Friday, 30 March 2012

Certain SOUTH FLORIDA PRODUCE brand JALAPENO PEPPERS may contain Salmonella bacteria

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Veg-Pak Produce Ltd. are warning consumers, distributors and retailers not to consume, distribute or sell the jalapeno peppers described below because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. The affected jalapeno peppers, produce of USA, were known to have been sold in bulk from the following stores in Ontario. The affected peppers were sold at retail between March 8, 2012 and March 28, 2012, inclusively. Consumers who have purchased bulk, unlabelled jalapeno peppers between these dates are advised to check with their place of purchase to determine if they have the affected product.

Monday, 26 March 2012

Rockabill Shellfish Ltd. Recalls a Batch of Frozen Swordfish Steaks Due to Elevated Levels of Mercury Contamination

Rockabill Shellfish Ltd. is recalling a batch of frozen swordfish steaks, due to elevated levels of mercury contamination. No other products are affected by this recall. The implicated batch was supplied to one retailer, Taste of the Sea, Glasnevin, Dublin 9. The affected batch was sold loose in the shop, between 03.11.2011 and 17.12.2011, from a large tub in a chest freezer. A point of sale notice advising customers of this recall is to be displayed in this shop.

Source: FSAI

Whole Foods Market issues allergy alert for undeclared walnuts in Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies

Whole Foods Market is recalling Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies because the product has undeclared walnuts. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to walnuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume the product. The recalled items were sold at Whole Foods Market stores in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas. The product is packaged in a small brown paper bag, with a clear window and a chocolate chip cookie label on front. The sell-by date and UPC: 2-21485-20399-5 are printed on the back label of the bag. All Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies with sell-by dates March 8, 2012 through March 28, 2012 are affected by the recall. No other best buy dates or products are affected. To date no illnesses have been reported.

Source: FDA

FSIS Issues Public Health Alert for Imported Canadian Ground Beef Patties

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing a public health alert for ground beef patties imported from Canada because they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 and may be associated with an illness in Canada. FSIS was notified by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency that ground beef patties associated with a Canadian health alert may have been exported to the United States. There has been one reported illness associated with ground beef product produced by the same establishment in Canada.

Source: FSIS

Ella’s Kitchen recalls cottage pie with cinnamon

Ella’s Kitchen is recalling pouches of its Stage 3 Seriously Comforting Cottage Pie with a Pinch of Cinnamon, with a 'best before' date of February 2013. There could be hardened cinnamon inside the product pouch, which could present a choking risk. The affected batch was supplied to Tesco stores only. The Agency has issued a Product Recall Information Notice.

The product being recalled is: Ella’s Kitchen Seriously Comforting Cottage Pie with a Pinch of Cinnamon Best before: February 2013 Ella’s Kitchen is recalling the affected product from consumers. The affected batch was only supplied to Tesco, and customer notices have been displayed in stores, explaining why the product has been recalled.

Source: FSA

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc recalls additional date code of its own-brand cooked turkey breast due to incorrect date coding

Further to the product recall on 20 March, another batch of the affected product has been labelled with an incorrect date code of 26 April 2012. This product should have been labelled with a use by date of 26 March 2012. Consumption of products past their intended ‘use by’ date could present a risk to health.

Source: FDA

Texas Firm Recalls Beef Sausage Products Due To Possible Listeria Contamination

Southside Market & BBQ, an Elgin, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 2,373 pounds of ready-to-eat beef sausage products that may have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced. Follow the link for product details.

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

California Firm Recalls Chicken Caesar Wraps Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens

LSG Sky Chefs, a San Jose, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 1,784 pounds of grilled chicken Caesar wraps because the Caesar dressing used in the wrap products contains egg, a known allergen not declared on the wrap product label.

Source: FSIS

FDA recalls this week

El Ranchero Del Sur, LLC Recalls El Ranchero Queso Fresco (Fresh Cheese), Los Corrales Queso Fresco en Hoja de Platano (Fresh Cheese in Banana Leaf), and El Ranchero Queso Oaxaca (String Cheese) Because of Possible Health Risk due to Listeria Monocytogenes

Troyer Cheese, Inc. Recalls Backroad Country Caramel Puffcorn Sold in 8oz and 16oz Plastic Bags Because of Undeclared Milk

Millstream Ltd. Recalls Batches of ‘Millstream Oak Smoked Salmon’ Due to Listeria monocytogenes

Millstream Ltd. is recalling the above batches of ‘Millstream Oak Smoked Salmon’ due to Listeria monocytogenes. No other products are affected by this recall. The implicated batches were distributed to a small number of restaurants and a retailer in the Dublin and Wicklow region. A point-of-sale notice informing customers of this recall should be displayed in the retail shop. Follow the link to fins out product batch details.

Source: FSAI

Morrisons recalls own-brand turkey breast

Morrisons is recalling packs of its own-brand turkey breast with a 'use by' date of 27 April 2012. These packs should have been labelled with a 'use by' date of 27 March 2012.

Product details The product being recalled is: Morrisons Cooked Turkey Breast, 160g Use by: 27 April 2012 Morrisons has recalled the affected product from consumers. Customer notices have been displayed in stores, explaining why the product has been recalled. If you have bought the affected product, you can return it to the store for a full refund. No other Morrisons products are known to be affected.

Source: FSA

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Lawson Foods LLC involved in recall

Lawson Foods LLC, an Irvington, N.J., establishment, is recalling approximately 84,587 pounds of pork product, as it includes pork product imported from Canada that was not properly presented for re-inspection upon entry into the United States, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced.

The following product is subject to recall: Various weight cases of "PORK SHOULDER BUTTS," with an identifying case code of "30312." The product subject to recall bears the establishment number "EST. 34227" inside the USDA mark of inspection. This product was produced on March 3, 2012, and was distributed to one wholesale firm in New Jersey. FSIS discovered the problem after the imported product did not arrive from Canada at the designated time of arrival. FSIS looked into the matter and found that the imported pork product, inspected and passed by the Canadian authorities, actually entered into the country earlier and was sold to the recalling company without being presented to the agency for re-inspection. FSIS and the company have received no reports of illness due to consumption of this product. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a health care provider. FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that recalled product is no longer available to consumers.

Monday, 19 March 2012

Certain ALJUICE brand FRUIT BEVERAGES may contain harmful glass fragments

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and AllJuice International Inc. are warning the public not to consume a range of Aljuice brand Fruit Beverages because these products may contain harmful glass fragments. Follow the link to find out more.

Certain ground beef products produced at Establishment 761 may contain E. coli O157:H7 bacteria

The public warning issued on March 15, 2012 has been expanded to include all ground beef products from Establishment 761 that were manufactured between July 1, 2011 and February 15, 2012 and described below, because the products may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume certain ground beef products, described below, from Establishment 761 because the products may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is also warning all retailers, distributors and restaurants not to sell, serve or use certain ground beef products, described below, from Establishment 761 because the products may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

All ground beef products are being voluntarily recalled that were manufactured between July 1, 2011 and February 15, 2012 that were manufactured at this facility. The affected products can be identified by the Establishment number that appears on the packages, cartons or cases. The products made at this facility bear Establishment number (EST) 761. The affected products involved in this recall may be identified by one of the following codes: bearing a Best Before date from BB 2012 JA 01 up to and including to BB 2013 FE 15; bearing a production code with a format of 11 JL 01 up to and including 12 FE 15; bearing a 5 digit lot code where the last four digits are 1831 or greater. We will be updating product description information as it becomes available. These products have been distributed nationally to retail stores, restaurants and institutional establishments. There has been one reported illness associated with the consumption of these products.

Source: CFIA

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Tucom Inc. Fined $6,000 for an Offence under the Food and Drug Act

On January 27, 2012, at the St. Jérôme courthouse, Tucom Inc., located in Mirabel, pleaded guilty to a charge of violating the Food and Drug Act. The Court of Québec ordered the company to pay a fine of $6,000 and the judge ordered the forfeiture of the non-compliant oil for disposal.

An inspection by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has demonstrated that the company had labelled a food as extra virgin olive oil when it contained another vegetable oil in violation of the provisions of paragraph 6(3) of the Food and Drug Act. The CFIA is responsible for enforcing various federal legislation, including the Food and Drug Act and the associated Regulations. The CFIA is also mandated to verify food safety and protect the health of animals and plants, contributing to the health and well-being of Canadians, to protect environment and health of the economy while maintaining access to foreign markets.

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Philip Cassidy Apples Inc. Fined $15,000

On January 23, 2012, at the St. Jérôme courthouse, Philip Cassidy Apples Inc., located in St. Antoine Abbé, pleaded guilty to five charges of violating the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations. The Court of Québec ordered the company to pay fines totalling $15,000.

The offences consisted of trading apples interprovincially five times between April 27, 2009, and May 12, 2009, in violation of paragraph 29(1)(a) of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations. The company shipped McIntosh apples in bulk grown in Nova Scotia to Quebec without having the required authorization. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is responsible for enforcing various federal legislation, including the Canada Agricultural Products Act and its Regulations that govern the marketing of agricultural products (import, export and interprovincial trade).

Source: CFIA

Undeclared milk in KOH-KAE brand PEANUTS SHRIMP FLAVOUR COATED snack product

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning people with allergies to milk not to consume the Koh-Kae brand Peanuts Shrimp Flavour Coated snack product described below.

The affected product contains milk which is not declared on the label. The affected product, Koh-Kae brand Peanuts Shrimp Flavour Coated snack product, is sold in 230 g packages bearing UPC 8 852023 665481. All codes are affected by this alert. This product has been distributed in Ontario and Quebec, and 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 milk.

Source: CFIA

Surya Foods withdraws additional products

Surya Foods has withdrawn all batch codes of some additional J.F. Mills products due to incorrect allergen labelling, following an earlier limited withdrawal. The products contain wheat flour, which isn’t listed on the label.

Product details All batch codes of the following products are being withdrawn:
J.F. Mills Rich ’n Moist luxury white cake mix, 500g
J.F. Mills Rich ’n Moist luxury yellow cake mix, 500g
J.F. Mills Rich ’n Moist luxury chocolate cake mix, 500g
J.F. Mills Jamaican Style Dough Festival mix, 500g
J.F. Mills Pancake and Waffle mix, 500g

Surya Foods is withdrawing all batches of the above products from sale. The company will contact the relevant allergy support organisations, which will tell their members about the withdrawal. If you have an allergy or intolerance to wheat or gluten, don’t eat this product. No other J.F. Mills products or batches are known to be affected at this time.

Source: FSA

Friday, 16 March 2012

Rolled oats product recalled over undeclared allergen

New South Wales organic foods importer, Pacific Organics, has recalled a batch of imported rolled oats sold in health food stores and bakeries in the State of New South Wales. The batch is being recalled because it contains proteins similar to gluten and may not claim to be gluten free.

The proteins can cause a reaction for people with coeliac disease which is similar to that caused by gluten. The recalled product is ‘GF Harvest Old Fashioned Rolled Oats’ (Gluten Free), sold in 1.16kg yellow and brown resealable plastic packaging, with a ‘best before’ date AUG 2012. Consumers with coeliac disease have been advised not to consume the product. Consumers can return the product to the place of purchase for a refund.

Source: Ausfoodnews

Undeclared milk and soy in certain FRITO LAY CHEETOS products

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and PK Trading Inc. are warning people with allergies to milk or soy not to two Frito Lay Cheetos products because they contain milk and soy which are not declared on the label. All codes of the Frito Lay brand Cheetos products, product of Korea, are affected by this alert. Follow the link for product details.

Undeclared sulphites in NATURAL WORLD brand DRIED FUNGUS

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Canadian T & J International Development Inc. are warning people with sensitivity to sulphites not to consume two Natural World brand Dried Fungus products because they contain sulphites which are not declared on the labels.

Certain BEST VALUE brand BEEF BURGER PRODUCTS may contain E. coli O157:H7 bacteria

The public warning issued on March 13, 2012 has been expanded to include additional products and distribution information. follow the link to find out more

Undeclared Milk in Certain RED SQUARE brand POWERflax ENERGY COOKIES

The public warning issued on March 6, 2012 has been expanded to include additional product. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning people with allergies to milk not to consume certain Red Square brand Powerflax Energy Cookies described below. The affected product may contain milk which is not declared on the label.

The affected product, Red Square brand Powerflax Energy Cookie - High Fiber, is sold in a 650 g (8 bar) package bearing UPC 7 75461 76107 3 and lot code 35520.11. This product has been distributed through London Drugs stores in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. There has been no reported allergic 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 milk.

Source: CFIA

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Zonoses report

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) have published their annual report on zoonoses and food-borne outbreaks in the European Union for 2010. The report shows that Salmonella cases in humans fell by almost 9% in 2010, marking a decrease for the sixth consecutive year. Salmonella prevalence in poultry is also clearly declining at the EU level.
Campylobacteriosis remains the most reported zoonotic infection in humans since 2005 and the number of cases has been increasing over the last five years. This report supports the European Commission and EU Member States in their consideration of possible measures to protect consumers from risks related to zoonoses.
Source: EFSA

Certain NO NAME BEEF BURGERS and BEEF STEAKETTES may contain E. coli O157:H7 bacteria

The public warning issued on February 25, 2012 has been expanded to include additional products and distribution information.

Source: CFIA

Saturday, 10 March 2012

Publix Issues Allergy Alert On Publix Beef Stew Mix

McCormick & Company, Inc. has notified Publix Super Markets of a voluntary recall for a single lot code of Publix Beef Stew Mix because it may be mispacked with brown gravy and may contain undeclared milk. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of allergic reaction if they consume this product. The 1.45 ounce container has a UPC number of "41415-03608" and a date code on the package of "BEST BY DEC 09 13 H." The mislabeled beef stew mix was distributed in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and South Carolina.

Source: FDA

Friday, 9 March 2012

DION brand CURRY POWDER may contain Salmonella bacteria

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and G. Dion Foods are warning the public not to consume the Dion brand curry powder described below because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella. The affected product, Dion brand Organic Curry powder is sold in 36 g packages bearing lot code 02B01G and UPC 6 20383 02007 7.

This product has been distributed in Quebec and Ontario. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

Undeclared PINE NUTS in SPINACH MUSHROOM QUICHE sold from Whole Foods Market, Cambie & 8th, Vancouver, British Columbia

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Whole Foods Market Inc. are warning people with allergies to pine nuts not to consume the Spinach Mushroom Quiche described below. The affected product contains pine nuts which are not declared on the label. The affected product, improperly labelled as Spinach Mushroom Quiche, was sold in a package of approximately 280 g, bearing UPC 0275184 316999. The package actually contains Spinach Pine Nut Quiche.

This product was sold from March 1 to 5, 2012 inclusive, from Whole Foods Market, Cambie Store, 510 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia. There have been no reported allergic reactions associated with the consumption of this product.

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Undeclared fish and soy in GOLD PHOENIX ASIAN FOOD brand SPRING ROLLS & SAUCE PRODUCTS

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Gold Phoenix Asian Food are warning people with allergies to fish or soy not to consume certain Spring Rolls and Sauce products. The affected products contain fish and soy which are not declared on the label. follow the link to find out more.

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Undeclared Milk in Certain RED SQUARE brand REAL DEAL ENERGY COOKIES

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning people with allergies to milk not to consume certain Red Square brand Real Deal Energy Cookies described below.

The affected product contains milk which is not declared on the label. The affected product, Red Square brand Real Deal Energy Cookie - Oatmeal, Flax & Raisin, is sold in a 650 g (8 bar) package bearing UPC 7 75461 76104 2 and one of the following lot codes: 35520.11 or 36120.11. This product has been distributed in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. There has been one reported allergic reaction associated with the consumption of this product.

Source: CFIA

Lituanica recalls vanilla marshmallows

Lituanica is recalling all batches of Arsenal brand vanilla marshmallows. The product contains peanuts, which isn’t mentioned on the label. If you’re allergic to peanuts, don’t eat this product.

The product being recalled is: Arsenal Marshmallow Vanilla, 600g Best before: All date codes to 26 August 2012 Lituanica has recalled the affected product, and contacted the relevant allergy support organisations, which will inform their members. Customer notices will be displayed in stores, explaining why the product is being recalled. If you’ve bought the product you can return it to the store for a full refund. No other Arsenal or Lituanica products are known to be affected.

Source: FSA

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Sun-dried tomatoes blamed for hepatitis outbreak

Seven people have developed symptoms of hepatitis A, which is infectious and can lead to fatal liver complications. However, because they are unable to carry out tests on food, it is not known which brand of sun-dried tomatoes is responsible, meaning samples may still be on shelves or in consumers’ cupboards.

The victims include two men and five women from the east of England, London and the south west. The health alert was triggered when two of the cases were reported late last year to the Health Protection Agency. The hepatitis A strain affecting them was identical to a strain from a previous outbreak associated with sun-dried tomatoes in the Netherlands.

Source: The Telegraph - click on the link to read the full article.

Morrisons recalls own carvery cooked ham

Morrisons is recalling its own-brand Carvery Cooked Ham because of incorrect allergy labelling. The product may contain mustard, which is not mentioned on the product label. This means the ham should not be eaten by anyone with an allergy or intolerance to mustard.

The product being recalled is: Morrisons Carvery Cooked Ham, 250g Use by 13 March 2012 The company is recalling the affected product from sale. Customer notices have been displayed in stores to alert consumers to the reasons for the recall and that they can return the product to their nearest store for a full refund. In addition, the company has contacted the relevant allergy support organisations who will inform their members who are allergic to of intolerant of mustard about the recall. No other Morrisons products are known to be affected.

Source: FSA

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Indiana Firm Recalls Ready-To-Eat Pizza Stick Products Produced Without Benefit of Inspection

Pasou Foods, a Syracuse, Ind. establishment, is recalling approximately 147 pounds of frozen, fully cooked, ready-to-eat pizza stick products because a meat ingredient used in the product may have been produced without the benefit of federal inspection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced.

The following products are subject to recall: Boxes containing 100 "Pizza Stix." Case labels bear the establishment number "EST. 1903" in the USDA mark of inspection and may have been produced this year on Feb. 2 and Feb. 29. The products were sold to a food distributor for further distribution to a caterer and other institutions in Indiana. The problem was discovered during an ongoing food safety assessment of the company. As part of that assessment, FSIS personnel determined that a raw ground pork ingredient used by the company in its ready-to-eat pizza sticks was purchased from an unapproved source whose raw pork products may not have been federally inspected.

Source: FSIS

Friday, 2 March 2012

Nisa withdraws one batch of Heritage Blueberry Muffins due to undeclared soya ingredient

Due to a packaging error, chocolate muffins have mistakenly been packaged in the blueberry muffins film, resulting in incorrect allergen labelling. The chocolate muffins contain soya, which is not mentioned on the packaging, resulting in incorrect allergen labelling. This means that this batch and date code should not be consumed by anyone with an allergy or intolerance to soya.

Source: FDA

Surya Foods Ltd withdraws two batch codes of J.F. Mills Rich 'n Moist Luxury Cake Mix due to incorrect allergen labelling

Surya Foods Ltd withdraws two batch codes of J.F. Mills Rich 'n Moist Luxury Cake Mix due to incorrect allergen labelling. Wheat flour is an ingredient in the above named products that has not been declared correctly on the labelling. Therefore, this is a potential health risk for individuals who are allergic or intolerant to wheat or gluten.

Source: FDA

President Global Corporation Announces Bin-Bin Snow Rice Crackers and Bin-Bin Rice Crackers Recall For Undeclared Egg

President Global Corp., Buena Park, CA is recalling all codes of Bin-Bin Snow Rice Cracker net weight 5.3oz (150g) and Bin-Bin Rice Crackers net weight 15.8oz (450g) because of undeclared egg allergens. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to eggs, run the risk of suffering serious or life-threatening reactions if they consume this product.

Source: FDA

GLATT'S brand BEEF FRANKFURTERS JUMBO BBQ may contain Listeria monocytogenes

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Glatt's Kosher Meat Products are warning the public not to consume the Glatt's brand Beef Frankfurters Jumbo BBQ described below because the product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The affected product, Glatt's brand Beef Frankfurters Jumbo BBQ, is sold in 375 g packages bearing UPC 0 55627 00203 6 and a Best Before date of 12AL21. This product has been distributed in Ontario and Quebec. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

Thursday, 1 March 2012

California Firm Recalls Meat and Poultry Products Produced Without Benefit of Inspection

AA Meat Products Corporation, a Maywood, Calif. establishment, is recalling an undetermined amount of meat and poultry products because they may have been produced without the benefit of federal inspection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced.

Price Chopper Supermarkets Recalls Streusel Topped Fruit Pies

Price Chopper Supermarkets is issuing a voluntary recall on its Price Chopper Bakery five and eight inch Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, and Peach Streusel Pies due to the streusel topping containing eggs, an allergen that was not listed on the ingredient label. Other than this labeling issue, the product is safe for consumption for those not allergic to eggs.

Source: FDA