Recalls and Alerts: June 15–16, 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 the source of an outbreak of six cases of Salmonella Weltevreden infections. The outbreak appears to be associated with consumption of pre-cooked shrimp. It appears that the product lots linked to outbreak illnesses are past its shelf life and are no longer available for sale. 

Food Safety Recall: Designed by Nature recalls Goat’s Milk Powder, Cow’s Milk Powder and Base Milk Powder formulas (Expiration dates from May 01, 2021 thru June 11, 2022), because they are deficient in multiple nutrients required for infant formula, and the products have not been tested for the presence of Cronobacter, a pathogen that can be particularly dangerous to infants and is required testing for powdered infant formula. The company plans to change its labeling to make it clear that these products are not intended to be used as infant formula for infants 12 months and younger.

Food Safety Recall: BCFoods, Inc. recalls BC Foods Celery Stalk and Leaf Dice 3/8, AD Sulfites (11 lb. Poly lined bulk fiber carton; Item code: VCE1-D38-AXG-AB-AR; Lot 2615A112) due to Salmonella contamination. The recalled product was supplied to manufacturers and distributors in WI, OH, FL, MD, WA, PA, MN, and CA.

Food Safety Recall: BCFoods, Inc. recalls BC Foods AD Celery Stalk Canners (25 lb. Poly lined bulk fiber carton; Item code VCES-TCA-BJA-AA-AB; Lots 770C2307 670C2303 660C2214) BC Foods AD Celery Stalk Cross Cut (25 lb. Poly lined bulk fiber carton; Item code VCES-TC9-BQS-AC-AB; Lots 770C2307 670C2303 660C2214) and BC Foods AD Celery Stalk Cross Cut (25 lb. Poly lined bulk fiber carton; Item code VCES-TC9-BQS-AG-AB; Lots 770C2307 670C2303 660C2214) due to Salmonella contamination. The recalled product was supplied to manufacturers and distributors in WI, OH, FL, MD, WA, PA, MN, and CA.

FDA Warning Letter: FDA issues Warning Letter to Market of Choice, LLC, citing deficiencies in identifying undeclared allergens in identifying contamination with environmental pathogens, such as Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella, as a hazard requiring a preventive control in the company’s ready-to-eat salads.

Canada

Food Safety Recall: Phoenicia Group Inc. recalls Al-Rabih brand Tahini (100% Sesame) – Sesame Paste (454g; Lot #157 29420; Best before 22/OC/19) due to potential Salmonella contamination.

Europe

Allergy Alert (Denmark): Kohberg Bakery Group A/S recalls Kohberg Grødboller / porridge buns (450g; Use by 22.06.2021) due to undeclared yoghurt powder (milk protein).

Allergy Alert (France): JACQUET BROSSARD DISTRIBUTION recalls Brossard brand  Le Brownie Pocket Duo Choco (8 pieces; Lot #U067PB1; Best before 13/09/21) due to undeclared hazelnuts.

Allergy Alert (France): Bio Co-op recalls Ikalia brand Chocolat noir fourré caramel 70% / Dark chocolate with caramel filling (80g; Lot #11450006; Use by 20/05/2022) because the product contains milk, even though it is labeled “vegan.”

Allergy Alert (Netherlands): Albert Heijn recalls AH brand 100% Notenpasta amandel / Almond Nut Paste (Expiration dates 31-05-2021, 30-06-2021, 31-07-2021, 31-08-2021, 30-09-2021 and 30-11-2021) due to undeclared peanuts.

Allergy Alert (UK): The Skinny Food Co recalls a variety of Skinny High Protein Low Sugar Duo Bars because they contain milk at higher levels than indicated on the label. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (Austria): Berglandmilch eGen recalls Schärdinger Brat- und Grillkäse Natur, 45% / Roast- and grill cheese (150g; Lot #115890; Best before 02.08.2021) due to Listeria contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Denmark): Pågen A/S recalls Pågen Vanillas (220g; Use by 29.06.2021-07.07.2021) due to potential for mold formation.

Food Safety Recall (France): Carrefour recalls Carrefour brand Carottes râpées au jus de citron de Sicile / Grated carrots with Sicilian lemon juice (300g; Lot #116101 between 6h00 and 9h00; Best before 30/06/2021) due to foreign matter (pieces of hard, blue plastic) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): E. Leclerc recalls ECO+ brand Mini pâté en croûte / Pâté in pastry crust (450g; Best before 24/06/2021) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): GAEC LE MERINOS recalls various Gaec le Merinos brand Veloutés et soupes « Les mitonnés de la Ferme  » (500 ml and 1L jars) due to defective sterilization that could render the products unsafe to consume. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (France): Gaec Le Merinos recalls various Gaec le Merinos brand delicatessen products due to defective sterilization that could render the products unsafe to consume. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (Ireland): Dunlavin Dairy recalls all Dunlavin Dairy raw and pasteurised milk, semi-skimmed milk, buttermilk, cream and butter, because they were produced in an unapproved establishment. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (Italy): Pastificio Novella sas recalls Pastificio Novella sas brand pesto genovese senza aglio / Genoese pesto without garlic (130g; Lot L171; Best before 19.06.2021) because the product does not meet safety standards.

Pet Food Safety Recall (UK): Fold Hill Foods recalls several hypoallergenic cat food products due to an increase in cases of pancytopenia in cats and a possible link to the cat food products. Pancytopenia is a very rare condition wherein the number of blood cells (red, white and platelets) rapidly decreases, causing serious illness. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Australia and New Zealand

OUTBREAK INVESTIGATION (New Zealand): New Zealand Food Safety is investigating an outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis infections that may be linked to consumption of poultry and/or eggs.

Belgian child sick; link to Salmonella in infant formula

This story by Joe Whitworth first appeared in Food Safety News and is reposted here with permission

Belgium has reported a case of Salmonella in an infant linked to an outbreak in France.

The Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (FASFC) said it was informed of two sick babies in Belgium who had, among other things, consumed infant nutrition products of the Modilac brand bought in France, a few hours before the onset of symptoms.

Following an investigation, it appears the consumption of Modilac branded products was the cause of symptoms in one of the two sick children.

Four babies were sickened in France by Salmonella Poona with a link to consumption of Modilac branded products, marketed by Sodilac, a subsidiary of Savencia SA. Three other cases remain under investigation with sequencing ongoing.

The four confirmed patients, aged between two months and 10 months, fell ill between August and the end of December 2018. For probable cases, the age range extends to 18 months and illness onset up to January 2019.

Lactalis recalled 16,300 boxes of Picot AR milk as it was made at the same Spanish factory as the Modilac products but no illnesses have been linked to any Lactalis products.

Implicated Modilac products are not distributed on the Belgian market. They are distributed in France in pharmacies only and via charitable associations or marketed via online sales. Items have also been sent to Vietnam, Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia.

FASFC asked parents who bought the products in France or online not to use them. The agency has contacted French authorities and the situation is being monitored.

The agency advised consumers to be aware that online shopping abroad is not always safe and people should look out for possible risks by checking the websites of foreign health authorities.

Santé Publique France, the public health agency, reported the four cases of Salmonella in infants with genome sequences (cgMLST) belonging to the same cluster.

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said it had not found matches with the French isolate in its database. No other countries have reported matches so far but genome sequencing analyses are ongoing and additional cases may be reported.

Salmonella Poona is the 36th most common serotype in the European Surveillance System (TESSy). It was reported by 23 EU countries in 2013-2017 with 147 to 206 cases per year. In the five-year period, France accounted for 34 percent of cases, followed by the UK with 26 percent and the most common age group were children 0-4 years old (37 percent of all cases).

Recalls and Alerts: January 24 – 26, 2019

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

Allergy Alert: Mrs. Grissom’s Salads recalls Mrs. Grissom’s SELECT Old Fashioned Pimento Cheese (Best before MAR 13 2019) due to undeclared milk.

Allergy Alert: Harvest Food Group, Inc. recalls yumnum global cuisine YAKITORI SEASONED CHICKEN FRIED RICE (9-oz pkgs; Lot codes C041A8K12 BEST BY 11/12/2019, C091A8L04 BEST BY 12/04/2019, and C091A8L05 BEST BY 12/05/2019) due to undeclared milk. The recalled items were shipped to retail locations in Illinois and Michigan.

Allergy Alert: Publix recalls Publix Deli Turkey, Cheddar & Bacon Pinwheels (Use by January 28) due to undeclared egg.

Food Safety Recall: Whole Foods Market recalls various prepared foods items prepared with baby spinach from Satur Farms, due to potential Salmonella contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products, which were sold in Whole Foods Market stores in Connecticut, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island.

Food Safety Recall: Jac. Vandenberg, Inc. recalls Fresh Peaches, Fresh Nectarines and Fresh Plums due to potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products, which were distributed in Alabama, California, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia and Virginia through ALDI, Costco, Fairway Market, Hannaford, Market Basket, Walmart and various small retail establishments.

Food Safety Recall: Thrive Market, Inc recalls various Thrive Market-branded nut butters due to potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Canada

OUTBREAK ALERT / Food Safety Recall: Sofina Foods Inc. recalls Crisp & Delicious brand Chicken Breast Nuggets – Uncooked Seasoned Breaded Chicken Cutlettes (1.6 kg; Product code 2019 JL 19; UPC 0 69299 11703 5) due to Salmonella contamination. This recall was triggered by findings by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) during its investigation into a foodborne illness outbreak.

Allergy Alert: Industry recalls certain Ottogi brand noodle products due to undeclared egg. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall: Le Maître Boucher recalls Hummus Maison (Variable weights; Product sold January 13 – 24, inclusive) due to potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall: Boucherie 4 Saisons recalls Spaghetti sauce (500 mL and 1 L glass jars; product sold up to 25 January 2019) because the product may not be safe to consume.

Food Safety Recall: Karino gâteaux recalls Spaghetti sauce, vegetarian sauce and chili (500 mL and 1 L glass jars; product sold up to 23 January 2019) because the product may not be safe to consume.

Europe

OUTBREAK ALERT / FOOD SAFETY RECALL (France): Lactalis recalls Picot AR brand infant formula (sold in pharmacies from November 29, 2018 onward) due to possible contamination with Salmonella Poona. The product was manufactured in the same Spanish facility that manufactured product associated with 4 cases of Salmonella Poona in infants under two years of age.

OUTBREAK ALERT / FOOD SAFETY RECALL (France): SODILAC recalls various Modilac brand rice-protein based infant formula products due to Salmonella Poona contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products. The product has been linked to 4 cases of Salmonella Poona in infants and toddlers under two years of age.

Allergy Alert (Belgium): Turk Food Impex SPRL recalls various Dr Oetker brand products due to undeclared milk, wheat (gluten), and soy. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Allergy Alert (Finland): Gunz Warenhandels GmbH recalls Piacelli brand citrus juice concentrates due to undeclared sulfite. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Allergy Alert (Iceland): Blomsterbergs recalls Blomsterbergs lemon fromage (116g; All batches and dates) due to undeclared almonds and other nuts.

Allergy Alert (Netherlands): Bonvita B.V. recalls Bonvita Bon-Ice Dark Chocolate (100g; Production code L8/78; Best before 31-3-2020) due to undeclared milk.

Allergy Alert (Netherlands): Jan Linders recalls various Onze Trots and Jan Linders products due to undeclared sulfites. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (France): McCain recalls McCain brand La Noisette (1 kg; Lot LZ 25102018 manufactured between 16h00 and 19h00; Best before end 10/2020) due to foreign matter (small metal pieces) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): Naturalia recalls L’Atelier V brand Red beet bean hummus (150g; Lot 90110022; Best before 12/03/2019) due to absence of high pressure processing, resulting in a shortened shelf life.

Food Safety Recall (Germany): OVO-Vertriebs-GmbH recalls various Bockwurst and Wiener sausages due to foreign matter (small black plastic pieces) contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (Germany): Bell Germany GmbH & Co. KG recalls Zimbo Spicy onion sausage (3x40g; Best before 03.02.2019; Lot #L926012-14) due to Salmonella contamination.

Australia and New Zealand

Allergy Alert: So Real Natural Food Products Ltd recalls Soreal Natural Food brand Pork Buns Mini (all batches and all dates) due to undeclared soy.