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