Thursday, 30 August 2012

CUCINA FRESCA GOURMET FOODS ISSUES ALLERGY ALERT DUE TO UNDECLARED MILK IN SHELF- STABLE 24-OUNCE SMOKED TOMATO SAUCE

Cucina Fresca Gourmet Foods, a leading producer of natural gourmet foods for retail and foodservice, recently conducted an audit of its packaged goods products and found an error on the labels of 58 cases of shelf-stable 24-ounce Cucina Fresca Smoked Tomato Sauce in glass jars, resulting in a need to recall the mislabeled packages from select Pacific Northwest Whole Foods and Quality Food Center locations in Oregon and Washington states (lot# 11002A and 11002B).

The Cucina Fresca Smoked Tomato labeled jars actually contain Cucina Fresca Tomato Vodka Sauce, which contains milk as an ingredient. Milk is not listed on the Cucina Fresca Smoked Tomato label. This may pose a serious, life-threatening risk to buyers unaware of its inclusion, who may have an allergy or sensitivity to milk. The error has not been linked to any illnesses at this time, and no other Cucina Fresca packaged good products or refrigerated sauces are affected. In accordance with FDA regulations to identify known allergens, Cucina Fresca has reported the error to the FDA to issue a recall and will offer all consumers who purchased the mislabeled sauce replacement product. The product was distributed to retail locations the end of June 2012.

Source: FDA

750ml Still Plastic Ballygowan and 1 Litre Still Ballygowan Sports

As a precautionary measure, Britvic Ireland is withdrawing one batch of 750ml Still Plastic Ballygowan and one batch of 1 Litre Still Ballygowan Sports waters, as consumers may experience an off odour from a small percentage of bottles of waters from these two batches. Only these two batches are affected and no other Ballygowan products are affected by this withdrawal. Consumers who notice this off odour should contact the Britvic Ireland Customer Contact Centre at 1890 704 804 to arrange for re-imbursement. No action is required by official agencies.

Source: FSAI

Additional codes of DANIELLA brand MANGOES distributed nationally may contain Salmonella Braenderup bacteria

The public warning issued on August 28, 2012, has been further expanded to include additional product codes and dates of sale. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume the Daniella brand mangoes described below because they may be contaminated with Salmonella Braenderup bacteria. The affected Daniella brand mangoes, product of Mexico, were sold as individual fruit or as a part of a multi-pack with a sticker bearing brand Daniella and one of the following PLU numbers: 3114, 4051, 4311, 4584 or 4959. These mangoes were sold at various retail stores between July 12 and up to and including August 29, 2012. These mangoes may have been distributed nationally.

Store-made TROPICAL FRUIT SALAD sold at Southbrook Sobeys store, Edmonton, Alberta may contain Salmonella Braenderup bacteria

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Sobeys Inc. are warning the public not to consume the store-made Tropical Fruit Salad described below because it may be contaminated with Salmonella Braenderup bacteria. The affected product, store-made Tropical Fruit Salad, 16oz. size, may contain Daniella brand mango as an ingredient. This product was sold only at Southbrook Sobeys, 1109 James Mowatt Trail SW, Edmonton, Alberta up to and including August 29, 2012. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

Spokane Produce Inc., Voluntarily Recalls Pineapple/Mango Pico de Gallo Product Because of Possible Health Risk

Spokane Produce, Inc., is voluntarily recalling a small lot run of Pineapple/Mango Pico de Gallo because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella braenderup. Salmonella is 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 (which may be bloody), 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 (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis. The recall only includes 128/16ounce plastic containers of the refrigerated Pineapple/Mango Pico de Gallo with the UPC code "8869483987" under the brand labels Garden Patch or Yoke's.

The product was distributed to 11 inland northwest supermarkets in Washington, Idaho and Montana. The Pineapple/Mango Pico de Gallo includes mangoes of the Daniella brand that is being recalled by the supplier due to the potential contamination with Salmonella. Out of an abundance of caution, as a service to the general consuming public at large, all product is being recalled in consultation with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). No illnesses have been reported.

Source: FDA

Asda recalls one date code of Asda Frozen Chicken Tandoori Thigh due to undeclared wheat

Asda has recalled one date code of Asda Frozen Chicken Tandoori Thigh due to undeclared wheat. A small number of Frozen BBQ Chicken Drumsticks have been packed into Frozen Chicken Tandoori Thigh packaging. The drumsticks contain wheat, which is not labelled in the ingredients. This a potential health risk for individuals who are allergic or intolerant to wheat or gluten. Follow the link to find out more.

Source: FSA

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

resh Express Recalls Limited Quantity of Expired 10 oz. Hearts of Romaine Salad Due to Possible Health Risk

Fresh Express Incorporated is voluntarily recalling a limited quantity of expired 10 oz. Hearts of Romaine salad with the expired Use-by Date of August 23, 2012 and a Product Code beginning with "G222" as a precaution due to a possible health risk from Listeria monocytogenes. No illnesses are reported in association with the recall. No other Fresh Express products are being recalled. Fresh Express customer service representatives are already contacting retailers to confirm the product was removed from their inventories and store shelves in accordance with standard procedures for products that have reached their expiration date.

Customers with questions may contact their Fresh Express customer service representative. In an unlikely event that consumers may still have this expired product in their refrigerators, it should not be consumed, but discarded instead. Consumers with questions may call the Fresh Express Consumer Response Center at (800) 242-5472 during the hours of 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The precautionary recall notification for the now-expired salad is being issued due to an isolated incident in which a sample of a singled package of 10 oz. Hearts of Romaine salad yielded a positive result for Listeria monocytogenes as part of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s random sample testing program. Fresh Express is continuing to coordinate closely with regulatory officials. The limited quantity of recalled product is identified with a Product Code beginning with "G222" and a Use-by Date of August 23, which is located in the upper right-hand corner of the package. In addition, the UPC Code of 71279 26102 is located on the back of the package below the barcode. The 10 oz. Hearts of Romaine was distributed in limited quantities to predominantly eastern and southeastern states.

Source: FDA

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Consumer Alert - Undeclared Sulfites In Del Campo Dried Potato

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets today alerted consumers that Optima Distributors LTD, located at 66-15 Traffic Ave. in Ridgewood, NY, is recalling Del Campo brand Dried Potato due to the presence of undeclared sulfites. The recalled Del Campo brand Dried Potato is packaged in a 14 oz. plastic bag. There is a date code of “S 2012” and a UPC code of 8-91728-00021-8, both located on the back of the package. The product was distributed in the New York City metro area and is a product of Peru. Routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors and subsequent analysis of the product by Food Laboratory personnel revealed the product contained high levels of sulfites, which were not declared on the label. No illnesses have been reported to date to this Department in connection with this product. People who have severe sensitivity to sulfites may run the risk of serious reactions if they consume this product.

Source: FDA

Spence & Co issues A Voluntary Recall of Smoked Salmon 8oz Trim & Wellsley Farms 16oz Nova lot no. 6704701 Because of Possible Health Risk

Spence & Co Ltd, Brockton MA, a smoked salmon company is recalling Wellsley Farms brand 16oz Nova Lot: 6704701 and Spence & Co brand 8oz Smoked Trim Lot: 6704701 due to an abundance of caution because of possible contamination by Listeria monocytogenes.

The recalled product is identified and distributed as follows: BJ’S Wholesale Club, Wellsley Farms brand 16oz Nova in Florida, N. Carolina, Georgia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, New York & Ohio on 6.13.12. Spence & Co Ltd brand 8oz Smoked Salmon Trim distributed to Krogers and King Soopers in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Colorado, Wyoming & Utah between 6.22.12 and 6.29.12. The recall affects 576 packs of Wellsley Farms 16oz Nova batch 6704701 and 119 packs of Spence & Co Ltd 8oz Smoked Salmon Trim. No illnesses have been reported. The bacterium was discovered during routine sampling.

Source: FDA

Chamberlain Farm Produce, Inc. Recalls Cantaloupes Because Of Possible Health Risk

Chamberlain Farm Produce, Inc., of Owensville, Indiana, is voluntarily recalling all of its cantaloupes from the 2012 growing season that may remain in the marketplace. This recall is occurring because of concern some cantaloupes may be contaminated with Salmonella.

This voluntary recall follows a prior voluntary market withdrawal of all Chamberlain Farm Produce, Inc. cantaloupes that occurred August 16 and 17, 2012. During the period June 21, 2012 to August 16, 2012, Chamberlain Farm Produce, Inc., marketed cantaloupes to four retail grocery stores with grocery store retail outlets in Vanderburgh, Warrick, Gibson, and Dubois County, Indiana, and Wabash County, Illinois; and also to four wholesale purchasers located in Owensboro, Kentucky, St. Louis, Missouri, Peru, Illinois, and Durant, Iowa, respectively. As a part of the voluntary market withdrawal, Chamberlain Farm Produce, Inc. notified all of the purchasers of its cantaloupes to take immediate action to remove all Chamberlain Farm Produce, Inc. cantaloupes from the marketplace, and all of the purchasers confirmed compliance with that request. The CDC reports that for the period July 7, 2012, through August 22, 2012, there have been reports of some 178 persons nationwide who may have become sick in connection with consumption of cantaloupes. The FDA investigation is ongoing and incomplete at this time. After discussion with the FDA, Chamberlain Farm Produce, Inc., decided to conduct the recall as a precautionary measure.

Source: FDA

Certain DANIELLA brand MANGOES sold in Western Provinces and Territories may contain Salmonella Braenderup bacteria

The public warning issued earlier, on August 24, 2012, has been updated to include additional product brand information. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and North American Produce Sales are warning the public not to consume the Daniella brand Mangoes described below because they may be contaminated with Salmonella Braenderup bacteria. The affected Daniella brand Mangoes, product of Mexico, were sold as individual fruit with a sticker bearing PLU# 4959 and other information. These mangoes were sold at various retail stores between July 12 and August 14, 2012. Consumers are advised to contact the retailer to find out if you have the affected mangoes. If you have illness symptoms or any health concerns possibly associated with these mangoes, please contact your family doctor. These mangoes may have been distributed in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon. There have been several confirmed illnesses associated with the consumption of these mangoes.

Certain KRAKOWSKA SAUSAGE sold from ODRA DELI AND WHOLESALE MEAT LTD., MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO may contain Listeria monocytogenes

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Odra Deli and Wholesale Meat Ltd. are warning the public not to consume Krakowska Sausage described below because the product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The affected product, Krakowska Sausage, was sliced and sold to customers in variable weight packages from the deli counter at the Odra Deli and Wholesale Meat Ltd. in Mississauga, ON during August 9 to 20, 2012, inclusive. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

FDA: U.S. Marshals seize food products at Fremont, Calif., warehouse

U.S. Marshals have seized food products stored in a Fremont, Calif., company’s warehouse after inspectors from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found widespread and active rodent infestation. The FDA initiated the seizure of various food products in the warehouse owned by the San Francisco Herb &Natural Food Company on Aug. 21, 2012, under a warrant issued by the U.S. District Court for the Northern of California. FDA inspectors found significant insanitary conditions throughout the warehouse during a recent inspection, in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. These conditions included the presence of live and dead rodents in and around food products, and apparent rodent nesting materials in food. The seized held goods had been under an embargo by the State of California’s Department of Public Health. Those articles of food that were stored in metal and glass containers were exempt from the embargo and the seizure. "The violations at San Francisco Herb & Natural Food Company, in Fremont, Calif. are widespread and significant," said Dara A. Corrigan, associate commissioner for regulatory affairs. "This prompted the FDA working together with its state partner, the State of California’s Department of Public Health to take these aggressive enforcement actions to protect the health of consumers.” To date, no illnesses have been associated with the San Francisco Herb & Natural Food Company’s products.

Source: FDA

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Dole Fresh Vegetables Announces Recall Of Limited Number Of Salads

Dole Fresh Vegetables is voluntarily recalling 1,039 cases of bagged salad. The product being recalled is 10 oz. Dole Italian Blend coded 0049N2202008, with a Use-By date of August 20 and UPC 7143000819 due to a possible health risk from Listeria monocytogenes. Dole Fresh Vegetables is coordinating closely with regulatory officials. No illnesses have been reported in association with the recall. The product code and Use-By date are in the upper right-hand corner of the package; the UPC code is on the back of the package, below the barcode. The salads were distributed in eight U.S. states (Florida, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Mississippi and Virginia). No illnesses have been reported in association with the recall. This recall notification is being issued due to an isolated instance in which a sample of Dole Italian Blend salad yielded a positive result for Listeria monocytogenes in a random sample test conducted by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture. No other salads are included in the recall.

Source: FDA

American Licorice Company Announces Recall of 16 oz. Red Vines® Black Licorice Twists

American Licorice Company of Union City, CA is recalling 16 oz. Red Vines® Black Licorice Twists due to elevated levels of lead. Only the one pound bag (16 oz.) of Red Vines® Black Licorice Twists containing "Best Before Date" of 020413 are affected by this recall. American Licorice is notifying consumers and customers not to consume this candy. American Licorice learned from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), that some Red Vines® Black Licorice Twists contain levels of lead that could potentially cause health problems to consumers, particularly infants, small children, and pregnant women.

American Licorice immediately segregated its entire inventory of 16 oz. Red Vines® Black Licorice Twists. Red Vines® Black Licorice Twists is a black licorice candy made from molasses, wheat flour, corn syrup, caramel coloring, licorice extract, salt, and anise flavor. The 16 oz. bag is red and white in color with a window in the package to display the black licorice twists. Recent analysis of Red Vines® Black Licorice Twists by CDPH found that the candy contained lead levels as high as .33 parts per million (ppm). This concentration of lead could provide up to 13.2 micrograms of lead per serving and children under 6 years of age should not consume more than 6.0 micrograms of lead per day from all dietary sources. Therefore, the CDPH's position is that the sale of this lot of the 16 oz. Red Vines® Black Licorice Twists is in violation of California statutes. American Licorice wants to ensure its products are safe. Consequently, in addition to its ongoing cooperation with the CDPH, American Licorice is voluntarily recalling all 16 oz. Red Vines® Black Licorice Twists from all of its customers with affected product. Consumers in possession of Red Vines® Black Licorice Twists with the "Best Before Date" of 020413 should not eat the candy and should return it to their place of purchase for a full refund. The "Best Before Date" is located in black ink on the rear of the package. Pregnant women and parents of children who may have consumed any candy should consult with their physician or health care provider to determine whether further medical testing is required. For more information about lead poisoning, parents and caretakers should contact their local childhood lead poisoning prevention program or local public health department.

Source: FDA

Bay Valley Foods Issues A Voluntary Recall of Naturally Fresh® Roasted & Glazed Pecan Pieces Salad Toppings

Bay Valley Foods is voluntarily recalling packages of Naturally Fresh® Roasted & Glazed Pecan Pieces Salad Toppings because some of the packages may contain almonds that are not listed in the ingredient statement. Consumers who have allergies to almonds run the risk of a serious or life threatening allergic reaction if they consume the mislabeled product. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this alert, and there is no risk to consumers who are not allergic to almonds.

Source: FDA

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

JFC International Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Eggs, Soybeans and Wheat in JFC Furikake-Seto Fumi 1.7oz

JFC INTERNATIONAL INC. of Los Angeles, California is recalling JFC FURIKAKE-SETO FUMI 1.7 OZ, because it contains undeclared egg yolk, soybeans and wheat. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to eggs, soybeans and wheat, run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

JFC FURIKAKE-SETO FUMI 1.7 OZ is distributed nationwide through retail stores and/or on-line web stores. The involved product bears an UPC/Bar code 0 11152 41464, it is packaged in a clear glass jar with a plastic lid. Lot code/Best before date of 04.05.2014 is stamped on top of the lid. The net weight declaration is 1.7 oz (50g). No illnesses or adverse events relating to this product have been reported to date.

Source: FDA

Cook Trading Ltd recalls Cook Brand Roasted Vegetable and Chickpea Tagine due to undeclared nuts

A specific batch of Cook Roasted Vegetable and Chickpea Tagine has been found to contain nuts which are not declared on the labelling and therefore it poses a public health risk to those with an allergy or intolerance to nuts.

Product: Cook Roasted Vegetable and Chickpea Tagine Batch
Code: Batch 12117 Best before date: 22/04/13

Source: FSA

Undeclared milk in various CRISPY JUST BAKED brand COOKIES

The public warning issued on August 3, 2012 has been expanded to include additional sizes of previously recalled products. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and TWI Foods Inc. are warning people with allergies to milk not to consume the Crispy Just Baked brand cookies. Follow the link to read more

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Certain TANIMURA & ANTLE brand ROMAINE LETTUCE may contain E. coli O157:H7 bacteria

The public warning issued on August 17, 2012 has been expanded to include additional distribution information. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume the Tanimura & Antle brand Romaine Lettuce described below because this product may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 bacteria. The affected product, Tanimura & Antle brand Romaine Lettuce, produce of USA, is sold in a plastic package containing 1 head of lettuce. The package bears the UPC 0 27918 20314 9. The affected product was sold at retail from August 8, 2012 through August 17, 2012. This product has been distributed in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, Nunavut, Yukon, and Northwest Territories. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

Certain CHAMP'S MUSHROOMS brand SLICED CRIMINI MUSHROOMS may contain Listeria monocytogenes

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Champ's Mushrooms are warning the public not to consume the Sliced Crimini Mushrooms described below because the product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The affected product, Champ's Mushrooms brand Sliced Crimini Mushrooms, Product of Canada, is sold in 227 g (8 oz.) packages. The package bears the UPC 6 78286 88877 5 and the "packed on" date written as, "PO 10AUG2012". This product has been distributed in British Columbia. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

Tesco Stores Ltd recalls one date code of its own brand Prawn Masala and Pilau Rice due to incorrect date coding

One batch of the affected product has been labelled with an incorrect date code of 22 September. This product should have been labelled with a use by date of 22 August. Consumption of products past their intended ‘use by’ date could present a risk to health.

Product details Tesco Prawn Masala and Pilau, 500g
Use by date 22 September 2012

Source: FSA

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Pure Hothouse Foods Inc, Announces a Voluntary Recall of Fresh Cut Grilling Trays Because of Possible Health Risk

Pure Hothouse Foods Inc. is voluntarily recalling a total of 1402 cases and 8,412 individually distributed units of fresh cut grilling trays, as listed below, with the Sell by dates of August 11th, 2012 through August 26, 2012 because they contain whole or sliced mushrooms which may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause serious or life-threatening food borne illness in a person who eats a food item contaminated with it. Symptoms of infection may include fever, muscle aches, gastro intestinal symptoms such as nausea or diarrhea. The illness primarily impacts pregnant women and adults with weakened immune systems. Most healthy adults and children rarely become seriously ill. The voluntary recalled products were produced and distributed from Pure Hothouse Foods Inc. in Leamington, Ontario, Canada to retailers in the following states: Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky. This voluntary recall notification is being issued due to finding Listeria monocytogenes in finished product that contained mushrooms. Pure Hothouse Foods Inc. is coordinating closely with regulatory officials. No illnesses have been reported in association with this voluntary recall.

Certain Sliced White Mushrooms May Contain Listeria Monocytogenes

Ciolino Produce was notified that the Highline 8 oz. packaged Sliced White Mushrooms may be contaminated with Listeria Monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria infection can also cause miscarriages and still births among pregnant women. Follow the link for full details.

Source: FDA

BI-LO Issues Recall on Southern Home Brand of Cranberry Nut Antioxidant Blend Trail Mix

BI-LO has announced an immediate voluntary recall on Southern Home® Cranberry Nut Antioxidant Blend Trail Mix sold in the 16 oz. bag with a universal bar code (UPC) of 0788003039 and a best-by date of March 12, 2013. The product is being recalled in the states of Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee due to a potential, undeclared presence of soy lecithin, which is a processed soy product.

The processing reduces the content of allergenic proteins; however, persons with a severe soy allergy may still have serious reactions to the reduced protein found in the soy lecithin. The recall is being initiated out of an abundance of caution for customer safety, though the company has received no reports of illness associated with product consumption. The issue was reported to BI-LO by a customer. "We encourage consumers in possession of the recalled item to immediately discard the product or bring it back to their local BI-LO,” said Allen Reavis, BI-LO’s vice president of grocery. “As part of the company’s Satisfaction Guarantee, customers who have purchased the product may visit their neighborhood store to request a full refund.” To receive the refund, individuals must present proof of purchase through a receipt or the product packaging label.

Source: FDA

California Firm Recalls Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad Kits For Possible Salmonella Contamination

Real Mex Foods, a Vernon, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 77,688 pounds of Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad Kits. The salad kits include dressing made with cilantro that is the subject of a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recall by Fresco Green Farms Inc., due to possible Salmonella contamination, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced.

Thursday, 16 August 2012

FSA Recalls this week

Hummingbird Wholesale Issues Allergy Alert On Undeclared Peanuts In Organic Pinenuts

Almond Allergy Alert and Voluntary Recall of a Limited Number of Mislabeled Blueberry Crisp CLIF® Bars

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

Dale T. Smith and Sons Meat Packing, a Draper, Utah establishment, is recalling approximately 38,200 pounds of beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced.

Sainsbury's recalls one date code of their own brand Breaded British Pork Schnitzels due to undeclared milk

Some packs of the above product contain milk due to a packaging error. Due to this error, milk has not been declared in the labelling information or on the allergen label. This means the product should not be consumed by anyone with an allergy or intolerance to lactose or milk. Follow the link for product details

Source: FSA

Certain dried BASIL may contain Salmonella bacteria

The CFIA list of recalled products continues to grow and grow. Follow the link to find out more.

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Asda withdraws one batch code of 4 chargrilled quarter pounders due to undeclared soya

The above product contains soya which is not declared on the label, resulting in incorrect allergen information. This a potential health risk for individuals who are allergic or sensitive to soya.

Product: Asda 4 Chargrilled Quarter Pounders

Batch number and best before date: Batch 1256, 05/06/2013

Source: FSA

Certain SLICED WHITE MUSHROOMS may contain Listeria monocytogenes

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Highline Mushrooms are warning the public not to consume the Sliced White Mushrooms described below because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The following Sliced White Mushrooms, sold in 227 g (8 oz) containers bearing lot code L410805 followed by a 4-digit time code (e.g., L4108051420) and a Best Before date of 12AU15, are affected by this alert. These products have been distributed in Ontario and may have been distributed in other provinces as well. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

Monday, 13 August 2012

Dioxin found in German farm eggs - again

Dioxin seems to be an ongoing issue in the German food supply chain. Agwattnet.com reports that

"The chemical dioxin has been found in above-acceptable levels in the eggs of another German farm near Aurich in the state of Lower Saxony, according to the Lower Saxony state agriculture ministry. The discovery is the latest in a string of eight other farms since April, where dioxin has been found in Lower Saxony and the neighboring state of North Rhine Westphalia. The cause of some of the outbreaks is thought to be free-range chickens living on earth contaminated by construction materials. The currently contaminated farm holds 1,000 free-range hens. It has been sealed off while investigations are underway and its eggs cannot be sold, said authorities. The ministry has said there is no danger to public health".

Premier Health Products Ltd withdraws two batch codes of Basic Nutrition Odourless Garlic 60 Capsules due to undeclared soya

Follow the link for more information

Source: FDA

Vaquería Tres Monjitas Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk Derivative Ingredient in Pineapple and Guava Beverage

Vaquería Tres Monjitas is initiating a voluntary recall of the juice beverage with pinneaple-guava flavor (guava-piña) in all the pack sizes available in the market. The product has been recalled because it may contain sodium caseinate, a milk derivative, that it is not declared in the label as required by the Food and Drug Administration. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to this ingredient run the risk of an allergic reaction if they consume the product. No illnesses have been reported to date.

Source: FDA

Burch Equipment LLC Expands Recall to Include Additional Cantaloupe Shipping Dates and to include Honeydew Melons

Follow the link to find out more.

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Minnesota Firm Recalls Ready-To-Eat Meat and Poultry Products Due To Potential Listeria Monocytogenes Contamination

Reichel Foods, a Rochester, Minn. establishment, is recalling approximately 15,880 pounds of ready-to-eat meat and poultry products due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced.

FSA warns against consuming DMAA

The Food Standards Agency is advising people not to consume products containing the substance DMAA (1,3-dimethylamylamine), after a number of people across the world have reported adverse reactions linked to products containing DMAA. The FSA is aware that products containing DMAA are being sold in the UK as pre-workout sports supplements and as so-called fat burning food supplements. DMAA is a stimulant, for which a safe level for human consumption has not been established.

Products containing DMAA have been withdrawn in various countries across the European Union and around the world. DMAA has been linked with high blood pressure, nausea, cerebral haemorrhage, stroke and death. Where DMAA is present in a product it may be listed on the packaging as: 1,3-dimethylamylamine DMAA geranium extract geranamine methylhexanamine 4-methylhexane-2-amine The FSA is working closely with enforcement authorities to ensure that food supplements containing DMAA are not on sale in shops. Consumers are also advised not to buy online any food supplements or products containing DMAA. If you have consumed products containing DMAA and you feel unwell, please contact your GP.

Source: FSA

FSIS recall

Alexis Wholesale, Inc., a Gardena, Calif., establishment, is recalling approximately 6,210 pounds of chorizo sausage because it is misbranded in that it contains monosodium glutamate (MSG), which is not declared on the label, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service has announced.

Certain dried BASIL may contain Salmonella bacteria

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public, distributors and food service establishments not to consume, sell, serve or use the dried Basil products described in the press release because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.

Missa Bay, LLC Announces Voluntary Recall Of Fruit, Vegetable, and Sandwhich Products Containing Apples Because of Possible Health Risk

Missa Bay, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ready Pac Foods, Inc., of Swedesboro, New Jersey is voluntarily recalling a total of 293,488 cases and 296,224 individually distributed units of fruit, vegetable, and sandwich products containing apples, as listed below, with the Use‐by dates of July 8, 2012 through August 20, 2012 because they contain diced or sliced apples which may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Source: FDA

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Undeclared milk in various CRISPY JUST BAKED, CRISPY, and SUNRIZE OVEN FRESH brands of COOKIES

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and TWI Foods Inc. are warning people with allergies to milk not to consume the Crispy Just Baked, Crispy, and Sunrize Oven Fresh brands of cookies described in the press release. The affected products contain milk which is not declared on certain labels.

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Asda recalls one date code of Asda Free From 5 Caramel Wafers which are labelled as gluten-free

Gluten (wheat) has been detected in some of the above product during routine testing. This a potential health risk for individuals who are allergic to or intolerant of wheat or gluten.
 Follow the link for product details.

Burch Equipment LLC Corrects Cantaloupe Variety Subject to Recall

Burch Equipment LLC, North Carolina, is correcting the variety of cantaloupe involved in recalls initiated on July 28 and August 2, 2012. Previous announcements incorrectly identified the cantaloupes as being the Athena variety. The cantaloupes affected by the recall are the Caribbean Gold variety. Athena cantaloupes are not subject to the recall. Today’s announcement is not an expansion of the recall; no additional products are being recalled at this time.

Busch's Fresh Food Market Voluntarily Recalls Deli Products Containing Peeled Whole Yellow Onions

Busch’s Fresh Food Market today is announcing the voluntary recall of products processed between the dates of July 20 through July 27, 2012 that contain onions produced by Gills Onions of Oxnard, California. The recall is in connection with an expanded voluntary recall announced by Gills Onions, LLC. of their Peeled Whole Yellow Onions due to possible contamination with Listeria Monocytogenes.

Source: FDA

Wisconsin Firm Recalls Frozen Bacon Cheeseburger Patties That May Contain Foreign Materials

Kenosha Beef International, Ltd., a Kenosha, Wis. establishment, is recalling approximately 37,600 pounds of frozen bacon cheeseburger patties because they may contain foreign materials—pieces of gasket material, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced.

HEALTHY TIMES brand OATMEAL CEREAL FOR BABY may contain undeclared gluten

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning people with sensitivities to gluten not to consume the Healthy Times brand Oatmeal Cereal for Baby described below. The affected product may contain gluten which is not declared on the label. The affected product, Healthy Times brand Oatmeal Cereal for Baby, product of USA, is sold in 170 g (6 oz) packages bearing UPC 0 48685 71786 8 and a USE BY date of 15 APR 2013. This product has been distributed in Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia and may have been distributed nationally. There has been one reported reaction associated with the consumption of this product. Consumption of this product may cause a serious reaction in persons with sensitivities to gluten.

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Coconut Allergy Alert and Voluntary Recall of 6-Pack Coconut Chocolate Chip CLIF® Bars Due to Possible Package Mislabeling

Clif Bar & Company is initiating a voluntary recall today of a small amount of 6-packs of Coconut Chocolate Chip CLIF® Bars that were distributed to limited Target and Walmart stores. These 6-packs may contain Coconut Chocolate Chip CLIF Bars that are mislabeled with White Chocolate Macadamia CLIF® Bar wrappers with a Best By date of 16MAY13G1 and do not list coconut in the ingredient statement. Clif is taking this precautionary safety step for people who are allergic to coconut.

A small quantity of Coconut Chocolate Chip CLIF Bars were inadvertently placed in White Chocolate Macadamia CLIF Bar wrappers and these mislabeled bars were placed inside correctly labeled Coconut Chocolate Chip CLIF Bar 6-pack boxes. The White Chocolate Macadamia wrappers contain advisory allergen labeling which states that the product may contain traces of other tree nuts.

Only the product meeting both the following criteria is affected:
• 6-packs of Coconut Chocolate Chip CLIF Bars with “Best By” date 16MAY13G1 UPC: 7-22252-66030-5
• Coconut Chocolate Chip CLIF Bars mislabeled in White Chocolate Macadamia CLIF Bar individual wrappers found in the above Coconut Chocolate Chip CLIF Bar 6-pack box with the same “Best By” date 16MAY13G1 NO other CLIF Bar products, pack sizes, flavors or “Best By‟ date codes are affected.

Source: FDA

WIMBERGER'S OLD WORLD BAKERY & DELICATESSEN ISSUES ALLERGY ALERT ON UNDECLARED MILK, SOY AND WHEAT IN KAISER ROLLS, SEEDED ROLLS, BRAT BUNS, FRENCH BREAD, PRETZEL ROLLS, PRETZELS, PIZZA DOUGH, HOAGIE ROLLS AND BAGUETTES

Wimberger's Old World Bakery & Delicatessen is conducting a voluntary recall of all Kaiser Rolls, Seeded Rolls, Brat Buns, French Bread, Pretzel Rolls, Pretzels, Pizza Dough, Hoagie Rolls and French Baguettes because they contain undeclared Milk, Soy and Wheat. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to Milk, Soy or Wheat run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. The baked products were distributed to grocery stores, delicatessens and restaurants located in Colorado and Kansas.

Source: FDA

Good Foods chicken pakora handled and packaged in unapproved establishment

Glasgow City instigated a recall of the product at all identified outlets within the City area and continues to monitor the ongoing operation. A distribution list has been obtained, which includes premises in North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, East Renfrewshire, Renfrewshire local authority areas as well as Glasgow City Council. Officers, however, believe that the product may have been supplied to additional premises which are not on the list. Therefore there is the possibility of product on sale outwith the Glasgow boundary. The product appears to be distributed to newsagents and small independent convenience stores. Other Good Foods products are not affected by the product recall.

Source: FSA

Needle found in Air Canada sandwich

A passenger found a sewing needle in a catered sandwich on a flight, Air Canada has said. Police are invesigating the incident, which occurred on Monday aboard a flight from Victoria, British Columbia, to Toronto. Last month, needles were found in turkey sandwiches on Delta Air Lines flights from Amsterdam to US cities. Dutch police say it is too early to rule out a copycat or link with the Air Canada discovery.

Source: BBC News

Waitrose recalls one batch code of Good to Go Tuna Nicoise Salad due to incorrect allergen labelling

Waitrose has recalled one batch code of Good to Go Tuna Nicoise Salad due to incorrect allergen labelling.  

Product: Waitrose Good to Go Tuna Nicoise Salad  280g Use by: 03 Aug

Wheat and milk are ingredients which have not been correctly declared on the labelling. Therefore, this is a potential health risk for individuals who are allergic or intolerant to wheat or gluten and/or milk. Waitrose is recalling the affected batch from sale.

Source: FSA

Further onion recalls

Spartan Stores Voluntarily Recalls Deli/Produce Products Containing Peeled Whole Yellow Onions

Huxtable's Kitchen Voluntarily Recalls Trader Joe's brand Roasted Butternut Squash, Red Quinoa and Wheatberry Salad Because of Possible Health Risk

Stop & Shop Alerts Customers to Voluntary Recall of Calico Bean SaladItem Sold on Salad Bar

Garden Fresh Foods, Inc. Recalls Specific Packages Of Products Containing Onions Because Of Possible Health Risk Due To Gills Onions Expanded Recall

Ken’s Foods, Inc. Issues Voluntary Recall of a Limited Number of Branded Food Service Dressings and Sauces Containing Onions Because Of Possible Health Risk Due To Gills Onions Recall

Publix Recalls Sub Sandwiches with Onions Due To Possible Health Risk

San Miguel Produce, Inc. Recalls Comfort Greens Kit Because Of Gills Onions Expanded Recall

The impact of this recall in the US seems to be getting larger and larger.

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc recalls own brand takeaway Chicken Piri Piri

Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc has recalled its own brand takeaway Chicken Piri Piri. The product has been incorrectly packaged and may contain Chicken Korma that includes nuts which is not mentioned on the product label, resulting in incorrect allergen labelling. This means the Chicken Piri Piri should not be consumed by anyone with an allergy or intolerance to nuts.

Product identification Morrisons Takeaway Chicken Piri Piri, 350g Batch/date codes: Use by 02.08.12 

Action taken by the company: The company is recalling the affected product from sale.

Source: FSA

Another melon recall ...

On Saturday, Burch Farms of North Carolina announced a recall of Athena cantaloupes because the product may contain listeria monocytogenes. No illnesses have been associated with this recall, according to Burch Farms. Hannaford is advising customers because its stores had carried Burch Farms Athena cantaloupes. The product has been removed. Athena cantaloupes, a variety grown in the Southeastern United States, are a whole cantaloupe produce item. If stickered, the label on the item will reference Burch Farm and read: “Cantaloupe PLU 4319.” Customers should not consume these cantaloupes. Return the item to stores or dispose of the item and return the sticker for a full refund. Listeria has the potential to cause serious illness. No other products are affected by this recall.

Source: FDA