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FDA recalls this week

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.

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. …

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 affect…

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.

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Source: FSA

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.

FDA recalls this week

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.

Source: FSA

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

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

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.

Source: FSA

FDA recalls this week

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 determi…

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