Recalls and Alerts: February 18 – 20, 2021

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

OUTBREAK ALERT: CDC, FDA and state partners are investigating an outbreak of seven Listeria monocytogenes illnesses in Maryland (4), Connecticut (1), New York (1), and Virginia (1). All seven outbreak victims have been hospitalized. The Connecticut Department of Public Health has recovered the outbreak strain from a sample of El Abuelito Cheese brand Queso Fresco cheese. The manufacturer has recalled all Queso Fresco cheese varieties with sell by dates through 032821. Please refer to the recall notice, below.

Allergy Alert: Giant Eagle, Inc. recalls Market District Gourmet Pretzel Platters and Gourmet Pretzel Bags (Sell by dates through 04/03/21) due to undeclared pecans.

Food Safety Recall: El Abuelito Cheese recalls all varieties of El Abuelito Cheese brand, Rio Grande Food Products, Inc. brand, and Rio Lindo brand Queso Fresco cheese products (All Sell by dates through 032821) due to potential contamination with a strain of Listeria monocytogenes that is responsible for seven illnesses in for states. The recalled cheeses were distributed in CT, NJ, PA, NY, VA, NC, and MD.

Food Safety Recall: Aaron’s Gourmet Smoked Fish recalls all smoked fish products due to the lack of licensure and regulatory oversight by the state agency. The products were distributed to Growers Outlet and Berry Good PDX in Portland, Oregon.

Food Safety Recall: AH Company International Distribution Inc. recalls approximately 30,081 pounds of pork pâté products that were imported from an ineligible establishment and distributed in the United States without the benefit of FSIS import re-inspection. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Canada

OUTBREAK ALERT: The Public Health Agency of Canada, the CFIA and provincial partners are investigating an outbreak of 57 cases of Salmonella Enteritidis in Newfoundland and Labrador (25), and Nova Scotia (32). The infections appear to be associated with consumption of shell eggs. The outbreak and the investigation are ongoing, and it is possible that other sources of infection may be identified.

Allergy Alert: Unbun Foods recalls unbun brand untortillas (210g; Lot codes 20308-02, 20310-02 & 20316-02; Best by NOV: 03 2021, NOV: 05 2021 & NOV: 11 2021, respectively; UPC 6 28250 17903 3) due to undeclared egg.

Allergy Alert: Save-On-Foods recalls Valentine Eruption Cake (325g; All best before dates up to and including 2021.FE.23; UPC 0 062639 454456) due to undeclared almonds and walnuts.

Food Safety Recall: Poissonnerie de l’Île recalls Saumon canné en pot / Canned salmon in jars (250 ml and 500 ml; All product sold up to and including 18 February 2021) because the product may not be safe for human consumption.

Europe

OUTBREAK ALERT (UK): The Food Standards Agency (FSA) and its partners are investigating two ongoing outbreaks of Salmonella linked to contaminated frozen raw breaded chicken products. The FSA reminds consumers to take care when handling and cooking frozen raw breaded chicken products at home, such as nuggets, goujons, dippers, poppers and kievs. Please refer to the FSA news alert for a list of recalled products associated with these outbreaks.

Allergy Alert (Denmark): Brdr. Kjær ApS Import Export recalls Litchees (Lot #27659) due to undeclared sulphites.

Allergy Alert (Ireland): Wessex Mills recalls three Millers Muesli cereals due to undeclared almonds. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Allergy Alert (Ireland): Industry recalls Meiji Hello Panda Cocoa Biscuits with Matcha Green Tea Flavoured Filling (50g; Best before end of May 2021) due to undeclared peanuts.

Allergy Alert (UK): Unisnacks Europe recalls Meiji Hello Panda Cocoa Biscuits with Matcha Green Tea Flavoured Filling (50g; Best before end of May 2021) due to undeclared peanuts.

Allergy Alert (UK): Wessex Mills recalls three Millers Muesli cereals due to undeclared almonds. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (Belgium): Industry recalls Zena brand Moringa powder exhausteur de goût / Flavour enhancer (100g; Expiry date 31-12-2023) due to potential Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): MARO-OCEANS recalls Atelier Bernard MAROT brand Langoustine au Foie gras (90g; Lot #20476; Expiry date 11/2023) due to possible foreign matter (iron filings) contamination in an ingredient.

Food Safety Recall (France): MARO-OCEANS recalls Atelier Bernard MAROT brand Tomates cerise Parmigiano reggiano (100g; Lot #20475; Expiry date 11/2023) due to possible foreign matter (iron filings) contamination in an ingredient.

Food Safety Recall (France): MARO-OCEANS recalls Atelier Bernard MAROT brand Piperadou au Chorizo (100g; Lot #20474; Expiry date 11/2023) due to possible foreign matter (iron filings) contamination in an ingredient.

Food Safety Recall (France): GeantCasino recalls BONCOLAC brand Tartelettes au citron meringuées / Lemon-meringue tarts (2-pack; Lot #0246R; Best by 1/10/2020 to 22/02/2021) due to foreign matter (metal filaments) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Germany): EUCO GmbH recalls Ming Chu Sushi-Reis / Sushi rice (500g; Lot code MHD 14.10.2022; Use by 14.10.2022) due to foreign matter (pieces of glass) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Germany): SFW Schildauer Fleisch- und Wurstwaren GmbH recalls Schildauer brand Schweineknacker (7 x 100g; Lot #210404; Use by 24.02.2021) due to possible Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Germany): Unidex B.V. recalls Zena brand Moringa powder (100g; Expiry date 31-12-2023) due to potential Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Ireland): Unidex B.V. recalls Zena brand Moringa powder (100g; Expiry date 31-12-2023) due to potential Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Ireland): Co-op recalls CO OP Irresistible All Butter Ginger & Dark Chocolate Cookies (200g; Best before 2 June 2021 and 3 June 2021) due to foreign matter (plastic pieces) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (UK): SFC recalls various SFC Chicken Poppets and Take Home Boneless Bucket products due to Salmonella contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (UK): Vestey Foods recalls Chick Inn 32 Jumbo Chicken Nuggets (650g; Lot #31453058; Best Before end of January 2022) due to Salmonella contamination.

Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands

Food Safety Recall (Israel): Iz Harim Dairy recalls goat yogurt 3% fat (1.5 kg; Expiry date 15/04/21) due to E. coli contamination.