Saturday, 26 October 2013

FDA recalls

Boston Salads and Prepared Foods Recalling Ready-To-Eat Products Because of Possible Health Risk from Listeria Monocytogenes


Sunny Pine Farms Recalls Chevre Cheese Because of Possible Health Risk

Asda withdraws ground almonds

Asda has withdrawn all packs of its own-brand ground almonds because the product contains traces of peanuts, which is not mentioned on the product label. This means the product is a possible health risk to anyone with an allergy to peanuts. The FSA has issued an Allergy Alert.

Product details The withdrawn product is: Product: Asda Chosen By You Ground Almonds Pack size: 150g 'Best before' date: All date codes The company has withdrawn the above product from sale. Customer notices have been displayed in stores, explaining to customers why the product has been withdrawn. In addition, the company will be contacting the relevant allergy support organisations, which will tell their members about the withdrawal.

No other Asda products are known to be affected. If you have an allergy to peanuts, do not eat this product but return it to the nearest Asda store for a full refund. Customers can also phone the Asda Customer Relations on 0800 952 0101 (free to call from a UK landline).

Source: FSA

CFIA recalls this week

Certain Reser's Fine Foods brand Cheesy Macaroni Salad may contain Listeria monocytogenes

Undeclared egg in various KCB and RFP brand baked goods

Updated Health Hazard Alert - Certain Frozen Beef Burgers may contain E. coli O157:H7 bacteria

Undeclared gluten in certain Ottenbreit's Meats brand sausages

Undeclared Milk in Certain Clic Brand Strawberry Flavored Marshmallow

Updated Health Hazard Alert - Certain salad products from Reser's Fine Foods (Topeka, KS) may contain Listeria monocytogenes

Preventive Recall of Québon Milk from Montreal Plant (Code AGRT 2889)Dated November 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 2013 Agropur cooperative advises consumers not to consume the Québon brand white and chocolate milks produced at the Montreal plant (AGRT 2889) in all below indicated formats, with the November 1st, 2nd and 3rd, 2013 expiry dates. These products do not meet Agropur's quality standards. Although complaints have been filed and products have been consumed for a few days, there have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

FSA publishes further beef product test results

The FSA has published the second quarterly report industry results from the testing of beef products for horse meat or horse DNA. No results found horse meat/DNA at or above the 1% reporting threshold. The report includes 9,588 new results, of which 7,402 were submitted by ABP Food Group. These figures include all test results submitted since the compilation of the first quarterly report, which was published in mid-June.

Catherine Brown, FSA Chief Executive, said: 'We have continued to work with industry and local authorities since the previous set of results were published, and there has been ongoing cooperation from the food industry. This second report finds that all results are negative for horse meat/DNA at the 1% level.'

Source: FSA

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Salmonella Illnesses Prompt Costco to Recall Chicken

Food Poison Journal reports thatCostco’s El Camino Real store in South San Francisco, Calif., is recalling 9,043 units (approximately 39,755 lbs.) of rotisserie chicken products that may be contaminated with a strain of Salmonella Heidelberg, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The products subject to recall are: 8,730 “Kirkland Signature Foster Farms” rotisserie chickens 313 total units of “Kirkland Farm” rotisserie chicken soup, rotisserie chicken leg quarters, and rotisserie chicken salad The products were sold directly to consumers in a Costco located at 1600 El Camino Real, South San Francisco, Calif., between Sept. 11 and Sep. 23, 2013.

This recall was initiated due to concerns about a group of Salmonella Heidelberg illnesses that may be associated with the consumption of rotisserie chicken products prepared in and purchased at the Costco El Camino Real store. The PFGE pattern (0258) associated with this outbreak is reported rarely in the United States. FSIS, working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the California Department of Public Health and the County of San Mateo Public Health Department, determined through epidemiologic and traceback investigations that there is a link between the Costco El Camino Real rotisserie chicken products and this illness outbreak. FSIS is continuing to work with CDC, public health partners in California and Costco on the investigation. FSIS will continue to provide information as it becomes available. This group of illnesses is part of a larger cluster of Salmonella Heidelberg illnesses that are known to be multi-drug resistant.

For more information about the larger cluster, visit:

Vaisyaa brand frozen fish products recalled

United Cater Ltd is recalling all date codes of a number of frozen fish products under the Vaisyaa brand, because they were produced in an unapproved establishment and do not comply with food hygiene legislation. The Food Standards Agency has issued a Product Recall Information Notice. Follow the link to find out more.

Cook 4 Portion Braised Beef in Brandy & Mushroom Sauce recalled

Cook Trading Ltd is recalling a batch of Cook 4 Portion Braised Beef in Brandy & Mushroom Sauce, because it has been labelled incorrectly with beef bourguignon ingredient information. This makes the product a possible health risk for those with an allergy or intolerance to milk or milk constituents, or an allergy to mustard. The FSA has issued an Allergy Alert. Click on the link for more details.

Ontario Corp. 1511759 Operating as S&A Grandma's Food Inc. Fined for an Offence under the Meat Inspection Act and Regulations

October 15, 2013, Guelph (Ontario): On August 22, 2013, a conviction was registered in the Ontario Court of Justice in Toronto against Ontario Corp. 1511759, operating as S&A Grandma’s Food Inc. of Toronto, Ontario. This conviction resulted in a total fine of $45,000. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) received several complaints that Ontario Corp. 1511759 was importing, producing and selling meat perogie product in Toronto without a provincial or federal license.

On three separate occasions between May 2011 and May 2012, CFIA inspectors conducted inspections at Ontario Corp. 1511759. The company was unable to provide product distribution records, as requested by the CFIA. Ontario Corp. 1511759 was found guilty of three counts of failing to make available product distribution records in a readily accessible location to an inspector, which is contrary to Section 60.2(4) of the Meat Inspection Regulations and an offence of Section 21(3) of the Meat Inspection Act. The perogie product, seized during a search warrant executed by CFIA investigators, was ordered disposed of by the court. All other charges against the company and directors were withdrawn by the Crown.

The CFIA is responsible for enforcing a variety of federal legislation, including the Meat Inspection Act and Regulations. A food safety requirement of the Meat Inspection Regulations requires that all imported meat products into Canada must be accounted for through product distribution records. Inspectors rely on the product distribution records to trace back affected products when food safety concerns occur. The product distribution records must be accurate and readily available to inspectors.

Source: CFIA

CFIA recalls this week

Undeclared gluten in certain Floating Leaf brand mixes

Certain Kirkland Signature brand Organic Lean Ground Beef, Product of USA, may contain pathogenic E. coli bacteria - sold through Costco

Undeclared milk in certain Kujawianka brand Raisins in Chocolate

Undeclared egg in certain KCB brand Pista Khatie

Undeclared egg in certain Lounsbury and Cedarvale brand Extra Hot Prepared Horseradish

Undeclared sulphites in certain Shwartz brand Apricot Mixed Fruit Preserves

Undeclared milk in certain Norma's Wholesome Bakery Goods brand banana bread and certain The Goodyman brand cookies

Undeclared egg and milk in certain Sanritsu brand products 

Certain Nirapara brand Chutney Powder may contain Salmonella bacteria

Undeclared milk in certain Pringles* brand Salt & Vinegar potato chips

Certain frozen beef burgers may contain E. coli O157:H7 bacteria -
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Belmont Meats Ltd. (Est. 112) are warning the public not to consume the beef burgers 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 or best before dates as the food safety investigation at this facility continues. The manufacturer, Belmont Meats Ltd., Toronto, Ontario, is voluntarily recalling all affected products from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

FDA recalls this week

Yoder's Country Market, Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Gift Boxes Containing 11 oz. Bags of Honey Roasted Peanuts Distributed in December 2012 due to undeclared milk and wheat

Barrel O’ Fun Snack Foods Co. Issues Allergy Alert and Recall of Safeway SnackArtist BBQ Potato Chips Due to Mislabeling and Undeclared Milk

D.F. Stauffer Biscuit Co., Inc. Issues Allergy Alert and Voluntary Recall on 44 oz. Market Pantry White Fudge Coated Animal Cookies Due to Mislabeling and Undeclared Allergens

Orange County Produce, LLC Recalls Bell Peppers Due to Possible Health Risk from Salmonella

Turkey Hill Dairy Issues Voluntary Recall of Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Premium Ice Cream,Fudge Ripple Premium Ice Cream, and Moose Tracks Stuff’d Frozen Dairy Dessert as some products may contain metal shavings

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Big Blue Fisheries, Llc Recalls All Smoked Products From All Lots, Various Sizes, in Vacuum Packaging Because of Possible Health Risk

Big Blue Fisheries is recalling ALL smoked products from all lots and codes, various sizes, in vacuum packages because the products may not have been properly cooked and have the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death. Consumers are warned not to use the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled. Because the products may not have been fully processed, product contamination by spoilage organisms or pathogens could lead to illness if consumed.
Follow the link for product details.

Tesco recalls certain batch/date codes of its Frozen Classic Turkey Dinner due to the undeclared presence of egg

Due to a manufacturing error some packs may contain a Tesco Classic All Day Breakfast meal, which contains egg. This means the product is a possible health risk to anyone with allergy or intolerance to eggs.

Follow the link for product coding details.

OnTime Distribution Inc. Recalls PRAN brand Spice Powder TURMERIC Due To Excessive Levels of Lead

OnTime Distribution Inc. of Brooklyn, NY, is voluntarily recalling PRAN brand Spice Powder TURMERIC because it was found to contain high levels of lead that could cause health problems to consumers, particularly infants, small children, and pregnant women if consumed. Recent analysis of the product found that it contained lead levels as high as 28 and 42 parts per million (ppm). Lead can accumulate in the body over time. Too much can cause health problems, including delayed mental and physical development and learning deficiencies. Pregnant women, infants and young children especially should avoid exposure to lead. People concerned about blood lead levels should contact their physician or health clinic to ask about testing. PRAN brand Spice Powder TURMERIC was distributed in New York and New Jersey through retail stores and direct delivery. This product is packed in two different size clear plastic jars with yellow plastic lids: Net Wt. 8.82 oz./250 gm with UPC 8 31730 00551, and Net Wt. 14.1 oz./400 gm with UPC 8 46656 00209 4. The affected date codes are: BEST BEFORE: 26 OCT 14 and BEST BEFORE: 15 JAN 15.

One illness complaint has been received to date. The recall was initiated after it was discovered that product contained high levels of lead based on sampling by New York State Health Department and private laboratory testing.

Source: FDA

Tesco recalls certain date codes of its Finest Sweet and Zesty Side Salad due to the undeclared presence of soya

Due to a manufacturing error some packs may contain edamame (soya) beans. This means the product is a possible health risk to anyone with allergy to soya. Follow the link for product details.

Source: FSA

Withdrawal of Walkers Sensations Chutney Poppadoms

Walkers Snack Foods has withdrawn a batch of Walkers Sensations Lime and Coriander Chutney Poppadoms with a 'best before' date of 21 December 2013, because the product contains egg and shrimp that have not been declared on the label. The product may be a health risk to people who have an allergy to or an intolerance to egg or shrimp (crustacean). The FSA has issued an Allergy Alert.

CFIA recalls this week

Undeclared sulphites in certain Dublin's Pub brand Irish Pub-Style Apple Cider

Undeclared egg and milk in certain Sanritsu brand Sesame Cookies

Undeclared almonds, milk and sulphites in certain Sensations brand Asian Supreme Salad Kits

Gluten in certain Frontera brand Classic Fajita Skillet Sauce

Certain Original brand Original Halloween Kiss Candies sold in bulk may contain harmful pieces of metal

Undeclared Mustard in certain Baldwin St. Kosher brand Frankfurters

Certain Compliments brand Super 8 Beef Burgers may contain E. coli O157:H7 bacteria

Undeclared mustard in Kraft brand Shake'n Bake Cajun Coating Mix

Certain Grimm's Fine Foods brand Pizza Pack may contain Listeria monocytogenes

Undeclared almonds in Armella Duo brand Hazelnut Spread with Milk and Cocoa

Undeclared egg in certain Saman Bakery brand crackers

A large number of recalls this week...