Recalls and Alerts: May 24 – 26, 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

Food Safety Recall: Sikorski Sausages Co., Ltd. recalls approximately 74 pounds of various imported meat and poultry sausage products that were not presented for import re-inspection into the United Sates. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products, which were shipped to a retail location in California and sold in varying weights behind the deli or meat counter.

Canada

OUTBREAK ALERT UPDATE: PHAC reports a new outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis illnesses affecting 11 individuals in British Columbia (2), Alberta (1), Ontario (2), Quebec (3), New Brunswick (1), Nova Scotia (1), and Prince Edward Island (1). One person has been hospitalized. The illnesses were linked to a frozen, raw breaded chicken product. On May 24th, Sofina Foods, Inc. recalled Compliments brand Chicken Strips – Breaded Chicken Cutlettes – Uncooked (907g; Best before November 24, 2019; UPC 0 55742 33687 0).

Allergy Alert: Le Fournil ancestral recalls specific bagel products (500g; All product sold up to and including 23 May 2019) due to undeclared egg and milk. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall: Boulangerie Non Solo Pane recalls Pesto (500 ml: All packages sold up to and including 23 May 2019) because the product was not prepared and packaged in a manner that ensures its safety.

Food Safety Recall: L’entreprise Vova recalls select Vova Russe brand fish products  that were not prepared and packaged in a manner that ensure product safety. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Europe

Allergy Alert (Belgium): Sun Wah Supermarket recalls Freshasia Foods brand Veg Dumplings Bok Choy & Mushroom Dumplings (450g; Lot No./ Best before date 16/09/2020) due to undeclared shellfish.

Allergy Alert (Ireland): Lidl Ireland recalls Alesto Mixed Nuts Mediterranean Style Red Pepper (150g; All batch codes and Best before dates) due to undeclared milk.

Allergy Alert (UK): Gnaw Chocolate Ltd recalls Gnaw Dark Chocolate (100g; Batch code C193; Best before December 2019) due to undeclared milk.

Allergy Alertk (UK – England & Wales specific): Poundstretcher recalls Nestle Dolca Chocolate Negro (125g; Batch code L82340291 1; Best before end of August 2020) and Nestle Dolca Chocolate con Leche (125g; Batch code L82510291; Best before end of December 2019) due to undeclared nuts and milk.

Allergy Alert (UK – Northern Ireland specific): Lidl Ireland recalls Alesto Mixed Nuts Mediterranean Style Red Pepper (150g; All batch codes and Best before dates) due to undeclared milk.

Food Safety Recall (Belgium): STONEMANOR INTERNATIONAL LIMITED recalls Essential Waitrose brand Pickled Sweet Sliced Beetroot (340g; Best before 30.09.2020) due to foreign matter (glass pieces) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Denmark): Megafood ApS recalls Meli’s Macedonian pepper pickles (650g; Lot #L173102; Best before 06.11.2020) due to foreign matter (glass particles) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Finland): SOK recalls Rainbow Organ Pears 4 months (90g; Best before 23.04.2020) due to foreign matter (packaging material) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): Occitane Palts cuisinés recalls Les Occitanes brand Véritable Merguez Bœuf / Mouton (10x55g; Lot #319127046; Best before 24/05/2019) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): La Société Distrimers recalls Distrimers brand cockles (sold between 23/05/2019 and 24/05/2019) due to marine toxins.

Food Safety Recall (Germany): Dry Top NV recalls Trader Joe’s Organic Trail Food (250g) and GutBio trail mix (250g) due to ochratoxin A contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for additional details on the recalled products.

Food Safety Recall (Italy) Danti Giampiero & C SRL recalls Danti Frutti di Bosco brand Frutti di bosco congelati (300g; Lot #BZ_015FB; Best before 30-12-2021) due to Hepatitis A contamination.

Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands

Food Safety Recall (Singapore): Industry recalls Essential Waitrose brand Pickled Sweet Sliced Beetroot (340g; Best before end Sept 2020; Product of UK) due to foreign matter pi(eces of glass) contamination.

Compliments brand chicken strips linked to Salmonella illnesses in Canada


Sofina Foods Inc. (Sofina) has recalled Compliments brand raw, breaded chicken strips after the product was implicated in a Salmonella outbreak, according to a recall notice posted on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) website.

The public is advised to avoid consuming the following product, and to discard the product or return it to the place of purchase.

Compliments brand Chicken Strips – Breaded Chicken Cutlettes – Uncooked (907g; Product code (Outer package) 2019 NO 24 / (Inner package) 3288M; UPC 0 57742 33687 0)

The chicken strips were sold nationally until May 1, 2019 but some consumers may still have the product in their freezer.

This is one of 17 Salmonella outbreaks traced to raw, breaded chicken products in Canada since May 2017. The most recent outbreak was declared over by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) on May 13th.

Symptoms of Salmonella illness may include stomach cramps, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and low-grade fever. Typically, symptoms appear from six to 72 hours following infection, and can last up to a week.

The very young, the elderly, pregnant women and individuals with weakened immune systems may experience more severe symptoms, including dehydration or potentially life-threatening systemic infection.

Individuals who consumed a raw, breaded chicken product and experienced symptoms of Salmonella infection should consult a healthcare provider.

Frozen, breaded chicken strips or nuggets are raw products and should be handled with care. PHAC recommends the following precautions when preparing these products:

  • Do not eat raw or undercooked frozen breaded chicken products. Cook all frozen raw breaded chicken products to an internal temperature of at least 74°C (165°F) to ensure that they are safe to eat. Use a digital food thermometer to verify the temperature. Insert the digital food thermometer through the side of the product, all the way to the middle. Oven-safe meat thermometers that are designed for testing whole chicken and roasts during cooking are not suitable for testing nuggets, strips or burgers.
  • Microwave cooking of frozen raw breaded chicken products – including chicken nuggets, strips, burgers, popcorn chicken or chicken fries – is not recommended because of the possibility of uneven heating.
  • Always follow the cooking instructions on the package, including for products labelled Uncooked, Cook and Serve, Ready to Cook, and Oven Ready.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water before and after handling frozen raw breaded chicken products.
  • Use a separate plate, cutting board and utensils when handling frozen raw breaded chicken products to prevent the spread of harmful bacteria.
  • Do not re-use plates, cutting boards or utensils that have come in contact with frozen raw breaded chicken products to serve the cooked product unless they have been thoroughly washed.