Recalls and Alerts: September 24 – 26, 2020

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 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.

Canada

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.

Europe

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 Recall (Belgium): Biofresh Belgium recalls Picoreur Cuisse de poulet blanc / White chicken leg (250g; Lot #258001101; Best before 01/10/2020) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Belgium): Norenca nv recalls Carpaccio de bœuf / Beef carpaccio (Lot #91001010; Best before 25/09/2020) due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Belgium): Vegromix recalls SPAR brand Salade au Jambon / Ham salad (300g; All Best before dates up to and including 28/09) due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

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 (France): Industry recalls Monoprix Gourmet brand Gorgonzola AOP (200 g; Lot #P231002; Best before 01/10/2020; Product of Italy) due to Listeria monocytogenes 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.

Food Safety Recall (Luxembourg): Auchan recalls escalopes de dinde Halal / Halal turkey cutlets (3-pack tray; Lot #0340068233; Best before 27/09/2020) due to possible Salmonella contamination.

Recalls and Alerts – Canada: September 27 – October 18, 2017

Even the FoodBugLady needs a vacation!

In case you haven’t noticed, eFoodAlert was inactive for three weeks, whilst I was on holiday. I am making up for lost time with a series of posts to recap the recalls that were announced during my absence. 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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Canada

Allergy Alert: Marché d’alimentation Coréen Montréal recalls various products due to undeclared peanuts, wheat, soy, eggs and/or sesame seeds. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Allergy Alert: Charcuterie M.D. inc. recalls Cevapi-Mici Veal Sausage and Cevapi-Mici Lamb Sausage (all lots sold up to October 1st), due to undeclared wheat.

Allergy Alert: Supermarché le Faubourg inc. recalls SALADE DALGUE ET CALMAR (all lots sold up to October 18th), due to undeclared soy and fish.

Allergy Alert: Quality International Foods Ltd. recalls Aman’s Masar Whole Crimson Lentil (2 lb; Product code IVMKPA; UPC 6 70999 00042 0) and Aman’s Masar Whole Crimson Lentil (4 lb; Product code PAMKPA; UPC 6 70999 00006 2) due to undeclared wheat. The recalled products were distributed to retailers in Ontario.

Allergy Alert: Numage Québec Inc. recalls Verona Giant Lady Fingers (150g; All codes where milk does not appear on the ingredient list; UPC 0 66624 20087 5) due to undeclared milk. The recalled product was distributed to retailers in Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec.

Allergy Alert: Too Corny Gourmet Popcorn recalls Too Corny Salt & Vinegar Flavoured Gourmet Popcorn (25g & 55g; all lots where milk is not declared; UPC 6 86773 00040 1) due to undeclared milk. The recalled product was distributed to consumers in Alberta.

Allergy Alert: Mondelez Canada Inc. recalls Véa World Recipes Seed Cracker Mexican Garden Herbs Flavour (141g; Product code 2018JA27; UPC 0 66721 00769 8) due to undeclared sesame. The recalled product was distributed to retailers nationwide.

Allergy Alert: Campbell Soup Company recalls Wolfgang Puck Creamy Butternut Squash Organic Soup (398 mL; all codes where mustard is not declared; UPC 8 58328 76448 3) due to undeclared mustard. The recalled product was distributed to retailers in British Columbia, Ontario, and possibly nationally.

Food Safety Recall/Outbreak Alert: Sofina Foods Inc. recalls Janes Pub Style Chicken Burgers – Uncooked Breaded Chicken Burgers (800g; Product code 2018 MA 12; UPC 0 69299 12491 0) and Janes Pub Style Snacks Popcorn Chicken – Uncooked Breaded Chicken Cutlettes (800g; Product code 2018 MA 15; UPC 0 69299 12542 9) due to Salmonella contamination. The recalled product was linked to 13 cases of salmonellosis in Ontario (7), Quebec (2), New Brunswick (2), and Nova Scotia (2), and was distributed to retailers nationwide.

Food Safety Recall: Vantage Foods (ON) Inc. recalls Food Basics Mechanically Tenderized Hip Steak (Best Before 2017OC17; UPC starts with 0 211030) and Food Basics Mechanically Tenderized Steak FP (Best before Best Before 2017OC17; UPC starts with 0 224015) due to possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination. The recalled product was distributed to retailers in Ontario.

Food Safety Recall: Produits alimentaires Hosanna recalls various products, because the items were produced or processed under conditions that do not ensure their safety. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall: la Coopérative de Solidarité alimentaire Montréal recalls various products, because the items were produced or processed under conditions that do not ensure their safety. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall: Produits des viandes Slovenia ltée (Montreal, QC) recalls DEBRECINER SAUSAGE (packaging dates of September 20, 21, & 22, 2017) and HUNGARIAN SAUSAGE (packaging dates of September 20, 21, & 22, 2017) due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall: Spécialité Slovenia, boucherie et charcuterie recalls Hungarian Sausage, Chabai Sausage and Chorizo Sausage (sold September 20-27, 2017) due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall: Corporation d’Aliments Catelli (Ronzoni Foods) recalls Catelli brand Fusilli Gluten Free (340g; Best Before 2019 MA 08 128M751; UPC 0 6420016002 5) due to extraneous material contamination. The recalled product was distributed to hotels, restaurants, institutions and retailers nationwide.

Food Safety Recall: Howard’s Cove Shellfish Ltd. recalls various oysters due to possible Vibrio parahaemolyticus contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products, which were distributed to hotels, restaurants, institutions and retailers in Quebec.

Food Safety Recall: Laiterie Chagnon Ltee. recalls Chagnon brand Cultured Butter de la Haute-Yamaska Salted (3kg and 225g; Product code 265170407; UPC (225g) 6360200521) and Cultured Butter de la Haute-Yamaska Unsalted (3kg and 225g; Product code 242170395; UPC (225g) 6360200531) due to generic E. coli contamination. The recalled products were distributed to hotels, restaurants, institutions and retailers in Quebec.

Food Safety Recall: Sultan of Samosas Inc. recalls various samosas (8kg; All codes produced between August 21, 2017 and August 31, 2017) due to contamination with pieces of metal. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products, which were distributed to retailers in Ontario.

Food Safety Recall: Horizon Distributors Ltd. recalls Pacific brand Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup (1 L; Product code 01AU18; UPC 0 52603 05404 1) due to potential presence of Clostridium botulinum. The recalled product was distributed to retailers in British Columbia.

Food Safety Recall: Yummy Market Inc. recalls Yummy Market Smoked Lake Trout w/Pepper with Cracked Black Pepper (Best Before 2017 OCT 25 and 2017 NOV 01) because it may permit the growth of Clostridium botulinum.

Food Safety Recall: Industry is recalling certain farm-raised Pacific Oysters due to the presence of the marine biotoxin that causes Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products, which were distributed to retailers in Alberta, British Columbia, and Quebec, and may have been distributed nationwide.

Food Recall: Phoenicia Group Inc. recalls Daïa Deglet Nour Dates (200g; Best before 30/09/2018; Lot LNR126PC/16; UPC 0 62356 54465 2) due to insect infestation. The recalled product was distributed to retailers in Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec.