Recalls and Alerts: November 29 – December 5, 2020


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 ALERT UPDATE: CDC reports 11 cases of Listeria monocytogenes infections in three states. All eleven outbreak victims were hospitalized and there has been one death. The illnesses appear to be linked to Italian style deli meats, but a specific supplier has not yet been identified.

OUTBREAK ALERT: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has investigated five cases of confirmed or suspected foodborne botulism in the state since September.

Allergy Alert: Flowers Foods, Inc. recalls Canyon Bakehouse Mountain White Bread (Lot #032220323; UPC 8-53584-00200-3) and Canyon Bakehouse Everything Bagels ( Lot #032220316; UPC 8-53584-00221-8) due to undeclared gluten.

Allergy Alert: Maribel’s Sweets recalls Cacao Market Cylinder Dark Chocolate Pearls (5 oz; UPC 87708002502; All packages not indicating milk on the label) due to undeclared milk.

Allergy Alert: Hong Thai Foods Corp. recalls Golden Boy Custard Muffin Original (7.76 oz; Best before 29/01/2022; UPC 9555719731581) due to undeclared milk and the presence of Uranine- Acid Yellow 73.

Food Safety Recall: Continental Glatt Kosher Meats Corp. (d.b.a. First Choice Kosher Meat & Deli Inc.) recalls approximately 61,504 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) meat and poultry products that were produced without the benefit of federal inspection. Please refer to the recall notice for additional details on the recalled products.

Food Safety Recall: High Quality Organics recalls HQO High Quality Organics brand Organic Thyme Leaves (30 lbs & 500 lbs; Lot #48040; Best by 2022-10-30) due to potential Salmonella contamination. Notification of the recall was by letter only.

Pet Treat Safety Recall: TDBBS, LLC. recalls Chewy.com Natural Cow Ears (12-pack; Lot #WO125540; Best before 11/08/2022; UPC 840139120251) due to Salmonella contamination.

Pet Treat Safety Recall: TDBBS, LLC. recalls Jumbo Bully Sticks (various package sizes, brands, lot codes and expiration dates) due to potential Salmonella contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of recalled products.

Canada

OUTBREAK ALERT UPDATE: PHAC reports 32 Salmonella Typhimurium illness across six provinces linked to contact with pet hedgehogs. Four people have been hospitalized.

Allergy Alert: Poissonnerie Ô recalls various products due to undeclared egg and sulphites. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Allergy Alert: Distributions Farinex recalls various Gelsius brand IQF Sliced White Apples and IQF Diced Apples due to undeclared sulphites.Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Allergy Alert: Industry recalls Kandy brand Tuna Dry Fish (200g; Batch No. HP/CA010/2020; Expiry 11.10.2021) due to histamine.

Food Safety Recall: Metro Ontario Inc. recalls multiple Metro brand products due to potential Salmonella contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of recalled products.

Food Safety Recall: Kawartha Dairy Limited recalls certain Kawartha Dairy brand ice cream products due to potential foreign matter (metal pieces) contamination.

Food Safety Recall: Panier Extra recalls Saumon fumé surgelé / Frozen smoked salmon (all product sold up to 30 November 2020) due to improper temperature control during storage and absence of storage temperature instructions on the package label.

Food Safety Recall: Le Diapason Bistro épicurien recalls various products packed in 1L glass jars due to potential microbiological health hazard. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall: Poissonnerie Ô recalls éperlan mariné / marinated smelt (sold up to and including 1 December 2020) due to lack of storage temperature instructions on the package label.

Food Safety Recall: La Maison des pâtes fraîches recalls PESTO AU BASILIC / Basil pesto (sold up to and including 3 December 2020) due to potential microbiological health hazard.

Food Safety Recall: Lou Nissart recalls ratatouille (250 ml; sold up to and including 2 December 2020) due to potential microbiological health hazard.

Food Safety Recall: Bagel Henri-Bourassa recalls various products due to potential microbiological health hazard. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall: Yoga Grind Studio café recalls various products due to potential microbiological health hazard. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall: Ding Ho Foods Inc. recalls Ding Ho Foods brand Fried Fish Balls (318g; Best before 2021 JA 14; Lot #011421; UPC 6 27590 04631 9) and Ding Ho Foods brand Fried Fish Balls (5 lbs, labelled as 318g; Best before 2020 NO 28; Lot #112820) due to foreign matter (pieces of plastic) contamination.

Europe

OUTBREAK ALERT UPDATE (FRANCE): Santé publique France reports 31 cases of Salmonella Bovismorbificans infections across seven regions of France. Seven people have been hospitalized. The illnesses are linked to consumption of dry pork sausages.

Allergy Alert (Belgium): D’Haubry Bakery recalls Macarons de Pauline Fraise-Pistache-Chocolat (108g; Lot #L0245091; Best before 28/07/2021) due to undeclared milk.

Allergy Alert (Belgium): Jumbo recalls Kruidenkaas Italiaanse Stijl Jong Belegen 50+ (fromage aux épices – à l’italienne) / Italian cheese with spices (250g; Lots/Best before dates 15-12-2020 to 1-1-2021, inclusive) due to undeclared egg.

Allergy Alert (Belgium): Bio-Planet recalls Bauckhof brand Choco Balls (300g; Lot #200221; Best before 2/2/202) due to undeclared milk protein.

Allergy Alert (Belgium): Albert Heijn recalls AH Peterselie / fresh parsley (30g; Best before 08/12/2020) due to undeclared celery.

Allergy Alert (Germany): MAHYAR / M. Sarrafian Import und Export recalls NADERI Traditional Cookie (210g; Serial No. 198; Best before 16.04.2021) due to undeclared peanuts.

Allergy Alert (Netherlands): Jumbo recalls Kruidenkaas Italiaanse Stijl Jong Belegen 50+ (fromage aux épices – à l’italienne) / Italian cheese with spices (250g; Lots/Best before dates 15-12-2020 to 1-1-2021, inclusive) due to undeclared egg.

Allergy Alert (Netherlands): Albert Heijn recalls AH Peterselie / fresh parsley (30g; Best before 08/12/2020) due to undeclared celery.

Food Safety Recall (Belgium): De Beauvoorder recalls le pâté de lièvre (au vin rouge) / red wine hare pâté (150g; Lots 4315/680146 & o 4330/680146; Expiry 04/12/2020 & DLC 19/12/2020) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): CRUSTA C recalls Atelier Poissonnerie brand Crevettes 80/100 Venezuela ASC / shrimp (300g; Lot #2203220692; Best by 27/11/2020) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): Nouvelle UTP recalls SAVEURS BRESSANES brand Pâté de campagne à l’ancienne (1 slice; Lot #T1911; Best before 18/12/2020) to Listeria contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): ROUSSILLON SALAISONS recalls GUSTO Y SABOR brand Fuets catalans / dry sausage (170g; various lot codes and Best before dates) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Germany): Lidl Deutschland recalls various Nautica Regenbogen Forellenfilets in den Sortierungen Natur und Pfeffer / Rainbow trout fillets, plain and peppered due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (Germany): Rhönmetzgerei Arnold recalls Rhöner Leberwurst im Ring (Naturdarm)/ Liver sausage in ring with natural casing (Best before 21.12.2020) due to potential foreign matter (glass splinters) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Germany): Weiling GmbH recalls BIOLADEN*Cashewmus / Cashew butter (250 g; Best before 18-05-2022 and illegible Best before dates) due to potential foreign matter (pieces of glass) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Germany): Herbertehof recalls various sausage products due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (Italy): Salumificio Sorrrentino S.R.L. recalls TAVOLA ITALIA SALSICCIA ABRUZZESE APPASSITA PICCANTE / Spicy dry Abruzzese sausage (~200g; Lot #250920; Best before 31/07/21) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Italy): CHIARELLI PIERLUIGI recalls CHIARELLI PIERLUIGI brand FORMAGGIO A LATTE CRUDO – FORMAGGELLA / raw milk cheese (Lot #02102020) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Italy): Lidl Italia S.R.L. recalls Milbona Latte intero UHT / UHT whole milk (1L; Lot 20288/ Line 34; Best before 11/02/21) due to potential loss of sterility.

Food Safety Recall (Sweden): Lidl Sverige recalls Culinea brand Gåsbröst / Goose breast (950g; Best before 2022-09-30) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (UK): Lactalis Nestlé Chilled Dairy UK recalls Nescafé Shakissimo Espresso Latte (190 ml; Use by 26 January 2021) due to contamination with residues of a cleaning solution.

Food Safety Recall (UK): Meng Fu S.H.L recalls several meat ball products because the meat used to make the products does not meet food safety requirements. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands

Food Safety Recall (Singapore): Cold Storage Singapore (1983) Pte Ltd. recalls Meadows Pure Drinking Water (1.5L; Expiry 9/11/2022; Product of Malaysia) due to Pseudomonas aeruginosa contamination.

Australia and New Zealand

Allergy Alert (Australia): Baiada Poultry Pty Limited recalls Steggles Frozen Turkey Breast Roast (1kg; Best Before 29 JUN 2022) due to undeclared gluten, sulphites and tree nuts.

Allergy Alert (New Zealand): Loaf Ltd. recalls Loaf brand Gluten Free Gooey Caramel Slice (280g; Best before 31JAN21) due to undeclared gluten.

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TAINTED

From Farm Gate to Dinner Plate, Fifty Years of Food Safety Failures

Salmonella in eggs. Listeria in deli meats. Melamine in milk. Cyclospora in lettuce.

In a world where irrigation water is contaminated by run-off from cattle feedlots and where food processors cut corners, the food preparation skills we learned from our parents and grandparents are no longer good enough to keep us safe.

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In this update to her 2007 book, Food Safety: Old Habits, New Perspectives, Phyllis Entis draws on nearly five decades of experience to explain how our regulatory systems have failed us, and to talk about what can be done to protect consumers from unsafe food.

About the Author

A graduate of McGill University and the University of Toronto, Phyllis Entis received her introduction to the field of food safety at the hands of Canada’s Health Protection Branch, where she spent the first seven years of her professional life immersed in Salmonella, Staphylococcus, E. coli and other bad actors from the microbial world.

Entis left government work to co-found (with her husband) QA Life Sciences, a company specializing in rapid testing methods for foodborne bacteria. For the next twenty-two years, she worked closely with representatives of Health Protection Branch, the US Food and Drug Administration and various state agencies to gain official sanction for the use of rapid testing methods in government and industry settings.

In 2001, Entis turned to writing. Her first book, Food Microbiology—The Laboratory, was published in 2002 by the Food Processors Institute. It was followed five years later by Food Safety: Old Habits, New Perspectives, which was released by the American Society for Microbiology Press in January 2007.

Since 2007, Entis has written about food safety issues for several publications, including Food Safety News, The Bark, and eFoodAlert. She has also found the time to write and release a 5-book mystery series, The Damien Dickens Mysteries.

In TAINTED, Entis has combined her decades of experience in food safety with the story-telling skills honed during her career as a mystery writer to revamp and update the wealth of information contained in Old Habits, and to produce a food safety narrative that is both educational and accessible.

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Chapter 3 – Betrayal

Sarah Lewis and her entire family attended a celebratory dinner at a local restaurant on May 29, 2010 to mark her sister Stacey’s college graduation. The next night, Sarah’s world turned upside down.

Already feeling unwell on the evening of May 30th, Sarah went to bed early. She awakened during the night, suffering from vomiting and severe diarrhea. The next day, Sarah’s mother, who lived nearby, took her to an urgent care facility. Twenty minutes later, she was admitted to hospital and was later diagnosed with salmonellosis.

Badly dehydrated and in enormous pain from her inflamed bowels, Sarah was moved to the hospital’s ICU. While there, she developed severe tachycardia (abnormally rapid heartbeat), and was moved to the critical care heart unit, where she spent three days.

When Sarah was finally discharged in time to attend her daughter’s preschool graduation, she thought the worst was behind her.

About 2½ weeks later, she was back in the hospital, still suffering from severe dehydration. She was released after five days.

The antibiotics Sarah took to combat her Salmonella infection stripped her digestive system of its normal population of protective bacteria, resulting in her becoming infected with Clostridium difficile (C. diff), a bacterium which causes severe diarrhea and cramping. A fourteen-day antibiotic regimen took care of the C. diff; however, the Salmonella was more resilient. Four months later, Sarah still was on five to ten different medications daily to combat the infection and control her symptoms.

Sarah Lewis was the first recorded California victim of a Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak that sickened more than 1,900 people across the United States.

The restaurant where Stacey’s graduation banquet was held had purchased custard tarts from a local bakery. Ordinarily, the bakery used a pasteurized liquid egg mixture to make the tarts. However, on the day they prepared the dessert items for the graduation dinner, the bakery ran out of pasteurized egg mix and used fresh, raw shell eggs instead. Eggs that most likely had come from Iowa.

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Recalls and Alerts: November 26 – 28, 2020


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.

If you would like to receive automatic email alerts for all new articles posted on eFoodAlert, please submit your request using the sidebar link.

Interested in learning more about food safety and the history of foodborne disease outbreaks and investigations? Go to TAINTED to download the first couple of chapters of my new book.

United States

Food Safety Recall: Tarantino Wholesale Foods Distributor recalls MARY’S FULLY COOKED CHICKEN BREAST (10-lb cases; Lot #20297; Use by 10/23/21) due to undercooking.

Food Safety Recall: Vegpro International recalls Fresh Attitude brand Baby Spinach (9 x 11oz; Best Before 2020 DE 04; UPC 8 88048 00028 8) and Fresh Attitude brand Baby Spinach (8 x 5oz; Best Before 2020 DE 04 & 2020 DE 05; UPC 8 88048 00004 2) due to possible Salmonella contamination.

Canada

Allergy Alert: Farm Boy Company Inc. recalls Farm Boy Deluxe Chocolate Brownie Mix (500g; UPC 8 08912 00760 1; All codes where milk is not declared on the label) due to undeclared milk.

Food Safety Warning: The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume Bottled Beef and Bottled Chicken made by Robert Waite (Tignish, PEI), sold with no labels, because they may permit the growth of Clostridium botulinum. Please refer to the CFIA Food Safety Warning for additional details.

Food Safety Recall: La Fromagerie La Pépite d’or recalls multiple lot codes and packaging sizes of Twist d’or – Tresse cheeses that were made or packaged under conditions that may make the product unsafe to eat. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall: Vegpro International recalls Fresh Attitude brand Baby Spinach (312g; Best Before 2020 DE 04; UPC 8 88048 00028 8; Product of USA) and Fresh Attitude brand Baby Spinach (142g; Best Before 2020 DE 04 & 2020 DE 05; UPC 8 88048 00004 2; Product of USA) due to possible Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall: Metro Ontario Inc. recalls multiple Metro brand products due to  possible Salmonella contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Europe

OUTBREAK ALERT (FRANCE): France reports 26 cases of Salmonella infections, including 17 children, linked to consumption of dried sausages and sliced rosettes (salami). Please refer to the outbreak notice for a list of implicated products.

Allergy Alert (Belgium): Nawras recalls all lot codes and best before dates of Vermicelli, Bulgur and Firiq due to undeclared wheat.

Allergy Alert (Luxembourg): Industry recalls Brugge d’Or en bloc / cheese block (250g; Lots L1420301, L1420302, L1420315, L1420316, L1420324, L1420325; Best before 05/01/2021, 06/01/2021, 19/01/2021, 20/01/2021, 28/01/2021, 29/01/2021) and Brugge d’Or en tranches / cheese slices (180g; Lots L1820311, L1820314, L1820315; Best before 15/01/2021, 18/01/2021, 19/01/2021) due to undeclared egg.

Allergy Alert (Netherlands): Boni recalls Boni grillwost sausage (Lot 172244; Expiry 28-11-2020) due to undeclared milk.

Food Safety Recall (Belgium): Jumbo recalls various bread products due to possible foreign matter (pieces of hard plastic) contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (France): Carrefour recalls Reflet de France brand Tomette de brebis / cheese made from pasteurized sheep’s milk (Lot #2020_204) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): Coursesu recalls MYTILIMER brand Palourde japonaise grosse pêchée en atlantique nord-est / Large Japanese clams fished from the North-east Atlantic (Lot PSM0211) due to E. coli contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Germany): Guba-Trade GmbH recalls Gourmet Finest Cuisine – Forellenkaviar / Trout Caviar (50g; Lots 295 & 296; Expiration date 30.04.2021) due to possible foreign matter (glass splinters) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Netherlands): Jumbo recalls various bread products due to possible foreign matter (pieces of hard plastic) contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (Sweden): Lidl Sverige recalls Alesto brand Ekologiska Linfrön / Organic flax seeds (500g; Best before 2021-07-08) due to possible Salmonella contamination.

Pet Food Safety Recall (UK – England and Wales): Happy Hounds Wales Ltd. recalls a number of frozen raw dog food products due to possible Salmonella contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands

Food Safety Recall (Israel): Laviton Ltd. recalls multiple package sizes of Artzieli brand Raw Whole Sesame Seed Tahini (Expiration date 19.08.21) due to Salmonella contamination.

Australia and New Zealand

Food Safety Recall (New Zealand): Pak’n Save Blenheim recalls Pak’n Save Blenheim brand sliced in-store ready-to-eat meat products (All batches and ‘packed on’ dates) due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.