Recalls and Alerts: April 19-20, 2022

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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 INVESTIGATION: FDA is investigating six (6) Adverse Event reports associated with Meal Replacement Drink. The agency has initiated sample collection and analysis, but has not released any additional details either regarding the nature of the Adverse Events or the suspect products.

OUTBREAK INVESTIGATION: FDA is investigating 231 Adverse Event reports associated with consumption of a dry cereal. The agency has initiated an on-site inspection of a manufacturing facility, but has not released any details regarding the nature of the Adverse Events, the facility under inspection, or the identity of the suspect product. However, the website iwaspoisoned.com has received more than 4,500 reports of illnesses associated with Lucky Charms breakfast cereal from consumers in the USA and in Canada.

Allergy Alert: Damascus Bakery OPCO LLC recalls Bantam Bagels Everybody’s Favorite Veggie Cream Cheese (Best by JUN/10/2023) due to undeclared egg.

Food Safety Recall: World Variety Produce, Inc. recalls Organic Marketside Zucchini (6oz / 170g clear overwrap tray, 2-ct; Case lot #38706503; UPC 6-81131-22105-4) due to possible Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall: Soul Cedar Farm recalls Zesty Sweet Peppers, shelf-stable (8-ounce glass containers; All batches) due to potential for Clostridium botulinum contamination.

FDA Warning Letter: FDA issues Warning Letter to Langlinais’ Baking Company (Lafayette, LA), following a November 1 through 5, 2021 inspection that revealed serious violations of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, and non-compliance with the preventive control’s provisions of the CGMP & PC rule.

FDA Warning Letter: FDA issues Warning Letter to Agroson’s LLC (Bronx, NY) following an August 20, 2021 through September 3, 2021 inspection that revealed non-compliance with the Foreign Supplier Verification Program rule. This was the third of three inspections of the firm carried out in 2021. Papayas imported from Mexico by Agroson’s were linked to an outbreak of Salmonella infections in 2019.

FDA Warning Letter: FDA issues Warning Letter to Pet Center, Inc. (Los Angeles, CA) following a September 21, 2021 through October 8, 2021 inspection that revealed violations of FDA’s Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-Based Preventive Controls requirements for animal food, including lack of a food safety plan and improper sanitation procedures. The facility manufactures pet treats.

FDA Warning Letter: FDA issues Warning Letter to Sunshine Mills, Inc (Tupelo, MS) following a July 19 through September 1, 2021 inspection conducted as a follow up to a regulatory meeting we held with the company’s CEO, members of the management team, and the firm’s general counsel on March 26, 2021. The Warning Letter cites evidence of significant violations of the Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Food for Animals regulation.

Canada

Food Safety Recall: Genesis Food recalls Genesis Food brand Organic Blue Poppy Seeds (25 kg; Lot #BIOBPS2019; Produced 11/2019; No UPC) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall: Agropur Coopérative recalls multiple flavours of Baskin Robbins, Best Buy and President’s Choice ice cream due to foreign matter contamination (pieces of plastic and metal). Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Europe

OUTBREAK INVESTIGATION UPDATE (Multiple countries): ECDC reports 187 confirmed and probable cases of monophasic Salmonella Typhimurium infections in eleven EU member countries and the UK as of April 19, 2022. Cases have been documented in Austria (5 confirmed, 1 probable), Belgium (7 confirmed, 22 probable), Denmark (1 confirmed), France (37 confirmed), Germany (11 confirmed, 3 probable), Ireland (15 confirmed), Luxembourg (1 confirmed, 1 probable), Netherlands (2 confirmed), Norway (1 confirmed), Spain (1 confirmed, 2 probable) Sweden (4 confirmed), and the UK (73 confirmed). The infections have been linked to consumption of Kinder chocolate products manufactured in Belgium by Ferrero.

Allergy Alert (France): LA PIZZA DE MANOSQUE ECOMIAM  recalls LA PIZZA DE MANOSQUE brand Mini Pizza Jambon fromage / Ham-and-cheese mini pizza (pkg of 9; Lots 017/22, 018/22 & 166/21; Best before 31/07/2023 (first two lots) and 31/12/2023) due to undeclared wheat.

Allergy Alert (Netherlands): PLUS Supermarkt recalls Uit de keuken van Plus Pasta Siciliana / Sicilian pasta (450g; Best before 27-4-2022) due to undeclared egg.

Food Safety Recall (France): TREGORDIS LECLERC recalls Coquille saint jacques / Scallops (Lot 094; Use by 16/04/2022) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): SALAISONS DE LA VERNEDE recalls SALAISONS DE LA VERNEDE PATE FOUR / Oven dough (Lots 11 & 14) due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): SALAISONS DE LA VERNEDE recalls SALAISONS DE LA VERNEDE brand MELSATS / Spiced egg-and-bread sausage (Lots 10 & 14) due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): SALAISONS DE LA VERNEDE recalls SALAISONS DE LA VERNEDE brand TRIPES (Lots 11, 12 & 14) due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): SUPERMARCHES MATCH recalls Blanquette de Cabillaud / Cod (800g; Use by 17/04/2022) due to foreign matter contamination (pieces of plastic).

Food Safety Recall (France): CROIXDIS E.LECLERC recalls Merguez à griller / Sausage for grilling (Lot 2022-109) due to possible foreign matter contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): SALAISONS DE LA VERNEDE recalls BOUDINS LANGUES BOUDINS OIGNONS BOUDINS BRASSES BOUDINS / blood sausages (Lots 10, 12 & 14) due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): SAINT-HERBLAIN DISTRIBUTION E.LECLERC  recalls Leclerc brand Taboulé poulet / Chicken Tabbouleh (Use by 14/04/2022) due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): AUCHAN RETAIL SERVICES AUCHAN CITY TOURCOING  recalls ROTI DE PORC ORLOFF / Pork roast (Sold between 4 and 15 April) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Italy): Industry recalls multiple Kinder brand chocolate products due to possible Salmonella contamination. Please refer to the individual recall notices for complete details.

Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands

Allergy Alert (Israel): Emek Hefer Beehive recalls multiple honey products due to undeclared traces of milk protein. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Allergy Alert (Israel): Ein Harod Agriculture recalls multiple honey products due to undeclared traces of milk protein. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (Hong Kong): Hongkong Ehigo E.commerce Co Ltd recalls Kinder Happy Moments Mini Mix (162g; Best before July 7, 2022, and July 8, 2022; Product of Belgium) due to possible Salmonella contamination. The product was intended for re-export to the Mainland.

Australia and New Zealand

Allergy Alert (Australia): Woolworths recalls Macro Certified Organic Unsweetened Coconut Milk (1 L; Date marking 03/04/2023) and Macro Certified Organic Naturally Sweet Rice Milk (1 L; Date marking 29/03/2023) due to undeclared milk.

‘Tainted’ audiobook now available

This story by Jonan Pilet first appeared on Food Safety News and is reposted here with permission.

“Tainted” by Phyllis Entis is available in book, digital and audiobook formats.

Phyllis Entis’s new book “Tainted” is now available as an audiobook. The book is narrated by Entis herself. 

The book is particularly topical as the first chapter talks about Cronobacter sakazakii, a dangerous bacterium that has caused an ongoing outbreak. The Cronobacter outbreak has sickened at least five infants, killing two, and has been linked to Similac, Alimentum, and EleCare infant formulas recalled Abbott Nutrition. 

“Tainted” tells readers that when it comes to food safety, conventional wisdom isn’t always enough. As Entis puts it, “the food preparation skills we learned from our parents and grandparents are no longer good enough to keep us safe.”

The audiobook can be found here.

I had the chance to read the book this past December and talk with Entis about it. Whether it’s Salmonella in eggs, Listeria in deli meats, melamine in milk or Cyclospora in lettuce, “Tainted” illustrates that everyone has a responsibility to ensure that the food we eat is as safe as we can make it. Entis shows that everyone — government regulators, farmers, ranchers, food processors, food service workers, retailers, educators and consumers — are needed to accomplish this herculean task.

Phyllis Entis is a retired food safety microbiologist. “Tainted” is the update of her 2007 book, “Food Safety: Old Habits, New Perspectives.” The original version had an academic bent, but “Tainted” is more in line with Entis’s original vision of making food safety accessible to the lay reader.

In recent years, Entis has honed her storytelling abilities as she has been working as a mystery writer. She is known for the Damien Dickens Mysteries series, which includes “The Green Pearl Caper,” “The White Russian Caper,” “The Chocolate Labradoodle Caper,” “The Gold Dragon Caper,” “The Blue Moon Caper,” and “The Silver Star Caper.” Her debut novel, “The Green Pearl Caper,” was a Library Journal SELF-e Selection.

Writing mystery novels prepared her well to write “Tainted,” as food safety illnesses often function as mysteries. “Tainted” often reads like a true crime novel, where laymen and authorities uncover clues to save the public from future poisonings and reveal the culprits of past poisonings.

After reading “Tainted,” I asked Entis if she has a particular story from the novel that she finds most memorable. She pointed to the Regent Chocolate episode.

In January 1974, a Salmonella Eastbourne outbreak was linked to Regent Chocolate. Entis’s lab with Canada’s Health Protection Branch was responsible for checking all of the suspect chocolate stored in warehouses in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. “I am a chocoholic and it was torture to be surrounded by all those giant Easter bunnies and chocolate Christmas tree ornaments and not be able to nibble,” she said.

Entis was able to watch Regent’s response firsthand and see how effective the company’s approach and changes were. She explains in the book how Regent could serve as a model for how companies can learn from their mistakes.

Though “Tainted” is a great book for those interested in learning more about food safety, it’s also a book for those who simply want to be entertained by the drama behind the scenes of food safety.

If you read “Tainted” and have been spurred to read more about food safety, Entis recommends Nicols Fox’s 1997 book, “Spoiled, The Dangerous Truth About a Food Chain Gone Haywire,” Jeff Benedict’s “Poisoned,” and Deborah Blum’s “The Poison Squad.”

“Tainted” was released Dec. 2, 2020, and can be ordered on Amazon. Entis’s book reached  No. 1 overall in the Microbiology category on Amazon during the first week of its release.


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Recalls and Alerts: January 8-10, 2022

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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.

Interested in learning more about food safety and the history of foodborne disease outbreaks and investigations? Click on the TAINTED menu at the top of the page to read a short excerpt, then follow the buy links to add a digital or print copy to your personal library.

United States

Allergy Alert: Abbyland Foods, Inc. recalls IOWA SMOKEHOUSE ORIGINAL SMOKED BEEF STICKS (2-lb pkgs; Sell by 11/15/2022 & 11/17/2022) due to undeclared milk.

Food Safety Recall: Sno Pac Foods, Inc recalls Trader Joe’s Soycutash, mix of Sweet Corn, Shelled Edamame, and Red Bell Peppers (1 lb / 454g; Lots SOM2.309.1C, SOM1.310.1C & SOM1.315.1C; Use by 11/05/23, 11/06/23 & 11/11/23, respectively) due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Canada

Food Safety Recall: Fattal International North America Inc. recalls Aoun brand Tahineh – Ground Sesame 100% (454g; Lot #1603I/THA; Best before 2023MR12; UPC 5 283000 902153) due to possible Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall: Moncton Fish Market Ltd. recalls Moncton Fish Market brand “La” Stimpson’s Surf Clams (153g; All jars that were sold unrefrigerated) due to potential for growth of Clostridium botulinum.

Food Safety Recall: Dole Canada Company recalls certain Dole and President’s Choice brand salad products due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall: Nourishment Meals recalls Nourishment Meals brand Pulled Chicken & Rice Burritos (3 or 5 count; Product code OCT 06 2021) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall: Michel St-Arneault, St-Hubert recalls Selection brand Quick Fry Hashbrowns (1 kg; Lot 21-342; Best before 2023 DE 08; Time after 17:00; UPC 0 59749 94297 3) due to foreign matter (pieces of plastic) contamination.

Europe

Food Safety Recall (UK): BakeAway recalls multiple raw pastry products, sold under several different brand names, due to Salmonella contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (France): Carrefour recalls Carrefour Classic brand Cornichons Extra-fins / Extra-fine pickles (720 ml; Best before 05/10/2023) due to a risk of foreign matter contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Ireland): Industry recalls Sauda Pipirai Ground Allspice (100g; Lot #40; Best before 31/01/2023; Product of Mexico) due to Salmonella contamination.