Recalls and Alerts: February 7-8, 2023

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 issues Warning Letter to J.M. Smucker LLC in response to the company’s proposed corrective actions undertaken following an investigation that linked Jif Peanut Butter to an outbreak of 21 confirmed Salmonella Senftenberg illnesses in 2022.

Allergy Alert: Titans Global Inc. recalls “JSJ Chocolate Cake”, “JSJ ZSR Cake”, “JSJ DMC Leaf Cake” food treats (95g; Lot 20221108B; Production date 2022/11/08) due to undeclared egg.

Allergy Alert: FSIS issues Public Health Alert for ready-to-eat smoked pork Linguica link sausages due to undeclared milk. Please refer to the Alert notice for a complete list of affected products.

Allergy Alert: Pilgrim’s Roasted Nut’Z recalls multiple products due to undeclared milk, soy, and/or walnut. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Pet Food Safety Recall: Royal Canin USA Inc recalls Royal Canin Veterinary Feline Renal Support F (6.6 lb (3 kg); Lot 242B4RCR04 with time stamps  00:00 – 07:06; Best by 04/17/2024) because some bags may contain a different product. This recall was initiated on 1/23/2023, and has been classified as Class II. No public recall notice was issued.

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Canada

Enforcement Action: CFIA suspends Safe Food for Canadians license #9DM4P9DP, issued to Le Fromage au Village Inc. (Lorrainville, QC), due to the “…absence of adequate corrective measures to prevent the risk of Listeria monocytogenes contamination.” Cheeses from this manufacturer have been the subject of several recalls in recent weeks. Until the license has been reinstated, the company may not conduct any activity for which SFC licence #9DM4P9DP was issued.

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Europe

Allergy Alert (France): COOPERATIVE U recalls U SAVEURS brand TERRINE DE CAMPAGNE / Country style terrine (~180g; Lot 30250041; Use by 24/02/2023) due to undeclared egg.

AllergyAlert (Italy): Motta S.R.L. recalls Il tagliere del Re brand Prosciutto cotto Alta Qualita / High quality cooked ham (750g; Lot L225139; Use by 21/02/2023) due to undeclared soy.

Allergy Alert (Italy): GLG srl recalls multiple varieties of tiramisu and mousse due to undeclared allergens. Please refer to the Italy recall page for a complete recall list.

Allergy Alert (Netherlands): Dirk recalls Bakker van der Akker Vloerbrood Meergranen / Whole grain bread (Best before 07-02-2023) due to undeclared sesame.

Allergy Alert (UK): Vegan Store recalls Go Max Go Buccaneer Candy Bar (57g; Best before 24 April 2023) due to undeclared peanuts.

Food Safety Recall (Belgium): LDC recalls Le Gaulois brand Grignottes “EXTRA” Mexican / Mexican-style nuggets (250g; Lot 026; Use by 17/02/2023) due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): SOCIETE FROMAGERE DU LIVRADOIS recalls L’GAPERON FICELLE DU TOINE & L’GAPERON DU TOINE cheeses (All lots; Use by dates between 06/12/2022 and 23/03/2023 or between 26/11/2022 and 22/02/2023) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): GAEC SERVAIN DE VOS recalls Les Vaches de Fadainville brand Beurre cru doux / Sweet butter made from raw milk (250g; Use by 14/02/2023 & 16/02/2023) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): GAEC SERVAIN DE VOS recalls Les Vaches de Fadainville brand Beurre cru demi-sel / Reduced-salt (2%) butter made from raw milk (250g; Use by 14/02/2023 & 16/02/2023) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): GAEC SERVAIN DE VOS recalls Les Vaches de Fadainville brand Crème crue / Raw milk cream (250 ml & 500 ml; Use by 13/02/2023) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): SOCIETE LAITIERE DE VICHY recalls SOCIETE LAITIERE DE VICHY brand COMTESSE DE VICHY LAIT CRU / Raw milk cheese (180g; All lots) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): PURE SALMON FRANCE recalls Neutre brand Pavés mi-cuits ail des ours & Pavés mi-cuits nature / Part-cooked salmon with wild garlic and Part-cooked plain salmon (6 x 125g; Lot 053-0312; Use by 01/03/2023) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): SILVE NETTO recalls NETTO brand Croc’ poulet rôtis / Roast chicken croc’ (250g; Lot 27; Use by 18/02/2023) due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): SILVE INTERMARCHE  recalls VOLAE brand Grignottes de poulet rôties Grignotte de poulet saveur barbecue / BBQ-flavor roast chicken nuggets (250g; Lot 27; Use by 18/02/2023) due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Germany): Tradition Emotion recalls Tomette des Alpes cheese (200g; Lots 012722347, 012722357, 012722361 & 012723003; Use by dates up to 17.03.2023) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Romania): SC FIRENZE COM S.R.L recalls Figurine de Crăciun din ciocolată fină cu lapte / Christmas figurines made of fine milk chocolate (100g & 10g; Lots 17.05.2023 & 11.05.2023) due to foreign matter contamination (plastic).

Australia and New Zealand

Allergy Alert (Australia): Calbee Australia recalls Calbee Harvest Snaps Vegemite (200g; Best before 28.08.23 and 29.08.23) due to undeclared gluten.


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Honey Smacks manufacturer pleads guilty to food safety violations

Kerry, Inc., manufacturer of the breakfast cereal that was responsible for a 2018 Salmonella outbreak that sent thirty-four victims to hospital, has pled guilty in federal court to a charge that it manufactured the cereal under insanitary conditions.

The contaminated Kellogg’s Honey Smacks breakfast cereal caused 135 confirmed illnesses in 36 states.

According to a news release from the US Department of Justice (DOJ), the company has agreed to pay a criminal fine and forfeiture amount totaling $19,228,000.

The plea agreement has not yet been accepted by the court.

According to the DOJ’s news release, if the agreement is accepted, “…the $19.228 million fine and forfeiture will constitute the largest-ever criminal penalty following a criminal conviction in a food safety case.”

The company shut down operations at its Gridley, Illinois, facility in December 2018 due to a drop in demand for the products manufactured at that location.

In October 2022, Ravi Kumar Chermala, Kerry’s former Quality Assurance Director, pled guilty to three misdemeanor counts of introducing adulterated food into Interstate Commerce.

Kerry Inc. released a statement on February 3, 2023, in which the company regretted “…the unacceptable practices and failures that occurred at Gridley.”

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On the Q-T

The FDA’s investigation into this Salmonella outbreak–and the subsequent actions taken against the manufacturer–have been surrounded by a veil of silence from the beginning.

Honey Smacks cereal was manufactured by Kerry Inc. under a third-party contract with the Kellogg Company. At the time of the initial investigation, the FDA declined to reveal the name of the manufacturer it believed to be responsible for the Salmonella outbreak.

It was only after the CDC had declared the outbreak to be over that the FDA revealed the name of the manufacturer.

The FDA also declined to identify the Salmonella serotype it had discovered during the inspection of Kerry’s manufacturing facility and declined to reveal whether the strain it found was a genetic match to the strain recovered from outbreak victims.

In July 2018, Kerry initiated a recall of 82 tons of Soy Honey Cluster. Two days later, General Mills recalled six production batches of Cheerios Protein Oats and Honey cereal. In both cases, the potential for Salmonella contamination was given as the reason for the recall. Yet, no public notice was posted on the FDA website in either case.

What next?

The next step in this process will be for the Court to decide whether or not to accept the plea agreement.

The case has been assigned to U.S. District Court Judge James E. Shadid and Magistrate Judge Jonathan E. Hawley in Peoria, Illinois, and a sentencing date of March 14, 2023, has been set.

Information regarding upcoming court hearings or other significant developments in the case will be posted on the DOJ’s Information for Victims in Large Cases website.


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Recalls and Alerts: January 31 – February 1, 2023

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: Two Rivers Coffee recalls Brooklyn Bean Peanut Butter Cup Hot Cocoa, Pingo Peanut Butter Cookie Hot Chocolate, and Cold Stone Peanut Butter Cup Perfection single serve hot chocolate pods (12-count, 40-count, and 100-count boxes; Produced from January 2021 to November 2022) due to undeclared peanuts. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Allergy Alert: B&G Foods recalls Back to Nature Fudge Mint Cookies (6.4 oz; Best by OCT 02 2023; UPC 8-19898-01102-5) due to undeclared peanut.

Food Safety Recall: Wild Cajun Meals LLC recalls approximately 18,418 pounds of frozen, fully cooked jambalaya and gumbo products that were produced without the benefit of federal inspection. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products, which were shipped to retail locations in Louisiana, and Texas.

Food Safety Recall: Conagra Brands, Inc. recalls approximately 2,581,816 pounds of canned meat and poultry products due to a packaging defect that may cause the products to become contaminated without showing any outward signs of contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products, which were shipped to retail locations nationwide.

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Canada

Allergy Alert: Daiso Canada Co. Ltd. recalls Tohato brand Potato Ring Seaweed Flavour (71g; UPC 4 901940 112012; All batch and date codes where milk is not declared on the label) due to undeclared milk. The recalled product was sold in British Columbia.

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Europe

Allergy Alert (Germany): Hai Yen GmbH und Co KG recalls multiple products due to undeclared sulphur dioxide. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Allergy Alert (Netherlands): PLUS recalls PLUS Mini Krentenbollen / Mini currant buns (9 pieces; Best before 14-02-2023) due to undeclared soy.

Allergy Alert (UK): CK Food and Drinks Ltd recalls The Coconut Kitchen Pad Thai Sauce (250 ml; Batch codes 85119A, 86448A, 86446A; Best before October 2024) due to undeclared crustaceans and fish.

Food Safety Recall (France): ELIO CONCEPT Quadrifoglio recalls Cassata à l’italienne / Italian Cassata (Lot 1) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): ETABLISSEMENT PUBLIC LOCAL D’ENSEIGNEMENT ET DE FORMATION PROFESSIONNELLE AGRICOLES CHAMBERY LA MOTTE-SERVOLEX (SAVOIE) EPLEFPA Chambéry recalls Domaine Reinach brand TOMME DE SAVOIE FERMIERE IGP cheese (Multiple lots) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (France): SILVE INTERMARCHE recalls Monique Ranou brand Rôti de bœuf doré au four / Oven-browned roast beef (4 slices – 100g; Lot 30180354; Use by 14/02/2023) due to foreign matter contamination (pieces of plastic).

Food Safety Recall (France): SOLORMAG E.LECLERC recalls E. LECLERC THIONVILLE brand PIZZA NORDIQUE CUITE / Cooked Nordic pizza (Use by dates between 01/01/2023 and 08/01/2023) due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): SOLORMAG E.LECLERC recalls E. LECLERC THIONVILLE brand BRUSCHETTA AU SAUMON / Salmon bruschetta (Use by dates between 01/01/2023 and 08/01/2023) due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): SOLORMAG E.LECLERC recalls E. LECLERC THIONVILLE brand SALADE SCANDINAVE / Scandinavian salad (Use by dates between 03/01/2023 and 08/01/2023) due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): SOLORMAG E.LECLERC recalls E. LECLERC THIONVILLE brand MINI MORICETTES GARNIES / Stuffed mini moricettes (Use by10/01/2023) due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): Mowi Bretagne recalls Mowi brand Saumon Fumé Bio / Organic smoked salmon (4 slices – 110g; Lot 01136020; Use by 20/01/2023) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): SOBLEDIS E.LECLERC BLOIS recalls Centre E.Leclerc Blois brand PIZZA AU SAUMON FUMÉ / Smoked salmon pizza (Lots 010, 011 & 012; Use by dates between 14/01/2023 and 16/01/2023) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Germany): Darégal Gourmet Deutschland GmbH recalls BIOGRENO Bio Kräuter-Mix, tiefgefroren / Organic herb mix, frozen (50g; Lot 22CS000352; Best before 26.04.2025) due to shigatoxin-producing E. coli contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Germany): Eurogroup Deutschland GmbH recalls Simply Sunny brand Feigen getrocknet / Dried figs (400g; Lot OA350020356/2-11-630; Best before 31.05.2023) due to mycotoxin (ochratoxin A) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Italy): Agrisalumeria Luiset di Casetta Mauro recalls Agrisalumeria Luiset brand Salame crudo Tradizionale / Traditional raw salami (~400g & ~700g; Lot 121222) due to possible Salmonella and Listeria contamination.

Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands

OUTBREAK INVESTIGATION: CFS instructs the trade to suspend the import of raw oysters produced by Earl Huitres Geay FR 17.452.121 CE in France after the raw oysters were linked to three food poisoning cases from three separate restaurants. All three victims had consumed these oysters.


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