Recalls and Alerts: April 15–17, 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.

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United States

OUTBREAK INVESTIGATION UPDATE: FDA continues to investigate an outbreak of acute non-viral hepatitis illnesses in the Southern Nevada Health District, linked to consumption of “Real Water” brand Alkaline Water. FDA has completed an inspection of the company’s production facilities in Henderson, NV and Mesa, AZ and is in the process of reviewing the information obtained during its inspections.

Allergy Alert: Lake Champlain Chocolates recalls Mr. Goodtime Bunny (3.25 lb; Best By 11/20/21) due to undeclared almonds.

Allergy Alert: Blount Fine Foods recalls Panera at Home Lobster Bisque (16-oz cups; Lot #030821-11K; Use by 5/17/2021) due to undeclared egg.

Allergy Alert: Jose Madrid Salsa recalls Strawberry Mild salsa (13-oz jars; Sold from 3/26/2018-3/29/2021 at farmers markets and certain retail stores in Ohio) due to undeclared anchovy.

Food Safety Recall: JBS USA Food Company recalls 95CL BONELESS BEEF PRODUCT OF AUSTRALIA (60-lb cardboard boxes; Packed on 02-SEP-20; Australian EST. 4) due to possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination. The meat was shipped to distributors and further processors in New York and Pennsylvania.

Food Safety Recall Update: Olymel S.E.C./L.P. recalls Celebrity EXTRA LEAN IMPORTED HAM 98% FAT FREE (12-lb. plastic film vacuum packages; Product codes 20309 11 – 91, 20309 21 – 91, 20309 31 – 91, 20309 41 – 91 and 20309 51 – 91; Product of Canada) due to possible Salmonella Enteritidis contamination. The recalled product was shipped to distributors in California for further distribution for institutional use.

Canada

Allergy Alert: Nestlé Canada Inc. recalls Nestlé brand Drumstick Caramel Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert Cones (4 x 120 ml; All date codes; UPC 0 55000 38383 7) and Nestlé brand Drumstick Vanilla Chocolate Swirl Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert Cones (4 x 120 ml; All date codes; UPC 0 55000 38384 4) due to undeclared milk.

Allergy Alert: Federated Co-Operatives Ltd. recalls Co-op Gold Pure brand Superfood Peanut Butter – Crunchy (480g; Lot #200650; Best before 30 JUL 2021; UPC 0 57316 19450 3) due to undeclared hazelnut.

Europe

Allergy Alert (Belgium): Scoop BC recalls Akiié brand Piment (différentes variétés : rouge, jaune et vert) / Peppers (red, yellow and green varieties) (110ml glass jars; All Best before dates) due to undeclared soy.

Allergy Alert (Denmark): Huset Andersen recalls various Spanish specialties, including pestos, tapanades, biscuits, balsamic vinegar, etc. (All expiration dates and batch numbers) due to undeclared allergens. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Allergy Alert (Luxembourg): Industry recalls Iglo brand Croquettes au Fromage / Cheese croquettes (4 x 60g / 240g; Lots L0325 & L0337; Best before 11/2022) due to undeclared shellfish.

Allergy Alert (UK): Lactalis McLelland Ltd recalls President Mini Cheese Selection (136.6g; Use by 24 May 2021) due to undeclared nuts.

Food Safety Recall (Austria): DELABLI recalls BILLA WILDLACHS KAVIAR / Wild salmon caviar (50g glass jars; Lot #210652; Best before 15/01/22) due to foreign matter (glass splinters) contamination.

Food Supplement Safety Recall (Finland): Orkla Care Oy recalls two HUSK brand fiber products due to potential Salmonella contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (France): GAEC DES LAURIERS FERME DES LAURIERS recalls GAEC DES LAURIERS brand Fromage à pâte pressée mi- cuite / semi-cooked pressed cheese (Sold by the slice; Lot #49; Best before 09/05/2021) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): GLACES THIRIET recalls Thiriet brand FRAMBOISES ENTIERES ET BRISEES / Whole and broken raspberries (450g; Lot #L20241; Best before 01/08/2022) due to Norovirus contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): Pierre Sajous recalls Pierre Sajous brand Saucisse fraiche de Porc Noir de Bigorre sous vide / Fresh Black Pork Bigorre Sausage, vacuum-packed (Lot #070421; Use by 16/04/ 2021) due to potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Supplement Safety Recall (Iceland): Orkla Care recalls multiple HUSK brand fiber products due to potential Salmonella contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Supplement Safety Recall (Luxembourg): Scanshop Kalchesbréck recalls HUSK Psyllium-Froskaller / Psyllium capsules (175 capsules/bottle; Lot #20190031; Use by 09-2023) due to potential Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall Update (Luxembourg): Unilever recalls The Vegetarian Butcher brand Burger Végétarien mc² (160g; Lots 108382N26, 108484N26, 108582N26, 108985N26, 109285N26; Use by 21-04-2021 to 30-04-2021, inclusive) due to foreign matter (pieces of black plastic) contamination.

Food Supplement Safety Recall (Sweden): Orkla Care recalls all HUSK and FiberHusk brand products due to potential Salmonella contamination, as these products may be linked to an outbreak of Salmonella infections in Denmark. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Recalls and Alerts: February 1 – 3, 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.

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United States

OUTBREAK INVESTIGATION: CDC is investigating a deadly outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses in Arkansas (6), New York (1), Oklahoma (5), Virginia (2) and Washington (2). One person has died in Washington state, and nine have been hospitalized in this five-state outbreak, which appears to have begun on December 23, 2020. Three of the outbreak victims have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome. CDC has not yet established what food(s) might be behind these infections. The outbreak strain has previous been associated with various sources, including romaine lettuce, recreational water and ground beef.

OUTBREAK INVESTIGATION UPDATE: FDA continues to investigate the source of two Salmonella outbreaks, including an outbreak of seven Salmonella Potsdam illnesses and 60 Salmonella Miami illnesses. No specific food products have been linked to the illnesses as yet.

Public Health Alert: USDA issues a public health alert because raw beef product (~2-lb trays; Packed dates JAN 28 2021 through JAN 31 2021) produced by Greater Omaha Packing Co. Inc., an Omaha, Neb. establishment, may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7

Food Safety Recall: Williams Valley Family Farm LLC recalls raw (unpasteurized) milk (1/2 gal and 1 gal sizes; Best By 2/08 through 2/17) due to shigatoxin-producing E. coli contamination.

Canada

Allergy Alert: Aurpal Inc. recalls Rougié brand Duck Foie Gras (80g; Lot 620307002; Expiry 2022MA03) due to undeclared milk.

Food Safety Recall: Les 400 Pieds de champignon inc. recalls Sauce crémeuse aux champignons sans lactose / Lactose-free creamy mushroom sauce (Large; Production dates up to and including 29 January 2021) and Sauce spaghetti aux champignons / Spaghetti sauce with mushrooms (Large; No date indicated) because the items were manufactured and packaged under conditions that may render them unsafe to consume.

Food Safety Recall: Solstice Ciderworks recalls Solstice Ciderworks brand Ciders due to leaking cans. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of recalled products.

Food Safety Recall: Sobeys Inc. recalls Panache brand Sweet Onion Poppy Seed Dressing (350 ml; Best before 2021 OC 16 and 2021 OC 30; UPC 6 23682 1222 9) due to spoilage.

Food Safety Recall: Service traiteur Mi Dunu recalls two pepper products because the items were manufactured and packaged under conditions that may render them unsafe to consume. Please refer to the recall notice for a list of the affected products.

Food Safety Recall: Marché d’alimentation Vallée (Marché Richelieu) recalls Poulet désossé cuit maison / Home-style cooked deboned chicken (500 ml glass jars; Sold up to and including 3 February 2021) due to lack of “Keep refrigerated” label instruction.

Europe

Allergy Alert (Belgium): Colruyt recalls New York Bakery Original Bagel (4 x 85 g; Best before 03/02/2021) due to undeclared sesame seeds.

Allergy Alert (UK): Waitrose recalls Waitrose brand Patisserie Carrot Cake Muffin 2S (Best before 05 February 2021) due to undeclared walnuts.

Allergy Alert (UK): Pasta Evangelists recalls Fresh Basil Pesto (140g; Use by 03 February 2021) due to undeclared pistachios.

Food Safety Recall (Belgium): Biofresh Belgium recalls Your Organic Nature brand Jus de pommes concentré / Concentrated apple juice (750 ml; Best before 09.2022) due to foreign matter (pieces of glass) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Denmark): Banin bread recalls Banin brand breads (All breads produced from 22.01.2021 to 27.01.2021) because the products were manufactured under unsanitary conditions.

Food Safety Recall (France): LA TOQUE ANGEVINE recalls Auchan brand Pizza 3 fromages BIO  / Organic 3-cheese pizza (380g; Use by 14/02/2021) due to possible Listeria contamination.

Pet Food Safety Recall (Denmark): Maxi Zoo recalls Multifit kyllingehals til hunde / Chicken necks for dogs (200g; Batch #261020; Best before 28.04.2022) due to Salmonella contamination.

Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands

Allergy Alert Update (Israel): Hashahar Haole Company recalls Hashahar Haole brand Hazelnut spread with cocoa (350g; All expiry dates up to and including 6.7.22) due to undeclared sesame.

Food Safety Recall Update (Israel): Meir Bagel Co. recalls Classic Grissini Crumbs (200g; Batches 29420 and 29520; Sell by 20/10/2021 and 21/10/2021) due to foreign matter (small plastic chips) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Israel): Delicious Artisanеl Company Ltd. recalls Chorizo Sausage Stick (Expiry dates 4/06/21 – 13/06/21 inclusive), Rosette Sausage Stick (Expiry dates 4/06/21 – 13/06/21 inclusive) and French Sausage Stick (Expiry dates 4/06/21 – 13/06/21 inclusive) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Israel): Hod Maadan Shem Haorez Textboss Ltd. recalls New York corned beef brand smoked, sliced and spiced beef breast (Expiry date 13.02.2021) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Australia and New Zealand

Food Safety Recall (New Zealand): Delmaine Fine Foods Ltd recalls Delmaine Fine Foods brand Cocktail Onions (400g glass jar; Batch no. 2010041; Best before  03/10/2023) due to foreign matter (pieces of glass) contamination.

PetSmart and other stealthy pet food recalls

Not all food-safety recalls are announced via a corporate news release and posted on-line. 

In some cases, news of a recall is shared only by telephone, email, letter or some other private means.

Nevertheless, all recalls that come under the jurisdiction of the FDA eventually find their way into the FDA’s Weekly Enforcement Report.

A survey of Enforcement Reports for 2020, conducted last week by eFoodAlert, turned up several recalls for which no public notice was issued.

The Smaller Fry

Boesl Packing Company recalled one batch of K9 Kraving Dog Food Beef and Vegetable Raw Dog Food due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The recall was initiated on July 22, 2019 and classified six months later as a Class I recall on January 23, 2020. The product was shipped to one customer in North Carolina. The customer was notified by telephone.

G & C Raw, LLC recalled one batch of G&C Raw Ground Turkey due to possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes. The recall was initiated on May 20, 2019 and was eventually classified as a Class I recall on January 23, 2020. The recalled items were distributed only in Michigan and consignees were notified by email.

Grassland Beef recalled two varieties of Dr. Siegel’s S. A. F. E. Petfood, Ground Beef due to possible presence of E. coli O157:H7. The recall was initiated on October 20, 2020 and Classified as a Class I recall on November 23, 2020. The recalled products were shipped directly to consumers nationwide and to one retail location in Florida.

Stella & Chewy’s, LLC recalled one batch of Stella & Chewy’s Raw Blend, Kibble + Wholesome Grains Red Meat Recipe, with Pumpkin & Quinoa due to potential Salmonella contamination. The recall was initiated on October 14, 2020 and classified as a Class I recall on October 28, 2020. The product was distributed in four states and consignees were notified by telephone.

Texas Tripe recalled multiple products in which Listeria monocytogenes and/or Salmonella were detected. The recalls were initiated in July 2019 and classified as Class I on January 23, 2020. FDA was sufficiently disturbed at the magnitude of the problem and the lack of a public recall notice to issue its own caution to pet owners on August 14, 2019.

Woody’s Pet Food Deli recalled one batch of Raw Chicken, Homemade Cat and Dog Food, with supplements, due to Salmonella contamination. The recall was initiated on August 30, 2019 and classified as Class I on January 23, 2020. Product was distributed in Minnesota and Colorado, and customers were notified by telephone.

The Major Leagues

The J.M. Smucker Company recalled several cat food products in December 2019, and one additional product on July 2, 2020, due to excessive levels of choline chloride. 

The public recall notice for the 2019 recall stated only that the recall was due to “ingredients believed to not meet the Company’s quality and safety standards.” 

Only the July 2020 recall advised the public that an excessive level of choline chloride was behind the recalls.

PetSmart Inc. recalled Authority Savory Blends Turkey Formula Cat Food and Authority Savory Blends Chicken Formula Cat Food (all lot codes) on November 11, 2020, due to elevated levels of the mycotoxin, Zearalenone. The products were distributed nationwide.

According to a spokesperson for the FDA, there is no established action level for Zearalenone in pet foods or animal feeds, and no adverse events relating to the recalled products have been reported to the agency. The PetSmart recall was classified as Class II, since Zearalenone is not considered to be as significant a health risk as certain other mycotoxins, such as aflatoxin.

The Bottom Line

Stealth recalls are not limited to veterinary products, pet treats and pet foods. Some recalls of human food also never enter the public spotlight, for a variety of reasons.

To keep up to date on all FDA-overseen recalls, whether publicized or not, check the FDA’s Weekly Enforcement Report page, which is updated every Wednesday.