Recalls and Alerts: March 1 – 4, 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: Asia Foods Distributor Inc recalls Nova Salted Biscuit food treats (14.08-oz pkgs; Expiry June 2020) due to undeclared milk.

Food Safety Recall: Washington Beef, LLC recalls approximately 30,260 pounds of ground beef chubs products due to foreign matter (metal and hard plastic) contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products, which were shipped nationwide.

Dietary Supplement Safety Recall: Sunstone Organics recalls Sunstone Organics White Vein Kratom (Lot 119) and Sunstone Organics Maeng Da Kratom (Lot 124A) due to potential Salmonella contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for additional product details.

Canada

OUTBREAK ALERT: The Public Health Agency of Canada is investigating a new outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis illnesses linked to No Name Chicken Nuggets, Uncooked, Club Pack. The implicated product was recalled by Loblaws last month. Currently, there are 19 cases of illness in six provinces linked to this outbreak: Alberta (1), Ontario (11), Quebec (4), New Brunswick (1), Nova Scotia (1), and Prince Edward Island (1). Individuals became sick between December 2018 and February 2019. Two of the ill individuals have been hospitalized.

Food Safety Recall: Boucherie les 2 frères recalls RILLETTE DE CANARD (250g; all product sold up to and including March 1, 2019) due to temperature control issues (lack of refrigeration).

Europe

Allergy Alert (Denmark): Salling Group recalls Ready to EAT Tandoori chicken with chickpeas and coconut paste dressing (All dates) due to undeclared fish.

Allergy Alert (Iceland): Myllan recalls Vatnsdeigsbollur / Water dough balls andVatnsdeigsbollur litlar / mini Water dough balls (6 pieces; Lots #5690568022672 and 5690568022696; Best before 04.03.2019) due to undeclared milk. 

Allergy Alert (Italy): Molino Rossetto recalls SELEX FARINA DI GRANO TENERO TIPO 00 (1 kg; Lot #L 19 009; Best before 09-02-2020) due to undeclared soy.

Allergy Alert (UK): Morrisons recalls Morrisons brand Chinese Takeaway Chicken Curry & Sweet & Sour Chicken (1245g; Use by 4 March 2019, 5 March 2019 and 6 March 2019 only) and Morrisons brand Chinese Takeaway Chicken in Black Bean Sauce & Sweet & Sour Chicken (1245g; Use by 4 March 2019, 5 March 2019 and 6 March 2019 only) due to undeclared milk.

Food Safety Recall (Denmark): Megafood ApS recalls Chtoura Garden Ground sesame paste (800g; Lot L#270-O PT O-TF; Expiry 10/2021) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): Hardy Affineur recalls Hardy Affineur brand Fromages fermiers de chèvre AOP au lait cru Valençay et Petit Valençay / Valençay and Petit Valençay AOP farm cheeses made from raw goat milk (All lots between 10-13 and 10-33; Best before March 1, 2019 to March 26, 2019) due to E. coli O157:H7 contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): E. Leclerc recalls Nos régions ont du talent brand Saucisse de Jambon aux pistaches / Ham sausage with pistachios (120g; Lot #9056; Best before 31/03/19) due to Listeria contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): E. Leclerc recalls Nos régions ont du talent brand Saucisse de Lyon Fine (120g; Lot #9056; Best before 31/03/19) due to Listeria contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France – Martinique): Carrefour Market and Promocash recall Antilles Mer brand Filet portion Pavé de thazard congelé / Frozen mackerel filet (800g; Lot #VN/388/II/106; Expiry 20/03/20) due to risk of ciguatera toxin.

Food Safety Recall (Germany): Ruwisch & Zuck Die Käsespezialisten GmbH & Co. KG recalls Anselin Neufchatel AOP, French Soft cheese from raw milk (200g; Best before 28.02.2019) due to Shigatoxin-producing E. coli contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Ireland): Divilly’s Ltd recalls Less is Best Premium Turkey Breast (120g; Batch code 100212; ‘use-by’ date 28.02.2019) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Australia and New Zealand

Allergy Alert (New Zealand): The Lactation Station Ltd recalls The Lactation Station brand Coconut Rough Lactation Cookies (300g; All batches; All dates) due to undeclared milk.

E. coli O157:H7 ‘Déjà Vu’ In Canada

For the second time this year, ground beef products from a Canadian meat company have been linked to an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses.

Earlier today (December 17th), the Public Health Agency of Canada reported that five cases of E. coli O157:H7 – three in Ontario and two in Alberta – were “confirmed to be linked” to the strain of E. coli O157:H7 that was found in certain frozen beef burgers from Cardinal Meat Specialists.

The three male and two female outbreak victims identified so far range in age from 10 years to 59 years, and became ill between early September and late November. One person was hospitalized; all five either have recovered or are recovering. Fortunately, none of the victims developed hemolytic uremic syndrome.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) issued its first Health Hazard Alert and recall notice to the Canadian public on December 12th, and continued to update its alerts as it obtained more test results. Ten product samples, representing four production date codes, of Butcher’s Choice frozen beef burgers tested positive for E. coli O157:H7. All have been recalled.

As of December 17, 2012, the following products have been recalled as a result of this outbreak investigation:

  • Butcher’s Choice Garlic Peppercorn Beef Burgers (1.13 kg pkgs; UPC 0 60383 89363 7; All product codes); distributed nationally through Loblaw Companies Ltd. banners
  • Butcher’s Choice Hickory Barbecue Beef Burgers (1.13 kg pkgs; UPC 0 60383 89364 4; All product codes); distributed nationally through Loblaw Companies Ltd. banners
  • Cardinal brand Prime Rib Beef Burgers (1.13 kg pkgs; UPC 0 63351 01561 1; Best before code 2013 JL 31 EST 752); distributed nationally

CFIA launched its investigation of Cardinal Meat Specialists on December 5th, once the Public Health Agency of Canada established that this cluster of five illnesses was potentially linked to frozen burgers produced by that company. As of today, one production day of the recalled burgers has yielded the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7; a second production day has been confirmed to be contaminated with a different strain. Genetic profiling of the microbes recovered from the other two E. coli O157:H7-contaminated production days is still in progress.

The agency is now investigating all of the ingredients – including spices, domestic beef and beef imported from Australia and New Zealand – to determine the source of the contaminants. Depending on the results of this part of the investigation, additional products may be recalled.

Advice to Consumers

  • If you have purchased frozen beef burgers, check your freezer to determine whether your burgers have been recalled. DO NOT use a recalled product; either discard it in a secure fashion or return it to the store.
  • If you have eaten a burger – especially one that was not well done – and you think that you are experiencing symptoms of E. coli O157:H7 gastroenteritis, seek immediate medical attention. Be sure to mention the suspected connection between your symptoms and the food that you ate.
  • Always cook ground meat and meat mixtures (including burgers) to an internal temperature of 71°C (160°F). Do NOT rely on appearance (color or texture) to determine whether your meat is well done.

Canadian E. coli O157:H7 Recall Expands

Sept 18, 2012 update.- The major Canadian ground beef recall has been expanded to include the following retailers: Loblaws, Extra Foods, No Frills, Real Canadian Wholesale Club, Shop Easy, SuperValu, Superstore, Westfair, Your Independent Grocer, Sobeys, Foodland, IGA, Metro, Super C, and Entrepot de Viandes. Please refer to the expanded Health Hazard Alert for a detailed list of products, expiration dates, and provinces where they were sold.  

Following is the original eFoodAlert report, posted September 17, 2012:

XL Foods, Inc. (Edmonton, AB) has recalled ground beef products sold under the Calahoo Meats, Kirkland Signature, and Safeway brands, in addition to unbranded ground beef products sold in Walmart stores, because the meat may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

According to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), the recall is “part of an ongoing food safety investigation.” Nevertheless, CFIA reports that no illnesses have been associated with the consumption of the recalled products.

The ground beef products were sold nationwide through distributors, retailers and food service organizations. Following is a list of recalled products, including distribution information:

Calahoo Meats

  • 4/1 B.B. Burgers. 4.54 kg; Item  0200525; Lot 2244; Distributed in Alberta

Kirkland Signature (Costco)

  • Lean ground beef 15% fat or less. Various weights; UPC starts with 2 21927; Pack Dates between 12AU30 and 12SE15; Distributed nationally
  • Lean ground beef patties / 15% fat or less. Various weights; UPC starts with 2 52733; Pack Dates between 12AU30 and 12SE15 Distributed nationally
  • Ground beef tube 86% lean full case / Manual weight. Various weights; UPC starts with 2 97420; Pack Dates between 12AU30 and 12SE15; Distributed nationally

Safeway

  • Ground Beef Regular. Various weights; UPC starts with 201637; EST 573; Best Before or Freeze By dates between 12SE09 and 12SE23; Distributed in Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan
  • Ground Beef Lean. Various weights; UPC starts with 201670; EST 573; Best Before or Freeze By dates between 12SE09 and 12SE23; Distributed in Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan
  • Ground Beef Lean Large Pack. Various weights; UPC starts with 201654; EST 573; Best Before or Freeze By dates between 12SE09 and 12SE23; Distributed in Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan
  • Lean Ground Beef Patties Fresh. Various weights; UPC starts with 201650; EST 573; Best Before or Freeze By dates between 12SE09 and 12SE23; Distributed in Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan Medium
  • Ground Beef Chuck. Various weights; UPC starts with 201730; EST 573; Best Before or Freeze By dates between 12SE09 and 12SE23;Distributed in Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan
  • Ground Beef Extra Lean. Various weights; UPC starts with 201681; EST 573; Best Before or Freeze By dates between 12SE09 and 12SE23; Distributed in Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan
  • Ground Beef Extra Lean Large Pack. Various weights; UPC starts with 201661; EST 573; Best Before or Freeze By dates between 12SE09 and 12SE23; Distributed in Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan
  • MS Lean Ground Beef Patties Sundried Tomato & Asiago Cheese. Various weights; UPC starts with 209544; Best Before dates between 12AU29 and 12SE19; Distributed in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan
  • MS Lean Beef Patties Cheddar Cheese. Various weights; UPC starts with 209553; Best Before dates between 12AU29 and 12SE19; Distributed in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan
  • MS Lean Ground Beef Meatloaf. Various weights; UPC starts with 209289; Best Before dates between 12AU29 and 12SE19; Distributed in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan
  • MS Lean Ground Beef Sliders. Various weights; UPC starts with 209893; Best Before dates between 12AU29 and 12SE19; Distributed in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan
  • MS Meatballs – Made from lean ground beef and pork. Various weights; UPC starts with 209241; Best Before dates between 12AU29 and 12SE19; Distributed in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan
  • MS Beef Lean Ground Stuffed Peppers. Various weights; UPC starts with 209628; Best Before dates between 12AU29 and 12SE19; Distributed in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan
  • MS Ground Sirloin Patties. Various weights; UPC starts with 201674; Best Before dates between 12AU29 and 12SE19; Distributed in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan
  • Lean Ground Beef. Various weights; UPC starts with 221643; Best Before dates between 12AU29 and 12SE19; Distributed in Alberta, British Columbia
  • Extra Lean Ground Beef. Various weights; UPC starts with 221670; Best Before dates between 12AU29 and 12SE19; Distributed in Alberta, British Columbia
  • Regular Ground Beef. Various weights; UPC starts with 221634; Best Before dates between 12AU29 and 12SE19; Distributed in Alberta, British Columbia
  • Ground Chuck. Various weights; UPC starts with 201637; Best Before dates between 12AU29 and 12SE19; Distributed in Alberta, British Columbia

Walmart stores

  • Regular Ground Beef. 454 g/1 lb; UPC 0 27182 04350 2; EST 128; Sep/17/12, Sep/18/12, & Sep/20/12; Distributed in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan
  • Medium Ground Beef. 1.36 kg/3 lb; UPC 0 27182 04367 0; EST 128; Sep/18/12; Distributed in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan
  • Lean Ground Beef. 454 g/1 lb; UPC 0 27182 04373 1; EST 128; Sep/17/12, & Sep/20/12; Distributed in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan

Unbranded

  • Beef Bearpaw Burger, 5oz. 5.10 kg; UPC 6 26957 83655 6; EST 128; Pack Date Sep 07, 2012; Distributed in Alberta

XL Foods, Inc., dba Lakeside Packers (Est 38) is based in Alberta. Some of the recalled meat was ground in a separate facility – XL Grinding (Est 128) – and supplied to Walmart. A portion of the recalled meat was further processed by Vantage Foods (MB) Inc, Winnipeg, MB (Est 573) and supplied to Safeway.

Please refer to the CFIA Health Hazard Alert for photos of the recalled product labels.

eFoodAlert Advice to Consumers

If you or a family member develops symptoms of acute gastroenteritis (stomach ache, diarrhea, nausea, etc.) within a week after having consumed one of these products, please seek immediate medical attention. Children are especially susceptible to serious secondary illness (hemolytic uremic syndrome) following an infection with E. coli O157:H7.