Recalls and Alerts: September 23-24, 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 279 illnesses in 29 states due to Salmonella Oranienburg. Twenty-six people have been hospitalized. So far, neither CDC nor FDA has identified the food vehicle responsible for the outbreak.

Allergy Alert: Whole Foods Market recalls select whole and sliced Apple and Cherry Pies from five stores in the Mid-Atlantic Region because they contain undeclared milk and egg. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Allergy Alert: Ready Pac Foods, Inc. recalls approximately 222,915 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) salad products with meat and poultry due to the presence of undeclared anchovies in the salad dressing. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall: Valley Milk Simply Bottled recalls Valley Milk Simply Bottled Raw Milk and DESI MILK Raw Milk (1-gal & 1/2-gal jugs; Expiration dates SEP 26 2021 through OCT 03 2021) due to Campylobacter jejuni contamination.

Canada

Food Safety Recall: La Boucherie de la Ferme de Ladurantaye recalls  JAMBON FUMÉ TRANCHÉ - PORC / sliced smoked ham (±200g; Packed 13-15 September 2021) due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall: Unisoya (1986) Inc. recalls Unisoya brand Organic Tofu – Fine Herbs (454g; Best before 21OC04; UPC 0 62859 00006 8) due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall Update: European Butcher recalls European Butcher brand Smoked Pork Hock (approx 250g; Batch #33228; All best before dates) due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Europe

Allergy Alert (Belgium): Konklijke Euroma recalls three flavours of Kania brand instant soups due to undeclared soy and celery. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (Belgium): Delitraiteur recalls Delitraiteur brand Escalope de porc valdostana linguine / Valdostana linguine pork cutlet (413g; Lot #TD29813731; Expiration date  24/09/2021) due to presence of pieces of raw pork, invalidating the preparation instructions on the product label.

Food Safety Recall (Belgium): TerBeke – Pluma recalls Saint Alby brand Pâté de foie en bloc / liver paté (150g; Use by 08/10/2021) due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): STB STALAVEN – EURALIS recalls METRO Chef brand Salade de carottes râpées en sauce / Grated carrot salad in sauce (1.5 kg; Lot #126301; Use by 12/10/2021) due to inadequate processing.

Food Safety Recall (France): SILVE INTERMARCHE recalls CLOS CHEVREL brand VALENCAY AOP CHEVREL goat milk cheese (220g; Sold between 15 August and 14 September 2021) due to E. coli O103:H2 contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): Monoprix recalls Monoprix Gourmet brand BURRATA DI BUFFALA / Buffalo milk cheese (125g; Lots LF1257A, LF1254A, LF1250A, LF1247A; Use by dates from 23/09/2021 to 03/10/2021) due to E. coli contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): PRESTIGE DE LA SARTHE recalls Prestige de la Sarthe brand Boudin Noir aux oignons à l’ancienne / Old fashioned black pudding sausage with onions (Lot #36250; Use by 29/09/2021) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): Casino recalls Franprix brand Salade lentilles tofu Bio / Organic lentil tofu salad (160g; Lot #21253; Use by 28/09/2021) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): Cora Nancy Houdemont recalls Pâté au jambon cru forêt noir / Raw Black Forest ham pâté (Sold by the slice between 10/09/2021 and 16/09/2021) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): NOUVELLE DISTRIBUTION CORREZIENNE LECLERC recalls Tradilège brand Saucisson à l’ail fumé / Smoked garlic sausage (Lot #13601999; Use by 01/10/2021) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): Casino recalls Monoprix brand Salade lentilles tofu Bio / Organic lentil tofu salad (200g; Lot #21253; Use by 28/09/2021) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): Lidl recalls Cubes de saumon qualité sashimi / Sashimi-quality salmon cubes (250g; Lot #2212561297L; Use by 24/09/2021) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): HAPI FRANCE AUCHAN recalls Rest’Or Chef brand Escalope de poulet marinée nature surgelée / Plain marinated frozen raw chicken cutlets (1 kg; Lot #1902129; Best before 09/07/2023) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Germany): GEPA mbH recalls GEPA brand Bio Schoko Cookies / Organic chocolate cookies (150g; Best before 21.05.2022) due to foreign matter (glass) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Germany): Raimund Hofmann Industrietechnik GmbH recalls multiple spices and spice mixtures due to Salmonella contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (Germany): Taibat Company Lebensmittel recalls HALAWA BURJ (800 g; Lot #210545278; Best before 08/2022) due to Salmonella Amsterdam contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Italy): FA. LU. CIOLI SRL recalls Porchetta di Ariccia IGP / pork roll (180g; Lot #270721; Best before 25-10-2021) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Italy): Finittica srlu recalls Vongola o lupino / clams (3 x 0.5 kg; Lot #17F7) due to elevated levels of E. coli.

Food Safety Recall (Luxembourg): Manufacturer recalls GEPA brand Bio Schoko Cookies / Organic chocolate cookies (150g; Best before 21.05.2022) due to foreign matter (glass) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Luxembourg): TerBeke – Pluma recalls Saint Alby brand Pâté de foie en bloc / liver paté (150g; Use by 08/10/2021) due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Luxembourg): Tasty Food Viangro recalls Deli Traiteur Italian Style Escalope de porc valdostana & Linguine / Valdostana linguine pork cutlet (413g; Lot #TD29813731; Expiration date  24/09/2021) due to presence of pieces of raw pork, invalidating the preparation instructions on the product label.

Recalls and Alerts: September 21-22, 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.

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? Click on the TAINTED menu at the top of the page to read a short excerpt, then follow the buy links to add a digital or print copy to your personal library.

United States

OUTBREAK INVESTIGATION: FDA is assisting CDC in the ongoing investigation of four separate multistate foodborne outbreaks, two involving Salmonella and two involving Cyclospora. No specific food vehicle has yet been identified for any of these outbreaks.

Europe

Allergy Alert (Belgium): Match S.A. recalls Cora brand dés de poulet / diced chicken (Expiration date 03/10/2021) due to undeclared milk and soy.

Allergy Alert (Denmark): KD Food recalls Grand Gout brand Skinkesalat / Ham salad (175g; Best before 27.09.2021) due to undeclared fish (salmon).

Allergy Alert (Luxembourg): Koninklijke Euroma recalls three varieties of Kania brand instant soups due to undeclared soy and celery. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (Denmark): Atria Danmark A/S recalls 3-Stjernet brand Den Lette Frikadellepølse / The Light Meatball Sausage (110g; Best before 29.09.2021) due to development of gas in the packages resulting from microbial growth.

Food Safety Recall (Denmark): Mozami A/S recalls Økologisk hummus spicy / Organic spicy hummus (200g; Best before 26.09.2021 and 10.10.2021) due to development of gas in the packages resulting from microbial growth.

Food Safety Recall (France): Carrefour recalls REFLET de FRANCE brand JAMBON SUPERIEUR / Superior ham (2 slices: Lot #1243; Use by 02/10/2021) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): Fromagerie d’Anjouin recalls Fromagerie Anjouin brand VALENCAY AOP cheese (220g; Lot #V214; Best before 02/10/2021) due to E. coli O103:H2 contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): U.F.F. VILLEFRANCHE recalls Saumon fumé Ecosse ficelle / Scottish smoked salmon (4 slices – 160g; Lot #236412256; Use by 14/10/2021) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): U.F.F. VILLEFRANCHE recalls Coeur de saumon fumé Ecosse / Heart of Scottish smoked salmon (150g; Lots 236301256, 236301257, 236301260; Use by 04/10/2021, 05/10/2021, 08/10/2021, respectively) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): U.F.F. VILLEFRANCHE recalls Saumon fumé Ecosse / Scottish smoked salmon (4 slices – 160g; Lot 236309256 & 236412259; Use by 11/10/2021 & 13/10/2021, respectively) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): Fromagerie d’Anjouin recalls Fromagerie d’Anjouin brand VALENCAY AOP ANJOUIN CPE cheese ( 6x220g; Lot V214; Best before 02/10/2021) due to E. coli O103:H2 contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): SALAISON E. CHAVASSIEUX recalls Salaison E. Chavassieux brand Saucisses sèches / Dry sausage (Lot 33/36; Best by 05/11/2021) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): SALAISON E. CHAVASSIEUX recalls E. Chavassieux brand Saucisse sèche aux câpres de Linosa / Dry sausage with Linosa capers (Lot 33/36; Best by 05/11/2021) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): SCAMARK E.LECLERC recalls NOS REGIONS ONT DU TALENT brand VALENCAY AOP cheese (220 G; Lot V214; Best before 02/10/2021) due to E. coli O103:H2 contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): SALAISON E. CHAVASSIEUX recalls E. Chavassieux brand Fine calabraise dry sausage (Lot 33/34; Best by 22/10/2021) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): Carrefour recalls Carrefour brand Carrés gourmands chocolat lait noisettes entières / Milk chocolate with whole hazelnuts (200g & 2x200g; multiple lots and best before dates) due to foreign matter (stones) contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected product codes.

Food Safety Recall (France): Cinq Degrés Ouest recalls Neutre brand Chair de coques crue décortiquée surgelée / Frozen raw shelled shellfish meat (1 kg; Lot #200123D; Best before 25/01/2022) due to Norovirus contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): Monoprix recalls MONOPRIX GOURMET brand BURRATA DI BUFFALA / Buffalo milk cheese (125g; Lot #LF1243A; Use by 19/09/2021) due to E. coli contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): Carrefour recalls Carrés gourmands chocolat noir noisettes entières / Dark chocolate with whole hazelnuts (200g; multiple lots and best before dates) due to foreign matter (stones) contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected product codes.

Food Safety Recall (Germany): Kelmendi Lebensmittel recalls SUHO MESO, Zarebnica, GERÄUCHERTES ROASTBEEF / Smoked roast beef (400g; Best before 03.11.2021) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Germany): Midsona Deutschland GmbH recalls EISBLÜMERL Gebrannte Mandel Aufstrich / Roasted almond spread (250g; Lot #175522; Best before 25.06.2022) due to foreign matter (glass splinters) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Netherlands): Enrico BV recalls Royal Geroosterde Paprika / Royal roasted paprika (465g; Lot #2G420; Expiration date 31-12-2023) due to foreign matter (glass) contamination.

Here’s how to report your USA food problem directly to USDA or FDA

FOOD SAFETY EDUCATION MONTH

Anytime you think you are seriously ill, seek medical attention. And if you think food caused your illness, make sure it gets reported. Most foodborne illnesses are “reportable,” which means your doctor lets the local health department know about them.

That’s how you might become a “confirmed case” in a multistate outbreak.  It’s your confirmed test result that gets reported to the health department,  your name is kept private.

But if you do not want to pursue action through a medical route, you can report your bad food experience directly to federal regulators. The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration both welcome consumer reports about contaminated or adulterated food.

But how?

Both FSIS and FDA explain how on their websites. As September’s food safety month comes to a close shortly, Food Safety News is passing this information along with some explanation to help consumers get to the right agency.  The FSIS and FDA are responsible for protecting different segments of the food supply. If you have experienced a problem with a food product, be sure to contact the appropriate public health organization.

To reach them by phone:

  • USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) — Call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 888-674-6854 or report the complaint online.
  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA) — Call 888-723-3366 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m. EDT.  Closed Thursdays 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. EDT.

It’s important before you call FSIS or FDA that you understand how federal regulatory responsibilities are divided among the various agencies. The FDA, which has the most authority in these areas, offers this outline of how it breaks down.

In general, FDA regulates foods and other products as follows:

  • dietary supplements
  • bottled water
  • food additives
  • infant formulas
  • other food (although the U.S. Department of Agriculture plays a lead role in regulating aspects of some meat, poultry, and egg products)

FDA also regulates drugs, including:

  • prescription drugs (both brand-name and generic)
  • non-prescription (over-the-counter) drugs

Biologics, including:

  • vaccines for humans
  • blood and blood products
  • cellular and gene therapy products
  • tissue and tissue products
  • allergenic

Medical devices, including:

  • simple items like tongue depressors and bedpans
  • complex technologies such as heart pacemakers
  • dental devices
  • surgical implants and prosthetics

Electronic products that give off radiation, including:

  • microwave ovens
  • X-ray equipment
  • laser products
  • ultrasonic therapy equipment
  • mercury vapor lamps
  • sunlamps

Cosmetics, including:

  • color additives found in makeup and other personal care products
  • skin moisturizers and cleansers
  • nail polish and perfume

Veterinary products, including:

  • livestock feeds
  • pet foods
  • veterinary drugs and devices

Tobacco products, including:

  • cigarettes
  • cigarette tobacco
  • roll-your-own tobacco
  • smokeless tobacco

By subject and topic, FDA also has “functions related” to these federal agencies:

  • Advertising — The Federal Trade Commission is a federal agency that regulates many types of advertising. The FTC protects consumers by stopping unfair, deceptive, or fraudulent practices in the marketplace. Consumers may write to FTC at 6th St. and Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20580; telephone 202-326-2222.
  • Alcohol — The Department of the Treasury’s Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) regulates aspects of alcohol production, importation, wholesale distribution, labeling, and advertising. Consumers may write to TTB at 1310 G St. N.W., Box 12, Washington, DC 20005; telephone 202-453-2000 or see the TTB Contact page.
  • Consumer Products The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) works to ensure the safety of consumer products such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, household chemicals, and other products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. Consumers may send written inquiries to CPSC, Washington, DC 20207. CPSC operates a toll-free hotline at 800-638-2772 or TTY at 800-638-8270 for consumers to report unsafe products or to obtain information regarding products and recalls.
  • Drugs of abuse — The Department of Justice’s Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) works to enforce the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States, including as they pertain to the manufacture, distribution, and dispensing of legally produced controlled substances. Inquiries regarding DEA activities may be sent to the Drug Enforcement Administration, Office of Diversion Control 8701 Morrissette Drive Springfield, VA 22152; telephone 202-307-1000.
  • Pesticides — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates many aspects of pesticides. EPA sets limits on how much of a pesticide may be used on food during growing and processing, and how much can remain on the food you buy. Public inquiries regarding EPA should be mailed to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Pesticide Programs Public Docket (7506C), 3404, 401M St., Washington, DC 20460; telephone 202-260-2080.
  • Vaccines for animal diseases  The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Center for Veterinary Biologics, regulates aspects of veterinary vaccines and other types of veterinary biologics. Public inquiries regarding APHIS’s Center for Veterinary Biologics should be mailed to Center for Veterinary Biologics, 1920 Dayton Ave, P.O. Box 844, Ames, Iowa, 50010; telephone 515-337-6100 or see the APHIS Contact page.
  • Water The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates certain aspects of drinking water. EPA develops national standards for drinking water from municipal water supplies (tap water) to limit the levels of impurities.

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service regulates the following:

FSIS regulates aspects of the safety and labeling of traditional (non-game) meats, poultry, certain egg products and catfish. For a USDA investigation of any problem with these products, please be ready to provide:

  • The original container or packaging
  • Any foreign object that you might have discovered in the product
  • Any uneaten portion of the food (refrigerate or freeze it)

Here’s the information the FSIS Hotline needs from you:

  1. Name, address, and phone number;
  2. Brand name, product name, and manufacturer of the product
  3. The size and package type
  4. Can or package codes (not UPC bar codes) and dates
  5. Establishment number (EST) usually found in the circle or shield near the “USDA passed and inspected” phrase;
  6. Name and location of the store, as well as the date that you purchased the product.
  7. You can complain to the store or the product’s manufacturer if you don’t choose to make a formal complaint to the USDA.
  8. If an injury or illness allegedly results from the use of a meat or poultry product, you will also need to tell the hotline staff about the type, symptoms, time of occurrence, and name of the attending health professional (if applicable).

FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, known as CFSAN, provides services to consumers, domestic and foreign industry and other outside groups regarding field programs; agency administrative tasks; scientific analysis and support; and policy, planning, and handling of critical issues related to food, dietary supplements, and cosmetics.

How to Report a Problem with Food to FDA

  • For all questions or problems related to meat and poultry, please contact USDA.
  • If you are a consumer, health professional, or member of the food industry who wants to voluntarily report a complaint or adverse event (illness or serious allergic reaction) related to a food product, you have three choices:
  • If you are a member of the food industry who needs to submit a Reportable Food Registry report when there is a reasonable probability that an article on food will cause serious adverse health consequences or death to humans or animals, please visit the Reportable Food Registry page.

How to report seafood-related toxins and Scombrotoxin fish poisoning illnesses

To help FDA effectively investigate, remove unsafe seafood products from the market, and develop new prevention strategies, the FDA relies on illness reporting from public health officials and healthcare providers. While most foodborne outbreaks are tracked through the FDA’s Coordinated Outbreak Response and Evaluation (CORE) network, seafood-related illnesses caused by natural toxins have a unique reporting mechanism.

To contact FDA by mail: 

U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
Outreach and Information Center
5001 Campus Drive, HFS-009
College Park, MD 20740-3835

FDA asks that products not be mailed to this address.

This article by Dan Flynn first appeared on Food Safety News and is reposted here with permission.