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.