Recalls and Alerts: October 15 – 18, 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 FINAL UPDATE: CDC reports 101 confirmed cases of Salmonella Enteritidis in 17 states linked to consumption of Wawona peaches. This outbreak now appears to be over. The FDA traceback and root cause investigation continues.

Food Safety Recall: Taher, Inc. recalls approximately 22,096 pounds of meat products that were produced without the benefit of federal inspection. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Canada

OUTBREAK ALERT FINAL UPDATE: PHAC reports 57 confirmed cases of Salmonella Enteritidis in Ontario (41) and Quebec (16) linked to consumption of peaches imported from the USA. This outbreak now appears to be over.

OUTBREAK ALERT: PHAC reports 21 confirmed cases of Vibrio parahaemolyticus illness in Saskatchewan (1), Quebec (7), New Brunswick (10), and Prince Edward Island (3). One person has been hospitalized. The outbreak is linked to consumption of shellfish, mainly raw oysters, harvested from eastern coastal waters.

Allergy Alert: Gastronomie Concept recalls various products due to undeclared soy, milk and sulphites. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall: National Herring Co. recalls Adar brand Schmaltz Herring in Oil (300g; Best Before 20NO28 20 175; UPC 0 62451 00128 9) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall: Taste for Luxury recalls Raschera DOP cheese due to Salmonella contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a list of affected brands and places where the cheese was sold.

Food Safety Recall: Migahid & Elsawi Co. Ltd. recalls Alwatania brand Liquid Tahina (350g, 750g, 18 kg; Expiration date 19/05/2021) due to Salmonella contamination.

Europe

OUTBREAK ALERT (UK): The Food Standards Agency and Public Health England report 390 cases of Salmonella Enteritidis infections linked to frozen, raw, breaded chicken products. Two different strains of Salmonella Enteritidis have been detected in this outbreak. Two product recalls have already been initiated in conjunction with this ongoing investigation. Please refer to news release for additional details.

Food Safety Alert (Spain): The Catalan Public Health Agency has suspended the activities of EMBUTIDOS SOLA SA and has ordered a recall of all fuet/espetec products manufactured by the company, due to Salmonella contamination. Products manufactured by EMBUTIDOS SOLA SA were linked to a recent outbreak of Salmonella infections in France.

Allergy Alert (Germany): dennree GmbH recalls dennree Cashewmus / Cashew butter (350g; Lot #30147-L…; Best before 31.12.2021) due to undeclared peanut.

Allergy Alert (UK): Waitrose & Partners recalls Waitrose No.1 Dominican Republic Milk Chocolate 49% (Batch code 0259; Best before end November 2021) due to undeclared almonds, hazelnuts (nuts) and soya.

Food Safety Recall (Belgium): Industry recalls Sola brand Fuet Espetec Extra / dried sausage (175 g; Lots 201802, 202508, 201741 & 202809; Best before 16/10/2020, 30/11/2020, & 31/12/2020) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Belgium): Makro Cash&carry recalls CUISSES DE DINDE SERVOL / Servol brand turkey legs (1.4 kg vacuum-pack; Lot #2110084152; Best before 16/10/2020) due to possible Salmonella Typhimurium contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Belgium): Vleeswaren Coenen & Co recalls Salade de poulet au curry (Kip currysla) / Curry chicken salad and Salade de viande (Vleessalade) / meat salad (150g; Lots 20204106 & 20204107; Best before 26/10/2020 & 27/10/2020) due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Belgium): LEADER PRICE recalls LE PRIX GAGNANT brand Cervelas qualité choix / choice-quality sausage (400g; Lot L408.38; Use by 30 OCTOBRE 2020) due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Finland): Frisch Haus Finland Oy recalls Bornholms Lobster Soup (375g; Best before April 3, 2023 and time stamp of 2:32 pm–4:37 pm) due to a processing error that could render the product unsafe to consume.

Food Safety Recall (France): Courses U recalls U brand Mini Hot Dogs (110g – pack of 7; Lot #102550146; Best before 05/12/2021) due to foreign matter contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): Courses U recalls U brand Mini cheeseburgers ( 155g; – pack of 10; Lots #102540163 & 102600080; Best before 04/12/2021 & 10/12/2021, respectively) due to foreign matter contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): La Sarl Les Fromagers Fermiers du Peytot recalls Les Fromagers Fermiers du Peytot brand Picodon aop x2, x5 – Guinguette x6 – Fromage de chevre x3 cheeses (various packaging and lot numbers; sold from 17 August 2020 to 14 October 2020) due to E. coli O157:H7 contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a list of affected lot numbers and package configurations.

Food Safety Recall (France): La Salaison du Mont Pilat recalls Salaisonniers du Pilat brand Saucisson Campagnard Pilat sausages (Lot #2022402; Best before 21/11/2020, 23/11/2020 & 28/11/2020) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): Carrefour recalls Carrefour brand Mini Hot Dogs et Mini Cheeseburgers surgelés / frozen mini hot dogs and mini cheeseburgers due to foreign matter (metal) contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for details on the affected lot numbers and expiration dates for both products.

Food Safety Recall (France): Bretzel Burgard recalls Burgard brand Mes mini cheeseburgers préférés surgelés x9 (145 g; Lot #102510143; Best before 01/12/2021) due to foreign matter (metal) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Germany): Fa. JERMI Käsewerk GmbH recalls Meine Käserei Ziegenkäserolle / goat cheese roll (100 g; various lot numbers; Best before 05.11.2020, 06.11.202, 09.11.2020) due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for additional information on lot numbers.

Food Safety Recall (Ireland): Arrabawn Co-op recalls certain batches of milk, with approval number IE 1439 EC only, that are potentially unsafe due to the presence of Enterobacteriaceae bacteria. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected batches.

Food Safety Recall (Netherlands): DekaMarkt and Dirk recall Slagers Beste / 1 de Beste Gemengd Gehakt Stroganoff / Butchers Best / 1 Best Mixed Minced Stroganoff (400g; Best before 17-10-2020) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (UK): Lidl GB recalls Cologran Sucralose sweetener tablets (300 tablets; Batch codes L 00083 A, L00083 B, L00149 A; Best before January 2023, February 2023) due to undeclared aspartame.

Food Safety Recall (UK): Lidl GB recalls Simply Mature White Cheddar (900g; Best before 26 December 2020) due to foreign matter (pieces of white plastic) contamination.

Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands

Allergy Alert (Israel): Monte Carlo Salads Ltd. advises the public that Thai Eggplant Salad (250g & 2 kg; Expiration dates up to and including 22.11.2020) contains undeclared peanuts.

Allergy Alert (Israel): Prudag Delicacies Ltd. advises the public that Thai Eggplant Salad (330g; Expiration dates up to and including 12/11/2020) contains undeclared peanuts.

Australia and New Zealand

Food Safety Recall (Australia): Auxico (Perth) Pty Ltd recalls Lao Gan Ma Chilli Sauce Chicken Flavour (280g; Best before 26/06/2021) due to foreign matter (bone fragments) contamination.

Recalls and Alerts: September 3 – 5, 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.

If you would like to receive automatic email alerts for all new articles posted on eFoodAlert, please submit your request using the sidebar link.

United States

PUBLIC HEALTH ALERT: The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert for an undetermined amount of imported cooked duck blood curds from China. A recall was not requested because FSIS has been unable to contact the importer. Please refer to the official notice for additional details.

Allergy Alert: Fresco Foods Inc. recalls Eat Fresco, Ancient Grain Jackfruit Bowl (14 oz / 397 g: All Best If Used By/Freeze By dates up to and including 9/15/2020) due to undeclared anchovies.

Pet Food Safety Recall: Sunshine Mills, Inc. recalls certain dog foods due to elevated levels of aflatoxin. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Canada

OUTBREAK ALERT UPDATE: PHAC reports 48 confirmed cases of Salmonella Enteritidis infections in Ontario (32) and Quebec (16) linked to consumption of peaches imported from the USA. Please refer to the CFIA Consumer Advisory for a list of imported peaches implicated in this outbreak.

Allergy Alert: Canadian Tire Corporation of Canada recalls Frank brand Milk Chocolate Covered Raisins (300g; Lots 07EUA, 13EUA,07GUB, 21DUB, 08GUB; Best Before 2021 MA 07  & 2021 MA 13) due to undeclared peanuts.

Allergy Alert: Diana Distribution Centre Ltd. recalls Vegetarian Spring Rolls (42 g x 19 pc; All packages where monosodium glutamate is not declared on the label) due to undeclared monosodium glutamate (MSG).

Europe

OUTBREAK ALERT (FRANCE): Santé Publique France reports 18 cases of Salmonella infections (including 12 children) in France are linked to imported “fuets” manufactured by Embutidos Sola SA of Spain. Victims fell ill between July 8, 2020 and August 3, 2020. Please refer to the recall notice, below.

Allergy Alert (Belgium): Q & Queen International Trading Corp recalls DURRA brand KESHK (500g; Expiry date 01/2022) due to undecalred wheat.

Allergy Alert (Denmark): Løgismose Mejeri & Fødevarer recalls Løgismose Pesto Rosso med soltørrede tomater / Red pesto with sundried tomatoes (150g; All Best before dates up to and including 01.10.2020) and La Campagna Rød Pesto / Red Pesto (130g; All Best before dates up to and including 01.10.2020) due to undeclared sulphites.

Allergy Alert (Ireland): Industry recalls Tiger Tiger Spicy Pad Thai Paste (all sizes; all date codes) because it contains peanuts which is not correctly emphasised on the label.

Allergy Alert (Ireland): FSAI warns consumers that provisional results indicate the presence of casein (milk protein) in Kelkin Hazelnut & Chocolate Flavoured Rice Cake Bars (20g and 120g (6 x 20g); All batch codes and date codes) and may be unsafe for consumers who are allergic to milk protein.

Allergy Alert (Netherlands): Uit de keuken van Maass recalls Groente curry kokos bowl / Vegetable curry coconut bowl (Best before 21-01-2021) due to undeclared sesame and soy.

Allergy Alert (UK): Uncle Roy’s Ltd recalls Rabbie’s Super Horseradish (190g/6.7oz; Batch codes 126187, 126621, 127425, 127426, 128255, 128972, 128973, 130324, 130325, 130511, 131592; All Best before dates up to and including the end of June 2022) due to undeclared mustard.

Allergy Alert (UK): JK Foods (UK) recalls Tiger Tiger Spicy Pad Thai Paste (all sizes; all date codes) because it contains peanuts which is not correctly emphasised on the label.

Food Safety Recall (France): EMBUTIDOS SOLA recalls Fuets Spanish sausage (All brands, lot codes and Best before dates; Product of Embutidos Sola SA, Spain) due to Salmonella contamination. This product has been linked to an outbreak of Salmonella illnesses (see Outbreak Alert, above).

Food Safety Recall (Germany): Wander AG recalls Ovomaltine Schokolade (100g; Lots 1328918A & 1328918B; Best before 08.05.2021) due to foreign matter (plastic pieces) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Italy): Chocolats Halba recalls FONDENTE NOIR CIOCCOLATO FONDENTE EXTRA 72% CACAO / Extra-dark chocolate, 72% cocoa (100g; Lots L1330004 & L1328941; Best before 30-10-2021) due to foreign matter (plastic) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Luxembourg): Auchan recalls three raw poultry products due to Salmonella contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (Netherlands): Lidl recalls PiqueBroche brand whole chicken (Best before 08-09-2020 & 11-09-2020) due to Salmonella contamination.

Australia and New Zealand

Allergy Alert (Australia): Haigh’s Chocolates recalls Haigh’s Milk MaltiChocs (250g; Best Before 17 Jan 21) due to undeclared hazelnut.

Contaminated Peaches from USA Cause Salmonella Outbreak in Canada

Thirty-three Canadians in Ontario (22 cases) and Quebec (11 cases) have become infected with Salmonella Enteritidis after consuming peaches imported from the USA, according to a report released this morning by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).

Three of the outbreak victims have been hospitalized.

Those infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Enteritidis range in age between 0 and 91 years, and 55% of the victims are female.

The outbreak is linked to peaches supplied by Prima Wawona, a California-based company, which has recalled a series of products from the marketplace.

Prima Wawona peaches have also been blamed for an outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis in the USA, which had sickened 68 individuals in 9 US states as of August 21st, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

On August 22nd, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) issued a Consumer Advisory alerting Canadians to the presence of the recalled peaches in the country and warning that PHAC had identified some illnesses linked to their consumption.

Canadian consumers should avoid purchasing, serving or eating any of the following peaches, or any other food products containing these peaches.

  • Harvest Sweet Sweet 2 Eat Prima Sweet Value Wawona Yellow Peaches; PLU 4037, PLU 4038 PLU 4044,
  • Harvest Sweet Sweet 2 Eat Prima Sweet Value Wawona White Peaches; PLU 4401
  • Sweet 2 Eat Sweet O Organic Yellow Peaches; PLU 94037, PLU 94038, PLU 94044
  • Sweet 2 Eat Organic White Peaches; PLU 94401
  • Wawona Peaches; 907g / 2 lb; UPC 0 33383 32200 1
  • Wegmans Peaches; 907g / 2 lb; UPC 0 77890 49048 8
  • Extrafresh Peaches; 907g / 2 lb; 0 33383 02071 6; Codes CPO3148, CPO3164, CPO3163, CPO3186, CPO3207, CPO3213, CPO3228, CPO3265, CPO3281, CPO3302, CPO3328, CPO3354, MPO0500, MPO0503, MPO0524, MPO0671, MPO0678, MPO0689, MPO0693, MPO0703, MPO0716, MPO0725, MPO0730, MPO0767, MPO0795

Peaches imported in bulk may have been sold loose or in bulk, with or without a brand name. These peaches may have been repackaged into a variety of formats.

Except for the Extrafresh Peaches, the recall encompasses all products sold from June 1, 2020 forward.

What Consumers Need to Know

  • Do not purchase or consume any peaches listed above. If you are in doubt as to the origin of peaches which you have already purchased, throw them away and disinfect the bin in which they were stored.
  • Some of the peaches may have been supplied to restaurants, hotels, bakeries or various food service establishments, including hospitals and nursing homes and may have been used in salads, desserts or baked goods. It would be prudent to avoid all of these items, unless you can be certain they were produced using peaches not included in this Advisory.
  • If you are suffering from symptoms of salmonellosis, including low-grade fever, stomach cramps, diarrhea, and/or vomiting, consult your healthcare professional. Be prepared to provide information on the food items you consumed during the week before beginning to experience your symptoms

This is the third Canadian foodborne disease outbreak since the beginning of July, all of them linked to consumption of produce imported from the USA. Local produce is readily available during the summer months. Consider supporting your local producers instead of buying imported produce.