Recalls and Alerts: September 7, 2011

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

  • Food Safety Alert: USDA reports that an “…analysis of FSIS testing data has shown that 23% of Salmonella positive samples from ready-to-eat (RTE) meat and poultry products are from pork barbecue with vinegar and pepper-based sauce.” The sauce is applied to the pork after the meat is cooked. The source of the Salmonella in the sauce is unclear.
  • Outbreak Alert: Washington State health officials have closed Samish Bay and part of Hood Canal to oyster harvesting, after several people who ate raw oysters from these areas were infected with Vibrio parahaemolyticus.
  • OTC Pharmaceutical Product Safety Recall: Novartis Consumer Health, Inc. recalls Excedrin® Extra Strength Caplets (100ct; Lot #10068948), due to instances of product mix-ups found in the recalled lot. This recall notice was posted on the Tops Friendly Markets and Giant® Food Stores web sites.


  • Food Safety Recall Update: Johnvince Foods expands its earlier recall of walnuts to include raw shelled walnuts sold from bulk and additional prepackaged raw shelled walnuts and walnut-containing products, because these products may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. The recalled nuts and nut products were imported by Johnvince Foods in 25-lb cardboard cases bearing Lot code W1866 and the name Andersen and Sons Shelling, Vina, California and distributed across Canada. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of recalled products.
  • Food Safety Recall: La Mer (Montreal, QC) recalls Poissonnerie La Mer brand Sauce romanoff (500ml glass jar) and Sauce tomate fèves/moules (1000ml glass jar), because the product labels do not carry the instruction “Garder réfrigéré.” These products represent a health hazard if they have not been stored under refrigeration after purchase.


  • Food Safety Recall/Outbreak Alert Update (France): Analysis of food manufactured by La Ruche – the company whose tapenade is blamed for eight cases of botulism – has determined the presence either of botulinum toxin or of the microbe Clostridium botulinum in additional products from this company. As a result, French health authorities have mandated the recall of all products from this company, including the brands Les Délices de Marie-Claire, Terre de Mistral, and Les Secrets d’Anais. The recalled products include tapenades, anchoïades, tomates séchés, thoïnade, tartinades, caviar d’aubergines, pesto sauce pistou, poivronnade, poichichade and artichonade. Consumers are instructed to return these products to the place of purchase or to local health protection offices.
  • Food Safety Recall (Belgium and Luxembourg): Colruyt group recalls Everyday brand Iced Tea Lemon (50cl PET bottle; Lot L11183BN; Expiry 02-01-2012), because a small amount of alcohol was detected in some bottles of the product. The recalled beverages were sold in Colruyt (in Belgium and Luxembourg), Spar and OKay stores.
  • Food Safety Recall (Belgium): Delhaize Belgique recalls 365 brand Ice Tea Lemon (500ml PET bottles; Lot codes L1183, L11156, L11197 and L11210; Expiry 02/01/2012, 16/12/2011, 16/01/2012 and 29/01/2012, respectively), because the product may contain a small amount of alcohol.
  • Pet Food Safety Notification (EU #2011.1202): Salmonella in dog chew from Mexico; distributed to Belgium.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2011.1203): Clostridium botulinum type A in olive-almond spread from France; distributed to France.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2011.1206): Unauthorized Basic Red 46 in sumac from Turkey; distributed to Switzerland.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2011.1208): Salmonella anatum in chilled fresh pork from Germany; distributed to Denmark.

Some supermarket chains post recall notices on their web sites for the convenience of customers. To see whether a recalled food was carried by your favorite supermarket, follow the live link to the supermarket’s recall web site.

*The Kroger umbrella encompasses numerous supermarket, marketplace and convenience store chains, listed on the Kroger corporate home page.
**Includes Safeway, Vons, Pavilions, Dominick’s, Genuardi’s, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Carrs and Pak N’ Save.

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