Recalls and Alerts: February 23, 2013

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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For up-to-date information on recalls and product withdrawals associated with the horse meat investigation, please consult the Horse Meat Synopsis and Recalls page.

United States

  • Allergy Alert: Herbalife recalls Instant Healthy Meal Nutritional Shake Mix packets (cartons of 12 packets & single-serving packets in introductory business pack; Lot Nos. 133405G10, 133408G10, & 133409G10) due to undeclared traces of milk proteins. The label identifies the product as dairy-free. The recalled product was distributed in the USA from January 16, 2013 through February 16, 2013, exclusively to individual independent distributors.
  • Allergy Alert Update: Bruce Foods Corporation (New Iberia, LA) recalls Food Club Red Enchilada Sauce (10 oz cans; Code GES 462449; Best before 12/3/2016) due to undeclared wheat and soy. The recalled product was distributed between 1/15/2013 and 1/28/2013 in Virginia, Minnesota and Indiana. The original recall notice did not include Indiana in the distribution lits.
  • Food Safety Recall: Dakota Specialty Milling recalls certain specialty flours and grain blends due to the possible presence of fragments of thin metal wire from a defective screen on one of its manufacturing lines. The recalled flours and blends were supplied to manufacturers of leading brands of variety breads, cereals, crackers, granola, and nutrition bars, and were not sold directly to consumers.
  • Food Safety Recall: King Arthur Flour (Norwich, VT) recalls King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour (5-lb bags; UPC 0-71012-01050-9; Best used by 12/26/2013 & Lot code L12A26B, 12/26/2013 and L12A26C, 12/27/2013 and L12A27A, 01/18/2014 and A13A18A, 01/18/2014 and A13A18B, 01/21/2014 and A13A21A, 01/22/2014 and A13A22B, 01/30/2014 and A13A30A, 01/31/2014 and A13A31A) and King Arthur Unbleached Bread Flour (5-lb bags; UPC 0-71012-04105-3; Best use by 12/26/2013 and Lot code L12A26A, 12/26/2013 and L12A26B, 01/03/2014 and A13A03A, 01/03/2014 and A13A03B, 01/16/2014 and A13A16B, 01/17/2014 and A13A17A, 01/23/2014 and A13A23A, 01/28/2014 and A13A28A, 01/31/2014 and A13A31A), due to the presence of small blue polyurethane balls that are used in the sifting process. Only those bags where the Best Used By Date and Lot code numbers are printed on the side of the bag beneath the nutrition panel are affected.
  • Food Recall: Price Chopper recalls Price Chopper Cooked Squash (12 oz; UPC 41735-30346; Lot #1PNNUA21; Best by November 21, 2013), due to taste and odor not meeting quality expectations.
  • Pet Food Safety Recall: Hy-Vee, Inc. recalls Hy-Vee Complete Dog – Complete Nutrition (Green Bag) dog food (34-lb, 8-lb and 4.4-lb bags; UPC 07545005647, 07545005667 & 07545005665, respectively; Lot # ending with 29812KC; Best by date 11/24/13), Hy-Vee Complete Dog – Complete Nutrition (Green Bag) dog food (4.4-lb bags; UPC 07545005665; Lot # ending with 29912KC; Best by date 11/25/13) and Hy-Vee Complete Dog – Bites, Bones & Squares (Yellow Bag) dog food (20-lb and 4.4-lb bags; UPC 07545005680 & 07545005560, respectively; Lot # ending with 29312KC; Best by date 11/19/13), after the iowa Department of Agriculture found higher than normal levels of aflatoxin in some samples produced at a Kansas City plant operated by Pro-Pet, LLC. The recalled products were distributed to Hy-Vee stores in Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin between October 26, 2012 and January 11, 2013.
  • Outbreak Alert Update: The State of Alaska reports that 18 individuals have been identified in an outbreak of Campylobacter infections associated with consuming raw milk distributed by a Kenai-based cow-share program. Some of the outbreak victims reported recurrent illness, and two people required hospitalization. The Alaska Section of Epidemiology is contacting individuals suspected of receiving or consuming raw milk from the implicated far and expects the number of probable and confirmed cases to rise. The implicated raw milk was distributed to shareholders throughout the Kenai Peninsula, in Anchorage and in Sitka. There is at least one secondary case – an infant who had close contact with a confirmed case-patient. Anyone in Alaska who consumed raw milk in 2013 and subsequently developed a diarrheal illness should contact the Alaska Section of Epidemiology at 907-269-8000 (in Anchorage) or toll-free at 1-800-478-0084 and ask to speak to a member of the Infectious Disease Team.

Canada

  • Food Safety Recall: Nu-Tea Company Ltd. (Abbotsford, BC) recalls Tega brand Organic Lemon Hibiscus Green Rooibos Herbal Tea (24 tea bags/48g/1.69 oz; UPC 6 64322 10406 0; Best before dates 2014FE01, 2014MR27, and 2014MR28) due to possible Salmonella contamination. The recalled product was distributed at the retail level in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, and Saskatchewan.
  • Outbreak Alert Update: The Public Health Agency of Canada reports that two more cases of E. coli O157:H7 illness have been linked to frozen beef burgers from Cardinal Meat Specialists Ltd. The latest illnesses, which were reported in Manitoba and Ontario, brings the total number of outbreak victims to seven people in three provinces: Ontario (4), Alberta (2) and Manitoba (1). The most recent illness reports triggered a reopening of CFIA’s investigation into operations at Cardinal, and prompted the recall of additional products by the company.

Some supermarket chains post recall notices on their web sites for the convenience of customers. To see whether a recalled food was carried by your favorite supermarket, follow the live link to the supermarket’s recall website.

*The Kroger umbrella encompasses numerous supermarket, marketplace and convenience store chains, listed on the Kroger corporate home page.
**Includes Safeway, Vons, Pavilions, Dominick’s, Genuardi’s, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Carrs and Pak N’ Save.

Recalls and Alerts: February 17, 2013

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.

For up-to-date information on recalls and product withdrawals associated with the horse meat investigation, please consult the Horse Meat Synopsis and Recalls page.

United States

  • Allergy Alert: DeCoty Coffee Company (San Angelo, TX) recalls DeCoty Taco Seasoning (1.25 lb and 5.75 lb plastic spice containers; Item codes 71400 & 71410; Lot #010111-021313, inclusive) due to undeclared soy. The recalled products were distributed in Texas by DeCoty sales personnel and sold nationally on line.
  • Allergy Alert: The Muffin “Mam”, Inc.™ (Simpsonville, SC) recalls The Muffin “Mam”, Inc.™ brand Strawberry Crème Cake (24 oz; UPC 7-60366-00986-3; All lot codes) due to undeclared eggs. The recalled item was sold from March 19, 2011 to January 22, 2013 in the in-store Bakery area of retail stores in West Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Pennsylvania.
  • Food Safety Recall: Kellogg’s recalls Special K Red Berries Cereal (11.2 oz; UPC 3800059923; Expiry DEC 02 2013; Lot codes begin with 1,2,or 3 followed by KNC 105 00:13 to 02:30) because the product many contain glass fragments, likely from a single batch of one ingredient. The recalled product was sold in Schnucks, Logli and Hilander stores and may also have been supplied to other retailers.
  • Pet Food Safety Recall: Nature’s Variety recalls Instinct® Raw Organic Chicken Formula for Dogs and Cats (3-lb bags of medallions; 27-lb cases of medallions, 6-lb bags of patties, 36-lb cases of patties; UPC 7 69949 60137 1, 7 69949 70137 8, 7 69949 60127 2 and 7 69949 70127 9; Best if Used By 10/04/13), because pieces of clear plastic may be found in some bags and could present a choking risk to pets. The source of the plastic has been identified and corrected.
  • Pharmaceutical Product Safety Recall: Reumofan Plus USA, LLC and Reumofan USA, LLC recall Reumofan Plus Tablets (30 tablets/container; Lot #99515; Exp. 09/16), because they contain the undeclared active pharmaceutical ingredients methocarbamol, dexamethasone and diclofenac. Use of this product could result in serious and life-threatening injuries. One illness has been reported. The recalled product was distributed nationwide through internet sales.
  • Outbreak Alert: Alaska Public Health warns the public of a recent and potentially ongoing outbreak of Campylobacter infections associated with consuming raw milk. Six cases  of Campylobacter have been reported on the Kenai Peninsula since late January 2013. Four confirmed and one probable case-patient reported consuming unpasteurized milk in the few days before becoming ill; the sixth probable case-patient is an infant with close contact to one of the four confirmed patients. The outbreak strain has not previously been identified in Alaska.

Canada

  • Allergy Alert: Terra International Food Inc. recalls Rising Sun Farms brand Pomegranate Balsamic Dressing (354 mL; UPC 0 18646 00069 8; All codes) Lemon Thyme Balsamic Dressing (354 mL; UPC 0 18646 00068 1; All codes), Fig Balsamic Dressing (354 mL; UPC 0 18646 00067 4; All codes) and Raspberry Balsamic Dressing (354 mL; UPC 0 18646 00070 4; All codes) due to undeclared sulphites. The recalled products were supplied to retailers in Alberta, British Columbia and Manitoba.

Europe

  • Food Safety Recall/Outbreak Alert (Sweden): Sven P. Matkompaniet AB recalls Sven P. brand Kebab (400g; Article 6052; Produced 1/10 to 5/10 2012; Batch numbers beginning with 40 and Batch #41-02), Hamburger (90gr; Article 9090; Produced 1/10 to 5/10 2012; Batch numbers beginning with 40), Hamburger (150g; Article 9150; Produced 1/10 to 5/10 2012; Batch numbers beginning with 40 and Batch #41-09), Hamburger (200g; Article 9200; Produced 1/10 to 5/10 2012; Batch numbers beginning with 40), Kebab flam (Article 6032; Produced 1/10 to 5/10 2012; Batch numbers beginning with 40 and Batch #41-02), Kebabspett (Article 6015; Produced 1/10 to 5/10 2012; Batch numbers beginning with 40) and Lövstek (Article 6110; Produced 5/10 2012; Batch 10), due to potential Enterohemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC) contamination. The Local (Sweden’s English language news) reports that two children fell ill in eastern Sweden in January after eating the meat, which was distributed by Sven P in Stockholm, but originated at a slaughterhouse in the Netherlands.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2013.0187 & 2013.0188): Phenylbutazone in chilled horse meat from the United Kingdom; distributed to France.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2013.0189): Carbendazim in rambutan from Vietnam; distributed to Belgium.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2013.0190): Mercury in frozen swordfish manufactured in Italy, with raw material from Indonesia; distributed to Italy.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2013.0192): Norovirus in chilled clams from Turkey; distributed to Italy.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2013.0193): Salmonella in frozen turkey and poultry kebab from Germany, via Poland; distributed to Italy.
  • Food Fraud Notification (EU #2013.0194): Adulteration with horse meat of frozen beef burgers from Ireland; distributed to France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2013.0195): Norovirus in chilled giant capped oysters from France; distributed to Italy.
  • Food Fraud Notification Update (EU #2013.0166): Suspicion of fraud in relation to frozen beef lasagne from France, processed in Luxembourg, with raw material from Romania, via the Netherlands; distributed to Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands

  • Outbreak Alert (India): The Times of India reports an outbreak of food poisoning affecting 400 or more people, including children, in North Dimoria block of Kamrup (Metro).

Some supermarket chains post recall notices on their web sites for the convenience of customers. To see whether a recalled food was carried by your favorite supermarket, follow the live link to the supermarket’s recall website.

*The Kroger umbrella encompasses numerous supermarket, marketplace and convenience store chains, listed on the Kroger corporate home page.
**Includes Safeway, Vons, Pavilions, Dominick’s, Genuardi’s, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Carrs and Pak N’ Save.

Recalls and Alerts – USA: January 4-12, 2013

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

  • Allergy Alert: ConAgra Foods (Omaha, NE) recalls Andy Capp’s Hot Fries flavor product (0.85-oz blue poly bags; Case UPC 20-0-26200-47169-7; Unit UPC 00-0-26200-47168-6; Batch code 5381232500; Sell by August 17, 2013), because the product may contain undeclared soy due to a packaging error. The recalled product was supplied to retail food distributors in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania for distribution to retail stores in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia.
  • Allergy Alert: Southwest Ice Cream Specialties recalls ShurFine “Creamery Select” Dulce de Leche Premium Ice Cream (1.75-qt/1.66L “scround” container; UPC 015400224840; Best by Nov 8, 2014; Plant code 48-3202-F). Due to a packaging error, the cartons contain undeclared wheat, soy, and pecans as a result of the Dulce de Leche cartons having been filled with ShurFine Praline Pecan ice cream.
  • Allergy Alert: Woodstock® (Providence, RI) recalls Woodstock All Natural Tamari Almonds (7.5 oz; Best by 10/24/13; Lot 12298), because the product contains undeclared soy due to mislabeling. The recalled product was supplied to retailers in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin, and District of Columbia.
  • Allergy Alert: Somersault Snack Co., LLC (Sausalito, CA) recalls Somersaults Cinnamon Crunch products (All package sizes; All Sell-by dates of 8/30/2013 or earlier), due to the presence of undeclared milk. The recalled product was distributed to retailers nationwide.
  • Allergy Alert: Island Delights, Inc. (Seville, OH) recalls Maple Coconut Haystacks (various sizes; Lot 13410400.02, 13410400.04, 13410400.08 and 13410402.00) Chocolate/Almond Coconut Haystacks (various sizes; Lot 13413100.02, 13413100.04, 13413100.08 and 13413102.00), Coffee Coconut Haystacks (various sizes; Lot 13411300.02, 13411300.04, and 13411300.08) and Almond Coconut Haystacks (various sizes; Lot 13413000.02, 13413000.04, 13413000.08 and 13413002.00), because the products contain undeclared milk. The recalled products were distributed to retail stores and through mail orders in Arizona, California, Florida, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, New York, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wyoming from January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012.
  • Food Safety Recall: Delifish expands its earlier recall to include the following cold smoked products relating to Julian dates 235 to 345, because of potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenesFood Service Cold Smoked Salmon Trim (1 lb.), Royal Fjord Smoked Toppers, (6-oz; UPC 810230000561), Royal Fjord Sliced Smoked Salmon Loin (12-14 oz), Cold smoked pieces (5 lb), Royal Fjord (5 oz. rounds; UPC 810230000127), New England Smoked Salmon (4 oz.; UPC 810230000066), Pacific Supreme (3-oz; UPC # 058138102448), Sam’s (20-oz; UPC# 073030805167), Icy Point (2 – 3-lb; NO UPC), Lassco Select Gourmet (8-oz; UPC # 072840017081), Bacon Lassco (3-oz; UPC #072840017036), Natural Trimming (5-lb; NO UPC), Trimming with preservatives (4-lb; NO UPC), Party Platter (6-oz; NO UPC), Nova Wheel (16-oz; UPC # 072840007273), Nova Lassco (4-oz; UPC #072840017050), Nathans (8-oz; UPC # 073030803699), Nathans (3-oz; UPC # 073030803682), and 3 Star (4-oz; UPC # 072840017517). The recalled product was possibly supplied to retail stores in California, North Carolina, Virginia, Ohio, Massachusetts, Illinois, Florida, Georgia, Texas, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Washington and Puerto Rico.
  • Food Safety Recall: GIANT Food Stores, LLC and MARTIN’S Food Markets alert their customers to the recall by Ocean Beauty Seafoods LLC of all Sell-By dates of the following products due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenesNathan’s Nova Salmon (3 o.z.; UPC 7303080368), Nathan’s Nova Salmon (8 o.z.; UPC 7303080369), and Lassco Smoked Salmon (3 o.z.; UPC 7284001703).
  • Food Safety Recall: Sister Sara’s (Pleasanton, CA) recalls Sister Sara’s Good For You Soup (1-qt/32-oz glass jar), Sister Sara’s Bread and Butter Pickles (1-pt/16-oz glass jar), Sister Sara’s Pickled Beets (1-pt/16-oz glass jar) and Sister Sara’s Old Fashioned Dill Pickles (half-gallon/64-oz glass jar), due to possible Clostridium botulinum contamination as a result of having possibly been improperly produced. The recalled products were sold at the Pleasanton Farmers Market (Pleasanton, CA) and the Livermore Certified Farmers Market (Livermore, CA).
  • Pet Treat Safety Recall: Publix Super Markets recalls Publix Chicken Tenders Dog Chew Treats (3,5-oz bag; UPC 41415-18527), because the product may contain trace amounts of antibiotic residue. The recalled product was sold in Publix grocery stores in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee.
  • Pet Treat Safety Recall: Milo’s Kitchen® recalls Chicken Jerky Home-Style Dog Treats and Chicken Grillers Home-Style Dog Treats, after trace amounts of residual antibiotics were detected by the New York State Department of Agriculture in several lots of Milo’s Kitchen® Chicken Jerky. Both of the recalled products are sourced from the same chicken suppliers.
  • Pet Treat Safety Withdrawal: Nestlé Purina PetCare Company and its wholly owned subsidiary Waggin’ Train LLC withdraw Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek Ranch brand dog treats sold nationwide in the United States until further notice. The action was taken after the New York State Department of Agriculture detected trace amounts of antibiotic residue in samples of the chicken jerky treats.
  • Pet Treat Safety Recall: Wegmans alerts its customers to the recall by IMS Pet Industries of Cadet Gourmet Chicken Sausage (8 oz; UPC 7-68303-07461), due to test results that showed trace amounts of antibiotic residue in the treats.
  • Pharmaceutical Product Safety Recall: Mobius Therapeutics, LLC (St. Louis, MO) recalls Mitosol® (mitomycin for solution) Kit for Ophthalmic Use (0.2mg/vial; Lot #M098260 and M086920; Expiration Date 08/2013), because one or more parts of the kit may contain be contaminated with a strain of yeast. The recalled products were distributed between 10/22/2012 and 12/14/2012 in Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin.
  • Outbreak Alert (Missouri): The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reports several cases of diarrhea that may be due to Shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli. One person has been confirmed to be infected with E. coli O103. The illnesses were reported in the northwest part of Missouri and may be related to the consumption of locally produced unpasteurized dairy products.
  • Outbreak Alert (Cruise ships): The CDC is investigating outbreaks of gastroenteritis among passengers and crew members of the Emerald Princess (Princess Cruises; voyage dates Dec 17-27, 2012) and Queen Mary 2 (Cunard Line; voyage dates Dec 22, 2012 to Jan 3, 2013). The causative agent has not yet been determined in either case.
  • Outbreak Alert Update: CDC reports that 16 persons from seven states have been infected with Salmonella Typhimurium after coming into contact with pet hedgehogs purchased from multiple breeders in different states. Three people have been hospitalized. The outbreak, which began in December 2011, has affected people in Alabama (1), Indiana (1), Michigan (3), Minnesota (2), Ohio (2), Oregon (1) and Washington (6).

Some supermarket chains post recall notices on their web sites for the convenience of customers. To see whether a recalled food was carried by your favorite supermarket, follow the live link to the supermarket’s recall website.

*The Kroger umbrella encompasses numerous supermarket, marketplace and convenience store chains, listed on the Kroger corporate home page.
**Includes Safeway, Vons, Pavilions, Dominick’s, Genuardi’s, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Carrs and Pak N’ Save.