Sunday, 31 January 2010

New Jersey Firm Recalls Instant Noodle Products Imported from an Unapproved Source

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that Well Luck Co., Inc., is recalling the instant noodle products because they do not meet product inspection or exemption requirements for poultry, beef, and pork. The foreign inspection system of the country where the beef, poultry, and pork ingredients originated, China, has not been deemed to be equivalent as required by federal regulations. Well Luck Co., Inc., a Jersey City, N.J., establishment, is recalling approximately 50,000 pounds of instant noodle products that were ineligible for import to the U.S. Follow the link to find out more.

UNDECLARED MILK AND EGG IN SELECTION BRAND ICED CHOCOLATEY DONUTS

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Metro Inc. are warning people with allergies to milk or egg not to consume Selection brand Iced Chocolatey Donuts. The affected product contains milk and egg which are not declared on the label. The affected product, Selection brand Iced Chocolatey Donuts, are sold in 330 g packages bearing UPC 0 59749 89300 8. All Best Before dates are being recalled. This product has been distributed in Ontario and Quebec. There has been one reported reaction associated with the consumption of this product. Click on the link to find out more.

Saturday, 30 January 2010

Investigation Update: Multistate Outbreak of Human Salmonella Montevideo Infections

The CDC is collaborating with public health officials in many states, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the State of Rhode Island to investigate a multistate outbreak of Salmonella serotype Montevideo infections. Investigators are using DNA analysis of Salmonella bacteria obtained through diagnostic testing to identify cases of illness that may be part of this outbreak.


The report states that: "As of 9:00 pm EST on January 28, 2010, a total of 202 individuals infected with a matching strain of Salmonella Montevideo have been reported from 42 states and District of Columbia since July 1, 2009. Recent test results provided by the Rhode Island Department of Health revealed that an opened container of black pepper used in the manufacturing of at least some of the recalled products was positive for Salmonella Montevideo and that the DNA fingerprint matched the outbreak strain: http://www.ri.gov/press/view/10647 *. ..... The FDA is investigating the supply chain of the black pepper used in the manufacturing of the recalled meat products. The Agency has collected and is currently analyzing black pepper samples. To date, all the samples collected and analyzed by the FDA have tested negative for Salmonella, however, sample collection and analysis continues". Follow the link to find out more.

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

CERTAIN DANIELE BRAND DELI MEAT PRODUCTS MAY CONTAIN SALMONELLA BACTERIA

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume three Daniele brand salami products because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella. Follow the link to find out more.

Monday, 25 January 2010

Indiana Firm Recalls Frozen Chicken Pot Pie Products That May Contain Foreign Materials

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that Park 100 Foods, Inc., a Kokomo, Ind., establishment, is recalling approximately 19,200 pounds of frozen chicken pot pie products that may contain foreign materials. The following product is subject to recall:  2.5-pound cartons of "Market Day®, CHICKEN POT PIE, Made With All White Chicken Meat." Each carton bears a Julian date "28209" which is located on the right side panel, an order number "7138" and the establishment number "P-6882" inside the USDA mark of inspection. The products were produced by Park 100 Foods on October 9, 2009, and were distributed by Market Day through Internet or catalog sales in Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin. The problem was discovered after Market Day received a customer complaint about finding metal straight pins in the product. FSIS has not received any consumer complaints or reports of injury at this time. Anyone concerned about an injury from consumption of this product should contact a physician. Follow the link to find out more.

Rhode Island Firm Recalls Italian Sausage Products Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) have announced that Daniele International Inc., an establishment with operations in Pascoag and Mapleville, R.I., is recalling approximately 1,240,000 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) varieties of Italian sausage products, including salami/salame, in commerce and potentially available to customers in retail locations because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The recall notice states that "FSIS became aware of the problem during the course of an ongoing investigation of a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella serotype Montevideo illnesses. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), FSIS, state health and agriculture departments, and Daniele International are cooperating in this investigation. The CDC has posted information about the multi-state outbreak on its website (http://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/ montevideo/index.html) but the investigation is ongoing, and has not yet definitively identified a food vehicle(s)". Follow the link to find out more.



 

Melamine and milk in the news again

BBC News reports that melamine contaminated milk products have again been found on sale in China, more than a year after thousands of children became ill in a huge food safety scandal. Products made by three different firms were found to contain melamine and have now been removed from supermarkets in Guizhou province.  It was February 2008 that melamine first came to our attention in the human food supply chain and the previous year when melamine was first identified as a contaminant in pet food. Six children died and over 300,000 children became ill from the incident in 2008. This continues to be a cause of concern.

 

70,000 cans of Irn-Bru recalled because of taste complaints

The Telegraph reports that more than 70,000 cans of Irn-Bru have been recalled after a number of complaints about its taste. the article states that "A production problem changed the flavour of the orange-coloured drink ..... around 150 people had complained about the taste.... the faulty cans, sold in 3000 24-tin batches, had been recalled and the problem sorted out." Follow the link to read more.

Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc recalls three date codes of its own-brand Value Seedless Raisins 500g due to the potential presence of small pieces of green plastic

The UK FSA has issued a food alert to confirm that William Morrison Supermarkets plc has recalled three date codes of its own-brand Value Seedless Raisins 500g due to the potential presence of small pieces of green plastic. William Morrison Supermarkets plc has issued product recall notices in stores. These notices alert customers to the recall and advise them of what actions to take if they have purchased the product.
The products recalled are:Morrisons Value Seedless Raisins 500g Best before: October 2010, November 2010 and December 2010. The raisins are in a heat-sealed plastic bag, which has a yellow front and a yellow back. The raisins can be seen inside the bag. A copy of the product recall notice is attached to this food alert. Follow the link for more details.

Divine Chocolate Ltd withdraws two batch codes of Divine Dark Chocolate due to cross-contamination with milk

The UK FSA has issued an allergy alert to confirm that Divine Chocolate Ltd has withdrawn two batch codes of Divine Dark Chocolate due to cross-contamination with milk, which is not an intended ingredient. Although the product labelling includes a ‘may contain traces of milk’ allergen advisory statement, the levels of milk protein detected are beyond trace. This makes the product a potential health risk for people who are allergic to or intolerant of milk or milk constituents. Follow the link for more details.

Saturday, 23 January 2010

The Wisconsin Cheeseman® Recalls Cheese Logs/Cheese Balls

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Wisconsin Cheeseman® has announced that it is recalling cheese log/cheese ball products in conjunction with the voluntary recall initiated by Parkers Farm, Inc. on January 15, 2010. Parkers Farm, Inc., located in Coon Rapids, Minnesota, believes some of its food items have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. The recall was a result of a sampling done by the state of Wisconsin and the state of Minnesota.  Follow the link to find out more.

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

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

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that Huntington Meat Packing Inc., a Montebello, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 864,000 pounds of beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. The problem was discovered during a Food Safety Assessment (FSA) by FSIS personnel. The FSA led to the determination that a further investigation of establishment records was warranted. The investigation is ongoing and the following products are subject to recall.

Ice cream recalled for undeclared allergens

In Australia a product recall notice has been issued for Dong Nam Trading—Bravo White Vanilla confectionary / Ice cream, Bravo Pistachio Revolution Ice confectionary / Ice cream and Bravo Choco Chunk confectionary / Ice cream. This product is sold in 150 ml Cardboard wrapped ice cream cones.
There is no Best Before date specified however the current English label states ‘1 year from data of production’ with the dates of production on label stated as 2009 June 18, 2009 October 15 and 2009 July 30. The product contains undeclared allergens – milk and peanut which are not declared on the label.

TAMPERING ASSOCIATED WITH CERTAIN FOOD PRODUCTS AT CALGARY CO-OP OAKRIDGE CENTRE

The press release issued by Calgary Co-operative Association Ltd. on January 18, 2010 has been expanded to include additional products. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Calgary Co-operative Association Ltd. are warning the public not to consume the following products after tampered items were found to contain objects such as pins, sewing needles and buttons. The products affected by this alert are bulk buns and loaves, bulk food items, packaged cheeses and refrigerated juices (sold in the produce section), purchased from the Calgary Co-Op Oakridge Centre grocery store at 2580 Southland Drive SW between Friday, January 15, 2010 and Monday, January 18, 2010.

In addition, the CFIA and Calgary Co-op are encouraging the public to carefully inspect any products purchased at this store during this time frame. Should there be any signs of tampering, consumers are advised not to consume the products and to return them to the store for a full refund. The CFIA is working with Calgary Co-op, Calgary Police Service and Alberta Health Services to investigate this tampering incident at the Calgary Co-op Oakridge Centre grocery store. Calgary Co-operative Association Ltd., Calgary, AB, is voluntarily recalling the affected products and is actively participating in the investigation.

Previous recall statement click here
Oakridge Calgary Co-op Victim of Product Tampering

Saturday, 16 January 2010

COMPLIMENTS BRAND ITALIAN BLEND SALAD MIX MAY CONTAIN LISTERIA MONOCYTOGENES

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume the Compliments brand Italian Blend salad mix described below because the product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The affected product, Compliments brand Italian Blend, is sold in 284 g (10 oz.) packages bearing UPC 68820 10093 and a Best Before Date of 10JA18. This product has been distributed in Alberta, Manitoba, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

Hines Nut Company Announces Recall of Pine Nuts Because of Possible Health Risk

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Hines Nut Company has initiated a recall of 270 packages of Pine Nuts, packaged under the brand name Harris Teeter Farmers Market. The Pine Nuts were purchased from Red River Foods in Camarillo, CA, and have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Follow the link to find out more.

Parkers Farm, Inc. Expands Recall to Include All of Its Products, Regardless of Code Dates, Because of Possible Health Risk

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Parkers Farm, Inc. of Coon Rapids, Minnesota has expanded the previously announced recall of products to include all date codes because they have the potential to be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes. Follow the link to find out more.

PEO Chapter FO Recalls Roasted Hazelnuts Because of Possible Health Risk

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that PEO Chapter FO of Ashland, Oregon is recalling 75 - 1 lb packages of roasted hazelnuts, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Follow the link to find out more.

New York Firm Recalls Beef Carcass That Contains Prohibited Materials

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that Jerry Hayes Meats Inc., a Newark Valley, N.Y., establishment is recalling approximately 490 pounds of a beef carcass that may not have had the spinal column removed, which is not compliant with regulations that require the removal of spinal cord and vertebral column from cattle over 30 months of age. Follow the link to find out more.

Friday, 15 January 2010

Heluva Good Recalls Cold Pack Cheese Products Because of Possible Health Risk

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that HP Hood is recalling select Heluva Good branded 8 oz. plastic cup containers of Cold Pack Cheese Food because they may contain Listeria monocytogenes. Follow the link to find out more.

Nurture, Inc. Issues Voluntary Recall on select HAPPYTOT Stage 4 and HAPPYBABY Stage 1 & Stage 2 Pouch Meals Due to a Packaging Defect that could cause a Possible Bacterial Contamination

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Nurture, Inc., is voluntarily recalling selected varieties and date codes of HAPPYTOT Stage 4 and HAPPYBABY Stage 1 and Stage 2 pouch meals with date codes expiring between November 2010 and January 2011. These products are being recalled due to a packaging defect that potentially could cause the pouches to swell or leak. Swollen or leaking pouches could indicate that the products may contain bacteria that could potentially cause illness. Potentially affected varieties include:
Green bean, pear & peas, NET WT. 4.22 OZ. (120g), UPC 8 52697 00127 9;
Sweet potato, carrot, apple & cinnamon, NET WT. 4.22 OZ. (120g), UPC 8 52697 00128 6;
Spinach, mango & pear, NET WT. 4.22 OZ. (120g), UPC 8 52697 00129 3;
Butternut squash & apple, NET WT. 4.22 OZ. (120g), UPC 8 52697 00130 9;
Banana, peach, coconut & prunes, NET WT. 4.22 OZ. (120g), UPC 8 52697 00131 6;
Banana, peach & mango, NET WT. 4.22 OZ. (120g), UPC 8 52697 00132 3
Mango, NET WT. 3.5 OZ. (99g), UPC 8 52697 00134 7
Spinach Mango Pear, NET WT. 3.5 OZ. (99g), UPC 8 52697 00139 2
Apricot Sweet Potato, NET WT. 3.5 OZ. (99g), UPC 8 52697 00136 1

The above meals are packaged in plastic pouches with plastic caps. To determine if a specific product is part of this voluntary recall, consumers should examine product packaging for expiration date codes between November 2010 and January 2011. These dates are printed as the first seven characters of a 15-character string, as illustrated in the accompanying illustration. Less than half of one percent of the products sold to date is affected by this packaging defect; no other products sold by the company are affected. As standard practice for Nurture, all products sold are sent to a laboratory for food safety testing prior to market release and no harmful bacteria have been detected in damaged packages to date. Follow the link to find out more.

Iodine warning on soya drink update

The UK FSA has issued the following statement:

"Food safety authorities in Australia and New Zealand informed the Food Standards Agency last year about high levels of iodine in a soya drink called 'Bonsoy', which some people use as an alternative to milk. We are issuing an update on what is happening. Following the notification, we have investigated the distribution of Bonsoy Soya drink in the UK. We have notified the main importer as well as the retail distributors of this product and have advised them to withdraw the product from sale. The distributors have confirmed that all existing stocks of Bonsoy soya drink have been quarantined and recalled from customers. Tests carried out on various batches of the product have shown high levels of iodine and therefore it is assumed that all batches of Bonsoy have high levels of iodine.

Nine adults and a child in New South Wales, Australia, have been diagnosed with thyroid problems and also reported drinking Bonsoy. This soya drink is enriched with a seaweed product that naturally contains iodine. Iodine is an essential element required to make thyroid hormones, but higher levels than normal may affect the way the thyroid works. However, most healthy people will not be affected by any slight excess of iodine.

There have been no reported ill effects from consumption of Bonsoy soya drink in the UK. However, people who drink a lot of this product, including toddlers fed soya drinks as an alternative to milk, could be at risk. If you are at all concerned about drinking this brand of soya drink as your main alternative to milk, then you may wish to consider an alternative brand".

Follow the link to find out more.

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Rudolph Foods Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk in Product

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Rudolph Foods is recalling 39 cases of Pepe’s Louisiana Hot Gigante Cracklins, 3,537 cases of 7-Select Louisiana Hot Onion Rings and 420 cases of Rudolph’s Louisiana Hot OnYums, because it may contain undeclared milk. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. Follow the link to find out more.

Parkers Farm, Inc. Recalls Several Products Because of Possible Health Risk

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Parkers Farm, Inc. of Coon Rapids, Minnesota is recalling products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Follow the link to find out more.

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Massachusetts Firm Recalls Beef Products Due to Possible E. coli O157:H7 Contamination

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that Adams Farm Slaughterhouse, LLC., an Athol, Mass., establishment, is recalling approximately 2,574 pounds of beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. Follow the link to find out more.

Sunday, 10 January 2010

Bao Ding Seafood Recalls Boiled Horse Mackerel

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

California Firm Recalls Pork Skin Products Due to Mislabeling and an Undeclared Allergen

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that Rudolph Foods Company, Inc., a San Bernardino, Calif., establishment, is recalling approximately 205 pounds of pork skin products because they were inadvertently mislabeled and contain an undeclared allergen, milk. Follow the link to find out more.

Maine Firm Recalls Ham Products for Possible Listeria Contamination

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

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

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

Texas Firm Recalls Smoked Beef Brisket Product For Possible Listeria Contamination

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that Lone Star Brisket Company, a Thorndale, Texas, establishment, is recalling approximately 207 pounds of smoked beef products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Follow the link to find out more.

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

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that Kraft Foods Global, Inc., a Medford, Wis., establishment, is recalling approximately 8,000 pounds of frozen pepperoni and sausage pizza products because they may contain an undeclared allergen, soy protein concentrate.

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Harry London Candies, Inc. announces a voluntary and limited recall of Harry London Chocolate Pecan Caramel Stars due to an undeclared allergen

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Harry London has announced it is voluntarily recalling 3310 individual units of the 4.62 ounce Harry London Chocolate Pecan Caramel Stars because they have not been labeled to include Wheat, FD&C colors Yellow #5, Red # 40 and Blue #1 as an ingredient. All Harry London Chocolate Pecan Caramel Stars sold after 28 December 2009 have the correct labeling. No illnesses or injuries have been reported to date. Harry London discovered the error during a routine quality control process check. The product is produced with a Pecan flavored wheat germ nut that is made with wheat and FD&C colorings, which were not stated in the ingredient disclosure label. Although in all cases the package has an allergen statement indicating the product was manufactured on equipment shared with peanuts, tree nuts, soybeans, milk, eggs, and wheat. Follow the link to find out more.

CERTAIN PROCESSED MEAT PRODUCTS MAY CONTAIN LISTERIA MONOCYTOGENES

The public warning issued by the CFIA on December 22, 2009 has been expanded to include additional distribution information. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Olymel S.E.C. are warning the public not to consume eight processed meat products because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Follow the links to find out more

Another melamine incident

After the problems with melamine last year in contaminated milk and the year before with gluten there is yet again another incident as discussed by Food Quality News. Check out the article.

Limeno LLC. Recalls Rico Queso Duro Blanco (White Hard Cheese)

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that is 16 ounce packages of Rico Queso duro blanco (white hard cheese) distributed by Flores Food of America are being recalled because they may have be contaminated with Salmonella. Follow the link to find out more.

Iodine Warning on Bonsoy Soya Milk

The UK FSA and the Food Safety Authority of Ireland has been informed that Bonsoy soya milk from Japan has been implicated in thyroid illnesses in Australia due to a high level of iodine in the soya milk. The same soya milk has been distributed to Ireland in 1 Litre tetra packs. Following a recall of the product by food safety authorities in Australia and New Zealand, Irish distributors and suppliers of Bonsoy are currently being contacted to ensure that all affected product is withdrawn from sale and point of sale notices are displayed. The FSAI is continuing to monitor this recall.

Bonsoy soya milk is enriched with a seaweed product that naturally contains iodine, but the levels of iodine in the Bonsoy soya milk are too high. Iodine is an essential element required to make thyroid hormones, however, if consumption levels exceed tolerable daily intakes, the thyroid function may be affected.

Follow the link to find out more

Sunday, 3 January 2010

Listeria found on wooden pallets

Food Poison Journal has reported that Listeria has been isolated from wooden pallets. Follow the link to find out more.

Nutty Guys Issues Public Notice on Voluntary Recall of Butter Toffee Peanuts and Yogurt Covered Peanuts

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Nutty Guys in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is issuing a voluntary recall of all Butter Toffee Peanuts and Yogurt Covered Peanuts with sell by dates before March 15th 2010. Insects were discovered in some of these products.

Friday, 1 January 2010

Morrisons recalls some ready-to-eat chicken

The UK FSA has issued a press release to confirm that Morrisons supermarket is recalling its own brand Ready to Eat Chilled Sweet Chilli Chicken Pieces (120g) after becoming aware that some packs may contain chicken that has been undercooked. The affected product has a use-by date of 2 January 2010.

"Morrisons has withdrawn the product from sale and is putting up point-of-sale notices telling any customers who may have bought the chicken not to eat it and to contact their customer service for advice. No other Morrisons product is known to be affected. Chicken that is not cooked thoroughly may cause food poisoning.

The product is produced in the Irish Republic and the Agency is working with the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) to determine if the chicken pieces have been distributed to other shops and supermarkets. The Agency is only aware of this product being produced for Morrisons". Follow the link to find out more.

Publix Issues Allergy Alert on Pecans in Publix Pumpkin Pecan Streusel Pie

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Publix Super Markets is issuing a voluntary recall for Publix Pumpkin Pecan Streusel Pie, because it was mislabeled and may contain undeclared pecans. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to pecans run the risk of allergic reaction if they consume this product. Product was prepared at Publix stores for retail sale between November and December 2009. The recalled product has a UPC number of: 002- 95118-20399-7 and is packaged in a 30 ounce plastic container. The name of the product describes the product as "Pumpkin Pecan Streusel Pie.: The ingredient statement on the label does not declare pecan, which is an ingredient in the pie. The mislabeled pies were distributed in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and South Carolina.