Recalls and Alerts: April 26-27, 2022

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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 INVESTIGATION UPDATE: FDA is conducting an on-site inspection as part of its investigation into 446 adverse event reports associated with dry cereal. Although the agency has not identified the brand, variety or manufacturer, the website iwaspoisoned.com has received more than 6,400 reports of illness associated with consumption of Lucky Charms cereal.

OUTBREAK INVESTIGATION UPDATE: FDA is investigating 6 adverse event reports associated with an unspecified meal replacement drink. The agency has initiated a traceback investigation and is collecting and analyzing samples.

PUBLIC HEALTH ALERT: FSIS issues a public health alert due to concerns that specific ground beef products may be adulterated with E. coli O26. A recall was not requested because the products are no longer available for purchase. The problem was discovered after a consumer submitted a retail package of ground beef produced by Empire Packing bearing a use or freeze by date of “December 24, 2021” to a third-party laboratory for microbiological analysis. The consumer reported previously becoming ill but did not get tested for E coli.  The third-party laboratory confirmed the ground beef sample was positive for E. coli O26.                                 

Food Safety Recall: Lakeside Refrigerated Services recalls approximately 120,872 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O103. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Canada

Allergy Alert: TJX Canada recalls Pimlico Confectioners brand Vegan Fine Hazelnut Truffles (110g; Lot #16840142200; Best before 01/14/2024; UPC 5 060380 694614) due to undeclared milk.

Food Safety Recall: Retailers recall GRAINES DE PAVOT BLEU BIOLOGIQUES / Organic blue poppy seeds (variable weights; Sold up to 25 April 2022) due to possible Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall: Boucherie Charcuterie chez Vito (Montréal, QC) recalls GRUYÈRE SWISS / Swiss Gruyère cheese (Sold up to 27 April 2022) due to absence of label information stating that the cheese was made from raw milk.

Europe

Allergy Alert (Belgium): Q & Queen International Trading recalls Chtoura Garden brand Cooked Fava Beans – Recette palestinienne / Palestinian recipe (400g; Expiration date 04/2024) due to undeclared sulphites.

Allergy Alert (Belgium): Tayaba group recalls ALL4TRADE – ZINE brand Bulgur grof bruin / Coarse brown bulgur (800g; Expiration date 10/2022) due to undeclared wheat.

Allergy Alert (Netherlands): Jumbo recalls Jumbo Chocolade pasta / Chocolate paste (400g; Best before 31-08-2022) due to undeclared hazelnuts.

Allergy Alert (Spain): Jumbo recalls Jumbo Chocolade pasta / Chocolate paste (400g; Best before 31-08-2022) due to undeclared hazelnuts.

Food Safety Recall (Belgium): Delhaize recalls Delhaize brand BROWNIES Pépites de chocolat / Chocolate-chip brownies (300g; Multiple lots and expiration dates) due to possible foreign matter contamination (pieces of metal).

Food Safety Recall (France): Carrefour recalls Carrefour brand Cordons bleus de poulet / Chicken cordons bleu (200g / pkg of 2; Lot 29022095B; Use by 30/04/2022) due to foreign matter contamination (plastic).

Food Safety Recall (France): FJORD KING ENTREPRISE IAA recalls LA SAUMONERIE DE CHOISY brand TARAMA AUX OEUFS DE TRUITE / Trout eggs (100g; Lot 1563; Use by dates between 30/04/2022 and 21/05/2022) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): MADISSO SUPER U recalls Fabriqué sur place Pieds de Porc Vinaigrette / Pigs feet vinaigrette (Use by 18/04/2022) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): Thierry Schweitzer recalls SOBOVIA brand Salade italienne (400g; Lot 22102-104; Use by 02/05/2022) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): Thierry Schweitzer recalls SOBOVIA Pâté de viande lamelles / Sliced meat pâté (Lot 22102-101; Use by 12/05/2022) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): SALAISONS DES BELIERS DEBEAUVOORDER recalls Roulade à la pistache / Pistachio roulade (Lot 220407000; Use by 24/05/2022) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): CITADIS LECLERC recalls Steak haché de boeuf vendu à la demande au rayon boucherie traditionnelle Ground beef steak sold on demand in the traditional butcher’s department (Available 24/01/2022 to 24/04/2022) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Italy): Piatti Freschi Italia SpA recalls Arte Gastronomica  Lasagne al Ragu’ / Lasagna with meat sauce (1 kg; Lot T902220510; Best before 10-05-2022) due to foreign matter contamination (pieces of plastic).

Food Safety Recall (Italy): Piatti Freschi Italia SpA recalls BONTAL Lasagne al Ragu’ / Lasagna with meat sauce (1 kg; Lot T902220510; Best before 10-05-2022) due to foreign matter contamination (pieces of plastic).

Food Safety Recall (Luxembourg): Food Safety Authority orders recall of Alburj brand Halva (6x 800 g; Best before 09.07.2022) due to possible Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Luxembourg): Delhaize recalls Delhaize brand BROWNIES Pépites de chocolat / Chocolate-chip brownies (300g; Multiple lots and expiration dates) due to possible foreign matter contamination (pieces of metal).

Food Safety Recall (Netherlands): PLUS recalls PLUS Hollandse tomatensoep met extra gehaktballetjes / Tomato soup with extra meatballs (570 ml; Lot L20212; Best before 21-7-2023) due to possible foreign matter contamination in the meatballs (pieces of hard plastic).

Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands

Food Safety Recall Update (Israel): Strauss extends its previous recalls to include all Elite Chocolate factory products, Elite cakes, waffles, energy cereal snacks, energy-coated chocolate chips, chewing gum and toffee candies (All expiration dates) after Salmonella was found in two samples. The company has suspended operations in its Nof Hagalil facility pending correction of the deficiencies that led to the contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Israel): Unilever Israel recalls multiple ice cream products that may be contaminated with Salmonella. The recalled items were manufactured using chocolate supplied by Strauss. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Australia and New Zealand

Food Safety Recall (Australia): The Community Co-operative Store (Nuriootpa) recalls Barossa Fresh Lamb Mince (approx. 500g; Best before 25/04/22) and Barossa Fresh Premium Beef Mince No Preservatives Added (approx. 600-800g; Best before 25/04/22) due to foreign matter (plastic and metal) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (New Zealand): Kiwi Organic Dairy Equities Ltd recalls Ours Truly brand Organic Full Cream A3™ Milk (3 L; Best before 30/04/22) due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.