Recalls and Alerts: December 17 – 18, 2018

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: Russ Davis Wholesale, Inc. recalls Boar’s Head EVERROAST CHICKEN CAESAR WRAP (11.3-oz. plastic clamshell packages; Sell by dates 11/15/18 through 12/19/18) due to undeclared eggs.

Allergy Alert: ATHERSTONE FOODS INC recalls Greens and Grains Hummus and Quinoa Tabouleh Wrap (14.6 ounce (414g); Use by date 12/19/18) due to undeclared soy. The recalled product was distributed in retail supermarkets throughout the Northern California Region.

Food Safety Recall: Adam Bros. Farming, Inc. recalls red leaf lettuce, green leaf lettuce and cauliflower harvested on November 27 through 30, 2018 due to possible contamination with E. coli O157:H7. The recall was initiated after it was discovered that sediment from a reservoir near where the produce was grown tested positive for E. coli O157:H7. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall: Inspired Organics, LLC recalls Inspired Organics Organic Almond Butter (16 oz; Lot #239; Best by 02/20; UPC 863669742540) due to potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination.


Allergy Alert (Belgium): Damhert Nutrition recalls Damhert Vegan Schnitzel, Vegan Nuggets and Vegan Boulettes aux légumes due to undeclared egg. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Allergy Alert (Belgium): ALBERT HEIJN BELGIQUE recalls AH Verse curry Tandoori fresh curry (300g; Lot #0460192; Best before 26-12-2018) due to undeclared mustard and celery.

Allergy Alert (Ireland): Heera recalls Heera Ground Almonds due to undeclared peanuts. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected pack sizes and batch codes.

Food Safety Recall (Belgium): Norenca N.V. recalls several products containing ground veal due to Salmonella contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (Finland): Valio recalls Valio Tuuti® 1 infant formula (500 mL; Best before 24.3.2019) as some of the packages may be contaminated.

Food Safety Recall (France): ACHVA recalls ACHVA Sesame Tahini, natural (500g and 18 kg; Lots #18-097 to 18-141; Best before 07/04/2020 to 21/05/2020) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): Marie Morin France recalls La Fabrique à Délices chocolate mousse à l’ancienne (Lot #183390004; Best before 26/12/2018) due to foreign matter (pieces of glass) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Netherlands): PLUS Supermarkten recalls PLUS Shawarma meat (500g and 1 kg packages; Expiry date 17-12-2018 and before) due to potential contamination with Salmonella Goldcoast.

Food Safety Recall (UK – England specific): Daylesford Organic recalls Organic Cottage Pie (680g; Batch codes 18120504, 18121204; Use by 14 January 2019 and 21 January 2019) due to incorrect date labeling. The correct Use by dates should be 14 December 2018 and 21 December 2018.

Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands

Food Safety Alert (Singapore): Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) alerts consumers that frozen raw pork products imported from the Netherlands have been linked to a foodborne outbreak in the Netherlands and may be contaminated with Salmonella GoldcoastAVA has confirmed that there are imports of the implicated frozen raw pork products, and is working with importers to remove the implicated frozen pork consignments from the market.

Australia and New Zealand

Food Safety Recall (Australia): Organic Dairy Farmers of Australia recalls True Organic Australian Organic Feta Marinated In Oil With Garlic and Herbs (280g net and 1kg bulk varieties; Best Before 20 DEC 19) due to incorrect date labeling.

Food Safety Recall (New Zealand): Bowmont Wholesale Meats Ltd recalls Bowmont Wholesale Meats Traditional Leg Ham (Use by 21/01/2019) because the product is incorrectly labeled as fully cooked.

Recalls and Alerts: November 19 – 21, 2018

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 ALERT: FDA, CDC and state and local agencies are investigating an 11-state outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses linked to romaine lettuce. The source of the implicated romaine has not yet been identified. This outbreak is linked to a concurrent outbreak in Canada.

Allergy Alert: First Source recalls Chocolate and Nut Tray (37oz net wt; Best Before 07/09/19; UPC 0 23637 43369 0) due to undeclared pecan and cashews. The recalled product was distributed to 98 Wegmans Food Markets in the states of MA, MD, NJ, NY, PA, and VA.

Allergy Alert: Deleite Foods Enterprises, Inc recalls frozen marinated chicken thigh meat diced – SUPC 7009466 (30-lb. cases each containing 3 10-lb. bags; Lot codes 101218, 101518, or 101618) due to undeclared wheat and soy. The recalled items were shipped to restaurants in Utah.

Allergy Alert: Jay Robb Enterprises recalls Unflavored Egg White Protein Product (24-oz stand-up pouches; Lot code 8080-2C3, manufactured 03/2018 and Lot code 8056-4C3, manufactured 02/2018) due to undeclared milk.

Food Safety Recall: 165368 C. Corporation recalls an undetermined amount of ready-to-eat pork products due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products, which were shipped to distributors and retail locations nationwide.

Food Safety Recall: Swift Beef Co. recalls approximately 99,260 pounds of raw non-intact ground beef products due to possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products, which were shipped to retail distributors for further processing and food service distributors for institutional use in locations in California, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.


OUTBREAK ALERT: The PHAC is investigating an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses in Ontario and Quebec linked to romaine lettuce. The source of the implicated romaine has not yet been identified. This outbreak is linked to a concurrent outbreak in the USA.

Allergy Alert: Soup N Stuff recalls Chicken Noodle Soup Mix (173g; All codes; UPC 0 20151 23408 6) due to undeclared egg and wheat. The recalled product was sold in Saskatchewan.

Food Safety Recall: La P’tite Charcuterie recalls Dried Sausages (All product sold up to and including November 9, 2018) because the food may not have been prepared in a way that ensure safety for consumption.


Allergy Alert (Belgium): FITNESSBOUTIQUE recalls Vegan Sport brand All-in-One Préparation en poudre pour boisson riche en protéines et en fibres. Avec édulcorant. Arôme pitaya (800g; Lot #F005253; Best before 10/2019) due to undeclared milk.

Allergy Alert (Denmark): Tulip Food Company recalls REMA 1000 Danish steak with potatoes, sauce and soft onion (350g; Best before 26.07.2019) due to undeclared milk and eggs.

Allergy Alert (France): Evernat recalls Organic P’tits Fourrés O’cacao (180g; Lot #10718A – Best before 17/01/2019 and Lot #19818A – Best before 17/04/2019) due to undeclared nuts.

Allergy Alert (France): BJORG recalls Organic Petit Fourré goût cacao sans gluten (180g; Lot @14418A – Best before 24/02/2019 and Lot #12718A – Best before 07/02/2019) due to undeclared nuts.

Allergy Alert (Luxembourg): Colruyt recalls Everyday brand Mélange à la noix muscade (100g; Lot #P101372; Best before 08/2022) due to undeclared nuts and mustard.

Allergy Alert (UK – Wales specific): Hon Shen Ltd. recalls Nissin Food Holdings Ltd Spicy Beef Flavour Cup Noodles (75g; Best before 28 December 2018) due to undeclared egg, wheat (gluten), milk and soya.

Food Safety Recall (Belgium): La société Boulet Ménage SA recalls Traiteur Pierrot Boulettes Recettes Liégeoise (150g; Lot No./Best before 23/11/2018) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Belgium): Colruyt recalls Salade de poulet à la moutarde Boni Selection (160 g; Best before 24/11/2018) due to foreign matter (pieces of glass or plexiglass) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Belgium): Industry recalls FRUGO Mix owoców (mélange de fruits) (250 ml; Lot #196845; Best before 24/05/2019) due to foreign matter (glass splinters) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Denmark): Tulip Food Company recalls GO’E Kyllingefrikadeller (500g; Best before 10.08.2019) due to foreign matter (small metal pieces) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Denmark): ARDO A/S recalls Vores Rodfrugtfritter, Glutenfri (500g; Best before 03.10.2020) due to foreign matter (blue hard plastic pieces) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): Carrefour recalls Kirsten brand Saumon fumé Pure origine d’Ecosse (140g; Lot #00628980; Best before  12/11/18, 15/11/18, 20/11/2018) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Italy): La Sorgente SRL recalls GASTRONOMIA D’ITALIA brand VITELLO TONNATO (230g; Best before 24/11/18 and 26/11/18; Lot #18048) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Italy): MAINA PANETTONI S.P.A. recalls Maina Panettoni brand PANETTONE IL GRAN NOCCIOLATO (1kg; Lot #801077-881077-891077; Best before 30-06-2019) due to foreign matter (metal filaments) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Luxembourg): Industry recalls Boni Selection Salade de poulet à la moutarde (160g; Best before 24/11/2018) due to foreign matter (glass or plexiglass) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (UK – England specific): EH Booths & Co Ltd recalls Booths mince pies (4-pack; Batch code P/463246; Best before 12 January 2019 and 14 January 2019) due to foreign matter (pieces of white plastic) contamination.

Australia and New Zealand

Allergy Alert (New Zealand): The Warehouse Ltd recalls Tresor Dore brand Chocolate Seashells (45g and 225g; All batches; All dates) due to undeclared peanuts.

Beach Beat: Romaine producers urge blanket recall in light of new outbreak

This opinion piece by Coral Beach first appeared on Food Safety News and is reposted here with permission.

ALERT: Federal officials in the U.S. and Canada have announced a new E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce and recommend that consumers, retailers and foodservice operators not eat, sell or serve any romaine. As of Nov. 20, a total of 50 people across 11 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces had been confirmed with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7. 

Leafy greens growers, facing terrible news yesterday about another E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce, did the right thing. They called for an immediate, voluntary industry-wide recall of all brands and forms of romaine.

That’s exactly what the U.S. Food and Drug Administration suggested industry do when it posted a notice Tuesday announcing the new outbreak. Officials from industry and government say they haven’t been able to identify any specific growers or other entities in the supply chain as the source of the E. coli O157:H7.

“At this stage in the investigation, the most efficient way to ensure that contaminated romaine is off the market would be for industry to voluntarily withdraw product from the market, and to withhold distribution of romaine until public health authorities can ensure the outbreak is over and/or until FDA can identify a specific source of contamination,” according to the FDA’s notice. 

“Until then, the FDA advises that consumers should not eat and discard romaine, or any mixed salads containing romaine, until more information on the source of the contamination and the status of the outbreak can be determined.”

It’s encouraging to see the largest and most influential fresh produce and leafy greens organizations act quickly. Their plea for a voluntary industry-wide recall is what the public, legislators, and consumer advocates wanted them to do this past spring when health officials announced an E. coli outbreak linked to romaine. Ultimately 210 people across 36 states were confirmed infected in that outbreak. Five of the patients died.   

We don’t yet know how long officials have been investigating the current outbreak — which they say involves a different strain of E. coli O157:H7 than this spring’s outbreak — or when they informed the leafy greens industry of the romaine connection. But, the fact that industry leaders are telling romaine growers and processors to take the economic hit right now and pull back their products is good news. 

Of course, one could argue that it’s a smart business strategy at this point for the leafy greens industry to do what many people perceive as the right thing. Consumer’s trust, and more importantly their romaine purchases, dropped significantly earlier this year because the romaine industry failed to act in the public’s best interest. Growers and processors kept doing what they do even after everyone knew the implicated romaine was coming from the Yuma, AZ, area.

So, today I tip my hat to the following groups: Arizona Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement; California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement (LGMA); Produce Marketing Association; United Fresh Produce Association; Western Growers; Yuma Safe Produce Council; and Yuma Fresh Vegetable Association. Their joint statement Tuesday afternoon did not mince words.

“In light of today’s announcement by government health agencies in the U.S. and Canada of an E. coli outbreak linked to romaine, a group of produce industry associations is relying on producers and retail/restaurant customers to support the government health agency advisories and is urging an industry-wide voluntary withdrawal of all romaine currently in marketing channels and held in inventory,” according to the statement posted on the California LGMA website.

“… We believe a withdrawal of romaine lettuce is the fastest way to clear up the supply chain of any romaine that could be responsible for illnesses and to make a hard, convincing and clean break from harvesting and shipping romaine lettuce until this outbreak is declared over or the source of the implicated produce can be identified. Additionally, we are calling on handlers to clean and sanitize any equipment that may have been used in recent weeks to prevent cross-contamination of product during future harvest, processing and distribution activities.

“… In order to be sure that any romaine lettuce that may have been responsible for illnesses is completely gone, we are urging full compliance with the government’s request for a voluntary withdrawal of all romaine.”

The industry groups did not shy away from encouraging consumers to throw out any romaine they have on hand. The produce community also urged the public, retailers and foodservice operators to thoroughly clean and sanitize any surfaces, containers, utensils or appliances that had come into contact with romaine. 

That’s standard advice during foodborne illness outbreaks and food recalls. But, such advice makes it perfectly clear that there was danger associated with the implicated food, and that’s something food businesses usually soft pedal. Kudos to the fresh produce folks for telling the public up front that there are important steps to take to prevent additional infections.

Few specifics available yet, but industry is looking for them
Government and industry officials said the outbreak earlier this year involved romaine grown around the Yuma, AZ, area. That determination was initially based on the timing — Yuma growers harvest from late fall through mid-spring, wrapping up between mid-March and the end of April. At that same time growers in Southern California are beginning their harvest, with Northern growing areas in the state following.

“Northern California is essentially done,” Scott Horsfall of the California LGMA told Food Safety News. “The desert region, which includes California’s Imperial Valley as well as Arizona and Northern Mexico, is where most romaine is coming from now. … but the transition from north to south is well underway.”

The FDA included this Google Earth view in its memorandum on the environmental assessment related to the E. coli outbreak. It shows a section of the Wellton canal that is adjacent to a 100,000-head feedlot. Portions of this image (in gray) were redacted by the government. However, the FDA report says the image shows the locations of the feedlot, sites where E. coli-positive water samples were collected, unlined sections of the irrigation canal, and a retention pond at the feedlot. The water in the canal flows from west to east.

Horsfall, who is CEO of the California organization, and other leaders in the industry who include Teressa Lopez from the Arizona LGMA, have been working with a task force of academic researchers, the FDA, USDA, CDC, and state health and agriculture departments since spring. The group’s efforts led to changes in growing and harvesting practices that were in place for the Yuma planting season this fall and are in place for California growers in 2019. The new practices weren’t adopted by the LGMA in time for the Northern California season this year.

One of the changes is an increase in the width of buffer zones between feedlots and leafy greens growing fields from 400 feet to 1,600 feet. The Yuma fields are adjacent to and near McElhaney Feedyard, which has a capacity of more than 100,000 head. 

That setback change was spurred by previous research and the fact that the most likely scenario developed by outbreak investigators and scientists is that dust or runoff from the feedlot contaminated water in an open canal that produce growers use for irrigation.

It their statement Tuesday, the produce industry groups said the task force work will continue.

“A group of food safety experts from the produce industry is coming together as quickly as possible to closely examine information that may help pinpoint the specific source of the outbreak utilizing the extensive traceback information maintained by leafy greens producers,” according to the statement from the product groups.

“The goal of this effort is to learn any information about the geographic region or specific farms that may be tied to this outbreak. Government agencies have indicated the E. coli isolate involved in this outbreak has been closely related by Whole Genome Sequencing data to two past outbreaks linked to leafy greens in 2016 and 2017.”