Recalls and Alerts: August 19, 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

  • Food Safety Recall: Ciolino Produce recalls Highline Mushrooms (227g/8-oz containers; Lot code L410805 followed by 4-digit time code; Best before 12AU15), after receiving notification from its supplier that the product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The recalled mushrooms were supplied by Highline Mushrooms (Leamington, ON, Canada) and held for sale at Ciolino Produce (Temperance, MI/Monroe, MI) on August 10, 2012 – August 12, 2012.
  • Food Safety Recall: 7th Heaven Gourmet (Hesperia, CA) recalls its Pate Mediterraneo and Eggplant & Shitake Tapenade spreads (8-oz glass jars with screw-on metal lids; no production or date codes),  because they may have been improperly produced, making them susceptible to contamination with Clostridium botulinum. The spreads were sold between September 2011 and July 2012 at the Victorville Farmers Market (Victor Valley College), Victorville, and the Victoria Garden Farmers Market, Rancho Cucamonga.

Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands

  • Outbreak Alert (Hong Kong): Nine female patients of a neurosurgical ward of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital developed symptoms of diarrhea since August 15th. Lab tests have confirmed norovirus in four of the patients; test results on the remaining five patients are pending. One staff member is on sick leave due to diarrhea. Infection control measures have been stepped up in the ward.
  • Outbreak Alert Update (Japan): Japan Times reports that seven people are dead and 103 have become ill with E. coli O157 after consuming a lightly pickled Chinese cabbage produced in late July by Iwai Shokuhin, a Sapporo-based company. Six of the dead were elderly women who were residents of nursing homes in Sapporo and another Hokkaido island city; the seventh was a 4-year old Sapporo girl. The source of the E. coli O157 contamination is still under investigation.

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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