US exports Cyclospora outbreak to Canada


From cdc.gov

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has received reports of 37 confirmed cases of Cyclospora illnesses in Ontario (26), Quebec (10) and Newfoundland and Labrador (1).

The infections developed between mid-May and mid-June. One person has been hospitalized.

PHAC considers the outbreak to be ongoing, as the agency continues to receive reports of recent illnesses.

At least some of the outbreak victims report having eaten certain Fresh Express brand salad products containing iceberg lettuce, red cabbage and carrots before they fell ill. The rest of the cases are still under investigation.

On June 29, 2020, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency announced a recall of twelve varieties of Fresh Express brand salad products, which had been imported from the USA.

At the time of the recall, no Canadian illnesses associated with these products had been reported to PHAC.

The salad mixes implicated in this outbreak, and in a concurrent 8-state outbreak in the US, were produced at the Fresh Express facility located in Streamwood, Illinois. FDA is conducting a detailed traceback investigation into the source of the contamination.

The Cyclospora outbreak in the US has spread to 8 midwestern states, and has sickened at least 509 individuals as of CDC’s most recent (July 9, 2020) update. Thirty-three people have been hospitalized.

Lab-confirmed cases have been reported in Illinois (151), Iowa (160), Kansas (5), Minnesota (63), Missouri (46) Nebraska (48), North Dakota (6), and Wisconsin (30).

The following companies have announced product recalls in the USA due to Cyclospora contamination. Please click on the links for additional information on recalled products.

The recalled products have been distributed nationwide across Canada and in the following US states: Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. 

Products may have been further distributed and sent to retailers in additional states, according to FDA.

Consumers in Canada and the USA should check their refrigerators and discard any recalled products with production codes beginning with lot code “Z177” or a lower number and have best before dates up to and including 20JUL08 – 20JUL14. This includes Fresh Express brand products in Canada and both Fresh Express and the above-mentioned store brands in the USA.

Symptoms of Cyclospora infection usually begin within one week of consuming a contaminated product and may include: watery diarrhea, abdominal bloating and gas, fatigue (tiredness), stomach cramps, loss of appetite, weight loss, mild fever, and/or nausea. Symptoms may disappear and then return over a period of several weeks without treatment.

If you think you may have eaten a recalled product and are experiencing these symptoms, please consult a health care professional without delay.

 

 

 

Recalls and Alerts: October 13 – 16, 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: CDC reports an outbreak of 21 Salmonella Oranienburg illnesses in 13 states linked to pet turtles. Seven people have been hospitalized.

PUBLIC HEALTH ALERT: USDA issues a public health alert for raw non-intact beef products derived from imported beef from Ontario, Canada that has been recalled by Ryding-Regency Meat Packers, Ltd. because it may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. Please refer to the Alert for a complete list of affected products.

Allergy Alert: Peekay International Inc. recalls KESHAV Dry Apricot (7-oz and 14-oz pkgs; UPC 4386423302 and 4386423303, respectively) due to undeclared sulphites.

Allergy Alert: Samurai, Inc. recalls Furikake Popcorn (5-oz pkg; Best by 103019, 111519, 113019 and 121519) due to undeclared fish.

Food Safety Recall (Update): Mical Seafood, Inc. recalls frozen, wild-caught yellowfin Tuna Loins, Tuna Poke, Tuna Steaks, Tuna Ground Meat, and Tuna Saku (Products of Vietnam) due to elevated histamine levels. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall: Kenosha Beef International recalls TACO BELL SEASONED BEEF Taco and Burrito Filling (8 x 5-lb bag cases; Use by L2 11/4/19 to L2 11/18/19) due to possible foreign matter (metal shavings) contamination.

Canada

Food Safety Recall: Les Moules de la Baie de Gaspé inc. recalls MOULES FRAÎCHES / Fresh mussels (bulk; Sold up to and including October 15, 2019; Harvest zone G-27.9E) due to presence of marine biotoxins.

Food Safety Recall (Update): Brenner Packers Ltd., Centennial Foods, Concord Premium Meats Ltd., Doug’s Quality Meats, George’s Meat Shop, Green Fresh Supermarket, Jian Hing Food Mart, Kingsway Meats, Lakeside Meats, North Hill Meats and Deli Ltd., Nortown Foods, P.A.T. Oriental Market, Pusateri’s Fine Foods, Sarajevo Grill and Meat, The Butcher’s Blend, The Garden Basket, Valley Custom Cutting, YNR Halal Inc. recall various raw beef and raw veal products due to E. coli O157:H7 contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.
Food Safety Recall: Saucisses et Salami Mondial recalls JAMBON PARISIEN / Ham (150g slices; Best before October 18, 2019) due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.
Food Safety Recall (Correction): Loblaw Companies Limited corrects its previous recall announcement and recalls instead President’s Choice brand Sensitive to lactose milk-based powdered infant formula (638g; EXP 2020 NO 05; UPC 0 60383 12994 1) instead of President’s Choice brand Lower Iron milk based powdered infant formula as previously announced by the company. The recalled product may be contaminated with Cronobacter spp.
Food Safety Recall: Industry recalls various ready-to-eat dried sausages due to Salmonella contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.
Food Safety Recall Update: Industry recalls various raw beef and raw veal products due to E. coli O157:H7 contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Europe

Allergy Alert (France): Cité Marine recalls AUCHAN LE POISSONNIER brand Filets de cabillaud façon fish & chips / cod fillets (880g; Lot #9282528; Best before 28/10/19) due to undeclared egg.

Allergy Alert (France): Industry recalls La Salade Monoprix brand POTIMARRON tartinade de lentilles corail quinoa (Best before 14/10/2019) due to undeclared peanuts.

Allergy Alert (UK – Northern Ireland specific): Lidl Northern Ireland recalls three J.D. Gross Mini Chocolate Bites products due to lack of English language labeling for allergens, including, barley, cereals containing gluten, egg, milk, nuts (almonds, hazelnuts and others), peanuts, sesame and soya). Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (Austria): Hofkäserei Deutschmann GbR recalls various BILLA, MERKUR, ADEG und Sutterlüty brands of Camembert and Brie organic cheeses due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (France): CHARCUTERIE VALLE DE LA BRUCHE recalls Auchan le Charcutier brand Choucroute Garnie pour 6 personnes / Sauerkraut Garnish, 6 servings (2,5kg; Lot #061275; Best before 27/10/2019) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Germany): RAPUNZEL Naturkost recalls Rapunzel Klare Suppe (250g; Best before 18.09.2020) due to possible foreign matter (glass splinters) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Iceland): Reykjagarður recalls certain fresh chicken from Reykjagardi sold under the labels of Holta, Kjarfugl and Krona due to possible Salmonella contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (Ireland): Birds Eye recalls Birds Eye 50 Chicken Nuggets with Golden Wholegrain (790g; Batch codes L9208 W V124, L9208 X V124, L9208 Y V124, L9208 Z V124; Best before October 2020) due to possible foreign matter (small pieces of plastic) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (UK): Birds Eye recalls Birds Eye 50 Chicken Nuggets with Golden Wholegrain (790g; Batch codes L9208 W V124, L9208 X V124, L9208 Y V124, L9208 Z V124; Best before October 2020) due to possible foreign matter (small pieces of plastic) contamination.

Australia and New Zealand

Food Safety Recall (New Zealand): Pak’n Save Clarence Street (Hamilton) recalls Pak’n Save Clarence Street brand NZ Beef Mince (All tray sizes; Best before 10.10.19) due to possible foreign matter (plastic) contamination.

 

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.