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Health Hazard Alert - Certain Mauri brand Gorgonzola may contain Listeria monocytogenes

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Arla Foods Inc. are warning the public not to consume the Mauri brand Gorgonzola cheese, product of Italy, described in the press release because the product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product. The importer, Arla Foods Inc., Concord, ON, is voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

Health Hazard Alert - Certain Clic brand Sesame Paste Tahina may contain Salmonella bacteria

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Clic International, are warning the public not to consume certain Clic brand Sesame Paste Tahina because it may be contaminated with Salmonella. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product. The importer, Clic International, Laval, Quebec, is voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

Castle Foods Company (London) Ltd withdraws a number of its own ready-to-eat foods manufactured in premises not approved for meat products

Risk
The premises are not approved for the manufacture of meat products. The products in question are manufactured under either the Sangha Foods or Core Foods labels, which are both owned by Castle Foods Company (London) Ltd. Production of ready meals was ceased by the local authority on serving a Remedial Action Notice on the 20 February. Distribution of the small number of the short shelf life products produced has been restricted mainly to the London Boroughs and adjoining neighbouring authorities. 

Product details
All ‘use by’ dates of the following Sangha Foods or Core Foods labelled products are affected: Chicken Tikka Masala with Rice Chicken Curry with Rice Chicken Biryani Lamb Biryani Lamb Keema with Rice 

Action taken by the company
Castle Foods Company (London) Ltd is withdrawing the above products. Attached to this notice are examples of the labels used by both brands. No other Castle Foods Company (London) Ltd products are known to be affected.

Source: FSA

Health Hazard Alert - Certain TEGA brand ORGANIC LEMON HIBISCUS GREEN ROOIBOS HERBAL TEA may contain Salmonella bacteria

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume certain Tega brand Organic Lemon Hibiscus Green Rooibos Herbal Tea described in the press release because it may be contaminated with Salmonella. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product. Nu-Tea Company Ltd., Abbotsford, BC, is voluntarily recalling the affected product(s) from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

Birds Eye Withdraws Frozen Bolognese, Shepherd’s Pie and Lasagne Due to Horse Meat Investigation

As a precautionary measure, Birds Eye is withdrawing the  three beef products from Ireland that were made for Birds Eye by Frigilunch N.V. , Belgium (B999EC). This follows the detection of 2% horse DNA in a chilli con carne product made at Frigilunch for Birds Eye and sold only in Belgium. Customers can contact Birds Eye Consumer Services Careline on 1850 298398 to discuss any concerns. No action is required by official agencies. Follow the link for further details.

Source: FSAI

Heartland Brands Voluntarily Recalls Two Varieties of Granola Cereals

Heartland® Brands is voluntarily recalling two varieties of its granola cereals in the United States, Bahamas, Bermuda, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Israel and Trinidad, as a precaution due to the possible presence of fragments of flexible metal mesh in an ingredient. The ingredient is a grain blend, and the problem was discovered and reported by the ingredient supplier, Dakota Specialty Milling.

The two Heartland® cereal varieties are: Heartland® Harvest Spice Granola Cereal — 14 oz.; UPC 024300 090394; Best If Used By dates from 20130326 (March 26, 2013) through 20130910 (Sept. 10, 2013). Heartland® Fruit & Nut Harvest Granola Cereal — 14 oz.; UPC 024300 090387; Best If Used By dates from 20130325 (March 25, 2013) through 20130910 (Sept. 10, 2013). No other Heartland® brand products are involved in this recall.

Source: FDA

Bruce Foods Corporation Recall Food Club Red Enchilada Sauce Because of Possible Health Risk

Bruce Foods Corporation of New Iberia, LA is recalling mislabelled cans of 10 oz Food Club Red Enchilada Sauce with code GES 462449, Best Before Date: 12/3/2016 that could contain Green Enchilada Sauce instead of Red Enchilada Sauce. Only the Food Club Green Enchilada contains wheat and soy. People who have an allergy or sensitivity to wheat and soy run the risk of allergic reaction if they consume this Green Enchilada Sauce product. The recalled product was distributed between 1/15/2013 and 1/16/2013 in Virginia and Minnesota. The product reached the consumer through retail stores. The product recall is for canned 10 oz size Food Club Red Enchilada Sauce with code GES 462449 with a Best Before Date: 12/03/2016 printed on the can end. No illnesses have been reported to date. The recall was initiated after it was discovered that a can labeled as Red Enchilada contained Green Enchilada Sauce. The Green Enchilada Sauce contains wheat and soy.

Source: FDA

VOLUNTARY RECALL: PC White Corn Black Bean Mild Salsa and PC Salsa Mild

Loblaw Companies Limited (Loblaw) is advising the public not to consume select 650 ml size of PC White Corn Black Bean Mild Salsa and 430 ml size of PC Salsa Mild, because some of the products may contain pieces of plastic.

Specifically:
650 ml size of PC White Corn Black Bean Mild Salsa: UPC 060383697211 with product code date BB:2013DE07,
430 ml size of PC Salsa Mild: UPC 060383736194 with product code date: BB:2014JA30

The vendor has identified the source and corrected the issue to ensure no further product issues. Loblaw has removed all affected lot codes of this product from sale in stores as a precautionary measure as soon as it was notified of the issue from the vendor. No consumer complaints or injuries have been reported to date.

Source: CFIA

Certain THE GOURMET MEAT SHOPPE and THE BUTCHER'S CUT brands of Frozen Beef Burgers may contain E. coli O157:H7 bacteria

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Canada Safeway Limited are warning the public not to consume The Gourmet Meat Shoppe and The Butcher's Cut brands of Frozen Beef Burgers described in the press release because these products may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 bacteria. Follow the link for product details.

FSA and FSIS recalls this week

Burger company withdraws products

Testing carried out by Powys County Council, as requested by the FSA, has shown that three samples of beef burger products made by catering supplier, The Burger Manufacturing Company (BMC), have tested positive for at least 1% horse meat.

Further work is being carried out to establish exactly how much horse meat these products contain and to test for the presence of the veterinary medicine phenylbutazone, or bute. In line with good practice, BMC is withdrawing these products. The company is also contacting its customers to inform them of the results of these tests and to withdraw any of the affected products that they may have.

Source: FSA

Undeclared SESAME in MASTER KONG brand SPICY BEEF NOODLE

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning people with allergies to sesame seed not to consume the Master Kong brand Spicy Beef Noodle products described below. The affected products contain sesame seed which is not declared on the label.

All codes of the following Master Kong brand Spicy Beef Noodle, product of China, are affected by this alert. Brand Product Size UPC Master Kong Spicy Beef Noodle (Burgundy package) 505 g (5 x 102 g) Single package 6 920208 913343 6 920208 921997 Master Kong Spicy Beef Noodle (Orange package) 505 g (5 x 102 g) Single package 6 900873 715411 6 900873 710393 These products have been distributed by T & T Supermarkets in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

Undeclared MILK in NU GO FREE brand TRAIL MIX BAR

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning people with allergies to milk not to consume the NuGO Free brand Trail Mix bar described below. The affected product contains milk which is not declared on the label. The affected product, NuGO Free brand Trail Mix bar, is sold in 45 g packages, bearing UPC 6 91535 45301 2 and lot code "BEST BY / MEILLEUR AVANT 20 NO 13 B12233A". 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.

KB Natural Foods Ltd recalls three batches of its own-brand pre-packaged Cashew Nuts and Almonds due to rodent infestation at the packing plant

Risk
The local authority for the company advised that following a recent programmed inspection the premises were served with a Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Notice due to a rodent infestation. 

Product details
KB Natural Foods Cashew Nuts 150g IH151112
KB Natural Foods Cashew Nuts 700g IH030113
KB Natural Foods Almonds 225g IH140113

Action taken by the Company
KB Natural Foods Ltd is recalling the above products. Point-of-sale notices are being displayed in all stores that were supplied the products, explaining the actions consumers can take if they have bought the affected product. No other KB Natural Foods Ltd products are known to be affected.

Source: FSA

FSA meat testing survey expanded

The Food Standards Agency has expanded its UK-wide survey of food authenticity in processed meat products being carried out through local authorities. The survey, expanded to ensure that a wider range of products are sampled, will include a total of 514 products. The sampling for the first two phases will be carried out by 28 local authorities and will include beef-based foods that are sold pre-packed, or 'loose' (for example, cafe sandwiches). Sampling for the third phase will be allocated to other local authorities across the UK.

Source: FSA

Voluntary Precautionary Recall Of Arnold, Brownberry, Earthgrains, Farm, Harmons, L’oven Fresh, Stroehmann and Sara Lee Multi-grain Breads and Sara Lee Thin Style Buns

BBU, Inc., the parent of the Bimbo Bakeries companies, has initiated a voluntary recall due to possible presence of flexible wire caused by a faulty screen at a third party flour mill. This recall does not affect any products currently offered for sale in retail stores but the company, out of an abundance of caution, wants to alert consumers to check any affected products they may still have in their homes. Follow the link for product details.

Source: FSA

Casey Fisheries Limited fined $6000 for an offence under the Fish Inspection Regulations

On January 28, 2013 in Nova Scotia Provincial Court in the County of Digby, Casey Fisheries Limited entered a guilty plea for contravening paragraph 14.(3)(b) of the Fish Inspection Regulations.

Casey Fisheries Limited was accused of exporting fish without holding a valid export licence. Paragraph 14.(3)(b) of the Fish Inspection Regulations states: No person shall export fish unless the person holds a fish export licence. The CFIA enforces federal legislation including the Fish Inspection Act and its Regulations. The CFIA safeguards food, animals and plants which enhances the health and well-being of Canada's people, environment and economy, and access to international markets.

Source: CFIA

Michael Joseph (Mike) Nabuurs fined $2500 for an offence under the Meat Inspection Act

On January 8, 2013 at the Prince Edward Island Provincial Court in Summerside, Michael Joseph (Mike) Nabuurs entered a guilty plea for contravening subsection 14.(1) of the Meat Inspection Act.

Mr. Nabuurs was accused of hindering or obstructing the work of an inspector on June 13, 2012 at the Atlantic Beef Product establishment in Albany, Prince Edward Island. Subsection 14.(1) of the Meat Inspection Act states: No person shall obstruct or hinder, or make any false or misleading statement either orally or in writing to, an inspector while the inspector is engaged in carrying out his duties or functions under this Act or the regulations. The CFIA is responsible for enforcing a variety of federal legislation, including the Meat Inspection Act and the Meat Inspection Regulations.

Source: CFIA

Arrests made at meat plants

Dyfed-Powys Police have today made arrests at both meat plants inspected by the Food Standards Agency on Tuesday. At Farmbox Meats near Aberystywth, Dyfed-Powys Police have arrested two men aged 64 years and 42 years, and in a simultaneous operation police arrested a man aged 63 at the Peter Boddy Slaughterhouse in Todmorden, West Yorkshire.

Approvals for both plants were suspended yesterday by the FSA, so neither firm was operational. Dyfed-Powys Police can confirm the three people have been arrested on suspicion of offences under the Fraud Act and they are being detained at Aberystwyth Police Station where they will be interviewed jointly by police and FSA staff in what has this afternoon become a joint operation.

Source: FSA

Decoty Coffee Company Inc. Issues Allergy Alert On Undeclared Soy In Decoty Taco Seasoning

DeCoty Coffee Company of San Angelo, Texas is recalling its 1.25lb and 5.75lb of DeCoty Taco Seasoning because it contains an undeclared ingredient, Soy. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to Soy run the risk of a life threatening or serious allergic reaction if they consume these items. The recalled DeCoty Taco Seasonings were initially distributed in the State of Texas by DeCoty sales personnel and were also sold nationally online at the following website (www.decoty.com). The products come in 1.25lb and 5.75lb sizes and are distributed in plastic spice containers with resealable lids. The item code numbers are 71400 and 71410 with lot numbers from 010111 through 021313. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem. Recall was initiated after it was discovered during an FDA Inspection that Soy was not listed as an ingredient.

Source: FDA

Rangeland Foods withdraws burgers due to horse meat

Catering supplier Rangelands Foods in the Republic of Ireland today told the Food Safety Authority of Ireland that some of its burger products contain significant levels of horse meat. The company has conducted its own testing and confirmed that the meat content of some frozen burger products was found to be between 5% and 30% horse meat. Affected products have been distributed to UK caterers and wholesalers. In light of this information, the FSA is advising all caterers and wholesalers who have Rangeland products to contact their supplier. The FSA will provide updates as soon as they are available.

Source: FSA


FSAI announces that Rangeland Foods Withdraws Frozen Burger Products Due to the Presence of Equine DNA.

Undeclared MUSTARD in COMPLIMENTS brand BREADED VEAL CUTLETTES

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Delft Blue, a division of Grober Inc., are warning people with allergies to mustard not to consume Compliments brand Breaded Veal Cutlettes. The affected product contains mustard which is not declared on the label. The affected product, Compliments brand Breaded Veal Cutlettes, is sold in 680 g packages bearing UPC 0 55742 33693 1. All Best Before codes are affected by this alert. This product has been distributed in Ontario. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

JS Pelmini OK Inc Issues Allergy Alert On Undeclared Milk And Soy In Potato Dumplings And Potato And Mushroom Dumplings

JS Pelmini OK, Inc. of Brooklyn, NY is recalling Potato Dumplings and Potato and Mushroom Dumplings, because they contain undeclared Milk and Soy. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk and soy run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. The Potato Dumplings and Potato and Mushroom Dumplings products were distributed on or before 2/11/13 to retailers in New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Illinois. These products are packaged in 1 lb. clear plastic bags with blue and brown or blue and black paper labels. The products are labeled KEEP FROZEN. The Potato Dumplings bears UPC code 6 54368 10038 6. The Potato and Mushroom Dumplings bears UPC code 6 54368 10039 3. There is no other coding. No illnesses have been reported to date.

Source: FDA

AMPI Issues Allergy Alert for Undeclared Milk in Pudding

Associated Milk Producers Inc. (AMPI) of New Ulm, Minn., in cooperation with Gordon Food Service (GFS), is recalling pudding labeled as GFS Lemon Pudding but contains vanilla pudding. Milk is an ingredient in this vanilla pudding. GFS Lemon Pudding does not declare milk on the label. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume the product. The following product is affected: GFS Lemon Pudding (113 ounce cans) with UPC Number 9390110676 and Lot # 3T12354C printed on the end of the can. These cans would be found in shipping cases labeled GFS Vanilla Pudding with Lot # 3T12354C printed on the outside of the case. Only GFS Lemon Pudding cans with Lot # 3T12354C are affected by this recall. The recalled product was distributed in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. No illnesses have been reported to date.

Source: FSA

Undeclared MUSTARD in certain CONTINENTAL GLATT KOSHER brand Meat Products

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Continental Strictly Kosher Meat, Poultry and Delicatessen Products Ltd., are warning people with allergies to mustard not to consume certain Continental Glatt Kosher brand meat products described in the press release. The affected products contain mustard which is not declared on the label.

Follow the link to read more.

Latest bute test results on horse carcasses

The Agency's most recent tests on the presence of phenylbutazone (bute) in horses slaughtered in the UK checked 206 horse carcasses between 30 January 2013 and 7 February 2013. Of these, eight tested positive for the drug. Of these eight: Six were sent to France and may have entered the food chain. They were slaughtered by LJ Potter Partners at Stillman’s (Somerset) Ltd, Taunton. The remaining two did not leave the slaughterhouse in the UK (High Peak Meat Exports Ltd, Nantwich) and have now been disposed of in accordance with EU rules.

The FSA is gathering information on the six carcasses sent to France and will work with the French authorities to trace them. The samples for bute testing were taken on the day of slaughter and the confirmed results have been received by the FSA. Since 30 January, the FSA has been testing 100% of horse carcasses for bute. From this week, a ‘positive release’ system for horses slaughtered in the UK has been in operation. This will mean that all h…

FSA raids meat plant involved in alleged supply of horse meat

As part of its ongoing investigation into the mislabelling of meat products, the FSA and police today entered two meat premises, one in West Yorkshire and the other in West Wales. The plant in West Yorkshire is Peter Boddy Licensed Slaughterhouse, Todmorden, West Yorkshire, and we believe it supplied horse carcasses to Farmbox Meats Ltd, Llandre, Aberystwyth.

The Agency and the police are looking into the circumstances through which meat products, purporting to be beef for kebabs and burgers, were sold when they were in fact horse. The FSA has suspended operations at both these plants. Both West Yorkshire and Dyfed-Powys police have entered the premises with the FSA.

The FSA has detained all meat found and seized paperwork, including customer lists from the two companies. Andrew Rhodes, FSA Director of Operations, said: 'I ordered an audit of all horse producing abattoirs in the UK after this issue first arose last month and I was shocked to uncover what appears to be a blatant …

Fonterra Brands (Australia) Pty. Ltd—CalciYum Yoghurt 70g Pouch

Product description 
CalciYum Yoghurt 70g pouch

Identifying features
Pouches with a "best before" date up to and including 11 March 2013
1. CacliYUM Strawberry Yoghurt (Disney Princess)
2. CalciYUM Vanilla Yoghurt (Ben 10)
3. CalciYUM Vanilla Yoghurt (Toy Story)
4. CalciYUM Strawberry Yoghurt (Cars)
5. CalciYUM Tropical Yoghurt (Mickey and Minnie)
6. CalciYUM Banana Yoghurt (Wiggles)

What are the defects? 
Potential choking hazard caused by a weakened plastic cap.

What are the hazards? 
The weakened plastic on top of the cap may break off, causing a choking hazard.

Where the product was sold 
Nationally Traders who sold this product The products have been available for sale at Coles, Woolworths and other independent supermarkets (Metcash distribution) nationally.

Supplier 
Fonterra Brands (Australia) Pty Ltd

Horsemeat in the EU food chain

EFSA is aware of the contamination of beef products with horsemeat in the EU food chain. The source is currently being investigated by risk managers across Europe, who have requested extensive testing to be carried out.

In the EU food safety system, EFSA’s role is to provide scientific advice to risk managers regarding food and feed safety. The contamination of beef products with horsemeat raises issues of false labelling, food quality and traceability in the EU food chain. While there is no evidence to date of a food safety concern, EFSA stands ready to provide scientific assistance to the European Commission and/or Member States should this be required.

In the European food safety system, risk assessment is done separately from risk management. The European Commission, European Parliament and EU Member States are the key risk managers in the EU system. They are responsible for determining European policies and making decisions to manage risks associated with the food chain such as t…

DZH Import & Export Inc. Issues an Alert on Undeclared Sulfites in Mountains Dried Mushroom

DZH Import & Export Inc. at 1300 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11237 is recalling MOUNTAINS DRIED MUSHROOM because it contains undeclared sulfites. People who have severe sensitivity to sulfites run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume this product. The recalled MOUNTAINS DRIED MUSHROOM comes in a 1.23oz (35gram) plastic tray with the following code: BEST BEFORE: NOV. 30, 2013. The UPC code is 6931653104064. The product was sold in New York City. It is a product of China. The recall is initiated after 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 presence of sulfites in packages of MOUNTAINS DRIED MUSHROOM which did not declare sulfites on the label. The consumption of 10 milligrams of sulfites per serving has been reported to elicit severe reactions in some asthmatics. Anaphylactic shock could occur in certain sulfi…

FSA statement on horse testing

Following tonight's announcement by the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Owen Paterson, the Food Standards Agency has announced that it has begun a system of 'positive release' for horses slaughtered in the UK. This means that horse carcasses will require a negative phenylbutazone (bute) test before they are allowed to enter the food chain.

The Agency has developed a testing regime which enables results to come through in approximately 48 hours from when the test is carried out. The carcass will be kept in storage by the responsible food business, pending the result. If the test result is negative, the horse will be released into the food chain; however, if the horse tests positive for bute it will be disposed of as animal by-product under the authority of the FSA. 

Testing for bute 
 The FSA has been testing for bute in all horses slaughtered in the UK that are meant for human consumption since 30 January. Horses that have been treated with bute…

Tesco finds horse meat in some Everyday Value Spaghetti Bolognese

It carried out a number of tests following the product's withdrawal from sale on a precautionary basis. Tesco says that of the positive results, most are at a trace level of less than 1% but three showed significant levels of horse DNA, exceeding 60%. The company also tested the horse meat for 'bute' and the results were negative.

Source: FSA

Undeclared EGG and MILK in YUM YUM FOOD brand SUI MAI

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Yum Yum Food are warning people with allergies to egg or milk not to consume, and retailers not to sell, the Yum Yum Food brand Sui Mai product described below. The affected product contains egg and milk which are not declared on the label. The affected product, Yum Yum Food brand Sui Mai, is sold frozen in 228 g packages bearing UPC 8 30121 10017 0. All codes of the product are affected. This product has been distributed in Ontario. There has been one reported 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 egg or milk. The manufacturer, Yum Yum Food, Toronto, Ontario is voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

Nestlé Prepared Foods Company Announces Voluntary Recall of LEAN CUISINE® Culinary Collection Mushroom Mezzaluna Ravioli

Nestlé Prepared Foods Company today announced the voluntary recall of two production codes of LEAN CUISINE® Culinary Collection Mushroom Mezzaluna Ravioli, UPC 13800-58358. The production codes are 2311587812 and 2312587812; the “best before date” appears as DEC 2013.

The voluntary recall is limited to these two days of production, which were distributed nationwide. No other production dates, sizes or varieties of LEAN CUISINE products are affected by this recall. The reason for the recall is that the meal may contain fragments of glass. Nestlé is taking this action after three consumers reported they had found small fragments of glass in the ravioli portion of the entrée. No injuries were reported by any of the consumers. The entrée being recalled was produced during early November, 2012. Due to its popularity, Nestlé believes very little remains in retail distribution.

For this reason, Nestlé is reaching out to consumers to ask that they examine their freezer inventory for specific…

FSA statement from meeting on contaminated meat

Following today's meeting between the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the Food Standards Agency, and representatives from the food industry regarding the ongoing contaminated meat incident, it has been agreed that the industry will deliver meaningful results from its testing programme by Friday 15 February. It has also been agreed that initial tests will focus on the areas of most concern, but that all products will be tested as part of the programme and all results reported.

Defra and the FSA have demanded more authenticity tests on all beef products, such as beefburgers, meatballs and lasagne, and for industry to provide the results to the FSA. At today’s meeting there was also a commitment for the FSA and the food industry to work together to identify the best points in the supply chain to test as part of the ongoing programme and to publish regular reports of test results. The FSA will meet again with industry representatives on Monday to agree th…

Loch Arthur Creamery recalls batches of its own Criffel unpasteurised cheese due to high levels of Listeria monocytogenes

Listeria monocytogenes has been detected in the above product following sampling by Dumfries & Galloway Council. Loch Arthur Creamery is recalling all date codes up to and including 11 February 2013. 

Product identification
Product name: Criffel Brand name: Loch Arthur Creamery
Type of product: full fat semi-soft unpasteurised cheese
Production dates: 28/11/12; 17/12/12; 19/12/12; 21/12/12
Action taken by the company:  Loch Arthur Creamery is recalling all date codes up to and including 11 February 2013. Point-of-sale notices will be displayed in store explaining the actions consumers can take if they have bought the affected product.

No other Loch Arthur Creamery products are known to be affected.

Source: FSA

ZIP International Group LLC Recalls Dry Salted Fish Because Of Possible Health Risk

ZIP International Group LLC is recalling Dry Salted Fish (bream) because the product was found to be uneviscerated, and has the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death.

The recalled product, Dry Salted Fish (bream) was distributed by East Coast Foods Inc. Brooklyn, NY via delivery to retail stores and wholesalers in September 2012. The recalled product, Dry Salted Fish (bream) is packaged in vacuum sealed packaging labeled "Astrakhansky Lesh" (Dry Salted Fish Eviscerated) weight 14.2oz. Bar Code 835856001228 is located on the top right corner of the package. The recalled product, Dry Salted Fish (bream) is a product of Russia. No illnesses have been reported to date.

Source: FDA

Aldi withdraws beef products due to horse meat

Aldi has withdrawn two beef products tonight after its tests found horse meat in samples; the Food Standards Agency has issued advice to other retailers or producers that have sourced beef products from the French company Comigel.

The company has withdrawn:

Today’s Special Frozen Beef Lasagne
Today’s Special Frozen Spaghetti Bolognese from its stores as a precautionary measure.

Aldi said that its tests demonstrated that the withdrawn products contained between 30% and 100% horse meat. The products implicated are from French supplier, Comigel, the company that also supplied Findus. Aldi is advising anyone who has bought any of these products to return them to their nearest Aldi store for a full refund. Their helpline number is 0800 634 704. In light of the latest information from Aldi, the Food Standards Agency recommends that any retailers or producers that have sourced beef products from the French company Comigel should conduct a precautionary withdrawal of product. The FSA is work…

Findus UK recalls all batch codes of its own-brand Beef Lasagne due to the detection of horse meat in the product

Findus UK own testing has confirmed that the meat content of some beef lasagne products was found to contain more than 60% horse meat.

Product identification:  Findus Frozen Beef Lasagne, 320g, 360g and 500g

Date code: All date codes affected

Batch codes: All batch codes affected

Action taken by the company:  Findus UK is recalling all affected batches from consumers. A customer information notice is being placed in the national press and point-of-sale notices displayed in affected stores. The notice explains the reason for the recall and the actions consumers can take if they have bought the affected product. A copy of the product recall notice and helpline contact details issued by Findus UK is attached to this notice. No other Findus UK products are known to be affected.

Source: FSA

Findus beef lasagne products found with horse meat

As part of its ongoing investigation into mislabelled meat, the Food Standards Agency has confirmed that the meat content of beef lasagne products recalled by Findus has tested positive for more than 60% horse meat. Findus withdrew the beef lasagne products after its French supplier, Comigel, raised concerns about the type of meat used in the lasagne. We have no evidence to suggest that this is a food safety risk.

However, the FSA has ordered Findus to test the lasagne for the veterinary drug phenylbutazone, or 'bute'. Animals treated with phenylbutazone are not allowed to enter the food chain as it may pose a risk to human health. The Findus beef lasagne was distributed to the main UK supermarkets and smaller convenience stores. Findus has already begun a full recall of these products. People who have bought any Findus beef lasagne products are advised not to eat them and return them to the shop they bought them from.

Source: FSA

Update on FSA and industry testing programme

The Food Standards Agency has announced it is demanding a more comprehensive meat testing programme from food businesses. Catherine Brown, chief executive of the FSA, said: 'Following our investigations into Findus products, the FSA is now requiring a more robust response from the food industry in order to demonstrate that the food it sells and serves is what it says it is on the label. We are demanding that food businesses conduct authenticity tests on all beef products, such as beef burgers, meatballs and lasagne, and provide the results to the FSA. The tests will be for the presence of significant levels of horse meat.' The deadline for these results to be provided to the FSA is 15 February.

Findus beef lasagne contained up to 100% horsemeat

The meat of some beef lasagne products recalled by Findus earlier this week was 100% horsemeat, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has said. On Monday Findus withdrew from retailers its beef lasagne in 320g, 360g and 500g sizes as a precaution. Environment Secretary Owen Paterson said the findings were "completely unacceptable", but Findus said it did not believe it was a food safety issue. The FSA said companies would now be required to test their beef products.

The FSA said Findus had tested 18 of its beef lasagne products and found 11 meals containing between 60% and 100% horsemeat.

Source: BBC News

Sprouters Northwest Expands Voluntary Recall to All Varieties of Sprouts Products, Wheatgrass, and Pea Shoots Because of Possible Health Risk

Sprouters Northwest is voluntarily recalling all varieties of sprouts products, wheatgrass and pea shoots due to the potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. There have been no illnesses reported to date. All varieties of sprouts products including 3-Bean Munchie, Alfalfa, Bean, Broccoli, Brocco Sandwich sprouts, Clover, Deli, Spicy; Wheatgrass and Pea Shoots that were distributed through 1/30/2013 in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia, Canada through retail stores and food service distribution chain. The affected products are sold under the Sprouters Northwest, LifeForce and Brassica brand names and are packaged in plastic clamshell containers, plastic cups, plastic trays in 3 oz., 4 oz., 5 oz., and in plastic 1 lb. 2lb, or 5lb. bags. The Best by Dates are including all and up to 2/17/2013. Trader Joe's Organic Pea Shoots (SKU 92756), packaged in a 4 oz. clamshell offered only in Oregon and Washington state are also affected. The Best by Dates a…

Undeclared MILK and HAZELNUTS in certain RIVERBEND PLANTATION brand SASKATOON BERRY CHOCOLATE HEARTS

The public warning issued on January 29, 2013 has been updated to include an additional lot number. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Riverbend Plantation Inc. are warning people with allergies to milk or hazelnuts not to consume certain Riverbend Plantation brand Saskatoon Berry Chocolate Hearts. The affected products contain milk and hazelnuts which are not declared on the label. Follow the link to read more.

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GoldCoast Salads Voluntarily Recalls Blue Crab Spread Due to Possible Health Risk

GoldCoast Salads, a Naples Florida firm, is voluntarily recalling it's Blue Crab Spread that may be contaminated with Listeria. The product being recalled is coded EXP 1-31-13. The following products are being recalled: Blue Crab Spread, in containers with a weight of 1 pound and containers with a weight of 8 ounces. The product was produced December 3, 2012 and distributed to stores in the North East and South East United States.

Source: FDA

The Co-operative recalls two batch codes of its own brand Breaded Chicken Nuggets due to ‘hard plastic’ material contamination

Hard plastic material has been detected within some packets of the product. As a precautionary measure, The Co-operative is recalling the two batch codes of the product affected.

Product identification:  The Co-operative Breaded Chicken Nuggets, 425g Date code: ‘Best before’ end: October 2013 Batch codes: L2288 6B and L2288 6C

Source: FSA

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