Recalls and Alerts: September 15, 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: Hannaford Bros Co. alerts its customers to the recall of cantaloupes by DFI Marketing due to possible Salmonella contamination. The cantaloupes in question were sold between September 5-13, 2012; if stickered, the label on the item will read PLU 4050. Customers are requested to dispose of the cantaloupe and return the sticker to the store for a full refund.
  • Food Safety Alert (California): The California Department of Public Health is advising consumers not to eat recreationally harvested mussels and clams, commercially or recreationally caught anchovy and sardines, or the internal organs of commercially or recreationally caught crab and lobster taken from the northern Channel Islands located offshore of Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. Dangerous levels of the nerve toxin domoic acid have been detected in some of these species and may be present in the other species not yet tested. Domoic acid is a naturally occurring toxin that can cause illness or death in humans.


  • Allergy Alert: Tout Prêt Express inc. (Mascouche, QC) recalls all Tarte aux bleuets à l’ancienne maison (850g), Tarte aux quatre fruits – garniture maison (500g), Tarte aux pommes – garniture maison (850g) and Tartes aux framboises – garniture maison (500g)/Homestyle blueberry pie, four-fruit pie, apple pie and raspberry pie, due to the presence of undeclared egg.
  • Allergy Alert: Parthenon Food Importers Ltd. recalls Kydon brand Tahini (Product of Greece; 500ml container; UPC 6 90651 77450 6; Best before 16-10-2013), due to the presence of undeclared peanuts. The recalled product was distributed in British Columbia.


  • Food Safety Alert (Czech Republic): BBC reports that the Czech government has banned the sale of all spirits containing more than 20% alcohol after a spate of methanol poisoning that has claimed 19 lives. The poisonings were blamed on bootleg vodka and rum tainted with the deadly alcohol compound. About 30 people are being treated in hospital for methanol poisoning. Norway has donated an antidote called fomepizole to aid the Czech victims.

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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