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Longo's brand Hot Red Thai Chili Peppers recalled due to Salmonella

Paul's Food Factory brand and Reuben's brand products recalled due to undeclared multiple allergens 

Recall of Chinese snack products due to undeclared almond and milk 

Veg-Pak Produce Ltd. brand Hot Peppers – Red Thai recalled due to Salmonella

Canada Herb brand fresh chili peppers recalled due to Salmonella

Asian Legend brand Fried Noodles recalled due to undeclared egg

Chréa Pulpe recalled due to undeclared sulphites

Great Value brand Original Bagels recalled due to undeclared sesame

Nirav brand Sweet Mango Pickle and Sweet Lemon Pickle recalled due to undeclared mustard

Fjord Laks brand Scottish Smoked Salmon recalled due to potential growth of dangerous bacteria if sold refrigerated - Clostridium botulinum

Verano Food Purveyors brand Mushroom Soup recalled due to potential presence of dangerous bacteria - Clostridium botulinum

Woongjin Morning Rice brand Rice Flavored Drink recalled due to undeclared milk

Ikea brand chocolate products recalled due to improperly declared tree nuts and milk

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