Food safety is a given, when a consumer purchases food they expect it to be safe and fit to eat. The responsibility for ensuring food is safe to eat rests with the farmer (sometimes called the primary producer), the manufacturer or processor (if the food is prepared in a factory), the distributor and wholesaler (the people responsible for transfering the food from the manufacturer to the shop or to the door in the case of direct sales or mail order), the retailer and the consumer themselves.
Sainsbury’s has withdrawn all packs of Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Roasted Chestnut, Toasted Hazelnut & Thyme Stuffing because the product may contain traces of peanut due to cross contamination during manufacturing. This is not mentioned on the label making the product a possible health risk for anyone who is allergic to peanuts. Follow the link for product details
Sainsbury's has recalled its 'by Sainsbury's' Frozen Sticky Toffee Sponge Pudding, because the product may contain small pieces of metal. The FSA has issued a Product Recall Information Notice.
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Marks & Spencer has withdrawn its Lightly Dusted Salt and Pepper British Chicken Fillets because a small number of packs contain egg, which is not mentioned on the label. This makes the product a possible health risk for anyone who is allergic or has an intolerance to egg. The FSA has issued an Allergy Alert. Follow the link for product details.
Tesco has withdrawn its 'Free From' Digestive Biscuits with a 'best before' date of September 2014 because some packs may contain Tesco 'Free From' Milk Chocolate Digestive Biscuits, which contain milk and soya. This information is not mentioned on the label, making the product a possible health risk for anyone who is allergic to milk or soya, or has an intolerance to milk or its constituents. Follow the link for product details.
Santa Maria Foods Corporation, a Rexdale, Ontario, Canada establishment, is recalling approximately 8,895 pounds of various meat products, because they were imported without the benefit of full USDA inspection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced. Without full inspection, a remote possibility of adverse health consequences exists. Follow the link for more details.
Asda has withdrawn its 4 Breaded Alaska Pollock Fillets with a use-by date of 19 February 2014 because some packs may contain Lightly Dusted River Cobbler, which contains milk. On the product label, the allergen information is incorrect and the presence of milk is not mentioned, making the product a possible health risk for anyone who is allergic or has an intolerance to milk or its constituents. Follow the link for product details.
Food Safety News reports, that a federal judge on Tuesday sentenced the two owners of the cantaloupe farm tied to a deadly Listeria outbreak in 2011 to five years probation, six months home detention, and $150,000 each in restitution fees to victims.
Brothers Eric and Ryan Jensen owned Jensen Farms in Colorado, where they grew the cantaloupes that sickened at least 147 people with Listeria and killed more than 30, making it one of the deadliest foodborne illness outbreaks in U.S. history.
The case has been a landmark in foodborne illness litigation, becoming one of the first instances in which food producers faced criminal charges for their contaminated food. While some felt that the Jensens should have received jail time for the amount of damage done to victims and their families, others – including prosecutors – saw probation as more appropriate given that there was no malicious intent behind the outbreak.
The brothers were facing a maximum of six years in jail and $1.5 million ea…
Listeria monocytogenes has been detected in the above product following sampling by Dumfries & Galloway Council, and 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.
Goupie is withdrawing some of their chocolate products because they contain barley and/or milk which are not mentioned in the allergen information on the product labels. In the ingredient list, barley is described as malt flour and milk is described as whey powder. This makes the products a possible health risk for anyone who is allergic or has an intolerance to barley or gluten and/or milk.
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Mars Foodservices US Recalls Infused RiceProducts Sold For Wholesale Distribution--UNCLE BEN’S® retail grocery products not affected. Mars Foodservices US is conducting this voluntary recall as a result of people experiencing temporary symptoms of mild flushing and rash after eating the Foodservices INFUSED® Rice Mexican Flavor product. Out of an abundance of caution, they are removing all Foodservices INFUSED® Rice products from the market.
Shazan Food Ltd has withdrawn all packs of Shazans Beef Burgers and Lamb Burgers because the products contain wheat and sulphites, which is not mentioned in the allergen information on the product labels. Also, the sulphites are not mentioned on the ingredients list. The burgers are a possible health risk for anyone who is sensitive to sulphites, allergic to wheat and/or intolerant to gluten. Follow the link for product details.
Asda has withdrawn one date code of Asda Free From Chocolate Chunk Cookies as some packs may contain Stem Ginger Cookies, therefore the allergen information is incorrect and the presence of sulphites is not declared on the label. This means the product is a possible health risk for those sensitive to sulphites. Follow the link for product details.
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has issued a statement about an outbreak of E.coli O157 in Scotland. The FSA is working with them, NHS Lothian, NHS Lanarkshire, Health Protection Scotland and Glasgow City Council environmental health, to identify the source. Seven cases of illness have so far been reported.
While there is no conclusive evidence at this stage, initial investigations have indicated that there may be a link to the consumption of burgers at the SSE Hydro venue. Glasgow City Council environmental health are working closely with the vendors to ensure all appropriate food hygiene standards are being met.
The FSA has published the third quarterly report of 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 6,069 new results, of which 3,333 were submitted by ABP Food Group.
These figures include all test results submitted since the compilation of the second quarterly report, which was published in October 2013. Follow the link for more details.