Recalls and Alerts: December 8-9, 2022

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Chapter 6. Birth of a Pathogen

United States

OUTBREAK ALERT (Texas): The Texas Department of State Health Services has ordered a recall of all oysters harvested in the TX 1 area of southeastern Galveston Bay (shell and shucked oysters harvested in the area from Nov. 17 through Dec. 7) after reports of a few dozen cases of gastrointestinal illness among people who ate oysters from those waters. Reported symptoms include fever, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, chills and headache. 

Allergy Alert: Hartzler Family Dairy (Wooster, OH) recalls Hartzler Family brand Egg Nog (1-qt bottles; Sell by 12/15 and 12/25) due to undeclared allergens (absence of ingredient list).

Food Safety Alert: The Ohio Department of Agriculture issues a health alert for Seville Spread and Seville Spread Brown Sugar Cinnamon (4oz & 8oz pkgs; Batch No. 221112), made by Yellow House Cheese LLC (Seville, OH) due to the lack of antibiotic testing and pasteurization records for the milk used to make the cheese.

Canada

Food Safety Recall: Jan K. Overweel Limited recalls Igor brand Gorgonzola mild ripened blue-veined cheese (350g; Lot 2777001; Best before 2023/FE/01; UPC 8 021398 400069) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The recalled product was sold in Ontario and Quebec.

Food Safety Recall: Café Lazio (La Prairie, QC) recalls multiple soups and sauces (1L glass jars; Sold on or before 9 December 2022) due to potential for improper storage due to lack of mandated labeling.

Europe

Allergy Alert (France): UN AIR D’ICI recalls JUSTE BIO brand SUCRE DE COCO BIO / Organic coconut sugar (Lot 220700039; Best before 31/07/2023) due to undeclared sulphites.

Allergy Alert (France): BIOTEAM recalls BIONLY brand Le sucre de coco la douceur des tropiques biologique and sève de fleur de cocotier cristallisée non raffinée / Unrefined, crystalline coconut sugar (250g; Lot 138-22-10) due to undeclared sulphites.

Allergy Alert (Ireland): FSAI reports undeclared wheat, soy and sulphites in Dunnes Stores Vegan Plant Based Roast (530g; Use by 15 Dec).

Allergy Alert (Luxembourg): Monoprix recalls Daily Monop brand La Soupe Potimarron / Pumpkin soup (375 ml; Use by 14/12/2022) due to undeclared shrimp and celery.

Food Safety Recall (Belgium): SAINTE LUCIE recalls multiple spice blends and spice products due to possible Bacillus cereus contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (France): MARIUS BERNARD recalls Marius brand Mélange pour Poissons / Spice blend for fish (42g; Lot 000324548; Best before 20/09/2025) due to possible Bacillus cereus contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): MARIUS BERNARD recalls Marius brand Mélange pour Pain d’épices / Gingerbread spice mix (34g; Lot 000324516; Best before 20/09/2025) due to possible Bacillus cereus contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): MARIUS BERNARD recalls Marius brand Mélange pour Guacamole / Guacamole spice mix (48g; Lot 000324504; Best before 20/09/2025) due to possible Bacillus cereus contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): MARIUS BERNARD recalls Marius brand Gingembre moulu / Ground ginger (35g; Lots 03.05.25/F5904, 000322885 & 000323659; Best before 03/05/2025, 09/06/2025 & 14/09/2025, respectively) due to possible Bacillus cereus contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): LA BOVIDA LE SUBDRAY recalls La Bovida brand Gingembre moulu / Ground ginger (1kg; Lot PR22110341; Best by 30/11/2024) due to Bacillus cereus contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): LA BOVIDA LE SUBDRAY recalls La Bovida brand Gingembre moulu / Ground ginger (450g jar; Lot PR22110293; Best by 30/11/2024) due to Bacillus cereus contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Germany): Dirk Rossmann GmbH recalls GenussPlus Kids Mini-Brezeln / Mini pretzels (Best before 30.06.2023) due to possible foreign matter contamination (threads or particles of blue fabric).

Food Safety Recall (Germany): Buss Fertiggerichte GmbH recalls Poté Cevapcici mit Balkangemüse & Reis / Cevapcici with Balkan vegetables and rice (300g; Best before 13.12.2024) due to foreign matter contamination (red plastic pieces).

Food Safety Recall (Italy): Panico Filomena recalls Corcione Ingross Alici marinate dolci e piccanti / Sweet and spicy marinated anchovies (~200g; Lot #261022; Best before 26/06/2023) due to possible presence of Anisakis type parasite.

Food Safety Recall (Italy): Sofia S.r.l. recalls POSEIDON brand RITAGLI SALMONE AFFUMICATI PRONTI DA CUCINARE / Ready-to-cook smoked salmon trim (150g; Lot 22248E-SOLA-2094; Best before 12-12-2022) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Italy): Sofia S.r.l. recalls POSEIDON brand RITAGLI SALMONE AFFUMICATI PRONTI DA CUCINARE / Ready-to-cook smoked salmon trim (150g; Lot 22248E-SOLA-2092; Best before 10-12-2022) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Italy): Sofia S.r.l. recalls POSEIDON brand RITAGLI SALMONE AFFUMICATI PRONTI DA CUCINARE / Ready-to-cook smoked salmon trim (150g; Lot 22248E-SOLA-1995; Best before 12-12-2022) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (UK): Asda recalls three Asda in store bakery Extra Special Mince Pies due to possible foreign matter contamination (pieces of plastic). Please refer to the recall notice for details on the affected products.

Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands

Food Safety Recall (Israel): Tnuva Fish recalls frozen Argentinian Marluza fillet (Use by 02/28/2023 A) due to possible presence of Anisakis type parasite.

Australia and New Zealand

Food Safety Recall (New Zealand): New World Ohakune recalls New World Ohakune brand NZ Beef Prime Mince (various weights; Use by 9 12 2022 and 10 12 2022), New World Ohakune brand NZ Pork Mince (various weights; Use by 9 12 2022) and New World Ohakune brand Beef Burger Patties (4 x 1 pack; Use by 12 12 2022) due to foreign matter contamination (metal).

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Recalls and Alerts: December 6-7, 2022

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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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Chapter 6. Birth of a Pathogen

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United States

Allergy Alert: Cranberry Sweets & More recalls Mint Meltaways candies (4 oz & 8 oz pkgs; Lot #032123) due to undeclared peanuts.

Allergy Alert: Northern Food I/E Inc. recalls Lukai sweetened jujube (8.3 oz / 235g; All lot and date codes) due to undeclared sulphites.

PUBLIC HEALTH ALERT: USDA/FSIS issues Public Health Alert for ground beef sold at La Michoacana Meat Market, in Greenville, Texas, after a sample of the product tested positive for the presence of E. coli O157:H7. Please refer to the USDA notice for details on the affected product.

Food Safety Recall: Kraft Heinz Foods Company recalls Oscar Mayer Ham & Cheese LOAF (16-oz pkgs; Codes from 07 Feb 2023 20:40 7B through 07 Feb 2023 22:16 7B; USDA Est. 537V) due to possible cross-contamination with under-processed products.

Food Safety Recall: Lidl US recalls Favorina branded Advent Calendar (Premium Chocolate with a Creamy Filling) (8.4 oz; Best if used by 2023; UPC 4056489516965) due to possible Salmonella contamination. The recalled products were available for sale at Lidl stores between October 12, 2022 and December 5, 2022.

Canada

Food Safety Recall: Pinty’s Delicious Foods Inc. recalls Pinty’s Eatwell brand Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets (810g & 790g; UPC 0 69094 62591 9 & 0 69094 63498 0, respectively; Best before 2023 SE 07) due to foreign matter contamination (pieces of rubber).

Europe

OUTBREAK INVESTIGATION (Sweden): Sweden’s Public Health Agency is tracking an outbreak of Salmonella Agona illnesses that has affected 26 people in Sweden since November 1st. The same outbreak strain also has been recovered from 58 individuals in Norway. A specific food source for the cross-border outbreak has not yet been identified.

Allergy Alert (Spain): The Spanish Agency for Food Safety and Nutrition warns of undeclared almonds in multiple brands of dark chocolate manufactured in Spain. Please refer to the notice for a complete list of affected brands.

Food Safety Recall (France): GLACES THIRIET recalls THIRIET brand GALETTES DE BOULGOUR, POIS CHICHES, CAROTTES ET CURRY / Bulgar, chick pea, carrot and curry cakes (200g (2-pack); Lots 2160355 & 2208353; Best before 30/11/2023 & 31/12/2023, respectively) due to foreign matter contamination (small pebbles).

Food Safety Recall (France): TRAITEUR DE PARIS recalls METRO Chef brand ASSORTIMENT DE 16 VERRINES SALEES / Assortment of 16 savory minicups (496g; Lot 29222; Best before 06/05/2023) due to Staphylococcus aureus contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): CARREFOUR FRANCE recalls Simpl brand Compote de pommes allégée en sucres / Reduced sugar apple compote (720g jar; Lot LFK0002202012X; Best before 01/09/2024) due to possible foreign matter contamination (pieces of glass).

Food Safety Recall (France): COOPERL ARC ATLANTIQUE recalls Véritable brand Andouillettes de Troyes sausages (4-pack; Lot 53400 / 4855893; Use by dates between 22/12/2022 and 25/12/2022) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): E.LECLERC LA CRAU recalls E.LECLERC LA CRAU – Les mains dans la pâte brand Baguette complète / Whole grain baguette (250g; All lots) and Mini pain complet / Whole grain bread rolls (30g; All lots) due to possible foreign matter contamination (pieces of plastic).

Food Safety Recall (France): SO.SU.MAR CENTRE E.LECLERC recalls SALAISONS ARTISANALE D’ARDECHE brand ROSETTE / Sliced cured sausage (Sold by the slice; Lot 4022; Best before 22/02/2023) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Italy): San Leonardo Prosciutti S.r.l. recalls REGIONE CHE VAI brand SALAME FELINO IGP / Salami (500g; Lots C22430083, C22450029, C22450054 & C22470486) due to possible Salmonella contamination.

FDA: The more things change, the more they stay the same – Opinion

Fifteen years ago, the Science Board of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a report in which they concluded that the agency’s scientific base had eroded, its scientific organizational structure was weak, its scientific workforce lacked sufficient capacity and capability, and its information technology (IT) structure was inadequate.

Today, the Reagan-Udall Foundation for the FDA released an Expert Panel report on the agency’s Human Food Program capabilities, in which they concluded that the program is underfunded and understaffed, IT resources are inadequate, no single individual is in overall charge of the program, and the agency is risk-averse.

Problems with organizational structure, funding, staffing and information technology. It would appear that not much has changed in fifteen years.

Expert Panel findings

In a fifty-one page report, the panel presented a damning list of deficiencies, the most glaring of which is the absence of a Deputy Commissioner of Foods, a position that was eliminated in 2019 during the Trump Administration.

Without a Deputy Commissioner, responsibility for fulfilling the FDA’s food safety and nutrition mandates is spread among the Center for Food Safety and Nutrition (CFSAN), the Center for Food Policy and Response (CFPR), and the Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA). The Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) is responsible for the Animal Food Program, which includes both animal feed and companion animal food.

All four of these Centers report directly to the office of the FDA Commissioner, diluting the overall clout of the Food component of the FDA.

This lack of cohesive leadership and coordination was part of the reason for the FDA’s slow response to the Abbott Nutrition infant formula contamination crisis.

Many of the panels other findings are an inevitable consequence of the current organizational structure. Among these are:

  • Lack of a clear vision and mission
  • Absence of an ultimate decision-maker
  • A culture of indecisiveness and inaction
  • Overlapping roles and competing priorities among the various Centers
  • Over-reliance on consensus for decision-making
  • Aversion to regulatory risk-taking, resulting in reluctance to take enforcement action, including the use of mandatory recall authority
  • Funding has barely kept pace with inflation, and has fallen behind the increase in the size of the food industry
  • Critical staff have left the agency due to pay disparity with the private sector

Room at the top

The Expert Panel report does more than simply list deficiencies. It recommends a number of substantive improvements to the FDA’s organizational structure, hiring and personnel practices, budget and appropriation strategies, and information sharing.

The panel also recommends that the animal feed and companion animal food portions of the Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) be integrated with the Human Food Program.

But implementing the panel’s recommendations will require a strong leader–one with the courage and the clout to fight the Food Program’s battles within the FDA, with Congress, and with the food industry.

In January 2019, upon the retirement of Dr. Stephen Ostroff from the FDA, the position of Deputy Commissioner for Food disappeared from the agency’s organizational structure. Instead, the Trump Administration created a Center for Food Policy and Response (CFPR), and named Dr. Frank Yiannas as its first Deputy Commissioner.

Since then, responsibility for the Human Food Program has been parceled out among the CFPR, the CFSAN and the ORA, leading to “…overlapping roles and competing priorities that result in what is perceived as constant turmoil.”

I have long been an advocate of a single, independent Human and Animal Food Safety Agency that would take over all federal responsibility for regulating the safety of the US food supply, including most of the activities now carried out by the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

The single-agency approach has been adopted by many countries around the developed world, including Canada, the United Kingdom, a number of EU Member countries, Australia, and New Zealand.

This consolidation would, with a single stroke, eliminate significant overlap and duplication of enforcement activities, simplify the communications between regulators and the regulated (ie., food industry), and free the USDA to focus on its mandate to promote and support the agricultural industry without simultaneously trying to enforce food safety standards.

But I am, above all, a realist. I know that an independent Food Safety Agency is not even a twinkle in the Biden Administration’s eye.

In the absence of an independent agency, what the FDA needs desperately is a steady hand at the helm of the Food Program. Someone who has the authority to make tough decisions, advocate for the resources needed to ensure the safety of the food supply, and defend the Food Program against internal erosion and external pressures.

If FDA Commissioner Califf does nothing else in response to the Expert Panel report, he must act with dispatch to consolidate all of the disparate elements of the Human and Animal Food programs into a single entity headed by a Deputy Commissioner reporting directly to the Office of the Commissioner.

The gory details

If you wish to read the full report, you can download the pdf file here.