Recalls and Alerts: February 17, 2013

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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For up-to-date information on recalls and product withdrawals associated with the horse meat investigation, please consult the Horse Meat Synopsis and Recalls page.

United States

  • Allergy Alert: DeCoty Coffee Company (San Angelo, TX) recalls DeCoty Taco Seasoning (1.25 lb and 5.75 lb plastic spice containers; Item codes 71400 & 71410; Lot #010111-021313, inclusive) due to undeclared soy. The recalled products were distributed in Texas by DeCoty sales personnel and sold nationally on line.
  • Allergy Alert: The Muffin “Mam”, Inc.™ (Simpsonville, SC) recalls The Muffin “Mam”, Inc.™ brand Strawberry Crème Cake (24 oz; UPC 7-60366-00986-3; All lot codes) due to undeclared eggs. The recalled item was sold from March 19, 2011 to January 22, 2013 in the in-store Bakery area of retail stores in West Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Pennsylvania.
  • Food Safety Recall: Kellogg’s recalls Special K Red Berries Cereal (11.2 oz; UPC 3800059923; Expiry DEC 02 2013; Lot codes begin with 1,2,or 3 followed by KNC 105 00:13 to 02:30) because the product many contain glass fragments, likely from a single batch of one ingredient. The recalled product was sold in Schnucks, Logli and Hilander stores and may also have been supplied to other retailers.
  • Pet Food Safety Recall: Nature’s Variety recalls Instinct® Raw Organic Chicken Formula for Dogs and Cats (3-lb bags of medallions; 27-lb cases of medallions, 6-lb bags of patties, 36-lb cases of patties; UPC 7 69949 60137 1, 7 69949 70137 8, 7 69949 60127 2 and 7 69949 70127 9; Best if Used By 10/04/13), because pieces of clear plastic may be found in some bags and could present a choking risk to pets. The source of the plastic has been identified and corrected.
  • Pharmaceutical Product Safety Recall: Reumofan Plus USA, LLC and Reumofan USA, LLC recall Reumofan Plus Tablets (30 tablets/container; Lot #99515; Exp. 09/16), because they contain the undeclared active pharmaceutical ingredients methocarbamol, dexamethasone and diclofenac. Use of this product could result in serious and life-threatening injuries. One illness has been reported. The recalled product was distributed nationwide through internet sales.
  • Outbreak Alert: Alaska Public Health warns the public of a recent and potentially ongoing outbreak of Campylobacter infections associated with consuming raw milk. Six cases  of Campylobacter have been reported on the Kenai Peninsula since late January 2013. Four confirmed and one probable case-patient reported consuming unpasteurized milk in the few days before becoming ill; the sixth probable case-patient is an infant with close contact to one of the four confirmed patients. The outbreak strain has not previously been identified in Alaska.


  • Allergy Alert: Terra International Food Inc. recalls Rising Sun Farms brand Pomegranate Balsamic Dressing (354 mL; UPC 0 18646 00069 8; All codes) Lemon Thyme Balsamic Dressing (354 mL; UPC 0 18646 00068 1; All codes), Fig Balsamic Dressing (354 mL; UPC 0 18646 00067 4; All codes) and Raspberry Balsamic Dressing (354 mL; UPC 0 18646 00070 4; All codes) due to undeclared sulphites. The recalled products were supplied to retailers in Alberta, British Columbia and Manitoba.


  • Food Safety Recall/Outbreak Alert (Sweden): Sven P. Matkompaniet AB recalls Sven P. brand Kebab (400g; Article 6052; Produced 1/10 to 5/10 2012; Batch numbers beginning with 40 and Batch #41-02), Hamburger (90gr; Article 9090; Produced 1/10 to 5/10 2012; Batch numbers beginning with 40), Hamburger (150g; Article 9150; Produced 1/10 to 5/10 2012; Batch numbers beginning with 40 and Batch #41-09), Hamburger (200g; Article 9200; Produced 1/10 to 5/10 2012; Batch numbers beginning with 40), Kebab flam (Article 6032; Produced 1/10 to 5/10 2012; Batch numbers beginning with 40 and Batch #41-02), Kebabspett (Article 6015; Produced 1/10 to 5/10 2012; Batch numbers beginning with 40) and Lövstek (Article 6110; Produced 5/10 2012; Batch 10), due to potential Enterohemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC) contamination. The Local (Sweden’s English language news) reports that two children fell ill in eastern Sweden in January after eating the meat, which was distributed by Sven P in Stockholm, but originated at a slaughterhouse in the Netherlands.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2013.0187 & 2013.0188): Phenylbutazone in chilled horse meat from the United Kingdom; distributed to France.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2013.0189): Carbendazim in rambutan from Vietnam; distributed to Belgium.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2013.0190): Mercury in frozen swordfish manufactured in Italy, with raw material from Indonesia; distributed to Italy.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2013.0192): Norovirus in chilled clams from Turkey; distributed to Italy.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2013.0193): Salmonella in frozen turkey and poultry kebab from Germany, via Poland; distributed to Italy.
  • Food Fraud Notification (EU #2013.0194): Adulteration with horse meat of frozen beef burgers from Ireland; distributed to France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2013.0195): Norovirus in chilled giant capped oysters from France; distributed to Italy.
  • Food Fraud Notification Update (EU #2013.0166): Suspicion of fraud in relation to frozen beef lasagne from France, processed in Luxembourg, with raw material from Romania, via the Netherlands; distributed to Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands

  • Outbreak Alert (India): The Times of India reports an outbreak of food poisoning affecting 400 or more people, including children, in North Dimoria block of Kamrup (Metro).

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 website.

*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.

5 thoughts on “Recalls and Alerts: February 17, 2013

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    1. I’m not aware of any problem with this blog site. The only other reader who raised this question also was using Comodo. She was planning to check with the company to find out what was going on.


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