Tuesday, 30 July 2013

CFIA recalls this week

Undeclared egg and milk in various Preeceville Homestyle Bakery brand products

Certain Tahina products may contain Salmonella bacteria

Undeclared sulphites in certain Cavameida brand sauces

Undeclared wheat, mustard and peanuts in certain Lobo brand Satay Seasoning Mix

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 where the product was distributed. FSIS said it was issuing a public notification to “make the public aware of the situation” and the agency is not formally announcing a recall because “the establishment most directly associated with producing the adulterated product has recalled product and USDA works with its counterparts to conduct effectiveness checks in U.S. In this case, the Chilean Ministry of Health initiated a recall of this product.”

Source: Foodpoisonjournal.com see direct link

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All shellfish harvesting sites in Shetland have closed and mussels from the islands withdrawn from sale after unusually high levels of toxins were detected.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

CFIA recalls this week

Undeclared wheat and sulphites in certain Western Family brand Marinated SteakThe affected product may contain wheat and sulphites which are not declared on the label.

Undeclared mustard in certain Larry The Cable Guy brand Buffalo Wing Flavored Tater Chips

FDA recalls this week

Olam Tomato Processors, Inc. Announces Voluntary Recall of Mild and Medium Chunky Salsa Because It May Contain Large Glass Pieces

Ferrara Candy Company Voluntarily Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Peanuts and Tree Nuts in Brach’s Malted Milk Balls

Gold Star Smoked Fish Corp. Issues an Alert on Listeria in Rybacka Wies Brand Herring Fillets in Oil "Matjes Sledz w oleju"

Zip International Group LLC Recalls Herring Fillet in Oil Due to Health Risk from Listeria Monocytogenes

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Clic brand tahina may contain Salmonella bacteria

Click on the link to find out more. Source: CFIA

FDA recalls this week

Hagee Foods Inc. dba Penny's Salsa Inc. Recalls Hummus Products because of possible health risk from Listeria monocytogenes

Whole Foods Market’s Mid-Atlantic Region Recalls Pimiento Cheese Due to Undeclared Egg

Square Mile Cider Company Announces Voluntary Recall of 2,500 Cases of Hard Cider Products due to potential processing problem

Nemo Mince Pie and Mince Bridi withdrawn

Nemo Food Company is withdrawing its own-brand Mince Pie and Mince Bridi, because they were made using lamb mince from West Quay, which is not an approved establishment. The Agency has issued a Product Withdrawal Information Notice.
Follow the link to find out more.

Asda recalls own-brand Curried Chicken Snack

Asda is recalling its own-brand Curried Chicken Snack Pack with a 'use by' date of 17 July 2013 on a precautionary basis because Listeria monocytogenes has been detected in the product and may pose a health risk. If you have bought this product, do not eat it. The Agency has issued a Product Recall Information Notice.

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.

Sunday, 14 July 2013

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.

Friday, 12 July 2013

Western Mixers Produce & Nuts, Inc. Recalls Pistachios Because of Possible Health Risk

Western Mixers Produce & Nut Company of Los Angeles, California is recalling ARO and/or Treasured Harvest Pistachios, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Follow the link to find out more.

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.

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.

CFIA allergy alerts this week

Undeclared sulphites, gluten and mustard in certain Budweiser brand sauces

Undeclared sulphites in certain New Century Food brand coconut cookies

Undeclared wheat in certain La Cocina Martens brand turkey meat tamales and pork meat tamales

Undeclared mustard and / or sulphites in certain Printemps brand Dressings

Undeclared walnuts in certain Tho'z Barz brand snack bars

Undeclared Soy in certain Isack's Bagel 06 brand and Isack's Bagel 2006 brand bakery products

Undeclared mustard and/or sulphites in certain Rouge brand dressings

Undeclared milk, soy and/or mustard in certain Mom's Ukrainian Homestyle brand cabbage rolls and perogies

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, Drug, and Cosmetic Act that defendants failed to correct. “The FDA continues to take strong enforcement actions against companies that put consumers’ health at risk,” said Melinda K. Plaisier, the FDA’s acting associate commissioner for regulatory affairs. “The actions we took are necessary to ensure that foods do not contain illegal residues of drugs and are safe for consumers.” If the defendants violate the decree, the FDA may order them to cease selling animals for use as food and to take other corrective actions, including payment of fines for each day defendants fail to comply and for each animal sold in violation of the decree.

The FDA previously issued a Warning Letter to Lawson Farm for similar violations. The request for injunction states that FDA inspections of the farm revealed that defendants administered animal drugs, including penicillin, in a manner not specified on the label, without a prescription and did not maintain adequate treatment records to prevent treated cattle from entering the food supply. The United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service reports illegal drug residues to the FDA, which has the responsibility of investigating the misuse of veterinary drugs in food animals. The FDA can take enforcement actions such as issuing Warning Letters and injunctions to companies that are in violation of the Act. Ingesting food containing excessive levels of antibiotics and other drugs can cause severe adverse reactions among the general population, even at very low levels and can harm consumers who are sensitive to antibiotics.

Source: FDA

Outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg Infections Linked to a Single Poultry Producer — 13 States, 2012–2013

Check out the CDC outbreak investigation.

Certain Molson Canadian Cider in glass bottles may contain harmful glass fragments

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Molson Coors Canada are warning the public not to consume the Molson Canadian Cider described in the press release because this product may contain harmful glass fragments. There have been no reported injuries associated with the consumption of this product.

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

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

Saturday, 6 July 2013

Morrisons Carvery Roast Chicken and Stuffing recalled

Morrisons is recalling two date codes of Morrisons Carvery Roast Chicken and Stuffing, because of possible undercooking, which may pose a risk to health. If you have bought this product with a 'use by' date of 7 July 2013 or 9 July 2013, please do not eat it. The Agency has issued a Product Recall Information Notice.

Happy Shopper Plain Chocolate Digestives recalled

Happy Shopper is recalling its own-brand Plain Chocolate Digestives with a 'best before' date of 7 December 2013 on a precautionary basis, because some packets may contain small pieces of metal. If you have bought this product, do not eat it. The Agency has issued a Product Recall Information Notice.

Source: FSA

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 Health Risk due to Listeria Monocytogenes

International Desserts ISSUES ALLERGY ALERT ON UNDECLARED Walnuts IN Uncle Eddies Vegan Oatmeal Chocolate Cookies