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Potential Salmonella Contamination in Papayas from Mexico

There was a recent outbreak of Salmonella agona in the United States linked to papayas from Mexico. As a result, the United States Food and Drug Administration has put import controls on papayas from Mexico.
Canada imports papayas from Mexico through the United States. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is working with authorities in the United States and Mexico to identify any products that have been shipped to Canada. Based on this information, theCFIA will determine if Canada requires additional import controls.
The CFIA will also implement enhanced interim monitoring and sampling measures for papayas from Mexico. This will add an additional safeguard to Canada’s existing import controls. CFIA maintains rigorous controls and tracking systems for imported food.
As officials are still investigating the Salmonella outbreak in Mexico, these measures will be adjusted, as warranted, to ensure the Canadian food supply remains protected. The CFIA issued a Health Hazard Alert on Ju…

Vita Food Products Issues Voluntary Recall of 4 oz. Vita Classic Premium Sliced Smoked Atlantic Nova Salmon Packages with “SELL BY DEC 15 2011 01961B” Purchased on July 25 or After

Vita Food Products, Inc. of Chicago, Illinois is notifying the public that 8,088 individual retail packages of 4 oz. Vita Classic Premium Sliced Smoked Atlantic Nova Salmon are being voluntarily recalled due to the potential for contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

Source: FDA

Wrong icon on Onken wholegrain yoghurt

The UK Food Standards Agency reports that some pots of Onken’s strawberry, peach and summer berries wholegrain yoghurts incorrectly include a gluten-free icon on the packaging. These yoghurts contain wholegrains, such as barley, rye, oats and wheat, and are therefore not gluten-free. However, it is clear from the ingredients list and allergen warning that they contain gluten. Follow the link for more.

US Food recalls in the last week

Salmonella Detected in Batch of East End Coriander Powder

We have been advised that East End House, UK are withdrawing a batch of the above coriander powder, due to the presence of Salmonella. Some of this implicated batch was distributed in Ireland, mainly to wholesalers supplying catering establishments, where it would normally be used in cooked products. The UK distributor has also advised that future batches will be amended with the statement “Must be cooked prior to consumption”. No other products are known to be affected by this withdrawal. No action is required by official agencies.

Source: FSAI

Salmonella cases increase

"Two hundred and forty-five cases of Salmonella Enteritidis PT 14b infection have been reported since the beginning of this year, the majority of cases being in North West England (107 cases), the West Midlands (37 cases), Yorkshire & Humberside (32 cases) and the East Midlands (28).

Dr. Joe Kearney, an HPA director who chairs the outbreak control team (OCT), said: "A strain of Salmonella Enteritidis PT 14b that is indistinguishable from samples taken from the human cases was isolated from a small number of eggs that had the same batch number." These eggs had come from a specific shed on one farm in Spain. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) alerted the Spanish authorities and measures were taken to eliminate the risk of contamination from this source, including the culling of a flock of hens, the cleaning of the shed and the heat treatment of eggs to kill salmonella. "No eggs with the implicated batch number have been imported to this country since the end of June…

Canadian Food Product Recalls this week

Food safety recalls in the US this week

Quayside Bakery withdraws certain date codes of Bakestone Fruited Scones due to incomplete allergen labelling

The UK FSA has issued an allergy alert to confirm that Quayside Bakery has withdrawn certain date codes of Bakestone Fruited Scones due to incomplete allergen labelling. Certain date codes of the product contain whey without declaring the presence of milk. This makes the product a potential health risk for people who are allergic or intolerant to milk or milk constituents.


Fresh Food Concepts, Inc. of Buena Park, CA is voluntarily recalling various Layer Dip products containing guacamole because the avocado has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

Source: FDA

E. coli outbreak hits south east Wales

BBC News reports that five cases of E. coli 0157 have been confirmed in an outbreak in south east Wales which has left one person in hospital. Two further cases are also being looked into. Public health officers and environmental health teams from Cardiff, Rhondda Cynon Taf and Vale of Glamorgan are investigating. Cardiff Council closed Adonis Kebab House on City Road as a precaution while investigations were carried out.

Follow the link to read the full article.

Fresh Strawberries From Washington County Farm Implicated In E. coli O157 Outbreak In NW Oregon

Oregon Public Health officials have identified fresh strawberries from a Newberg farm as the source of a cluster of Escherichia coli O157:H7 infections that sickened at least 10 people last month, including one person who died.

The strawberries were produced last month by Jaquith Strawberry Farm located in Newberg. Jaquith finished its strawberry season in late July, and its strawberries are no longer on the market. Jaquith sold its strawberries to buyers who then resold them at roadside stands, farm stands and farmers' markets. Jaquith has recalled its products and is cooperating fully with the investigation.

Source: FDA

Michigan Firm Recalls Ground Beef Products Due To Possible E. Coli O157:NM Contamination

McNees Meats and Wholesale LLC., a North Branch, Mich., establishment is recalling approximately 360 pounds of ground beef product products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:NM, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced. E. coli O157:NM is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and in the most severe cases, kidney failure. The very young, seniors and persons with weak immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness.

Winn-Dixie Issues Voluntary Recall On Specific In-Store Bakery Items Due To Mislabeling And Undeclared Allergens

Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc., is voluntarily recalling from its in-store bakeries the following items because the products may be mislabeled:

“Winn-Dixie Lemon Bar” cakes
“Winn-Dixie Chocolate Cherry Bar” cakes
“Winn-Dixie Bakery Iced Cinnamon Rolls - 6 Pack”
The mislabeled products may contain undeclared egg and/or wheat. Individuals with an allergy or severe sensitivity to eggs run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction. Individuals sensitive to wheat protein can suffer a moderate-acute allergic reaction. Gluten intolerance in adults can manifest as malabsorption, diarrhea, weight loss, anemia, or osteomalacia.

Source: FDA


The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume a range of mussels, products, because they may contain Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning (DSP) biotoxin. The affected mussels were harvested by Island Sea Farms Inc. from the harvest location “Area: BC 13, Sub Area: 15”or “BC 13-15” between July 19 and August 2, 2011. Follow the link for full details.

Transpecos Foods, LP Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Soy Allergen in Cheddar Cheese Jalapeno Bites and Cream Cheese Jalapeno Bites

Transpecos Foods, LP of Pecos, Texas is recalling the following items because they may contain undeclared Soy allergens: People who have an allergy or sensitivity to Soy allergens run the risk of an allergic reaction if they consume these products.

Hill Country Fare Cream Cheese Jalapeno Bites, Net WT 5.5oz, 156g, UPC 4122081881, Sold Prior to 8/5/11, packaged in a carton that was distributed in Texas.
Hill Country Fare Cheddar Cheese Jalapeno Bites, Net WT 5.5oz, 156g, UPC 4122084088, Sold Prior to 8/5/11, packaged in a carton that was distributed in Texas.
No illnesses have been reported to date.

Source: FDA

Recall due to metal contamination

AdvancePierre Foods, Inc., an Orange City, Iowa, establishment, is recalling approximately 10,668 pounds of beef patty products that may contain foreign materials, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced.

The product subject to recall is: 12-lb packages containing 8 24-ounce bags of H-E-B FULLY COOKED LEAN BURGERS with the H-E-B item code 100538 and EST. 2568 inside the USDA mark of inspection.
The products were produced on June 7, 2011 and distributed to H-E-B stores in San Antonio, Texas.

The problem was discovered through a consumer complaint brought to the attention of H-E-B, one of AdvancePierre Foods' retail customers. The consumer noted metal fragments found on the outer surface of a ready-to-eat beef patty product. The problem may have occurred due to production equipment problems associated with a char-marker that caused a metal surface to overheat and shed small flakes on to the product. FSIS has not received any …

Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market Voluntarily Recalls One Date Code Of f&e™ Brand Organic Baby Spinach Because Of Possible Health Risk

Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market Inc., is voluntarily recalling fresh Organic Baby Spinach with the Enjoy by date of Aug 01 sold under the f&e™ label.

The recall notification is being issued out of an abundance of caution based on a random sample test, conducted on behalf of the Food & Drug Administration (FDA). One bag of this product with the Aug 01 Enjoy by date was confirmed to be positive for Listeria monocytogenes. No illnesses have been associated with this product.

Source: FDA

Arkansas Firm Recalls Ground Turkey Products Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

Follow the link to read more about the ground turkey product recall at FSIS and Cargill websites. The CDC reports that a total of 78 persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Heidelberg have been reported from 26 states. The CDC epicurve below shows the duration of the outbreak:

Consumer Advisory - Salmonella Contamination of Ground Turkey in the United States

The Government of Canada continues to closely follow the investigation by U.S. authorities into the recall of ground turkey due to Salmonella contamination in the United States. Based on the information provided by the manufacturer, no ground turkey implicated in the U.S. recall has been shipped to Canada. Canadians who are considering purchasing ground turkey when travelling in the U.S. are urged to monitor the recall on the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service web site at:

For information on Salmonella, visit the Food Facts web page at: For information on receiving recalls by e-mail, or for other food safety facts, visit our web site at:

Source: CFIA

Kettle Foods Ltd recalls one date code of various Kettle Chips due to the possible risk of plastic contamination

The UK FSA has issued a food alert to confirm that Kettle Foods Ltd has recalled one date code of various Kettle Chips due to the possible risk of plastic contamination. One batch code of the affected product may have become contaminated with pieces of plastic that are similar in appearance to the crisps.

Product Specification:
KETTLE® Chips Wave Cut Lightly Salted 150g
KETTLE® Chips Wave Cut Salt & Pepper 150g
KETTLE® Chips Wave Cut Salt & Vinegar 150g
KETTLE® Chips Lightly Salted 150g
Best Before Date: 29 October 2011

Follow the link for more details.


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