Recalls and Alerts: April 1–3, 2021

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: Dungeness Valley Creamery has issued a voluntary recall of all raw milk product with a ‘Best By’ date of April 13, 2021, or earlier, after five cases of Campylobacter infections in Washington state were associated with consumption of the company’s raw milk.

OUTBREAK INVESTIGATION: CDC is investigating a Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak that appears to be linked to wild songbirds. A total of 19 cases have been reported from eight states, including: California (3), Kentucky (1), Mississippi (1), New Hampshire (1), Oklahoma (1), Oregon (5), Tennessee (1) and Washington (6).

Public Health Alert: USDA/FSIS issues a public health alert for for approximately 39 pounds of raw ground chorizo sausage products due to potential foreign matter (hard pieces of crystalline material) contamination. Please refer to the public notice for a complete description of the affected products, which were sold at a farmer’s market and also shipped to retail locations in Oregon.                                 

Allergy Alert: HI-TECH Pharmaceuticals recalls Various APS Isomorph 28 Products and iFORCE Nutrition Mass Gainz Dietary Supplements due to undeclared milk, eggs, wheat and soy. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall: Rong Shing Trading Inc. recalls approximately 3,365 pounds of Chinese style hot pot base products containing beef tallow. The products were imported from the People’s Republic of China, a country ineligible to export beef to the United States.

Canada

Food Safety Recall Update: Industry recalls certain apricot kernels products due to potential for cyanide poisoning. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall Update: Industry recalls Bitter apricot kernels (All units sold from February 20, 2020up to and including June 30, 2020 at Yin Chun Super Herbs Inc., Unit 2356 (2/F), 8339 Kennedy Rd., Markham, Ontario) due to potential for cyanide poisoning.

Europe

Allergy Alert (Finland): Dr. Oetker Suomi Oy withdraws from sale Dr. Oetker Pink Roses (50g; All batches) due to undeclared almonds.

Allergy Alert (France): Auchan recalls Auchan/Pouce BARRES DE CEREALES CHOCOLAT/BANANE (6 x 21g; Lot #A229356; Best before 10/12/2021) due to undeclared peanuts.

Allergy Alert (UK): Heron Foods recalls Milka Daim Bar (100g; Best before 30 October 2021) and Milka Yoghurt Bar (100g; Best before 01 February 2022) due to undeclared gluten, milk, almonds, hazelnuts and soy.

Allergy Alert (UK): Jim Jams Spreads Ltd recalls Jim Jams Dark Hazelnut Choc Spread (Vegan) (330g; All batch codes and Best before dates) and Jim Jams Dark Chocolate Orange Spread (Vegan) (330g; All batch codes and Best before dates) due to undeclared milk.

Food Safety Recall (France): Fromagerie Guillaume recalls Fromagerie Guillaume brand SAINT-NECTAIRE AU LAIT CRU DE VACHE / Cheese from raw cow’s milk (Lot 1AAV6 / 2AAV6; Best before 22/04/2021) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): Industry recalls Clos Chevrel brand Fromage Valençay cheese (Lot V028; Best before 03/04/2021) due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Ireland): Dunnes Stores recalls Irish Turkey Breast Crown with Prime Wings (1.5 kg; Use by 05 April 2021) due to incorrect cooking instructions that could lead to inadequate cooking of the product by consumers, making it unsafe to eat.

Food Safety Recall (UK): Morrisons recalls Morrisons Choco Crackles breakfast cereal (375g; Best before November 2021) due to foreign matter (pieces of plastic) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (UK): Dunnes Stores recalls Irish Turkey Breast Crown with Prime Wings (1.5 kg; Use by 05 April 2021) due to incorrect cooking instructions that could lead to inadequate cooking of the product by consumers, making it unsafe to eat.

Food Safety Recall (UK): Asda recalls Asda 2 Original Chicken Chargrills (170g; Batch code 31120953; Best before 05 September 2022) due to Salmonella contamination.

Australia and New Zealand

Allergy Alert (Australia): VHT Perth recalls Xiang Hai Crab Flavor Crisp Chips, Totato and Seaweed flavours (50g; Best Before 14-04-2021; Product of China) due to undeclared egg.

Recalls and Alerts: March 28–31, 2021

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: Harris Teeter recalls certain Fresh Foods Market Cookies & Crème Cakes due to undeclared hazelnut. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Allergy Alert: Rise Baking Company recalls certain cookies and cakes due to undeclared hazelnut. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Allergy Alert: b.a. Sweetie Candy Co recalls certain Chocolate Malt Balls and Chocolate Malted Milk Balls due to undeclared wheat. Please refer to the recall notice for a detailed list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall: Sabra Dipping Company, LLC recalls Classic Hummus (10 oz; Production date/Time stamp “On: Feb 10 Between: 18:00:27 and 23:49:00”; Best before 4/26/21) due to Salmonella contamination. The recalled product was distributed in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Indiana, Mississippi, Maine, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, New Jersey, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

Food Safety Recall: Trident Seafoods Corporation recalls Pacific Salmon Burgers (3 lb / 48 oz. net weight; Lot #GC101431; Best by 01/14/2023) due to possible foreign matter (small pieces of metal) contamination, which may represent a choking hazard. The recalled product was sold at Costco.

Food Safety Recall Update: Avanza Pasta, LLC. recalls approximately 9,847 pounds of meat and poultry pasta products that were produced without the benefit of federal inspection. Please refer to the recall notice for a detailed list of affected products.

Pet Food Safety Recall: Midwestern Pet Foods recalls multiple specific expiration dates of certain dog and cat food brands including CanineX, Earthborn Holistic, Venture, Unrefined, Sportmix Wholesomes, Pro Pac, Pro Pac Ultimates, Sportstrail, Sportmix and Meridian brands produced at its Monmouth, Illinois Production Facility due to potential Salmonella contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products, which were distributed across the USA and also exported to Bahrain, Barbados, Chile, Costa Rica, Ghana, Honduras, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Kuwait, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, United Arab Emirates, and Uruguay.

Pet Food Safety Recall: Cargill, Inc recalls Ranch Hound Maintenance Mini-Chunk Dog Food (40-lb bags; Lots E1066 and E1067; Best by 3/7/2022 and 3/8/2022; manufactured for Atwood Distributing, L.P., Enid, OK) due to Salmonella contamination.

Canada

Food Safety Recall Update: Earth Notions Inc. recalls Earth Notions brand Raw Bitter Apricot Kernels (454g; Lot #AK2007; Best before June 2023; UPC 6 89076 42028 0) due to potential for cyanide poisoning.

Food Safety Recall Update: North Shore Specialty Foods recalls Kolapore Springs brand and North Shore brand smoked trout products due to potential for growth of Clostridium botulinum. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall: IGA Extra – Coop de Sainte-Foy recalls various smoked salmon products due to lack of a “best before” date on the packages. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall: Charcuterie Transilvania recalls two delicatessen meats due to potential Salmonella contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for complete details on the affected products.

Europe

Allergy Alert (France): Auchan recalls POUCE – Auchan brand Barres de céréales / cereal bars (126g (6x21g); Lot #A229356; Use by 10/12/2021) due to undeclared peanuts.

Allergy Alert (UK): Little Dish recalls Little Dish British Chicken & Veg Pie (200g; Use by 18 April 2021) due to undeclared fish.

Food Safety Recall (France): Auchan recalls Auchan – Mmm! brand Jamón Serrano 6 tranches / Serrano ham – 6 slices (100g; Use by 12/05/2021) due to foreign matter (pieces of metal) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Germany): K. Iraklidis & Söhne AG recalls multiple Snacktomaten / Snack tomatoes products due to foreign matter (glass particles) contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall Update (Ireland): Nestle UK and Ireland recalls multiple batches of SMA Wysoy Infant Formula due to foreign matter (pieces of blue plastic) contamination, which may represent a choking hazard. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected batch codes.

Food Safety Recall (Luxembourg): Auchan recalls Auchan – Mmm! brand Jamón Serrano 6 tranches / Serrano ham – 6 slices (100g; Lot #502028224 16:29:13; Use by 12/05/2021) due to foreign matter (pieces of metal) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Slovak Republic): EQUUS. sro recalls multiple batches of frozen spinach purée due to potential tropane alkaloid poisoning. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall Update (UK): Nestle UK recalls multiple batches of SMA Wysoy Infant Formula due to foreign matter (pieces of blue plastic) contamination, which may represent a choking hazard. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected batch codes.

Salmonella in multiple Midwestern Pet Foods products

Midwestern Pet Foods is recalling a long list of dog and cat foods due to potential Salmonella contamination, according to a notice posted late yesterday on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website.

The recall, according to Midwestern, was initiated as a result of “a routine sampling program by the company which revealed that the finished products may contain the bacteria.”

The recall notice lists more than 140 individual items, with expiration dates spanning a nearly six-month period from April 26, 2022 to September 19, 2022.

Products included in the recall

  • Earthborn Holistic Adult Vantage
  • Earthborn Holistic Coastal Catch
  • Earthborn Holistic Great Plains Feast
  • Earthborn Holistic Large Breed
  • Earthborn Holistic Meadow Feast
  • Earthborn Holistic Ocean Fusion
  • Earthborn Holistic Primitive Feline
  • Earthborn Holistic Primitive Natural
  • Earthborn Holistic Small Breed
  • Earthborn Holistic Weight Control
  • Earthborn Holistic Western Feast
  • Earthborn Holistic Wild Sea Catch
  • Meridian Daybreak
  • Meridian Riverbend
  • Meridian Twilight
  • Pro Pac Adult Chunk
  • Pro Pac Adult Mini Chunk
  • Pro Pac Mature Adult
  • Pro Pac Performance Puppy
  • Pro Pac Ultimates Bayside Select
  • Pro Pac Ultimates Chicken & Rice
  • Pro Pac Ultimates Heartland Choice
  • Pro Pac Ultimates Lamb & Rice
  • Pro Pac Ultimates Large Breed Adult
  • Pro Pac Ultimates Large Breed Puppy
  • Pro Pac Ultimates Meadow Prime
  • Pro Pac Ultimates Overland Red
  • Pro Pac Ultimates Puppy
  • Pro Pac Ultimates Savannah Pride
  • Sportmix 24/20 Energy Plus
  • Sportmix Bite Size
  • Sportmix Canine X Chicken
  • Sportmix Gourmet Cat
  • Sportmix Hi Protein 27/12
  • Sportmix High Energy 26/18
  • Sportmix Maintenance 21/12
  • Sportmix Original Cat
  • Sportmix Stamina 24/18
  • Sportmix Wholeomes Large Breed
  • Sportmix Wholesome Performance Puppy
  • Sportmix Wholesomes Beef & Rice
  • Sportmix Wholesomes Cat
  • Sportmix Wholesomes Chicken & Rice
  • Sportmix Wholesomes Fish & Rice
  • Sportmix Wholesomes Grain Free Beef Meal & Chickpeas
  • Sportmix Wholesomes Grain Free Chicken Meal & Potato
  • Sportmix Wholesomes Grain Free Whitefish Meal & Potato
  • Sportmix Wholesomes Lamb & Rice
  • Sportmix Wholesomes Large Breed
  • Sportmix Wholesomes Performance Puppy
  • Sportmix Wholesomes Sensitive Lamb
  • Sportmix Wholesomes Sensitive Salmon
  • Sportstrail
  • Unrefined Lamb
  • Unrefined Rabbit
  • Unrefined Salmon
  • Venture Alaska Pollock Meal & Pumpkin
  • Venture Duck Meal & Pumpkin
  • Wholesomes Chicken &Rice
  • Wholesomes Fish & Rice

Please refer to the recall notice for a list of specific Lot codes/Expiration dates. Lot codes can be found on the back of the package, in the format “EXP AUG/02/22/M1/L#” in which the letter “M” indicates the Monmouth, Illinois, production facility.

The products were distributed to retailers nationwide and also were sold on-line.

There have been no reports of human or animal illnesses associated with the recalled products.

A backward glance

According to the FDA’s Inspection Classification database, this production facility was inspected on four separate occasions during 2008–2010. On each occasion, FDA inspectors observed sufficient deviations from correct practices to support a “Voluntary Actions Indicated” classification of the facility.

This recall represents the second major recall of Midwestern Pet Foods dry dog and cat foods in less than six months.

On December 30, 2020, the company announced a recall of six Sportmix products, manufactured in its Chickasha, Oklahoma, facility, due to excessive aflatoxin levels in the products. That recall was expanded on January 11, 2021, to include additional products and expiration dates.

What consumers should know

  • Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian. 
  • Infected pets may shed Salmonella in their stools, whether or not they are showing symptoms of active illness.
  • Household members may come into contact with Salmonella through handling the contaminated pet food or by contact with their infected pet. Ensure that all household members pay careful attention to personal hygiene to avoid infection.
  • People infected with Salmonella may show symptoms including: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Contact your healthcare provider if you or any household member develops these symptoms.
  • You can report suspected illness to the FDA electronically through the Safety Reporting Portal or by calling your state’s FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinators.