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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OUTBREAK ALERT UPDATE: The outbreak of Cyclospora infections that began in May and was linked to bagged salad mix appears to be over, according to CDC. As of September 23rd, 701 people in 14 states were lab-confirmed to have been infected with Cyclospora after consuming bagged salad mixes from the Fresh Express production facility in Streamwood, IL. Thirty-eight people were hospitalized. According to FDA, the probable source of the outbreak has been traced to a farm in south Florida. Cyclospora has been recovered from a regional water management canal west of Port St. Lucie, FL. However, FDA has been unable to determine whether or not the Cyclospora found in the canal water is a genetic match for the outbreak strain. The canal provided irrigation water to the farm in question. FDA and state agencies are continuing the investigation.
OUTBREAK ALERT: CDC reports an outbreak of 41 Salmonella Stanley infections in 10 states. The outbreak has been linked to dried wood ear mushrooms (also known as Kikurage, Dried Black Fungus, Dried Fungus, or Mu’er/Mu Er/Mu-Err) imported from China by Wismettac Asian Foods, Inc. The mushrooms were supplied to only restaurants in the United States and Canada, and were not available for sale directly to consumers.
Food Safety Recall: Wismettac Asian Foods, Inc. recalls Shirakiku brand imported Dried Fungus, also known as Black Fungus or Kikurage (5 lb; All Lots with Item #60403 on the package; UPC 00074410604035; Product of China) due to Salmonella contamination.
Allergy Alert Update: Loblaw Companies Limited recalls PC brand chicken strips – gluten free (600g; Best before 2021 AL 20; UPC 0 60383 20488 4) due to undeclared wheat (gluten). The original recall notice has been updated to include additional distribution information. Please refer to the notice for details.
Allergy Alert: Marché Adonis recalls Pizza Adonis (various flavours; All product sold up to and including 23 September 2020) due to undeclared walnuts, peanuts, mustard, egg, milk, sesame, soy and sulphites.
Food Safety Recall Update: Evergreen International Foodstuffs Ltd. recalls certain Manila clams (25 lb; Lot #21057; Harvest date Sep 16, 2020; Harvest location B.C. 17-20; Processing date Sep 17, 2020) due to a maring biotoxin which causes Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning. The original recall notice has been updated to include additional distribution information. Please refer to the notice for details.
Food Safety Recall: Wismettac Asian Foods, Inc. recalls Shirakiku brand Black Fungus (Kikurage) (2.27 kg; All codes sold up to and including September 24, 2020; UPC 0 74410 60403 5; Product of China) due to Salmonella contamination.
Food Safety Recall: Bagel St-Lo recalls Saumon Fumé / Smoked salmon (Variable weight; All product sold up to and including 25 September 2020) due to the lack of “Best before” dating.
Food Safety Recall: Marché Adonis recalls Fromage Parmesan Grana Padano and Fromage Parmesan Reggiano parmesan cheeses (variable weights; All product sold up to and including 23 September 2020) because the packaging does not indicate that the cheeses were made from raw (unpasteurized) milk.
Food Safety Recall: Loblaw Companies Limited recalls Butchers Choice brand Medium Ground Beef Butcher Pack (~1.1 kg; Best Before 20.SE.24; UPC starts with 217403) due to foreign matter (pieces of plastic) contamination.
Allergy Alert (Belgium): Albert Heijn recalls KIPS Vega Paté (125 g; Best by 19/11/2020) due to undeclared soy.
Allergy Alert (Denmark): Candyana ApS recalls Hostess Twinkies (385g; Lot #110821000; Best before 04/2021) and Oreo O’s Cereal (311g; Lot #DEC1620PDM; Best before 16/12/2020) because the Danish label lacks emphasis on some of the allergens.
Allergy Alert (Iceland): Industry recalls Íslandsnaut Hamborgarasósa, Smash Style / hamburger sauce (250 ml; Best before 08-01-2021) due to undeclared flour.
Allergy Alert (Ireland): Consumers are warned that Iceland Fish Pie (480g; Batch code L0204; Best before 23/01/22) contains undeclared barley (gluten).
Food Safety Alert (Finland): The Finnish Food Safety Authority has received information that Salmonella has been detected in Farmer Farms Favorites 10% minced beef (1000g; Batch #2036120 0503; Expiration date 13.09.2020) delivered to Finland by the Danish operator Skare Meat Packers. Consumers are advised either to dispose of the frozen product or to use the minced meat when cooked well.
Food Safety Recall (France): SOCIÉTÉ NOUVELLE DES DOUCEURS DE JACQUEMART recalls Maison Jacquemart brand Lunettes de Romans Fraise / strawberry-filled biscuits (Lot 20211.3; Best before 25/04/2021) due to foreign matter (small metal pieces) contamination.
Food Safety Recall (Germany): DMK Group recalls MILRAM Kümmelkäse Scheiben 45% / cheese (150g; Best before 16.12.2020) due to foreign matter (plastic) contamination.