. Local Food Company 1892 are warning the public not to consume a further seven Barrie Bros. vegetable soups because these products may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum. Toxins produced by these bacteria may cause botulism, a life-threatening illness. Follow the links to find out more.

UNDECLARED MILK PROTEIN AND/OR SULPHITES IN CERTAIN CAKES SOLD AT UNGER'S MARKET, LONDON, ON

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Unger's Market are warning people with allergies to milk or sulphites not to consume eight products because they contain allergens which are not declared on the label. Follow the link to read more.

California Firm Recalls Sauteed Chicken Products Due To Mislabeling and an Undeclared Allergen

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that Pampanga Food Company, Inc. a Anaheim, Ca. establishment, is recalling approximately 14,430 pounds of sauteed chicken products because they contain an undeclared allergen, whey. Follow the link to find out more.

Thursday, 9 December 2010

BARRIE BROS. LOCAL FOOD COMPANY 1892 FRESH BROCCOLI SOUP MAY CONTAIN DANGEROUS BACTERIA

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Barrie Bros. Local Food Company 1892 are warning the public not to consume Barrie Bros. Fresh Broccoli Soup described below because the product may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum. Toxins produced by these bacteria may cause botulism, a life-threatening illness. The affected product, Barrie Bros. Local Food Company 1892 Fresh Broccoli Soup (Barrie's Pressure Sealed Natural) is sold in a 744 mL Mason glass jar with a metal lid. The product does not have a UPC or a lot code / Best Before date. This product has been distributed in Ontario. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

Live mice in noodles box at chinese takeaway

The Independent reports on the case of a takeaway that has been closed down because of a mouse infestation. Check out the pictures ....A Chinese takeaway was ordered to shut down after two live mice were found in a box of noodles.  Environmental health inspectors found the rodents in a gnawed box of dried noodles in the store room of the Dragon Palace Chinese Takeaway on London Road in Westcliff, Southend, Essex. Click on the link to read the article and the full catalogue of hygiene failures.

UNDECLARED MILK IN FREDDO BRAND 70% COCOA DARK CHOCOLATE SQUARES

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning people with allergies to milk not to consume Freddo brand 70% Dark Chocolate Squares. The affected product contains milk which is not declared on the label.
The affected product, Freddo brand 70% cocoa Extra Fine Dark Chocolate Squares, are sold in 140 g packages bearing lot #210256 (along with a time stamp) and UPC 0 65362 12351 4. This product has been distributed in Quebec. There has been 1 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 milk.
Follow the link to find out more.

California Firm Recalls Raw and Ready-To-Eat Pork Products Due to Mislabeling and an Undeclared Allergen

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that L&R Fine Fashions, Inc., a Garden Grove, Calif., establishment, is recalling approximately 2,182 pounds of raw pork paste and ready-to-eat fried pork loaf products because they contain an undeclared allergen, wheat. Wheat is a known allergen, which is not declared on the label. Click on the link to find out more.

CFIA UPDATES LIST OF SANDWICH PRODUCTS MADE WITH RECALLED PROCESSED CHEESE SLICES THAT MAY CONTAIN LISTERIA MONOCYTOGENES

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has updated the list of affected sandwich products that were made with processed cheese slices recalled by Saputo Inc., Montreal, Quebec on December 02, 2010. The CFIA is warning the public not to consume the food products described below because these products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. This is an ongoing food safety investigation. The CFIA is working with various manufacturers and retailers to identify and remove all affected sandwich products. As more products are identified, the CFIA will continue to update its list of recalled products. For a complete list of all affected products, please visit: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/recarapp/2010/2010liste.shtml

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

S&S Food Inc. Issues An Alert On Uneviscerated Fish

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that S&S Food Inc. at 1560 Troy Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11203 is recalling DRIED FISH VOBLA GUTTED discovered by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors during a routine inspection and subsequent analysis of product by Food Laboratory personnel confirming that the fish was not properly eviscerated prior to processing. This product may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum spores, which can cause Botulism, a serious and potentially fatal food borne illness. Symptoms of botulism include blurred vision, general weakness and poor reflexes, difficulty in swallowing and respiratory paralysis. The sale of un-eviscerated fish is prohibited under New York State Agriculture and Markets regulations because Clostridium botulinum spores are more likely to be concentrated in the viscera than any other portion of the fish. Un-eviscerated fish has been linked to outbreaks of botulism poisoning.
The recalled dried fish Vobla gutted comes in a coded, plastic vacuum packed bag with the following code: Production date: 21.06.2010, lot # 280610140 and is a product of Germany. This product was sold nationwide. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Illinois Firm Recalls Canned Chicken Salad Products That May Contain Foreign Materials

FSIS is re-issuing Recall Release RC-064-2010, based on further information from the recalling firm, to correct the "Best-by" date information that enables consumers to confirm they do not have products subject to this recall. No other information has changed. The Suter Company, Inc., a Sycamore, Ill., establishment, is recalling approximately 72,000 pounds of canned chicken salad products that may contain hard plastic. Follow the link to find out more.

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Report links undercooked liver to campylobacter food poisoning

The Health Protection Agency has today published a report of outbreaks of campylobacter food poisoning linked to chicken liver products. The Food Standards Agency is therefore reminding caterers to make sure chicken liver is cooked thoroughly. Data provided by the Health Protection Agency shows that 11 of the 15 outbreaks of campylobacter recorded this year at catering premises (such as restaurants and hotels) were linked to consuming poultry liver parfait or pâté. This is a substantial increase compared with previous years. The majority of the outbreaks associated with pâté or parfait, products between 2005 and 2010, have been at catering establishments and involved products prepared on-site as opposed to purchased ready-made.

Source: FSA

CERTAIN PROCESS CHEESE SLICE PRODUCTS MAY CONTAIN LISTERIA MONOCYTOGENES

The public warning issued on December 2, 2010 has been updated to identify the correct best before date for one product. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Saputo Inc. are warning the public and food service institutions, such as restaurants, hospitals and nursing homes, not to serve or consume the process cheese slice products described below because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Follow the link for full details.

Saturday, 4 December 2010

InBev UK recalls certain batches of Stella Artois 10 x 250ml packs due to potential glass contamination

The UK FSA has issued a food alert to confirm that InBev UK has recalled certain batches of Stella Artois 10 x 250ml packs due to potential glass contamination. Follow the link for more details.

California Firm Recalls Chicken Tamales Due To Mislabeling and an Undeclared Allergen

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that
Diana's Mexican Food Products, Inc. a Lawndale, Ca. establishment, is recalling approximately 41,670 pounds of chicken tamales because they contain an undeclared allergen, whey. Whey is a known allergen, which is not declared on the label. Follow the link for more details.

UNDECLARED MILK PROTEIN AND/OR SULPHITES IN CERTAIN GRANDPA JIMMY'S SCOTTISH BAKERY BRAND PRODUCTS

The public warning issued on December 2, 2010 has been updated to identify the correct weights for three of the products. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Grandpa Jimmy's Scottish Bakery are warning people with allergies to milk or sulphites not to consume the products described below. The affected products contain allergens which are not declared on the label. Follow the link to confirm which products are affected.

Friday, 3 December 2010

GROUND NUTMEG SOLD FROM BULK AT SOME RETAIL STORES MAY CONTAIN SALMONELLA BACTERIA

 The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume certain Ground Nutmeg products because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. Follow the link to find out more.

Thursday, 2 December 2010

CERTAIN ASSORTED COLD CUT SUBS CONTAINING HAM, SALAMI & PROCESSED CHEESE SOLD AT FOODLAND STORES IN THE ATLANTIC PROVINCES MAY CONTAIN LISTERIA MONOCYTOGENES

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Sobeys Inc. are warning the public not to consume the assorted cold cut subs described in the press release, sold in Foodland stores in the Atlantic provinces, because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

CERTAIN ASSORTED SANDWICH PRODUCTS CONTAINING PROCESSED CHEESE SOLD AT CO-OP, VALUFOODS & RITESTOP STORES IN THE ATLANTIC PROVINCES AND THE MAGDELAN ISLANDS, QUEBEC MAY CONTAIN LISTERIA MONOCYTOGENES

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Co-op Atlantic are warning the public not to consume the assorted sandwich products described in the press release that was sold in Co-op, ValuFoods and RiteStop stores in the Atlantic provinces and the Magdalen Islands, Quebec because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. This recall is being initiated as these sandwich products may contain processed cheese slices recalled by Saputo Inc., Montreal, Quebec

Frontier Natural Products Co-op Initiates Voluntary Recall Due to Possible Health Risk from Nutmeg

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that in response to a recall commenced by its supplier (Mincing Overseas Spice Company, Dayton, New Jersey), Frontier Natural Products Co-op, is voluntarily recalling two products manufactured with non-organic nutmeg that were sold under the Frontier brand and under the Whole Foods Market brand listed below that contain nutmeg supplied by Mincing Overseas Spice Company. The nutmeg has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

McCormick & Company Recalls Golden Dipt® Fry Easy All-Purpose Batter Due To Unlabeled Egg Ingredient

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that McCormick & Company, Incorporated (NYSE:MKC) has announced a voluntary recall of Golden Dipt® Fry Easy All-Purpose Batter, 10 OZ, with UPC Code 4123470111 and “BEST BY” date of NOV 17 11 AH. A very limited number of packages of Golden Dipt® All-Purpose Batter with this date code contain an undeclared egg ingredient. People who have an allergy to egg run the risk of serious or life threatening allergic reactions if they consume this product.

Boots Recall Gü Mug and Chocolate Gift Set Due to Possible Mould Growth in Chocolate Truffles

The FSAI is reporting that Boots is voluntarily recalling specific batches of a Gü mug and chocolate gift set which contains 70% cocoa chocolate truffles. A heat processing error resulted in the potential for product spoilage by mould growth in the truffle fillings. No other batches or products are affected by this recall in the Republic of Ireland*. Boots has issued in-store notices and letters to “Advantage Card” holders who purchased the gift set requesting the return of implicated batches. Customers can contact Boots customer care line on 1890 708091.  No action is required by official agencies.

CERTAIN COUNTRY HERBS BRAND AND LONGO'S BRAND THAI BASIL MAY CONTAIN SALMONELLA BACTERIA

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Country Herbs are warning the public not to consume three Country Herbs brand and Longo's brand Thai Basil described below because the products may be contaminated with Salmonella. Follow the link to find out more.

Wisconsin Business Recalls Smoked Fish Spread; May Be Contaminated With Listeria

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Rushing Waters Fisheries, Palmyra, is recalling about 225 pounds of smoked trout and smoked salmon spreads, because the products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. No illnesses have been reported from eating this product. The contamination was discovered through routine testing conducted by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection.
The recalled products are smoked trout spread labeled lot number 00694 with a sell-by date of Dec 13, and smoked salmon spread labeled with lot 50012 with a sell-by date of Dec 11. Lot numbers and dates are on the bottom of the container. Affected smoked fish spreads were sold in eight-ounce containers and 4.5-pound round plastic tubs in southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Consumers who have this product in their refrigerator can discard it or return it to the place of purchase for a refund

Saturday, 27 November 2010

Connecticut Firm Recalls Appetizer Products for Possible Listeria Contamination

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that Calabro Cheese, a East Haven, Conn. establishment is recalling approximately 57 pounds of Rotolini, meat and cheese roll appetizer products, that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Follow the link to find out more.

CERTAIN FAITH FARMS BRAND CHEESE MAY CONTAIN LISTERIA MONOCYTOGENES

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Saputo Inc. are warning the public and food service institutions, such as hospitals and nursing homes, not to serve or consume the cheese specified in the alert because the product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Follow the link to find out more details.

CERTAIN SANDWICH PRODUCTS PREPARED BY APFL, PEI MAY CONTAIN LISTERIA MONOCYTOGENES

The public warning issued on November 16, 2010 has been expanded to include additional products. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Atlantic Prepared Food Limited (APFL, Establishment number 514) are warning the public not to consume four further products because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. This recall is being initiated as these sandwiches contain processed cheese slices recalled by Saputo Inc., Montreal, Quebec. The investigation is ongoing. Follow the link to find out more.

Artisan Confections Recalls Dagoba new moon™ Rich Dark Chocolate 74% Cacao 0.32-Ounce Squares Due to Possible Health Risk

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Artisan Confections Company is voluntarily recalling a limited quantity of its Dagoba Organic Chocolate new moon Rich Dark Chocolate 74% cacao 0.32 ounce squares because they may contain Salmonella. No other sizes or Dagoba items are involved in this recall. The recall involves 33 cases of 0.32 oz squares that were sold nationwide online and through natural/specialty food retail outlets after October 27, 2010. The only affected products were sold from display boxes labeled with the code 37HLB11, UPC 10474-55509. There have been no consumer complaints or reports of illness associated with this product.

Bravo Farms announces cheese recall, some products sold under Whole Foods Market label in 5 Western states

Whole Foods Market announces that one of its suppliers, Bravo Farms of Traver, California, has issued a voluntary recall due to evidence of Listeria and E. coli contamination at their plant. The US FDA alert has identified that Bravo’s products at Whole Foods Market stores in Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington are part of this recall since they were cut and packaged in clear plastic wrap and sold with a “Distributed by Whole Foods Market” sticker. All of the following products are included in this recall:
Sage Cheddar

Silver Mountain Cheddar

Chipotle Cheddar

Premium Block Cheddar

Premium White Chunk Cheddar

Chipotle Chunk Cheddar

White Black Wax Cheddar

Signage is posted in Whole Foods Market stores to notify customers of this recall. No illnesses have been reported to date.

Bravo Farms is expanding its recall to include all Bravo Farms cheese. The US FDA report that Bravo Farms had previously issued a recall on its Dutch Style Gouda, and now out of concern for any further contamination we have decided to further expand the recall to include all of our cheeses. Our customer’s safety and well being are our top priority, and this is the best way we can be sure we fulfill this obligation. Bravo Farms sells a variety of cheeses at retail stores throughout the US, mainly on the west coast, including Gouda, Pepper Jack, Tulare Cannonball, and several different styles and flavors of Cheddar cheese. Through cooperation with the FDA and CDFA we have begun thorough testing of the plant due to the E. Coli contamination that was found in the Gouda. Listeria monocytogenes and E.Coli O157:H7 bacteria were detected by CDFA during the investigation. To date, no illnesses associated with Listeria in Bravo Farm cheese have been reported. Consumers should discard the cheese or return it to the place of purchase.

UNDECLARED MILK PROTEIN IN CERTAIN CINNAMON PASTRIES FROM CREATIVE FOOD PRODUCTS

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Creative Food Products Ltd. are warning people with allergies to milk not to consume certain frozen cinnamon pastries. The affected products contain milk which is not declared on the label. Follow the link to find out more.

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

UNDECLARED PEANUTS IN CERTAIN MISPACKED QUAKER BRAND CHEWY GRANOLA BARS VALUE PACKS

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Quaker Canada are warning people with allergies to peanuts not to consume certain Quaker brand Chewy Granola Bars Value Packs. The affected Quaker brand Chewy Granola Bars Value Packs may have been mispacked with Quaker brand Dipps granola bars that contain peanuts. The individual granola bars within the value packs are correctly labelled and declare peanuts, where present. The affected product, Quaker brand Chewy Granola Bars Value Pack, 14 bars, 364 g, bears UPC 0 55577 10742 3. All lot codes are affected by this alert. This product has been distributed nationally. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

Surya Foods recalls Island Sun Semolina due to potential contamination as a result of rodent infestation

The UK FSA has issued an alert to confirm the recall by Surya Foods of Island Sun Semolina due to potential contamination as a result of rodent infestation. Follow the link to find out more.

Krunchers! Inc. Recalls 18 Cases Of Jays Original Potato Chips

Krunchers! Inc. Recalls 18 Cases Of Jays Original Potato Chips Because Of Undeclared Milk Allergen follow the link to find out more.

Monday, 22 November 2010

UNDERCOOKED PORK MAY CAUSE ILLNESS

Charcuterie La Tour Eiffel is warning the public not to consume certain sliced and shaved roast pork products because they may contain pork that is insufficiently cooked. Undercooked pork can contain parasites or harmful bacteria and consumption could result in illness. The affected products are sliced and shaved La Belle Bretagne Cooked Garlic Roasted Pork and Tour Eiffel Roasted Pork Old Style. These products are known to have been distributed in Quebec, but may have been distributed outside the province as well. These roasted pork products were sold in a 175-gram retail package with a Best Before date of November 18, December 2 and in variable weight with a best before date of December 25 and 31. They were also sold at deli counters as shaved or sliced La Belle Bretagne Cooked Garlic Roasted Pork with a Best Before date of December 14, 26, January 3 or 9, and Tour Eiffel Roasted Pork Old Style with a Best Before date of December 31. Some deli packages may not bear a label indicating brand or a Best Before date. Consumers are advised to check their refrigerators and dispose of any affected product or return it to the store where it was purchased for a full refund. If the original product identity or Best Before date is not evident you are advised to check with your retailer or supplier to determine if the product is affected. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products. However, as a precautionary measure, Charcuterie La Tour Eiffel is voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace

Saturday, 20 November 2010

The Soupery minestrone soup withdrawn

The UK FSA has issued an allergy alert to confirm that The Soupery has withdrawn a batch of its minestrone soup because it contains wheat that is not mentioned on the label. This makes the soup a possible health risk for anyone who is allergic to or intolerant of wheat or gluten. Follow the link for more details.

Warburtons Ltd recalls certain batches of Warburtons 6 Pack Crumpets due to possible contamination with small pieces of aluminium

The UK FSA has issued a food alert to confirm that Warburtons Ltd has recalled certain batches of Warburtons 6 Pack Crumpets due to possible contamination with small pieces of aluminium. Follow the link for more details.

The Co-operative Group recalls certain batch codes of its own brand Lemon and Lime Flavour Still Spring Water Drink (6 x 500ml) due to an unpleasant aroma and possible mould growth

The UK FSA has issued a food alert to confirm that the Co-operative Group has recalled certain batch codes of its own brand Lemon and Lime Flavour Still Spring Water Drink (6 x 500ml) due to an unpleasant aroma and possible mould growth. Follow the link for more details.

Del Bueno Recalls Cheese Because Of Possible Health Risk

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Del Bueno of Grandview, WA is recalling all size packages of Queso Fresco Fresh Cheese, Queso Panela Fresh Cheese, Requeson Mexican Style Ricotta Cheese, and Queso Enchilado Dry Cheese because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.The recall is the result of the environmental samples and finished product samples by Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the result of the finished product samples by Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA). The test results revealed that the cheeses are contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Follow the link to find out the details of the products affected.

Liz Lovely Issues Voluntary Recall on Products Containing Chocolate Due to Undeclared Dairy from Chocolate Supplier

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Liz Lovely, Inc. of Waitsfield, VT, a dairy free bakery, is recalling cookie products containing chocolate or chocolate chips with undeclared dairy present in the chocolate which was purchased from a third-party chocolate manufacturer. Liz Lovely cookie products are distributed nationwide in retail stores and through mail orders. People who have allergies to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these undeclared dairy affected products.The recall was initiated after one allergic reaction to dairy was reported. Follow the link to see which products are affected.

Thursday, 18 November 2010

HAM AND CHEESE SANDWICH PREPARED BY APFL, PEI MAY CONTAIN LISTERIA MONOCYTOGENES

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Atlantic Prepared Food Limited (APFL, Establishment number 514) are warning the public not to consume Ham and Cheese Sandwich described below because this may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The affected Ham and Cheese Sandwich was packaged in a 185 g package bearing Best Before 10 DE 06; UPC 0 55742 98002 8 and a legend with an establishment number 514. This product is sold in two types of packages. One type is a clear package, the other includes a cardboard sleeve with the caption "Sub Delicious". The size, best before date, UPC and the establishment number that appear on both types of packages can assist consumers identify the affected product. This product is known to have been distributed in Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia and may have been distributed in other Atlantic provinces. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Inbev UK recalls one batch of Budweiser beer 15 x 300ml packs due to potential glass contamination

The UK FSA has issued an alert to confirm that Inbev UK has recalled one batch of Budweiser beer 15 x 300ml packs due to potential glass contamination. Follow the link for full details.

Monday, 15 November 2010

S&M (U.S.A) Enterprise Corp Issues Alert on Undeclared Sulfites in Grow Grove Notes Brand Dried Taro

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that S&M (U.S.A) ENTERRPIRSE CORP. of 4703 2nd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11232 is recalling Grow Grove Notes brand Dried Taro because it contained undeclared sulfites. Consumers who have severe sensitivity to sulfites run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume this product. Grow Grove Notes brand Dried Taro is sold in an un-coded 12 ounce, clear plastic package and was distributed in New York State. It is a product of China. The recall was initiated after routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors and subsequent analysis by Food Laboratory personnel revealed the presence of sulfites in Grow Grove Notes Brand Dried Taro which were not declared on the label. The consumption of 10 milligram of sulfites per serving has been reported to elicit severe reaction in some asthmatics. Anaphylactic shock could occur in certain sulfite sensitive individuals upon ingesting 10 milligrams or more of sulfites. No illnesses or allergic reaction involving this product have been reported to date.

Texas Firm Recalls Fully Cooked Ready-To-Eat Turkey Breast Products for Possible Listeria Contamination

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that New Braunfels Smokehouse, a New Braunfels, Texas, establishment, is recalling approximately 2,609 pounds of fully cooked, ready-to-eat smoked turkey breast products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The problem was discovered through microbiological sampling by FSIS.

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Voluntary Recall of Bravo Farms Dutch Style Gouda Cheese Due to Health Risk

The UK FSA has issued a press release to confirm that Bravo Farms is voluntarily recalling all Dutch Style Gouda because it may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. E. coli O157:H7 causes diarrhea illness often with bloody stools. Although most healthy adults can recover completely within a week, some people can develop a form of kidney failure. Young children and the elderly are most susceptible to serious complications and even death.  The product was distributed primarily through Costco’s in Southern California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, and Colorado, and New Mexico in 1.5 lb pieces. It was also distributed through various retail stores within California sold in 8 oz pieces. This recall notification is being issued out of an abundance of caution based on incidences reported to the FDA and CDC in these states. These entities, along with Costco and Bravo Farms are working together on the investigation and will provide further updates as they become available.

Salmonella Bareilly outbreak continues

The UK HPA reports that an outbreak of Salmonella Bareilly infection associated with contaminated bean sprouts is ongoing, although fewer new cases of illness are now being recorded.


"The Health Protection Agency's Centre for Infections (CFI) in Colindale has identified 204 cases of S. Bareilly in England, Wales (5 of the cases) and Northern Ireland (3 of the cases) since the beginning of August - nearly six times the number that the CFI would normally expect to see in that timescale.Health Protection Scotland identified 21 cases in the same period.

Vitabiotics Ltd withdraws some food supplements due to a labelling compliance issue

The UK FSA has issued an alert to confirm that Vitabiotics Ltd has withdrawn some food supplements due to a labelling compliance issue. The affected products have been found to contain folic acid at higher levels than stated on the label. Follow the link to find out more.

DPI Specialty Foods Recalls Mauri Brand Gorgonzola Because of Possible Health Risk

The FDA has issued a press release to confirm that DPI Specialty Foods of Tualatin, OR is recalling Mauri Brand Gorgonzola cheese because it may be contaminated with Escherichia coli O157:H7 bacteria (E. coli O157:H7). E. coli O157:H7 causes a diarrheal illness, often with bloody stools. Although most healthy adults can recover completely within a week, some people can develop a form of kidney failure called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). HUS is most likely to occur in young children and the elderly. The condition can lead to serious kidney damage and even death.


Mauri Brand Gorgonzola was sold in Costco Wholesale Stores within the state of Colorado. Mauri Brand Gorgonzola cheese is packaged in clear plastic in approximately 1 lb. size wedges. The recalled cheese can be identified by the following information contained on a white sticker on the package: "DISTRIBUTED BY DPI Specialty Foods Tualatin, OR, ITALY 34449" with sell by dates of "01/2/11" through "01/27/11". As of Friday, November 12, 2010, the Centers for Disease Control have not received any reports of illnesses from this cheese. Additional testing will indicate whether this bacterial strain is linked to illnesses. The recall was initiated after it was discovered that product was contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. Further investigation is continuing to determine the source of contamination.

Friday, 12 November 2010

CERTAIN MEAT PRODUCTS MAY CONTAIN E. Coli O157:H7 BACTERIA

The CFIA alert issued on November 9, 2010 has been expanded to include additional retailers and products. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume certain meat products because these products may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. Check them out by clicking on the link.

granoVita recalls more Nut Luncheon

The UK FSA has confirmed that granoVita UK Ltd is recalling more of its Nut Luncheon, because of spoilage and possible microbiological contamination. Products with ‘best before’ dates of 28 June 2013, 20 July 2013 and 13 September 2013 are being recalled. The Agency has issued an updated Product Recall Information Notice. The original Product Recall Information Notice issued by the Agency issued on 3 November 2010. Click on the link for more.

Mauri Gorgonzola cheese positive for E. coli O157:H7

The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention join DPI Specialty Foods in warning consumers not to eat Mauri Gorgonzola cheese with sell-by dates of 01/13/11 and 01/14/11. A sample of this cheese tested positive for E. coli O157:H7 in a Colorado state laboratory. Colorado officials discovered the positive sample during the investigation into the recent E. coli O157:H7 outbreak in Southwestern states. Click on the link to read the full details.

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Natural Balance Foods Ltd withdraws a certain batch of Nakd Cashew Cookie bar due to detected cross-contamination with peanut

The UK FSA has issued an allergy alert to confirm that Natural Balance Foods Ltd has withdrawn a batch of Nakd Cashew Cookie bar due to detected cross-contamination with peanut. Follow the link to find out more about the recall.

Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Peanuts in Mislabeled Fresh & Easy Ginger Spice Cookie Dough 16OZ

The US FDA has issued an allergy alert to confirm that  Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market is voluntarily recalling some fresh&easy "Ginger Spice Cookie Dough" (16 oz.) because they may contain undeclared peanuts. Individuals who have allergies to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product. Follow the link to find out more.

Orval Kent Food Company, Inc Voluntarily Recalls Products Containing Cilantro Due to Possible Health Risk

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Orval Kent is voluntarily recalling 23 products as a precautionary measure because the products may be contaminated with Salmonella. The Orval Kent products are being recalled because they contain fresh cilantro produced and distributed by EpicVeg, Inc. of Lompoc, CA. Epic Veg, Inc. issued the notice to recall one lot of cilantro with the UPC code 033383801049 and lot 6127R on November 3, 2010. This lot of cilantro has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella EpicVeg, Inc. distributed the cilantro to Field Fresh Foods, a produce supplier to Orval Kent.

California Firm Recalls Ready-To-Eat Chicken Pasta Salad Products Due To Possible Salmonella Contamination

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that  APPA Fine Foods, a Corona, Calif., establishment, is recalling approximately 7,325 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken pasta salad products because they contain cilantro that may be contaminated with Salmonella. FSIS learned of the problem from the company as a result of an ongoing investigation into a cilantro recall issued by an FDA-inspected establishment. FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with the consumption of these ready-to-eat chicken pasta salad products. Follow the link to find out more.





Tuesday, 9 November 2010

UNDECLARED EGG IN LANGULY BRAND SANDWICH COOKIES

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Fukuda Trading Co. Ltd. are warning people with allergies to egg proteins not to consume two  Languly brand sandwich cookie products because the affected products contain egg which is not declared on the label.

Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd recalls one date code of its own-brand Cous Cous due to contamination with small pieces of metal

The UK FSA has issued a food alert to confirm that Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd has recalled one date code of its own-brand Cous Cous due to contamination with small pieces of metal. Follow the link to find out more.

Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. Conducts Voluntary Egg Recall

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. (NASDAQ: CALM) was notified by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) that one of the Company’s suppliers, Ohio Fresh Eggs, LLC, Croton, Ohio, had a routine environmental study sample which tested positive for Salmonella Enteritidis (SE). Cal-Maine purchased approximately 24,000 dozen unprocessed eggs from Ohio Fresh which were processed and re-packaged by the Company’s Green Forest, Arkansas, facility between October 9 and 12, 2010, yet the Company was only notified today. The eggs involved, which were not produced from Cal-Maine flocks, were distributed to food wholesalers and retailers in Arkansas, California, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. There have been no confirmed SE illnesses related to the purchased eggs. Follow the link to erad the full press release

Friday, 5 November 2010

granoVita UK Ltd recalls a batch of granoVita Nut Luncheon due to spoilage and possible microbiological contamination

The UK FSA has issued a food alert to confirm that granoVita UK Ltd is recalling a specific date code of granoVita Nut Luncheon due to spoilage and possible microbiological contamination. Click on the link to find out more.

Illinois Firm Recalls Meat and Poultry Canned Products That May Be Underprocessed

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that Eickman's Processing, Establishment Number 31776, in Seward, IL, is recalling approximately 12,086 pounds of meat and poultry products because they may have been underprocessed. Follow the link to find out more.

Beaver Street Fisheries, Inc Voluntarily Recalls Tuna due to Possible Health Risk

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Beaver Street Fisheries, Inc. of Jacksonville, FL is recalling 5-7 lb Tuna Loins Lot 928378, because they have the potential to be contaminated with elevated levels of histamine. High levels of histamine can produce an allergic reaction called scombroid poisoning when the fish is consumed. The most common symptoms of scombroid poisoning are: tingling or burning sensation in the mouth, facial swelling, rash, hives and itchy skin, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. However, individuals may experience symptoms differently. Follow the link for more information.

DHMH Issues Consumer Alert Regarding Recall of Baugher's Apple Cider

The US FDA has issued an alert to confirm that The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) and local health departments are conducting an investigation of a cluster of seven E. coli O157 infections. There have been no deaths, although three of the seven cases have been hospitalized. A potential association exists with the consumption of unpasteurized Baugher's apple cider. In response to this ongoing investigation, Baugher's Orchard & Farm of Westminster, MD have issued a voluntary recall of all its apple cider because of its potential to contain the E. coli bacteria. At this time, no other Baugher's products are affected by this recall.

Marathon (Food) Ltd. recalls certain batch codes of Anthos Sultanas due to incorrect allergen labelling information

The UK FSA has issued an allergy alert to confirm that Marathon (Food) Ltd. has recalled certain batch codes of Anthos Sultanas due to incorrect allergen labelling information as the labelling does not identify the presence of sulphur dioxide. Follow the link to find out more.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Thrifty Foods Barbecue Chicken and Pot Pies Purchased at Tsawwassen Location May Contain Possible Chemical Contaminant

The CFIA and Thrifty Foods Tsawwassen are warning the public not to consume barbecue chicken, pre-cooked chicken pot pies and pre-cooked broccoli pot pies produced and sold at the store on November 1, 2010. \follow the link to read more.

Monday, 1 November 2010

Carlsberg UK Ltd recalls Tuborg bottled lager due to possible contamination with small pieces of glass

The UK FSA has issued a food alert to confirm that Carlsberg UK Ltd is recalling specific lot codes of Tuborg 275 ml bottled lager because they might contain small pieces of glass. Follow the link for more details.

Sunday, 31 October 2010

Kosher First LLC. Issues Alert on Listeria in Tuv Taam Salads Nova Lox Salad

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that KOSHER FIRST LLC. 502 FLUSHING AVE. is recalling TUV TAAM SALADS NOVA LOX SALAD due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The problem was discovered after routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors and subsequent analysis of the product by Food Laboratory personnel found the product to be positive for Listeria monocytogenes. Follow the link to find out more.

FSIS Issues Public Health Alert for Various Meat and Poultry Products Produced without Inspection

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert for an undetermined amount of various meat and poultry products produced without the benefit of Federal inspection by N.Y. Gourmet Salads Inc., a Brooklyn, N.Y. establishment. This public health alert is initiated based on evidence collected during an ongoing investigation being conducted by FSIS on this establishment. The evidence showed that the establishment has been producing products without federal inspection and distributing them into commerce. Follow the link to find out more.

Saturday, 30 October 2010

E.coli in a Sample of Beechvale Natural Still Water

The FSAI has been notified that a sample of Beechvale Natural Still Water was found to contain E. coli (1 cfu/250 ml). Although E. coli may be non-pathogenic, it is an indicator of faecal contamination and renders the water unsafe and in breach of microbiological criteria for bottled water. The matter is under investigation. Follow the link to find out more.

Thursday, 28 October 2010

California Firm Recalls Ready-To-Eat Pork Products Due to Possible Adulteration

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that Autentico Foods, a Hawaiian Gardens, Calif., establishment, is recalling approximately 54,000 pounds of ready-to-eat pork products that it did not produce in accordance with its food safety plan, failing to take the steps it had determined were necessary to produce safe products. The problem was discovered through a review of company records by FSIS in-plant inspection personnel. The review uncovered evidence to show that the establishment’s food safety records cannot be relied upon to document compliance with its Listeria prerequisite program. Therefore, FSIS must consider the products to be adulterated and has acted to remove the products from commerce. FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products. Follow the link for further product details.

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Update on recall of Sokolow sausage products

The UK FSA reports that all batches of Sokolów Home Black Pudding Sausage have been recalled because the product is contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The product is also sold under the name Grill Black Pudding Sausage. Listeria is a food poisoning bug that can cause serious illness. The Agency has issued a Product Recall Information Notice advising that the affected products are being recalled by three wholesalers in the Doncaster area and one in London . Follow the link to read the full report.

Saturday, 23 October 2010

North Carolina Firm Recalls Ready-To-Eat Pork Barbeque Products Due To Possible Salmonella Contamination

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that the Murphy House, a Louisburg, N.C. establishment, is recalling approximately 4,920 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) pork barbeque products that may be contaminated with Salmonella.

Skaneja Miezines Kruopos (Barley Groats) Recalled Due to the Presence of Warehouse Moths and Larvae

The FSAI has issued a food alert to confirm that a batch of Skaneja Miezines Kruopos (Barley Groats) is being recalled by Maxela Ltd. due to the presence of Warehouse Moths (Ephestia elutella) and larvae in the product. Click on the link.

Supervalu Recalls Certain Fruit Drinks Due to an Off-Flavour

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland has issued a food alert to confirm that Supervalu has recalled all batches of Supervalu Blackcurrant & Apple Fruit Drink and Supervalu Orange & Peach Fruit Drink, due to reports of off-flavours. No other products are affected by this recall.  Follow the link to read the alert.

Marks & Spencer withdraws some Gluten Free Rich Fruit Cake

The UK FSA has issued an allergy alert to confirm that Marks & Spencer has withdrawn a small number of its own-brand Gluten Free Rich Fruit Cake, because the product contains wheat flour. The product label incorrectly mentions that the product is ‘made without wheat’ and is ‘gluten free’. This makes the product a possible health risk to anyone who is gluten intolerant or has an allergy to or intolerance of wheat. Follow the link to find out more.

Nestlé® USA Issues Allergen Alert on Single Production Code of Nestlé® Raisinets® Fun Size Bags

Nestlé USA's Confections & Snacks Division is initiating a voluntary recall of Nestlé® RAISINETS® Fun Size Bags (10oz) with a production code of 02015748/UPC number 2800010255, which may contain undeclared peanuts. People who have allergies or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. Nestlé is taking this action out of an abundance of caution. Follow the link to find out more.

Foremost Foods International, Inc. Issues Recall on Certain Tomi Dried Seafood Products

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Foremost Foods, International, Inc. of Pomona, CA, is issuing a voluntary recall on nine Tomi brand dried seafood products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death. Consumers are warned not to use the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled. The products were manufactured by Kien Long Seafood Company Ltd. of Vietnam.

Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc. Announces Limited Voluntary Cantaloupe Recall In And Around Detroit, Michigan

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc ("Del Monte Fresh") has announced the voluntary recall of certain cantaloupes grown in and shipped from Arizona. The affected product was distributed to limited customers in and around Detroit, Michigan and is being recalled because these cantaloupes have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. In 2008 and again in 2009, there were major recalls of cantaloupe melons for Salmonella.

Paris Creek recalls Listeria contaminated cheese

Ausfoodnews reports that "cheese and dairy manufacturer B.-d. Farm Paris Creek is conducting a recall of its Paris Creek Tilsit, Cheddar, Gouda and Norwegino cheeses due to microbial contamination with the food pathogen Listeria monocytogenes. The South Australian manufacturer is recalling cheeses with use-by dates from 18/10/10, up to and including 26/01/11, in 200g prepackaged sizes from major supermarkets, and all wheel sizes from delicatessens and restaurants. The recall applies to cheeses Australia-wide, and to products exported to Singapore and Fiji. The recall does not apply to any other B.-d. Farm Paris Creek products".

CERTAIN L. FORTIN READY-TO-EAT SLICED MEATS MAY CONTAIN LISTERIA MONOCYTOGENES

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Charcuterie L. Fortin Limitée (Establishment # 288) are warning the public not to consume four ready-to-eat meats because the products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Follow the link to find out more.

UNDECLARED MILK IN CERTAIN UNCLE BEN’S STUFF ‘N SUCH STUFFING MIXES

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Mars Canada Inc. are warning people with allergies to milk not to consume certain Uncle Ben’s Stuff ‘N Such stuffing mixes. The two affected products contain milk which is not declared on the label.

UNDECLARED SULPHITES IN VARIOUS THAI PROCESSED FRUIT AND VEGETABLE PRODUCTS

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning people with allergies to sulphites not to consume four Thai processed fruit and vegetable products because they contain sulphites which are not declared on the label.

Wisconsin Firm Recalls Beef Stick Products That May Contain Foreign Materials

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that  Klement Sausage Company, Inc., a Milwaukee, Wisc., establishment, is recalling approximately 2,740 pounds of beef stick products that may contain foreign materials. The problem was discovered after a retail chain reported consumer complaints about finding hard plastic and/or pieces of glass in the product. Follow the link for more details.

Thursday, 21 October 2010

One batch of Sokolow’s home black pudding sausage/grill black pudding sausage recalled due to listeria monocytogenes contamination

The UK FSA has issued a food alert to confirm that a batch of Sokolow’s home black pudding sausage/grill black pudding sausage has been recalled due to listeria monocytogenes contamination. Three wholesalers in the Doncaster area are recalling a specific batch code of Sokołów's Home Black Pudding Sausage as Listeria monocytogenes has been detected in the product. This is a Polish product which is also sold under the name Grill Black Pudding Sausage with the same batch and date code.




Follow the link to find out more.

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Lidl Ireland GmbH Recalls Family Favourite Plain Flour Due to the Presence of Flour Moth Caterpillars

The FSAI has issued a food alert to confirm that Lidl Ireland GmbH is recalling one batch of Family Favourite Plain Flour due to several customers finding one or two flour moth caterpillars in the flour.  Lidl Ireland GmbH is issuing a point of sale notice to the Lidl stores which sold the implicated batch.

Monday, 18 October 2010

The Pictsweet Company Announces a Voluntary Recall of Frozen Green Peas Due to Possible Health Risk

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that the Pictsweet Company of Bells, TN has announced a voluntary recall of certain codes of store brand products containing frozen Green Peas after the company learned that some of the packages may contain glass fragments, which may cause injury if ingested.

Friday, 15 October 2010

The Pictsweet Company Issues Allergy Alert On Undeclared Milk In 32 Ounce Clear Bag Breaded Okra

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Pictsweet Company of Bells, TN is recalling specific lots of Pictsweet 32 ounce Clear Bag Breaded Okra because they contain undeclared milk product. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk may run the risk of serious allergic reaction if they consume this product. This recall affects only Pictsweet 32 ounce Clear Bag Breaded Okra with production codes beginning with the following five digits: 1400B, 1550B, 1660B, 1730B, 1870B, 2030B, 2350B, 2500B and was distributed to retailers in the Southeast United States. The company initiated this recall after it was discovered that product containing milk was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of milk. Subsequent investigation indicated the problem was caused by a packaging redesign that included the incorrect ingredient statement. No illnesses or allergic reactions have been reported to date.

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

UNDECLARED PEANUTS IN M-BAR BRAND ORGANIC CHOCOLATE-COCONUT BARS

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Goddess Gourmet are warning people with allergies to peanuts not to consume M-Bar brand Organic Chocolate-Coconut Bars described below. The affected product contains peanuts which are not declared on the label. The affected product, M-Bar brand Organic Chocolate-Coconut Bars, is sold as a 70 g bar bearing UPC 0 99999 11001 2 and Best Before dates NOV – 25 and DEC – 7. This product has been distributed in the Greater Toronto Area of Ontario. There has been one reported allergic reaction associated with the consumption of this product.

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Ada's smoked catfish fillet labelled with non approved identification mark

The UK FSA has issued a food alert to confirm that a smoked catfish product has been found on sale labelled with an identification mark that has been withdrawn by the issuing authority. There is strong evidence that the product being sold is not that of residual stock produced prior to the withdrawal of the identification mark. Despite enquiries by investigating officers in the London area, where product was found on sale, it has not been possible to obtain details of the source of this product, distribution details or product traceability records. The product has mainly been found on sale in small, independent stores.

Montalvan's Sales, Inc. Recalls "La Nuestra" Brand Mamey Ice Cream Because of Potential Health Risk

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that as a precautionary measure, Montalvan's Sales, Inc. of Ontario, CA has voluntarily recalled "La Nuestra" brand frozen Mamey Ice Cream due to a potential health risk from Salmonella Typhi. Follow the link to find out more.

D & M Smoked Fish, Inc. is Recalling Specific Lots of Haifa Smoked Fish Brand Products Sold Between August 10, 2010 and September 3, 2010 Because of Possible Health Risk

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that D & M Smoked Fish, Inc. (DBA Haifa Smoked Fish) in Jamaica, NY is recalling specific lots of Haifa Smoked Fish brand products listed below because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Follow the link to find out more

Living Foods Inc. Initiates a Voluntary Market Withdrawal of Alfalfa Sprouts Because of Possible Health Risk

The US FDA report that out of an abundance of caution, Living Foods, Inc. of Ionia, Michigan is recalling bulk and retail-size packages of Alfalfa Sprouts, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Follow the link to find out more.

CERTAIN RAW OYSTERS AND MUSSELS SOLD IN BRITISH COLUMBIA MAY CONTAIN PARALYTIC SHELLFISH TOXIN

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to serve or consume the four batches of raw oysters and mussels described below because these products may contain paralytic shellfish toxins that can cause illness if consumed. Follow the link for batch details.

Thursday, 7 October 2010

SMOKED SALMON FROM SAUSAGE KITCHEN FINE SAUSAGES & MEATS MAY CONTAIN LISTERIA MONOCYTOGENES

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume Smoked Salmon purchased from Sausage Kitchen Fine Sausages & Meats, Ottawa, Ontario, because the product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The affected Smoked Salmon was sold over the counter from one retail location, Sausage Kitchen Fine Sausages & Meats, 5 Byward Market Square, Ottawa, Ontario, from September 10 to October 4, 2010, inclusive. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Lucerne Foods Voluntarily Recalls Oregon Western Hazelnut Bread Sold at Safeway and WinCo stores in 12 States Due to Undeclared Nut Content

Lucerne Foods today announced the voluntary recall of Oregon Bread’s Western Hazelnut Bread (white bread only) sold at Safeway and WinCo stores in 12 states due to the presence of three undeclared tree nuts — cashews, almonds and Brazil nuts. The recall does NOT include the brand’s whole wheat bread. The UPC product code, found on the bottom of the bag, is 3945500371. The recalled bread was sold at stores in the states listed below with "Best Before" dates of Sept. 6, 2010 through Oct. 11, 2010. The “Best Before” date is stamped on the plastic closure at the end of the bag. Follow the link to find out more.

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Rising Dough Bakery Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Walnuts in the Rising Dough Brand Individual Wrapped Cranberry Muffins

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Rising Dough Bakery of Sacramento, California is voluntarily recalling all Rising Dough Brand Individual Wrapped Cranberry Muffins, because it contains undeclared Walnuts. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to Walnuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. The Cranberry Muffins were distributed nationwide and sold in retail stores. The product is a 4 oz. Individually Wrapped Muffin topped with Streusel Crumbs. The product is incorrectly labeled on the bottom and doesn't identify Walnuts in the Allergen list. The UPC on this label is 0 48055 41359 8. The recall was initiated after it was discovered that product containing Walnuts was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of Walnuts. Subsequent investigation indicates the problem was caused by an error in proofing of the label.

Saturday, 2 October 2010

CERTAIN RAW OYSTERS MAY CONTAIN FOODBORNE PATHOGENS

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Pacific Rim Shellfish (2003) Corporation are warning the public not to consume Pacific Rim Petite raw oysters described below because they may contain foodborne pathogens. Follow the links to find out more.

Friday, 1 October 2010

Hostess Brands, Inc. Issues Voluntary Recall of Hostess® Mini Muffins (Chocolate Chip variety) Due to Unlabeled Allergen

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Hostess Brands, Inc. of Irving, Texas, is voluntarily recalling Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins multi-packs sold in retail stores throughout the United States with the knowledge of the FDA. Some of these multi-packs may contain muffins with undeclared walnuts, which is an allergen. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to walnuts run the risk of serious illness or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. Follow the link to find out more.

Mouse found in Best of Both Bread

! am always telling my students about the latest food safety incident and this one caught my eye ... The Telegraph reports that Britain's biggest food producer has been fined nearly £17,000 after a father making sandwiches for his children found a mouse baked into a loaf of bread. Premier Foods, which makes the bread, was fined £16,821.14 after the firm admitted it had failed to ensure all stages of food production were protected against contamination. Follow the link to find out more.

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Galway Bay Seafoods Smoked Salmon Recall Due to the Possible Presence of Listeria monocytogenes

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland has issued a food alert to confirm that Galway Bay Seafoods is recalling all batches of smoked salmon with an approval number of IE GY 0015 EC due to the possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes.  Retailers who have received implicated batches are requested to display in-store notices to consumers.

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Spring Hill Pure Spring Water recalled due to the presence of E. coli

The UK Food Standards Agency has issued a food alert to confirm that Spring Hill Pure Spring Water with batch code 15 August 2011 has been recalled due to the presence of E.coli. Although E. coli may be non-pathogenic, (not harmful) it is an indicator of faecal contamination and may present a possible risk to health and is in breach of the Natural Mineral Water, Spring Water and Bottled Drinking Water Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2007. As a precautionary measure, the distributor, Lynas Food Service Ltd, Coleraine, Northern Ireland is recalling the batch of Spring Hill Pure Spring Water due to the presence of E. coli (1 cfu/250 ml). Retailers and caterers have been requested to remove the implicated batch from sale and display a point-of-sale notice informing customers of the recall. No action is required by official agencies. Follow the link to find out more.

Saturday, 25 September 2010

Suzipoo Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Allergen in Lobster Poo

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Suzipoo Ogunquit, Maine is voluntarily recalling Suzipoo Lobster Poo, 4 oz bags, because it may contain undeclared peanuts. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. The product is in a small plastic bag with a red bow on the bag and the label on the front reads. "Lobster Poo" – Slogan – I went to Maine and here's the scoop I came back home with Lobster Poop. Product was distributed to three retail stores in Maine from August 1-August 18, 2010. Each store has been visited and product labeling has been corrected. Ten- 4 oz. bags may be incorrectly labeled. No illnesses have been reported to date. The recall was initiated after it was discovered that product (burnt red peanuts) was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of peanuts.

Friday, 24 September 2010

Abbott Nutrition Voluntarily Recalls Certain Similac® Brand Powder Infant Formulas in the United States That Did Not Meet Its Quality Standards

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is closely following an investigation by U.S. authorities into possible contamination of Similac® Brand Powder Infant Formulas by beetles in the United States. The CFIA is not aware of any product being imported into Canada. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product in Canada. The CFIA is working closely with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on this matter.

The US FDA have issued the following press release:
"Abbott is initiating a proactive, voluntary recall of certain Similac-brand, powder infant formulas in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam and some countries in the Caribbean. Abbott is recalling these products following an internal quality review, which detected the remote possibility of the presence of a small common beetle in the product produced in one production area in a single manufacturing facility. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has determined that while the formula containing these beetles poses no immediate health risk, there is a possibility that infants who consume formula containing the beetles or their larvae, could experience symptoms of gastrointestinal discomfort and refusal to eat as a result of small insect parts irritating the GI tract. If these symptoms persist for more than a few days, a physician should be consulted. The recall of these powder infant formulas includes: Certain Similac powder product lines offered in plastic containers. Certain Similac powder product lines offered in sizes such as 8-ounce, 12.4-ounce and 12.9-ounce cans". Follow the link to read the full press release.

Bragan Spring Water recall due to the presence of enterococci

The FSAI has issued a food alert to confirm that as a precautionary measure, Bragan Spring Water Company Limited, Carrickmoe, Emyvale, Co. Monaghan is initiating a recall of Bragan Spring Water 1 litre bottles with a best before date of December 2012, due to the presence of enterococci. This is an indicator of faecal contamination and renders the water unsafe and in breach of microbiological criteria for bottled spring water. No other products are affected by this recall. This spring water is distributed in and around the Monaghan area only. Follow the link for more.

Wisconsin Firm Recalls Cured Uncooked Sausage Products Due To Mislabeling and an Undeclared Allergen

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that Mekong Fresh Meats, a Mosinee, Wis., establishment, is recalling approximately 29,893 pounds of cured uncooked pork ginger sausages because they contain an undeclared allergen. Wheat is a known allergen, which is not declared on the label.

On-going national outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium DT8.

The UK Health Protection Agency (HPA) has investigated an on-going national outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium DT8.
"So far this year, the HPA has confirmed 66 reports of human infection in England and Northern Ireland. Figures for previous years were 34 in 2008 and 47 in 2009.  Of the reported cases two are known to have been hospitalised, one of whom has died. Cases are mainly adults with an average age of 46 years, and most are men (61 per cent). Cases have been referred from Northern Ireland and most regions in England, with predominance in the South East and North West." It is believed that the outbreak could be connected to duck eggs.

Salmonella Bareilly

This is a Salmonella that I have not heard of before, but the UK HPA has issued a press release to confirm that Salmonella Bareilly is giving cause for concern.

"The Health Protection Agency with support from Health Protection Scotland, the Food Standards Agency and Environmental Health Officers from a number of local authorities is investigating an increase in cases of Salmonella Bareilly. The Agency's Centre for Infections (CFI) in Colindale has identified 68 cases of S. Bareilly, including 19 reported in the North West of England, since the beginning of August. The CFI normally sees fewer than 10 cases in a typical month. Health Protection Scotland is investigating 15 laboratory confirmed cases of S. Bareilly in the same period....  During the investigation it was reported to the Food Standards Agency that routine testing of salad produce by wholesalers for quality control purposes had identified Salmonella in a small number of raw beansprout samples. We do not know if the Salmonella isolated from the samples was S. Bareilly. Therefore it would not be appropriate, certainly at this stage, to conclude that contaminated beansprouts were responsible for the national increase in S. Bareilly cases. However, we are investigating further."

Red Lotus Bakery Issues Allergy Alert On Undeclared Eggs In "Butter Cup Cakes"

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Red lotus bakery, is recalling its 12 ounce packages of Butter Cup Cakes because they may contain undeclared eggs. Consumers who are allergic to eggs may run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume this product. The recall was initiated after routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors and subsequent analysis by food laboratory personnel revealed the presence of eggs in the 12 ounce packages of "Butter Cup Cake" which did not declare an egg ingredient on the label. No illnesses or allergic reactions involing this product have been reported to date. Consumers who have purchased 12 ounce packages of "Butter Cup Cake" are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.  Follow the link to find out more.

General Mills Issues Voluntary Class One Recall of One Day's Production of Nature Valley Dark Chocolate Flavor Granola Thins

The US FDA has issued a food alert to confirm that General Mills is voluntarily recalling a single day's production of Nature Valley Dark Chocolate Flavor Granola Thins because of a labeling issue. Product produced on this date may have been packaged incorrectly, and may contain allergens not listed on the box's ingredient label, specifically peanut butter. A production error resulted in a limited number of properly-labeled, individually-wrapped Nature Valley Peanut Butter Flavor Granola Thins packages being inserted into 10-count boxes labeled as Nature Valley Dark Chocolate Flavor Granola Thins. There have been no reports of allergic reactions or illnesses associated with this product, however, the possibility of an unlabeled allergen makes this a Class One recall. This voluntary recall includes only 10-count boxes of Nature Valley Dark Chocolate Flavor Granola Thins with one Better if Used By date printed on the top of the box:
05JUN2011 YO 12

Individually labeled foil packages of Nature Valley Peanut Butter Flavor Granola Thins are visibly different from the Nature Valley Dark Chocolate Flavor Granola Thins product depicted on the incorrect box. Rather than containing Nature Valley Dark Chocolate Flavor Granola Thins, the box could contain Nature Valley Peanut Butter Flavor Granola Thins. Consumers allergic to peanuts, or who are unsure of whether they are allergic to peanuts, should not consume Nature Valley Granola Thins products from 10-count boxes bearing the Better if Used By date 05JUN2011 YO 12 on the top of the box, and should contact General Mills for replacement or a full refund. No other varieties or production dates of Nature Valley products are affected by this recall.

UNDECLARED WHEAT IN CERTAIN READY TO EAT BIG BOB’S BRAND DELI MEATS

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Big Bob’s Sausage & Deli are warning people with allergies to wheat not to consume the ready to eat Big Bob’s brand deli meats described below. The affected products contain wheat which is not declared on the label. All lots of the following Big Bob’s brand meat products are affected by this alert:

•Polish Sausage
•Ham Sausage
•Smokies
•Bratwurst
These products are sold in 4.54 kg (10 lb) boxes with no UPC and no lot code. In addition, they may have been sold in various weights at deli counters. Consumers with allergies to wheat are advised to check with their retailer to determine if they have the affected products.

These products have been distributed in Saskatchewan. There have been no reported allergic reactions associated with the consumption of these products. Consumption of these products may cause a serious or life-threatening reaction in persons with allergies to wheat.

CERTAIN RAW OYSTERS MAY CONTAIN FOODBORNE PATHOGENS

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume a range of raw oysters products because they may contain foodborne pathogens. follow the link for full details.

Deluxe Ice Cream Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Peanuts in Western Family Maple Nut Ice Cream

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Deluxe Ice Cream (a subsidiary of Matterhorn Group, Inc.) of Salem, OR, in cooperation with the FDA is recalling Western Family Maple Nut Ice Cream because it may contain undeclared peanuts. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product. Western Family Maple Nut Ice Cream (56 fl oz) was distributed to retail stores in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, California, Alaska and Guam. The product being recalled has a UPC code of 15400-22808 and a stamped code of "Best By 07-23-11 Plant 41-48" followed by a four-digit time code. No illnesses have been reported to date.

Follow the link to find out more.