Friday, 30 September 2011

Arkansas Firm Recalls Ground Turkey Products Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

The Recall Release 071-2011 has been updated on Sept. 27, 2011 to reflect that the Aug. 24, 2011 sample of ground turkey referenced in the Sept. 11, 2011 Recall Release has now been confirmed as the Salmonella Heidelberg outbreak strain (XbaI PFGE pattern 58/BlnI pattern 76) and FSIS has lab results that indicates the isolate is resistant to ampicillin, gentamicin, streptomycin, and tetracycline.

It is of great concern that the Salmonella is resistant to this range of antibiotics as it limits the treatments available to those suffering from Salmonella Heidelberg.

Thursday, 29 September 2011

CERTAIN COMPLIMENTS BRAND SENSATIONS OLD-STYLE SMOKED HAM MAY CONTAIN LISTERIA MONOCYTOGENES

The public warning issued on September 27, 2011 has been expanded to include an additional lot code. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Les Cuisines Gaspésiennes de Matane Ltée are warning the public not to consume the Compliments brand Sensations Old-Style Smoked Ham described below because the product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The affected Compliments brand Sensations Old-Style Smoked Ham is sold in 175 g packages bearing UPC 6 23682 10628 2, Lot Codes: 230 87 and 230 9487, and Best Before: 2011NO13 This product was distributed in Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

Source: CFIA

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

Tyson Fresh Meats Inc., an Emporia, Kan. establishment, is recalling approximately 131,300 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Publix Recalls Spinach Dip Due To Possible Health Risk

Publix Super Markets is issuing a voluntary recall for spinach dip because it may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes. The problem was discovered as a result of routine microbial testing conducted by Publix. The 16 ounce containers of prepackaged spinach dip were sold at Publix retail deli departments with a UPC of 41415-00062 and use by date of OCT 10 C1. Consumption of products containing Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and sometimes fatal infection in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

Source: FDA

Rich Products Corporation Announces Nationwide Voluntary Recall of Seapak Breaded Butterfly Shrimp, Net Wt. 22 Oz., Due to Undeclared Milk Ingredient (Whey)

Rich Products Corporation is voluntarily recalling SeaPak Breaded Butterfly Shrimp - Ready to Fry, Net Wt. 22 oz., Product Code 10302, because the product contains an undeclared milk ingredient (whey) in the coating of the shrimp (less than 0.1%). People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of an allergic reaction if they consume this product. Only one lot is affected by this recall. The production date of concern is 7/25/2011 with a Julian Date of 1003 1206 Julian Date on the case. The product is sold by case and each case contains 8 boxes of the 22 oz. product with a "Best By" Date of January 25, 2013. The UPC Code is 100 41322 10254 6 and appears on the box.

Source: FDA

Monday, 26 September 2011

Asda recalls one date code of Asda Coronation Coleslaw due to incorrect packaging resulting in incorrect allergen information

Asda has recalled one date code of Asda Coronation Coleslaw 280g due to incorrect packaging resulting in the incorrect allergen information. The product has been packaged with an incorrect lid (Potato & Bacon Salad). This makes the product a potential health risk for people who are sensitive to sulphites.

Source: FSA

UNDECLARED SOY IN RED RIVER BRAND HOT CEREAL

The previous public warning issued on September 24, 2011 has been amended to correct the company telephone number.

 The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Smucker Foods of Canada Corp. are warning people with allergies to soy not to consume the Red River Hot Cereal described below. The affected product may contain soy, which is not declared on the label. All codes of Red River Hot Cereal sold in 1.35 kg packages bearing the UPC 0 59000 03960 2 are affected by this alert. This product may have been distributed nationally. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product. Consumption of this product may cause a serious or life-threatening reaction in persons with allergies to soy.

Source: CFIA

M & P Food Productions, Ltd. Issues Allergy Alert on Several Varieties of Vareniki/ Dumplings Because of Undeclared Milk and Wheat Allergens in Products

M & P Food Productions, LTD. of Brooklyn, NY is recalling several varieties of Vareniki/Dumplings because it was discovered that the products contain undeclared Milk and Wheat, therefore posing a potential health hazard. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to these allergens run the risk of illness or serious or potentially fatal allergic reaction if they consume these products.

Source: FDA

Pennsylvania Firm Recalls Pureed Pork Products That May Contain Foreign Materials

K. Heeps, Inc., an Allentown, Penn., establishment, has recalled approximately 5,550 pounds of pureed pork products that may contain foreign materials, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced. The problem was discovered when two consumers reported finding small metal fragments in the products. The metal pieces may have broken off of the blending equipment during clean up and reassembly at the plant and subsequently entered the product.Follow the link for more details.

Saturday, 24 September 2011

UNDECLARED MILK IN SOLO FRUIT BRAND DARK CHOCOLATE SORBET

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Solo Fruit Inc. are warning people with allergies to milk not to consume Solo Fruit brand Dark Chocolate Sorbet, described below. The affected product may contain milk which is not declared on the label.

The affected Solo Fruit brand Dark Chocolate Sorbet, is sold in 500 ml packages bearing UPC 8 23885 00211 8 and lot codes 1111116 or 1111165. This product has been distributed in Quebec. There have been two reported illnesses 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.

Source: CFIA

CERTAIN ALKANATER BRAND TAHINA MAY CONTAIN SALMONELLA BACTERIA

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Phoenicia Products Inc. are warning the public not to consume the Alkanater brand Tahina because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella. The affected product, Alkanater brand Tahina, is sold in 908 g containers bearing UPC 6 92551 00001 3 and codes "Prod.: 5/1/2011" and "Exp.: 5/1/2013". This product has been distributed nationally. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

Source: CFIA

Texas Firm Recalls Ground Beef Due To Possible E. Coli O157:H7 Contamination

Palo Duro Meat, an Amarillo, Texas, establishment, is recalling 40,000 pounds of frozen fine ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. Follow the link to find out more.

Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) 

Carol’s Cuts Recalls Fresh Cut Cantaloupe and Cut Mixed Fruit Containing Cantaloupe Because of Possible Health Risk

Carol’s Cuts LLC, Kansas food processor, is recalling 594 pounds of fresh cut cantaloupe packaged in 5-pound trays as chunks and as an ingredient in 8-ounce mixed fruit medley because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Follow the link to read more.

Source: FDA

California Firm Recalls Tongue and Blood Sausage Product Due To Mislabeling and Undeclared Allergen

Mattern Sausage, an Orange, Calif., establishment is recalling approximately 72 pounds of tongue and blood sausage because of mislabeling and an undeclared allergen. The product contains hydrolyzed soy protein, which is not declared on the label.

Source: US FSIS

Friday, 23 September 2011

Pepperidge Farm Voluntarily Recalls Limited Quantity Of Baked Naturals Sesame Sticks

Pepperidge Farm, Incorporated is voluntarily recalling a limited quantity of 10.2-ounce boxes of Baked Naturals Sesame Sticks as a precaution due to the possible presence of small, thin pieces of wire. Follow the link for more details.

Source: FDA

Smoked Spilt Herring Uneviscerated

World Wide Fish Products, Inc. located in Bronx, NY is recalling Smoked Spilt Herring because the product was found to be uneviscerated.  The sale of uneviscerated or incompletely 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. No illnesses have been reported to date.

Source: FDA

Thursday, 22 September 2011

CERTAIN CANTALOUPES MAY CONTAIN SALMONELLA BACTERIA

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Metro Ontario Inc. are 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 Food Basics, located at 2452 Sheppard Ave. E., North York, Ontario on September 12, 2011. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

Listeria Contamination of Cantaloupe in the United States

The Government of Canada continues to closely follow the investigation by U.S. authorities into the recall of cantaloupe due to Listeria contamination in the United States. Based on the information provided by U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorities, and as confirmed by the CFIA, no cantaloupe implicated in the U.S. recall has been shipped to Canada.

Source: CFIA

Wisconsin Firm Recalls Fully Cooked Chicken Breast Products That May Be Undercooked

Roundy’s Supermarkets Inc., a Milwaukee based company with an establishment in Kenosha, Wisc., is recalling approximately 360 pounds of breaded chicken breast products, that should have been fully cooked, because they may have been undercooked, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced.

HomeNews CentrePress releasesSpeechesSafety and HygieneGM and Novel FoodsConsultationsFood IndustriesEnforcementScience and ResearchAbout UsScotlandNorthern IrelandWalesCymraegFSA interactiveWhat is RSS?Listen to this site Packaging error on Walkers salt and vinegar crisps

A packaging error means that bags of Walkers salt and vinegar crisps (25g) within Walkers multipacks have been labelled incorrectly as containing milk lactose and dried milk. This is inconsistent with the outer packaging of the multipacks, which correctly does not include milk in the ingredients list. Walkers has recently reformulated its salt and vinegar crisps and these are now free from milk lactose and dried milk. Walkers has reassured allergic or intolerant customers that there are no dairy ingredients in bags of salt and vinegar crisps with ‘best before’ dates after 29 October 2011. No other Walkers’ products are known to be affected.

Source: FSA

Tower Bakery recalls nine varieties of savoury products from Scotmid and Co-operative Stores in Scotland due to incorrect date labelling

Tower Bakery recalls nine varieties of savoury products from Scotmid and Co-operative Stores in Scotland due to incorrect date labelling.

Source: FSA

Delicious Alchemy recalls certain date codes of Gluten Free Rolled Oats and Original Gluten Free Purely Oaty Fruity Nut Muesli due to intermittent contamination at source

Delicious Alchemy recalls certain date codes of Gluten Free Rolled Oats and Original Gluten Free Purely Oaty Fruity Nut Muesli due to intermittent contamination at source. Gluten (wheat) has been detected through internal quality control testing in the above products. Therefore, this is a potential health risk for individuals who are allergic or intolerant to wheat or gluten.

Source: FSA

The Co-operative recalls a certain date code of Free From Gluten and Dairy Free Muesli due to intermittent contamination.

Source: FSA

Asda recalls certain date codes of Chosen by You Pure Oat Muesli (Free From) and Chosen by You Pure Porridge Oats due to incorrect allergen information

Source: FSA

Asda recalls Free From oat muesli and porridge oats

Source: FSA

Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd recalls certain date codes of Sainsbury's Freefrom Pure Oats due to intermittent contamination at source resulting in incorrect allergen information

Source: FSA

Tesco Stores Ltd recalls certain date codes of Tesco's Free from Pure Oat Fruit Muesli and Pure Porridge Oats due to intermittent contamination resulting in incorrect allergen information

Source: FSA

Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC recalls one date code of Morrisons Value Low Fat Fruit Yogurt due to metal contamination

Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC is recalling one date code of Morrisons Value Low Fat Fruit Yogurt due to the presence of small pieces of metal found in the product.

Product: Morrisons Value Low Fat Fruit Yogurt, 4 pack Use by date: 28.09.11

Source: FSA

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

FDA confirms Listeria monocytogenes on Jensen Farms’ Rocky Ford-brand cantaloupes

The Food and Drug Administration has announced that it found Listeria monocytogenes in samples of Jensen Farms’ Rocky Ford-brand cantaloupe taken from a Denver-area store and on samples taken from equipment and cantaloupe at the Jensen Farms’ packing facility.

Tests confirmed that the Listeria monocytogenes found in the samples matches one of the three different strains of Listeria monocytogenes associated with the multi-state outbreak of listeriosis. Jensen Farms recalled its Rocky Ford-brand cantaloupes on Sept. 14 in response to the multi-state outbreak of listeriosis. Cantaloupes from other farms in Colorado, including farms in the Rocky Ford growing area, have not been linked to this outbreak.

To date, the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention reports that 35 people in 10 states, including four deaths, have been infected with the outbreak strains of Listeria monocytogenes. FDA investigators collected cantaloupes and environmental samples from a Denver-area store and from the Jensen Farms packing facility in Granada, Colo., after Colorado state health officials identified Jensen Farms’ Rocky Ford-brand cantaloupes as the common food eaten by several listeriosis patients.

Listeria has up to an 80 day incubation period so a cause for concern that there will be more cases in coming weeks.

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Wild mushroom poisoning

So far this year 120 people in the UK have been diagnosed with mushroom poisoning from gathering wild mushrooms. 45 people have had moderate to severe symptoms. In 2010, there were 316 cases of poisoning linked to eating mushrooms.

Source: HPA

Del Bueno Recalls Queso Fresco Casero Cheese Because of Possible Health Risk

Del Bueno of Grandview, WA is recalling all 16oz. size packages of Queso Fresco Casero Fresh Cheese with a date stamp of Sept 14, 2011 because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Follow the link for more details.

Source: FDA

Tower Bakery recalls savoury products in Scotland

Tower Bakery is recalling nine varieties of savoury product from Scotmid and Co-operative Stores because the products have been labelled with incorrect date codes. The Food Standards Agency has issued a Product Recall Information Notice. Follow the link for more details.

Thursday, 15 September 2011

FDA warns consumers not to eat Rocky Ford Cantaloupes shipped by Jensen Farms


Jensen Farms recalls Rocky Ford cantaloupe due to potential link to a multi-state outbreak of listeriosis
 
Fast Facts
  • The FDA is warning consumers not to eat Rocky Ford Cantaloupe shipped by Jensen Farms and to throw away recalled product that may still be in their home.
  • Jensen Farms is voluntarily recalling Rocky Ford Cantaloupe shipped from July 29 through September 10, 2011, and distributed to at least 17 states with possible further distribution.  
  • The recalled cantaloupes have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria and may be linked to a multi-state outbreak of listeriosis.
  • The CDC reports that at least 22 people in seven states have been infected with the outbreak-associated strains of Listeria monocytogenes as of September 14.
  • Patients reported eating whole cantaloupes they purchased from grocery stores marketed from the Rocky Ford growing region of Colorado.
  • While all people are susceptible to Listeria, older adults, persons with weakened immune systems and pregnant women are at particular risk.
 
What is the Problem?
The FDA is warning consumers not to eat Rocky Ford Cantaloupe shipped by Jensen Farms of Granada, Colo. The majority of the patients reported eating cantaloupe marketed from the Rocky Ford growing region. FDA’s traceback data from the State of Colorado about their confirmed cases of Listeria monocytogenes have identified a common producer of Rocky Ford cantaloupes. That producer is Jensen Farms. Although the investigation is ongoing, no other Rocky Ford cantaloupe producer has been found in common in the Colorado traceback.
 
Jensen Farms is voluntarily recalling Rocky Ford Cantaloupe. The recalled cantaloupes were shipped from the Rocky Ford growing region of Colorado from July 29 through September 10 and are potentially linked to a multi-state outbreak of listeriosis. The recalled cantaloupes were distributed to at least 17 states with possible further distribution. 

E.H. Booths and Co. Ltd withdraws all date codes of Booth’s Caesar Salad due to a packaging error resulting in incorrect allergen information

The UK FSA has issued an allergy alert to confirm that E.H. Booths and Co. Ltd has withdrawn all date codes of Booth’s Caesar Salad due to a packaging error resulting in incorrect allergen information. The product includes a dressing that contains anchovy essence, which has been omitted from the label. Therefore, this is a potential health risk for individuals who are allergic or sensitive to fish. Follow the link for more details.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Sanith Ourn Farm Issues Voluntary Recall of Fresh Hot Basil Due to Potential Salmonella Risk.

Sanith Ourn Farm of Indiantown, Fl, is recalling Fresh Hot Basil herb because it may have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems.

Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections and arthritis.

The recalled Fresh Hot Basil was distributed to retailers and one wholesale location in WA, OR, and RI on August 23, 2011 and August 30, 2011. Hot Basil has a 5 day shelf life. Three hundred and ninety pounds (390 lbs) of product was shipped in 10 lb. shipping containers marked with FLT DATE of 08/23/11 and 08/30/11. Retailers may have bundled or wrapped the hot basil in small foam trays prior to placing on retail shelves. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

Source: FDA

Falcon Trading Company, Inc./SunRidge Farms Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Peanuts in Milk Chocolate Cranberries

Falcon Trading Company, Inc./SunRidge Farms of Pajaro, CA announced that it has taken the precautionary measure of voluntarily recalling two items. The SunRidge Farms All Natural Milk Chocolate Cranberries may contain SunRidge Farms All Natural Milk Chocolate Toffee Peanuts.  Follow the link for product details.

Source: FDA

Fine Mexican Food Products, Inc. Recalls 2.2 lb. Frozen Avocado Pulp & 3 lb. IQF Avocado Halves From Peru Because of Possible Health Risk

Fine Mexican Food Products, Inc. (FMP) located in the City of Ontario in California is recalling 1,423 Cases of 12/2 lb. Frozen Avocado Pulp and 1,820 Cases IQF 8/3 lb. IQF Avocado Halves as distributed since June/2010 because of the possibility to be contaminated with Listeria Monocytogenes. For more details follow the link.

Source: FDA

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

CERTAIN WALNUTS AND WALNUT PRODUCTS MAY CONTAIN E. coli O157:H7 BACTERIA

The public warning issued on September 9, 2011 has been expanded to include additional walnuts and walnut products. Follow the link for more details.

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Arkansas Firm Recalls Ground Turkey Products Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

The problems continue with Cargill and Salmonella Heidelberg with another recall.

Cargill Meat Solutions Corporation, a Springdale, Ark. establishment, is recalling approximately 185,000 pounds of ground turkey products that may be contaminated with a strain of Salmonella Heidelberg, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced today.

 The products subject to recall include: Fresh Ground Turkey Chubs 16 oz. (1 lb.) chubs of Fresh HEB Ground Turkey 85/15 with Use or Freeze by Dates of 09/12/2011, 09/13/2011, 09/19/2011 and 09/20/2011 16 oz. (1 lb.) chubs of Honeysuckle White 85/15 Fresh Ground Turkey with Use or Freeze by Dates of 09/19/2011, 09/20/2011 and 09/21/2011 Fresh Ground Turkey Trays 19.2 oz. (1.2 lb.) trays of Honeysuckle White 85/15 Ground Turkey with Use or Freeze by Dates of 09/10/2011 and 09/12/2011 48.0 oz. (3 lb.) trays of Kroger Ground Turkey Fresh 85/15 with Use or Freeze by Dates of 09/17/2011, 09/18/2011 and 09/19/2011 48.0 oz. (3 lbs.) trays of Honeysuckle White 85/15 Ground Turkey Family Pack with Use or Freeze by Dates of 09/11/2011, 09/12/2011, 09/13/2011, 09/15/2011, 09/17/2011 and 09/18/2011 16 oz. (1 lb.) trays of Honeysuckle White 85/15 Ground Turkey with a Use or Freeze by Date of 09/11/2011 Fresh Ground Turkey Patties 16.0 oz. (1 lb.) trays of Honeysuckle White Ground Turkey Patties with a Use or Freeze by Date of 09/18/2011 16 oz. (1 lb.) trays of Kroger Ground Seasoned Turkey Patties Fresh 85/15 with a Use or Freeze by Date of 09/17/2011.


The products subject to recall today bear the establishment number "P-963" inside the USDA mark of inspection. The products were produced on August 23, 24, 30 and 31 of this year.

The strain of Salmonella Heidelberg in question is identical to that of an outbreak of Salmonellosis that resulted in an August 3, 2011 recall of ground turkey products. Although a sample tested positive for the outbreak related strain of Salmonella, including the identical XbaI and BlnI PFGE patterns matching the August 3 outbreak strain, at this time, neither FSIS nor the plant is aware of any illnesses associated with product from the above dates. An FSIS incident investigation team collected samples at the establishment following the previous recall. Today's recall occurred after a product sample collected on August 24 tested positive for the outbreak strain of Salmonella Heidelberg. The firm is recalling product from August 30 based on pending positive match samples. The products subject to recall are derived from bone-in parts. These products were distributed at the retail level nationwide. Cargill Meat Solutions Corporation requests that consumers who may have purchased these products return them to the point-of-purchase.

When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on FSIS' website at www.fsis.usda.gov/FSIS_Recalls/ Open_Federal_Cases/index.asp.

Source: FSIS

BUI Natural Tofu Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Soy and Wheat in Their Shrimp Salad Roll and Vegetarian Salad Roll

BUI Natural Tofu, Portland, Oregon is voluntarily recalling their Shrimp Salad Roll and Vegetarian Salad Roll because they contain undeclared soy and wheat. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to soy and wheat run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

 The salad rolls contain undeclared allergens as follows: Shrimp Salad Roll with the UPC 8 95467 00203 8 contains but ingredient statement did not declare Soy and Wheat. Vegetarian Salad Roll with the UPC 8 95467 00204 5 contains but ingredient statement did not declare Soy and Wheat. Shrimp Salad Roll and Vegetarian Salad Roll were distributed to retail stores in Portland Metropolitan area in Oregon. Products are sold under BUI fresh from the bean brand. The products are packaged in a tray with clear plastic wrapper, and are coded with a white sticker containing expiration date from 9/2 through 9/13. The products are refrigerated and have the shelf life about three days. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

Source: FDA

Saturday, 10 September 2011

InBev UK Ltd recalls three batch codes of Stella Artois Cidre due to yeast fermentation which may cause glass bottles to burst

The FSA has issued a food alert to confirm that InBev UK Ltd has recalled three batch codes of Stella Artois Cidre due to yeast fermentation which may cause glass bottles to burst.

Product: Stella Artois Cidre, 568ml single bottles and 12x568ml bottle case. 
Best before: April or May 2012
 Batch codes: 1182381, 1214381, 1217381

 Action taken by the company: InBev UK Ltd is in the process of recalling the affected product from consumers and customers. Point-of-sale notices will also be issued in retail stores explaining the reason for recall and the actions consumers can take if they have bought the affected products. A press notice has been placed in the national newspapers today. No other Stella Artois products are known to be affected.

Warning on botulism outbreak in France

The Food Standards Agency is warning people not to consume certain branded foods that have been linked to an outbreak of botulism in France. Botulism is a rare but serious illness that causes muscle weakness and breathing problems, and can be fatal.

 The pastes and spread affected are not distributed in the UK but may have been bought in France or off the Internet. They are produced by a company called La Ruche, based in Cavaillon, France, and are branded as: Les Délices de Marie Claire Terre de Mistral Les Secrets d'Anaïs The pastes or spreads are made with olives, basil, sun-dried tomatoes, bell-peppers, anchovies, tuna, chickpeas, artichokes and aubergines. They have been on sale in shops and markets particularly in the Provence, Cote D’Azur region since 31 May this year with a best before date of 16 December 2012 and lot number 112005. These products have been withdrawn from sale in France. If you have brought these products back from France or bought them online you should not eat them but should dispose of them immediately.

Eight adults, five from Vaucluse in southern France and three from the Somme district in the north of the country have become ill after eating these pastes and the products have all tested positive for botulism. If you have already eaten any of these products and feel unwell, it's important that you seek medical attention straight away, and tell your doctor that you've eaten food from La Ruche.

Source: Food Standards Agency

CERTAIN BULK AND PREPACKAGED RAW SHELLED WALNUTS MAY CONTAIN E. coli O157:H7 BACTERIA

The public warning issued on September 1, 2011 by the CFIA has been expanded to include raw shelled walnuts sold from bulk and additional prepackaged raw shelled walnuts and walnut containing products.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Johnvince Foods are warning the public not to consume certain bulk and prepackaged raw shelled walnut products described in the alert because these products may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. The walnuts sold at retail from bulk bins and various brands of the prepackaged raw shelled walnuts and products containing walnuts described below are affected by this alert. Follow the link for more details.

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Outbreak of salmonella in eggs now over

An outbreak of salmonella food poisoning in the UK that was linked to eggs from a farm in Spain has been declared over. The Health Protection Agency has confirmed that the salmonella strain, known as Salmonella Enteritidis Phage Type (PT) 14b, affected 262 people in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man since the beginning of April this year.

The majority of the cases were in North West England (111), the West Midlands (38), Yorkshire and Humberside (36) and the East Midlands (31). The source of infection was traced to eggs from a specific shed on one farm in Spain. In the UK, the eggs were mainly supplied to catering establishments.

Source: UK FSA

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Quaker Oats Issues Voluntary Recall Of Specific 8-Count Quaker Chewy Smashbar Graham Pretzel Snack Bars Due To Undeclared Milk Allergen

Quaker Oats Company, a division of PepsiCo, has issued a voluntary recall of 8-count Quaker Chewy Smashbar Graham Pretzel snack bars due to an undeclared milk allergen that is not noted on the label. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk products run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

The affected product is limited to Quaker Chewy Smashbar Graham Pretzel snack bars with the UPC bar code ending in 31108 and best before dates: Oct 29 11 RB, Oct 30 11 MM, Oct 30 11 RB, Nov 22 11 RB, Nov 23 11 RB, Nov 24 11 RB, Nov 27 11 RB, Dec 22 11 RB, Dec 22 11 MM, Dec 23 11 RB, Dec 23 11 MM, Dec 24 11 RB, Dec 24 11 MM stamped on the side of the package.

Consumers with a milk allergy who have this product in their possession should return it to the retailer where it was purchased for a full refund. No other Quaker Chewy Smashbars, Quaker Chewy granola bars or Quaker products including the 40-count Quaker Chewy Smashbar variety pack sold at club stores are involved in this recall. Quaker is in the process of recovering the product involved and is in contact with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ensure the continued safety of those consumers who may be impacted by this issue. This recall was initiated after it was discovered that the “may contain milk” disclaimer the product required was not included on the package. One allergic reaction has been reported to date in association with this product and the individual was treated immediately.

Source: FDA

Saturday, 3 September 2011

CERTAIN PREPACKAGED RAW SHELLED WALNUTS MAY CONTAIN E. coli O157:H7 BACTERIA

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Johnvince Foods are warning the public not to consume certain prepackaged raw shelled walnut products described below because these products may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. Follow the link to find out more.

Marks & Spencer withdraws 2 date codes of Marks & Spencer Roast Potatoes due to a packaging error resulting in incorrect allergen information

The FSA has issued an alert to confirm that Marks & Spencer has withdrawn two date codes of Marks & Spencer Roast Potatoes due to a packaging error resulting in incorrect allergen information. The product contains gluten from wheat and milk, which have been omitted from the label. Therefore, this is a potential health risk for individuals who are allergic or sensitive to wheat, gluten or milk.