Recalls and Alerts: March 31-April 1, 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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Chapter 6. Birth of a Pathogen

United States

Allergy Alert: Giant Eagle, Inc. recalls Happy Face Cookies (Pack of 4; sell by dates through 04/01/22) due to undeclared milk. The recalled cookies were sold in two Ohio Giant Eagle supermarkets in Geneva and Ashtabula.

Food Safety Alert: The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is advising consumers to avoid purchasing or eating Ocean Mist Farms brand Romaine Hearts / Coeurs de laitue Romaine (22oz; Lot 22RHDM2L; Harvest date MAR 10; grown in Coachella, CA; sourced from Ocean Mist Farms of Castroville, CA) due to Cyclospora contamination.

Canada

OUTBREAK INVESTIGATION: The Public Health Agency of Canada is investigating an outbreak of 279 cases of norovirus and gastrointestinal illness linked to the consumption of oysters from British Columbia. Cases have been reported in B.C. (262), Alberta (1), Saskatchewan (1), and Ontario (15). This investigation has led to multiple recalls of oysters. See the most recent recall notice, below.

Food Safety Recall: Daily Fresh Shellfish Inc. recalls certain Daily Fresh Shellfish Inc. brand Oysters due to possible Norovirus contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products. These oysters may be linked to an outbreak of foodborne disease.

Food Safety Recall: Gastronomia Roberto recalls ARRABIATA SAUCE TOMATE PIQUANTE / Spicy tomato sauce (1 L; Sold up to 31 March 2022) due to potential food safety hazard.

Europe

Allergy Alert (Belgium): Carrefour recalls Carrefour brand SAUCE AMERICAINE (300 ml; Lot DE 22 BNP; Best before 14/02/2023) due to undeclared celery.

Allergy Alert (Belgium): Tayaba group / AYAM FOOD recalls AL Hussein brand Boulgour fin rouge / Fine red bulgur (800g carton; Best before 31/10/2020) due to undeclared wheat.

Allergy Alert (Belgium): AFSCA orders recall of Xoai Say Deo – Dried Mango (Lot TO8D21; Best before 30/11/2022) due to undeclared sulphites.

Allergy Alert (Belgium): GELATERIA JOHN JOHN recalls John John brand Glace Cookies / Cookie ice cream (480 ml; All lot and date codes) due to undeclared eggs and hazelnuts.

Allergy Alert (Germany): WSF Fischfeinkost GmbH recalls NADLER Garnelen Salat mit Cocktail-Creme / Shrimp salad with cocktail cream (125g; Lot #L443; Best before 22.04.2022) due to undeclared shrimp, cream, sodium metabisulphite, fish, soy, celery, sesame and gluten.

Allergy Alert (Ireland): FSAI reports that Xoài Sấy Dẻo Dried Mango (75g; Batch code TO8D21; Best before 30/11/2022) contains undeclared sulphites.

Allergy Alert (Italy): Laboratoire PYC SAS recalls TISANOREICA GIANLUCA MECH brand Preparato alimentare tipo zuppa al gusto verdure / Vegetable flavoured soup (4 x 34g; Lot 21S3-03388; Best before 01/2024) due to undeclared milk.

Allergy Alert (Italy): Laboratoire PYC SAS recalls TISANOREICA GIANLUCA MECH brand  KIT INTENSIVA, Contenete Preparato alimentare tipo zuppa al gusto verdure / Vegetable flavoured soup kit (4 x 34g; Lot 220207; Best before 06/2023) due to undeclared milk.

Allergy Alert (Italy): Laboratoire PYC SAS recalls TISANOREICA GIANLUCA MECH brand  KIT INTENSIVA, Contenete Preparato alimentare tipo zuppa al gusto verdure / Vegetable flavoured soup kit (4 x 34g; Lot 220214, 220221; Best before 10/2023) due to undeclared milk.

Allergy Alert (Netherlands): Albert Heijn recalls AH Excellent paastartelettes / Easter Tartlettes (Best before 07-04-2022) due to undeclared almonds and pistachios.

Food Safety Recall (Belgium): La Ferme Champignol recalls three dairy products due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (Belgium): TADAL recalls Kerem brand Figues séchées / Dried figs (250g; Lot 21003123; Best before 25/11/2022) due to ochratoxin contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Belgium): Products and Brands Group recalls Organix Cheese & Onion Dragon Claws Chips (60g / 4 x 15g; Lot L1403; Best before 06/06/2022) due to possible mycotoxin contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Germany): Fa. Kosebate GmbH recalls Alburj – Halva mit extra Pistazien / Halvah with extra pistachios and Alburj – Halva mit Pistazien / Halvah with pistachios (400g & 800g; Production dates 01.01.2021-31.03.2022) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Ireland): Centra recalls Centra Hot Smoked BBQ Salmon (200g; Use by 01/04/2022; Product of Norway) because the packages contain raw salmon darnes, which require cooking.

Food Safety Recall (Luxembourg): Products and Brands Group recalls Organix Cheese & Onion Dragon Claws Chips (60g / 4 x 15g; Lot L1403; Best before 06/06/2022) due to possible mycotoxin contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Luxembourg): Skopos recalls AB (Alfa-Beta) brand Manouri Grecque AOP Cheese (200g; Best before 03/06/2022) due to shigatoxin producing E. coli contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Spain): Manufacturer recalls Vicente Lopez PIG’S HEAD I – COOKED AND FRIED PORK MEAT (200g; Batch nos. 22501 and 22502; Expiry date April 15, 2022) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (UK): Village Quality Products recalls Al Burj Halwa Pistachio (400g & 800g; Production date 07 February 2021) due to Salmonella contamination.

Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands

Allergy Alert Update (Israel): Holy Cocoa expands earlier recall to include additional products due to undeclared milk. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Australia and New Zealand

Food Safety Recall (New Zealand): George Weston Foods (NZ) Ltd recalls Ploughmans Bakery brand Country Grains Bread (750g; Best before 02APR22 and 03APR22) due to foreign matter contamination (plastic).

Recalled salad mix blamed for Listeria monocytogenes outbreak

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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), together with state and local partners and the CDC, is investigating an outbreak of ten Listeria monocytogenes illnesses in eight states.

The onset dates for illnesses linked to the outbreak strain range from July 26, 2016 to October 19, 2021.

The outbreak strain is a genetic match for the Listeria monocytogenes recovered from Fresh Express Sweet Hearts salad mix by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARM) during the course of a routine sampling program.

The MDARM issued a Consumer Advisory on December 17, 2021.

In response to the Listeria monocytogenes finding and the outbreak investigation, Fresh Express, Inc. has recalled certain varieties of its branded and private label salad products produced at the company’s Streamwood, Illinois facility.

Fresh Express, Inc. is a division of Chiquita Brands.

Affected brands include: Fresh Express, Giant Eagle, Little Salad Bar, Market District, Marketside, O Organics, Signature Farms, Simply Nature Organic, Weis Fresh From the Field, and Wellsley Farms Organic.

The recall includes all Use-By Dates of fresh salad items with product codes Z324 through Z350. Please refer to the Fresh Express recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

The recalled products were distributed in Connecticut, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin.

Some of the recalled products were also exported to Canada. Please refer to the CFIA recall notice for a complete list of affected products, which were sold in Manitoba and Ontario and also may have been distributed in other provinces and territories. 

A Repeat Offender

Fresh Express, which has suspended production at its Streamwood facility, has been the source of more than one previous foodborne disease outbreak.

In 2018, more than 500 customers of MacDonald’s in fifteen states were infected with Cyclospora after consuming a packaged romaine lettuce/carrot mix supplied to the restaurant chain by Fresh Express

In December 2019, Fresh Express Sunflower Crisp Chopped Salad Kits were identified as the source of an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses in the United States and Canada.

And on October 20, 2020, the FDA issued a Warning Letter to the company as a result of the agency’s investigation into the source of yet another multistate outbreak of cyclosporiasis that was traced back to bagged salad mixes produced at the Streamwood production plant.

On November 10, 2021, the FDA issued a Close-out Letter acknowledging the company’s corrective actions to the violations listed in the October 2020 Warning Letter.

What Retailers Need to Know

  • Stop serving or selling recalled produce, whether it is fresh or frozen. Produce stored at cold temperatures can be contaminated. Listeria monocytogenes can grow even at refrigerated temperatures.
  • Keep recalled produce away from other foods and from any equipment, utensils, and linens, among other things.
  • Determine if cross-contamination with other foods may have happened.
  • Determine the source of the produce, or the supplier if the source of the fresh/frozen produce is unknown.
  • Follow the instructions from the source or supplier on how to return or dispose of the recalled produce.
  • Your employees should wash their hands thoroughly after handling recalled produce.
  • Wash any clothing and linens that have may be contaminated.

What Consumers Need to Know

  • Mild symptoms may include a fever, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. If the more severe form of listeriosis develops, symptoms may include headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions. 
  • People infected with L. monocytogenes may start to see symptoms in a few hours or as long as two to three days after eating contaminated food. More severe forms of listeriosis may take anywhere from three days to three months to develop.
  • Consult your health care provider if you suspect that you or a family member has developed symptoms that resemble a L. monocytogenes infection.
  • Discard any of the recalled products or return them to the retailer for a refund.
  • Wash and sanitize any surfaces in your refrigerator or your kitchen that may have come into contact with one of the recalled products.
  • Canadian consumers should be on the alert for any recall notices issued by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. In the meantime, do not purchase, serve or eat any of the products listed on the US recall notice.

For more information, members of the public can contact the Fresh Express Consumer Response Center toll-free line at: 800-242-5472

Recalls and Alerts: September 21-22, 2021

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: FDA is assisting CDC in the ongoing investigation of four separate multistate foodborne outbreaks, two involving Salmonella and two involving Cyclospora. No specific food vehicle has yet been identified for any of these outbreaks.

Europe

Allergy Alert (Belgium): Match S.A. recalls Cora brand dés de poulet / diced chicken (Expiration date 03/10/2021) due to undeclared milk and soy.

Allergy Alert (Denmark): KD Food recalls Grand Gout brand Skinkesalat / Ham salad (175g; Best before 27.09.2021) due to undeclared fish (salmon).

Allergy Alert (Luxembourg): Koninklijke Euroma recalls three varieties of Kania brand instant soups due to undeclared soy and celery. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (Denmark): Atria Danmark A/S recalls 3-Stjernet brand Den Lette Frikadellepølse / The Light Meatball Sausage (110g; Best before 29.09.2021) due to development of gas in the packages resulting from microbial growth.

Food Safety Recall (Denmark): Mozami A/S recalls Økologisk hummus spicy / Organic spicy hummus (200g; Best before 26.09.2021 and 10.10.2021) due to development of gas in the packages resulting from microbial growth.

Food Safety Recall (France): Carrefour recalls REFLET de FRANCE brand JAMBON SUPERIEUR / Superior ham (2 slices: Lot #1243; Use by 02/10/2021) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): Fromagerie d’Anjouin recalls Fromagerie Anjouin brand VALENCAY AOP cheese (220g; Lot #V214; Best before 02/10/2021) due to E. coli O103:H2 contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): U.F.F. VILLEFRANCHE recalls Saumon fumé Ecosse ficelle / Scottish smoked salmon (4 slices – 160g; Lot #236412256; Use by 14/10/2021) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): U.F.F. VILLEFRANCHE recalls Coeur de saumon fumé Ecosse / Heart of Scottish smoked salmon (150g; Lots 236301256, 236301257, 236301260; Use by 04/10/2021, 05/10/2021, 08/10/2021, respectively) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): U.F.F. VILLEFRANCHE recalls Saumon fumé Ecosse / Scottish smoked salmon (4 slices – 160g; Lot 236309256 & 236412259; Use by 11/10/2021 & 13/10/2021, respectively) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): Fromagerie d’Anjouin recalls Fromagerie d’Anjouin brand VALENCAY AOP ANJOUIN CPE cheese ( 6x220g; Lot V214; Best before 02/10/2021) due to E. coli O103:H2 contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): SALAISON E. CHAVASSIEUX recalls Salaison E. Chavassieux brand Saucisses sèches / Dry sausage (Lot 33/36; Best by 05/11/2021) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): SALAISON E. CHAVASSIEUX recalls E. Chavassieux brand Saucisse sèche aux câpres de Linosa / Dry sausage with Linosa capers (Lot 33/36; Best by 05/11/2021) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): SCAMARK E.LECLERC recalls NOS REGIONS ONT DU TALENT brand VALENCAY AOP cheese (220 G; Lot V214; Best before 02/10/2021) due to E. coli O103:H2 contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): SALAISON E. CHAVASSIEUX recalls E. Chavassieux brand Fine calabraise dry sausage (Lot 33/34; Best by 22/10/2021) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): Carrefour recalls Carrefour brand Carrés gourmands chocolat lait noisettes entières / Milk chocolate with whole hazelnuts (200g & 2x200g; multiple lots and best before dates) due to foreign matter (stones) contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected product codes.

Food Safety Recall (France): Cinq Degrés Ouest recalls Neutre brand Chair de coques crue décortiquée surgelée / Frozen raw shelled shellfish meat (1 kg; Lot #200123D; Best before 25/01/2022) due to Norovirus contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): Monoprix recalls MONOPRIX GOURMET brand BURRATA DI BUFFALA / Buffalo milk cheese (125g; Lot #LF1243A; Use by 19/09/2021) due to E. coli contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): Carrefour recalls Carrés gourmands chocolat noir noisettes entières / Dark chocolate with whole hazelnuts (200g; multiple lots and best before dates) due to foreign matter (stones) contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected product codes.

Food Safety Recall (Germany): Kelmendi Lebensmittel recalls SUHO MESO, Zarebnica, GERÄUCHERTES ROASTBEEF / Smoked roast beef (400g; Best before 03.11.2021) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Germany): Midsona Deutschland GmbH recalls EISBLÜMERL Gebrannte Mandel Aufstrich / Roasted almond spread (250g; Lot #175522; Best before 25.06.2022) due to foreign matter (glass splinters) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Netherlands): Enrico BV recalls Royal Geroosterde Paprika / Royal roasted paprika (465g; Lot #2G420; Expiration date 31-12-2023) due to foreign matter (glass) contamination.