Recalls and Alerts: January 22 – 23, 2018


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: The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, and other state and local health departments, is investigating a recent cluster of Salmonella ser. Montevideo infections.  Two cases have been identified in Illinois residents.  People in Illinois reported becoming ill on December 20 and 26, 2017.  Based on a review of produce, suppliers, and items consumed, investigators believe the most likely source of the infection is sprouts from multiple Jimmy John’s locations.

Allergy Alert: Perdue Foods LLC recalls CHEF REDI HOMESTYLE CHICKEN TENDER FRITTER, RTC – LARGE (10-lb. boxes containing two 5 lb. plastic bags; Case code 7374) due to undeclared egg. The recalled product was shipped to food service locations in Florida, Maryland and Washington D.C.

Allergy Alert: Sun Noodle recalls Tonkotsu Ramen (Lot code 3117332) due to undeclared sardines. The recalled product was shipped primarily to Asian food distributors in the New Jersey, Georgia, Illinois, Texas, and New York areas, and then on to retail stores.

Allergy Alert: Productos Pacheco Inc recalls various bakery products due to undeclared wheat, soy, eggs, milk and/or artificial colors. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products, which were distributed in supermarkets in Puerto Rico from December 14, 2017 to January 3, 2018.

Allergy Alert: Wegmans recalls various ready-to-cook meat & seafood items due to undeclared soy lecithin or wheat. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Allergy Alert: Wienke’s Market (Algoma, WI) recalls all lines of jams and jellies due to undeclared butter.

Food Safety Recall: National Frozen Foods Corporation recalls “a limited selection of IQF Not-Ready-To Eat vegetable products” after receiving a report from a downstream customer that Listeria monocytogenes was found in a sample of one of the products. The recall was reported on the US Foods and Department of Defense Commissary Agency websites. Please refer to the DoD Commissary Agency announcement for a list of recalled products available for sale at Agency stores.

Food Safety Recall: C J Health and Wellness dba Jayeon Herb & Acu (Buena Park, CA) recalls all liquid herbal teas (100 ml single- serving flexible pouches) due to possible Clostridium botulinum contamination. The recalled products were distributed to certain retailers in California.

Canada

Food Safety Recall: Boucherie Atlantique Ltée (Montreal, QC) recalls Homestyle Smoked Salmon (All lots sold up to and including January 22, 2018), because the item was produced under conditions that do not ensure product safety.

Europe

Allergy Alert (UK): Morrisons recalls Morrisons Eat Smart COUNTED Honey & Mustard Dressing (250 ml; Batch code L7306; Best by end November 2018) due to undeclared egg and mustard.

Food Safety Recall (Finland): SOK recalls Rainbow Sweet Corn (450g; Best before dates 06.01.2019 – 09.06.2019) due to excessive levels of Listeria bacteria.

Food Safety Recall (Ireland): Mars Ireland recalls Galaxy Smooth Milk bar (42g; Batch code 720B1SLO00; Best before 13.05.2018) and Maltesers Fun Size bag (Batch code 720A1SLO00; Best before 13.05.2018) due to possible presence of Salmonella.

Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands

Food Safety Recall (Israel): Delicatessen HaGalil recalls Magenat Hagalil Frozen Ground Beef (500g; Best before February 19, 2018) due to possible Salmonella contamination.

Recalls and Alerts: February 2, 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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United States

  • Allergy Alert: Tropical Nut and Fruit Co. (Orlando, FL) recalls Chia ReCharged Stix Mix snack mix (5-oz pouches; UPC 0 94184 01014 6; Lot #052112, 060512, 071712, 080212, and 081612) due to undeclared peanuts. The recalled product was supplied between June 6th and October 23rd, 2012 to wholesalers and retail stores nationwide.
  • Food Safety Recall: Sprouters Northwest (Kent, WA) recalls all varieties of Sprouters Northwest brand and LifeForce brand sprouts products, wheatgrass and pea shoots (packaged in plastic clamshell containers, plastic cups, plastic trays in 3 oz., 4 oz., 5 oz., and in plastic 1 lb. 2lb, or 5lb. bags; All best by dates up to and including 2/17/2013), due to potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The recalled products, which include 3-Bean Munchie, Alfalfa, Bean, Broccoli, Brocco Sandwich sprouts, Clover, Deli, Spicy; Wheatgrass and/or Pea Shoots, were distributed through 1/30/2013 in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and British Columbia, Canada through retail stores and food service distribution chain.
  • Food Safety Recall: GoldCoast Salads recalls Gold Coast Fresh Crab Spread (8 oz; UPC 83355500325; Expiration date 1/31/2013), due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The recalled product was supplied to Giant Food LLC, The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC, and Giant Food Stores, LLC (for sale in Giant® Food and Martin’s® Food markets, and may also have been supplied to other retailers.

Canada

  • Food Safety Recall: Sprouters Northwest (Kent, WA) recalls all varieties of Sprouters Northwest brand and LifeForce brand sprouts products, wheatgrass and pea shoots (packaged in plastic clamshell containers, plastic cups, plastic trays in 3 oz., 4 oz., 5 oz., and in plastic 1 lb. 2lb, or 5lb. bags; All best by dates up to and including 2/17/2013), due to potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The recalled products, which include 3-Bean Munchie, Alfalfa, Bean, Broccoli, Brocco Sandwich sprouts, Clover, Deli, Spicy; Wheatgrass and/or Pea Shoots, were distributed through 1/30/2013 in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and British Columbia, Canada through retail stores and food service distribution chain.
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.

Jimmy John’s Sprout Toll Now 14, And Rising


CDC reported today that the number of victims confirmed to be infected with E. coli O26 after consuming raw clover sprouts at Jimmy John’s restaurants has risen to 14 people in 6 states.

Michigan was the latest state to be added to the outbreak map, with two confirmed cases reported in early February. The Michigan Department of Community Health reports that an additional five cases are under investigation. All seven people consumed raw sprouts at sandwich shops in mid and southeast Michigan.

The Michigan confirmed and suspected victims range in age from 19 to 50 years old. Two of the seven were hospitalized. While the Michigan public health alert makes it clear that these cases of E. coli O26 are part of the 6-state Jimmy John’s outbreak, the department is warning Michigonians to avoid the consumption of raw clover sprouts, regardless of the source or venue, until more information about the source of the contamination is available. The Michigan Department of Agriculture is investigating.

As of today’s report, outbreak illnesses are confirmed in Iowa (5), Missouri (3), Kansas (2), Michigan (2), Arkansas (1) and Wisconsin (1). Outbreak victims range from 9 to 49 years old. All of the 14 confirmed victims are female. Illness onset dates range from December 25, 2011 to February 7, 2012. The onset dates for the seven Michigan cases (2 confirmed + 5 under investigation) range from February 6th to 12th.

E. coli O26 is a Shiga-toxin producing E. coli, and causes illness similar to that caused by infections with E. coli O157:H7. The most common symptoms are acute diarrhea (often bloody), and abdominal cramps. While young children and the elderly are susceptible to developing hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) as a result of an infection with a shiga-toxin producing E. coli, there have not yet been any reports of HUS in this outbreak.

FDA has been conducting a traceback investigation, and reported the following updated information today:

  • The traceback investigation involving iceberg lettuce found no common source to link that commodity to the ongoing outbreak.
  • FDA has determined that the common seed lot identified (lot SCCTSX) was distributed nationwide.
  • On February 10, the seed supplier of the common seed lot identified agreed to notify its customers to remove the lot in question from distribution. On February 13, the supplier informed FDA that notification of all customers was complete and that instructions had been given to return any of the seed lot in question to the supplier.
  • FDA continues to monitor the removal of the seed lot in question from the supply chain.
  • Sprouts have a short shelf life (2-3 weeks). It is unlikely that sprouts produced from the seed lot in question are currently in the marketplace.

Jimmy Johns announced on February 17th that it has permanently removed raw clover sprouts from its menu.