Recalls and Alerts: April 12 – 14, 2019

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 / FOOD SAFETY RECALL: CDC reports 93 cases of Salmonella Carrau illnesses linked to consumption of pre-cut melons from Caito Foods, LLC. The company has recalled an extensive list of products. Please refer to the CDC Food Safety Alert and the Caito recall notice for additional details, including a complete list of affected products.

OUTBREAK ALERT: CDC reports 109 cases of E. coli O103 illnesses in 6 states. Preliminary epidemiological evidence points to ground beef as the source of the outbreak. No common distributor, supplier or brand of ground beef has been identified as yet.

Food Safety Recall: Denver Processing LLC recalls approximately 13,865 pounds of raw pork and beef products that were produced without the benefit of federal inspection and outside inspection hours. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Canada

Allergy Alert: Uncle T Food recalls I’m Real brand Dehydrated Premium Mango (300g; All batch codes; UPC 8 850026 212138) due to improperly declared sulphites.

Europe

Allergy Alert (Netherlands): Lidl Nederland recalls Lidl Delicieux brand Maïsburger (Expiry dates 7-5-2019 and 8-5-2019) due to undeclared soy.

Allergy Alert (UK – England and Wales specific): Lidl recalls HealthyCo Proteinella Smooth Hazelnut and Cocoa Spread (400g; Best before 3 April 2020) due to undeclared hazelnuts, almonds and milk.

Allergy Alert (UK): Essential Trading recalls Essential Wholefoods Curry Powder Madras Hot (1kg and 500g; Best before between 04.01.2020 and 04.03.2021) due to undeclared mustard.

Food Safety Recall (Belgium): AFSCA initiates a massive recall of cheeses manufactured by la fromagère de la Brie (France) and distributed in Belgium. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products, which may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Food Safety Recall (Belgium): FROM-UN recalls Jacquin brand Chèvre Pouligny St Pierre raw milk cheese (250g; Lots J90740112, J90740109, J90800104; Best before 04/05/2019 and 10/05/2019) due to E. coli O26 contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Finland): Lidl Finland recalls Culinea Chicken Nuggets (750g; Best before 14.11.2019) due to foreign matter (pieces of plastic) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Germany): Industry recalls cheeses manufactured by la fromagère de la Brie (France) and distributed in Germany. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products, which may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Food Safety Recall (Luxembourg): Match Supermarkets recalls various STE brand cheesesmanufactured by Fromagere de la Brie due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (Netherlands): Mora recalls Mora Kipkorn (5 x 60g; Lot code 9067) due to foreign matter (metal pieces) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Netherlands): Société Fromagèrie de la Brie recalls various cheeses due to potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products distributed in the Netherlands.

Australia and New Zealand

Food Safety Recall (Australia): Washed Rind Pty Ltd recalls Washed Rind Pty Ltd Washed Mould Cheeses due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

FDA Public Health Alert: Avoid using King Bio drugs and homeopathic products

Drugs and homeopathic products manufactured by King Bio Inc. (Asheville, NC) may contain high levels of microbial contamination and pose a risk to humans and pets.

In an alert posted today, FDA recommended that consumers stop using these products, and dispose of them immediately.

The FDA announcement coincided with a voluntary nationwide recall initiated by the manufacturer of all aqueous-based products for human and animal use. A complete list of recalled products has been posted on the company’s website.

This is the third product recall announced by King Bio since July 20, 2018.

Among the products included in the most recent recall are: Dr. King’s Children’s Cough Relief, Dr. King’s Chicken Pox Symptom Relief, Dr. King’s Children’s Ear Relief Formula, Dr. King’s Children’s Appetite Enhancer, Dr. King’s Attention and Learning Enhancement For Kids, Dr. King’s Cold Sore treatment, Dr. King’s Wart Freeze, and pet products for urinary incontinence and digestion relief.

The recall announcement and the associated consumer alert follow an inspection of the company’s manufacturing facility by FDA – an inspection that uncovered substandard conditions, including recurring microbial contamination associated with the water system used to manufacture the drug products.

FDA found several microbial contaminants during the course of its investigation, including Burkholderia Multivorans, a strain of bacteria that can cause illness in people with compromised immune systems.

What should consumers do?
The FDA encourages health care professionals and consumers to report adverse events or quality problems experienced with the use of King Bio’s products to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program:

For reporting adverse drug events in animals, please see How to Report Animal Drug Side Effects and Product Problems.