Recalls and Alerts: February 22-23, 2022

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United States

OUTBREAK ALERT / Food Safety Recall: Vadilal Industries (USA) Inc. recalls Custard Apple Pulp, frozen (35.27 oz; Batch/Lot codes KWHO, KRQO; Best before September 2023; UPC 8901777282168) due to potential Salmonella contamination. The recall was initiated after FDA received a single complaint reporting 5 illnesses and FDA sampling revealed the presence of Salmonella in the product.

Allergy Alert: Frickenschmidt Foods LLC recalls HIGH PROTEIN SNACK TERIYAKI BEEF WICKED CUTZ BEEF STICK (1.5 oz individual packs; Lots 113022, 120122, and 012823; Packaged on Nov. 30, 2021, Dec. 1, 2021, and Jan. 28, 2021, respectively) due to undeclared gluten.

Canada

Allergy Alert Update: Frobisher International Enterprises Ltd. recalls 3Fish brand Sauerkraut Fish (Szechuan Style) (400g; 8 74718 00529 5; All codes that do not declare milk on the label) and Tilapia Soup with Pickled Vegetables (400g; UPC 8 74718 00534 9; All codes that do not declare milk on the label) due to undeclared milk. The recalled products have been sold in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec and may have been distributed in other provinces and territories.

Food Safety Recall: Boucherie Rossignol inc. (La Pocatière, QC) recalls SAUCE À LA SAUCISSES  / Sausage sauce and SOUPE LÉGUMES MAISON / Homemade vegetable soup (500 ml and 1 L; Sold up to and including 22 February 2022) due to lack of mandatory storage temperature labeling.

Food Safety Recall: Boucherie St-Hilaire (Jonquière, QC) recalls SAUCE À LASAGNE / Lasagna sauce (Units sold up to 23 February 2022) due to lack of mandatory storage temperature labeling.

Europe

Powdered Infant Formula Safety Recall (Italy): Abbott SRL recalls Similac – Alimentum powdered infant formula (400g; Lot 29280Z260X; Best before 01-06-2023) due to possible contamination with Salmonella and Cronobacter.

Powdered Infant Formula Safety Recall (Italy): Abbott SRL recalls Similac – Elecare powdered infant formula (400g; Lot 27930Z202X; Best before 30-09-2022) due to possible contamination with Salmonella and Cronobacter.

Powdered Infant Formula Safety Recall (Netherlands): Abbot B.V. recalls Similac Elecare (400g; Lot #27930Z20; Best before September 2022) due to possible contamination with Salmonella and Cronobacter.

Powdered Infant Formula Safety Recall Update (UK): Abbott recalls various batches of Elecare Similac and Alimentum Similac infant formula powders due to possible contamination with Salmonella and Cronobacter. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Allergy Alert (Belgium): ALDI recalls Bistro’Vite brand Vol-au-vent (1 kg; Lot #27004500; Expiry date 03/03/2022) due to undeclared soy and/or celery.

Allergy Alert (Luxembourg): ALDI recalls Bistro’Vite brand Vol-au-vent (1 kg; Lot #27004500; Expiry date 03/03/2022) due to undeclared soy and/or celery.

Allergy Alert (Spain): Spanish Agency for Food Safety and Nutrition warns consumers that HIBER brand PASTAS DE TÉLLENAS / Filled tea cakes (200g; Batch No. 20.01.22; Expiration date 03.21.22) contains undeclared eggs.

Food Safety Recall (France): SOCIETE TRIDIS LECLERC TRIE-CHÂTEAU recalls Chaire à saucisse / Sausage meat (All lots; Use by dates between 12/02/2022 and 16/02/ 2022) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): Vallégrain Distribution recalls Vallégrain brand Rôti façon Orloff / Orloff-style roast (~1 kg; Lot 2204809601; Use by 27/02/2022) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): SOCIETE COOPERATIVE APPROVISIONNEMENT – SCAPMAREE E.LECLERC recalls EMILE FOURNIER ET FILS brand FLT MAQ FUME PROV BIO SKIN P/ANE / Smoked mackerel filets (200g; Lot 2204507; Use by 16/03/2022) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): DEMARNE recalls LA BARRE brand FILET HARENG FUME SOUS VIDE / Vacuum-packed smoked herring (~1 kg; Lot 044121/20; Use by 05/03/2022) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): SCAMARK E.LECLERC recalls RONDE DES MERS brand TRANCHES POUR TOASTS SAUMON FUME / Smoked salmon slices (4 slices / 80g; Lot F0280269; Use by 02/03/2022) due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): GAEC LA BAROTIERE recalls GAEC LA BAROTIERE brand FROMAGE DE CHEVRE FERMIER / Farmer’s goat cheese (Lot 43; Best by 18/04/2022) due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Iceland): Reykjagarði ehf. recalls Holta, Kjörfugl and Króna brands of chicken – Complete bird and breast (Traceability number 001-22-01-6-16; Pack dates 15.02.22 and 16.02.22) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Netherlands): Maza Mediterranean Delicacies recalls Esfenaj (200g; Best before 19-03-2022) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Netherlands): Maza Mediterranean Delicacies recalls Hoemoes less salt / Hummus, reduced salt (200g; Best before 28-03-2022) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Romania): Dr. Oetker Ro SRL recalls Pizza Ristorante Prosciutto / Restaurant-style prosciutto pizza (330g; Lot #141021; Expiry date 09.2022) due to possible foreign matter (metal) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (UK): Waitrose recalls Waitrose & Partners Green Pesto with Basil (145g; Use by 27 February 2022) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (UK): Tesco recalls Tesco Hog Roast Style Pork with Apple Sauce (425g; Use by 06 January 2022, 09 January 2022, 15 January 2022, 17 January 2022, 6 February 2022, 8 March 2022, 9 March 2022) due to possible Salmonella contamination.

Australia and New Zealand

Allergy Alert (Australia): Professional Beauty Solutions Pty Ltd recalls three Bestow Powdered Drink Products (various weights and multiple date codes) due to undeclared gluten. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Allergy Alert (New Zealand): Janine Tait Group Ltd recalls specific batches and dates of three Bestow Powdered Drink Products due to undeclared gluten. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Recalls and Alerts: February 19 – 21, 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

OUTBREAK INVESTIGATION UPDATE: FDA continues its follow-up investigation of the Cronobacter sakazakii and Salmonella Newport illnesses linked to powdered infant formula products manufactured by Abbott Nutrition in Sturgis, Michigan.

Canada

Food Safety Recall: Le Valet Épices (Montréal, QC) recalls LE VALET MARINADE (500 ml; Sold up to 18 February 2022) because the product may not be safe to consume.

Europe

Allergy Alert (Sweden): Axfood recalls Smått & gott Godismix Favoriter / Candy Mix Favorites containing “Snickers” packaging (700g) due to undeclared peanuts.

Powdered Infant Formula Safety Recall (Ireland): Abbott recalls Elecare Similac and Alimentum Similac powdered infant formulas (400g; Multiple batch codes and Best-before dates; Product of USA) due to potential for Salmonella and Cronobacter sakazakii contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Powdered Infant Formula Safety Recall (UK): Abbott recalls Elecare Similac and Alimentum Similac powdered infant formulas (400g; Multiple batch codes and Best-before dates; Product of USA) due to potential for Salmonella contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (Austria): Baron International D.O.O. recalls BILLA BIO FRUIT BITES HIMBEERE-KAKAO / FRUIT BITES RASPBERRY-COCOA (100g) due to possible foreign matter (plastic parts) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): PRODUITS DE LA CIGOGNE recalls PRODUITS DE LA CIGOGNE brand Magret de canard fumé entier / Whole smoked breast of duck (Lot 301604; Use by 29/04/ 2022) due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): Auchan recalls Auchan – Les Bouchées Jambon Fumé Ail et Fines Herbes / Garlic and fine herbs bite-sized smoked ham (100g; Lot 229; Use by 24/03/2022) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): CARREFOUR-MARKET ESSARS recalls crème de foie / creamy liver (Sold by the slice between 8 February 2022 and 9 February 2022) due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): ETS VAISSAIRE PAPON recalls L’ARVERNE brand SAINT NECTAIRE FERMIER cheese (Lot 63VBM040122; Best before 24/ 03/2022) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Luxembourg): LT Foods recalls Golden Sun Riz Basmati / Basmati rice (1 kg; Use by 06/10/2023) due to aflatoxin contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Sweden): Siljans Chark recalls Bacon (Best before 2022-03-04) due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (UK): Freshers Foods Ltd. recalls various pork snack products due to Salmonella contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands

Powdered Infant Formula Safety Recall (Israel): Abbott recalls Alimentum and Human Milk Fortifier powdered infant formula products (Expiration date 1.09.2023) due to potential contamination with Cronobacter and/or Salmonella Newport.

Powdered Infant Formula Safety Recall (Singapore): Abbott Laboratories (S) Pte Ltd recalls Abbott Alimentum powdered infant formulas (400g; The first two digits of the code are “22” through “37” and the code on the container contains “K8”, “SH” or “Z2”; Expiration date 1 Apr 2022 or later; Product of USA) due to potential contamination with Cronobacter and/or Salmonella Newport.

Australia and New Zealand

Powdered Infant Formula Safety Recall (Australia): Abbott Australasia Pty Ltd and Abbott US recall some EleCare, Similac and Alimentum infant formula products due to potential contamination with Cronobacter and/or Salmonella. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Powdered Infant Formula Safety Recall (New Zealand): Abbott Laboratories NZ Ltd recalls specific batches of its Similac, Alimentum and EleCare brands of infant formula products due to potential contamination with Cronobacter and/or Salmonella Newport. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Cronobacter and Powdered Infant Formula

Where we are and how we got here

The current situation

On February 17, 2022, the US Food and Drug administration (FDA) advised the public that it was working with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local agencies to investigate four consumer complaints of illnesses in infants.

The infants were fed powdered infant formulas manufactured by Abbott Nutrition in Sturgis, Michigan.

Three of the illnesses were due to Cronobacter sakazakii and the fourth was caused by Salmonella Newport.

The FDA received the illness reports between September 6, 2021, and December 18, 2021, from Minnesota (1), Ohio (1) and Texas (2).

All four of the infected infants were hospitalized. One of the Cronobacter-infected babies died, although it is uncertain whether the infant’s death was solely attributable to the infection.

As a result of the illness reports, the FDA initiated an inspection of the Sturgis production facility. In the course of their investigation, inspectors noted several unspecified adverse inspectional observations. In addition, several positive Cronobacter results were reported from environmental samples taken by FDA.

In response to the FDA’s findings, Abbott Nutrition has initiated a recall of multiple powdered infant formula products sold under the Similac, Alimentum and EleCare brand names. The affected products were manufactured in the Sturgis plant.

The products under recall have a multidigit number on the bottom of the container starting with the first two digits 22 through 37, contains K8, SH, or Z2 and with an expiration date of April 1, 2022, or after.

This image shows where to find important lot code information on the container.

The recalled products were distributed across the United States and may also have been exported to multiple countries around the world, including: Australia, Bahrain, Barbados, Bermuda, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Guam, Guatemala, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Oman, Peru, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Sudan, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and Vietnam ANI South.

The recall notices

To access detailed information on the recalled products in your country, please click on the appropriate links. For countries not listed below, navigate to Abbott’s website to access additional information.

Cronobacter’s long shadow

Cronobacter was suspected to be a cause of meningitis in infants as long ago as the early 1960s.

In 1981, researchers at the Indiana University School of Medicine were able to confirm the link between Cronobacter sakazakii and a case of fatal meningitis.

In 1983, Dutch researchers were the first to suggest the connection between infant formula and Cronobacter infections. Their hypothesis was proven to be correct in a 1989 report of an Icelandic outbreak of meningitis in three newborn infants.

In 2001, the death of an eleven-day old infant in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) of a Tennessee hospital was traced to the use of Portagen powdered infant formula manufactured by Mead Johnson. Cronobacter was recovered from nine of forty-eight infants in the NICU.

The following year, a five-day old Belgian baby died shortly after being released from the hospital. The infant, who was infected with Cronobacter, had been fed Beba powdered formula manufactured by Nestlé.

These incidents prompted the FDA to increase its surveillance of infant formula manufacturers, with special emphasis on the possibility Cronobacter in powdered infant formulas. The agency updated its Compliance Guidance for infant formulas in 2018.

Abbott’s inspection history

Abbott’s infant formula production facility in Sturgis, Michigan, has undergone twenty-seven FDA inspections since October 2008, according to the FDA’s inspection database.

Twenty-four of the twenty-seven inspections resulted in the company’s operations receiving a clean bill of health.

In October 2010, the FDA inspector cited the company for three issues, specifically:

  • Effective measures are not being taken to exclude pests from the processing areas
  • There is no assurance that raw materials which are susceptible to contamination with extraneous materials comply with current FDA standards and defect action levels
  • Failure to manufacture foods under conditions and controls necessary to minimize contamination.

These issues were apparently corrected, as subsequent inspections that same year and for several years did not result in any adverse reports.

The situation changed in September 2019, when the FDA inspector cited Abbott for a single issue, stating:

  • You did not test a representative sample of a production aggregate of a powdered infant formula at the final product stage and before distribution to ensure that the production aggregate meets the required microbiological quality standards.

Once again, the company corrected its procedures to the FDA’s satisfaction.

There were no inspections carried out for two full years. Then, in September 2021, the FDA returned. This time, the inspection uncovered several issues:

  • Personnel working directly with infant formula, its raw materials, packaging, or equipment or utensil contact surfaces did not wash hands thoroughly in a handwashing facility at a suitable temperature after the hands may have become soiled or contaminated.
  • You did not maintain a building used in the manufacture, processing, packing or holding of infant formula in a clean and sanitary condition
  • An instrument you used to measure, regulate, or control a processing parameter was not properly maintained.
  • You did not monitor the temperature in a thermal processing equipment at a frequency as is necessary to maintain temperature control.
  • You did not install a filter capable of retaining particles 0.5 micrometer or smaller when compressed gas is used at a product filling machine.

In its recall notice, Abbott acknowledged having found “evidence of Cronobacter sakazakii in the plant in non-product contact areas,” but denied having found the bacterium in finished product.

This would appear to be in direct contradiction to the FDA’s revelation that the company had recorded the destruction of product in the past due to the presence of Cronobacter.

FDA advice to consumers

If you want to check if your powdered formula is part of the recall, you can enter the product lot code on the bottom of your package on the company’s website.

If you have questions or need information about the recall, you can Submit Questions/Get Assistance from the FDA.

If your infant is experiencing symptoms related to Cronobacter or Salmonella infection, such as poor feeding, irritability, temperature changes, jaundice, grunting breaths, abnormal movements, lethargy, rash, or blood in the urine or stool; contact your health care provider to report their symptoms and receive immediate care.

To report an illness or adverse event, you can

Note: Information on the history of Cronobacter infections in infants was drawn from TAINTED: From Farm Gate to Dinner Plate, Fifty Years of Food Safety Failures.

For additional information on Cronobacter, visit the CDC web page, Cronobacter infection and infants.