Recalls and Alerts: August 13, 2012

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

  • Allergy Alert: Vaqueria Tres Monjitas Inc. recalls juice beverage with pineapple-guava (guava-piña) flavor (8-, 14-, 32-, 64- & 128-oz sizes; All lots), because the product may contain undeclared sodium caseinate, a milk derivative.
  • Food Safety Recall Update: Minnesota Department of Agriculture releases retail distribution list covering Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin for cilantro that was recalled by Fresco Green Farms (Winchester, CA) due to possible Salmonella contamination. The cilantro also was distributed in California, and was supplied to US Foods for redistribution; however no retail distribution list has been released for California.
  • Outbreak Alert (Washington State): King County Public Health has ordered the closure of the Bella Bottega Sushi Land restaurant after receiving complaints of foodborne illness and finding multiple food safety violations at the restaurant, according to a report in the Redmond Patch.
  • Outbreak Alert (Idaho): The Central District Health Department has logged 21 cases of Cryptosporidium illnesses in since the beginning of August (compared to an average of 10 cases per year in normal years). The Department has advised area swimming pool operators of the situation, and urges the public to take precautions to prevent spread of the disease.
  • Outbreak Alert (Cruise): CDC reports that 205 of 3652 passengers and 3 crew members on board the Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Glory developed symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea during an August 6-11, 2012 cruise. The causative agent has not yet been determined.


  • Allergy Alert: Lennie Ciglen Distribution Inc. recalls Organic Pine Nuts – Repacked by individual retailers (5 kg, shipped between March 13, 2012 and July 31, 2012 inclusive; 12.5 kg, shipped between February 13, 2012 and July 17, 2012 inclusive) and Organic Pine Nuts – sold in bulk bins at retail (5 kg, shipped between February 21, 2012 and July 31, 2012 inclusive; 12.5 kg, shipped between February 2, 2012 and May 16, 2012 inclusive), due to the presence of undeclared peanuts. The recalled pine nuts were sold in Ontario.
  • Food Safety Recall: The Quebec Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food warns the public not to consume products containing basil that was recalled by Shah Trading Co. Ltd., because the basil may be contaminated with Salmonella. Please click on the Basil Recall Menu Tab for details.


Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands

  • Food Safety Recall (Hong Kong): The Centre for Food Safety has ordered the recall of four additional Japanese infant formulae, due to low iodine content. The affected products are Meiji HP for 0 to 36 months old (850g; Manufactured by Meiji Co. Ltd, Japan; Use by date May 14, 2013 10:34/16A), Wakodo for 0 to 9 months old (13 grams x 10 packets; Manufactured by Wakodo Co. Ltd, Japan; Use by date November 16, 2013; Lot 2E17), Morinaga for 0 to 12 months old (13 grams x 10 packets; Manufactured by Morinaga & Co. Ltd, Japan; Use by date May 5, 2013; Lot 1K05/B39C) and Morinaga for 0 to 12 months old (820 g; Manufactured by Morinaga & Co. Ltd, Japan; Use by date December 25, 2012; Lot 1F25/F14). The Department of Health has been offering thyroid function tests to infants aged one to eight months who were fed the recalled formulae. Ninety-eight of the 99 infants who were tested so far displayed normal thyroid function.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Food Safety Alert (New Zealand): The Bay of Plenty Medical Officer of Health is warning the public to avoid all bi-valve shellfish, including mussels, pipi, tuatua, cockles, oysters, scallops, catseyes and kina, from the Bay of Plenty, due to detection of high levels ofparalytic shellfish poison along the coast. Paua, crayfish and crabs can still be eaten, but the gut should be removed before cooking.

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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