Food safety is a given, when a consumer purchases food they expect it to be safe and fit to eat. The responsibility for ensuring food is safe to eat rests with the farmer (sometimes called the primary producer), the manufacturer or processor (if the food is prepared in a factory), the distributor and wholesaler (the people responsible for transfering the food from the manufacturer to the shop or to the door in the case of direct sales or mail order), the retailer and the consumer themselves.
The Agency has updated its statement on bute in horse meat. In 2012, the FSA identified eight cases where horses tested positive for bute. Five were exported for the food chain. None of the meat was destined for the UK.
Where the meat had been exported to other countries, the relevant food safety authorities were informed. The other three did not enter the food chain. None of the meat had been placed for sale on the UK market.
Horses that have been treated with the drug phenylbutazone or 'bute' are not allowed to enter the food chain.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) carries out checks in slaughterhouses to ensure that horses presented for slaughter are fit for human consumption, in the same was as they do for other animals, such as sheep and cattle. The FSA also carries out regular enhanced sampling and testing for phenylbutazone in meat from horses slaughtered in the UK.
During the recent horse meat incident, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland checked for the presence of…
Annie's Homegrown Inc., a Berkeley, Calif. establishment, is recalling an undetermined amount of frozen pizzas that may be contaminated with extraneous materials (metal contamination) and are the subject of a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recall, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced. Follow the link for more details.
Jouni Meats, Inc., a Sterling Heights, Mich. retail store, is recalling approximately 500 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with a strain of Salmonella Typhimurium, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced.
Texas Firm Recalls Ready-To-Eat Pork Products Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination
Stallings Head Cheese Co., Inc., a Houston, Texas establishment, is recalling 4,700 pounds of hog head cheese that may be contaminated with Salmonella, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced. Follow the link for product details.
ConAgra Foods, Omaha, Neb., is voluntarily initiating a product recall for specific lots of its 8 ounce Hunt's Tomato Sauce (regular variety) and Hunt's Tomato Sauce No Salt Added that were packaged in cans containing a defect in the inner lining. Although there is no food safety concern associated with the product, the can defect may cause the can to swell and the product to spurt out when opened. Click on the link for product details.
Advance Pierre Foods, an Enid, Okla. establishment, is recalling approximately 1,200 pounds of chicken fried chicken breasts that may contain small pieces of metal, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced. Follow the link for more details on the recall.
Gab Halal Foods, a Troy, Mich. retail store, is recalling approximately 550 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with a strain of Salmonella Typhimurium, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced. Follow the link to find out more.
Whole Foods Market is recalling one lot code of Whole Catch Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon (4 oz), cold smoked and sliced, sold in stores in 12 states, because it may contain Listeria Monocytogenes.
The recalled items were sold in stores in Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Rhode Island, and Utah.
The recalled salmon is sold in black-and-gold, flat, rectangular vacuum-sealed packages; the lot code being recalled is 7425A2298B. The lot code is ink-jet printed on the back of the package, on the upper left side. The UPC code is 0 99482 40880 0. Signage is posted in Whole Foods Market stores to notify customers of this recall. Pictures of the product are enclosed.
No illnesses have been reported. A sample of the product tested positive for listeria.
A number of The Health Store products have been labelled with incorrect allergen labelling resulting in inconsistent information between the ingredients and allergy box. This poses a health risk to those with an allergy to or intolerance of milk or its constituents, or those with a sensitivity to sulphites.
C & H Meat Company, a Vernon, Calif., establishment, is recalling approximately 79,400 pounds of marinated pork and chicken products because they are misbranded in that they contain monosodium glutamate (MSG), which is not declared on the label, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service has announced. Follow the link for more details.
Annie's Inc. (NYSE:BNNY) has initiated a voluntary recall of Annie's Homegrown Frozen Pizza due to the possible presence of fragments of flexible metal mesh caused by a faulty screen at a third-party flour mill.
Follow the link for full product details. Source: FSA
Cake Factory Outlet and Clearance Cake Excess have re-branded and re-labelled cakes, biscuits, sweets, puddings and tarts in an establishment served with a Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Notice due to unsatisfactory hygiene conditions.
A range of bakery products are reported to be mouldy, past their ‘best before’ date and contaminated as a result of rat infestation at the premises.
It has not been possible to obtain full distribution details or to be certain about the extent of distribution. The products are thought to be sold via market stalls across the north west of England, including markets in Clitheroe, Blackburn, and Manchester (Smithfields Market). Further investigations by the local authority are ongoing.
LJD Holdings, Inc., doing business as B and D Foods, a Boise, Idaho establishment, is recalling approximately 33,500 pounds of fully cooked 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. Follow the link for more details.
BBU, Inc., the parent of the Bimbo Bakeries companies, has initiated a voluntary recall due to possible presence of fragments of metal caused by a faulty manufacturing part. Click on the link for full product details.
Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has published the findings of a
targeted study on meat authenticity. It is important to stress that authenticity
is not a primarily a food safety, but a food standards issue. However some
contaminants used can have either acute or chronic food safety implications. Tests
are undertaken by governments and food authorities around the world to
determine whether food is authentic i.e. it is what is stated on the label.
investigations in the UK have included the recall of counterfeit
vodka in April 2012. The Food
Standards Agency (FSA) estimates that alcohol fraud costs the UK economy
more £1bn lost in revenue each year with spirits alone accounting for £130
million. To adulterate means to add impure, improper, or inferior ingredients. In the
1800s adulteration was commonplace in the UK. Bakers would whiten their bread with chalk and sawdust and brewers would add bitter substances to save on the
cost of hops.The first Food Adulteration…
The State Milk Board, in conjunction with the Missouri Department of Agriculture and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, has announced that Homestead Creamery of Jamesport, Mo. is voluntarily withdrawing a batch of its Flory's Favorite cheese from the marketplace.
Preliminary test results received from the Missouri State Health Laboratory indicate the cheese may be contaminated with Shiga-Toxin producing E.coli, which can lead to food borne illness. Confirmatory tests are ongoing.
The Homestead Creamery plant license to sell milk products in Missouri has been temporarily suspended, pending the results of the investigation by the State Milk Board and Missouri departments of Agriculture and Health and Senior Services.
The withdrawn product, Flory's Favorite, is a 60-day aged cheese made with raw milk. Packages of the cheese are marked with "Packed On 210" on the label. This affects approximately 250 pounds of cheese and does not affect any other da…
One batch code of the above product has been found to contain peanuts due to a packing error. This makes the product a potential health risk for people who are allergic or sensitive to peanuts.
Sainsbury’s Honey Roasted Jumbo Cashews, 200g
Best before: 18 May 2013
Action taken by the company
The company is recalling the implicated batch from sale. Customer notices will be displayed in stores to alert consumers to the reasons for the recall and the actions they can take if they have purchased this product. In addition, the company will be contacting the relevant allergy support organisations who will inform their at-risk members of the recall.
No other Sainsbury’s products are known to be affected.
Watson’s Wholesale Meats and Savouries Ltd has produced bacon ribs and cooked pig stomachs in unapproved premises under unsatisfactory hygiene conditions.
Due to the nature of the activities at the unapproved establishment, it has not been possible to obtain full distribution details or product traceability records for products supplied from the establishment. There is known distribution to some retail establishments in the north west of England, however, it is possible that there may be distribution to other establishments.
Identification of the affected products:
All dates and batch codes of:
Cooked pig stomachs
Watson’s Wholesale Meat and Savouries Ltd
Stephen and Lynzi Kenny
Action to be taken by local authorities
As the above products were processed in an unapproved establishment, they do not comply with the requirements of Regulation (EC) No. 853/2004 which lays down the specific hygiene rules for food of animal original and they fail t…
Food Standards Australia New Zealand has released details of recalled Jindi cheeses.
The recall, which involves a variety of brands sold in different packaging, follows an announcement by Victoria’s acting Chief Health Officer, Dr Michael Ackland that more cases of illness had been linked to soft and semi-soft cheese products.
Dr Ackland said there were now 18 cases of listeria infection nationally, and a link to batches of Jindi manufactured cheeses sold at delicatessens and supermarkets had been identified.
The Jindi Cheese company is now recalling all its cheeses manufactured up to and including 6 January which have a range of best before dates under a range of brand names.
Victorian Department officials visited the Jindi factory in Jindivick on Wednesday, and were satisfied that appropriate food processing, hygiene and monitoring practices were being followed for the manufacture of products from January 7.
Consumers should not eat the recalled products and should return them t…
The public warning issued on January 15, 2013 has been updated to include an additional lot code.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Peak Performance Products Inc. are warning people with allergies to peanut not to consume certain Dymatize Nutrition brand Elite Gourmet product described below. The affected product contains peanut which is not declared on the label.
The affected product, Dymatize Nutrition brand Elite Gourmet Fudge Brownie bar, product of USA, is sold in 42.5 g package, bearing UPC 7 05016 99313 0 and lot code Best Before SEP 2013 12199A.
This product has been distributed nationally.
There have been no reported reactions associated with the consumption of this product
King’s Delight, a Gainesville, Ga. establishment, is recalling approximately 1,572 pounds of frozen chicken nuggets labelled as gluten-free because they contain wheat, a known allergen that is not declared on the label, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.
The product subject to recall include: [Labels]
8-oz. cartons of “APPLEGATE® Naturals Gluten-Free Chicken Nuggets.”
The establishment number “P-2617” can be found printed on the side of each carton. The products were packaged on Sept. 19, 2012. The lot number “210864” and the best before date “08/28/13” are printed on each carton’s side panel. The UPC code “25317-00556” is printed on the back of each carton. The products were distributed to retail stores in Indiana, Maryland, Oregon and Washington.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Taiwan Food Products Ltd. are warning people with allergies to egg not to consume the Fish Tempura Sticks described below. The affected product may contain egg which is not declared on the label.
The affected product, Fish Tempura Sticks, is sold frozen in 365 g packages bearing UPC 7 77576 00410 6. The affected packages bear the date codes EXP 2013 09 12 or EXP 2013 09 13.
This product has been distributed in Alberta and British Columbia.
There has been one reported allergic reaction associated with the consumption of this product.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Lilydale Inc. are warning people with allergies to mustard not to consume the seasoned peppered smoked turkey breast described in the press release. The affected products contain mustard which is not declared on the label.
The public warning issued on December 29, 2012 has been updated to include an additional Best Before Date.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Kinnikinnick Foods Inc. are warning people with allergies to egg not to consume certain Kinnikinnick Foods brand Pie Crusts described below.
The affected product contains egg which is not declared on the label.
The affected product, Kinnikinnick Foods brand Pie Crusts, is sold frozen in 290 g packages (each containing 2- 8" pie crusts) bearing UPC 6 20133 00600 9 and Best Before Date 2013DE17.
This product has been distributed in Alberta.
There have been no reported reactions associated with the consumption of this product.
Salmonella has been detected in a pack of the above product following routine testing by Sainsbury’s. As a precautionary measure, Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd is recalling all date codes up to and including 21 January 2013.
Product identification: Sainsbury’s Lemon Thyme, 15g
All date codes up to and including 21 January 2013.
Action taken by the company: Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd is recalling the above product.
Point-of-sale notices are being displayed in store explaining the actions consumers can take if they have bought the affected product. A copy of the point-of-sale notice issued by Sainsbury’s is attached to this alert.
No other Sainsbury’s products are known to be affected.
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) today published the findings of a targeted study examining the authenticity of a number of beef burger, beef meal and salami products available from retail outlets in Ireland. The study which tested for the presence of horse and pig DNA, reveals the presence of horse DNA in some beef burger products.
The FSAI states this raises concerns in relation to the traceability of meat ingredients and products entering the food chain.
A total of 27 beef burger products were analysed with 10 of the 27 products (37%) testing positive for horse DNA and 23 (85%) testing positive for pig DNA. In addition, 31 beef meal products (cottage pie, beef curry pie, lasagne, etc) were analysed of which 21 were positive for pig DNA and all were negative for horse DNA. All 19 salami products analysed tested negative for horse DNA. Traces of horse DNA were also detected in batches of raw ingredients, including some imported from The Netherlands and Spain.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Heidelberg Foods Ltd. (EST 644) are warning people with allergies to mustard not to consume the Noah martin's Black Forest salami described in the press release. The affected product contains mustard which is not declared on the label.
The affected product, Noah Martin's Black Forest salami, was sold in variable weight packages to customers at the following deli locations in Ontario up to and including January 11, 2013. Follow the link for product details.
Island Delights, Inc. today recalled 492 Bags of its Coconut Haystack Candy due to mislabelling and undeclared allergens. This was discovered during an audit from the Ohio Department of Agriculture on January 7, 2013. The Coconut Haystack Candy contains milk that is not declared on the product label. People who have allergies to milk run the risk of an allergic reaction if they consume these products.
The recalled units were distributed to retail stores and through mail orders in the states of AZ, CA, FL, MA, MN, MS, NC, NY, SC, TX, VA, WA & WY between January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2012. No other products are involved.
Boba Direct (BD) announced the voluntary recall of the following BD Flavored Powders: Almond, Avocado, Banana, Blueberry, Café Latte, Cherry, Chocolate, Coconut, Honeydew, Lavender, Lychee, Mango, Matcha Green Tea, Milk Tea, Passionfruit, Peppermint, Pineapple, Red Bean, Strawberry, Taro, Vanilla and Watermelon in the 2.2 lb. plastic bags because of the incorrect label failing to declare milk as the source of sodium caseinate and lactose. Individuals with allergies to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.
The product was distributed from December 26, 2012 – January 4, 2013 to cafés restaurants and smoothie shops throughout the United States.
The recall was initiated after it was discovered the packages were mislabeled from the manufacturer. Albeit the ingredients label displays sodium caseinate and lactose, it does not clearly display that it contains milk.
This product is a food safety concern only for people whom are…
GIANT Food Stores, LLC and MARTIN’S Food Markets, following a recall by Ocean Beauty Seafoods LLC, announced it removed from sale several varieties of smoked salmon due to possible contamination by listeria monocytogenes.
The following products are included in this recall:
* Nathan’s Nova Salmon, 3 o.z., UPC 7303080368, all sell by dates
* Nathan’s Nova Salmon, 8 o.z., UPC 7303080369, all sell by dates
* Lascco Smoked Salmon, 3 o.z., UPC 7284001703, all sell by dates
We have received no reports of illnesses to date. Customers who have purchased the product should discard any unused portions and bring their purchase receipt to GIANT/MARTIN’S for a full refund.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning people with allergies to peanut not to consume certain Dymatize Nutrition brand Elite Gourmet Cookies & Cream bar described below. The affected product contains peanut which is not declared on the label.
The affected product, Dymatize Nutrition brand Elite Gourmet Cookies & Cream bar, product of USA, is sold in 85 g packages, bearing UPC 7 05016 99301 7 and lot code Best Before MAY 2013 12072A.
This product was sold through internet at sndcanada.com and may have been distributed through retail stores nationally.
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 peanut.
In late September 2012, a paediatric department in a Central Copenhagen Hospital notified Statens Serum Institut (SSI) of four cases of haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS). This led to the initiation of an outbreak investigation.
HUS and infections with verocytotoxin-producing E. coli (VTEC) are individually notifiable in Denmark. Furthermore, VTEC infections are laboratory-notifiable. Around 180 cases are reported each year, of which serogroup O157 constitute 15–20% .
Previously, Denmark has experienced only two general outbreaks of VTEC infection. In 2006 an outbreak of VTEC O157 affected 25 cases, with organic pasteurised milk as the source . In 2007, an outbreak of VTEC O26 affected 20 cases, with an organic fermented beef sausage as the source . In addition, Denmark reported 26 cases during the large VTEC O104 outbreak in Germany in 2011 . The annual number of HUS cases in Denmark ranges from two to six . Subtyping of verocytotoxin genes are done at SSI as described …
Heads of Environmental Health and Directors of Trading Standards will wish to be aware of this update to Food Alert for Action 07/2012 issued on 20/12/2012 and updated on 28/12/2012 concerning the recall associated with rose bean curd tofu and chilli bean curd tofu originating from China via The Netherlands.
The Agency has now received further information confirming that another date code of tofu from the same Chinese producer is contaminated with high levels of Bacillus cereus.
Distribution details for the additional date code are not available at this moment. If further information on distribution becomes available, local authorities will be advised accordingly.
Identification of the affected products:
Koon Yick Wah Kee – Rose Bean Curd (Tofu) 454g
Best Before Date 30.12.13 Lot number 023424
Koon Yick Wah Kee – Chilli Bean Curd (Tofu) 454g
Best Before Date 30.12.13 Lot Number 023421
Update on recall of Snax 4 U (of Glasgow) three date codes of own brand sandwiches, baguettes, wraps and filled rolls due to a rodent infestation. Heads of Environmental Health Services will wish to be aware of this update to Food Alert for Action 01/2013 issued on 09/01/2013 concerning the recall associated with Snax 4 U (of Glasgow) and three date codes of its sandwiches, baguettes, wraps and filled rolls as they were produced in premises served with a Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Notice due to food hygiene contraventions involving rodent infestation.
Despite enquiries by investigating officers in the originating local authority, it has not been possible to obtain full distribution details or product traceability records. Products have also been found in two local authority areas not on the original distribution list in Scotland.
In addition, officers have identified further date codes and different products that have also been supplied from this premises with use by dates up to a…
As precautionary measure, Delifish has decided to expand the voluntary recall to include cold smoked products related to Julian dates 235 to 345, the previous voluntary recall included cold smoked products related to Julian dates 249- 291. There have been no new detections on products placed on the market in relation to this expansion.
The expansion means that all cold smoked products that have been produced in the same period as the product type which initially tested positive in the U.S.A. are now voluntarily recalled. The decision is taken in agreement with the FDA and is carried out as a precautionary measure.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Kasseler Food Products Inc. are warning people with allergies to milk not to consume certain Somersaults brand Cinnamon Crunch described in the press release. The affected products contain milk which is not declared on the label. Follow the link to read more.
Woodstock® today issued a voluntary recall of Woodstock Tamari Almonds, because of an incorrect back label on packages of a single Lot. This mislabeling incident resulted in an undeclared allergen (Soy). People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to soy run the risk of a serious or life threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.
The front of the retail package is correctly labeled Woodstock All Natural Tamari Almonds, 7.5 OZ. However, the back of the retail package has incorrect back label information – including Nutrition Facts, Ingredients, UPC# 0-42563—00838-3. One code date is affected: Best By: 10/24/13, Lot 12298, which appears on the shipping case sticker and on the back of the retail pouch (ONLY this Best By date is being recalled).
Follow the link to read more. Source: FDA
Kinnikinnick Foods of 10940 120 street, Edmonton, AB is warning consumers with Egg Allergies not to consume Kinnikinnick Frozen Pie Crust because it contains EGG products which may not be indicated on an applied ingredient label. Products without an ingredient label applied to the box are not subject to this recall as they correctly list the product as containing eggs.
The product being recalled is:
Kinnikinnick Pie Crust (frozen)
Weight: 290 g/10 oz Qty/Pkg: 2
UPC: 62013300600 9
Distributed in the United States. Follow the link for more details.
Gilster-Mary Lee of Chester, Illinois is voluntarily recalling one lot of Chocolate Chunk Brownie Mix because it contains cartons containing undeclared walnuts. (Wrong packaging/cartons were used that do not declare walnuts). People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to walnuts run the risk of serious or life threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.
The only brand involved is Food Club Chocolate Chunk Brownie Mix packaged in cases of 12/21.5oz. Cartons have a Best By date of NOV 28 13 D02 (UPC# 36800-13486). This Best By date code is located on the corrugated case AND on the top flap of the carton. Consumers should return the product to the store or discard it.
ConAgra Foods, Omaha, Neb., in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is voluntarily recalling a limited number of packages of its Andy Capp’s Hot Fries flavor product that may contain the Andy Capp’s Cheddar Fries flavor, and, therefore, an undeclared allergen—soy. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to soy run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. There have been no illnesses reported to date in connection with this product.
The product was shipped to retail food distributors in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania for distribution to retail stores in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia. Follow the link for product details.
A woman is suspected to have died from food poisoning and up to 30 other diners were taken ill after they ate their Christmas Day dinner at the same pub. Public health officials have launched an investigation and last night confirmed food poisoning bacteria has been found in samples from the woman who died and others affected by the outbreak of illness.
The woman, said to be in her 40s, is understood to have fallen ill at home soon after returning from the Railway Hotel pub in Hornchurch, Essex, on Christmas Day.
Follow the link to read more. Source: The Telegraph
Southwest Ice Cream Specialties is voluntarily recalling ShurFine Brand "Creamery Select (Premium Ice Cream) Dulce de Leche" Ice Cream (1.75 quarts, 1.66L) because it may contain praline pecan ice cream, which contains wheat, soy and pecans. The product is packed with a ShurFine Praline Pecan lid, but bears the Dulce de Leche product labeling on the carton. While no ShurFine product has been linked to any illness related to allergens at this time, Southwest Ice Cream Specialties is taking this precautionary measure because the ice cream inside the carton contains pecans, soy and wheat that are not declared on the packaging.
To date, no complaints or reactions have been reported. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to pecans, soy and/or wheat run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product. Follow the link for product details.
Update on recall of Koon Yick Wah Kee Rose Bean Curd (Tofu) and Chilli Bean Curd (Tofu) due to contamination with Bacillus cereus and yeasts.
Heads of Environmental Health and Directors of Trading Standards will wish to be aware of this update to Food Alert for Action 07/2012 issued on 20 December 2012 concerning the recall associated with rose bean curd tofu and chilli bean curd tofu originating from China via The Netherlands.
The Agency has now received further information confirming that other lots of tofu from the same Chinese producer are contaminated with high levels of Bacillus cereus. Based on the findings, the Dutch importer Liroy B.V. is recalling all the tofu products they have imported this year from the Chinese producer.
The affected products have been distributed widely throughout the UK.
The Dutch importer will contact all their customers regarding withdrawing all other rose bean curd tofu and chilli bean curd tofu as a precaution.