Recalls and Alerts: August 4-5, 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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Chapter 6. Birth of a Pathogen

United States

OUTBREAK INVESTIGATION UPDATE: CDC reports that the outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections linked to Big Olaf brand ice cream products has increased in size to 25 illnesses in 11 states. Twenty-four people have been hospitalized and one person has died.

PUBLIC HEALTH ALERT: FDA cautions pet owners not to feed their cats Darwin’s Natural Pet Products Natural Selections Antibiotic & Grain Free Chicken Recipe for Cats (Lot 9116; manufactured May 2, 2022) and Darwin’s Natural Pet Products Natural Selections Antibiotic & Grain Free Turkey Recipe for Cats (Lot 9121; manufactured May 4, 2022) due to Salmonella contamination. The FDA recommended that the manufacturer voluntarily recall these products and notify the public, but the company has not done so. 

Allergy Alert: That’s it Nutrition, LLC recalls Dark Chocolate Truffles (multiple package sizes, flavours and lot/expiration dates) due to undeclared milk. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Allergy Alert: Royal Crest Dairy recalls Farmer’s 2% Reduced Fat Chocolate Milk (pint; Code date AUG-22) due to undeclared egg.

Pet Food Safety Recall: Primal Pet Foods Inc. recalls Raw Frozen Primal Patties for Dogs Beef Formula (Lot W10068709; Best by 05/22/23) due to potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The recalled product was distributed to Maryland, Georgia, Texas, and British Columbia, in late April 2022.

Canada

Food Safety Recall: Mother Dairy CA recalls Mother Dairy brand Paneer Fresh Cheese (340g; Best before 2022/10/23; UPC 6 98708 98763 3) due to E. coli contamination. The recalled product was sold in Alberta.

Pet Food Safety Recall: Primal Pet Foods, Inc. recalls raw frozen Primal Patties for Dogs Beef Formula (6 lb; Lot #W10068709; Best by 05/22/23; UPC 850334004164; Product of USA) due to potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The recalled product was sold in British Columbia:

Europe

Allergy Alert (Belgium): Cotton Gin Port recalls NIO Cocktails brand Cocktail Mai Tai (100g; Lot L7008; Best before 01/02/2025) due to undeclared almonds.

Allergy Alert (France): BRIODIS E.LECLERC CARPONT recalls pâtés aux pommes / Apple pâté (Use by 27/07/2022, 01/08/2022, 03/08/2022, 08/08/2022, 10/08/2022) due to undeclared celery.

Allergy Alert (France): ANDRE LOUSSOUARN recalls ANDRE LOUSSOUARN brand PATE AUX POMMES / Apple pâté (All lots; Use by dates between 31/07/2022 and 28/08/2022 and Use by dates between 26/07/2022 and 17/08/2022) due to undeclared celery.

Allergy Alert (Germany): dm-drogerie markt GmbH + Co. KG recalls dm Bio Smoothie mit Protein / Organic smoothie with protein (250ml) due to undeclared sesame, peanuts and other nuts.

Allergy Alert (Spain): ASEAN warns consumers of undeclared gluten in JC JUCARNE brand Cordón Blue Extra (Batch #220730; Expiration date 08/08/2022).

Food Safety Recall (Belgium): Mondelez International recalls Grany moelleux fruits des bois / Chewy bars with berries (195g; Lot #OCE0922051 (Production hours 6:00 – 8:30); Use by 28/02/2023) due to foreign matter contamination (pieces of plastic).

Food Safety Recall (Belgium): Franprix recalls Franprix brand tomme de Brebis / sheep’s milk cheese (150g; Lot vf059; Expiry date 22/08/2022) due to potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): CASINO recalls Franprix brand tomme de Brebis / sheep’s milk cheese (150g; Lot vf059; Expiry date 22/08/2022) due to potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): Auchan recalls Auchan brand POUCE BARRE PATISSIERRE / Pastry log (800g; Lots B166, B173, B181, B193; Best before 13/09/2022, 08/09/2022, 28/09/2022, 10/10/2022, respectively) due to foreign matter contamination (metal).

Food Safety Recall (France): Auchan recalls AUCHAN BARRE QUATRE QUARTS / Four-quarters bar (multiple package sizes and lot codes) due to foreign matter contamination (metal). Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (France): La Trinitaine recalls Quatre-Quarts à partager (multiple package sizes and lot codes) due to foreign matter contamination (metal). Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (France): LA NAUCELLOISE recalls LA NAUCELLOISE brand Tripous (230g; Lots AF186 & AF172; Use by 05/07/2026 & 21/06/2026) due to defective can seams.

Food Safety Recall (France): BISCHWILLER DISTRIBUTION-BISCHWIDIS SUPER-U recalls GENDARMES / dry sausages (sold in bulk) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): SUPERMARCHES MATCH recalls Bol de pâtes jambon sec Roquefort et noix / Pasta bowl with dry ham, Roquefort and nuts (300g; Use by 03/08/2022) due to foreign matter contamination (soft blue plastic).

Food Safety Recall (France): LAGUILLAUMIE recalls ARABI brand ALLUMETTE DE POULET / Chicken matchsticks (Lot L2202001; Use by 17/08/2022) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Germany): Gerhard Labahn recalls Korngesund brand Bio Weizenmehl, Typ 550 / Organic wheat flour (1 kg; Best before 01.05.2023) due to shigatoxin-producing E. coli contamination.

Food Safety Recall Update (Germany): Global Foods Trading GmbH recalls Schani Kasoori Methi (getrocknete Bockshornkleeblätter) / Dried fenugreek leaves (100 g & 1 kg; Lots 19FEB22X1/1 & 28MAR22X2/1; Best before  01/2024 & 03/2024) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Germany): Hofladen Wallner recalls Weizenmehl Type 550 / Wheat flour (1 kg; Use by 30.05.2023) due to shigatoxin-producing E. coli contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Ireland): Meadow Park Eggs recalls Meadow Park Free Range Duck Eggs (6-pack; All best before dates up to and including 08/08/2022; Product of Ireland) due to possible Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Italy): Salumificio F.lli Cavallo S.R.L. recalls Salsiccia fresca di puro suino/Pasta di salsiccia / Fresh pure pork sausage/Sausage paste (Lot 220726UE; Best before 05/08/2022) due to possible Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Luxembourg): Auchan recalls Barre Quatre-Quarts (250g; Lots B171 & B189; Use by 19/08/2022 & 06/09/2022) due to foreign matter contamination (metal).

Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands

Food Safety Recall (Israel): Sunfrost recalls Tender green beans, whole, frozen (600g; Supplied to Haredi Community Hospital and Beit Yosef Hospital; multiple Use-by date codes) due to foreign matter contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Recalls and Alerts: July 11-13, 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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Chapter 6. Birth of a Pathogen

United States

OUTBREAK INVESTIGATION: CDC reports 23 Listeria monocytogenes illnesses in 10 states. Twenty-two people have been hospitalized and one person has died. In addition, one pregnant woman lost her unborn baby due to the illness. The outbreak has been linked to Big Olaf ice cream products. The company recently announced a product recall (see below).

Allergy Alert: FSIS issues public health alert for TRADER JOE’S CAESAR SALAD WITH WHITE CHICKEN MEAT and Creamy Caesar Dressing (9 oz. plastic clamshell containers; Lot code GHNW 186-06; Best by 07/11/22 and 07/12/22) due to undeclared egg.

Allergy Alert: Tovala recalls Gochujang-Glazed Pork Chop Bowl and Gochujang-Glazed Salmon Bowl (Enjoy By dates between 7/11/22 through 7/14/22) due to undeclared peanuts.

Food Safety Recall: Belfonte Dairy recalls “Chocolate to Die For” Premium Ice Cream (1.5 quarts; Plant code 25-050; Use by 05/18/24) due to undeclared peanuts.

Food Safety Recall: Big Olaf Creamery recalls Big Olaf brand ice cream products (All flavors, lots, codes, and all expiration dates through 6/30/2022) due to potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The product was sold at Big Olaf retailers in Florida as well as to consumers in restaurants and senior homes, and one location in Fredericksburg, Ohio.

Food Safety Recall: Enjoy Life Natural Brands LLC recalls multiple baked snack products due to foreign material contamination (hard plastic pieces). Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Pet Treat Safety Recall: Stormberg Foods recalls Beg & Barker Chicken Breast Strips Dog Treat, Billo’s Best Friend Chicken Breast Strips Dog Treat, and Green Coast Pets Chicken Crisps Dog Treat products (Various sizes; All batch codes; Expiry dates from 06/06/23 to 06/23/23) due to potential Salmonella contamination.

Canada

OUTBREAK INVESTIGATION: The Public Health Agency of Canada is investigating a non-travel related outbreak of Cyclospora in British Columbia (1 case), Ontario (75 cases) and Quebec (8 cases). Four people have been hospitalized. The source of the outbreak is undetermined at this time.

Allergy Alert: UNFI Canada Inc. recalls That’s It. brand Dark Chocolate Fig Truffles (100g; Batch code 12 14 23; UPC 8 50013 71693 7) due to undeclared milk.

Food Safety Recall: Covic International Trading Inc. recalls Enoki Mushrooms (200g; Batch code AF009D; Date code 25 07 2022; UPC 8 807076 001496) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Europe

Allergy Alert (Belgium): Jumbo Supermarkten recalls Jumbo Aardappelsalade met ei / Potato salad with egg (400g; Lot 712722; Best before  27/07/2022) due to undeclared mustard.

Allergy Alert (France): Barilla France SAS recalls Barilla brand LASAGNE n.189 COLLEZIONE / Lasagna dry pasta (500g; Lots I12414282 & I12414292; Best before 20/09/2023 & 21/09/2023, respectively) due to undeclared egg.

Allergy Alert (France): BOLTON FOOD recalls Saupiquet brand Les Saladières – Taboulé – Salade végétarienne / Vegetarian taboula salad (220g; Lot L-21-063-E; Best before 04/03/2024) due to undeclared fish.

Allergy Alert (Ireland): FSAI warns consumers that Dunnes Stores White Sub Rolls (290g; Best before 17/07/2022) contains undeclared milk and eggs.

Allergy Alert (Italy): REVOLUTION S.r.l. recalls REVOLUTION brand GRISSONCELLI ALL’ OLIO (12 pieces; Lot 190522; Best before 19/11/22) due to undeclared peanuts.

Allergy Alert (Italy): REVOLUTION S.r.l. recalls REVOLUTION brand RUSTICHELLI (12 pieces; Lot 130522; Best before 13/11/22) due to undeclared peanuts.

Allergy Alert (Italy): REVOLUTION S.r.l. recalls REVOLUTION brand MIX SFOGLIA / Bulk mix (12500g bag; Lots 050422 & 270422; Best before 05/04/23 & 27/04/23) due to undeclared peanuts.

Allergy Alert (Netherlands): Jumbo recalls Jumbo Aardappelsalade met ei / Potato salad with egg (400g; Lot 712722; Best before  27/07/2022) due to undeclared mustard.

Food Safety Recall (Belgium): Delhaize recalls Delhaize brand COQARDENNE Chipolata de poulet / chicken sausage (Lots 485394, 485862 & 485598; Expiration dates 12/07/2022, 13/07/2022 & 14/07/2022, respectively) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Belgium): Albert Heijn recalls AH houdbare halfvolle melk / Shelf-stable, part-skimmed milk (6x200ml; Lot 513867 E; Best before 27-11-2022) due to Bacillus cereus contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): METRO FRANCE recalls METRO CHEF brand Gnocchi de pommes de terre / Potato gnocchi (1 kg; Lot 1442; Use by 23/07/2022) due to possible Bacillus cereus contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): AUCHAN recalls STEAK HACHE DE BOEUF / Ground beef steak (Sold between 01/07/2022 and 13/07/2022) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): FRANSAL recalls CRAYON CHORIZO / Mini dry sausages (500g; Lot 0640202191; Best before dates between 11/09/2022 and 13/10/2022) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): SILVE INTERMARCHE recalls ADELIE COLOSSE FACON GRANOLA / Ice cream on a stick, with granola (4-pack; Lots 040 22, 104 22 & 167 22; Best before 07/08/2024, 10/10/2024 & 12/12/2024, respectively) due to potential foreign matter contamination (wood splinters).

Food Safety Recall (France): SOCIETE NOUVELLE GAST recalls Gast brand TETE ROULEE PISTACHEE / Head cheese with pistachios (2 slices/pkg; Lot 22178; Multiple Use-by dates) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France) Aldi recalls PAYS GOURMAND brand VIANDE HACHEE PUR BOEUF, 5% / Pure ground beef, 5% fat (300g; Lots 22333351 & 22333366; Use by 21/06/2022) due to possible shigatoxin-producing E. coli contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Germany): EDEKA ZENTRALE Stiftung & Co. KG recalls EDEKA Bio MY VEGGIE Salatmayonnaise / Organic salad mayonnaise (250 ml; Best before 14.11.2022) due to possible foreign matter contamination (pieces of glass).

Food Safety Recall (Germany): Kaadan Alshalati, Ahmad Feras recalls Sesame Tahini Algota (800g; Lot 1066; Best before 01/2023) due to Salmonella spp. and Salmonella Mbankada contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Iceland): Lagsmaður ehf / Fiska.is recalls TRS Hot Madras Curry (100g; Product of India) due to possible Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Romania): Mega Image recalls H VAN WIJNEN SOMON CARPACCIO / Salmon Carpaccio (120g; Lot 86BK/221405; Expiration dates 07.06.2022 & 10.06.20220) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands

Allergy Alert (Israel): AG Gilro recalls Waffle Crunch filled with walnut flavored cream (150g; Expiration date 05.07.2023) due to undeclared walnut traces.

Allergy Alert (Israel): A. Biscotti Ltd. recalls Chocolate Cookies (240g; Use by 06/08/2022) due to undeclared walnut.

Bravo Packing enjoined from producing raw pet food

Company and the US Food and Drug Administration enter into consent decree

A federal judge has entered a consent decree of permanent injuction against Bravo Packing, Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of raw pet food based in Carney’s Point, New Jersey.

(Bravo Packing is not related in any way to Bravo LLC / Bravo Pet Foods, located in Manchester, Connecticut)

The consent decree requires that Bravo “stop selling, manufacturing and distributing raw pet food and come into compliance with the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act).”

The backstory

On September 12, 2018, Bravo Packing announced a voluntary recall of Performance Dog frozen, raw pet food (manufacturing date code 071418) after the FDA found Salmonella in a sample of the product during an inspection of the manufacturing facility.

In addition to the Salmonella-positive sample, FDA Investigator Michael Rosner also documented several issues of concern, including:

  • Some condensate drip and ice buildup was observed on several boxes of finished dog food product in one of the firm’s freezers. 
  • The air curtains entering the dog food processing room were observed to be soiled and in disrepair. 
  • The firm was using a santiizer product at an incorrect dilution level, which reduced the sanitizer’s effectiveness.
  • Some of the claims on the firm’s website were potentially misleading.

By the time the FDA returned to Bravo’s manufacturing facility in July 2019, the situation had deteriorated. This time, the FDA labs found Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes in samples collected during an investigation that lasted from July 22nd to August 6th.

According to the Inspection Observations report (FDA Form 483), issued by Investigators Teigan Mule and Kyle Coville,

  • after cleaning had been completed, the elbow portion of the feeder pipe from the mixer still had a buildup of dried, dark, crusty meat-like material
  • a film residue remaining on the sides of a mixer exit chute after cleaning
  • greasy buildup of animal fat remaining at the output of a grinder after cleaning
  • black residue on the inside surface of buckets used to hold cut meat
  • condensate drip and ice buildup on boxes of finished raw dog food products in a freezer
  • cardboard boxes used to pack finished product observed to have bird droppings on the tops and sides
  • apparent mammalian (rodent?) droppings adjacent to stored, palletized boxes
  • inadequate training of employees on how to clean and degrease processing equipment after processing.

Although Bravo agreed to recall the contaminated Performance Dog Food product, the company never provided the FDA with the usual draft customer notification letter, distribution list, or draft press release.

In the absence of documentation from the company, the FDA issued its own Consumer Advisory on September 26, 2019, cautioning pet owners “not to feed their pets any Performance Dog frozen raw pet food.”

The FDA followed up its actions with a formal Warning Letter, issued on March 16, 2020. The letter reiterated and expanded upon the observations contained in the inspection report and requested a written response from the company within fifteen working days of receipt.

Downward slide accelerates

On March 3, 2021, Bravo issued yet another recall notice after Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes were found once again in the company’s products.

The recall was expanded on March 16th to include all pet food and bones in all package sizes.

When the FDA returned to inspect Bravo’s production plant in May 2021, Investigators Kyle Covill and Sean Duke found a situation that had deteriorated further.

  • a shovel used to push meat into the grinder was covered with residual dried, black meat-like material from the handle down to the shaft and all the way to the end of the blade
  • a meat hook covered with cobwebs and other extraneous material was used to move deboned meat from raw ingredient barrels into the grinder during production
  • the grinder contained heavy rust on the inside walls, basins and screw augur
  • a piece of meat from a prior production run was left in the exit portion of the mixer, which also contained a pooled black liquid and white fat-like deposits, and the mixer was subsequently used during production without any further cleaning
  • one of the owners was seen spitting chewing tobacco on the floor of the deboning room
  • two cats were observed urinating on the outside of a raw ingredient barrel that was subsequently used (without undergoing cleaning and sanitizing) to produce Performance Dog ready-to-eat raw dog food
  • the floors in multiple rooms of the production plant, including the processing room, had large cracks, holes and depressions, which contained pooled blood and water
  • uncovered barrels of deboned meat were stored directly beneath a metal beam and brackets covered with flaking rust.

The bottom line

The consent decree prohibits the defendants (including the company’s owner and secretary, Joseph Merola, and its president, Amanda Lloyd) from receiving, preparing, processing, packing, holding, labeling, and/or distributing pet food unless and until the company undertakes and completes a comprehensive list of corrective actions.

The decree also allows the FDA to order a shutdown, recall, or other corrective action in the event of future violations and requires the defendants to pay the costs of inspections performed pursuant to the decree. Failure to abide by the agreement can also lead to civil or criminal penalties.

In commenting on the consent decree, Steven Solomon, DVM, MPH, director of FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, said,

The food we give our pets should be safe for them to eat and safe for people to handle. The FDA has taken this action to protect public health because, despite multiple inspections, notifications of violations, and recalls, this firm continued to operate under insanitary conditions and produce pet food contaminated with harmful bacteria. We will not tolerate firms that put people or animals at risk and will take enforcement actions when needed.”