Recalls and Alerts: November 2, 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 retail distribution of peanut butter products recalled due to Salmonella Bredeney, please consult the Trader Joe’s/Sunland Peanut Butter Recalls tab.

For current information on retail distribution of beef products containing Canadian beef recalled due to E. coli O157:H7 contamination please consult the Canada/USA Beef Recall tab.

United States

  • Allergy Alert: Perdue Foods, LLC (Bridgewater, VA) recalls Perdue Original Chicken Breast Nuggets (3 x 12-oz tray packs bundled packages; Est P.369; Sell by Dec 16, 2012), due to the presence of undeclared milk. The recalled products were distributed to BJ’s Club Stores in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.
  • Food Safety Recall: Bolthouse Farms recalls Bolthouse Farms® Carrot Chips (16 oz; UPC 71464 17209; Best if used by Nov 12 2012 and Nov 13, 2012; Lot codes 04T XXXX BF 212 J11 and 04T XXXX BF 212 J12, respectively), after North Carolina detected Salmonella in a sample of the product. The recalled Carrot Chips were distributed to retail customers in the USA and Canada.
  • Outbreak Alert: Food Safety News reports that at least 16 people in New York state have fallen ill with E. coli O157:H7 after eating Wegmans Food You Feel Good About Organic Spinach and Spring Mix. The retailer recalled 5-oz and 11-oz size containers of the spinach product on November 1st. Illnesses have been reported from four New York counties: Monroe, Niagara, Steuben and Wayne. CDC and FDA are investigating.

Canada

  • Allergy Alert: Nikol Poulin Inc. recalls Extra brand Bridge Mixture (250g; UPC 0 28109 01252 6), due to the presence of undeclared tree nuts, and Jalousie brand Mélange Bridge Mix (235g; UPC 0 57449 71106 6), due to the presence of undeclared peanuts. The recalled products were sold in Quebec.
  • Food Safety Recall: La P’tite Charcuterie inc (Longueuil, QC) recalls Chorizo Sausage (sold up to and including October 17, 2012), because the product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
  • Food Safety Recall: Highland Packers Ltd. recalls BBQ Sized Pigs (Sold between August 14 and 18, 2012), due to the presence of chemical drug residues.
  • Food Safety Recall: Dollarama Inc. recalls Triton Sardines in Vegetable Oil (106g; Code PL 22111853; Lots L-801-2067-1, L-801-2068-2, L-801-2069-1 and L-801-2072-1; UPC 6 67888 08713 6), due to unspecified microbiological contamination. The recalled product was sold in Quebec.
  • Food Safety Recall: Olymel S.E.C./L.P. recalls Le Petit Charcutier Cooked Turkey Breast (4.4 kg; Best before 2012 OC 05, 2012 OC 12, 2012 OC 19, 2012 OC 26, 2012 NO 03, 2012 NO 09, 2012 NO 19, 2012 NO 23) and Le Petit Charcutier Smoked Turkey Breast (4.4 kg; Best before 2012 OC 05, 2012 OC 12, 2012 OC 19, 2012 OC 26, 2012 NO 04, 2012 NO 09, 2012 NO 16, 2012 NO 30), due to microbiological spoilage. The recalled products were sold in Quebec.
  • Food Safety Recall: Loblaw Companies Ltd. recalls Larabar Gluten Free Cashew Fruit & Nut Energy Bar (48g, 50g, and 16 x 48g; Use by 30MAY2013), due to microbiological spoilage. The recalled products were sold nationwide.
  • Food Safety Recall: Bolthouse Farms recalls Bolthouse Farms® Carrot Chips (Product of USA; 16 oz; UPC 71464 17209; Best if used by Nov 12 2012 and Nov 13, 2012; Lot codes 04T XXXX BF 212 J11 and 04T XXXX BF 212 J12, respectively), after North Carolina detected Salmonella in a sample of the product. The recalled Carrot Chips may have been distributed across Canada.

Europe

  • Allergy Alert (Finland): HOK-Elanto recalls Halloween donuts, due to the presence of undeclared egg and, possible traces of undeclared hazelnut.
  • Allergy Alert (UK): Asda recalls Asda 14 Caramel Bites (280g pack; Best before 14 September 2013; Batch No. L523732), due to the presence of undeclared peanuts.
  • Food Safety Recall (Denmark): Danish Supermarket recalls Budget brand Chocolate Mousse (2 x 70g cups; Best before 6 November, 13 November and 19 November; Produced by Limelco in Belgium), due to mold contamination in some cups.
  • Food Safety Recall (Italy): Life S.R.L. recalls Raw Pistachios (Lot L 219.12; Expiry 30/10/2013), due to the presence of aflatoxin B1 above the acceptable limit.
  • Outbreak Alert Update (Netherlands): Another 37 people have been confirmed to be infected with Salmonella Thompson, bringing the total number of illnesses linked to the consumption of contaminated smoked salmon to 1,063 since the outbreak began. The death toll has risen to four.

Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands

  • Food Safety Recall (Philippines): Asia Pacific News reports that Philippine authorities have ordered the recall of six brands of South Korean noodles made by Nongshim Co. after they were reported to contain benzopyrene, a carcinogen.
  • Food Safety Recall (Taiwan): The China Post reports that King-Town Co. has recalled all packaged rice products from the first harvest of the year – some 500 metric tons – after tests showed that some of the rice products contained excessive levels of pesticide residues.
  • Food Safety Recall (Countries unknown): Spring Bay Seafoods Pty Ltd. recalls Spring Bay Live Blue Mussels (500g & 1 kg vacuum plastic packed; Use by dates between 31 October 2012 and 10 November 2012), Spring Bay Live Blue Mussels (net bag packed; 1Kg & 2 Kg; Use by dates between 29 Octoer 2012 to 6 November 2012), Spring Bay Live Blue Mussels (Bulk-packed for loose sale, 10 Kg and 15 Kg; Packed on dates between 22 October 2012 and 31 October 2012) and Coles Cooked Tasmanian Mussels with Cream White Wine (500g; Use by 12 November 2012), due to the presence of the naturally occurring marine toxin known as paralytic shellfish toxin (PST). The recalled mussels were sold at retail outlets, including Coles in Victoria, Queensland, New South Wales, Tasmania, South Australia and ACT, and were exported to some Asian countries.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Food Safety Recall (Australia): Spring Bay Seafoods Pty Ltd. recalls Spring Bay Live Blue Mussels (500g & 1 kg vacuum plastic packed; Use by dates between 31 October 2012 and 10 November 2012), Spring Bay Live Blue Mussels (net bag packed; 1Kg & 2 Kg; Use by dates between 29 Octoer 2012 to 6 November 2012), Spring Bay Live Blue Mussels (Bulk-packed for loose sale, 10 Kg and 15 Kg; Packed on dates between 22 October 2012 and 31 October 2012) and Coles Cooked Tasmanian Mussels with Cream White Wine (500g; Use by 12 November 2012), due to the presence of the naturally occurring marine toxin known as paralytic shellfish toxin (PST). The recalled mussels were sold at retail outlets, including Coles in Victoria, Queensland, New South Wales, Tasmania, South Australia and ACT, and were exported to some Asian countries.

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.

More Than 1,000 Ill in Dutch Salmonella Outbreak

The Dutch National Institute for Public Health and Environment (RIVM) reported today that 1,026 people are now confirmed to have been infected with Salmonella Thompson, in an outbreak of salmonellosis that has been linked to contaminated smoked salmon. This represents an increase of 76 cases in the past week.

RIVM notes that the number of new patients is significantly lower than the week before, suggesting that this major outbreak is finally waning.

According to a report in today’s issue of Eurosurveillance, Dutch authorities first became aware of the outbreak on August 2nd, when RIVM staff noticed an increase in the number of Salmonella Thompson cases. This particular Salmonella normally causes only four illnesses annually in the Netherlands.

The index patient developed symptoms of salmonellosis on June 20th. A few more scattered illnesses occurred over the next several weeks; however, the number of illnesses spiked noticeably only in early August. Nearly two-thirds (63%) of the confirmed outbreak victims were female, and 36% were hospitalized. The median age of case-patients was 44 years (range of 0 – 95 years).

While the official case total stands at 1,076, the true number of cases is undoubtedly far higher. RIVM advises that Salmonella is NOT a notifiable disease in the Netherlands. There is no requirement that doctors, hospitals or laboratories report Salmonella infections to  the authorities.

The outbreak was first linked to consumption of smoked salmon as a result of questionnaires administered to patients and to a cohort of healthy individuals (matched to the victims by age, gender and municipality), either by telephone or in person. The results of the questionnaires pointed to consumption of smoked fish – especially smoked salmon. Victims also were more likely to have consumed raw salads and also identified several supermarkets more often than did the healthy control individuals.

Traceback investigations carried out by the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (nVWA), which focussed on smoked salmon and on the highlighted supermarkets, determined that all of the identified supermarkets purchased at least some of their smoked salmon from the same producer –Foppen Paling en Zalm. Lab tests confirmed the presence of the outbreak strain in four of nine batches of smoked salmon from this producer.

A recall of smoked salmon was announced on the nVWA website on September 28th, and expanded a few days later to include a number of additional items – such as salads – that contained the recalled smoked salmon.

The implicated salmon originated in Norway, according to the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF), and was shipped to a Foppen production plant in Greece for processing before traveling in a northwesterly direction to the Netherlands. The smoked salmon was distributed in Belgium, Canada, Curacao, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the USA. Nevertheless, the Netherlands remains the only EU country to have noted an increased incidence of Salmonella Thompson infections.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been investigating a spike in salmonellosis due to this outbreak strain but, as of a few days ago, has not been able to establish a link between the illnesses and the consumption of smoked salmon – or of any other specific food item. This particular strain of Salmonella Thompson is not uncommon in the United States, making determination of a single outbreak source problematic.

For a complete list of recalled smoked salmon products, please consult my earlier post, “Smoked Salmon and Salmonella Thompson – Update #3.

Smoked Salmon and Salmonella Thompson – Update #3

The following contains updated information and is current as of October 8, 2012. Updated information is indicated in red.

CDC, FDA, and USDA are cooperating in an ongoing investigation of Salmonella Thompson illnesses that may be linked to a concurrent outbreak in the Netherlands.

The US investigation began last month (September) into 85 cases of a single genetic type of Salmonella Thompson that were reported by 27 states since July 1st, according to CDC spokesperson Lola Russell. Ten people have been hospitalized; there have been no deaths.

This is a fairly common strain of Salmonella Thompson, and CDC would normally expect to see approximately 30 “background” cases during the same period.

The epidemiological investigation into the source of the 85 illnesses is being carried out by the various state health agencies in cooperation with CDC. It would not be surprising, according to CDC, if some of the 85 cases are found to be unrelated to the outbreak.

CDC is not yet ready to release a list of the affected states; however, eFoodAlert has learned that the following states are in the process of investigating one or more Salmonella Thompson illnesses:

  • Alabama: 1 case
  • Arizona: 1 case; a child
  • California: “The California Department of Public Health has just begun its investigation into the outbreak in Europe of Salmonella Thompson illnesses that are linked to smoked salmon. We don’t have any information to share at this time.”
  • Colorado: 2 cases
  • Illinois: 2 cases
  • Maryland: 10 cases; age range 5 years to 77 years; most cases in the Baltimore metropolitan area
  • Nebraska: 6 cases; age range is 3 months to 61 years; two people hospitalized; illnesses reported from the east central region of Nebraska
  • New Hampshire: 1 case; an adult resident of Rockingham County who was hospitalized, but has since recovered
  • New York: 4 cases; no geographic cluster
  • Texas: 1 case
  • Virginia: 1 case

No cases are under investigation at this time in Alaska, Hawaii, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, Washington or Wyoming.

All of the people with whom I’ve communicated at the federal and state level have emphasized that there has not been an epidemiological link made between the illnesses under investigation in the USA and the consumption of smoked salmon. Nevertheless, the outbreak strain appears to be the same as the strain that is behind the Dutch outbreak, and CDC is recommending that the public avoid eating smoked salmon originating from the Dutch producer.

On September 28th, the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority announced the recall of smoked salmon manufactured by Foppen Paling en Zalm and sold through major supermarket chains, including Aldi and Albert Heijn.

On October 1st, the Netherlands issued an alert through the EU Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed, notifying member countries that a sample of smoked salmon originating from Greece was contaminated with Salmonella Thompson. Associated Press reports that the contaminated smoked salmon was processed at Foppen’s factory in Greece.

Foppen has initiated a recall of the following products, sorted by retailer:

Albert Heijn

  • AH smoked salmon cubes. EAN: 8710400130574
  • AH smoked salmon. EAN: 8710400383932
  • AH smoked salmon. EAN: 8718265066915
  • AH salmon sandwich slices. EAN: 8710400383956
  • AH hot smoked salmon. All
  • AH salmon salad. EAN: 8718265473072
  • Euro Shopper smoked salmon. EAN: 8712224125903
  • AH Excellent Scottish salmon fillet. EAN: 8710400383970
  • AH Excellent salmon season. EAN: 8718265473164
  • AH Excellent smoked salmon fillet. All
  • AH pure & honest Sockeye salmon. EAN: 8710400628101

Aldi

  • Smoked salmon fillet. 200 grams; EAN: with number 23066250 GB-6115EG; Foppen Eel and Salmon on back of package

Hema

  • Salmon sliced. ​​100 grams; Item number 27552001
  • Salmon Slices. 100g; Item number 27552003

Makro

  • Horeca Select Graved Lachs. EAN: 8711576082247
  • Foppen Salmon. 3 x 100 grams; EAN: 8712224140005
  • Aro salmon sliced. ​​200 grams; EAN: 8711576041671
  • Catering selectable pcs salmon slices. EAN: 8711576082285
  • Catering select salmon pieces. EAN: 8711576086474
  • Catering select salmon slit. EAN: 8711576082278
  • Toast Salmon. 283 grams; Foppen EAN: 8712224129314
  • Catering select salmon slices. EAN: 8711576082261
  • Catering select sockeye salmon. EAN: 8711576084531
  • Catering select salmon toast. EAN: 8711576154890

Plus

  • Plus Salmon fillet. All
  • Plus Sockeye salmon, sliced. ​​EAN: 8710624991289
  • Plus Salmon slit. EAN: 8710624938246
  • Salmon sliced. ​​100 grams; EAN: 8710624943837

Dirk van den Broek, Bas van der Heijden and Digros

  • Salmon sliced. ​​200 grams; EAN: 8710871082907

Coop, Coop Super

  • Coop selectable long sliced ​​salmon. 125g
  • Sockeyezalm sliced. ​​125g
  • Sockeyezalm gravad lachs. 125g; EAN: 8712224129321

BONI, CoopCodis and Jan Linders

  • Smoked Salmon Salad (craft box). EAN: 8710378571645

Boni, MCD, Agri Market, Coop, Super Coop, Dane, Dekamarkt, Bas van der Heijden, Dirk van den Broek, Digros, EMTÉ Hoogvliet, Jan Linders, Nettorama, Poiesz, Plus, Vomar, Spar

  • Vismarine Scottish salmon fillet. EAN: 8710624008383
  • Vismarine 100 grams carved salmon. EAN: 8710624008369
  • Vismarine 200 grams carved salmon. EAN: 8710624008321
  • Salmon sliced. ​​200 grams; EAN: 8712224127945
  • Vismarine Sandwich Salmon. 100g; EAN: 8710624100254

Jan Linders

  • Jan Linders Smoked Salmon Salad, 150g. EAN: 8710378571645
  • Jan Linders Salad with salmon. EAN: 8711606069613

(Super) Coop

  • Smoked Salmon Salad 150g. EAN: 8710378571645

Boni

  • Smoked Salmon Salad 150g. EAN: 8710378571645

Jumbo

  • Salad with Salmon. EAN: 8711715891341

C1000

  • Salad with Salmon. EAN: 8710408129464

Dekamarkt

  • Salad with salmon. EAN: 8711606048014

Poiesz

  • Salad with salmon. EAN 8711606057856

Vomar

  • Salad with Salmon. EAN 8718204009454

Hoogvliet

  • Salad with Salmon. EAN 8711606159338

Plus

  • Salad with salmon. EAN 8710624968977

EMTÉ

  • All day fresh Salad with salmon. EAN 8711606001903

Fano

  • Fano Pasta Salmon Salad, 2.5kg bucket. EAN 8710773130614

The implicated product was sold in the USA through Costco, as Foppen Norwegian Smoked Salmon Slices (12 oz) and Kirkland Signature Norwegian Imported Smoked Salmon (2 x 12 oz). FDA is working to determine whether any other retailers in the USA carried the Foppen smoked salmon.

The recalled products were exported to a number of countries in addition to the USA, including Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Mexico, Switzerland and Taiwan. The China Post reported today that Costco Wholesale Corp has withdrawn all smoked salmon processed by Foppen from its Taiwan stores.

Costco has issued the following advisory to its members/customers:

The Foppen Company, located in Holland, has today announced an International recall of various smoked salmon items, including the Foppen Smoked Salmon slices (item #7859) or the Kirkland Signature Norwegian Smoked Salmon 2 Pack (item #7070). This recall has been announced due to possible salmonella contamination. The dates ranges are Sept 1 2012 through Oct 1 2012 for both items.

Do not eat any of your remaining smoked salmon and return it to Costco for a full refund.  None of the Costco salmon has tested positive for salmonella, and no illnesses have been reported to Costco.

For more information, please visit http://www.foppensalmon.com.

According to the Hawaii Department of Health, none of the recalled smoked salmon was shipped to Costco in that state.

Even though CDC and state health authorities have not yet established a link between the smoked salmon and this outbreak strain, CDC recommends that the public should not consume smoked salmon products manufactured by Foppen at this time.