Recalls and Alerts: August 25 – 28, 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 UPDATE: CDC reports 143 cases of Salmonella infections in 35 states are linked to pig ear dog treats imported from Argentina, Brazil and possibly Colombia.

Allergy Alert: Bakkavor Foods USA, Inc. recalls SIMPLY EAT HEB MEAL SIMPLE CURRY CHICKEN SALAD (12 oz; Best by 08/28/2019) due to undeclared pecans.

Allergy Alert: Nature’s One recalls PediaSmart® SOY Vanilla Beverage Mix (12.7 oz/360g containers; Lots PSV 7271 MI1, PSV 8078 MI1, PSV 8274 MI1, & PSV 9105 MI1; Use by Sept 1, 2019, March 1, 2020, Oct 1, 2020, &  April 1, 2021) due to undeclared milk.

Pet Treat Safety Recall: Brutus & Barnaby recall Pig Ears 100% Natural Treats for Dogs (All size packages; All batch codes; Product of Argentina; Product of Colombia) due to possible Salmonella contamination.

Canada

Allergy Alert: Golden Boy Foods Ltd. recalls Western Family brand Grab N’Go – Veggie Crisps (400g; Product codes 20 JA 10 LA9191, 19 SE 21 LA9080, 19 AU 19 LA9050; UPC 0 62639 34718 5) due to undeclared sulphites, almond, peanut, soy and wheat.

Allergy Alert: Krazy Dan’s Pickled Products recalls Krazy Dan’s brand Pickled Weiners and Mild Sauce due to undeclared sulphites, mustard, soy and wheat. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall: Super C Shawinigan Royal recalls ground beef and ground veal (Variable weights; Sold up to and including 27 August 2019) due to foreign matter (metal pieces) contamination.

Food Safety Recall: Marché du centre recalls Sauce à spaghetti / Spaghetti sauceMarché du centre (500 ml; Best before 24 August) due to inadequate refrigeration and lack of appropriate storage labeling.

Food Safety Recall: Vertdemain recalls TARTINADE DE LÉGUMES VEDGE WIZZZ (200g; Product sold up to and including 28 August 2019) due to inadequate refrigeration and lack of appropriate storage labeling.

Europe

Allergy Alert (Belgium): Albert Heijn recalls Albert Heijn brand AH Bapao rundvlees / Bapao beef (120g; Best before 08-09-2019) due to undeclared celery.

Allergy Alert (Luxembourg): Naturli’ recalls Naturli Organic Vegan Spreadable (225g; Best before 30.08.2019 – 27.11.2019; Product of Denmark) due to undeclared milk.

Allergy Alert (Netherlands): Albert Heijn recalls Albert Heijn brand AH Bapao rundvlees / Bapao beef (120g; Best before 08-09-2019) due to undeclared celery.

Allergy Alert (UK): Naturli’ Foods recalls Naturli’ Organic Vegan Spreadable (225g; All date codes between 30 August 2019 to 27 November 2019) due to undeclared milk.

Allergy Alert (UK): Thomas Tucker Ltd recalls several brands and flavours of popcorn due to undeclared milk. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (France): Intermarché recalls Jean Rozé brand Merguez Véritables sausages (20-pack; Lot J92341292; Best before 10/09/2019) due to foreign matter (metal fragment) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Germany): Franken Bräu Lorenz Bauer GmbH & Co. KG recalls Franken Bräu Pilsener Bügelverschluss / Swing-top bottle cap (Best before 05.05.2020) due to detergent traces.

Food Safety Recall (Luxembourg): Industry recalls Bonduelle Leipziger Allerlei (200 g et 400 g; Best before 31.07.2022; Product of France) due to foreign matter (glass particles) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Netherlands): Texel chips and FZ Organic Food recall handcooked  Texel chips (125g; Best before 24-01-2020) due to possible contamination with a cleaning agent.

Feds urge consumers to nix pig ear dog treats

FDA AND CDC ARE ADVISING THAT CONSUMERS AVOID ALL PIG EAR PET TREATS, AND THAT RETAILERS STOP SELLING ALL PIG EAR TREATS AT THIS TIME.

THE OUTBREAK

Pig ear dog treats are behind a multi-strain outbreak of Salmonella infections that has sickened 127 people in 33 states, according to the latest update from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Twenty-four (21%) of the illnesses are in children under the age of five.

Fifty-five (45%) of the victims are female.

Twenty-six (26) of the victims have been admitted to hospital. No deaths have been reported.

Illnesses started on dates ranging from June 16, 2015 to July 6, 2019. Outbreak victims range in age from less than 1 year to 90 years, with a median age of 40 years.

Illnesses have been reported to CDC from Alabama (1), Arizona (1), California (1), Colorado (3), Connecticut (1), Florida (3), Georgia (2), Hawaii (1), Illinois (7), Indiana (5), Iowa (23), Kansas (3), Kentucky (6), Louisiana (1), Maine (1), Massachusetts (4), Michigan (12), Minnesota (1), Missouri (6), New Hampshire (1), New Jersey (2), New Mexico (1), New York (15), North Carolina (2), North Dakota (1), Ohio (5), Oregon (2), Pennsylvania (6), South Carolina (2), Texas (2), Utah (1), Washington (1), Wisconsin (4).

To date, CDC has identified four different Salmonella serotypes as contributing to the outbreak: Salmonella enterica serotypes I 4,[5],12:i:-, Infantis, London, and Newport.

Based on epidemiology, lab results, and traceback investigations, pig ear dog treats appear to be the source of the outbreak.

In addition to the Salmonella serotypes already identified in the outbreak, testing carried out by Kansas, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and the FDA found Salmonella PanamaSalmonella BrandenburgSalmonella Anatum, and Salmonella Livingstone in treat samples purchased from retailers.

CDC is reviewing its databases to determine whether any of the additional strains have been associated with reports of human illness.

Illnesses were linked to contaminated pig ear dog treats were imported from Argentina and Brazil, according to traceback investigations carried out by FDA. However, these two sources do not account for all of the 127 reported infections.

In addition to the existing Import Alert 72-03 on pig ear pet treats, FDA is increasing its scrutiny of pig ears imported into the United States through sampling and examination.

THE RECALLS

On July 3rd, Pet Supplies Plus recalled bulk pig ears stocked in open bins from its stores in 33 states.

On July 26th, Lennox Intl. Inc. recalled Natural Pig ears that were shipped to to nationwide distributors and/or retail stores from May 1st, to July 3rd, 2019.

On July 30th, Lennox expanded its recall to include packages of Premium Natural Pig Ears shipped to nationwide distributors and/or retail stores from November 1st 2018, to July 3rd, 2019.

More products may be recalled and more suppliers identified as testing continues.

FDA STATEMENT

The FDA takes seriously our responsibility to protect both human and animal health,” said Steven M. Solomon, D.V.M., M.P.H., director of the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine. “Multiple products have tested positive for numerous types of Salmonella resulting in two company recalls to date. Given this and the links to human illness, we believe the most effective way to protect public health at this time is to warn consumers to avoid purchasing or feeding their pets all pig ear treats and for retailers not to sell these products. We also continue to advise those who may have come into contact with potentially contaminated products to practice safe hygiene, including thoroughly washing hands and disinfecting any surfaces that have touched pig ear pet treats. The FDA will provide additional updates as our investigation further progresses.

ADVICE FOR PET OWNERS

  • Do not feed any pig ear treats to your dog. Throw them away in a secure container so that your pets and other animals can’t eat them.
  • Even if some of the pig ears were fed to your dog and no one got sick, do not continue to feed them to your dog.
  • Wash containers, shelves, and areas that held any pig ear dog treats with hot, soapy water. Be sure to wash your hands after handling any of these items.
  • People who think their pets have become ill after consuming contaminated pet food should first contact their veterinarians. Veterinarians who wish to have pets tested for Salmonellamay do so through the Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network (Vet-LIRN Network) if the pet is from a household with a person infected with Salmonella.
  • FDA encourages consumers to report complaints about pet food products electronically through the Safety Reporting Portal. This information helps FDA further protect human and animal health.