Recalls and Alerts: November 3 – 6, 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 / Food Safety Recall: Conagra Brands recalls four Duncan Hines brand cake mixes due to potential linkage to a cluster of Salmonella illnesses currently under investigation by CDC and FDA. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall: Ganaderos Borges, Inc. recalls PORK PATTIES FOR INSTITUTIONAL USE ONLY (10-lb. cardboard boxes containing 54-3 oz. pieces; Expiry date 16/11/18) due to foreign matter (metal) contamination.

Food Safety Recall: Sprout Creek Farm recalls Margie cheese (1-lb wheels; lot number make date of 10-9-18; best by date of 12-9-18) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Pet Food Safety Recall: Natural Life Pet Products and Nutrisca recall several dry dog foods due to elevated levels of Vitamin D. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Canada

OUTBREAK ALERT (Update): PHAC is investigating an outbreak of 50 lab-confirmed Salmonella illnesses possibly linked to long English cucumbers. Ten of the 50 outbreak victims have been hospitalized.

Allergy Alert and Faulty Labeling: Marché Label Terre recalls Grana padano cheese due to undeclared egg and lack of labeling to indicate presence of raw milk, and Gruyère doux suisse cheese due to lack of labeling to indicate presence of raw milk.

Allergy Alert: Boucherie Jacques Beaulieu inc recalls certain Spécialités MR brand sausages due to undeclared sesame seeds, mustard, egg, milk, sulfites, soy and wheat (gluten).

Europe

Allergy Alert (UK): Candyco recalls Monarch Confectionary Chocolate Statins (100g; All dates up to and including 31 October 2019) and Monarch Confectionery Vanilla, Raspberry and Peppermint macaroon bars (115g; All dates up to and including 31 March 2019) due to undeclared milk.

Allergy Alert (UK): Waitrose recalls Waitrose Aromatic Green & White Chickpea and Bean Salad with a basil yoghurt dressing (180g; Use by 3 November 2018) due to undeclared wheat and barley (gluten), nuts, mustard and soya.

Food Safety Recall (France): E. Leclerc recalls Ronde de Mers brand 16 Mini blinis (135g; Best before 19/11/2018) due to Listeria contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): Casino recalls Casino brand 16 Mini blinis ((135g; Best before 19/11/2018) due to Listeria contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): Intermarché recalls Jean Rozé brand Rissolette de veau (4 x 100g; Lot 82910005; Best before 18/10/2019) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): Biocoop recalls Bébé MANDORLE brand Préparation Infantile 2ème âge à partir de 6 mois (800g cans; Lot 240/7 – Expiry 02/2020; Lot 022/8 – Expiry 07/2020; Lot 096/8 – Expiry 10/2020; Lot 205/8 – Expiry 01/2021) due to Cronobacter sakazakii contamination in the guar gum used in the preparation.

Food Safety Recall (Germany): MERKUR Aussenhandel recalls KING’S CROWN brand hand-peeled white asparagus with heads (314ml glass jars; Batch L0161320180528 3700/01090; Expiry 30.06.2021) due to foreign matter (glass particles) contamination.

Australia and New Zealand

Food Safety Recall (Australia): Canberra Milk recalls Canberra Milk Full Cream (300ml, 500ml and 1 Litre; Use By dates: 05/11/2018; 06/11/2018 (1 litre only); 08/11/2018; 09/11/2018 (1 litre only); 12/11/2018; 13/11/2018 (1 litre only); 15/11/2018) due to a faulty seal on some of the black caps.

Duncan Hines cake mixes recalled; may be linked to outbreak investigation

Recalled Duncan Hines cake mixes

Conagra Brands is recalling four Duncan Hines brand cake mixes after Salmonella Agbeni was found in a retail sample of Duncan Hines Classic White cake mix.

According to the recall notice, the isolate may be linked to a cluster of five Salmonella illnesses currently under investigation by FDA and CDC. No information has been released as yet regarding the geographic distribution of the illnesses.

The FDA is conducting an inspection at the Conagra Brands-owned manufacturing facility that produced the cake mixes. The FDA is also collecting environmental and product samples.

Several of the individuals reported consuming a cake mix at some point prior to becoming ill, and some may have also consumed these products raw and not baked.

The list of recalled products includes:

  • Duncan Hines Classic White Cake (15.25oz; UPC 644209307500; Best if used by MAR 7 2019, MAR 8 2019, MAR 9 2019, MAR 10 2019, MAR 12 2019, MAR 13 2019)
  • Duncan Hines Classic Yellow Cake (15.25oz; UPC 644209307494; Best if used by MAR 9 2019, MAR 10 2019, MAR 12 2019, MAR 13 2019)
  • Duncan Hines Classic Butter Golden Cake (15.25oz; UPC 644209307593; Best if used by MAR 7 2019, MAR 8 2019, MAR 9 2019)
  • Duncan Hines Signature Confetti Cake (15.25oz; UPC 644209414550; Best if used by MAR 12 2019, MAR 13 2019)

The products listed above were distributed for retail sale in the U.S. and limited international exports.

Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

What should retailers and restaurants do?

Retailers should not sell and should discard all recalled products.

Retailers, restaurants, and other food service operators should always practice safe food handling and preparation measures. It is recommended that they wash hands, utensils, and surfaces with hot, soapy water before and after handling food.

  • Wash and sanitize display cases and refrigerators regularly.
  • Wash and sanitize cutting boards, surfaces, and utensils used to prepare, serve, or store food.
  • Wash hands with hot water and soap following the cleaning and sanitation process.
  • Regular frequent cleaning and sanitizing of food contact surfaces and utensils used in food preparation may help to minimize the likelihood of cross-contamination.

What should consumers do?

The FDA is advising consumers not to bake with or eat any recalled cake mix. If already purchased, consumers should throw it away or return to the place of purchase for a refund.

Consumers should always practice safe food handling and preparation measures. It is recommended that they wash hands, utensils, and surfaces with hot, soapy water before and after handling food.

FDA offers these tips for safe food handling to keep you and your family healthy:

  • Do not eat any raw cake mix, batter, or any other raw dough or batter product that is supposed to be cooked or baked.
  • Wash hands, work surfaces, and utensils thoroughly after contact with flour and raw batter or dough products.
  • Keep raw foods separate from other foods while preparing them to prevent any contamination that may be present from spreading. Be aware that flour or cake mix may spread easily due to its powdery nature.

Consumers with questions should call the Duncan Hines Consumer Care team at 1-888-299-7646, open 9 am through 5 pm EST, Monday through Friday or visit www.duncanhines.com.