Recalls and Alerts: December 27, 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: Multiexport Foods, Inc. (Miami, FL) recalls Twin Pack Cold Smoked Salmon (12 oz pkgs; Lot-Sublot-Batch Nos. 931-59733-2, 933-59753-1, 933-59754-2, 875-701413-1 & 890-701413-1) and Paramount Reserve Cold Smoked Salmon (1.25 lb pack; Lot-Sublot-Batch Nos. 870-701342-1, 873-701342-1, 870-701344-1, 873-701360-1, 870-701364-1, 873-701364-1, 900-701344-1, 873-701344-1, 873-701360-1, 886-701413-1, 900-701413-1, 873-701344-1 & 870-701360-1), because of possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The recalled products were distributed between November 12th to December 21, 2012 to retail outlets (Sam’s Club) that could be in the following states Alabama, Arkansas, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado,  Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Montana, Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, Virginia, Wisconsin and West Virginia. The recall was initiated after a recent routine lab test that carried out on a shipment that was not distributed showed that the finished product contained Listeria monocytogenes. The company is recalling all related product that may potentially be affected.


  • Food Safety Recall (Scotland, UK): Argyll Smokery recalls Argyll Smokery Smoked Prawns (125g; Batch code 5P1212; Use by 2 January 2013), due to a risk of Clostridium botulinum. Testing on a sample found that the salt level within the product is below the level needed to prevent growth of Clostridium botulinum.

Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands

  • Food Safety Enforcement Action (Taiwan): The China Post reports that Taiwan’s customs officers seized and destroyed more than 2 tons of Chinese mitten crabs, because the crabs were found to contain the toxic chemical leucomalachite green.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Outbreak Alert Update (Australia): The outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium Phage Type 3 has grown to 39 cases – including 31 confirmed cases – from six states and territories. Case patients range in age from 3 to 76 years; seven have been hospitalized. The most recent patient reported becoming ill on October 20, 2012. The outbreak was linked to consumption of raw almonds; the implicated almonds were recalled in October.

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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