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ASDA withdraws certain date codes of ASDA 6 Little Eat Beef, Cheese & Tomato Burgers due to undeclared sulphites

The product contains sulphites which are not declared on the label, making this product a potential risk to consumers who are sensitive to sulphites.

Product identification:  ASDA 6 Little Eat Beef, Cheese & Tomato Burgers Pack size: 450g Date codes: Use by 13 April, 14 April, 18 April, 19 April, 20 April, 24 April

 Action taken by the company:  ASDA has withdrawn the affected product from sale

Source: FSA

Orville Redenbacher’s® Classic Kettle Korn Ready-to-Eat Popcorn Recalled Due to Undeclared Milk Allergen

Today, ConAgra Foods, Inc., (NYSE: CAG) in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is voluntarily recalling packages of its Orville Redenbacher’s Classic Kettle Korn flavor ready-to-eat popcorn that may contain an undeclared allergen, milk. Certain bags of the Kettle Korn flavored ready-to-eat popcorn may have inadvertently been filled with white cheddar flavored popcorn, which contains an allergen, milk. The milk allergen is not declared on the Kettle Korn product label. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk 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. This product was shipped to food stores and distributors nationwide.

Source: FDA

ONGOING MULTI-STRAIN FOOD-BORNE HEPATITIS A OUTBREAK WITH FROZEN BERRIES AS SUSPECTED VEHICLE: FOUR NORDIC COUNTRIES AFFECTED, OCTOBER 2012 TO APRIL 2013

A food-borne outbreak of hepatitis A in Denmark was notified to other countries on 1 March 2013. A case–control study identified frozen berries eaten in smoothies as potential vehicle. In the following weeks, Finland, Norway and Sweden also identified an increased number of hepatitis A patients without travel history. Most cases reported having eaten frozen berries at the time of exposure. By 17 April, 71 cases were notified in the four countries. No specific type of berry, brand or origin of berries has yet been identified.

Source: Eurosurveillance

Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Saintpaul Infections Linked to Imported Cucumbers

A total of 73 persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Saintpaul have been reported from 18 states. 27% of ill persons have been hospitalized, and no deaths have been reported. State public health officials are interviewing ill persons to obtain information regarding foods they might have eaten and other exposures in the week before illness. Preliminary information indicates that consumption of imported cucumbers is the likely source of infection for the ill persons.

Source: CDC

7th Heaven Bakeries Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Egg, Soy And Milk in Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

7th Heaven Bakeries, Oklahoma City, is recalling OATMEAL RAISIN COOKIES, because they may contain undeclared dry eggs, soy lecithin, and whey solids. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to eggs, soy and milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. The Oatmeal Raisin Cookies were distributed for retail sale to 7-Eleven Stores in the OKC Metro Area. (Oklahoma City, Moore, Norman, Noble, Midwest City, Del City, Edmond, Bethany, Nichols Hills, The Village, Yukon, Warr Acres, and Mustang, Oklahoma) The cookies are individually wrapped, and labeled with a round, 7th Heaven Bakeries label that is orange and yellow, with Best by Dates prior to 05/07/13 This recall was initiated after it was discovered during an FDA inspection that Oatmeal Raisin Cookies containing dry egg, soy and milk were distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of egg, soy and milk. No reports of illness have been received to date.

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Certain Seasoned, Cooked Chicken Breast Strips prepared by Le Champ du Coq Inc., may contain Salmonella bacteria

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Desco Services Alimentaires Inc. are warning the public not to consume the Le Champ du Coq brand Seasoned, Cooked Chicken Breast Strips described in the press release because it may be undercooked and, therefore, contaminated with Salmonella. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

Final result from UK-wide beef survey confirmed

The FSA has received confirmation of the final result for the remaining sample taken as part of the Agency’s UK-wide sampling programme of beef products. The product had been withdrawn from sale following an initial test. It has now been confirmed that the product does not contain horse DNA at or above the 1% reporting threshold. There are no further results to report from the FSA's own survey. The next report from the food industry is due to be published in June. A full list of all products confirmed as containing horse meat can be found on the website.

Source: FSA

Go Max Go Foods LLC Issues Voluntary Withdrawal of "Snap!," "Cleo's," "Jokerz," "Twilight," "Buccaneer", "Thumbs Up" and "Mahalo" Due to Possible Health Risk

Go Max Go Foods LLC, announces that it has taken the precautionary measure of voluntarily withdrawing a limited quantity of vegan candy bar products. These products contain the following statement on the front label: "dairy-free", which may lead to confusion for people who have allergies to milk products
.Source: FDA

Iceland Recalls a Batch of Chicken Shack - Half Chicken Chinese Five Spice due to Incorrect Best Before Date

Iceland is recalling Half Chicken Chinese Five Spice from its “Chicken Shack” range. Only the batch labelled best before 20/04/2014 is implicated, as it should have been labelled as best before 20/04/2013. Iceland has issued in-store notices requesting customers who have bought the implicated batch to return it.

Source: FSAI

Prime Food USA Issues an Alert On Listeria in Latis Brand Herring Fillet “Matiej”, Salmon Fillet Slices and Herring Fillet “Forelka” in Oil

Prime Food USA, 50st & 1st Ave Building # 57, Brooklyn NY 11232, is recalling Latis Brand Herring Fillet “Matiej”, Salmon Fillet Slices and Herring Fillet “Forelka” in Oil due to contamination with listeria monocytogenes.

The recalled Latis Brand Herring Fillet “Matiej” is packaged in 17.64oz (500grams) in plastic containers.The 17.64oz (500gram) container has a partial code: 01.14 and UPC Number 7541004076916. Salmon Fillet Slices packaged in 7.5oz plastic container and has a code.15.07.13(17JL), Herring Fillet “Forelka” in Oil 11.64oz (330gram) is packaged in plastic oval type containers. The 11.64oz (330gram) container has a code 07.01.14(09JR) .The products were sold in New York State.They are products of Latvia. The recall 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 found the product to be positive for Listeria monocytogenes.

Source: FDA

ASDA withdraws certain date codes of ASDA Chosen by You Chicken & Mushroom Noodle Pouch due to a packaging error resulting in incorrect allergen information

The above product has been packed with a wrong marinade made with shellfish powder containing prawns which has not been declared on the label. This poses a public health risk to those with an allergy to prawns (crustaceans).

Product identification: ASDA Chosen by You Chicken & Mushroom Noodle Pouch Pack size: 400g 'Use by' dates: 22 and 23 April 2013

Action taken by the company The company has withdrawn the implicated date codes from sale. Customer notices have been displayed in stores to alert consumers to the reasons for the withdrawal and to explain the actions they can take if they have purchased this product. A copy of the point-of-sale notice is attached to this alert. In addition, the company has contacted the relevant allergy support organisations, which will inform their at-risk members of the withdrawal. No other ASDA products are known to be affected.

Source: FSA

Wegmans Food Markets Announces Voluntary Recall of Select Wegmans Food You Feel Good About Roasted Red Pepper Dip, 8 oz., Due to Undeclared Milk and Eggs

Wegmans Food Markets is recalling approximately 1,100 affected units of Wegmans Food You Feel Good About Roasted Red Pepper Dip, 8 oz. tub, with a best-by date of 5/17/13, because some of the tubs may have an incorrect ingredient label that does not list milk and eggs. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk or eggs run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. The affected units were distributed to Wegman stores in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The product is produced for Wegmans by Summer Fresh Salads, Inc. of Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada, and sold in 8 oz. plastic tubs bearing UPC 77890 23286 with a best-by date of 5/17/13. There have been no reported illnesses to date.

Source: FDA

Thorntons PLC recalls three varieties of Chocolate Smiles Glass Jars due to possible contamination with small pieces of glass

Thorntons PLC has undertaken a precautionary recall of the products listed below as a very small number of these may contain small pieces of glass.

Product identification:  Milk Chocolate Smiles Jar, 135g Pink Chocolate Smiles Jar, 135g Milk Chocolate Smiles Jar, 350g All 'best before' dates and lot codes are affected by the recall.

Action taken by the company:  Thorntons PLC has recalled the above products. Product recall notices have been placed in all Thorntons PLC stores. These notices alert customers to the recall and advise them of what actions to take if they have purchased the product(s). A copy of the product recall notice is attached to this food alert. No other Thorntons PLC Chocolate products are affected.

Source: FSA

FDA recalls this week

Review into FSA response to horse meat incident

The FSA Board today agreed that a review will be carried out into the Agency’s response to the recent incidents of adulteration of processed beef products with horse and pig meat and DNA. This work will be conducted independently of the Agency, headed by Professor Pat Troop with a secretariat provided by the FSA. Professor Troop will have unrestricted access to all documents held by the FSA that are relevant to the scope of the review. She will also have access to FSA Board members and officials. The secretariat will aim to secure access to any external people or organisations as necessary. The findings of the review will be presented to the Board at its open Board meeting on 4 June 2013, with a formal report to be submitted to the FSA by the end of June 2013 for publication. This project will feed into a larger Government review of this issue.

Source: FSA

Tests show up to 5% of EU beef products contain horsemeat

Up to 5% of European Union products labelled as beef contain horsemeat, according to results published by the European Commission yesterday (16 April). The results came after eight weeks of DNA testing on more than 4,000 beefs products, of which 193 were positive for horse.

The Commission also found that 0.5% of the 3,000 tested horse carcasses contained traces of phenylbutazone, known as bute, a potentially harmful drug which is banned from entering the human food chain. Ahead of the publication of the results, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) released a statement saying the bute residues were of low concern for consumers. There was also no evidence that eating horsemeat poses a health risk, it said. "Today's findings have confirmed that this is a matter of food fraud and not of food safety," said Health and Consumer Affairs Commissioner Tonio Borg. The tests were carried out at retail level on products marketed as beef and in horsemeat abattoirs to test …

Certain smoked fish sold at Hooked stores in Toronto may contain dangerous bacteria

The public warning issued earlier today has been expanded to include additional products and codes. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume the smoked fish products 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 these products. The manufacturer, Hooked Inc., Toronto, ON, is voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

Certain St. Thomas brand Bottled Seafood Products may contain dangerous bacteria

The public warning issued on April 6, 2013 has been updated to include additional products because they may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum. Previously identified products included in this recall can be found on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) website. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume the St. Thomas brand bottled seafood products described below 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 these products. These products have been distributed in New Brunswick and may have been distributed in other provinces. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

Certain Trophy brand Nut Mix In Shell may contain Salmonella bacteria

The public warning issued on April 4, 2013 has been updated to include an additional product because this product may be contaminated with Salmonella. Previously identified products included in this recall can be found on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) website. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Trophy Foods Inc. are warning the public not to consume Trophy brand Nut Mix In Shell because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. This product has been distributed in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and may have been distributed to other provinces. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product. The manufacturer, Trophy Foods Inc., Calgary, Alberta is voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

Health Hazard Alert - Osmat Imports brand Stuffed Eggplants may contain dangerous bacteria

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Osmat Imports are warning the public not to consume the Osmat Imports brand Stuffed Eggplants product described in the press release because it may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum. Toxins produced by these bacteria may cause botulism, a life-threatening illness.

The affected product, Osmat Imports brand Stuffed Eggplants, was sold in 2 kg jars (4.4 lbs) bearing UPC 8 37770 00009 7 and Best Before: Lot 6 EXP JA 14. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product. The importer, Osmat Imports, North Vancouver, BC is voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

TRS recalls its own brand Pure Milk Powder due to the product being repackaged in an unapproved establishment

As the milk powder has been repackaged in an unapproved establishment, it does not comply with the requirements of Regulation (EC) No. 853/2004, which lays down the specific hygiene rules for food of animal origin, and fails to comply with the Food Hygiene Regulations 2006. Follow the link for more details.

Source: FSA

Asda recalls its own-brand Deli Pork and Egg Slices due to incorrect 'use by' date

Due to a labelling error the product has been labelled with a 'use by' date of 17 August instead of 17 April. Eating a product past the intended 'use by' date could pose a risk to health.

Product details
Asda Deli Pork and Egg Slices, 250g
Date code: Use by 17 August
Barcode: 05050854482076

Asda has withdrawn the above date code from sale and has issued consumer notices in their stores. These notices will alert customers to the recall and advise them of what actions to take if they have purchased the product. A copy of the consumer notice issued by Asda is attached. No other Asda products are known to be affected.

Source: FSA

Wild Blue Yonder Foods issues Recall-Allergy Alert- Undeclared Almonds in Chappaqua Crunch GF Simply Granola with Flax & Fruit

Wild Blue Yonder Foods of Lynn, MA is voluntarily recalling 834 cases of Chappaqua Crunch GF (Gluten Free) Simply Granola with Flax & Fruit because they contain undeclared almonds. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to almonds and other tree nuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

Source: FDA

Louisiana Firm Recalls Cooked Meat, Poultry, and Deli Products Due To Possible Listeria Monocytogenes Contamination

Manda Packing Company, a Baker, La., establishment, is expanding its recall to include approximately 468,000 pounds of roast beef, ham, turkey breast, tasso pork, ham shanks, hog head cheese, corned beef, and pastrami due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced.

Update on Agency’s beef product survey

The FSA has confirmed results for four of the remaining five samples relating to the Agency’s UK-wide sampling programme of beef products. 
All five of the products were withdrawn from sale following receipt of the first test results. Two of the four samples have been found to contain horse DNA at or above the 1% threshold for reporting. Neither product was found to contain the veterinary drug bute (phenylbutazone) or pig DNA. 
Products confirmed as containing horse meat above 1%  Burger: purchased from Nefyn Pizza & Kebab House in Gwynedd and manufactured by the Burger Manufacturing Company (BMC) 
Beefburger: purchased from Pig Out in Walsall and manufactured by King Fry Meat Products Ltd 
The two other samples, which did not contain horse DNA, were also tested for the presence of pig DNA. These results have now been confirmed as below 1%. Neither product was labelled as halal or kosher. 
This leaves one result still to be reported. Separately, on 26 March, the Agency advised t…

Very low levels of bute found in Asda 'Smart Price Corned Beef'

The Food Standards Agency has been informed by Asda that very low levels of the veterinary medicine phenylbutazone, known as bute, have been found in 340g tins of its Smart Price Corned Beef. Asda is recalling this product and anyone who has Asda Smart Price Corned Beef should not eat it, but return it to the nearest Asda store for a full refund.

Animals treated with bute should not enter the food chain as the drug may pose a risk to human health; however, even if people have eaten products which contain contaminated horse meat, the risk of damage to health is very low. This product was tested by Asda as part of the industry testing programme and found to be positive for horse DNA above 1%. It was withdrawn from Asda’s shelves on 8 March 2013. As with all products that have tested positive for horse DNA over 1% it was tested for bute, as required by the FSA. This product has been found to contain very low levels of bute (four parts per billion – 4ppb) and is the only meat product wh…

ASDA recalls all batch codes of its ‘Smart Price’ Corned Beef following detection of veterinary medicine residue in some of the products tested

ASDA recalls all batch codes of its ‘Smart Price’ Corned Beef following detection of veterinary medicine residue in some of the products tested. ASDA has recalled all batch codes of the product mentioned below due to detection of low levels of the veterinary medicine phenylbutazone, known as bute, in some batches of the product.

Product identification
ASDA 'Smart Price' Corned Beef, 340g tin 'Best before' date: all date codes 

Action taken by the company
ASDA previously withdrew the above product on 8 March 2013 due to the detection of equine DNA in the product. Following further sampling and testing, low levels of phenylbutazone have been found in some of the samples. ASDA has therefore instigated a recall of the above product from consumers and the company will be issuing recall notices in the national press. These notices will alert customers to the recall and advise them of what actions to take if they have purchased the product. No other ASDA products are known…

Asda withdraws a date code of Asda Tomato and Onion Dip due to a packaging error resulting in incorrect allergen information

Product
Asda Tomato and Onion Dip

Risk
Due to a packaging error, some packs of the above product may contain a Raita product that contains milk and egg, which are not declared on the label. This makes the product a potential health risk for people who are allergic to egg or milk, or intolerant of milk or milk constituents.

Product identification
Asda Tomato and Onion Dip, 70g 'Use by' date: 22 April 2013

Action taken by the company
The company has withdrawn the implicated date code from sale. Customer notices have been displayed in stores to alert consumers to the reasons for the withdrawal and to explain the actions they can take if they have purchased this product. A copy of the point-of-sale notice is attached to this alert. In addition, the company has contacted the relevant allergy support organisations who will inform their at-risk members of the withdrawal. No other Asda products are known to be affected.

Source: FSA

Certain St. Thomas brand Bottled Lobster may contain dangerous bacteria

The public warning issued on March 23, 2013 has been updated to include an additional product because this product may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum. Previously identified products included in this recall can be found on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) website. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume the bottled Lobster described below because it may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum. Toxins produced by these bacteria may cause botulism, a life-threatening illness. This product has been distributed in New Brunswick and may have been distributed in other provinces. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

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

The public warning issued on April 3, 2013 has been expanded to include additional products because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Previously identified products included in this recall can be found on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) website.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Central-Epicure Food Products Ltd. are warning the public not to consume the Central-Epicure brand Smoked Atlantic Salmon products described below because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Consumers who may have purchased Smoked Atlantic Salmon from these locations, and are unsure if they have the affected product, are advised to check with the store to determine if their product is being recalled. These products are distributed in Ontario. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products. The manufacturer, Central-Epicure Food Products Ltd., Toronto, Ontario, is voluntarily recalling the affected product…

Certain Trophy brand Hazelnuts In Shell may contain Salmonella bacteria

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Trophy Foods Inc. are warning the public not to consume Trophy brand Hazelnuts In Shell because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. This product has been distributed in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and may have been distributed to other provinces. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product. The manufacturer, Trophy Foods Inc., Calgary, Alberta is voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

Undeclared milk in Kugi Foods Blue Mountain Roasted Coffee from Taiwan

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning people with allergies to milk not to consume Kugi Foods Blue Mountain Roasted Coffee described below. The affected product contains milk which is not declared on the label. This product has been distributed in British Columbia and Alberta. However, it may be distributed in other provinces. 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 Food, Richmond, BC, is voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

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