Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Undeclared Sulphites in certain Super 3 Produce brand lychees

Follow the link to the CFIA website to find out more.

Bagged Spinach Recalled Over Salmonella Fears

Food Poison Blog reports that Ippolito Fruit and Produce Ltd. is recalling an unknown volume of bagged spinach because of possible salmonella contamination.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Ippolito Fruit and Produce Ltd., are warning the public not to consume the Frisco's, Queen Victoria and Metro brands spinach described below because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. These products have been distributed in Ontario and Quebec. These products may also have been distributed to other provinces. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products. Follow the link for product details.

Sunday, 22 September 2013

U.S. Marshals seize food products at two Virginia food companies

FDA acts to prevent food distribution from rodent and insect-infested facility 

U.S. Marshals seized food products at Gourmet Provisions, LLC and Royal Cup, Inc., after U.S. Food and Drug Administration investigators found widespread and active rodent and insect infestation on the premises.

The FDA initiated seizures of food products manufactured by Gourmet Provisions, LLC and stored by the two companies on September 16, 2013, under warrants issued by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia. During the most recent inspection, FDA investigators found widespread rodent and insect activity, unclean equipment, and structural defects. Effective measures had not been taken to exclude insects and rodents from the facility and to protect food products and food contact surfaces from contamination. “These companies have a responsibility for the safety and quality of their products,” said Melinda K. Plaisier, the FDA’s associate commissioner for regulatory affairs. “When firms do not uphold this responsibility, the FDA will take actions that demonstrate its commitment to assuring consumers that foods they buy are prepared, packaged, and held under sanitary conditions.” 

Some of the seized goods had been under an embargo by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The two businesses are located on the same premises in Waynesboro, Va. Gourmet Provisions manufactures and packages ice cream cones and stores other finished food products in its warehouse. Royal Cup stores coffee service items in a separate area within the Gourmet Provisions warehouse. Gourmet Provisions does business as Matt’s Supreme Cones. To date, no illnesses have been associated with these products.

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Tackling cadmium in crabs

The Food Standards Agency has organised a working group to look at ways to reduce cadmium levels in brown meat from crabs through different processing methods. The group will develop guidance for the crab processing industry to achieve this reduction of levels.

The first meeting will take place in October. The working group has been set up, following a request from the European Commission for each European Union member state to produce guidance on the consumption of brown meat from crabs, as it can contain high levels of cadmium.

Follow the link for more details.

Certain Gort’s Gouda Cheese Farm brand raw milk cheeses may contain E. coli O157:H7 bacteria

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Gort’s Gouda Cheese Farm (EST 4478) are warning the public not to consume cheese products described below because they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. This recall is the result of an ongoing food safety investigation initiated as a result of a recent outbreak investigation. There may be recalls of additional products as the investigation at this facility continues. All sizes of the raw milk cheeses listed below are affected by this recall. These affected products were sold at the manufacturer's outlet, at retail stores in Alberta and British Columbia, and through internet sale from May 27 to September 14, 2013, inclusive. Lot codes 122 to 138 are affected by this recall. Some product packages may not bear a lot code or indicate that the cheese was made with raw milk. These products were also sold clerk-served from deli counters with or without a label or coding. Consumers who are unsure if they have purchased the affected product are advised to contact their retailer. There have been reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

19th September Update on Mild Gouda may contain E. coli O157:H7 bacteria

Sunday, 15 September 2013

New research on allergy information

Research, published by the FSA, provides insights into the provision of information on food allergens used as ingredients on foods that are not prepacked The findings from the research will help the FSA to support businesses and consumers with food allergies or intolerances.

True Foods Ltd recalls certain date codes of its Steak Diane Sauce due to the undeclared presence of barley

The product contains barley, which has not been declared on the label. This means the product is a possible health risk to anyone with allergy or intolerance to barley or gluten. Follow link for product details.

Source: FSA

Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd recalls six pre-packed bagged salad products containing watercress due to a possible link to a national outbreak of E.coli O157

As a purely precautionary measure, Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd is recalling all date codes of six pre-packed bagged salad products containing watercress due to a possible link to a national outbreak of E.coli O157. Such incidents in the past in the US, where a link to spinach or leafy salads has actually been demonstrated, have been linked to water contamination, or soil contamination. Farm assurance standards have protocols in place to manage these risks.

Salmonella outbreak in England and Wales investigated

An outbreak of an unusual type of salmonella infection, Salmonella Typhimurium, across England and Wales is being investigated by Public Health England, Public Health Wales, the FSA and local authority environmental health officers.

A total of 21 confirmed cases in Wales and 36* in England have been reported, with 9 cases known to have required hospitalisation. Other potential cases are being investigated in both countries. The outbreak was first detected in Wales in August and centred mainly in North Wales (Conwy and Gwynedd), with additional clusters being investigated in England in the Thames Valley, Leeds, Cumbria and Stoke-on-Trent* areas. Cases are widely geographically distributed in patients aged 7 months to 87 years. The spread of cases might suggest it is a nationally distributed product.

Follow link for more details.

Source: FSA

Chobani, Inc. Voluntarily Recalls Greek Yogurt Because of Product Concerns

Marler Blog reports that there might be 170 illnesses caused by this batch of product. Follow link to FDA recall notice.

US FSIS recalls

California Firm Recalls Chicken Provance French Puff Pastry Due To Misbranding and Undeclared Allergen - Egg

Beef Tongue E. coli Recall

Certain Le Canotier De L'isle Cheese may contain Listeria monocytogenes

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Société coopérative agricole de l'Île-aux-Grues are warning the public not to consume the Le Canotier de l'Isle cheese described below because the product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Also affected by this alert is the above product which may have been sold in smaller packages, cut and wrapped by some retailers. Consumers are advised to contact the retailer to determine if they have the affected product. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

CFIA recalls this week

Undeclared gluten in certain Bob's Red Mill brand Sweet White Sorghum Flour

Undeclared sulphites in certain Blue Marsh Farm & Kitchen brand jams and jellies

Undeclared soy in certain Christie brand Rice Thins

FDA recalls this week

Bubbles Baking Co. Issues an Allergen Alert for Undeclared Milk and Soy in First Street Label Blueberry Muffins, 14 oz. 9 Trays/ Case and Blueberry Loaf, 16 oz. 12 Trays/Case

Talenti® Gelato & Sorbetto Issues an Allergy Alert for UndeclaredAllergen (Almonds) in Talenti German Chocolate Cake Gelato Pints

Schwebel Baking Company Voluntarily Recalls Schwebel's Golden Rich Buns With Honey Due to Undeclared Eggs

Dutch Valley Food Distributors, Inc. Announces a Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Honey Roasted Peanuts, for Undeclared Milk and Wheat

Monday, 9 September 2013

Undeclared Gluten in certain Elise brand truffles

See CFIA website for more details.

Loch Duart Artisan Smokehouse has recalled one further batch of its Oak Smoked Salmon due to detection of Listeria monocytogenes

As a precautionary measure, Loch Duart Artisan Smokehouse has recalled a further batch code of the above product due to detection of Listeria monocytogenes, which may pose a risk to health. 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 for product details.

Farmbox Meats frozen meat strips recalled

Farmbox Meats Limited has supplied frozen lamb, beef and mutton trim that has not been subject to proper temperature controls and does not comply with traceability requirements. The Agency has issued a Food Alert for Action.

General Mills Announces Voluntary Recall of Limited Quantity of Refrigerated Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls With Icing

General Mills announced today a voluntary Class II recall of a limited quantity of refrigerated Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls with Icing. No other flavors or varieties of Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls or Pillsbury dough products are being recalled. Pillsbury Flaky Cinnamon Rolls and Pillsbury Grands! Cinnamon Rolls are not included in this recall. This action is being taken as a precaution because the dough may contain fragments from a broken piece of plastic on the production line. These products are sold in grocery stores nationally. No other Pillsbury dough products are being recalled.

Source: FDA

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Chobani, Inc. Voluntarily Recalls Greek Yogurt Because of Product Concerns

The company has ceased the distribution of the product due to reports of product bloating and swelling and some claims of illness as the company continues its investigation to identify the root cause. The potentially affected product was distributed nationwide from its Twin Falls, Idaho facility and was delivered to consumers through retail and club stores.

Source: FDA

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Loch Duart Artisan Smokehouse recalls further batches of its own Oak Smoked Salmon due to detection of Listeria monocytogenes

As a precautionary measure, Loch Duart Artisan Smokehouse has recalled further batch codes of the above product due to detection of Listeria monocytogenes, which may pose a risk to health. Follow the link for product details.

Source: FSA

UK approach to Campylobacter control

The FSA has outlined a refreshed strategy to reduce the number of people getting ill from Campylobacter. The strategy will be discussed by the FSA Board at its meeting in Aberdeen on Wednesday, 11 September. Follow the link to find out more.

New advice for food allergic consumers

New regulations will mean that information about allergenic ingredients will be made available for non-prepacked as well as prepacked foods. This is to make information clearer and more consistent for consumers. These new rules on food allergen labelling will apply from 13 December 2014. You may already notice differences in the way that allergenic ingredients are presented within the ingredients list of prepacked foods as businesses prepare themselves for the change.

To help consumers understand these changes, the Food Standards Agency has reissued its advice for food allergic consumers, after working in collaboration with Allergy UK, the Anaphylaxis Campaign, British Dietetic Association, British Retail Consortium, British Nutrition Foundation, Coeliac UK and the Food and Drink Federation.

Fentimans Ltd recalls its Ginger Beer, Curiosity Cola, and Dandelion & Burdock

Fentimans Ltd is recalling some of its Ginger Beer, Curiosity Cola, and Dandelion & Burdock, because some 750ml glass bottles have been found to display signs of weakness, which may cause some bottles to break. If you have bought one of the products listed, do not drink it. The Agency has issued a Product Recall Information Notice.

FDA recalls this week

Garden-fresh Foods, Inc. Recalls Spartan Fresh Selection American Potato Salad in 16 Oz. Packages Because of Possible Health Risk from Listeria Monocytogenes

Premier Foods, LLC Announces The Recall Of Products Sold At Williams-Sonoma For Undeclared Allergens

Amport Foods Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Peanuts Mislabeled as Milk Chocolate Raisins

Product Recall of Kroger’s Break ‘n Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Due to Peanut Butter Cup Cookie Dough Mispacked Into Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Packages

Dove Chocolate Discoveries Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Nuts in Dark Chocolate Covered Fruit Collection Box

Cyclospora Outbreak: New Numbers – 658 Ill, 45 Hospitalized, 23 States

Food Poison Journal reports that the CDC reports a total of 636 cases of Cyclospora infection have been reported from 23 states and New York City. The number of cases identified in each area is as follows: Texas (282), Iowa (156), Nebraska (86), Florida (32), Wisconsin (16), Illinois (11), Arkansas (10), Georgia (5), Missouri (5), New York City (5), Kansas (4), Louisiana (3), Connecticut (2), Michigan (1), Minnesota (2), New Jersey (4), New York (2), Ohio (2), Virginia (3), California (1), New Hampshire (1), South Dakota (1), Tennessee (1), and Wyoming (1). Nebraska and Iowa have reported linking the outbreak to Taylor Farms lettuce mixed served at Olive Garden and Red Lobster. The Texas Department of Health (DSHS) reports a total of 304 cases of Cyclospora infection in Texas in 2013 with the vast majority having onsets in June and July. Most Texas cases are reported from the Dallas/Fort Worth area. DSHS is investigating the cases to identify possible common exposures and to determine whether they are linked to an outbreak in other states.

CFIA recalls this week

Certain Cedar brand Tahina products may contain Salmonella bacteria

Certain Tahini products sold by Sesameco in St-Laurent, Quebec may contain Salmonella bacteria

Undeclared gluten in certain Good Health Natural Foods brand Crinkle Chips

Undeclared sulphites in certain Teng Yuan Hong brand red dates

Undeclared milk in certain Orion brand potato chips

Undeclared sulphites in certain Gocmez brand dried apricots

Undeclared milk in certain Orion brand Italian Gratin flavoured Italian potato chips