Recalls and Alerts: February 23, 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: Herbalife recalls Instant Healthy Meal Nutritional Shake Mix packets (cartons of 12 packets & single-serving packets in introductory business pack; Lot Nos. 133405G10, 133408G10, & 133409G10) due to undeclared traces of milk proteins. The label identifies the product as dairy-free. The recalled product was distributed in the USA from January 16, 2013 through February 16, 2013, exclusively to individual independent distributors.
  • Allergy Alert Update: Bruce Foods Corporation (New Iberia, LA) recalls Food Club Red Enchilada Sauce (10 oz cans; Code GES 462449; Best before 12/3/2016) due to undeclared wheat and soy. The recalled product was distributed between 1/15/2013 and 1/28/2013 in Virginia, Minnesota and Indiana. The original recall notice did not include Indiana in the distribution lits.
  • Food Safety Recall: Dakota Specialty Milling recalls certain specialty flours and grain blends due to the possible presence of fragments of thin metal wire from a defective screen on one of its manufacturing lines. The recalled flours and blends were supplied to manufacturers of leading brands of variety breads, cereals, crackers, granola, and nutrition bars, and were not sold directly to consumers.
  • Food Safety Recall: King Arthur Flour (Norwich, VT) recalls King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour (5-lb bags; UPC 0-71012-01050-9; Best used by 12/26/2013 & Lot code L12A26B, 12/26/2013 and L12A26C, 12/27/2013 and L12A27A, 01/18/2014 and A13A18A, 01/18/2014 and A13A18B, 01/21/2014 and A13A21A, 01/22/2014 and A13A22B, 01/30/2014 and A13A30A, 01/31/2014 and A13A31A) and King Arthur Unbleached Bread Flour (5-lb bags; UPC 0-71012-04105-3; Best use by 12/26/2013 and Lot code L12A26A, 12/26/2013 and L12A26B, 01/03/2014 and A13A03A, 01/03/2014 and A13A03B, 01/16/2014 and A13A16B, 01/17/2014 and A13A17A, 01/23/2014 and A13A23A, 01/28/2014 and A13A28A, 01/31/2014 and A13A31A), due to the presence of small blue polyurethane balls that are used in the sifting process. Only those bags where the Best Used By Date and Lot code numbers are printed on the side of the bag beneath the nutrition panel are affected.
  • Food Recall: Price Chopper recalls Price Chopper Cooked Squash (12 oz; UPC 41735-30346; Lot #1PNNUA21; Best by November 21, 2013), due to taste and odor not meeting quality expectations.
  • Pet Food Safety Recall: Hy-Vee, Inc. recalls Hy-Vee Complete Dog – Complete Nutrition (Green Bag) dog food (34-lb, 8-lb and 4.4-lb bags; UPC 07545005647, 07545005667 & 07545005665, respectively; Lot # ending with 29812KC; Best by date 11/24/13), Hy-Vee Complete Dog – Complete Nutrition (Green Bag) dog food (4.4-lb bags; UPC 07545005665; Lot # ending with 29912KC; Best by date 11/25/13) and Hy-Vee Complete Dog – Bites, Bones & Squares (Yellow Bag) dog food (20-lb and 4.4-lb bags; UPC 07545005680 & 07545005560, respectively; Lot # ending with 29312KC; Best by date 11/19/13), after the iowa Department of Agriculture found higher than normal levels of aflatoxin in some samples produced at a Kansas City plant operated by Pro-Pet, LLC. The recalled products were distributed to Hy-Vee stores in Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin between October 26, 2012 and January 11, 2013.
  • Outbreak Alert Update: The State of Alaska reports that 18 individuals have been identified in an outbreak of Campylobacter infections associated with consuming raw milk distributed by a Kenai-based cow-share program. Some of the outbreak victims reported recurrent illness, and two people required hospitalization. The Alaska Section of Epidemiology is contacting individuals suspected of receiving or consuming raw milk from the implicated far and expects the number of probable and confirmed cases to rise. The implicated raw milk was distributed to shareholders throughout the Kenai Peninsula, in Anchorage and in Sitka. There is at least one secondary case – an infant who had close contact with a confirmed case-patient. Anyone in Alaska who consumed raw milk in 2013 and subsequently developed a diarrheal illness should contact the Alaska Section of Epidemiology at 907-269-8000 (in Anchorage) or toll-free at 1-800-478-0084 and ask to speak to a member of the Infectious Disease Team.

Canada

  • Food Safety Recall: Nu-Tea Company Ltd. (Abbotsford, BC) recalls Tega brand Organic Lemon Hibiscus Green Rooibos Herbal Tea (24 tea bags/48g/1.69 oz; UPC 6 64322 10406 0; Best before dates 2014FE01, 2014MR27, and 2014MR28) due to possible Salmonella contamination. The recalled product was distributed at the retail level in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, and Saskatchewan.
  • Outbreak Alert Update: The Public Health Agency of Canada reports that two more cases of E. coli O157:H7 illness have been linked to frozen beef burgers from Cardinal Meat Specialists Ltd. The latest illnesses, which were reported in Manitoba and Ontario, brings the total number of outbreak victims to seven people in three provinces: Ontario (4), Alberta (2) and Manitoba (1). The most recent illness reports triggered a reopening of CFIA’s investigation into operations at Cardinal, and prompted the recall of additional products by the company.

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.

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.

If you would like to receive automatic email alerts for all new articles posted on eFoodAlert, please submit your request using the sidebar link.

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.

Canada

  • 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.

Europe

  • 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.

Recalls and Alerts: October 18, 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.

If you would like to receive automatic email alerts for all new articles posted on eFoodAlert, please submit your request using the sidebar link.

For current information on retail distribution of peanut butter products recalled due to Salmonella Bredeney, please consult the Trader Joe’s/Sunland Peanut Butter Recalls tab.

For current information on retail distribution of beef products containing Canadian beef recalled due to E. coli O157:H7 contamination please consult the Canada/USA Beef Recall tab.

United States
  • Allergy Alert: Raymond-Hadley Corp. (Spencer, NY) expands its earlier recall of Wegmans Gluten Free Double Chocolate Brownie Mix (17.2 oz; UPC 077890283363) to include Enjoy By Dates from 30 Oct 2013 – 17 Mar 2013, because the product contains undeclared milk.The recalled Brownie Mix was distributed through Wegmans retail stores in the USA.
  • Allergy Alert Update: USDA updates its retail distribution list for Chicken Wyngz products recalled by Tyson Foods, Inc. due to the presence of undeclared allergens.
  • Food Safety Recall: Natural Selection Foods recalls Earthbound Farm Baby Spinach Grab & Go Salad Kits with Peanuts (3.5 oz clamshell; UPC 0-32601-08875-0; All Use By dates), because the product contains peanuts chopped by Sunland and may be contaminated with Salmonella. The recalled product was distributed to retail supermarkets and foodservice operators in California, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, and in the Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Ontario.
  • Food Safety Recall: Buck’s Ice Cream (Milford, CT) recalls Iskream Brand Peanut Butter and Jelly No Sugar Added Ice Cream (8 pts/case; UPC 858452020554; All lot codes) because the product contains peanut butter from Sunland and may be contaminated with Salmonella. The recalled product was distributed to retail customers through several wholesale distributors in the Northeast between March 1, 2012 and October 17, 2012.
  • Food Safety Recall: Trifecta Foods, LLC recalls Fresh Pak brand and Energy Club brand In-Shell Roasted Salted and Unsalted Peanuts, because these peanuts were supplied by Sunland and may be contaminated with Salmonella. The recalled products were distributed nationally to independent stores, grocery and retail chains during the six month period immediately prior to the October 12, 2012 recall date. Please consult the recall notice or the Trader Joe’s/Sunland Peanut Butter Recalls tab for additional details.
  • Pet Food Safety Recall: TBD Brands, LLC recalls Yoghund brand Organic Banana & Peanut Butter flavor, frozen yogurt dog treats (All case product of Lot Code 268 12 and earlier, cup and four pack Best By Date of 9.24.14 or earlier), because the product contains peanut butter from Sunland and may be contaminated with Salmonella. The product was distributed through retailers nationwide.
  • Food Safety Recall Update: USDA releases a retail distribution list for beef and pork products recalled by Lao Chareune Foods due to the lack of federal inspection.
  • Outbreak Alert Update: The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reports that 52 children and 29 adults have been infected with E. coli after attending the Cleveland County Fair. One child has died.

Canada

  • Allergy Alert: Over The Hill Orchards recalls Over The Hill Orchards brand Prairie Cherry Bark (100g; UPC 8 32398 00016 0) and Prairie Cherry Delights (144g; UPC 8 32398 00005 4), due to the presence of undeclared soy. The recalled products were sold in Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
  • Food Safety Recall: Natural Selection Foods recalls Earthbound Farm Baby Spinach Grab & Go Salad Kits with Peanuts (3.5 oz clamshell; UPC 0-32601-08875-0; All Use By dates), because the product contains peanuts chopped by Sunland and may be contaminated with Salmonella. The recalled product was distributed to retail supermarkets and foodservice operators in California, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, and in the Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Ontario.
  • Personal Care Product Safety Recall: Avmor Ltd. expands its earlier recall of Antimicrobial Foaming Hand Soap (Triclosan 0.3%; 1L clear plastic cartridge; DIN 02319144; additional Lot Nos. F121392032, F122353169, F121722415, F121231911, F120901362, F120330626, F120200498, F120160346, F113539955, F113009259, F112778570, F111586878, F111386429, F110885459, F110254442, F103493933, and F103053192), Antimicrobial Foaming Hand Soap (Triclosan 0.3%; 4L refill; DIN 02319144; Lot Nos. F112788571, F111336183, F110354443), X3 Clean Alcohol-Free Foaming Hand Sanitizer (Benzalkonium chloride 0.13%; 75mL container; DIN 02318296; Lot Nos. F121372272, F113189615), X3 Clean Alcohol-Free Foaming Hand Sanitizer (Benzalkonium chloride 0.13%; 250mL container; DIN 02318296; Lot Nos. F121462273, F120941393, F120130367, F113209576, F112939168, F112798991), X3 Clean Alcohol-Free Foaming Hand Sanitizer (Benzalkonium chloride 0.13%; 1L cartridge;  DIN 02318296; Lot Nos. F121462274, F120941392, F120170312, F113480046, F113219577, F112358267, F110394783), and X3 Clean Alcohol-Free Foaming Hand Sanitizer (Benzalkonium chloride 0.13%; 4L refill; DIN 02318296; Lot Nos. F121462275, F120160313, F113480045, F113199575, F112939260, F112909161), because the sanitizing products may be contaminated with Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
  • Food Safety Advisory: Health Canada updates its previous advice to parents and caregivers, urging them to consult their health professional before using Simply Thick to feed infants. Simply Thick is a xanthan gum-based product marketed for the management of swallowing disorders. There may be a link between consumption of Simply Thick and the development of a potentially life-threatening condition known as necrotizing enterocolitis.

Europe

  • Food Safety Recall (Denmark): AP Green / Fresh Choice recalls Frisee lettuce heads (Whole heads; Lot No. 278, 282, 285; Packed 4/10-2012, 8/10-2012 and 11/10-2012, respectively), after Campylobacter was detected in a sample of lettuce from the batch used in these lot numbers.
  • Food Safety Recall (Denmark): Bornholm Andelsmejeri recalls Habits Pear/Banana Lactose-free Yogurt (1L cartons; Best before 20/10/2012 (October 20); 22-10-2012 (Oct. 22) and 24-10-2012 (Oct. 24)), due to yeast growth, causing gas formation in the the cartons of product.
  • Food Safety Recall (UK): The Co-operative recalls The Co-operative Truly Irresistible Whole Cherry Tomato and Chilli Pasta Sauce (340g; Product code LM111), because some jars may contain pieces of glass due to a manufacturing  fault.
  • Outbreak Alert (France): France reports two fatal cases of food poisoning linked to the consumption of toxic mushrooms in the Loire.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.1451): Parasitic infestation with Anisakis of chilled scabbardfish from Italy; distributed to Italy and the Netherlands.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.1453): Methidathion in oranges from Brazil; distributed to the Netherlands.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.1455): Salmonella typhimurium in chilled turkey breast fillets from Poland; distributed to Denmark.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.1456): Prochloraz in mango from Guinea; distributed to the Netherlands.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.1457): Arsenic in dried hijiki algae from Japan; distributed to Switzerland.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.1459): Aflatoxins in ogi from Nigeria; distributed to the United Kingdom.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.1460): Parasitic infestation with Anisakis of chilled monkfish from Denmark; distributed to Italy.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.1461): Salmonella in frozen beef fat from Lithuania; distributed to Italy.

Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands

  • Chinese Medicine Safety Recall (Hong Kong): Pure Health (Hong Kong) Medical Limited recalls Pure Health Stong Plaster, Bon Sante Jiangubao Yitiaogen Huoluotie, and Tranaly Plaster, because these proprietary Chinese medicines, which were manufactured in Taiwan and repackaged by Pure Health, were not registered in Hong Kong.
  • Chinese Medicine Safety Recall (Hong Kong): Peking Medicine Manufactory recalls Yan Chai Tong] Reishi Bak Foong Pills (Registration #HKP-02931; Batch AL0107), because the product contains three times the permitted level of mercury.
  • OTC Pharmaceutical Safety Alert (Hong Kong): The Department of Health warns the public not to buy or use the oral product Jia Rong Zhuang Gu Tong Bi Jiaonang, as it may contain multiple undeclared Western drugs that are dangerous to health.

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.