Recalls and Alerts: June 5 – 7, 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

Public Health Alert: New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets warns the public in Tioga County and the surrounding area not to consume raw (unpasteurized) raw goat milk from Side Hill Acres due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Allergy Alert: Whole Foods Market stores in the North Atlantic region recall specialty made-in-house basil pesto and specialty made-in-house sundried tomato pesto (Sell-by dates from June 7, 2019 – June 26, 2019) due to undeclared milk, walnuts and pine nuts. The recalled products were 41 Whole Foods Market stores in Connecticut (Whole Foods Market Bishops Corner, Whole Foods Market Glastonbury and Whole Foods Market West Hartford), Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

Food Safety Recall: Table 87 Frozen, LLC recalls approximately 649 pounds of frozen pizza products that contain pork that were produced without the benefit of federal inspection. Please refer to the recall notice for complete details on the affected products.

Canada

Public Health Alert: Health Canada reminds Canadians of the risks associated with consuming unprocessed human donor breast milk.

Allergy Alert: Lemond Food Corp. recalls Daesang Seafood Rice Sprinkles seasoning (24g; All batch codes; UPC 8 801052 724874) and Daesang Vegetable Rice Sprinkles seasoning (24g; All batch codes; UPC 8 801052 724867) due to undeclared egg, milk, oyster, soy and wheat.

Allergy Alert: T-Brothers Food And Trading Ltd. recalls several Daesang brand rice seasoning mixes due to undeclared egg, milk and oyster. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Allergy Alert: Seoul Trading Corp. recalls certain Daesang brand rice seasoning mixes due to undeclared egg, milk, oyster, soy, and wheat. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall: Industry recalls certain products containing raw, frozen raspberries due to potential Norovirus contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for complete information on the recalled products.

Food Safety Recall: Several establishments recall certain products containing raw, frozen raspberries due to potential Norovirus contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for complete information on the recalled products.

Food Safety Recall: Eight enterprises recall certain products containing raw, frozen raspberries due to potential Norovirus contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for complete information on the recalled products.

Food Safety Recall: Rouge Viande inc. recalls certain prepared foods due to improper storage temperature. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Europe

OUTBREAK ALERT (UK): Public Health England (PHE), The Food Standards Agency (FSA), Public Health Wales (PHW), Food Standards Scotland (FSS), Health Protection Scotland (HPS) and a number of local authorities are currently investigating the source of listeria infections linked to pre-packed sandwiches. Six cases of Listeria monocytogenes have been confirmed in seriously ill hospital patients in England. Three people have died.

Allergy Alert (Denmark): Dagrofa recalls Gestus Pasta with Chicken (380g; Best before 15/06/2019) due to undeclared eggs.

Allergy Alert (Denmark): Aldi recalls Schweizer Bio-Alpen Milk Chocolate 37% (100g; Best before 09.03.2020) due to undeclared milk.

Allergy Alert (France): Auchan recalls Bolino Inde – Nouilles au curry doux / noodles with mild curry (All batches and Best before dates) due to undeclared mustard.

Allergy Alert (France): LUSTUCRU FRAIS recalls Lustucru brand Gnocchi à poêler (Lot #C1490 L12; Best before 28/06/2019) due to undeclared cheese.

Allergy Alert (UK): Tesco recalls Tesco Turkish Inspired Tomato Seasoning (25g; Best before December 2019 & January 2020) due to undeclared milk.

Food Safety Recall (Belgium): GOUMANISTO S.A. recalls several products containing chicken, as Listeria monocytogenes was detected in an ingredient in these products. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (Luxembourg): Cora recalls DELI MELO CHICKIES MEXICANA (130g; Lots #17/114, 19/128, 20/135, 21/142, 22/148; Best before 23/05/2019, 06/06/2019, 13/06/2019, 20/06/2019, 26/06/2019; Product of Belgium) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (UK – England specific): Milarex UK Limited recalls Oishi-mi Sushi Salmon Teriyaki and Oishi-mi Sushi Salmon Nori (85g; Use by 21 June 2019) due to incorrect date labeling.

Australia and New Zealand

Allergy Alert (New Zealand): Importers recall all batches and all dates of Daesang brand Boc Rice, Seafood Rice Sprinkles and Vegetable Rice Sprinkles (24g; All batches and dates) due to undeclared milk and egg.

Food Safety Recall (New Zealand): Pak’n Save Dunedin recalls Prime Beef Mince Bulk (Best Before: 5.6.19) due to foreign matter (clear plastic) contamination.

Two viral gastroenteritis outbreaks in Québec linked to Chilean IQF raspberries

The Québec Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux (MSSS) has confirmed 95 cases of viral gastroenteritis in two separate outbreak clusters linked to consumption of raspberry cake.

According to MAPAQ, the raspberries used in the cakes were imported from Chile.

The outbreak details were provided to eFoodAlert by MSSS in response to an email request.

Although the MSSS refers to the outbreak cases as gastroenteritis of possible viral origin, related recall notices refer specifically to Norovirus.

The first cluster comprised 65 victims, with an attack rate of 62%. The second cluster consisted of 30 individuals with an attack rate of 60%.

Symptoms appeared within 24 hours and consisted of diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. None of the outbreak victims were hospitalized, and none consulted a doctor.

Neither outbreak cluster involved hospitals, seniors’ residences, or nursing homes.

MSSS has alerted its provincial and federal counterparts, and is not aware of any related case reports from regions of Québec or other parts of Canada.

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has not replied to eFoodAlert’s request for information.

Both the Ministère d’Agriculture, Pêcheries et Alimentation de Québec (MAPAC) and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency have posted recall notices for raw, frozen raspberries and for other food items made from the implicated raspberries.

Consumers and food service workers should discard or return any items that appear on the recalled products lists.

 

 

 

 

Possible Canadian Norovirus outbreak linked to imported raspberries

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is conducting a food safety investigation into the possible Norovirus contamination of products containing Individual Quick Frozen (IQF) raspberries.

At least one product recall has been triggered by findings emanating from a foodborne disease outbreak investigation.

In response to an inquiry from eFoodAlert, a CFIA spokesperson stated that the recall in question was associated with raspberries from Québec.

The Ministre d’Agriculture, Pêcheries et Alimentation de Québec (MAPAQ) has posted recall notices indicating the origin of the raspberries to be Chile.

As of June 5, 2019, the following recalls are in effect:

The current situation is reminiscent of a 2017 Norovirus outbreak that also was traced to imported IQF raspberries.

Between March 2017 and July 2017, the consumption of frozen raspberries imported from China was blamed for 615 confirmed cases of Norovirus in Québec. Many of the cases occured in seniors’ residences and child daycare centers.

Symptoms of Norovirus infection include nausea, vomiting and copious watery diarrhea, typically lasting from 24 to 60 hours in healthy adults.

Young children and the elderly are susceptible to severe dehydration. Approximately 1% of Norovirus victims may require hospitalization as a result of their illness.

Consumers who have purchased any of the recalled products should either discard them or return them to the place of purchase.