Recalls and Alerts: February 21, 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: Pappy’s Fine Foods (Fresno, CA) recalls Pappy’s Chipotle Sauce Marinade (14-fl. oz glass bottle; UPC 009502001119; Best before dates between Feb. 2013 and Feb. 2014), due to undeclared wheat and fish. The recalled product was supplied to various Food Maxx, Lucky and Save Mart supermarkets in Bakersfield, Fresno, Yuba City, San Francisco, San Jose, Sunnyvale, Angels Camp, Clois, Coalinga, Elk Grove, Fresno, Hanford, Lathrop, Modesto, Paradise, Reedley, Santa Clara, Truckee and Visalia.
  • Allergy Alert: Mandy Star Trading (Brooklyn, NY) recalls Good Taste brand preserved fruits (14-oz/400g plastic bag; UPC 3 867320 507698) due to undeclared sulfites.
  • Food Safety Recall: Nina International (Hyattsville, MD) recalls the spice products labeled as Ground Akanwu and Akanwu Lubi, because the products contain significant levels of lead. The recalled product was imported from Nigeria and distributed to retail location sin Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC.
  • Food Safety Recall: Mondelez Global LLC (East Hanover, NJ) recalls belVita Breakfast Biscuit, Chocolate Variety (1.76 and 8.8 oz; Best by 21 Jan 13 to 29 Sep 13), belVita Breakfast Biscuit, Chocolate Variety (14.08 oz; Best by 16 May 13 to 13 Sep 13), and belVita Breakfast Biscuit, Apple Cinnamon Variety (1.76 oz and 8.8 oz; Best by 8 Oct 12 to 2 Sep 13), due to the possible presence of fragments of flexible metal mesh caused by a faulty screen at the manufacturing facility. The recalled products were sold throughout the USA and in Puerto Rico.
  • Food Safety Recall: Frito Lay recalls Sunchips 9 Grain Parmesan & Herb (9 oz; UPC 2840003963; All dates) and Sunchips 9 Grain Creamy Garlic (9 oz; UPC 2840000690; All dates), because the products may contain thin, pliable wire.
  • Food Safety Recall: Heartland Brands recalls Heartland Harvest Spice Granola Cereal (14 oz; UPC 024300 090394; Best by dates 20130326 – 20130910) and Heartland Fruit & Nut Harvest Granola Cereal (14 oz; UPC 024300 090387; Best by dates 20130325 – 20130910), due to the possible presence of fragments of flexible metal mesh in a grain blend supplied by Dakota Specialty Milling. The recalled products were sold at 19 Schnucks stores in Missouri, Illinois and Iowa.
  • Food Safety Recall: Smithfield Packing Company (Smithfield, VA) recalls Gwaltney Mild Pork Sausage Roll (1-lb chubs and cases containing chubs; Est 221-A Use by Mar 12, 2013), because the sausage may contain pieces of latex glove. the recalled sausage rolls were distributed in Alabama, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas.
  • Food Recall: J.M. Smucker Company recalls Robin Hood – Unbleached Flour All Purpose (5 lb; UPC 5150018010) and Pillsbury – All Purpose Flour (5 lb; UPC 5150020441; Lot codes 2354513, 2356513, 2362513, 2363513, 3002513), due to a quality issue that is unrelated to food safety.
  • Pet Treat Safety Recall: Nutri-Vet, LLC (Boise, ID) recalls Nutri-Vet and NutriPet Chicken Jerky Products (Best by dates from April 20, 2014 through October 3, 2014), because the manufacturer of an ingredient used in the products informed Nutri-Vet of possible Salmonella presence in the manufacturing facility. The following recalled products were distributed nationwide through online sales and in retail stores from April 2012 through February 2013: NutriPet Natural Chicken Fillet Strips (16oz; Item # 76-0081), Nutri-Vet K9 Natural Chicken Breast Treats for Joint Health (5oz; Item #50704; UPC 669125507049), Nutri-Vet K9 Natural Chicken Breast Treats for Joint Health (15oz; Item #50705; UPC 669125507056), Nutri-Vet K9 Natural Chicken Breast Treats for Glossy Coat (5oz; Item #50706; UPC 6691255070630, Nutri-Vet K9 Natural Chicken Breast Treats for Glossy Coat (15oz; Item #50707; UPC 669125507070), Nutri-Vet K9 Natural Chicken Breast Treats for Stress and Anxiety (5oz; Item #50708; UPC 669125507087), Nutri-Vet K9 Natural Chicken Breast Treats for Stress and Anxiety (15oz; Item #50709; UPC 669125507094), Nutri-Vet K9 Natural Chicken Breast Treats for Fresh Breath (5oz; Item #50710; UPC 669125507100), Nutri-Vet K9 Natural Chicken Breast Treats for Fresh Breath (15oz; Item #50711; UPC 669125507117), Nutri-Vet K9 Natural Chicken Breast Treats for SENIOR Dogs (5oz; Item #50712; UPC 669125507124), Nutri-Vet K9 Natural Chicken Breast Treats for Healthy Digestion (5oz; Item #50714; UPC 669125507148), Nutri-Vet K9 Natural Chicken Breast Treats for Healthy Weight (5oz; Item #50716; UPC 669125507162), Nutri-Vet K9 Natural Chicken Breast Treats (5oz; Item #50701; UPC 669125507018), Nutri-Vet K9 Natural Chicken Breast Treats (8oz; Item #50702; UPC 669125507025), Nutri-Vet K9 Natural Chicken Breast Treats (16oz; Item #50703; UPC 669125507032), and Nutri-Vet K9 Hip & Joint Chicken Breast Strips (8oz; Item #99044; UPC 669125990445).

Canada

  • Allergy Alert: Boucherie Côté (Laval, QC) recalls Chicken breasts stuffed with dried tomatoes and provolone, Pork filet in spicy Italian marinade, Shrimp mousse (150g), Coquille Saint-Jacques, Spaghetti sauce, Ham sandwich, and Pouding-chômeur (600g), due to undeclared eggs, milk, wheat, sesame seeds, soy, mustard and/or sulfites.
  • Allergy Alert: OTC Corporation (Richmond, BC) recalls Master Kong Spicy Beef Noodle, Burgundy package (505g (5 x 102g) and single package; All lot codes; Product of China), and Master Kong Spicy Beef Noodle, Orange package ((505g (5 x 102g) and single package; All lot codes; Product of China), due to undeclared sesame seeds. The recalled products were distributed by T & T Supermarkets in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario.
  • Allergy Alert: CFIA is working with importers to recall NuGO Free brand Trail Mix bar (45g pkgs; UPC 6 91535 45301 2; Lot code ‘Best by / Meilleur avant 20 NO 13 B12233A’; NuGo Nutrition, Pittsburgh, PA), due to undeclared milk. The recalled product was distributed in Ontario and Quebec, and may have been sold nationally.
  • Food Safety Recall: Gastronomia Roberto (Montreal, QC) recalls Gastronomia Roberto Sugo alla Bolognese – Sauce à la viande – Meat sauce (1 L glass jars) because the sauce was not prepared or processed in a way that would ensure that it is safe to consume.
  • Food Safety Recall: Sequel Naturals Ltd. recalls Vega One French Vanilla natural health product (414g, 827g, 37.6g; Lots #42245900, 42245800 and 2308000, respectively; Expiry July 2014), after Health Canada identifies the presence of Klebsiella oxytoca, Citrobacter braakii, Cronobacter sakazakii group, Enterobacter cloacae complex, Acinetobacter baumannii, Acinetobacter haemolyticus and Leclercia adecaroxylata in samples of the products. Klebsiella oxytoca poses a potential risk to the health of individuals with weakened immune systems.

Europe

  • Outbreak Alert (UK): BBC reports that 15 staff members and 110 pupils at the Dell School in Chepstow, Monmouthshire became ill with gastroenteritis that may be due to norovirus. The primary school was closed for ‘deep-cleaning’ prior to readmitting students.
  • Food Fraud Withdrawal (Czech Republic): Eismann withdraws Eismann Lasagne Bolognese (Product of Luxembourg), due to undeclared horse meat.
  • Food Fraud Withdrawal (Finland): Pouttu Oy withdraws Pouttu Kebab Chip (300g; Expiry date 03/02/2013 or earlier), Pouttu XXL-Kebab (265g; Expiry date 02/03/2013 or earlier), Pouttu Pita Kebab (185g; Expiry date 02/03/2013 or earlier), Pouttu Tiny Kebab (120g; Expiry date 02/03/2013 or earlier) and Pirkka Kebab Particle (200g; Expiry date 04/03/2013 or earlier), due to undeclared horse meat in the products.
  • Food Fraud Withdrawal (Finland): Vaasan Oy withdraws VAASAN Ronski Salami, due to undeclared horse meat. The product was supplied to professional kitchens, and was not sold by retailers.
  • Food Fraud Withdrawal (UK): The Burger Manufacturing Company withdraws beef burger products after samples tested positive for at least 1% horse meat. BBC reports that the meat used in the withdrawn burgers was supplied by Farmbox Meats, which is already under police investigation. The burgers were supplied to seven Welsh councils through the food distribution company, Holdsworth Foods, which has confirmed withdrawal of the implicated products. Horse meat also has been detected in frozen burgers in a North Lanarkshire school kitchen, according to BBC and at three agricultural campuses in Northern Ireland.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Outbreak Alert (South Australia): SA Heath has confirmed a diagnosis of typhoid in a food handler who worked part-time at the Stamford Grand Hotel in Gleneig. Anyone who ate at that hotel between December 14, 2012 and February 15, 2013 should be alert for possible symptoms of typhoid fever.

Latin America and the Caribbean

  • Food Safety Recall: Mondelez Global LLC (East Hanover, NJ) recalls belVita Breakfast Biscuit, Chocolate Variety (1.76 and 8.8 oz; Best by 21 Jan 13 to 29 Sep 13), belVita Breakfast Biscuit, Chocolate Variety (14.08 oz; Best by 16 May 13 to 13 Sep 13), and belVita Breakfast Biscuit, Apple Cinnamon Variety (1.76 oz and 8.8 oz; Best by 8 Oct 12 to 2 Sep 13), due to the possible presence of fragments of flexible metal mesh caused by a faulty screen at the manufacturing facility. The recalled products were sold throughout the USA and in Puerto Rico.

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 5, 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.

United States

  • Allergy Alert: Domega NY International Co., Ltd. (Brooklyn, NY) recalls Green Day brand Dried Coconut (3 oz/85g clear plastic bags; Exp 12/15/2014; UPC 6 950296 800744; Product of China), due to undeclared sulfites. The recalled product was sold in the NY Metro area.
  • Food Safety Recall: House’s Butchering, LLC (Versailles, OH) recalls Pork Bacon Thick Sliced (approx. 1 lb pkgs; ODA Est. 54; 5-digit code (if present) beginning with ’12’) and Beef Summer Sausage (approx 1.5 lb pkgs; ODA Est. 54; 5-digit code (if present) beginning with ’12’), because the products were packaged without a food safety program. The recalled products were sold only at House’s Butchering meat market.
  • Food Safety Recall: House’s Butchering, LLC (Versailles, OH) recalls all beef slaughtered and processed at House’s Butchering from 1/1/11 to 12/28/12 (Est. 54; 5-digit code beginning with ’11’ or ’12’), because the beef products may contain spinal cord and vertebral column materials.
  • Food Safety Alert (Missouri): The Missouri Department of Agriculture has halted custom exempt processing operations at Hilty’s Custom Meats (Bowling Green, MO) due to violations related to selling uninspected meat products to the public. An investigation is ongoing.
  • Outbreak Alert: Indiana State Department of Health has confirmed a case of typhoid fever in a food handler at Purdue University. Anyone who ate at the Boiler Bistro, John Purdue Room, or the coffee shop, Lavazza, at Marriott Hall on the Purdue campus from Jan. 23 to Jan. 25, 2013, may be at risk and should  consult a healthcare provider immediately if they start to experience symptoms of typhoid fever (including high fever, weakness, stomach pains, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or loss of appetite). The incubation period for typhoid fever usually is 8-14 days after exposure, but could be as long as 30 days.
  • FDA Warning Letter: FDA warns Bellisio Foods, Inc. (Minneapolis, MN) that a November 2012 inspection of the company’s seafood processing facility found  serious violations of the seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulation.
  • FDA Warning Letter: FDA warns NX Generation Ltd. (Hauppauge, NY) that a July 2012 inspection of the company’s dietary supplement packaging, labeling and distribution facility found serious violations of FDA’s Current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP) regulation for dietary supplements.
  • FDA Warning Letter: FDA warns Gioia Cheese Co., Inc. (South El Monte, CA) that an August 2012 inspection of the company’s cheese manufacturing facility found the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in three environmental swab samples from the processing facility, in addition to violations of the Current Good Manufacturing Practice regulation for food.
  • FDA Warning Letter: FDA warns Missa Bay, LLC (Irwindale, CA) that a July-August 2012 inspection of the company’s Swedesboro, NJ manufacturing facility found Listeria monocytogenes on food contact surfaces, on non-food contact surfaces, in samples of ascorbic acid dip solution, and in samples of diced apples and sliced apples. A total of 27 environmental samples were positive for the same strain of Listeria monocytogenes that was found in the finished product samples.
  • FDA Warning Letter: FDA warns Raw Deal, Inc. (Flanders, NJ) that a February-March 2012 inspection of the company’s facility found serious violations of the dietary supplement CGMP regulations.
  • FDA Warning Letter: FDA warns R & L, Inc. (Lima, OH) that a March-April 2012 inspection of the company’s seafood processing facility found serious violations of the seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulation.

Canada

  • Food Safety Recall: Plantation Nasenka (l’Assomption, QC) recalls Sauce à spaghetti (500 & 750 ml glass Mason jars), Chili Nasenka (500 ml glass Mason jars), Ragout écossais (500 ml glass Mason jars) and Salsa Dionisos (250 & 500 ml glass Mason jars), because the products were not prepared or displayed in a manner to ensure microbiological safety. The recalled products were sold without refrigeration up to and including February 1, 2013.

Europe

Australia and New Zealand

  • Food Safety Recall (Australia): Woolworths Ltd. recalls Woolworths Select Turkey Sliced 97% Fat Free (80g formed MAP pack; Use by 22/02/2013) due to foreign matter (clear plastic fragments) contamination. The recalled product was sold at Woolworths Supermarkets, Safeway, Food for Less and Flemings Supermarkets in QLD, SA and WA only.
  • Dietary Supplement Safety Recall (Australia): Nutri-Sups Worldwide Distribution Pty Ltd. recalls Albuterex Xtreme Formula, Albutarex Xtreme Formula and Albutarex Femme Formula after testing by the Therapeutic Goods Administration finds that batches of the three products contain undeclared theophylline and very high levels of caffeine. In addition, Albuterex Xtreme Formula also was found to contain undeclared yohimbine. Theophylline and yohimbine are prescription-only ingredients.

Latin America and the Caribbean

  • OTC Pharmaceutical Product Recall (Multiple countries): Novartis Pharma Logistics, Inc. recalls certain lots of Triaminic® Syrups, Theraflu Warming Relief® Syrups, Jack & Jill® brand pediatric syrups and Buckley’s® Complete Liquids, because the child-resistant feature of the bottle caps may not function properly, enabling the cap to be removed with the tamper-evident seal still in place. The recalled products were manufactured at a Novartis Consumer Health facility (Lincoln, NE) prior to december 2011. The Buckley’s Complete® also was manufactured until January 2013 at a third-party facility in Canada. The recalled products were supplied to retailers and wholesalers in Barbados, Aruba, Curaçao, the Bahamas, Trinidad & Tobago and Jamaica.

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: July 11, 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.

United States

  • Allergy Alert: Runoland USA, Inc. (Ridgewood, NY) recalls Dried Fruit Owoce Suszone (300g/10.58 oz clear plastic bags; no date or production codes; UPC 5 905660 001082), because the product contains undeclared sulfites. The recalled product was distributed in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida and Pennsylvania.
  • Allergy Alert Update: Frozen desserts recalled by Arctic Zero Inc. (Escondido, CA) due to the presence of undeclared milk allergen were sold nationwide at Whole Foods, Publix, Sprouts, Winn Dixie, and independent Natural and Grocery Stores, including King Soopers, City Market and Giant Food Stores.
  • Outbreak Alert Update (Ohio): WHIO TV reports that the total number of food poisoning victims who participated at a customer appreciation picnic on July 3rd at Neff’s Lawn Care has risen to 55. Ten people have been hospitalized, but none of the illnesses are life-threatening. Five of the victims are confirmed to be infected with E. coli O157:H7.

Europe

Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands

  • Pharmaceutical Product Safety Recall (Philippines): Pfizer Consumer Healthcare recalls Robitussin DM containing Dextromethorphan HBr 15mg and Guaifenesin 100mg per 5 mL, due to a labeling error that resulted in incorrect dosage instructions.
  • Pharmaceutical Product Safety Recall (Philippines): Cathay Drug Company, Inc. recalls Profurex 750mg Sterile Powder for Injection (IM/IV) product (Manufactured by Biolab Co., Ltd, Thailand; Lot P116069), because a broken glass was found inside a vial of the product.
  • Pharmaceutical Product Safety Recall (Philippines): Novartis Healthcare Philippines, Inc. recalls Varemoid Forte 200 mg product (SCT Batch 1201), due to presumed contamination with Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Burkholderia cepacia.
  • Pharmaceutical Product Recall (Philippines): GlaxoSmithKline Philippines, Inc. recalls Valda Lemon Pastilles (Batch 220212M and 220212L; Manufactured 22 February 2012; Product of Malaysia), because the products were incorrectly packaged with a Valda Menthol tin base instead of a Valda Lemon tin lid.
  • Outbreak Alert (Thailand): The Bangkok Post reports that 460 students at Chiang Mai Welfare School were infected with Salmonella as a result of consuming three-day-old boiled eggs. The eggs were donated to the school and were not reheated before being consumed.
  • Outbreak Alert (Samoa): The Ministry of Health has received more than 100 reports of typhoid fever in Samoa since April 2012.
  • Outbreak Alert (Sahel Region, Africa): More than 60 people have died of cholera in the region so far this year, and 2,800 have been infected. Sahel Region encompasses Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and the norther regions of Cameroon and Nigeria. UNICEF warns that malnourished children are especially at risk.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Food Safety Recall (Australia): Empower Foods recalls Empower Power Wraps (245g flexible plastic packaging; Best before 14 JAN 2013) and Tony Ferguson High Fibre Wraps (175g flexible plastic packaging; Best before 14 12 12), due to possible foreign matter contamination (small metal pieces). The recalled products were sold at health food stores, online, and in chemists selling Tony Ferguson products in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and South Australia.

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.