Saturday, 30 November 2013

Product Recall – Marks & Spencer: Mussels in Garlic, Mussels & Clams and Mussels in White Wine

Following reports of illness in the UK and as a precaution while investigations are taking place, Marks & Spencer are removing from sale and recalling the following own brand products:

Mussels in Garlic - All date codes- Unique Product Code 00604819 and 00929189
Mussels in White - Wine All date codes- Unique Product Code 00720618
Mussels and Clams - All date codes- Unique Product Code 00667104

Consumers are advised not these products. Any customers in possession of these products can return them to their nearest store where a full refund will be given.

Source: FSAI

CFIA recalls this week

Hazella brand Chocolatey Hazelnut Spread recalled due to undeclared almonds

Sacla UK Ltd withdraws a batch code of its Coriander Pesto due to the undeclared presence of cashew nuts

Due to a packaging error, Classic Basil Pesto has been incorrectly labelled with Coriander Pesto ingredient information, resulting in the undeclared presence of cashew nuts. This means the product is a possible health risk to anyone with allergy to cashew nuts. Follow the link for product details.

Source: FSA

Livestock-associated MRSA found at a farm in East Anglia

It has been announced that livestock-associated meticillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (LA-MRSA) in poultry has been found on a farm in East Anglia.

Steve Wearne, Director of Policy at the Food Standards Agency, said: 'Any risk of contracting MRSA through meat from animals with these bacteria is very low when usual good hygiene and thorough cooking practices are observed. All poultry should be handled hygienically and cooked thoroughly to destroy any bacteria that may be present.'

MRSA found at poultry farm

Sainsbury's recalls its own brand Kids 20 Pork Cocktail Sausages as the product is labelled with an incorrect 'use by' date

Sainsbury's has recalled the above product as a small number of packs may be labelled with an incorrect 'use by' date of 25 December 2013. This product should have been labelled with a 'use by' date of 25 November 2013. Consumption of products past their 'use by' date could present a risk to health. Follow the link for product details.

Source: FSA

FDA recalls this week and other US news

Jayone Food Issues Voluntary Alert on Undeclared Peanuts in Dried Seaweed Salad

McBee Dairy Farm Raw Milk is Confirmed E. coli Link to Five Hospitalized Children

California Firm Recalls Bolognese Sauce Products Due To Undeclared Allergen (Milk) And Misbranding

Utah Firm Recalls Fully-Cooked-Not-Shelf-Stable, Ready-To-Eat Pork Roast Products Produced Under The Wrong Haccp Plan And For Mislabeling

Wisconsin Firm Recalls Frozen Chicken Products Due To Misbranding and Undeclared Allergen (Egg)

Texas Firm Recalls Various Raw Poultry Products Produced Without the Benefit of Inspection

California Firm Recalls Grilled Chicken Salad Products Due To Possible E. Coli O157:H7 Contamination

Wycen Foods Inc., a San Leandro, Calif., establishment is recalling approximately 809 pounds of Chinese style chicken sausages, a dried snack food, because they are misbranded and contain monosodium glutamate (MSG), which is not declared on the label.

A Bakersfield, Calif., food company has agreed under terms of a court order not to process or distribute food until after it cleans up the unsanitary conditions found by U.S. Food and Drug Administration inspectors.

Mary Ann’s Specialty Foods, a Webster City, Iowa, establishment, is recalling approximately 3,536 pounds of Niman Ranch Applewood Smoked Uncured Petite Ham because the establishment number was not included on the label.

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

A rather long list this week.....

Saturday, 23 November 2013

FDA recalls this week

Blount Fine Foods Voluntary Recall of “Wegmans New England Clam Chowder” Due to Possible Undeclared Crab Allergen

Marina's German Bakery Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Almonds, Walnuts, and Hazelnuts in Pastry Products

CFIA recalls this week

Undeclared milk in certain Lotte brand Milkis Soft Drink

Undeclared almonds in certain Takovo brand Eurocrem Spread

Undeclared milk in certain Caissie Meat & Grocery brand bakery products

Undeclared wheat in certain Forever Health brand products

Suraj brand Garlic Powder recalled due to Salmonella

Ground Beef From Viandes Lauzon (EST. 111) Recalled due to E. coli O157:H7

Dried fishery products packaged in an unapproved establishment

Various dried fish products have been packaged in an unapproved establishment, trading as Africa Choice. Some of the implicated products have been found on sale at a number of food premises in the London area and may have been distributed by Afro Food Centre Ltd. Despite investigations by the enforcement authorities, it has not been possible to obtain information on the origin of the packaged products or the full distribution details. There is known distribution to some specialist retail establishments in London and Manchester, however, it is possible that distribution may have taken place to other establishments outside of these areas. Some of the products have been labelled with unapproved ID mark – UK OL026EC, and with 'packed by African Choice' information on the label. Other products may be labelled with only the unapproved ID mark.

Follow the link for full product details.

Edna May Christmas puddings recalled

Matthew Walker is recalling, as a precautionary measure, some of its Edna May brand Christmas puddings because of signs of mould growth. The FSA has issued a Product Recall Information Notice.

Follow the link for product details. 

Sainsbury's withdraws Goats' Cheese and Beetroot Bakes

Sainsbury's has withdrawn packs of its Taste the Difference Goats' Cheese and Beetroot Bakes with Roast Beetroot Salsa, which have a 'best before' end date of August 2014. This is because a packaging error means some packs may contain a product with egg as an ingredient, which is not mentioned on the label. The product is a possible health risk to anyone with an allergy or intolerance to egg. The FSA has issued an Allergy Alert. If you have an allergy or intolerance to egg, do not to eat this product. You can return it to your nearest Sainsbury's store for a full refund.

Follow the link for product details.

Source: FSA

Saturday, 16 November 2013

CFIA more recalls

Schwartz's At Home brand Smoked Meat recalled due to Listeria monocytogenes

Ethnoscience brand Dark Chocolate GOJI Berries recalled due to undeclared milk

Undeclared milk in certain La Petit Charcutier brand turkey breast products


More FDA recalls

3 Fellers LLC Issues an Allergy Alert for Undeclared Allergen (Almonds) in Chocolate Cream Pies

Crunch Pak Issues Voluntary Recall of Limited Quantities of Crunch Pak Brand Apple Slices Because of Possible Health Risk from Listeria Monocytogenes

S&M Enterprise Issues Allergy Alert for Fruit of Wolfberry, 12 Oz Plastic Bag due to Undeclared Sulfites

La Boulange Cafe & Bakery Issues an Allergy Alert for Undeclared Allergen (Hazelnut) in Product Inadvertently Mislabeled as Soft Caramel Jam

Tennessee and Maryland Firms Initiate Recall Based on Reser's Fine Foods Recall due to Listeria Monocytogenes

BI-LO Issues Recall Of Spinach Antipasti Salad In One Store due to Listeria Monocytogenes

Palmer Candy Company Voluntarily Recalls HyVee Chocolate Caramel Clustersand HyVee Chocolate Covered Caramels Due to Undeclared Peanut Allergen

Whole Foods Market Recalls Ready-To-Eat Grain Salads due to E. coli 0157


Tesco recalls its own brand 4 Chocolate & Nut Ice Cream Cones due to pain relief tablets being found within the product

Tesco has undertaken a precautionary recall of this product as 2 individual Tesco Chocolate & Nut Ice Cream Cones have been found to contain a tablet (for pain relief).

Product details:  Tesco 4 Chocolate & Nut Ice Cream Cones Pack size: 4 x 110ml 'Best before' date: All date codes up to and including July 2014

Action taken by the company:  Tesco has recalled all date codes of the product listed above and have displayed product recall notices in stores. These notices will alert consumers to the recall and advise them of the actions to take if they have purchased the product.

No other Tesco products are known to be affected.

Source: FSA

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

CFIA recalls this week

Sani brand cakes recalled due to undeclared milk

Updated Food Recall Warning (Allergen) - Bella Tavola brand pastas recalled due to undeclared milk

Forever Health brand Imitation Ham recalled rue to undeclared Wheat

FDA recalls this week

Whole Foods Market Recalls Ready-To-Eat Grain Salads - Whole Foods Market’s Northern California region is recalling ready-to-eat Artichoke Wheatberry Salad and Southwest SooFoo Salad in response to a recall issued today by Glass Onion Catering. The salads are being recalled as a preventive measure because they have the potential to be contaminated with E. coli O157:h7, a bacteria that may cause illness.

Athertone Foods, Inc. of Richmond, CA is voluntary recalling “Best Buy” dates 9-23-13 through 11-14-13 of ready to eat salads and wraps because they may be contaminated with Escherichia coli O157:H7 bacteria (E. coli O157:H7).

Palmer Candy Company Voluntarily Recalls HyVee Chocolate Caramel Clustersand HyVee Chocolate Covered Caramels Due to Undeclared Peanut Allergen

FDA takes step to further reduce trans fats in processed foods

Ausfoodnews reports that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced its preliminary determination that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the primary dietary source of artificial trans fat in processed foods, are not “generally recognised as safe” for use in food. The FDA said its preliminary determination is “based on available scientific evidence and the findings of expert scientific panels”.

The FDA has opened a 60-day comment period on this preliminary determination to collect additional data and to gain input on the time potentially needed for food manufacturers to reformulate products that currently contain artificial trans fat, should the determination be finalised. “While consumption of potentially harmful artificial trans fat has declined over the last two decade in the US, current intake remains a significant public health concern,” said Margaret A. Hamburg, MD, FDA Commissioner. “The FDA’ action today is an important step toward protecting more Americans from the potential dangers of trans fat,” she said. “Further reduction in the amount of trans fat in the American diet could prevent an additional 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 deaths from heart disease each year — a critical step in the protection of Americans’ health,” Dr Hamburg said.

The FDA said consumption of trans fat raises low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or “bad” cholesterol, increasing the risk of coronary heart disease. The Independent Institute of Medicine (IOM) has concluded that trans fat “provides no known health benefit and that there is no safe level of consumption of artificial trans fat”. Additionally, the IOM recommends that consumption of trans fat should be “as low as possible” while consuming a nutritionally adequate diet. Voluntary reductions by industry have already reduced consumption In recent years, many food manufacturers and retailers have voluntarily decreased trans fat levels in many foods and products they sell. Trans fat can be found in some processed foods, such as certain desserts, microwave popcorn products, frozen pizzas, margarines and coffee creamers.

The FDA said numerous retailers and manufacturers “have already demonstrated that many of these products can be made without trans fat”. According to the FDA, these efforts by industry, along with public education, have seen the consumption of trans fat in US diets “significantly reduced”. Since trans fat content information began appearing in the Nutrition Facts label of foods in 2006, trans fat intake among US consumers has declined from 4.6 grams per day in 2003 to about 1 gram per day in 2012. “One of the FDA’s core regulatory functions is ensuring that food, including all substances added to food, is safe,” said Michael Taylor, the FDA’s Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine. “Food manufacturers have voluntarily decreased trans fat levels in many foods in recent years, but a substantial number of products still contain partially hydrogenated oils, which are the major source of trans fat in processed food,” he said. Following a review of the submitted comments, if the FDA finalises its preliminary determination, PHOs would be considered “food additives” and could not be used in food unless authorised by regulation.

If such a determination were made, the FDA said it would provide adequate time for producers to reformulate products in order to minimise market disruption. The FDA’s preliminary determination is only with regard to PHOs and does not affect trans fat that naturally occurs in small amounts in certain meat and dairy products.

Vegetable and meat dumplings produced by an unapproved establishment: Everest Foods

Everest Foods has produced various 'Momo' vegetable and meat-based dumpling products in an unapproved establishment. Due to the nature of the activities at the unapproved establishment, it has not been possible to obtain full distribution details or product traceability records for products supplied from this establishment. There is known distribution to some retail establishments in Hampshire, Kent and London, however, it is possible that distribution may have taken place to other establishments outside of these areas.

Follow the link for product details.

FSA updates warning on OxyElite Pro

The FSA is warning people not to consume a food supplement product called VERSA-1. This is in addition to the previous FSA advice not to consume another supplement called OxyElite Pro. 

VERSA-1 is produced by the same manufacturer of OxyElite Pro, which has been potentially linked to a number of cases of hepatitis in the US. Although VERSA-1 has not been associated with hepatitis, both supplements contain the unapproved novel ingredient aegeline.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has advised consumers to avoid both OxyElite Pro and VERSA-1 on a precautionary basis as aegeline cannot be excluded as a cause of hepatitis. Investigations are ongoing. OxyElite Pro and VERSA-1 are produced by USP Labs LLC of Dallas, Texas, and sold in the UK on the internet.

The FSA was alerted to warnings by the FDA on OxyElite Pro after a number of people became ill in Hawaii from acute non-viral hepatitis, a type of hepatitis not caused by viral infection and lasts up to six months. The FDA has reported 56 cases, with one death and two people requiring liver transplants. No cases of illness have been reported in the UK, but the FSA advises consumers not to take these products.

Source: FSA

Plum Baby Foods recall

Plum Baby Foods is recalling some ready-to-eat baby food products that have a manufacturing defect which may cause food spoilage. As a precautionary measure, Plum Baby Foods is recalling the batches of the products affected. The FSA is issuing a Product Recall Information Notice. Follow the link for product details.

Sainsbury's withdraws Chicken Paella Meal Soup

Sainsbury’s has withdrawn its Chicken Paella Meal Soup with a ‘use by’ date of 18 November 2013 because the product contains milk, which is not mentioned on the product label. This means the product is a possible health risk for anyone with an allergy or intolerance to milk or its constituents. The FSA has issued an Allergy Alert. Follow the link for product details.

Source: FSA

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Tainted Melons Bring Harsh Penalties for Colorado Farmers

Scientific American reports that last week two brothers plead guilty to federal criminal charges related to the United States’s worst foodborne illness outbreak in the past 25 years. The unusual charges indicate that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is gearing up for an era of tighter food safety regulations and more serious consequences.

 The Colorado farmers, Eric and Ryan Jensen, were charged with counts of introducing adulterated food to interstate commerce. They face penalties that could include up to six years in jail and $1.5 million in fines. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for late January 2014. The brothers are the former owners of Jensen Farms, which sold cantaloupes contaminated with the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes in 2011. The melons killed 33 people and sickened 147 in 28 states. The outbreak began when seven cases of listeriosis—food poisoning caused by L. monocytogenes—hit Colorado hospitals in late August 2011. Typically, the state would have seen one or two cases in the entire month.

Follow the link to read the full report

FDA takes step to further reduce trans fats in processed foods

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced its preliminary determination that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the primary dietary source of artificial trans fat in processed foods, are not “generally recognized as safe” for use in food. The FDA’s preliminary determination is based on available scientific evidence and the findings of expert scientific panels.

The agency has opened a 60-day comment period on this preliminary determination to collect additional data and to gain input on the time potentially needed for food manufacturers to reformulate products that currently contain artificial trans fat should this determination be finalized. “While consumption of potentially harmful artificial trans fat has declined over the last two decades in the United States, current intake remains a significant public health concern,” said FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D. “The FDA’s action today is an important step toward protecting more Americans from the potential dangers of trans fat.

Further reduction in the amount of trans fat in the American diet could prevent an additional 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 deaths from heart disease each year – a critical step in the protection of Americans’ health.” Consumption of trans fat raises low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or “bad” cholesterol, increasing the risk of coronary heart disease. The independent Institute of Medicine (IOM) has concluded that trans fat provides no known health benefit and that there is no safe level of consumption of artificial trans fat.

Additionally, the IOM recommends that consumption of trans fat should be as low as possible while consuming a nutritionally adequate diet. In recent years, many food manufacturers and retailers have voluntarily decreased trans fat levels in many foods and products they sell. Trans fat can be found in some processed foods, such as certain desserts, microwave popcorn products, frozen pizzas, margarines and coffee creamers. Numerous retailers and manufacturers have already demonstrated that many of these products can be made without trans fat. Thanks to these efforts, along with public education, the consumption of trans fat in American diets has been significantly reduced. Since trans fat content information began appearing in the Nutrition Facts label of foods in 2006, trans fat intake among American consumers has declined from 4.6 grams per day in 2003 to about 1 gram per day in 2012. “One of the FDA’s core regulatory functions is ensuring that food, including all substances added to food, is safe,” said Michael Taylor, the FDA’s deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine. “Food manufacturers have voluntarily decreased trans fat levels in many foods in recent years, but a substantial number of products still contain partially hydrogenated oils, which are the major source of trans fat in processed food.” Following a review of the submitted comments, if the FDA finalizes its preliminary determination, PHOs would be considered “food additives” and could not be used in food unless authorized by regulation.

If such a determination were made, the agency would provide adequate time for producers to reformulate products in order to minimize market disruption. The FDA’s preliminary determination is only with regard to PHOs and does not affect trans fat that naturally occurs in small amounts in certain meat and dairy products.

Source: FDA

EFSA helps investigate the source of hepatitis A outbreaks

EFSA is working closely with the European Commission’s Directorate General for Health and Consumers, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and Member States to help identify the origin of the recent outbreaks of Hepatitis A virus infection in humans. The outbreaks occurred in Italy, Ireland, and the Netherlands. In particular, EFSA will analyse information on the outbreaks provided by Member States. Hepatitis A is an infectious disease that can be transmitted through consumption of contaminated food or water or direct contact with an infectious person.

FDA recalls this week

Vega Issues Voluntary Withdrawal of Vega One Nutritional Shakes and Vega Sport Performance Protein Product Due to Traces of the Antibiotic Chloramphenicol

Garden-Fresh Foods, Inc. Expands Recall Due to Potential Contamination with Listeria Monocytogenes

Ghiringhelli Specialty Foods Issues Voluntary Alert on Undeclared Allergens in Caesar Salad

Reser’s Fine Foods, Inc. Voluntarily Expands Recall of Refrigerated Ready-to-Eat Products Due to Potential Health Risk with Listeria Monocytogenes

Gourmet Express LLC. Voluntarily Recalls 32 Ounce Packages of "Fusia Chicken Lo Mein" and 21 Ounce Packages Of “Bremer 3 Cheese Chicken” and “Bremer Garlic Shrimp" Due to Possible Undeclared Eggs



CFIA recalls this week

Forever Health brand Imitation Ham recalled rue to undeclared wheat

Undeclared mustard and fish in certain Les Aliments Rose Hill Foods Inc. brand Bouillon Mix

Bella Tavola brand pastas recalled due to undeclared milk

Various Minuet brand snack products recalled due to undeclared egg and milk

Undeclared almonds in certain Takovo brand Eurocrem Blok

Hot Dog Relish recalled due to potential presence of dangerous bacteria - Orange Blossom Farm is recalling Hot Dog Relish from the marketplace because it may permit the growth of Clostridium botulinum. Follow the link for more details.

Various Clic brand flavoured marshmallows recalled due to undeclared milk

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Patak's recalls a batch of Patak's Jalfrezi 450g Cooking Sauce due to 'hard plastic' material contamination

Hard plastic material has been detected in some jars of the product. As a precautionary measure, Patak’s is recalling the batch of the product affected.

Product details:  Patak's Jalfrezi 450g Cooking Sauce Date Code: 'Best before' end: December 2014 Batch code: 3178 (printed on the jar lid)

Action taken by the company The company is recalling the affected product from consumers. Product recall notices have been published in national newspapers, explaining to customers the reason for recall and the actions they can take if they have bought the affected product. No other Patak’s products are known to be affected

Source: FSA

Boots recalls its Delicious Chocolate Brownie

Boots has recalled packs of its Delicious Chocolate Brownie with a 'best before' date of 19 November 2013, because they have been packed with Boots Delicious Caramel Shortbread, which contains milk. This means the product is a possible health risk to anyone with an allergy or intolerance to milk or milk constituents. The FSA has issued an Allergy Alert.

Follow the link for product details.

Horse DNA detected in canned beef from Romania

The FSA has been informed that a batch of canned sliced beef that was found to contain horse DNA has been withdrawn from sale. Horse meat is not identified in the ingredients list and therefore it should not have been present in the product.

 The canned beef was manufactured in Romania in January 2013 and supplied to Home Bargains (TJ Morris Ltd) and Quality Save stores in the UK. The 320g packs are described on the label as ‘Food Hall Sliced Beef in Rich Gravy.’ The presence of horse DNA in the product was identified during routine testing carried out by Lincolnshire County Council trading standards officers. The product was found to contain horse DNA at a level of between 1 and 5%. It also tested negative for the presence of the drug phenylbutazone, known as 'bute'. The affected batch has been withdrawn from sale. If you have this product stored you are advised to return it to where you bought it. The affected batch has a ‘best before’ date of January 2016 and a batch code of 13.04.C.

Source: FSA

CFIA recalls this week

Undeclared sulphites in certain Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne

Undeclared milk in certain Glosette brand Raisins

Various Clic brand flavoured marshmallows recalled due to undeclared milk

Tiffany brand Strawberry Banana Sandwich Cookies recalled due to undeclared milk

Undeclared gluten in certain Aslan Chocolate brand Golbon Hazelnut

Certain salad products from Reser's Fine Foods (Topeka, KS) may contain Listeria monocytogenes

Undeclared milk in certain Clic brand strawberry flavoured marshmallow

Preventive Recall of Qu├ębon Milk from Montreal Plant (Code AGRT 2889)


FDA recalls this week

World Class Distribution Issues Voluntary Allergy Alert On Undeclared Soy In Southwest Salad

Winn-Dixie Issues Recall on Pre-Prepared Broccoli Crunch Salad - may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Winn-Dixie Expands Recall to Include Spinach Antipasta Salad - may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Dutch Treat Salads, LLC Voluntarily Recalls Mexicali Dip Due to Possible Health Risk may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

BI-LO Issues Recall Of Spinach Antipasti Salad In One Store may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

NATUREMOST LABORATORIES ISSUES ALLERGY ALERT ON UNDECLARED ALLERGENS IN PRODUCT

Kashmir Crown Baking LLC Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Eggs on KCB Pista Khatie