Tuesday, 30 December 2014

FDA and FSIS recalls this week

Merb’s Candies Announces Voluntary Recall of Caramel Apples due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes

American Roland Food Corp. Recalls Two Lots of Roland(R) Bruschetta due to potential glass contamination

Immediate Recall & Allergy Alert Undeclared Peanut Protein In Chilli Mix Products

Hausman Foods, LLC., a Corpus Christi, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 38,400 pounds of beef and pork products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced. The products contain peanuts, known allergens which are not declared on the product label.

J & B Sausage Co., a Dallas, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 45,904 pounds of chicken and beef products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced. The products may contain peanuts, known allergens, which are not declared on the product label.

HEB Meat Center, a San Antonio, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 83,666 pounds of pork products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced. The products may contain peanuts, known allergens, which are not declared on the product label.

Garcia Foods, Inc., a San Antonio, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 190,450 pounds of pork products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced. The products may contain peanuts, known allergens, which are not declared on the product label.

California Snack Foods Announces Recall of Karm’l Dapples/All Styles - Listeria Monocytogenes

Adams Flavors, Foods & Ingredients Issues Allergy Alert On Undeclared Peanut Protein In Cumin Products

Happy Apple Company Announces Voluntary Recall of Caramel Apples due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes

Farm Country Cheese House Recalls Raw Milk Cheddar Because Of Possible Contamination With Listeria Monocytogenes

Norovirus Warning on Washington Shellfish

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Multistate Outbreak of Listeriosis Linked to Commercially Produced, Prepackaged Caramel Apples

The CDC is collaborating with public health officials in several states and with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections (listeriosis) linked to commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples. Listeria can cause a serious, life-threatening illness.

The information CDC has at this time indicates that commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples may be contaminated with Listeria and may be causing this outbreak. Out of an abundance of caution, CDC recommends that U.S. consumers do not eat any commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples, including plain caramel apples as well as those containing nuts, sprinkles, chocolate, or other toppings, until more specific guidance can be provided. Although caramel apples are often a fall seasonal product, contaminated commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples may still be for sale at grocery stores and other retailers nationwide or may be in consumers’ homes.

This investigation is rapidly evolving. New information will be provided as it becomes available. As of December 22, 2014, a total of 29 people infected with the outbreak strains of Listeria monocytogenes have been reported from 10 states. All 29 ill people have been hospitalized and, five deaths have been reported. Listeriosis contributed to three of these deaths and it is unclear whether it contributed to a fourth. The fifth death was unrelated to listeriosis. Nine illnesses were pregnancy-related (occurred in a pregnant woman or her newborn infant). Three invasive illnesses (meningitis) were among otherwise healthy children aged 5–15 years. To date, 20 (87%) of the 23 ill people interviewed reported eating commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples before becoming ill.

At this time, no illnesses related to this outbreak have been linked to apples that are not caramel-coated and not prepackaged or to caramel candy. Investigators are working quickly to determine specific brands or types of commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples that may be linked to illnesses and to identify the source of contamination. This investigation is rapidly evolving, and new information will be provided as it becomes available.

Follow the link for more information. Source: CDC

FDA and FSIS recalls

Snoqualmie Gourmet Ice Cream, Inc. Voluntarily Recalls Ice Cream, Gelato, Custard and Sorbet Because of Possible Health Risk from Listeria Monocytogenes

Kent, WA Firm Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Shellfish in Tofu Pad Thai Bowl and Thai Noodle Salad

DaBecca Natural Foods, a Chicago, Ill. establishment, is recalling approximately 3,450 pounds of bacon products due to misbranding, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced. The products subject to recall, though produced under inspection, were packaged and shipped with labels that did not bear the USDA mark of inspection.

Abe’s Finest Meats, a Palatka, Fla. establishment, is recalling approximately 80,050 pounds of hickory smoked sliced bacon products due to misbranding, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. These products bear establishment number “EST. 18747” inside the USDA mark of inspection. They were shipped to distributors in Florida and Georgia. The problem was discovered by FSIS inspection personnel during a label review. The product ingredient sodium nitrite is not declared on the product label.

Canadian Firm Recalls Pork Products Produced Without Benefit of Inspection

Perfect Bar & Company Recalls Peanut Butter and Cranberry Crunch Nutrition Bars Due to Possible Health Risk from Salmonella

Product safety recalls from Australia

There have been a couple of products subject to recalls:

Mondo Doro Smallgoods—Mondo Doro Chorizo Hot & Chorizo Mild because of potential contamination with Salmonella.

Coca-Cola Amatil—Cascade Apple Isle Sparkling Juice 750ml. There is a possible defect in the bottle which may cause the bottle to shatter.

Ades Limited products handled and packaged in an unapproved establishment

Ades Limited, 1 Eastmoor Street, Charlton, London, SE7 8LX has been handling and packaging dried fish products and whole frozen African land snails in an unapproved establishment (this establishment is different to the one mentioned on product labels), under unsatisfactory hygiene conditions with a lack of traceability. Its existing approval has been revoked because of these issues. 

Despite investigations by the enforcement authorities, it has not been possible to obtain the full distribution details or product traceability records for these products. Identification of the products All dried fish products and whole frozen African land snails with the approval number GN 018 are affected by this alert.

The products include: whole prawns, smoked catfish, fillet stockfish (dried cod), stockfish tusk, boneless stockfish fillet, cod, blue whiting, other dried fish, and shellfish products, whole frozen African land snails

These products are sold in gold-coloured packages with clear front or in fully transparent packaging.

Advice to consumers: If you have bought any of these products, do not consume them.

Actions to be taken by enforcement authorities: As these products were manufactured in an unapproved establishment, they do not comply with the requirements of Regulation EC No 853/2004 and the Food Hygiene Regulations (England) 2013.

Source: FSA

CFIA recalls this week

Arctic Meat & Sausage and Okanagan Falls brand Chorizo products recalled due to undeclared milk

Mayacamas brand mixes recalled due to undeclared milk



Saturday, 20 December 2014

FDA and FSIS recalls this week

Kkot Saem Sprouts, Inc. Recalls Soybean Sprouts and Mungbean Sprouts Because of Possible Health Risk from Listeria Monocytogenes

Zachary Confections, Inc. Announces a Nationwide Voluntary Recall of Market Pantry (Target) Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds For Undeclared Peanut in Product

Reily Foods Recalls Chili Seasoning Kits Due to Undeclared Peanut and Almond Allergens

Katadyn North American Foods, LLC, a Rocklin, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 2,719 pounds of spicy sausage products due to misbranding, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced. The product contains pork not beef as stated.

Bleating Heart Cheese Issues Voluntary Recall of Various Cheeses Due to Possible Health Risk from Listeria monocytogenes

Recall of a Batch of Aldi Country Fresh Sandwich Filler Due to the Presence of Listeria monocytogenes

The FSAI has announced that the batch of sandwich filler identified in their recall notice is being recalled due to the presence of Listeria monocytogenes. This product is produced for Aldi Stores (Ireland) Ltd. by Galmere Fresh Foods. Point of sale notices will be displayed in Aldi stores. Follow the link for product details.

Source: FSAI

Lazenbys Gourmet Sausage recall ‘The Black Farmer’ Premium Pork Sausage due to contamination with small pieces of metal

Lazenbys Gourmet Sausage has undertaken a precautionary recall of ‘The Black Farmer’ Premium Pork Sausage due to contamination with small pieces of metal. Follow the link for product details.

Source: FSA

Eda Quality Foods Ltd is withdrawing its Dried Apricots product

Eda Quality Foods Ltd is withdrawing all 350g packs of its Dried Apricots product, because of the presence of sulphur dioxide, which is not mentioned on the packaging. This means the product is a possible health risk for anyone with a sensitivity to sulphur dioxide (also known as sulphites). Follow the link for product details.

Source: FSA

CFIA recalls this week

WD. Happy Boy brand Sesame Cookies recalled due to undeclared peanuts

Chicken sausage rolls from Nossack Gourmet Foods Ltd. recalled due to undeclared milk

Distribution SL brand chicken products recalled due to Salmonella

Peanut Powder recalled by Sei Ying Trading Co. Ltd. due to undeclared milk

Meaoboe and Kawka Muhymka brand products recalled due to undeclared milk

Patak's Original brand canned curry sauces recalled due to undeclared mustard

Ottogi Hash Curry (Hice Curry) recalled by Seoul Trading Corp due to undeclared milk and mustard

From Our Chefs brand meat products sold at Shoppers Drug Mart, 1630 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, Ontario recalled due to possible improper refrigeration

Franz's brand ready-to-eat meat products recalled due to Listeria monocytogenes

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Tibaldi Australasia Pty Ltd—ALDI Berg Strassburg and ALDI Berg Skinless Hotdogs

Product description: Vacuum packaged 500g strassburg and 375g hotdogs

Identifying features: All use by dates up to and including 08-02-2015 (strassburg) and 16-01-2015 (hotdogs).

What are the defects? The recall is due to microbial contamination.

What are the hazards? Food products with microbial contamination may cause illness if consumed.

Where the product was sold: Australian Capital Territory New South Wales Queensland Victoria T

Traders who sold this product: ALDI stores

Source: Food Safety Recalls Australia

Tayto Group Ltd recalls a batch of Tayto Snack Attack 10+5 (Bikers, Rollers and Chips) multipack

Tayto Group Ltd has recalled a batch of ‘Tayto Snack Attack 10+5 (Bikers, Rollers and Chips) multipack’ because it contains milk, soya and wheat which are not mentioned on the outer wrapper. This makes the product a possible health risk for those with an allergy or intolerance to milk (or its constituents) and/or an allergy or intolerance to wheat or gluten and an allergy to soya. Follow the link for product details.

Source: FSA

Recall of Some Holle Branded and Lebenswert Branded Baby Foods Due to Presence of Chemicals

The FSAI has issued a food alert regarding Holle Baby Food GmbH Serviceburo who is recalling the Holle branded and Lebenswert branded baby foods listed above due to the presence of atropine and scopolamine in some batches tested. These chemicals are undesirable plant constituents. In-store recall notices should be displayed in outlets that sold the affected products.

Nature Of Danger: Consumption of implicated products may cause short term adverse effects, for example, dilated pupils, change of heart rate, dryness of the mouth, constipation, urinary retention, and flushed skin. The chemicals present will be excreted from the body and therefore there are no long term health effects.

Source: FSAI

EFSA’s experts have finalised and adopted their scientific opinion on the risks to public health from bisphenol A (BPA) in foodstuffs.

The milestone follows a comprehensive risk assessment of this substance. BPA is a chemical used to manufacture plastics and resins that are used in a variety of food contact materials as well as other consumer and industrial products. The Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes, Flavourings and Processing Aids adopted the opinion during its 10-11 December plenary meeting. EFSA will publish the opinion by the end of January 2015, allowing the necessary time for formatting and a thorough editorial check, which is standard for all EFSA scientific opinions.

EFSA has carried out an extensive consultation and engaged with national authorities and stakeholders to ensure the widest possible range of scientific views and information have been considered, including similar scientific assessments currently underway at Member State level.

Source: EFSA

FDA and FSIS recalls this week

Giant Eagle Recalls Apple Pistachio Salad With or Without Chicken Because of Possible Health Risk from Listeria Monocytogenes

RZM Food Factory to cease operations for repeated food safety violations. RZM Food Factory prepared, packed, and held ready-to-eat mung bean, alfalfa, radish and clover sprouts and distributed them in Hawaii.

Global Garlic Inc. Recalls De Mi Pais Products Cuajada Fresca (Fresh Curd) and Cuajada Olanchana (Fresh Curd) because of Possible Health Risk - Listeria Monocytogenes

Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc. Voluntarily Recalls Fresh Cut Fruit Containing Gala Red Apple in a Few States in North East US Because of Possible Health Risk - Listeria Monocytogenes

Whalen’s Horseradish Products, Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Anchovy in Whalen’s Seafood & Burger Sauce

Real Foods LLC, a Kent, Wash., establishment, is recalling approximately 308 pounds of Chef Salad with Ham and Turkey due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced. The product contains fish (anchovies), a known allergen which is not declared on the product label.

Safeway Recalls Safeway Select French Salted Caramel (Fleur De Sel) Premium Ice Cream Sold November 4 through December 5 Due to an Undeclared Peanut Allergen

CFIA recalls this week

Serengeti Trading brand ready-to-eat meat products recalled due to undeclared mustard and sulphites

Beverage powders imported by Sei Ying Trading Company Ltd. recalled due to undeclared milk

Orientale brand chocolate fondue products recalled due to undeclared milk


Saturday, 6 December 2014

Gima UK Ltd is recalling all packs of various Bodrum brand dried fruits

Gima UK Ltd is recalling all packs of various Bodrum dried fruits because of the presence of sulphur dioxide, which is not mentioned on the packaging. This means the products are a possible health risk for anyone with a sensitivity to sulphur dioxide or sulphites. Follow the link to find out more.

Source: FSA

Shire Foods of Norfolk recalls Jumbo Golden Sultanas

Shire Foods of Norfolk is recalling all packs of Jumbo Golden Sultanas because the product contains sulphur dioxide, which is not mentioned on the packaging. This means the product is a possible health risk for anyone with a sensitivity to sulphur dioxide or sulphites. Follow the link to find out more.

Source: FSA

FDA and FSIS recalls this week

House of Flavors Issues Voluntary Recall Due to Possible Undeclared Dairy Allergen in Ciao Bella Dark Cocoa Sorbetto

Nebraska Firm Recalls Pork Belly Product Produced Without Import Inspection

Abdallah Candies of Burnsville, MN is taking precautionary measures and voluntarily recalling red and silver foil wrapped Holiday Caramel Bites. One customer has reported finding a peanut butter bite, wrapped in red foil, in a bag of holiday caramel bites. The date code on the bag was EK-08.

Whole Foods Market West Hartford, Bishops Corner and Glastonbury Recall Tarte Aux Pommes Due to Undeclared Almonds

CFIA recalls this week

Certain Macau Honghong brand Cracker products may contain undeclared sesame and almond

Your Fresh Market brand ground beef products recalled due to E. coli O157:H7

Maggi brand Healthy Soups - Mixed Vegetable recalled due to undeclared peanuts

Indican brand Corriander + Cumin Powder recalled due to undeclared gluten