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Chickens from Chile recalled in the US

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced over the weekend that about 188,000 pounds of chicken imported from Chile is being recalled for potential dioxin contamination.

After the Chilean Ministry of Health found dioxin in chicken products, FSIS said it instructed importers to hold product from the country at the point of re-inspection. U.S. authorities believe 188,522 pounds of chicken may be affected and of that 126,082 is currently being held. “The agency is investigating the distribution of the remaining 62,440, pounds and verifying if additional shipments are involved,” read the weekend announcement. “FSIS may expand the public notification and will take necessary and appropriate action after analyzing updated information received from the government of Chile.” The agency said it had conducted an analysis of the Chilean test results and “determined that the risk to consumers is negligible,” but that the agency is continuing to track down …

Shetland shellfish sites close after high toxin levels found

All shellfish harvesting sites in Shetland have closed and mussels from the islands withdrawn from sale after unusually high levels of toxins were detected. 

The Food Standards Agency said the naturally-occurring toxins can cause acute food poisoning. The move came after about 70 people in south-east England reported symptoms of diarrhetic shellfish poisoning. The cases have been linked to the eating of mussels from Shetland. It was after the harvest of these mussels that the FSA recorded the high levels of toxins during its weekly monitoring programme.

According to the FSA, the toxins are produced by marine phytoplankton and levels are typically higher in summer. A total of 11 harvesting areas in waters to the north and west of the islands have been shut by Shetland Islands Council and businesses operating in the remaining nine areas have decided to voluntarily stop commercial harvesting.

Source: BBC News

FDA recalls this week

Coco Cafe Mocha recalled

All Market Europe Ltd is recalling a date code of Coco Cafe Mocha, because the product has been found to contain milk, which is not declared on the label. This makes the product a possible health risk for those with an allergy or intolerance to milk, or its constituents. The Agency has issued an Allergy Alert.

Source: FSA

Pesticide found in deadly India school meal

An initial forensic report has confirmed that the free school lunch that killed 23 children this week in India's eastern state of Bihar was contaminated with a pesticide, a senior police official has said. The report found the meal was prepared with cooking oil that contained monocrotophos, an organophosphorus compound that is used as an agricultural pesticide, Ravindra Kumar, a senior police official, said on Saturday.

Source: Aljazeera

Certain Il Villaggio brand Gorgonzola Dolce Cheese may contain Listeria monocytogenes

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Agropur are warning the public not to consume the Il Villaggio brand Gorgonzola Dolce Cheese described in the press release because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product. The importer, Agropur, St-Hubert, Quebec, is voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

Olde Thompson Inc. Issues a Voluntary Recall of Earth’s Pride Organics: Organic Oregano 2.2 Oz Glass Jars With Cork Closure Due to Possible Salmonella Risk

Olde Thompson Inc. Oxnard, CA in cooperation with the FDA is recalling Earth’s Pride Organics: Organic Oregano packaged in a 2.2 oz. glass jar with cork closure, Lot #: 060367, 060692, 061252 and 061864 due to possible contamination by Salmonella. If you have the recalled product, please do not consume it. Please dispose of the recalled product and its container.

Source: FDA

Island Salads recalls Coleslaw due to presence of Listeria monocytogenes

Listeria monocytogenes, a food-poisoning bacteria, has been found in a batch of Island Salads Coleslaw following sampling by Craigavon Borough Council. Listeria monocytogenes can cause illness in certain groups of people, such as pregnant women, unborn and newborn babies, and anyone with reduced immunity, particularly the over-60s. Follow the link to find out more.

Source: FSA

Venture Foods UK Ltd withdraws multiple Organica branded chocolate bars due to incorrect allergen advisory labelling

The allergen information on the product packaging does not accurately explain to consumers the levels of milk in each product. This means the products are a possible health risk to anyone with an allergy or intolerance to milk or its constituents.

For more details click on the FSA link.

CFIA allergy alerts this week

FDA, Justice Department takes action against Vermont dairy farm

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced that the United States District Court for the District of Vermont entered a consent decree of permanent injunction against Lawson Farm of Irasburg, Vermont, its owner, Robert Lawson, and its manager, George R. Lawson, for selling cows and bull calves for human food that contain illegal drug residues in violation of federal law.

The decree, filed by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Consumer Protection Branch and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Vermont, prevents Lawson Farm, Robert Lawson, and George Lawson from purchasing or selling any animals for use as food unless and until they take certain actions to assure that animals with illegal drug residues do not enter the food supply. It also requires the defendants to keep written records to identify which animals have been medicated and to maintain a drug inventory. Previous FDA inspections of defendants’ operations found recurring violations of the Federal Food…

Certain Shabros brand Coriander Cumin Powder may contain Salmonella bacteria

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Shah Brothers Imports are warning the public not to consume the Shabros brand Coriander Cumin Powders described in the press release because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products. Follow the link to find out more.

Source: CFIA

FDA Recalls this week

Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese Recalls Les Frères Cheese Products due to Listeria Monocytogenes

Whole Foods Market Recalls Cheese Because of Possible Health Risk due to Listeria Monocytogenes

Somersault Snack Co., LLC, in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is voluntarily recalling a limited number of packages of 1 ounce Somersault Pacific Sea Salt products which were distributed to Target Stores in 6-Count Multi-Packs, and which were inadvertently mispackaged—limited quantities of Somersault Santa Fe Salsa flavored product were inadvertently commingled with Somersault Pacific Sea Salt flavored product in packages labeled as Somersault Pacific Sea Salt 1oz. The inadvertent commingling of these two products introduced another allergen (milk) to the Somersault Pacific Sea Salt 1oz. packages, and that allergen (milk) is not listed on the packaging as either an ingredient or an allergen.

Salmolux Voluntarily Recalls Cold Smoked Salmon Products Because of Possible H…

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