Sunday, 30 January 2011

Sabor Farms Recalls Four Brands Of Cilantro Because Of Possible Health Risk

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Sabor Farms, LLC. of Salinas, CA is recalling fresh cilantro because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The cilantro was on store shelves in multiple states beginning January 14 and likely sold or removed from sale before January 28, 2011. There have been no illnesses reported. Follow the link to read more.

Publix Issues Voluntary Recall on Ice Cream Containing Undeclared Allergen

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Publix Super Markets is issuing a voluntary recall for Publix Premium Light Tiramisu Ice Cream, which may contain Publix Premium Coffee Almond Fudge Light Ice Cream, resulting in the presence of an undeclared almond allergen. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to almonds run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product. Follow the link for product batch details.

Undeclared Soy in “Mooney’s Kentucky Bourbon Cheese” and “Valumarket’s Beer Cheese Spread"

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Shuckman’s Fish Co. of Louisville, KY is recalling it’s 8 ounce packages of Mooney’s Kentucky Bourbon Cheese and Valumarket Beer Cheese Spread because they may contain undeclared soy. People who have allergies to soy run the risk of serious or life threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. Follow the link to find out more.

Saturday, 29 January 2011

UNDECLARED PEANUTS IN WALLY & MOLLY SALT WATER TAFFY

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning people with allergies to peanuts not to consume Wally & Molly Salt Water Taffy. The affected product contains peanuts which are not declared on the label. The affect product, Wally & Molly Salt Water Taffy, is sold in 190 g packages bearing UPC6 28162 81013 0. There are no lot codes on the packages. This product has been distributed nationally. There has been one reported reaction associated with the consumption of this product. Follow the link to find out more.

California Firm Recalls Frozen Veal Ravioli Products Due To Mislabeling and an Undeclared Allergen

FSIS reports that Nina Mia, Inc., a Fullerton, Calif., establishment is recalling approximately 654 pounds of frozen veal ravioli products because they contain an undeclared allergen, soy, which is not declared on the label. Soy is a known allergen. Follow the link to find out more.

Friday, 28 January 2011

KEEBLER ISSUES ALLERGY ALERT ON MISLABELED 8-COUNT CARTONS OF FUDGE SHOPPE® JUMBO FUDGE STICKS SOLD AT CONVENIENCE STORES

The US FDA is issuing a press release to confirm that Keebler® is recalling a limited quantity of 8-count cartons of Fudge Shoppe® Jumbo Fudge Sticks sold at convenience stores. This recall was initiated because the cartons contain individually wrapped Jumbo Peanut Butter Sticks. The individually wrapped cookie sticks are correctly labeled.

People who have allergies to peanut run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions. Because the individually wrapped cookie sticks contain peanuts, consumers with peanut allergies should avoid eating this product. Follow the link to find out more.

PEEKAY INTERNATIONAL INC. ISSUES ALLERGY ALERT ON UNDECLARED SULFITES IN SWAN GOLDEN RAISINS


The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that PEEKAY INTERNATIONAL INC. is recalling SWAN GOLDEN RAISINS because they may contain undeclared sulfites. People who have severe sensitivity to sulfites run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume these products.
The recalled SWAN GOLDEN RAISINS are packaged in uncoded, clear plastic bags in 7.0 oz and 14.0 oz sizes. They were sold in the Brooklyn and Queens areas of New York City.
The recall was initiated after routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors and subsequent analysis by food laboratory personnel revealed the presence of undeclared sulfites in SWAN GOLDEN RAISINS in 7.0 oz and 14.0 oz packages which did not declare sulfites on the label. The consumption of 10 milligrams of sulfites per serving has been reported to elicit severe reactions in some asthmatics. Anaphylactic shock could occur in certain sulfites sensitive individuals upon ingesting 10 milligrams or more of sulfites.
No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

Aytac Foods Ltd withdraws certain batch codes of dried apricots and golden jumbo raisins due to incorrect allergen labelling information

The UK FSA has issued an allergy alert to confirm that Aytac Foods Ltd has withdrawn certain batch codes of dried apricots and golden jumbo raisins due to incorrect allergen labelling information. The products contain sulphur dioxide that is not declared on the labels, resulting in incorrect allergen labelling. This makes the products a potential health risk for people who are sensitive to sulphites.

Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd recalls one date code of its own-brand Raclette Slices due to incorrect date coding

The UK FSA has issued an alert to confirm that Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd has recalled one date code of its own-brand Raclette Slices due to incorrect date coding. The product should have been labelled with a 'use by' date of 23/01/11. Follow the link for more details.

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

State Garden, Inc. Announces Voluntary Recall Of Certain Salad Mixes Due To Possible Health Risk


The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that State Garden, Chelsea, MA - is conducting a voluntary recall of all Salad products produced in our plant on January 4, 2011 which correspond to trace back codes 45693 and 45703 due to a risk of contamination with Listeria monocytogenes 
Please know that NO Listeria illnesses have been linked to any State Garden product. Follow the link to find out more about the products affected.

Ian's Voluntarily Recalls Two Products Due To Risk Of Contamination By Listeria Bacteria


The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Ian’s is voluntarily recalling specific lot numbers of two products due to a risk of contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.  The following two products with the specific use-by dates and UPC codes listed are being recalled because they may have been distributed to retailers nationwide and sold in the frozen foods section of the supermarket:
  • 8-ounce boxes of Ian’s Wheat Free, Gluten Free Mac and No Cheese with a use-by date of 26Aug2011 and UPC code 7-49512-43670-8 (372 packages impacted)
  • 8-ounce boxes of Ian’s Wheat Free, Gluten Free French Bread Pizza with a use-by date of 28Aug2011 and UPC code 7-49512-91572-2 (120 packages impacted)
A total of 492 individual boxes are potentially affected.
Consumers who purchased the above products with the specific use-by dates and UPC codes listed are asked to return the products to the place of purchase to receive a full refund.

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Outer packaging 'covered in bacteria'

The Telegraph reports that food standards officials discovered that 40 per cent of packets of chicken in a range of supermarkets, convenience stores and butchers were covered with bacteria on the outside.
"Of 20 packets of chicken studied, eight had food poisoning bacteria on their wrapping while seven chickens were contaminated inside the packet. One tested positive for salmonella. Shoppers are now being warned to wash their hands after handling chicken cartons to combat the risk of catching the Campylobacter bug which can induce vomiting, diarrhoea and abdominal pain". Follow the link to read the full article

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Beef recalled due to Listeria

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that United Food Group, LLC, a Vernon, Calif., establishment, is recalling approximately 7,875 pounds of ready-to-eat Angus Beef patties that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Follow the link to find out more. 

UNDECLARED ALMONDS IN PELICAN BAY TOFFEE FUDGE HOT CHOCOLATE

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Mountainview Marketing are warning people with allergies to almonds not to consume the Pelican Bay Ltd. Toffee Fudge Hot Chocolate described below. The affected product contains almonds which are not declared on the label. The Toffee Fudge Hot Chocolate, product of Pelican Bay Ltd.USA, was sold in a 226 g(8 oz) package bearing UPC 0 94522 00993 1 and Best By date 30/AUG/2011, LOT 83053. This product has been distributed in Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

Pretzels. Inc. Issues Allergy Alert On Undeclared Milk In Better Made Brand Corn Pops

The US FDA have issued a press release to confirm that Pretzels, Inc. of Bluffton, Indiana is recalling its 8 ounce packages of Better Made brand Corn Pops because they 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. The recalled Corn Pops were distributed to retail stores in Michigan and Ohio.

The product is packaged under the Better Made brand Corn Pops label with an expiration code of MAR1411. The UPC code on the package is 041633-003716. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

Friday, 21 January 2011

UNDECLARED PEANUTS IN CERTAIN CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES PRODUCED AND SOLD AT THRIFTY FOODS, 2662 AUSTIN AVENUE, COQUITLAM, BRITISH COLUMBIA

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 UPC0 74147 66187 5 and a Best Before date of 11.JAN.25, (January 25, 2011).
This product was sold at Thrifty Foods, 2662 Austin Avenue, Coquitlam, British Columbia.
There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

MEHRAN BRAND CHILLI POWDER MAY CONTAIN SALMONELLA BACTERIA

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Super Asia Food & Spices Limited are warning the public not to consume the chilli powders described below because the products may be contaminated with Salmonella.
The following Mehran brand Chilli Powders, product of Pakistan, are affected by this alert:

ProductSizeUPCBest Before Date
Chilli Powder200 g8 05159 10036 2April-2013
Chilli Powder400 g8 05159 10037 9April-2013

These products have been distributed in Ontario.
There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

Hawaii Business Group Incorporated, Barb’s Favorite Recipes, and Ohana Seafoods Recall Barb’s Local Style Black Bean Sauce and Ohana Flavors Black Bean Sauce Because of Possible Health Risk

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Hawaii Business Group Incorporated, Barb’s Favorite Recipes, and Ohana Seafoods are recalling Barb’s Local Style Black Bean Sauce and Ohana Flavors Black Bean Sauce because of possible health risks due to the potential growth of Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death.

King & Prince Seafood Issues Voluntary Recall Notice On Breaded Calamari Products

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that King & Prince Seafood of Brunswick, Ga., is recalling its Breaded Calamari Rings. This recall is the result of notification by our supplier of these products that there may have been a potential peanut allergen cross-contamination during the manufacturing of soy flour, which is an ingredient in these products. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. The recalled Calamari Rings (listed below) were distributed nationally through brokers and food service distributors during 2010 to this date.

Mrs. Friday’s Breaded Calamari Rings, 4/2.5#, UPC code 10041338578028
Mrs. Friday’s Italian Calamari Rings, 4/2.5#, UPC code 10041338578004
Mrs. Friday Breaded Italian Calamari Rings, 6/2#, UPC code 10070017412100

The product comes in 10-pound boxes as marked with the product numbers 057802 and 057800, and also in 12-pound boxes marked with the product number 041210. Date codes involved would be all date codes in inventory. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with our product.

Mama Rose's Gourmet Foods Recalls Cilantro Con Queso, Garlic Con Queso, Viper Venom Con Queso and Hopi Corn Salsa Because of Possible Health Risk

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Mama Rose's Gourmet Foods of Phoenix, AZ is voluntarily recalling Cilantro Con Queso, Garlic Con Queso, Viper Venom Con Queso and Hopi Corn Salsa, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death. Click on the link to find out more.

Tesco Stores Ltd recalls all batch codes of its own brand Chocolate Delight No Added Sugar and Instant Custard Mix due to possible contamination with small pieces of metal

The UK FSA has issued a food alert to confirm that Tesco Stores Ltd has recalled all batch codes of its own brand Chocolate Delight No Added Sugar and Instant Custard Mix due to possible contamination with small pieces of metal. One date code of each of the products has been found to be contaminated with small pieces of metal due to a manufacturing fault. As a precautionary measure Tesco is recalling all batches of each product. Follow the link to find out more.

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Barry Callebaut USA LLC Issues Allergen Alert on Undeclared Milk Protein in Kroger Value Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips (Expanded Recall to All “Best By” Dates ending in 2012)

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Barry Callebaut USA LLC is conducting a voluntary recall on its product sold by Kroger Stores under the brand "Kroger Value Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips”, 12 oz., UPC Code is 11110–86603 as the product may contain undeclared milk protein. All “Best By” dates ending in 2012 are affected by this voluntary recall. The “Best By” date is found printed in black on the end of the back of the bag. The “Best By” date appears in the format “MONTH XX, 2012 (example: November 20, 2012). People with allergies or severe sensitivity to milk protein may be at risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

Oriental Merchant (Europe) Ltd recalls one batch of Mas-River Fried Dace with Salted Black Beans due to high levels of histamine

Follow the link to find out more.

Mas-River fried dace with salted black beans recalled

Cans of Mas-River fried dace with salted black beans have been recalled because of high levels of histamine. High levels of histamine can cause scombrotoxic fish poisoning if eaten. The Agency has issued a Product Recall Information Notice.

Product information

  • Product details: Mas-River fried dace with salted black beans, 184g
  • Description: Oval can with red and yellow label
  • Best before: 30 April 2013
  • Batch code: IKH MFG:30.04.2010 MALAYSIA NO.62
The affected cans have been recalled and product recall notices have been issued to stores that sell the product explaining why the product has been recalled. If you have bought this product you should contact Oriental Merchant (Europe) on 0113 248 7838 and return it to the store for a full refund.
Source: FSA

Rich Products Corporation announces nationwide voluntary recall of Sonny’s Barbecue Deep Deveined Shrimp

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Rich Products Corporation is voluntarily recalling Sonny’s Barbecue Deep Deveined Shrimp (product code 80692) on January 13, 2011, because the product was found to have undeclared milk ingredient (whey) in the coating of the shrimp (less than .1%). 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.

Rich Products Corporation has not received any reports of illness connected with this product and has issued this voluntary recall as a precautionary measure.

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Barrel O’ Fun Snack Foods Co. Issues Allergen Alert on Undeclared Milk Protein in Valu Time Salt & Vinegar Potato Chips

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Barrel O’ Fun Snack Foods Co. of Perham, MN is recalling "Valu Time Salt & Vinegar Potato Chips”, 5 oz., UPC Code 11225-03388 as the product contains undeclared milk protein. People with allergies or severe sensitivity to milk protein may be at risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

All “Best By” dates before 05 MAY 2011 are affected by this voluntary recall. The “Best By” date is found printed on the front of the bag. The “Best By” date appears in the format “DD MMM YYYY” (example: 23 MAR 2011).

The Valu Time Salt & Vinegar Potato Chips subject to this recall were sold through distribution centers located in Virginia, Nebraska, and Kansas. These distribution centers service retail grocery stores throughout United States.

Saturday, 15 January 2011

Update on dioxin contamination in Germany

The FSA is providing further information about the ongoing investigation into the dioxin contamination of poultry and pork farms in Germany.

The German authorities have lifted restrictions on more than 3,500 farms and investigations of the remainder are continuing. We have been informed that levels of dioxins above the legal limit have been found in pigs from two of the restricted farms. However, the levels found would not be a risk to health. At this time, we have been advised that all the animals from the affected farms have been destroyed and that no meat from these animals has entered the food chain.

We have also been informed that some of the potentially contaminated feed from Germany was sent to France and Denmark. We currently have no evidence that any of the feed has been delivered to the UK and the feed industry has confirmed that it is highly unlikely that such feed would be imported from Europe.

We are closely monitoring the situation and met with representatives of the UK food and feed industry on Tuesday 11 January to gather further information and to ensure the industry continues checking that their supplies do not come from potentially contaminated sources. We will continue to provide further updates as information becomes available.

Source: FSA

Product recalled due to undeclared MSG

In the US, FSIS has issued a press release to confirm that Lettieri's Foods, Inc., a Shakopee, Minn., establishment is recalling approximately 101,629 pounds of "Breakfast Stackers Sausage, Egg & Cheese" products because they contain monosodium glutamate (MSG) which is not declared on the product labels.

Candy Dynamics Recalls Toxic Waste® brand Nuclear Sludge® Chew Bars all flavors -- Net wt. 0.7 oz (20 g) package

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Circle City Marketing and Distributing doing business as Candy Dynamics, Indianapolis, IN, is issuing a voluntary recall of all Toxic Waste® brand Nuclear Sludge® Chew Bars, all flavors, Net wt. 0.7 oz (20 g) package. The product is imported from Pakistan.

A recent test performed by the California Department of Public Health has indicated that a lot (#8288A) of the cherry flavor of the above-listed product contains elevated levels of lead (0.24 parts per million; the U.S. FDA tolerance is 0.1 ppm) that potentially could cause health problems, particularly for infants, small children, and pregnant womenThe CFIA have also issued product alerts
Candy Dynamics Recalls Toxic Waste® brand Nuclear Sludge® Chew Bars all flavors -- Net wt. 0.7 oz (20 g) package

MS Fish Corp Issues Alert On Listeria In Ossie’s Schmaltz Herring

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that MS FISH CORP 808 ALABAMA AVE, BROOKLYN, NY 11207 is recalling Ossie’s Schmaltz Herring due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Follow the link to find out more and product coding details.

Colorado 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 Colorado Meat Packers, a Denver, Colo., establishment, is recalling approximately 2,234 pounds of beef trim that was improperly labeled and potentially adulterated. The product label includes "For Cooking Only," indicating that it is intended for further processing to apply a full lethality at a federally inspected establishment. Because the product was sent to a federal establishment that does not conduct lethality operations, the product must be removed from commerce. Follow the links to find out more.

New Jersey Firm Expands Recall of Ground Beef Products Due To Possible Adulteration

One Great Burger, an Elizabeth, N.J., establishment, is expanding its Jan. 10, 2011 recall to include an undetermined amount of additional ground beef products that may have become spoiled. Follow the link to find out more

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Barry Callebaut USA LLC Issues Allergen Alert on Potential Undeclared Milk Protein in Kroger Value Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Barry Callebaut USA LLC Issues Allergen Alert on Potential Undeclared Milk Protein in Kroger Value Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips.

Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd withdraws its Freefrom range Mint Crisps and Celtic Caramel Choices due to cross-contamination with milk

The UK FSA has issued an allergy alert to confirm that Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd has withdrawn its Freefrom range Mint Crisps and Celtic Caramel Choices due to cross-contamination with milk. Certain date codes have been found to contain milk, which is not an intended ingredient. This makes the products a potential health risk for people who are allergic to or intolerant of milk or milk constituents. Follow the link to find out more.

Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC recalls one date code of Morrison's Free From Dark Chocolate Bar due to cross-contamination with milk

Maysum withdraws one date code of meat samosas due to the undeclared presence of sulphur dioxide

The UK FSA has issued an allergy alert to confirm that Maysum has withdrawn one date code of meat samosas due to the undeclared presence of sulphur dioxide. Follow the link for batch codes and more information.

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Surtex Foods Recalls “Oaxaca String Cheese La Original” Because Of Possible Health Risk

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that SURTEX FOODS CO. of Los Angeles is recalling Oaxaca string Cheese La Original in their 17.63 oz/ 500 gr presentation because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes and Staphylococcus aureus. Follow the link for more details.

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Withdrawal of Natco Brown Basmati Rice Due to the Presence of Aflatoxins

The FSAI has been informed that the U.K. authorities have requested a withdrawal of a batch of Natco Brown Basmati Rice, due to the presence of aflatoxins. Some of the implicated batch was distributed to a small number of food businesses in Cork and Dublin, and has now been withdrawn from sale. No other products are affected by this withdrawal. No action is required by official agencies. Follow the link for batch details.

Intelligent food packaging

The Independent reports on developments with intelligent food packaging. Check out this interesting article.

Llay E.coli outbreak man admits offences

BBC News reports that:

"The former owner of a north Wales takeaway at the centre of an E.coli outbreak has admitted food hygiene offences. Ramazan Aslan, who had run the Llay Fish Bar near Wrexham, admitted seven charges brought by Wrexham's environmental health department. Four people became seriously ill after contracting the bug in the August 2009 outbreak... [he] admitted failing to protect food in July 2009, with cooked and ready-to-eat food not protected against contamination during production, processing and distribution... He also failed to notify the council that he had become the food business operator at the fish bar .... failed to put in place permanent procedures to identify hazards or corrective actions..... failed to ensure that his food management procedures were up to date, and failed to have adequate pest control procedures. Doors were said to be kept open without insect-proof screens and an electrical fly killer was not working. There no materials for the cleaning or hygienic drying of hands in the food preparation area, no hand drying materials in the staff WC, and the hand wash basin was not available for washing hands because it was used for storing clothes. Aslan also admitted that while being responsible for the development of a food safety management procedure at the premises, he had received inadequate training."

Follow the link to find out more. Source: BBC News

UNDECLARED EGGS IN CERTAIN FROZEN DUMPLINGS FROM KOREA

The public warning issued on January 7, 2011 by the CFIA has been amended to correct the Lot Code of one of the recalled products, the Choripdong brand Vegetable Dumpling. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Seoul Trading Corporation are warning people with allergies to egg proteins not to consume two Misori brand and Choripdong brand frozen dumpling products described below. The affected products contain egg which is not declared on the label.

Asphalia Food Products Ltd recalls one batch of Asphalia for Natural Sleep due to elevated lead levels

The UK FSA has issued a food alert to confirm that Asphalia Food Products Ltd has recalled one batch of Asphalia for Natural Sleep due to elevated lead levels. The product contains lead above the legislative limits. The product was also subject to a food alert in December. Follow the link to find out more.

New Jersey Firm Recalls Ground Beef Products Due to Possible Adulteration

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that One Great Burger, an Elizabeth, N.J., establishment, is recalling approximately 226,400 pounds of ground beef products that may have become spoiled. The press release states that " the problem was discovered by FSIS during an investigation into customer complaints of discolouration and off-odors in the products. The review uncovered evidence to show that the establishment repackaged and recoded returned products and sent them out for further distribution to institutional customers. Therefore, FSIS must consider the products to be adulterated and has acted to remove the products from commerce. FSIS is continuing to investigate the product subject to recall in commerce. FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products....." Follow the link to read the full press release.

Saturday, 8 January 2011

SFC recalls some Chicken Mini Fillets

The UK FSA has confirmed that SFC has recalled some of its Chicken Mini Fillets, because the product contains celery that is not mentioned on the product label. This makes the product, which is only sold by Sainsbury’s, a possible health risk for anyone who is allergic to celery. The Agency has issued an Allergy Alert.

Rocks Organic Ltd recalls one batch of Blackcurrant Squash due to the potential risk of bottle breakage

The UK FSA has issued a food alert to confirm that Rocks Organic Ltd has recalled one batch of Blackcurrant Squash due to the potential risk of bottle breakage. Due a process failure there is a risk of fermentation of the above product, which may result in breakage of the glass bottle.

UNDECLARED EGG, GLUTEN, AND SOY IN IDEAL FOOD BRAND SPICY BAKE MIX

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Sun Fung Foods (Canada) Inc. are warning people with allergies to egg, gluten, and soy not to consume Ideal Food brand Ideal Spicy Bake Mix described below. The affected product contains egg, gluten, and soy proteins which are not declared on the label. The affected product, Ideal Food brand Ideal Spicy Bake Mix, is sold in 180 g boxes containing 6 sachets of 30 g each. All lot codes are affected by this alert. This product has been distributed in Ontario. There has been no reported allergic reaction associated with the consumption of these products.

La Placita Botanas Mexicanas, Inc. Recalls Wheat Snacks with Chile, Potato Chips with Chile, and Corn Churritos with Chile Because of Possible Contamination with Salmonella

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that La Placita Botanas Mexicanas, Inc. of South El Monte, California is recalling Wheat Snacks with Chile, Potato Chips with Chile, and Corn Churritos with Chile because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

UNDECLARED EGGS IN CERTAIN FROZEN DUMPLINGS FROM KOREA

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Seoul Trading Corporation are warning people with allergies to egg proteins not to consume certain Misori brand and Choripdong brand frozen dumpling products. The affected products contain egg which is not declared on the label. Follow the link to find out more.

Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC is recalling one date code of Morrison's Free From Choc and Orange Bar due to cross-contamination with milk

The UK FSA has issued an allergy alert to confirm that Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC is recalling one date code of Morrison's Free From Choc and Orange Bar due to cross-contamination with milk because the product has been found to contain milk protein, which is not an intended ingredient. This makes the product a potential health risk for people who are allergic to, or intolerant of, milk or milk constituents. Follow the link to find out more.

SFC Ltd recalls two batches of Chicken Mini Fillets due to undeclared presence of celery

The UK FSA has issued an allergy alert to confirm that SFC Ltd has recalled two batches of Chicken Mini Fillets due to undeclared presence of celery due to a labelling error. This makes the product a potential health risk for people who are allergic to celery. Follow the link for batch details.

Dioxin contaminated eggs: list of products

The Food Standards Agency is providing further information about the distribution of pasteurised liquid whole egg to the UK from the Netherlands that may have been made with eggs contaminated with dioxins.

"The pasteurised liquid whole egg (that is including the white and yolk) was produced using eggs from Germany that could contain levels of dioxins that are above the legal limits. These eggs were subsequently mixed with non-contaminated eggs to produce pasteurised liquid egg, an ingredient used widely in the manufacturer of cakes.This pasteurised liquid egg has been supplied to two manufacturers in the UK. These are:
Kensey Foods, Cornwall – a division of Samworth Brothers
Memory Lane Cakes Ltd, Cardiff – a division of Finsbury Food Group


These manufacturers used the pasteurised liquid egg to produce a range of short shelf life cakes and quiches, which were supplied to the major UK supermarkets. There is no food safety risk from eating these products. The majority of products will have been sold and most have passed their ‘use by’ or ‘best before’ dates. In light of this information some supermarkets are choosing to voluntarily remove the small amount of products that are still in date".

Source: Food Standards Agency

The Telegraph have published a list of products that contained egg product potentially contaminated with dioxin.

Morrisons Caterpillar Cake, best before Jan 18
Morrisons Chocolate Tray Bake, best before Jan 10
Morrisons Mini Roll Bites (Cakeshop), best before Jan 10, Jan 17, Jan 20
Morrisons Victoria Sponge Sandwich Cake, best before Jan 13, Jan 15, Jan 18, Jan 19, Jan 25
Morrisons Vanilla Tray Bake, best before Jan 11, Jan 26
Morrisons Value Raspberry Sponge, best before Jan 12, Jan 17, Jan 20
Tesco Caterpillar Cake, best before Jan 10
Tesco Coconut Sponge 5.5", best before Jan 15
Tesco Raspberry Sponge 5.5", best before Jan 7
Tesco Value Raspberry Sponge 5.5", best before Jan 13, Jan 15
Tesco Vanilla Party Tray Bake, best before Jan 11
Tesco Christmas Chocolate Tray Bake, best before Jan 7
Tesco Chocolate Sponge Cake, best before Jan 10, Jan 15
Tesco Victoria Sponge Cake, best before Jan 12, Jan 13, Jan 15
Sainsbury's Caterpillar Cake

Germany investigates criminal origin of dioxin contamination - see the article at Euractiv.com which outlines the next steps in determining how long this contamination has been in the food chain.

Friday, 7 January 2011

Denar Ltd recalls certain batch codes of golden jumbo raisin and dried apricots due to incorrect allergen labelling information

The UK FSA has issued an allergy alert to confirm that Denar Ltd has recalled certain batch codes of golden jumbo raisin and dried apricots due to incorrect allergen labelling information. The above products contain sulphur dioxide which is not declared on the labels, resulting in incorrect allergen labelling. This makes the products a potential health risk for people who are sensitive to sulphites.

Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc withdraws all date codes of own brand seasonal Unsalted Pistachio Nuts In Shell (280g) due to the presence of aflatoxins

The UK FSA has issued an alert to confirm that Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc has withdrawn all date codes of own brand seasonal Unsalted Pistachio Nuts In Shell (280g) due to the presence of aflatoxins. One batch of the affected product has been found to contain aflatoxins at levels higher than the regulatory limits. The levels of aflatoxins found are not considered to present a safety risk. Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc is withdrawing all date codes on a precautionary basis. Aflatoxins are poisons (toxins) produced by moulds.

Dioxin contamination again!

I have written eleven posts now about dioxin contamination of food. Number 12 post is about the dioxin contamination problems in Germany. Back in May there was a recall for dioxin contamination of organic eggs in Germany; I only wrote in December about dioxin contamination of Irish pork and March 2008 on dioxin contamination of mozzarella cheese in Italy.

Why is dioxin a problem? Dioxins are highly toxic and carcinogenic (cause cancer). Dioxins are a by-product of industrial production in industries such as chemical and pesticide manufacture, paper bleaching. We have had food safety incidents in the past with this chemical. In 1999, dioxin was found in European animal feed which sparked a continent wide recall centred on Belgium. In 2004, there was another incident with milk in Belgium and the Netherlands and this was believed to have been due to animal feed that was contaminated with potato byproducts.

The Telegraph reports that a 14 tonne consignment of egg white thought to be contaminated with dioxin was shipped to the UK from Holland on December 12. The egg white was due to be sold food manufacturers for use in pastries, mayonnaise and cakes. The contamination occurred in Germany, where 3,000 tonnes of animal feed contaminated with dioxin - which was sent to more than 1,000 poultry and pig farms. Eggs from some of the farms were then exported to Holland for processing. The reports are vague on whether this product has actually entered the UK food chain.

BBC News reports that more than 4,700 German farms have now been closed. Most of the affected farms are in Lower Saxony region, north-west Germany. Last week, more than 1,000 farms were banned from selling eggs after dioxin was found in eggs and poultry. It is believed that the animal feed was contaminated after being distributed by a company in northern Germany which supplies additives for animal feed. The dioxin was discovered in late December, but the extent of the problem was only revealed earlier this week when German officials said 3,000 tonnes of feed had been affected. Germany's agriculture ministry said on Thursday that most of the closed farms were ones producing pigs. The ministry said the farms would not be allowed to make any deliveries until they had been checked and found to be clear of contamination. WattAgNet reports that "The German Farmers' Association is calling for compensation after the discovery of excessive amounts of dioxin in the products and animal feeds of Harles & Jentzsch GmbH". A byproduct from biofuel production was probably used as an ingredient for feed ingredient manufacture. Check out the detailed report on this by thelocal.de.

The UK FSA has also issued a statement.

I have written before about having an effective product recall procedure in place and the interaction between food safety and brand equity. Food safety incidents, such as this one, require an effective, co-ordinated response in order to maintain customer confidence and to underpin the supply chain.

Boncheff Greenhouses, Inc. Recalls For Wegmans Food Markets, Inc., Budwey Markets, Wades Market, Cuba Giant Food Market, And Hegedorn’s Cilantro, Curly Parsley, And Italian Parsley Because Of A Possible Health Risk.

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Boncheff Greenhouses, Inc. of Toronto, Ontario is issuing a voluntary recall on Cilantro, Curly Parsley, and Italian Parsley, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Follow the link to find out more.

California Firm Recalls Tamale Products Due to Mislabeling and an Undeclared Allergen

The US Food Safety Inspection Service has announced that Homestead Pasta Company, a San Francisco, Calif., establishment is recalling approximately 144,633 pounds of frozen meat and poultry tamale products because they contain an undeclared allergen, whey, which is not noted on the label. Whey is a known dairy allergen. Follow the link to find out more.

UNDECLARED MILK PROTEIN IN DAI PAI DONG BRAND NO SUGAR ADDED INSTANT SOYA MILK

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Mocaroma (Canada) Ltd. are warning people with allergies to milk not to consume Dai Pai Dong brand No Sugar Added Instant Soya Milk described below. The affected product contains milk which is not declared on the label. The affected product, Dai Pai Dong brand No Sugar Added Instant Soya Milk, is sold in a 160 g box containing 8 sachets of 20 g each, bearing UPC 4 891444 304917 and Best Before date 31-10-11 (October 31, 2011). This product has been distributed in Ontario. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Pies recalled due to undeclared MSG

The US Food Safety Inspection Service has announced that Crave Foods, a Los Angeles, Calif., establishment is recalling approximately 600 pounds of frozen chicken mushroom pies because they contain monosodium glutamate (MSG), which is not declared on the label. Follow the link to find out more.

SPROUTERS NORTHWEST, INC. RECALLS CLOVER SPROUTS AND CLOVER SPROUT MIXES BECAUSE OF POSSIBLE HEALTH RISK

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Sprouters Northwest, Inc. of Kent, WA, is recalling all of its clover and clover mix products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The recall was initiated January 1st by Sprouters Northwest after learning that a few cases of Salmonella might be linked to sprouts. Sprouters Northwest, Inc. concluded that this type of cautionary, voluntary action was the appropriate and responsible reaction regardless of the limited information available.

The recalled clover products were distributed in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska in retail chains and through wholesale distribution. Follow the link for more product details.

The CFIA has also issued a food alert.

Saturday, 1 January 2011

California Firm Recalls Ground 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 First Class Foods, Inc., a Hawthorne, Calif., establishment, is recalling approximately 34,373 pounds of organic ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

Alabama Firm Recalls Breaded Chicken Wing Products Due to Mislabeling and Undeclared Allergen

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that Pilgrim's Pride, a Boaz, Ala., establishment, is recalling approximately 180,000 pounds of breaded chicken wing products because they contain an undeclared allergen, egg, which is not declared on the label.

Mexicantown Wholesale Issues Allergy Alert For Undeclared Milk in Cuernos (Croissants)

The US FDA has issued a press release to confirm that Mexicantown Wholesale of Detroit, Michigan is recalling all lots of cuernos (croissants) manufactured between 6/27/2010 and 12/28/2010, because they 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. The recalled cuernos also contain undeclared wheat and FD&C yellow, which can elicit moderate reactions in sensitive individuals. Cuernos are sold in clear plastic bags of three or four. Packages are marked as “Cuernos Plain (croissant)” with plain labeling or Mexicantown labeling, and the UPC code 95640 00035. Cuernos packages are distributed only in Michigan through retail stores.
Consumers should check their packages of cuernos to determine whether the manufacture date is between 6/27/2010 and 12/28/2010. The date is marked on a colored label and is coded as follows: a six digit number with the first two digits representing the year, the second two digits representing the month, and the final two digits representing the date. No allergic reactions or illnesses have been reported to date. The recall was initiated after it was discovered that cuernos were distributed in packaging that did not identify the presence of milk, wheat, and FD&C yellow#5. An investigation revealed that a change in the brand of one ingredient resulted in the addition of milk as a sub-ingredient.

CERTAIN BONCHEFF BRAND FRESH HERBS MAY BE CONTAMINATED WITH SALMONELLA

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Boncheff Greenhouses are warning the public not to consume four Boncheff brand fresh herb products because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. This is related to the recall of fresh greens originally recalled by J & D Produce Inc., Texas, USA. These fresh herbs were shipped to Canada on December 6, 2010, repackaged and sold thereafter under the Boncheff brand. The packages do not have a lot code or Best Before date. These products have been distributed in Ontario. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products. Follow the link to find out more.