Recalls and Alerts: November 14, 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.

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For current information on retail distribution of peanut butter products recalled due to Salmonella Bredeney, please consult the Trader Joe’s/Sunland Peanut Butter Recalls tab.

For current information on retail distribution of beef products containing Canadian beef recalled due to E. coli O157:H7 contamination please consult the Canada/USA Beef Recall tab.

United States

  • Food Safety Recall: Pinnacle Foods Group LLC (Fort Madison, IA) recalls Armour Vienna Sausage Bourbon BBQ Flavored (24 x 5-oz cans per case; Est P-4247; UPC 54100 93824; Use by Sept 7, 2015), because the product may have been underprocessed. The recalled canned sausage products were processed on Sept 7, 2012 and sold to retail establishments nationwide, including Wal-mart.

Canada

  • Allergy Alert: Loblaw Companies Limited recalls President’s Choice (PC) brand Milk Chocolate Covered Raisins (908g Club Packs; UPC 0 60383 98203 4; Best before 2013 JL 15), because the packages may contain undeclared almonds. The recalled product was distributed nationwide.
  • Food Safety Recall: Metro Ontario Inc. recalls Selection brand Baby Dill with Garlic Pickles (1 L; UPC 0 59749 89777 8; Code MTS PD – 05/20/2012 10:37), because the product may contain glass fragments. The recalled product was sold in Ontario and Quebec.
  • Food Safety Recall: Charcuterie Noël inc (Montreal, QC) recalls a number of preserved products (glass jars; sold up to and including November 5, 2012), because the items were not produced in a manner that would ensure their microbiological safety and were sold without refrigeration. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.
  • Outbreak Alert Update: The Public Health Agency of Canada has confirmed an 18th case of E. coli O157:H7 associated with the consumption of meat from XL Foods Inc. Illnesses were reported from Alberta (8 cases), Newfoundland and Labrador (1 case), Quebec (6 cases), and British Columbia (3 cases, including one visitor to Canada). Six of the 18 outbreak victims were hospitalized; none developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, and all 18 have survived. Ten of the 18 were male; victims’ ages ranged from five to 63 years of age. The earliest reported illness onset date was September 9th, and the most recent was October 15th.

Europe

  • Allergy Alert (UK): Asda withdraws Asda Milk Chocolate Spread (400g; All batch codes; All Best Before dates), because the product contains undeclared hazelnuts.
  • Allergy Alert (UK): Walkers withdraws Walkers Lights Variety 6 Pack (6 x 24g; Best before 12 January 2013 and 19 January 2013), because milk was not mentioned in the list of ingredients.
  • Food Safety Recall (Belgium): Match recalls Cora brand Râpé de poulet (150g; Lot #1243511 and 1243211; Expiry dates 25/11/2012 and 22/11/2012, respectively), because the products may be contaminated with Listeria.
  • Food Safety Recall (Belgium): Match recalls Cora brand Râpé de jambon fumé (150g; All lots; All expiry dates), because the product may be contaminated with Listeria.
  • Food Safety Recall (Denmark): Arla Foods amba Brabrand Dairy recalls Harmonie drinking yogurt with pineapple / elderflower (350 ml; Best before 22/11/2012) and Culture yogurt with raspberries (500g; Best before 19-11-2012), because the products have fermented due to yeast contamination.
  • Food Safety Recall (Denmark): Lidl Denmark K/S recalls Golden Sun Rice Pudding (500g; Best before 290914) due to infestation with beetles.
  • Food Safety Recall (Greece): Katopodi Bros. SA recalls Ntelimari Salami Air Lefkados (225g pkgs; Expiry 04/12/2012), after Listeria monocytogenes is found in the product.
  • Outbreak Alert Update (Northern Ireland): The Public Health Agency reports that the outbreak of E. coli O157 illnesses associated with Flicks restaurant in Cityside Mall, Belfast is now over. As of November 14th, there were 138 confirmed cases and 163 probable cases reported. The investigation into the cause of the outbreak is ongoing.
  • Allergy Alert Notification (EU #2012.1568): Soya in rice crackers from the Netherlands; distributed to Norway.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.1570): Methomyl in green papaya from Thailand; distributed to the Netherlands.
  • Food Supplement Safety Notification (EU #2012.1571): Arsenic and lead in clay powder from the USA; distributed to the United Kingdom.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.1574): Salmonella Rissen in frozen beef fat from Lithuania; distributed to Italy.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.1576): Cadmium in rock snails from Italy; distributed to Hungary and Italy.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.1577): Salmonella Ndolo in chilled mussels from Spain; distributed to Italy.
  • Food Supplement Safety Notification (EU #2012.1578): Benzethonium chloride in grapefruit seed extract from Poland; distributed to Latvia.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.1579): Glass fragments in frozen cake from Denmark; distributed to Norway.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.1580): Listeria monocytogenes in radish sprouts from the Netherlands; distributed to Germany.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.1581): Listeria welshimeri and Salmonella group B in alfalfa sprouts from the Netherlands; distributed to Germany.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.1582): Salmonella, Vibrio parahaemolyticus and Vibrio vulnificus in frozen shrimps from Panama; distributed to Denmark.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.1586): Defective packaging of tuna spread from Belgium; distributed to Belgium, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

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.

Recalls and Alerts: September 6, 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.

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United States

  • Food Safety Recall: Eco Health, Inc. (Chatsworth, CA) recalls florAlign Prebiotic Formula berry-flavored powder (90g, 180g and 270g; distributed between June 2011 and August 2012), because the product may be contaminated with  Salmonella. The product was manufactured by Northridge Labs, which is owned by Irwin Naturals, and distributed by Eco Health within the USA via direct to consumer marketing, using mail order, internet and direct delivery. The manufacturer has ceased production and distribution pending the outcome of an investigation into the source of the contamination.
  • Food Safety Recall: Organic Pastures Dairy (Fresno County, CA) recalls Grade A raw milk, raw skim milk and raw cream (Code date of SEP 13), after California Department of Food and Agriculture inspectors find Campylobacter in a sample of raw cream as a result of product testing conducted during a routine inspection and sample collection at the facility.
  • OTC Pharmaceutical Product Safety Recall: Kinney Drugs advises its customers that the manufacturer of Premier Value Fiber Plus Laxative/Calcium Capsules (120 ct; UPC 84098601987; Lot #15087) has recalled the product due to possible contamination with Clostridium difficile.
  • Outbreak Alert: CDC reports that 14 persons from six states have become infected with Salmonella Typhimurium after coming into contact with pet hedgehogs. Two environmental samples from areas where hedgehogs lived or were bathed in patient households yielded the outbreak strain. Outbreak-related illnesses were reported in Alabama (1), Indiana (1), Michigan (3), Minnesota (2), Ohio (2) and Washington (5). Three of the outbreak patients have been hospitalized.
  • Outbreak Alert: The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) reports a significant increase in cases of Vibrio infections in the state this year. Since July 1, 2012, four Maine residents and six out-of-state residents developed Vibrio infections, compared to four cases in 2011. Seven of the ten infections this year were due to Vibrio parahaemolyticus; one was due to Vibrio fluvialis, one due to Grimontia hollisae (formerly Vibrio hollisae) and one result is pending. All patients reported consuming some type of seafood during the period before becoming ill. The ten cases are not believed to be linked.
  • Food Safety Recall/Outbreak Alert – Mangos: Please refer to Salmonella Braenderup – Mango for current information on US retail distribution of recalled Daniella brand mangos and other products that contain these mangos.

Canada

  • Food Safety Recall: L’Olivier Del Mondo (Saint-Albert, QC) recalls Olives à l’ail dans l’huile / olives with garlic packed in oil (200g, with packaging dates up to and including August 19th, and sold in bulk at the Bois Francs (Victoriaville) public market up to and including September 5th), because the product may represent a food safety hazard.
  • Food Safety Recall: Krown Produce Inc. recalls Daniella brand mangoes (Product of Mexico; PLU #4051 and 4584), because the mangos may be contaminated with Salmonella Braenderup. The recalled mangos were packaged and shipped to two Costco warehouses in Winnipeg on August 26, 2012.
  • Food Safety Recall/Outbreak Alert – Mangos: Please refer to Salmonella Braenderup – Mango for current information on Canadian retail distribution of recalled Daniella brand mangos and other products that contain these mangos.

Europe

  • Food Safety Recall/Outbreak Alert (France): Forty-eight persons have been infected with Salmonella dublin after consuming saint-nectaire fermier raw milk cheese manufactured by Gaec Fereyrol and distributed by Dischamp. As a result of the connection between the outbreak and the consumption of the cheese, Gaec Fereyrol and Dischamp have recalled Fromage fermier au lait cru “Saint Nectaire.” The implicated cheese was sold between August 10 and September 5 2012 as follows: (a) directly at the Gaec Fereyrol farm, located at 63610 Besse, Puy de Dôme; (b) in the “cut to order” department of retailers (notably cheese shops) and supermarkets; and (c) prepackaged (Label carries the number 63 417 001) in self-service departments. A list of stores where the cheese was sold can be obtaining by calling the toll-free number 0 800 00 17 80. Anyone who consumed this product and who develops symptoms of a Salmonella infection should seek medical assistance.
  • Food Safety Recall (France): Auchan recalls Profiteroles au chocolat Auchan (4 x 90g; Expiry 14.09.2012; UPC 3596710329175) due to contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.
  • Food Safety Recall (UK): Sainsbury’s recalls Sainsbury’s Bierre des Moulins Lager (30 x 25cl; All Best Before dates up to and including 22 September 2013) and Sainsbury’s St. Cervois Premium Lager (8 x 25cl; All Best Before dates up to and including 22 September 2013), because a small number of the bottles may contain pieces of glass.
  • Food Withdrawal (UK/Northern Ireland): Britvic Ireland withdraws an additional batch of Still Plastic Multi-Pack Ballygowan Water (250 ml; Product of Ireland; Batch Date Code L2198; Best Before end July 13), due to an off-odor. The affected product was distributed in Northern Ireland only.
  • Food Withdrawal (Ireland): Britvic Ireland withdraws Still Ballygowan Multipack (250ml; Batch code L2198; Best before end July 2013), due to off-odor.

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.

Recalls and Alerts: August 17, 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: Bi-Lo recalls Southern Home® Cranberry Nut Antioxidant Blend Trail Mix (16-oz bag; UPC 0788003039; Best by March 12, 2013), due to the presence of undeclared soy lecithin. The recalled product was sold in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
  • Food Safety Recall: Real Mex Foods (Vernon, CA) recalls El Torito Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad Kits (36-oz trays and 18-lb cases containing 8 x 36-oz trays; Est P-4140; Sell by 08/23/12, 08/30/12, 09/06/12 and 09/14/12; Item #24203), because the dressing contains cilantro that was recalled by Fresco Green Farms Inc. due to possible Salmonella contamination. The recalled products were produced between July 23rd and August 6th and distributed to Costco stores in California and in the Reno, Nevada area.
  • Food Recall: On-Cor Frozen Foods (Geneva, IL) recalls On-Cor Gravy & 6 Salisbury Steaks made with chicken, pork and beef, Family Size (28-oz packages; Best by Jul 09 2013, 1912 11:__ EST 1044G), because frozen boneless rib-shaped patties with barbecue sauce may have been mispackaged and labeled as Salisbury steak products. The recalled item was distributed to retail establishments in Iowa.
  • Outbreak Alert (Washington State): Thirty cases of Vibrio parahaemolyticus infections have been reported this summer, according to the state’s Department of Health. Commercial growing ares in Totten Inlet near Olympia, North Bay, and Dabob Bay in north Hood Canal have been closed for the rest of the summer due to the presence of Vibrio in the shellfish growing areas.
  • Outbreak Alert: CDC and several state departments of health are investigative an outbreak of Salmonella typhimurium that has killed two people and sickened 141 people nationwide. Illnesses are reported in Kentucky (50), Indiana (14), Tennessee (6), Minnesota (3) and Ohio (3); other states have yet to confirm illnesses. The outbreak has been linked to cantaloupe grown in Southwestern Indiana.

Canada

  • Food Safety Recall: Pure Hothouse Foods Inc. (Leamington, ON) recalls Pure Flavor brand Freshly Cut Grillers (14-oz/400g trays; Upse by August 11, 2012 through August 26, 2012; Premium Medley, Asparagus Blend, Rustic Blend, and Steak Topper varieties), because the products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The recalled products were distributed in Ontario.
  • Food Safety Recall: Christan Mark recalls Venetian Gold Leeks (6g; Code 161/11; UPC 7 73643 10103 7) due to extraneous material (insect) contamination. The recalled product was sold nationwide.

Europe

Australia and New Zealand

  • Herbal Supplement Safety Advisory (Australia): The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) advises consumers that MMC Maxman IV Erection enhancer capsules pose a serious health risk and should not be taken. TGA lab tests have detected the presence of the prescription substance sildenafil in the product. Commercial supply of this product is illegal, as the product has not been assessed by TGA for quality, safety or efficacy, and the place of manufacture is not approved by TGA.

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.