Recalls and Alerts: January 19 – 23, 2017

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: Mountain View Packaging, LLC recalls @ease Sweet Chili Chicken Meal Starter; fully-cooked, boneless, battered white meat chicken in a sweet chili sauce (18-oz pkgs; Best by 5/17/2018; UPC 36800-38348) due to undeclared wheat, egg and milk.

Allergy Alert: King’s Pastry Canada (Ontario, Canada) recalls various cakes due to undeclared hazelnuts. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of recalled items.

Allergy Alert: Chip’n Dipped expands its earlier recall to include seven additional varieties of dark chocolate bars due to undeclared milk. The recalled products were distributed to seven retail stores in New York, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.

Allergy Alert: Athens Baking Company, Inc. recalls Trader Joe’s Harvest Whole Wheat Bread (SKU 00132; Best by 01/08/17 through 01/27/17) due to undeclared milk. The recalled product was sold only at Trader Joe’s stores in Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah.

Allergy Alert: Specialty Commodities, Inc. recalls dry roasted almonds (distributed between Dec 22, 2016 and Jan 19, 2017 to three customers, one of whom redistributed them for sale in either bulk bins or clam shells to retail outlets in California, including Safeway and Nugget Markets), because the almonds may contain undeclared cashews.

Food Safety Recall: Hans Kissle Company, LLC recalls Roche brand R Kitchen Sweet & Sour Chicken and R Kitchen General Tso’s Chicken (16-oz lidded microwavable ready-to eat chicken bowls; produced on various dates from Dec 1, 2016 through Jan 16, 2017), due to a potential process defect that could allow potential survival of bacterial pathogens. The recalled products were supplied to the Roche grocery store chain in the Boston area.

Food Safety Recall: Lunds & Byerlys recalls all Lunds & Byerlys brand Our Produce Fresh-Cut Cored Pineapple (expiration on or before January 20, 2017) because of a potential Listeria risk.

Food Safety Recall: Sierra Nevada Brewing Company recalls select 12-oz bottles of Ale after quality inspections at the company’s Mills River, North Carolina, brewery detected a very limited number of bottles with a flaw that may result in loss of carbonation and a small piece of glass to break off and possibly fall into the bottle. The recalled products were available for purchase in the Midwest, Southern and East Coast states of AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI and WV at the following retailers: Copps, Giant, Mariano’s, Metro Market, Pick ‘n Save, Price Chopper, Publix, RiteAid, Schnucks, Stop&Shop, Trader Joe’s, and WinCo.

Food Recall: Land O’ Frost (Searcy, AR) recalls Canadian Bacon (6 oz.; Lot #570120407) due to use of an incorrect mineral oil as a processing aid. The recalled item was sold at WinCo and may also have been sold at other retail outlets.

Food Recall: Land O’ Frost recalls four varieties of Land O’ Frost brand sandwich meats sold at Food City. The recalled items include Sub Sandwich Kit Ham & Turkey, Bistro Rotisserie Turkey, Premium Tuscan Seasoned Turkey Breast and Premium Beef. No further details have been given.

Food Safety Notification: The Alabama Department of Public Health announces that Darvin McDaniel of Indelible Catering (Moulton, AL) has surrendered its food service permit and is not authorized to prepare food for catering in the state. The action follows a November 2016 Salmonella enteritidis outbreak in Sheffield, AL in which ‘dozens’ of persons became ill.

Pet Food News (Maryland): The Maryland Department of Agriculture has proposed new regulations to establish requirements for registering pet food and specialty pet food prior t distribution in Maryland. The regulations address labeling requirements, dietary requirements, nutrient profiles and other related requirements. Please refer to the proposed regulations for details. A public hearing is scheduled for February 13, 2017 in Annapolis.


Outbreak Alert (Ontario): According to a CBC News report, an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness has affected nearly 200 people at Humber College’s north campus. One person was admitted to hospital, but has since been released. The symptoms are consistent with person-to-person virus transmission. The cause has not yet been determined.


Allergy Alert (Czech Republic): Vitana advises consumers that J.C. Horn brand Cumin (Best by date to 8.3.2018) may contain trace amounts of undeclared mustard.

Allergy Alert (Germany): Kaufland Warenhandel GmbH & Co. KG recalls Exquisit Macaron Selection, französisches Mandelgebäck (125g) due to possible presence of undeclared peanut.

Allergy Alert (Luxembourg): Luxembourg’s food safety authorities report a recall of Lenny & Larry’s Complete Cookie Chocolate Chip (Best by 01/07/2017 to 30/11/2017; manufactured in USA) due to undeclared dairy products.

Allergy Alert (UK): B&M recalls Mini Cream 10 Pack Biscuits (35g pack size; Net wt. 350g; Use by 15/05/2017; Lot #01) due to incorrect allergy labeling. The recalled biscuits contain undeclared wheat, milk, soya and sulphites.

Food Safety Alert Update (UK): The Food Standards Agency warns consumers not to eat a number of products supplied by MDA Products Ltd., as the products have been repackaged in an unapproved premises and are therefore potentially unsafe. The original alert has been amended to update the list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (Germany): Arrow Global GmbH recalls Fueru Wakame Seetang (seaweed), because following the portion size recommendation indicated on the label would result in excessive consumption of iodine.

Food Safety Recall (Germany): Antonio Viani Importe GmbH recalls Oliveri Funghi Porcini Secchi dried mushrooms (50g; Expiry date 15.12.2017) due to possible Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (UK): Clayton Park recalls Twin Packed Cream Cakes (Best before 18 February 2017), due to incorrect date marking.

Food Safety Recall (UK): Thorntons recalls Hollow Milk Chocolate Jolly Santa (200g; All batch codes), because the product may contain a piece of plastic, which could pose a safety risk. The recalled products were distributed in Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Malta, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands

Outbreak Alert (Hong Kong): The Centre for Health Protection is investigating an outbreak of acute gastroenteritis affecting 13 students and 7 staff members in a special school in Sham Shui Po.

Outbreak Alert (Hong Kong): The Centre for Health Protection is investigating an outbreak of acute gastroenteritis affecting 21 boys in a primary school in Wan Chai.

Food Safety Action (Israel): Approximately 2.5 tons of chicken were destroyed following an inspection at the Shawarma Hatzafon manufacturing facility in Dir-El-Asad, after an inspection revealed improper conduct at the factory, including poor sanitary conditions.

Food Safety Action (Israel): An inspection of Gidi-Yon banquet and meeting halls uncovered poor sanitary conditions, leading to the destruction of ~350 kg of food products.

Australia and New Zealand

Allergy Alert (Australia): Peanut Company of Australia Limited recalls Picky Picky Peanuts Mexican Salsa Peanuts (80g flexible plastic pack; Best before JUL2017) due to the presence of undeclared milk. Please refer to the recall notice for distribution details.

Food Safety Recall (New Zealand): Several companies have recalled products containing milk powder that was manufactured as per regulatory requirements, but for which regulatory requirements were not met during subsequent distribution of the powder. Companies issuing recall notices are: YogurtNMore Ltd., Get Fresh Vege & Spices Ltd., Indo Spice World Ltd., Village Style Food Ltd., and Marpen Trade Ltd. Please refer to the individual recall notices for a list of affected products.


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
**Includes Safeway, Vons, Pavilions, Dominick’s, Genuardi’s, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Carrs and Pak N’ Save.