Recalls and Alerts: August 22 – 24, 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 is investigating an outbreak of 24 Listeria monocytogenes illnesses, including two deaths, in 13 states. Twenty-two of the 24 outbreak victims have been hospitalized. The outbreak strain is a close genetic match to the strain of Listeria monocytogenes that is behind a concurrent Canadian outbreak. The source of the US outbreak is under investigation.

Allergy Alert: Krasnyi Oktyabr USA Inc recalls TAINY VOSTOKA ASSORTED DRIED FRUITS -APPLE (500g pkgs; Container code 15 03 2019 SS) due to undeclared sulphites.

Allergy Alert: Krasnyi Oktyabr USA Inc recalls TAINY VOSTOKA ASSORTED DRIED FRUITS – QUINCE (500g pkgs; Container code 24 02 2019 SS) due to undeclared sulphites.

Allergy Alert: Great One Trading Inc. recalls QQ Fish brand Mushroom Fish Ball (200g; Expiry 01/19/2020; UPC 8 886325 910123) and QQ Fish brand Tofu Style Fried Fish Cake (200g; Expiry 01/19/2020; UPC 8 886325 910116) due to undeclared egg.

Allergy Alert: Whole Foods Market recalls Decorated Red Apple Cookies (sold by the pound through 8/20/2019 at Whole Foods Market stores in the Southern Pacific region, specifically in Arizona, Southern California, Hawaii and southern Nevada) due to undeclared egg.

Allergy Alert: Olympia Meats recalls OLYMPIA PROVISIONS MORTADELLA CLASSICA WITH GARLIC AND SPICES pork sausage (varying weight; Best by 12-30-2019) due to undeclared pistachios.

Canada

Allergy Alert: TLW Trading Ltd. recalls various QQ Fish brand fish cakes due to undeclared egg. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall: Rosemount Sales and Marketing recalls Rosemount brand Cooked diced chicken mostly dark 13 mm – ½” (#18305) (4.54kg; Pack date 01/21/19; UPC 2 06 20263 12002 0) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The recalled product, which has been linked to an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes illnesses in three provinces, was supplied to retailers in British Columbia, Manitoba and Ontario, and may have been distributed nationwide.

Food Safety Recall: Jeunes au travail recalls various sauces and stews that may have been processed or packaged under conditions that imperil food safety. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Europe

OUTBREAK ALERT / FOOD SAFETY ALERT (Spain): The Spanish Agency for Food Safety and Nutrition is recommending that consumers avoid consuming La Mecha brand products, which are implicated in large (186 cases) outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes illnesses in that country. Please refer to the government notice for additional details.

Allergy Alert (Belgium): Mia Trading Intl. S.A recalls El Baraka brand Vinegar (50 cl; Lot #180350 VC; Best before 03/2023) due to undeclared sulphites.

Allergy Alert (Belgium): La William recalls La William brand Banzaï (300 ml: Lots XX1B, XX1C, XX1D, XX1E, XX1F et XX1G; Best before 09/10/2020) due to undeclared gluten, soy and fish.

Allergy Alert (France): Industry recalls Dr Oetker brand Chocolate silver pearls due to undeclared milk.

Allergy Alert (France): Carrefour recalls Carrefour Bon App brand Wrap Speck Poivron Rouge et Roquette (190g; Lot #2P232381; Best before 31/08/2019) due to undeclared fish.

Allergy Alert (Germany): Naturli’ Foods recalls Naturli’ Bio Veganes Streichfett (225g; Best before 30.08.19 – 27.11.19) due to undeclared milk.

Allergy Alert (Ireland): Thomas Tucker Ltd. recalls Iceland Big Night in Popcorn Cinema Sweet (250g; Best before dates 23/08/2019 to 23/02/2020) due to undeclared milk.

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

Allergy Alert (Luxembourg): La William recalls La William brand Banzaï (300 ml: Lots XX1B, XX1C, XX1D, XX1E, XX1F et XX1G; Best before 09/10/2020) due to undeclared gluten, soy and fish.

Allergy Alert (Netherlands): Naturli’ Foods recalls Naturli’ Organic Spreadable (225g; Best before 30.08.2019 – 27.11.2019) due to undeclared milk.

Allergy Alert (Sweden): ICA recalls ICA Wrap Falafel of beetroot with ajvar bulgur (315g; Best before 2019-08-29 and 2019-08-30) due to undeclared chicken, fish, milk, eggs and mustard.

Allergy Alert (UK – England and Wales specific): Thomas Tucker Ltd recalls various Morrisons popcorn products due to undeclared milk. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (France): La Fromagerie Lincet recalls Lincet brand Chaource AOP au lait cru / raw milk cheese (500g; Lot #227 210; Best before 27/09/2019) due to E. coli O111:H8 contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Germany): Bonduelle Deutschland GmbH recalls Bonduelle Leipziger Allerlei (200g and 400g cans; Best before 31.07.2022) due to foreign matter (small glass particles) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Luxembourg): Cora recalls Marmo brand Grill Burger (2 x 120g; Lot #5222110108; Best before 15.08.19) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Netherlands): Albert Heijn recalls AH brand Liverwurst (170g; Best before 2/9/2019) due to Listeria contamination.

Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands

Food Safety Recall (Israel): Miki Delicatessen Company recalls various products containing tahini and/or hummus after finding Salmonella in a sample of the tahini ingredient used in these products. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Australia and New Zealand

Allergy Alert (Australia): Botany International Foods recalls Naturli’ Spreadable Organic Vegan Spread (225g; Batch codes 9080, 9084, 9094, 9135; All best before dates) and Funky Fields Organic Spreadable (225g; Batch codes 9010, 9038; All best before dates) due to undeclared milk.

Allergy Alert (Australia): Noshu Foods recalls Noshu 99% Sugar Free Fudgy Brownies Mix (300g; Best before 15JUL20A) due to undeclared gluten.

Food Safety Recall (Australia): Logan Farm Pty Ltd recalls Talley’s Mussels Garlic (375g; Best Before 19 Dec 19) due to a low preservative level in the marinade that may present a food safety hazard.

Food Safety Recall (New Zealand): Swiss Deli Ltd recalls all Swiss Deli brand pre-cooked and ready-to-eat meat products (All batches and date codes), Pams Finest brand Biersticks (160g; All batches and date codes) and Pams Finest brand Mini Salami Twin Pack (150g; All batches and date codes) due to a lack of processing controls may result in the presence of Listeria monocytogenes.

 

Canadian Listeria monocytogenes outbreak blamed on diced chicken imported from USA

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is investigating seven cases of Listeria monocytogenes infections in three Canadian provinces.

Five of the seven cases were reported during the period April – June 2019; the other two cases, involving the same genetic strain, occurred in 2017.

Six of the seven outbreak victims were admitted to hospital.

Outbreak cases were reported in British Columbia (1), Manitoba (1) and Ontario (5). The outbreak victims’ ages range between 51 and 97 years. Six of the seven victims are female.

The source of the outbreak has been traced to a production batch of Rosemount brand cooked diced chicken meat, which was supplied to hotels, restaurants and institutions. The implicated product was not packaged for retail sale.

As a result of the traceback investigation, Rosemount Sales and Marketing has recalled the following product:

Rosemount brand Cooked diced chicken meat 13 mm – ½” (#16305) (4.54Kg; PACKDATE: 01/21/19; UPC 2 06 20263 12454 7)

The recalled product was supplied to hotels, restaurants and institutions in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec, and Saskatchewan, and may have been distributed nationwide.

The fully cooked, diced chicken is a product of the USA, and was exported to Canada under USDA Export Certificate No. 039833. The manufacturer cannot be identified from the package labeling.

According to PHAC, anyone can become sick from Listeria bacteria, but those at highest risk of serious illness include pregnant women, their unborn children and newborns, adults 65 and over, and people with weakened immune systems.

Individuals living in group homes, assisted living facilities, and nursing homes would be members of one or more of these at-risk groups.

What you need to know
  • Foods that are contaminated with Listeria may look, smell and taste normal. Unlike most bacteria, Listeria can survive and sometimes grow on foods being stored in the refrigerator.
  • Symptoms of mild Listeria monocytogenes infections can appear as early as three days after exposure to a contaminated food, and may include fever, nausea, cramps, diarrhea, vomiting, headache, constipation, and muscle aches.
  • Symptoms of severe infections may not appear until 2-3 weeks following exposure, and can take up to 70 days to develop. These symptoms can include stiff neck, confusion, headache, and loss of balance.
  • Pregnant women infected with Listeria monocytogenes may experience complications including stillbirth, early delivery, and infection in the newborn baby.
  • Severe cases of Listeria monocytogenes infections can be deadly.
What you need to do
  • If you have Rosemount brand cooked diced chicken meat 13mm – ½” (#16305), packdate – 01/21/2019 in your food establishment, do not eat the product or serve it to others
  • Secure the product and any foods made with the product in a plastic bag, throw it out and wash your hands with warm soapy water.
  • If you are unsure whether your Rosemount brand chicken is part of the food recall warning, discard the product.  Do not serve or consume it.
  • If you suspect you have become ill from eating Rosemount brand cooked diced chicken meat, or have symptoms consistent with listeriosis, talk with your healthcare provider.