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Certain Central-Epicure brand Gefilte Fish, Ready to Serve may contain Dangerous Bacteria

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Central-Epicure Food Products Ltd. are warning the public not to consume the Central-Epicure brand Gefilte Fish, Ready to Serve, Sweet and Savoury, described in the press release because they may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum. Toxins produced by these bacteria may cause botulism, a life-threatening illness. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product. The manufacturer, Central-Epicure Food Products Ltd., Toronto, Ontario, is voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall. Follow the link to read product details.

New York Firm Recalls Frozen Mini Quesadilla, Pizza, Cheese Steak and Other Snack Products Due To Possible E. Coli O121 Contamination

Rich Products Corporation, a Buffalo, NY firm, is recalling approximately 196,222 pounds of frozen chicken quesadilla and various other heat treated, not fully cooked frozen mini meals and snack items because they may be contaminated with E. coli O121, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced.

Food Product Recall by the Gift Shop at Buffalo Trace Distillery Due to Undeclared Allergens

The Gift Shop at Buffalo Trace Distillery today voluntarily recalled all non-expired products listed below due to mislabeling and undeclared allergens. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to wheat, soy, anchovy, and/or milk, run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

Source: FDA

Updated results of FSA UK-wide survey of beef products

Further test results from the first two phases of the FSA’s UK-wide sampling programme of beef products have now been confirmed. The results show 352 out of 362* samples were negative for the presence of both horse and pig DNA. Of the remaining 10 samples, three were confirmed as containing pig DNA at or above the 1% threshold, as identified in our statement on 8 March. The three products were ASDA Spaghetti and Meatballs; ASDA Beef Cannelloni; and Apetito Beef Lasagne. A further two, a Whitbread burger and IKEA meatballs, have now been confirmed as containing horse DNA at or above the 1% threshold. Both of these products have been previously reported by the food industry’s own results and are already included in the table on the FSA’s website.

 The results of the last five samples are being challenged and awaiting the outcome of further independent tests. If the products are found to be positive for contamination above the 1% threshold, the results will be reported on the FSA websi…

Minnesota Firm Recalls Bone-In Ribeye That May Contain Specified Risk Materials

Triple J Family Farms, a Buffalo Lake, Minn. establishment, is recalling approximately 15,270 pounds of bone-in ribeye products because the vertebral column may not have been completely removed, which is not compliant with regulations that require the removal of vertebral column in cattle 30 months of age or older, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced.

Bodrum dried fruit products withdrawn

Gima UK Ltd has withdrawn various Bodrum branded dried fruit products because they contain sulphites which are not mentioned on the label.

Gima UK Ltd has withdrawn all batch and date codes, up to and including the 'best before' date 14 January 2014, of the following products:
Bodrum Diced Mango, 250g
Bodrum Diced Papaya, 250g
Bodrum Dried Apricot, 250g
Bodrum Golden Jumbo Raisins, 250g
Bodrum Golden Medium Raisins, 250g
Bodrum Halved Apricot, 250g
Bodrum Natural Dried Apricot, 250g
Bodrum Pineapple Rings, 250g
Bodrum Diced Pineapple, 250g
Bodrum Sultana Raisins, 250g
Bodrum Brown Jumbo Raisins, 250g

Some people with asthma are sensitive to sulphites and relatively small amounts may trigger an asthma attack. If you’re allergic or sensitive to sulphites, please do not eat these products but return them to the nearest store so that it can be refunded or exchanged instead. Customer notices will be displayed in stores, alerting customers to the withdrawal. The company will also c…

Gold Standard Baking Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Walnuts in Sweet P’s Bake Shop Branded Caramel Apple Danish Coffee Cake

Gold Standard Baking of Chicago, IL is recalling 1,134 cases of Sweet P’s Bake Shop branded Caramel Apple Danish Coffee Cake because it contains undeclared walnuts. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to walnuts and other tree nuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product. Follow the link for product details.

Source: FDA

Agency welcomes new allergy project

The Food Standards Agency is supporting an international study into food allergy which has just launched. The project, led by the University of Manchester and funded by the European Commission, will involve leading experts from across the world, including the UK, Europe and the USA. The Integrated Approaches to Food Allergen and Allergy Risk Management (iFAAM) is expected to produce a standardised approach to allergen management for companies involved in food manufacturing. It will also develop tools to inform new health advice to prevent the development of food allergies.

Certain Central-Epicure brand Smoked Atlantic Salmon may contain Listeria monocytogenes

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Central-Epicure Food Products Ltd. are warning the public not to consume Central-Epicure brand Smoked Atlantic Salmon because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product. The manufacturer, Central-Epicure Food Products Ltd., Toronto, Ontario, is voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

Follow the link for product details.

Hungarian horse meat labelled as beef

The Food Standards Agency has been informed by Lancashire County Council that it has identified 100kg of horse meat imported from Hungary labelled as beef. The meat was imported by Hungarian Food Ltd in Preston. Investigations showed that 40kg were sold through Hungarian Food Ltd's own market stall in Preston, and through a shop in Liverpool called Taste of Hungary. The remaining meat has been withdrawn from sale. The meat was sold in 1kg bags labelled as 'diced beef'. The Food Standards Agency has notified the European Commission and the Hungarian authorities. The local authority is investigating and the meat will be tested for the veterinary drug 'bute'.

Certain Nestle brand Kit Kat Chunky bars may contain pieces of plastic

Nestle are recalling some of their Kit Kat Chunky bars and an Easter egg due to seven people reporting small pieces of plastic in the bars. As a precautionary measure, the company has recalled four Kit Kat Chunky special varieties (48g size bars in Peanut Butter, Hazelnut, Choc Fudge and Caramel flavours) and Kit Kat Chunky Collection Giant Egg with the following best before date ranges:

Kit Kat Chunky Peanut Butter (48g) Best before date range: September 2013 to February 2014
Kit Kat Chunky Hazelnut (48g) Best before date range: September 2013 to October 2013
Kit Kat Chunky Choc Fudge (48g) Best before date range: September 2013 to October 2013
Kit Kat Chunky Caramel (48g) Best before date range: June 2013 To July 2013
Kit Kat Chunky Hazelnut Multipack Best before date range: September 2013 To December 2013
Kit Kat Chunky Collection Giant Egg best before date: July 2013
No other Kit Kat product is affected.
Source: UK Food Standards Agency

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) …

Certain nut butters, peanuts, sugar and tahini from Vicrossano Inc. may contain Salmonella or other harmful bacteria

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume and retailers, restaurants and institutions not to sell or use the nut butters, peanuts, sugar or tahini described in the press release because the products may be contaminated with Salmonella or other harmful bacteria. These products have been distributed in Ontario and Quebec and may have been distributed in other provinces as well. Consumers who cannot determine the original product identity are advised to check with their retailer to determine if they have one of the affected products. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

Expanded Health Hazard Alert - Certain St. Thomas brand bar clams and bar clam stew may contain dangerous bacteria

The public warning issued on March 15, 2013 has been expanded to include additional products because the products may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume the Bar Clams and Bar Clam Stew described in the press release because they may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum. Toxins produced by these bacteria may cause botulism, a life-threatening illness. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall. Follow the link to find out more.

Recall of Prohibited Products Containing Non-Food Grade Grapefruit Seed Extract Supplied by The Aisling Foundation

The FSAI and Environmental Health Service of the HSE have been informed that The Aisling Foundation, Bantry, Co. Cork has placed grapefruit seed extract products on the market, for human consumption, in breach of a Prohibition Order, served on The Aisling Foundation on 4th October 2012 under the European Communities (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010 [S.I. No. 117 of 2010]. 

Nature Of Danger: Possible irritant effects of components of the products on human tissues

Action Required: Inspectors: No specific action for EHOs but please notify rapidalert@fsai.ie of any concerns.

Manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, caterers & retailers: Food businesses should remove any of these products which were supplied to them since 04/10/12 from sale, inform customers not to consume the products and display point of sale notices in retail outlets.

Consumers: Consumers are advised not to consume the implicated products.

La Preferida, Inc. Issues A Voluntary Recall Of La Preferida Whole Pinto Beans 29 OZ. (Water & Salt)

La Preferida, Inc. is voluntarily recalling 4,734 cases (56,808 cans) of La Preferida Whole Pinto Beans 29 oz. (Water & Salt). Can Code: PINTO LP, BEST BY 01/03/2015, “Time” 3003. The manufacturer’s preliminary inspection indicates 420 cans may not have been fully processed, which could result in product contamination by spoilage organisms or by pathogens, which could lead to illness if consumed. To date, there have been no reported injuries or adverse events associated with the consumption of this product.

Source: FDA

Daesang Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Peanuts in Mixed Soy Bean Paste (Sesame & Garlic)

Daesang America Inc. One University Plaza, Suite 603, Hackensack, NJ 07601 is recalling its 500gram (17.64 Ounce) packages of Sesame and Garlic flavored Mixed Soy Bean Paste because they may contain undeclared peanuts. People who have allergies to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. The recalled Mixed Soy Bean Paste (Sesame & Garlic) were distributed nationwide in retail stores and through online orders. The product comes in a 500 gram (17.64 ounce), Sage Green plastic package marked with Sunchang Ssamjang (Sesame & Garlic Seasoned Bean Paste; 참깨마늘 양념쌈장) on the top & front of the package. All dates of expiration fall under this recall coverage for this particular item. It is a product of Korea and was distributed from June 2012 ~ February 2013. UPC for the product is 880152435671. Neither severe illnesses nor injury have been reported to date in connection with this problem. But minor allergy reaction to …

HPA study shows poor hygiene practices at mobile vendors

Research from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) has revealed that food, water, chopping boards, cleaning cloths and security wristbands sampled from mobile and outdoor food vendors were contaminated with a range of bacteria including E.coli. This bacteria, which originates from human or animal faeces indicates either poor hygiene, undercooking or cross-contamination in the kitchen.

The report ‘A follow-up study of hygiene practices in catering premises at large scale events in the United Kingdom’ is now published on the HPA website. Over a seven month period in 2010, 1,662 samples were collected from 153 events by Local Authority sampling officers and tested by the HPA for a range of bacteria including Enterobacteriacae, E.coli and Staphylococcus aureus.

The events where samples were taken included 50 concerts or music festivals, 20 sports events, 39 carnivals, fetes and fairs and 44 ‘other’ events of a type not stated. 8% of food samples were noted as being of an unsatisfactory qua…

Certain St. Thomas brand Bar Clams may contain dangerous bacteria

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and St. Thomas Fish Market are warning the public not to consume the Bar Clams described in the press release because they may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum. Toxins produced by these bacteria may cause botulism, a life-threatening illness. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product. The manufacturer, St. Thomas Fish Market Inc., Saint-Thomas-De-Kent, New Brunswick, is voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

Kansas Firm Recalls Pork Products That Were Produced Without a HACCP Plan

Ben-Lee Processing, Inc., an Atwood, Kansas establishment, is recalling an undetermined amount of ready-to-eat and heat-treated bacon and ham products that were produced without a Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points (HACCP) plan, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced.

The following products are subject to recall: Various weight packages of cured pork products, including country style bacon, sliced bacon, ham, sliced ham, and summer sausages The recalled products are in consumer-sized packages in various weights, and are wrapped in white butcher paper with the name and address of Ben-Lee as well as the mark of inspection and the name of the product in a contrasting ink color. The recalled products bear the establishment number "Est. 2366" inside the USDA mark of inspection.

The products were produced prior to March 14, 2013, and were distributed in northwest Kansas for further distribution. The problem …

Plastic contamination

FPL Food, LLC, a West Columbia, S.C. establishment, is recalling approximately 5,820 pounds of ground beef chuck that may contain small pieces of plastic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced.

The following product is subject to recall: 80 oz. (5 lb.) chubs of "80% Lean 20% Fat All Natural Ground Beef Chuck" The establishment number "EST 332B" and the sell by date "03/27/2013" are inkjetted on each package. The products were packaged on March 7, 2013, and were sold in retail stores in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

The problem was discovered after the company received three consumer complaints. The pieces of plastic are believed to be pieces of a blue plastic liner that covers source material used to produce the final ground product. FSIS and the company have received no reports of injury at this time.

Grippo Foods Inc. Issues A Voluntary Recall Of All Sizes Of Their Plain Potato Chips, Bar-B-Q Potato Chips, Cheddar Cheese With A Touch Of Jalapeno Potato Chips, Hot Dill Pickle Potato Chips, Sweet Bermuda Onion Potato Chips And Salt & Vinegar Potato Chips Due To Possible Health Risk

Grippo Foods, Inc, Cincinnati, OH, is initiating a nationwide recall of all bags and boxes of their Plain Potato Chips, Bar-B-Q Potato Chips, Cheddar Cheese with a touch of Jalapeno Potato Chips, Hot Dill Pickle Potato Chips, Sweet Bermuda Onion Potato chips and Salt & Vinegar Potato Chips. These products may have the potential to contain metal fragments.
Follow the link to read more.
Source: FDA

Wholebake Limited recalls 9 Bar brand original mixed seed bar

Wholebake Limited is recalling one batch code of its 9 Bar brand original mixed seed bar (4 x 40g), labelled as 'free from' dairy, because the product contains milk protein. This means the product should not be eaten by anyone with an allergy or intolerance to milk. The Agency has issued an Allergy Alert. Follow the link for product details.

Source: FSA

Agency warning on lead in Pascalite powder

The Food Standards Agency is today issuing a warning about the levels of lead in Pascalite powder in batches from Pascalite Inc, which may be bought on the internet. The US Food and Drug Administration has issued a recall by Pascalite Inc of some of its internal use products because of high levels of lead found in certain batches. Follow the link for batch information

Arkansas Firm Recalls Chicken Polish Sausage and Chicken Breakfast Link Products Due To Potential Listeria Monocytogenes Contamination

Hot Springs Packing Co., Inc., a Hot Springs, Ark. establishment, is recalling approximately 6,120 pounds of chicken polish sausage and chicken breakfast link products due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced.

Arkansas Firm Recalls Chicken Polish Sausage and Chicken Breakfast Link Products Due To Potential Listeria Monocytogenes Contamination

Hot Springs Packing Co., Inc., a Hot Springs, Ark. establishment, is recalling approximately 6,120 pounds of chicken polish sausage and chicken breakfast link products due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced.

Health Hazard Alert - Certain Formaggio brand Artisan Wraps Italian Style Meats around Fresh Mozzarella may contain Listeria monocytogenes

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd. are warning the public not to consume Formaggio brand Artisan Wraps Italian Style Meats around Fresh Mozzarella because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product. The Importer, Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd., Ottawa, Canada is voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

Allergy Alert - Undeclared milk in certain Jak brand « Instant Coffee 3 in 1 »

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Uncle T Food Ltd. are warning people with allergies to milk not to consume the Jak brand Instant Coffee 3 in 1 described in the press release. The affected product may contain milk which is not declared on the label. 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. The importer, Uncle T Ltd., Richmond, British Columbia is voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

Musgrave Retail Partners GB recalls a batch of SuperValu Tuna and Sweetcorn Sandwiches due to an undeclared presence of prawns

One batch code of the product has been found to contain prawns (crustaceans) due to a packing error. This makes the product a potential health risk for people who are allergic to prawns and other crustaceans.

Product identification:  SuperValu Tuna and Sweetcorn Sandwich 'Use by' date: 8 March 2013

Action taken by the company:  The company is recalling the implicated batch from sale. Customer notices will be displayed in Budgens and Londis stores to alert consumers to the reasons for the recall and the actions they can take if they have purchased this product. A copy of the customer notice issued by Musgraves is attached to this alert. The relevant allergy associations are being contacted. No other SuperValu products are known to be affected.

Source: FSA

Loch Arthur Creamery has initiated a precautionary recall of all their dairy products due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination

Listeria monocytogenes has been detected in a number of products following sampling by Dumfries and Galloway Council. Loch Arthur Creamery is therefore extending the recall on a precautionary basis to all of their dairy products listed in the recall notice.

Source: FSA

FDA recalls this week

Steve’s Real Food Recalls Turducken Canine Recipe Patties Because of Possible Health Risk from Salmonella

Tri-union Seafoods Expands Recall To Include Chunk Light Tuna In Oil Products. 
Tri-Union Seafoods LLC, which previously announced a voluntary recall, is now expanding it to include a limited amount of Chicken of the Sea brand 5-ounce chunk light tuna in oil. This is in addition to the limited amount of Chicken of the Sea brand 5-ounce chunk white albacore tuna in water announced March 6, 2013. The seams on the lids of the cans do not meet the standard for seam quality. Cans that do not meet seam standards could result in product contamination by spoilage organisms or by pathogens, which could lead to illness if consumed. There have been no reported illnesses to date, and Tri-Union Seafoods is issuing this voluntary recall to ensure the highest margin of safety and quality.

Kroger Recalls Select Wheat Bread Products in Idaho, Oregon and Washington States because these products may …

Health Hazard Alert - Certain Proti Diet High Protein Chocolate Dream Bar may contain Salmonella bacteria

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Pro-Amino International Inc. are warning the public not to consume the Proti Diet High Protein Chocolate Dream Bar described in their press release because it may be contaminated with Salmonella. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product. Follow the link to find out more.

P&B (Foods) Limited recalls certain batch codes of Heera/Parivar brand Coriander Seeds due to contamination with insect infestation

Heera Small Coriander Seeds (various sizes, batch and date codes)
Parivar Coriander Seeds

Product details: (Product Batch Size Best before)

Heera IG1130812 700g 13.08.14 Heera IG2200812 200g 20.07.14 Heera 3G091111 100g 09.11.13 Heera 1G00312 200g 07.08.13 Heera 3G210312 700g 21.08.13 Heera PB100532 25kg 13.08.14 Parivar 1G0614 600g 10.06.14 Parivar IG0616 600g 16.06.14

Risk:  All batches of the above product are being recalled on a precautionary basis as the products may be subject to insect infestation.

Update on EU sampling programme

The European Commission has asked member states to put Official Control Plans in place that allow sampling and testing for presence of horse DNA in foods marketed or labelled as containing beef. In the UK, 150 samples of beef products are being taken for the survey, and the results of the analysis will be reported to the EU along with details of any follow-up action taken. In the UK, 24 local authorities began collecting samples this week throughout the UK. The types of foods being sampled are minced beef, beefburgers, beef sausages, meatballs and ready meals, and will include frozen, chilled, cooked and canned ranges. Samples will be collected from retailers, wholesale and catering suppliers (including those supplying schools, prisons and hospitals) and coldstores. Both prepacked and non-prepacked foods will be sampled.

The FSA will report to the Commission by 9 April. The Commission has indicated that gelatine is out of scope of the control plan. Products such as stock cubes and d…

E. coli O157 present in Gouda Herb Cheese by Kilshanny Farmhouse Cheese

E. coli O157 has been found in a batch of Gouda herb cheese by Kilshanny Farmhouse Cheese. This product has been sold in a foodstall in the Limerick Milk Market and in a retailer in Co. Clare. The company has been ordered by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine to withhold placing any further batches on the market. Consumers are advised not to eat the implicated cheese due to the presence of E. coli O157. Follow the link for product details.

Source: FSAI

FDA recalls this week

Herbalife Issues Allergy Alert due to Undeclared Milk Allergen in Instant Healthy Meal Nutritional Shake Mix Packets

Voluntary Recall of Dakota Specialty Milling Select Flours and Grain Blends due to metal wire contamination

King Arthur Flour Voluntarily Recalls Flour due to the possible presence of small (7-9 mm) blue polyurethane balls that are used in the sifting process.

Bruce Foods Corporation Expands Recall to Indiana of Food Club Red Enchilada Sauce Because of Possible Health Risk - Bruce Foods Corporation of New Iberia, LA is recalling mislabeled 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.

Lion Pavilion Issues Alert on Undeclared Sulfites in Grassplot Ginger S…

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