Recalls and Alerts: November 29 – December 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.

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United States

OUTBREAK ALERT UPDATE: CDC reports 11 cases of Listeria monocytogenes infections in three states. All eleven outbreak victims were hospitalized and there has been one death. The illnesses appear to be linked to Italian style deli meats, but a specific supplier has not yet been identified.

OUTBREAK ALERT: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has investigated five cases of confirmed or suspected foodborne botulism in the state since September.

Allergy Alert: Flowers Foods, Inc. recalls Canyon Bakehouse Mountain White Bread (Lot #032220323; UPC 8-53584-00200-3) and Canyon Bakehouse Everything Bagels ( Lot #032220316; UPC 8-53584-00221-8) due to undeclared gluten.

Allergy Alert: Maribel’s Sweets recalls Cacao Market Cylinder Dark Chocolate Pearls (5 oz; UPC 87708002502; All packages not indicating milk on the label) due to undeclared milk.

Allergy Alert: Hong Thai Foods Corp. recalls Golden Boy Custard Muffin Original (7.76 oz; Best before 29/01/2022; UPC 9555719731581) due to undeclared milk and the presence of Uranine- Acid Yellow 73.

Food Safety Recall: Continental Glatt Kosher Meats Corp. (d.b.a. First Choice Kosher Meat & Deli Inc.) recalls approximately 61,504 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) meat and poultry products that were produced without the benefit of federal inspection. Please refer to the recall notice for additional details on the recalled products.

Food Safety Recall: High Quality Organics recalls HQO High Quality Organics brand Organic Thyme Leaves (30 lbs & 500 lbs; Lot #48040; Best by 2022-10-30) due to potential Salmonella contamination. Notification of the recall was by letter only.

Pet Treat Safety Recall: TDBBS, LLC. recalls Chewy.com Natural Cow Ears (12-pack; Lot #WO125540; Best before 11/08/2022; UPC 840139120251) due to Salmonella contamination.

Pet Treat Safety Recall: TDBBS, LLC. recalls Jumbo Bully Sticks (various package sizes, brands, lot codes and expiration dates) due to potential Salmonella contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of recalled products.

Canada

OUTBREAK ALERT UPDATE: PHAC reports 32 Salmonella Typhimurium illness across six provinces linked to contact with pet hedgehogs. Four people have been hospitalized.

Allergy Alert: Poissonnerie Ô recalls various products due to undeclared egg and sulphites. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Allergy Alert: Distributions Farinex recalls various Gelsius brand IQF Sliced White Apples and IQF Diced Apples due to undeclared sulphites.Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Allergy Alert: Industry recalls Kandy brand Tuna Dry Fish (200g; Batch No. HP/CA010/2020; Expiry 11.10.2021) due to histamine.

Food Safety Recall: Metro Ontario Inc. recalls multiple Metro brand products due to potential Salmonella contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of recalled products.

Food Safety Recall: Kawartha Dairy Limited recalls certain Kawartha Dairy brand ice cream products due to potential foreign matter (metal pieces) contamination.

Food Safety Recall: Panier Extra recalls Saumon fumé surgelé / Frozen smoked salmon (all product sold up to 30 November 2020) due to improper temperature control during storage and absence of storage temperature instructions on the package label.

Food Safety Recall: Le Diapason Bistro épicurien recalls various products packed in 1L glass jars due to potential microbiological health hazard. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall: Poissonnerie Ô recalls éperlan mariné / marinated smelt (sold up to and including 1 December 2020) due to lack of storage temperature instructions on the package label.

Food Safety Recall: La Maison des pâtes fraîches recalls PESTO AU BASILIC / Basil pesto (sold up to and including 3 December 2020) due to potential microbiological health hazard.

Food Safety Recall: Lou Nissart recalls ratatouille (250 ml; sold up to and including 2 December 2020) due to potential microbiological health hazard.

Food Safety Recall: Bagel Henri-Bourassa recalls various products due to potential microbiological health hazard. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall: Yoga Grind Studio café recalls various products due to potential microbiological health hazard. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall: Ding Ho Foods Inc. recalls Ding Ho Foods brand Fried Fish Balls (318g; Best before 2021 JA 14; Lot #011421; UPC 6 27590 04631 9) and Ding Ho Foods brand Fried Fish Balls (5 lbs, labelled as 318g; Best before 2020 NO 28; Lot #112820) due to foreign matter (pieces of plastic) contamination.

Europe

OUTBREAK ALERT UPDATE (FRANCE): Santé publique France reports 31 cases of Salmonella Bovismorbificans infections across seven regions of France. Seven people have been hospitalized. The illnesses are linked to consumption of dry pork sausages.

Allergy Alert (Belgium): D’Haubry Bakery recalls Macarons de Pauline Fraise-Pistache-Chocolat (108g; Lot #L0245091; Best before 28/07/2021) due to undeclared milk.

Allergy Alert (Belgium): Jumbo recalls Kruidenkaas Italiaanse Stijl Jong Belegen 50+ (fromage aux épices – à l’italienne) / Italian cheese with spices (250g; Lots/Best before dates 15-12-2020 to 1-1-2021, inclusive) due to undeclared egg.

Allergy Alert (Belgium): Bio-Planet recalls Bauckhof brand Choco Balls (300g; Lot #200221; Best before 2/2/202) due to undeclared milk protein.

Allergy Alert (Belgium): Albert Heijn recalls AH Peterselie / fresh parsley (30g; Best before 08/12/2020) due to undeclared celery.

Allergy Alert (Germany): MAHYAR / M. Sarrafian Import und Export recalls NADERI Traditional Cookie (210g; Serial No. 198; Best before 16.04.2021) due to undeclared peanuts.

Allergy Alert (Netherlands): Jumbo recalls Kruidenkaas Italiaanse Stijl Jong Belegen 50+ (fromage aux épices – à l’italienne) / Italian cheese with spices (250g; Lots/Best before dates 15-12-2020 to 1-1-2021, inclusive) due to undeclared egg.

Allergy Alert (Netherlands): Albert Heijn recalls AH Peterselie / fresh parsley (30g; Best before 08/12/2020) due to undeclared celery.

Food Safety Recall (Belgium): De Beauvoorder recalls le pâté de lièvre (au vin rouge) / red wine hare pâté (150g; Lots 4315/680146 & o 4330/680146; Expiry 04/12/2020 & DLC 19/12/2020) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): CRUSTA C recalls Atelier Poissonnerie brand Crevettes 80/100 Venezuela ASC / shrimp (300g; Lot #2203220692; Best by 27/11/2020) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): Nouvelle UTP recalls SAVEURS BRESSANES brand Pâté de campagne à l’ancienne (1 slice; Lot #T1911; Best before 18/12/2020) to Listeria contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): ROUSSILLON SALAISONS recalls GUSTO Y SABOR brand Fuets catalans / dry sausage (170g; various lot codes and Best before dates) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Germany): Lidl Deutschland recalls various Nautica Regenbogen Forellenfilets in den Sortierungen Natur und Pfeffer / Rainbow trout fillets, plain and peppered due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (Germany): Rhönmetzgerei Arnold recalls Rhöner Leberwurst im Ring (Naturdarm)/ Liver sausage in ring with natural casing (Best before 21.12.2020) due to potential foreign matter (glass splinters) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Germany): Weiling GmbH recalls BIOLADEN*Cashewmus / Cashew butter (250 g; Best before 18-05-2022 and illegible Best before dates) due to potential foreign matter (pieces of glass) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Germany): Herbertehof recalls various sausage products due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (Italy): Salumificio Sorrrentino S.R.L. recalls TAVOLA ITALIA SALSICCIA ABRUZZESE APPASSITA PICCANTE / Spicy dry Abruzzese sausage (~200g; Lot #250920; Best before 31/07/21) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Italy): CHIARELLI PIERLUIGI recalls CHIARELLI PIERLUIGI brand FORMAGGIO A LATTE CRUDO – FORMAGGELLA / raw milk cheese (Lot #02102020) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Italy): Lidl Italia S.R.L. recalls Milbona Latte intero UHT / UHT whole milk (1L; Lot 20288/ Line 34; Best before 11/02/21) due to potential loss of sterility.

Food Safety Recall (Sweden): Lidl Sverige recalls Culinea brand Gåsbröst / Goose breast (950g; Best before 2022-09-30) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (UK): Lactalis Nestlé Chilled Dairy UK recalls Nescafé Shakissimo Espresso Latte (190 ml; Use by 26 January 2021) due to contamination with residues of a cleaning solution.

Food Safety Recall (UK): Meng Fu S.H.L recalls several meat ball products because the meat used to make the products does not meet food safety requirements. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands

Food Safety Recall (Singapore): Cold Storage Singapore (1983) Pte Ltd. recalls Meadows Pure Drinking Water (1.5L; Expiry 9/11/2022; Product of Malaysia) due to Pseudomonas aeruginosa contamination.

Australia and New Zealand

Allergy Alert (Australia): Baiada Poultry Pty Limited recalls Steggles Frozen Turkey Breast Roast (1kg; Best Before 29 JUN 2022) due to undeclared gluten, sulphites and tree nuts.

Allergy Alert (New Zealand): Loaf Ltd. recalls Loaf brand Gluten Free Gooey Caramel Slice (280g; Best before 31JAN21) due to undeclared gluten.

Pig ear pet treats blamed for human Salmonella outbreak

Pig ear pet treats have been linked to an outbreak of multidrug-resistant Salmonella infections in 13 states, according to an investigation report released today by CDC.

Forty-five individuals in California (1), Illinois (3), Indiana (3), Iowa (12), Kansas (3), Massachusetts (2), Michigan (7), Missouri (3), New York (6), North Dakota (1), Pennsylvania (2), South Carolina (1) and Wisconsin (1) have been infected with the outbreak strain, identified as Salmonella I 4,[5],12:i:-.

Twelve outbreak victims were hospitalized.

According to CDC, epidemiological evidence points to pig ear pet treats as a likely source of the illnesses.

Of the outbreak victims interviewed, 89% reported contact with a dog before getting sick and 71% reported contact with pig ear dog treats or with dogs who were fed pig ear dog treats.

In comparison, only 61% of healthy individuals reported contact with a dog, and only 16% reported having handled dog treats such as pig ears in the week before the interview.

Pig ear pet treats obtained from bulk bins at two Michigan retailers have tested positive for a number of different Salmonella strains, according to a report from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD).

According to FDA, MDARD found four different strains – Salmonella London, Salmonella Typhimurium, Salmonella Newport, and Salmonella Infantis – in the pig ear samples.

FDA is working with CDC and state health partners to determine whether any human or animal cases of Salmonella illness may be linked to the strains found in the treats tested by MDARD.

Other brands of individually wrapped or bagged pig ears sold at multiple retail locations in the state tested negative for Salmonella.

Pet Supplies Plus (Livonia, MI) issued a voluntary recall after learning that MDARD found Salmonella in “…aging bulk pig ear product…” in one of the company’s stores.

The contaminated bulk pig ears were stocked in open bins in Pet Supplies Plus stores in AL, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, WI and WV. Prepackaged pig ears are unaffected by the recall.

The company has removed bulk pig ear treats from all of its stores and has stopped shipping these treats from its distribution center.

FDA is working to identify the source of the pig ear treats, how they became contaminated, and where they were distributed.

What consumers need to know

Salmonella can cause illness in both humans and animals. People infected with Salmonella can develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. Most individuals recover without treatment. However, in some cases, the diarrhea may be so severe that hospitalization is needed.

In severe cases, without antibiotic treatment the infection may spread from the intestines into the blood stream and from there to other parts of the body.

Pets do not always display symptoms when infected with Salmonella, but signs can include vomiting, diarrhea (which may be bloody), fever, loss of appetite and/or decreased activity level. Infected pets can shed the bacteria in their feces and saliva without showing signs of being sick.

If you or a household member is suffering from symptoms of Salmonella, consult a healthcare provider.

If you believe your pet may be infected with Salmonella, consult your veterinarian.

How to alert FDA to a problem

Veterinarians who wish to have pets tested for Salmonella may do so through the Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network (Vet-LIRN Network) if the pet is from a household with a person infected with Salmonella.

FDA encourages consumers to report complaints about pet food products electronically through the Safety Reporting Portal. This information helps FDA further protect human and animal health.