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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- Allergy Alert: Nestlé Prepared Foods Company (Gaffney, SC) recalls Stouffer’s Lasagna Italiano frozen entrées (19 1/8-oz (542g) cartons; Best before JAN 2014; Est 7991; Package code 1349595513R” or “1349595513S) and Stouffers DS STFD Peppers (Shipping cases containing 12 cartons that may be labeled with Stouffer’s Lasagna Italiano; Est 7991; Package code 1349595513R” or “1349595513S), because the cartons may contain stuffed peppers instead. The stuffed peppers contain Worcestershire sauce made with anchovies, which are not declared on the lasagna labels. The recalled products were manufactured on Dec. 15, 2011 and shipped to retail establishments east of the Mississippi River.
- Pet Food Safety Recall: Kaytee (a Central Garden & Pet brand) recalls Kaytee exact® Hand Feeding Formula Baby Birds, and Kaytee exact® Hand Feeding Formula Baby Macaw, due to high levels of vitamin D. Please refer to the recall notice for a detailed list of affected package sizes, lot codes and best before date codes.
- Outbreak Alert Update (Oregon): Oregon Health Authority has recovered E. coli O157 from samples taken from Foundation Farm’s cows, manure and surfaces, as well as from raw milk obtained from a customer of the dairy farm. Raw milk from Foundation Farm is blamed for five cases of E. coli O157 infection, all in children. Four of the children are in hospital; three of them are confirmed to be suffering from hemolytic uremic syndrome, and the fourth is awaiting lab confirmation of a diagnosis. In all, thirteen people have reported diarrhea, but those cases have not been lab-confirmed.
- Outbreak Alert Update (Raw Tuna): CDC reports that a total of 141 persons infected with Salmonella Bareilly have been confirmed from 20 states and the District of Columbia. Twenty-one people have been hospitalized. Epidemiological investigation has determined that a frozen raw yellowfin tuna product, known as Nakaochi Scrape, from Moon Marine USA Corporation is the likely source of the outbreak. Onset dates in this outbreak range from January 28th to April 1st, 2012.
- FDA Warning Letter: FDA warns Société Fromagere de Bouvron (Bouvron, France) that a December 2011 inspection of the company’s cheese processing facility revealed serious violation of the Current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP) regulation for foods.
- FDA Warning Letter: FDA warns Panaderia El Angel (Arlington, WA) that a November/December 2011 inspection of the company’s Hispanic bakery operation documented serious violations of the Current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP) regulation in manufacturing, packing, or holding human food.
- FDA Warning Letter: FDA warns K-Brand Farms (Woodridge, NY) that a November/December 2011 inspection of the company’s shell egg production facility found serious violations of the Prevention of Salmonella Enteritidis (SE) in Shell Eggs During Production, Storage, and Transportation regulation (the shell egg regulation).
- FDA Warning Letter: FDA warns Theta Brothers Sports Nutrition, Inc., dba Protein Factory (Lakewood, NJ) that an October/November 2011 inspection of the company’s dietary supplement manufacturing facility revealed a failure to comply with the Current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP) regulations for dietary supplements.
- FDA Warning Letter: FDA warns Concept Asia Food Service, LLC (Seattle, WA) that a January 2012 inspection of the company’s seafood processing facility revealed serious violations of the seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulation, and the Current Good Manufacturing Practice regulation for foods.
- FDA Warning Letter: FDA warns River Ranch Fresh Foods, LLC (Salinas, CA) that environmental and finished product sampling during an October 2011 inspection of the company’s fresh produce processing facility yielded Listeria monocytogenes. In addition the investigators documented violations of FDA’s Current Good Manufacturing Practice in Manufacturing, Packing, or Holding Human Food.
- FDA Warning Letter: FDA warns Custom Seafood Services Inc. (Seattle, WA) that a February 2012 inspection inspection of the company’s manufacturing facility revealed serious violations of the seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulation, and the Current Good Manufacturing Practice regulation for foods.
- FDA Warning Letter: FDA warns Chung’s and Son Company (Temple Hills, MD) that a December 2011 inspection of the company’s seafood processing facility revealed serious violations of the seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulation, and the Current Good Manufacturing Practice regulation for foods.
- Allergy Alert: Benfield Inc. recalls Black Soy Beverage (2L; All Best before dates up to and including June 6, 2012; UPC 6 27843 16402 9), due to the presence of undeclared soy and sesame seeds. The recalled products were distributed in Ontario.
- Food Safety Recall: The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is warning the public not to consume North 44 Smoked Salmon mcewan’s own (various weights; vacuum-packaged; Best before 04/20/12) and Kristapson’s Smoked Salmon (various weights; vacuum-packaged; Best before 04/20/12 and 06/11/12), because the products may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum. The recalled products were sold only at McEwan Gourmet Grocery Store located at 38 Karl Fraser Road, North York, Ontario.
- Veterinary Product Safety Recall (France): L’Agence nationale du médicament vétérinaire (National Agency for Veterinary Medicines) recalls AB7 INDUSTRIES VETERINAIRES / ADAM / FRANCODEX SANTE ANIMALE / LABORATOIRES BIOVE / SOPARLIC / VETO-CENTRE / VIRBAC / BAYER SANTE / LABORATOIRES OMEGA PHARMA FRANCE / BEAPHAR anti-flea/anti-tick collars for companion animals, due to potential risk of chronic cutaneous exposure to the antiparasitic active agents, especially on the part of children, which has been documented for some of these collars. Please refer to the recall notice for a detailed list of affected products.
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.
- Big Y® World Class Market®
- BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc.
- Costco Wholesale Corporation (US stores)
- Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd.
- EDEKA (Germany)
- Food City
- Food Lion
- Giant Food LLC
- Gros Cidac (Italy)
- Hannaford Brothers Co.
- Harris Teeter
- The Kroger Company*
- Lucky Supermarkets
- Price Chopper
- Roundy’s Supermarkets, Inc.
- Stop & Shop
- Sweetbay Supermarkets
- Top Food & Drug
- Tops Friendly Markets
- Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
- Whole Foods Market
- WinCo Foods
- Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc.