Recalls and Alerts: March 4—6, 2021

Here is today’s list of food safety recalls, product withdrawals, allergy alerts and miscellaneous compliance issues. The live links will take you directly to the official recall notices and company news releases that contain detailed information for each recall and alert.

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United States

OUTBREAK INVESTIGATION UPDATE: FDA has released a partial list of retail establishments where Hispanic-style fresh and soft cheeses recalled by El Abuelito Cheese, Inc. may have been sold. The cheeses are implicated in a 4-state outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes illnesses under investigation by the CDC and the FDA.

Allergy Alert: Hu Products recalls Hu Chocolate Covered Hunks – Sour Goldenberries Product (4-oz bag; Lot #202891; Best by 08/2021; UPC 850180006510) due to undeclared almonds.

Food Safety Recall: KAREEM MART (Garden City, MI) recalls “Tahina” food treats (1lb, 2lb plastic jars and 10kg in metal cans; Expiry date 07-01-2022) due to possible Salmonella contamination. The recalled product was distributed in Mediterranean food stores in Michigan and Chicago, IL. Between April 2020 to October 2020.

Canada

Allergy Alert: Wilton Industries Canada Company recalls Wilton brand sprinkle products due to undeclared milk. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Europe

OUTBREAK ALERT (FRANCE): Santé Publique France is reporting an outbreak of 164 cases of Norovirus illnesses since mid-February across several regions of France. The illnesses appear to be linked to consumption of contaminated oysters.

Allergy Alert:

Food Safety Recall (Austria): FM Foods 2.0 recalls Planty of Burger (Batch codes 250920 and 260920; Best before 19.11.2021 & 20.11.2021, respectively) due to possible foreign matter (piece of metal) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Belgium): Colruyt et Okay recall Boni Selection yaourt aux fruits 5 goûts / 5-flavour fruit yoghurt (125g; Best By 03/04/2021) due to possible foreign matter (metal pieces) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Belgium): Aldi recalls Tupelo farm brand ROULADE DE DINDE / Turkey roll (700 G; Lot #RPS 27615; Best by 11/12/2021) due to possible Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Belgium): SOUFFLET recalls Carrefour brand Riz basmati / Basmati rice (1kg bag; Best by 21/11/2022) due to elevated levels of mycotoxin (Ochratoxin A).

Food Safety Recall (France): E. Leclerc recalls Les Croisés brand Pointe de brie / Brie wedge (200g; Best before 07/04/2021) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): Les coquillages de la Baie d’Isigny recalls Les coquillages de la Baie d’Isigny brand Moules de pêche / Mussels (sold from 26/02/2021 to 01/03/2021, inclusive) due to E. coli contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Germany): Adalat Berlin recalls getrocknete Minzblätter / Dried mint leaves (carton containing 7 x 180g packages; Expiry date 24.09.2022) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Iceland): Aðföng recalls SFC Boneless Bucket chicken pieces, frozen (650g; Lot #L19720; Best before 28-11-2021; Product of Poland) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall Update (Ireland): SFC recalls The Original SFC Chicken Poppets (190g; Best before 24.09.2021 and 31.10.2021) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Luxembourg): Cactus recalls Mons Fromager Affineur brand Barriquet fromage de chèvre / goat cheese (400g; Lots 130121, 140121, 260122; Best before 23/03/21) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Luxembourg): Colruyt recalls Boni Selection yaourt aux fruits 5 goûts / 5-flavour fruit yoghurt (125g; Best By 03/04/2021) due to possible foreign matter (metal pieces) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Luxembourg): Aldi recalls Tupelo farm brand ROULADE DE DINDE / Turkey roll (700 G; Lot #RPS 27615; Best by 11/12/2021) due to possible Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (UK): Co-op recalls British 12 Beef Meatballs (350g; Use by 05 March 2021) due to possible foreign matter (pieces of plastic) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (UK): Lidl GB recalls Crownfield Wholegrain Wheat Bixies 36 (720g; Best before 10 January 2022, 11 January 2022, and 12 January 2022) due to possible foreign matter (pieces of plastic) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (UK): Co-op recalls Co-op Irresistible Carrot Cake (Best before 14 March 2021) and Co-op Irresistible Coffee and Walnut Cake (Best before 20 March 2021) due to possible foreign matter (pieces of glass) contamination.

Australia and New Zealand

Food Safety Recall (Australia): Kenilworth Dairies recalls Kenilworth Dairies Full Cream Milk (3L, 2L and 1L; Best before BB 15/03/21) due to E. coli contamination.

Animal Rights Group Claims Credit for Bravo Packing Pet Food Recall

Animal Outlook, an animal rights advocacy organization, claims to have been the catalyst for the recall of Ground Beef and Performance Dog raw pet foods announced on March 3, 2021 by Bravo Packing, Inc., Carney’s Point, New Jersey.

Animal Outlook is a national non-profit organization based in Washington, DC. The name of the organization was changed from “Compassion over Killing” to “Animal Outlook” in 2020.

The pet food recall, which encompassed all Ground Beef and Performance Dog frozen raw pet foods (sold in 2-pound and 5-pound plastic sleeves), was initiated after the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes in samples of Performance Dog and in a sample of Ground Beef.

Bravo Packing, Inc. is not affiliated with Bravo Pet Foods, a manufacturer of frozen and freeze-dried raw pet foods and pet treats based in Manchester, Connecticut.

According to a news release dated March 4, 2021, Animal Outlook notified the FDA in December 2020 that the organization had recovered Salmonella from a sample of Performance Dog Diet raw dog food. The sample had been obtained two months earlier from a California distributor of Bravo Packing’s products.

The FDA declined to comment on the Animal Outlook news release. However, a spokesperson for the agency pointed out that it is the FDA’s practice to reinspect facilities that have been the subject of previous enforcement actions, such as Warning Letters.

Bravo Packing has a history of contaminated pet food issues and regulatory infractions.

In September 2018, Bravo Packing recalled all Performance Dog products after the FDA found Salmonella in a sample of the product during the course of an inspection.

In July/August 2019, the FDA carried out another inspection of the manufacturing facility, during which the agency found Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes in samples of two different products.

In September 2019, after the company did not respond to the agency’s repeated requests for documentation relating to distribution and recall of the contaminated products, the FDA issued a consumer advisory, cautioning pet owners not to feed Performance Dog raw food products to their pets.

In March 2020, in a follow-up to the July/August 2019 inspection, the FDA issued a formal Warning Letter to the president of Bravo Packing, Inc., citing multiple serious violations of Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Food for Animals regulations.

The current investigation is still active, and information on what new or repeat violations the FDA may have found is not yet available.

What Consumers Need to Know

  • Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Pets exposed to contaminated food can be infected without showing symptoms.
  • People who think their pets have become ill after consuming contaminated pet food should first contact their veterinarians.
  • Veterinarians who wish to have pets tested for Salmonella may do so through the Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network (Vet-LIRN) if the pet is from a household with a person infected with Salmonella.
  • The FDA also encourages consumers to report complaints about pet food products electronically through the Safety Reporting Portal. This information helps FDA further protect human and animal health.

Recalls and Alerts: March 1–3, 2021

Here is today’s list of food safety recalls, product withdrawals, allergy alerts and miscellaneous compliance issues. The live links will take you directly to the official recall notices and company news releases that contain detailed information for each recall and alert.

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United States

OUTBREAK INVESTIGATION UPDATE: CDC reports one death and 11 illnesses in Listeria monocytogenes outbreak linked to Hispanic-style fresh and soft cheeses produced by El Abuelito Cheese Inc.

Allergy Alert: The Quaker Oats Company recalls Quaker Rice Crisps Sweet Barbecue Flavor (3.03 oz; Best before MAY29213M21; UPC 0 30000 31984 0) due to undeclared soy.

Allergy Alert: Wilton Brands recalls all lots of six sprinkles products and one kit containing affected sprinkles due to undeclared milk. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall: Milky Way International Trading Corp. recalls approximately 297,715 pounds of ready-to-eat canned corned beef products that were imported and distributed in the United States without the benefit of FSIS import re-inspection. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall: Cozy Vale Creamery recalls retail raw milk and cream products (gallon, half- gallon, quart, and pint containers; Best by 3-1 through 3-9) due to shiga toxin-producing E. coli contamination.

Pet Food Safety Recall: Vitakraft Sun Seed Inc. recalls Vitakraft Vita Smart Hedgehog Food (25 oz; Lot #343422; Expiry date 11/06/22; UPC 0-51233-34792-9) due to possible Salmonella contamination.

Pet Food Safety Recall: Bravo Packing, Inc. recalls all Ground Beef and Performance Dog frozen pet food due to possible Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The recall was initiated after samples of Performance Dog and a sample of Ground Beef, collected during an FDA inspection, tested positive for Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes.

Canada

Food Safety Recall: Les Gourmandises de Justin inc. recalls multiple cheeses due to the lack of label declaration that the cheeses were manufactured using unpasteurized (raw) milk. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Alert: The public is warned not to consume any baked goods or pastries purchased from Boulangerie Gandom, as these items may not be safe for human consumption.

Food Safety Recall: Supermarché Perrier et Martel inc. (Metro Plus) recalls three raw ground meat products due to E. coli contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Europe

Allergy Alert (Denmark): Orkla Foods Danmark recalls Gårdlykke Grov Remoulade (225g; Batch No. L2332788; Best before 16.08.2021) due to undeclared mustard.

Allergy Alert (Denmark): Bodebjerg ApS recalls Salling butterchicken (950g; Best before 28.04.2021) due to undeclared mustard.

Food Safety Recall (France): Intermarché recalls BOUTON D’OR brand Mayonnaise BIO à la moutarde de DIJON / Organic mayonnaise with Dijon mustard (235g; Best before 07/2021; Lots L20287 & L20288) due to potential foreign matter (pieces of glass) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): Carrefour recalls Carrefour brand Riz basmati / Basmati rice (1 kg; Best before 21/11/2022) due to elevated levels of mycotoxin (Ochratoxin A).

Food Safety Recall (Iceland): Innnes ehf recalls Billy’s brand Pan Pizza Peperoni (170g; Best before 09.06.2021; Product of Sweden) due to foreign matter (piece of metal) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Ireland): Ballinwillin House Farm, Mitchelstown recalls all Ballinwillin House Farm Venison, Wild Boar and Goat Minced Meat and Meat Preparations, because the items were produced in an establishment not approved for the production of minced meat or meat preparation. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (Ireland): The Real Olive Company recalls The Real Olive Company Basil Pesto (Use by 04.03.2021) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Italy): I Consitt recalls Triglia brand Filetti di acciughe del Mediterraneo / Mediterranean anchovy fillets (80g; Lot #L20328; Best before 23/05/2022) due to foreign matter (pieces of glass) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Switzerland): Migros recalls Anna’s Best Saladbowl Farmer (Lots L11 / 02/26/21 & L11 / 02/28/21; Use by 03/02/2021 & 03/04/2021, respectively) due to Listeria contamination.

Food Safety Recall (UK): SFC recalls SFC Chicken Poppets and Take-Home Boneless Bucket due to Salmonella contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected batch codes.

Pet Food Safety Recall (Iceland): Costco recalls Irish Rover brand Super foods for dogs: Chicken treats with sweet potato, carrot & pumpkin (Lot #J320311; Best before 05/04/22) due to foreign matter (pieces of metal) contamination.

Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands

Allergy Alert (Israel): Restarto Import and Marketing Ltd recalls La Molizena brand Italian pasta durum wheat – penne (500g; Expiry date 03/02/2023) due to undeclared gluten.