Recalls and Alerts: December 7, 2012

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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For current information on international and retail distribution of peanut butter products recalled due to Salmonella Bredeney, please consult the Trader Joe’s/Sunland Peanut Butter Recalls tab.

United States

  • Allergy Alert: Unilever recalls Knorr Pasta & Sauce Cheesy Bacon Macaroni (3.8 oz; UPC 4100008248; Sell by Sep1113BUO and Sep1213BUO), because the product may contain undeclared soy.
  • Food Safety Recall: Suzanna’s Kitchen (Duluth, GA) recalls Freebird Fully Cooked Chicken Nuggets (12 x 12-oz cartons/case; Case code 6220; Use by March 15, 2014; Julian code 2075), Freebird Fully Cooked Gluten Free/Soy Free Chicken Patties (12 x 12-oz cartons/case; Case code 6244; Use by September 6, 2013; Julian code 1249) and Fully Cooked Chicken Nuggets (10-lb bulk cases; Case code 6221; Use by March 15, 2014; Julian code 2075), because they may contain pieces of plastic. The bulk cases of Chicken Nuggets were shipped to a foodservice distributor in California for further distribution; the other recalled products were produced for a separate federally-inspected establishment and distributed to retail stores nationwide, including Whole Foods Market.
  • Pharmaceutical Product Safety Recall: Qualitest, a subsidiary of Endo Health Solutions, recalls Hydrocodone Bitartrate and Acetaminophen Tablets, USP 10 mg/500 mg (Lot codes beginning with the letter “C”; NDC Numbers 0603-3888-16, 0603-3888-20, 0603-3888-02, 0603-3888-21, 0603-3888-22, 0603-3888-26, 0603-3888-04, 0603-3888-28, 0603-3888-32), because a number of tablets from the affected lots may exceed the weight requirement and could exceed the label claim potency requirements for the ingredients of  hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen.
  • Pharmaceutical Product Safety Recall: Bayer HealthCare’s Consumer Care division recalls BRONKAID Caplets Dual Action Formula (24 caplets; UPC300240537879; Lot Numbers NAA0B3T, NAA0BDB, NAA0B3P, NAA0B3R, NAA0B3N, NAA070E, NAA070F, NAA03PX, NAA03B5, NAA03B6, NAA02LT) and BRONKAID Caplets Dual Action Formula (60 caplets; UPC 300240537855; Lot Numbers NAA0TF3, NAA0TF2, NAA0TF0, NAA0TF1, NAA0TET, NAA0TEW, NAA0TEX, NAA0HHL, NAA0HHK, NAA0HHN, NAA0HHH, NAA0DK5, NAA0DK4, NAA0DK3, NAA0CHE, NAA0CHD, NAA0B3L, NAA0B3K, NAA09XE, NAA09XB, NAA07H2, NAA09XD, NAA07H1, NAA09XA, NAA09XC, NAA07H3, NAA07H4, NAA05BB, NAA05BA, NAA07H0, NAA070D, NAA070C, NAA03PW, NAA05B9, NAA070B, NAA03B8, NAA03B7, NAA02N1, NAA02LW, 244511P, 244501P, 244481P, 244471P, 244491P, 244451P), because certain information was not included in the BRONKAID Drug Facts labeling beginning in January 2012.
  • Dietary Supplement Safety Recall: LifeVantage Corporation (Salt Lake City, UT) recalls Protandim® the Nrf2 Synergizer®, dietary supplement (30 caplets/bottle; Lot #12-0258, 12-0259, 12-0292, 12-0294, 12-0295, 12-0304, 12-0306, 12-0307, 12-0373, 12-0382; Expiration Date 7/2/2015, 7/3/2015, 7/9/2015, 7/11/2015, 7/12/2015, 7/18/2015, 8/16/2015, 8/17/2015, 8/21/2015, 9/21/2015), because the product may contain small metal fragments.
  • Outbreak Alert Update: CDC reports that a total of 248 persons in 34 states have been infected with Salmonella (Salmonella Sandiego, Salmonella Pomona, Salmonella Poona) following contact with pet turtles or their environments.
  • Pet Food Safety Alert: FDA warns pet owners and caretakers not to feed pets Nature’s Deli Chicken Jerky Dog Treats (3-lb pkgs; Lot code BESTBY061913DEN), because the treats may be contaminated with Salmonella. The treats, which were manufactured, packaged and distributed by Kasel Associates Inc., were sold at Denver, Colorado area Costco stores. Kasel has declined to recall the product. Costco has removed all of the affected product from its store shelves.

Canada

  • Allergy Alert: Pure Indulgent Foods Inc. recalls Pure Chili Chocolate Mango Rich Chili Chocolate Cookies (300g; All codes; UPC 8 73376 00108 3) and Second Cup Chili Chocolate Mango Cookies (90g; all codes; UPC 8 73376 00008 6), due to the presence of undeclared milk. The recalled products were sold in Alberta.
  • Food Safety Recall: Taylor Shellfish Canada (Fanny Bay Oysters) recalls Salish Mussels brand Mussels (5 lb; Harvest date Dec 02/2012; Lot #7495), due to the presence of marine biotoxin. The recalled mussels were sold in Alberta and British Columbia.
  • Food Safety Recall: Cidrerie Michel Jodoin recalls Michel Jodoin Vista Bella Rosé – Sparkling Apple Must – No Alcohol (750 mL; Lot 1112; UPC 6 09780 01002 7) due to patulin contamination. The recalled product was sold in Quebec.

Europe

  • Allergy Alert (Ireland): The Food Safety Authority of Ireland warns consumers that Provitus Kurki (batch 12-2013-355), Podgryzybki (batch 12-2013-148) and Opienki (batch 05-2014-128) marinated forest mushrooms (250g jars; products of Poland) contain undeclared sulphites. The marinated mushrooms were sold in stores nationwide, mainly those selling Eastern European foods.
  • Allergy Alert (UK): Patriarche Wine Agencies recalls Chateau Le Bonnat Grand Vin de Bordeaux, Appellations Graves Controllee – Graves 2008 (75 cl), becaue the wine contains undeclared sulphites. The recalled wine was supplied to Co-operative stores.
  • Food Safety Recall (Denmark): ARDO A/S recalls Frigodan brand Pasta Pollo (600g; Packaged 25/8-2012; Best before 25/8-2013 and 28/8-2013), after a piece of a mouse’s head was found in a package of the product.
  • Allergy Alert Notification (EU #2012.1685): Undeclared sulphite in marinated mushrooms from Poland; distributed to France, Ireland, Poland and the United Kingdom.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.1687): Salmonella in spring onions from Thailand; distributed to Denmark.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.1689): Salmonella infantis in lemon grass from Thailand; distributed to Denmark.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.1690): Aflatoxins in shelled pistachios from Iran; distributed to Italy.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Food Safety Recall (Australia): Ontrack Pty Ltd. and Big W recall Truly Gifted Spice Rack 12 Bottle Spice Set (375g; Best before 30/11/2013), due to Salmonella contamination in the peppercorn portion of the product. The recalled product was distributed in Big W stores in ACT, NSW, TAS and VIC.

Latin America and the Caribbean

  • Food Safety Enforcement Action (Argentina): Government agents seized and destroyed 2,000 kilograms of foodstuffs in Córdoba after they were found to have been transported improperly.

Some supermarket chains post recall notices on their web sites for the convenience of customers. To see whether a recalled food was carried by your favorite supermarket, follow the live link to the supermarket’s recall web site.

*The Kroger umbrella encompasses numerous supermarket, marketplace and convenience store chains, listed on the Kroger corporate home page.
**Includes Safeway, Vons, Pavilions, Dominick’s, Genuardi’s, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Carrs and Pak N’ Save.

Pet Treat Company Refuses FDA Recall Request

FDA is warning pet owners and caretakers that Nature’s Deli Chicken Jerky Dog Treats (3-lb pkgs; Lot code BESTBY061913DEN; Product of USA) should not be fed to pets, because the treats may be contaminated with Salmonella. The contaminated product was sold at Costco stores in the Denver, Colorado area. Costco is cooperating with FDA, and has removed all of the implicated product from store shelves. The retailer also will contact customers who may have purchased the product.

The FDA warning follows three prior recalls of pet treats initiated by Kasel Associates Inc. (Denver, CO), issued in September and October 2012. Kasel has refused to recall the batch that is the subject of FDA’s most recent warning, even though the Colorado Department of Agriculture found Salmonella in a sample of the product.

Kasel appears to have an ongoing Salmonella contamination problem.

  • In September 2012, the company recalled Boots & Barkley American Beef 5-inch Bully Sticks after Colorado found Salmonella in four production lots;
  • In October 2012, Kasel recalled Nature’s Deli Chicken Jerky Dog Treats (one lot code) after FDA detected Salmonella during what the recall notice described as a routine testing program; and
  • In October 2012, the company recalled one production lot each of Boots & Barkley Roasted American Pig Ears and Boots & Barkley American Variety Pack Dog Treats after Colorado again found Salmonella in a sample of the treats.

When FDA carried out its follow-up inspection of Kasel’s manufacturing facility after the first (September 2012) recall, the agency found “certain finished dog treat products and 34 out of 72 environmental samples positive for Salmonella.”

If Kasel was manufacturing “human” food instead of pet treats, I suspect that a far more extensive product recall would have followed the FDA inspection findings. It was only last spring that Diamond Pet Foods’ dry dog food products were implicated in an outbreak of human salmonellosis. People – including children – handle these products and do not always wash their hands after doing so. Will it take another pet-related disease outbreak for pet food companies and FDA to recognize that Salmonellacontaminated pet food and pet treats present a health risk to pet owners and pet caretakers, and not just to pets?

Why is Kasel being allowed to get away with supplying products that were manufactured in a Salmonella-contaminated environment?

Canadian E. coli O157:H7 Recall Expands

Sept 18, 2012 update.- The major Canadian ground beef recall has been expanded to include the following retailers: Loblaws, Extra Foods, No Frills, Real Canadian Wholesale Club, Shop Easy, SuperValu, Superstore, Westfair, Your Independent Grocer, Sobeys, Foodland, IGA, Metro, Super C, and Entrepot de Viandes. Please refer to the expanded Health Hazard Alert for a detailed list of products, expiration dates, and provinces where they were sold.  

Following is the original eFoodAlert report, posted September 17, 2012:

XL Foods, Inc. (Edmonton, AB) has recalled ground beef products sold under the Calahoo Meats, Kirkland Signature, and Safeway brands, in addition to unbranded ground beef products sold in Walmart stores, because the meat may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

According to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), the recall is “part of an ongoing food safety investigation.” Nevertheless, CFIA reports that no illnesses have been associated with the consumption of the recalled products.

The ground beef products were sold nationwide through distributors, retailers and food service organizations. Following is a list of recalled products, including distribution information:

Calahoo Meats

  • 4/1 B.B. Burgers. 4.54 kg; Item  0200525; Lot 2244; Distributed in Alberta

Kirkland Signature (Costco)

  • Lean ground beef 15% fat or less. Various weights; UPC starts with 2 21927; Pack Dates between 12AU30 and 12SE15; Distributed nationally
  • Lean ground beef patties / 15% fat or less. Various weights; UPC starts with 2 52733; Pack Dates between 12AU30 and 12SE15 Distributed nationally
  • Ground beef tube 86% lean full case / Manual weight. Various weights; UPC starts with 2 97420; Pack Dates between 12AU30 and 12SE15; Distributed nationally

Safeway

  • Ground Beef Regular. Various weights; UPC starts with 201637; EST 573; Best Before or Freeze By dates between 12SE09 and 12SE23; Distributed in Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan
  • Ground Beef Lean. Various weights; UPC starts with 201670; EST 573; Best Before or Freeze By dates between 12SE09 and 12SE23; Distributed in Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan
  • Ground Beef Lean Large Pack. Various weights; UPC starts with 201654; EST 573; Best Before or Freeze By dates between 12SE09 and 12SE23; Distributed in Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan
  • Lean Ground Beef Patties Fresh. Various weights; UPC starts with 201650; EST 573; Best Before or Freeze By dates between 12SE09 and 12SE23; Distributed in Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan Medium
  • Ground Beef Chuck. Various weights; UPC starts with 201730; EST 573; Best Before or Freeze By dates between 12SE09 and 12SE23;Distributed in Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan
  • Ground Beef Extra Lean. Various weights; UPC starts with 201681; EST 573; Best Before or Freeze By dates between 12SE09 and 12SE23; Distributed in Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan
  • Ground Beef Extra Lean Large Pack. Various weights; UPC starts with 201661; EST 573; Best Before or Freeze By dates between 12SE09 and 12SE23; Distributed in Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan
  • MS Lean Ground Beef Patties Sundried Tomato & Asiago Cheese. Various weights; UPC starts with 209544; Best Before dates between 12AU29 and 12SE19; Distributed in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan
  • MS Lean Beef Patties Cheddar Cheese. Various weights; UPC starts with 209553; Best Before dates between 12AU29 and 12SE19; Distributed in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan
  • MS Lean Ground Beef Meatloaf. Various weights; UPC starts with 209289; Best Before dates between 12AU29 and 12SE19; Distributed in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan
  • MS Lean Ground Beef Sliders. Various weights; UPC starts with 209893; Best Before dates between 12AU29 and 12SE19; Distributed in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan
  • MS Meatballs – Made from lean ground beef and pork. Various weights; UPC starts with 209241; Best Before dates between 12AU29 and 12SE19; Distributed in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan
  • MS Beef Lean Ground Stuffed Peppers. Various weights; UPC starts with 209628; Best Before dates between 12AU29 and 12SE19; Distributed in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan
  • MS Ground Sirloin Patties. Various weights; UPC starts with 201674; Best Before dates between 12AU29 and 12SE19; Distributed in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan
  • Lean Ground Beef. Various weights; UPC starts with 221643; Best Before dates between 12AU29 and 12SE19; Distributed in Alberta, British Columbia
  • Extra Lean Ground Beef. Various weights; UPC starts with 221670; Best Before dates between 12AU29 and 12SE19; Distributed in Alberta, British Columbia
  • Regular Ground Beef. Various weights; UPC starts with 221634; Best Before dates between 12AU29 and 12SE19; Distributed in Alberta, British Columbia
  • Ground Chuck. Various weights; UPC starts with 201637; Best Before dates between 12AU29 and 12SE19; Distributed in Alberta, British Columbia

Walmart stores

  • Regular Ground Beef. 454 g/1 lb; UPC 0 27182 04350 2; EST 128; Sep/17/12, Sep/18/12, & Sep/20/12; Distributed in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan
  • Medium Ground Beef. 1.36 kg/3 lb; UPC 0 27182 04367 0; EST 128; Sep/18/12; Distributed in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan
  • Lean Ground Beef. 454 g/1 lb; UPC 0 27182 04373 1; EST 128; Sep/17/12, & Sep/20/12; Distributed in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan

Unbranded

  • Beef Bearpaw Burger, 5oz. 5.10 kg; UPC 6 26957 83655 6; EST 128; Pack Date Sep 07, 2012; Distributed in Alberta

XL Foods, Inc., dba Lakeside Packers (Est 38) is based in Alberta. Some of the recalled meat was ground in a separate facility – XL Grinding (Est 128) – and supplied to Walmart. A portion of the recalled meat was further processed by Vantage Foods (MB) Inc, Winnipeg, MB (Est 573) and supplied to Safeway.

Please refer to the CFIA Health Hazard Alert for photos of the recalled product labels.

eFoodAlert Advice to Consumers

If you or a family member develops symptoms of acute gastroenteritis (stomach ache, diarrhea, nausea, etc.) within a week after having consumed one of these products, please seek immediate medical attention. Children are especially susceptible to serious secondary illness (hemolytic uremic syndrome) following an infection with E. coli O157:H7.