Recalls and Alerts: November 23, 2012

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 current information on international and retail distribution of peanut butter products recalled due to Salmonella Bredeney, please consult the Trader Joe’s/Sunland Peanut Butter Recalls tab.

Canada

  • Food Safety Recall: Capital Packers Inc. (Est 231, Edmonton, AB) recalls Capital brand Ham Sausage (300g; UPC 0 64946 51100 6; Code 2012 DE 26) and Compliments brand Ham Sausage (375g; UPC 0 68820 10061 4; Code 2012 DE 26), because the products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The recalled Capital brand Ham Sausages may have been distributed nationally. The Compliments brand product was sold in Sobeys, IGA and Price Chopper stores in the West. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has suspended Capital Packers’ license to operate at Establishment 231, and warns that additional food products may be added to the Health Hazard Alert recall list. All outstanding inventory at the plant is now under CFIA detention and control.

Europe

  • Allergy Alert (Finland): CA-SA Välimeren Herkut Oy recalls Shrimp Chili-Aioli and Chili-Aiolissa (180g containers), due to the presence of undeclared celery.
  • Food Safety  Recall (Germany): Aerzener Brot und Kuchen GmbH recalls Natreen Strawberry Yogurt, Frozen Sections (4 x 100 pieces/pkg; Lot/Expiry dates L 12048 05/2013, L 12083 06/2013, L 12114 07/2013, L 12145 09/2013, L 12180 10/2013 and L 12297 01/2014), due to suspected hepatitis A virus contamination in the strawberry cubes from China.
  • Food Safety Recall (Greece): 58 Viofos Ltd. recalls Organic Radish Seeds for Sprouting (30g; Expiry 06-2015; Packaged by Bavicchi in Italy), because the seeds are contaminated with Bacillus cereus.
  • Food Safety Alert (Russia): The Office of the Ministry of Interior in the Sakhalin region has seized 200 Kg of salmon caviar that lacked the required manufacturer’s identification mark. Supporting documents verifying safety and quality parameters also were lacking.
  • Outbreak Alert Update (Norway): The Public Health Institute now has received reports of eight cases of infection with Salmonella Mikawasima from six different counties, including Akershus Aust-Agder, Vest-Agder, Hordaland, Oppland, Oslo and Nordland. All of the outbreak victims are adults (20-50 years of age). Salmonella Mikawasima is rarely seen in Norway.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.1635): Salmonella in live mussels from Spain; distributed to Italy.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.1636): Parasitic infestation of chilled salmon from Poland; distributed to Italy.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.1637): Salmonella in chilled sausage from Italy; distributed to the United Kingdom.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.1639): Listeria monocytogenes in paté from Belgium; distributed to Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands and Switzerland.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.1640): Insects in fennel seeds from Italy; distributed to France and Italy.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.1641): Listeria monocytogenes in raw milk cheese from France; distributed to Belgium and France.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.1642): Excessive coumarin in breakfast cereals from Lithuania; distributed to the Czech Republic.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Food Safety Alert (Australia): The New South Wales Department of Primary Industries warns that paralytic shellfish poisoning toxins above safe levels have been detected in Botany Bay. The Food Authority has warned the public agains eating oysters, mussels, cockles, clams, periwinkles, sea urchins, crabs or the gut of rock lobster or abalone taken from the bay or the Georges River.
  • Outbreak Alert (Australia): Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas was hit by an outbreak of norovirus that sickened some 135 passengers and eight staff members, according to The Telegraph. The ship arrived in Sydney from New Zealand with sick passengers aboard. Boarding of new passengers was delayed while “enhanced” cleaning operations were carried out.

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 web site.

*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.

Canadian E. coli O157:H7 Recall Expands

Sept 18, 2012 update.- The major Canadian ground beef recall has been expanded to include the following retailers: Loblaws, Extra Foods, No Frills, Real Canadian Wholesale Club, Shop Easy, SuperValu, Superstore, Westfair, Your Independent Grocer, Sobeys, Foodland, IGA, Metro, Super C, and Entrepot de Viandes. Please refer to the expanded Health Hazard Alert for a detailed list of products, expiration dates, and provinces where they were sold.  

Following is the original eFoodAlert report, posted September 17, 2012:

XL Foods, Inc. (Edmonton, AB) has recalled ground beef products sold under the Calahoo Meats, Kirkland Signature, and Safeway brands, in addition to unbranded ground beef products sold in Walmart stores, because the meat may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

According to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), the recall is “part of an ongoing food safety investigation.” Nevertheless, CFIA reports that no illnesses have been associated with the consumption of the recalled products.

The ground beef products were sold nationwide through distributors, retailers and food service organizations. Following is a list of recalled products, including distribution information:

Calahoo Meats

  • 4/1 B.B. Burgers. 4.54 kg; Item  0200525; Lot 2244; Distributed in Alberta

Kirkland Signature (Costco)

  • Lean ground beef 15% fat or less. Various weights; UPC starts with 2 21927; Pack Dates between 12AU30 and 12SE15; Distributed nationally
  • Lean ground beef patties / 15% fat or less. Various weights; UPC starts with 2 52733; Pack Dates between 12AU30 and 12SE15 Distributed nationally
  • Ground beef tube 86% lean full case / Manual weight. Various weights; UPC starts with 2 97420; Pack Dates between 12AU30 and 12SE15; Distributed nationally

Safeway

  • Ground Beef Regular. Various weights; UPC starts with 201637; EST 573; Best Before or Freeze By dates between 12SE09 and 12SE23; Distributed in Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan
  • Ground Beef Lean. Various weights; UPC starts with 201670; EST 573; Best Before or Freeze By dates between 12SE09 and 12SE23; Distributed in Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan
  • Ground Beef Lean Large Pack. Various weights; UPC starts with 201654; EST 573; Best Before or Freeze By dates between 12SE09 and 12SE23; Distributed in Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan
  • Lean Ground Beef Patties Fresh. Various weights; UPC starts with 201650; EST 573; Best Before or Freeze By dates between 12SE09 and 12SE23; Distributed in Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan Medium
  • Ground Beef Chuck. Various weights; UPC starts with 201730; EST 573; Best Before or Freeze By dates between 12SE09 and 12SE23;Distributed in Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan
  • Ground Beef Extra Lean. Various weights; UPC starts with 201681; EST 573; Best Before or Freeze By dates between 12SE09 and 12SE23; Distributed in Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan
  • Ground Beef Extra Lean Large Pack. Various weights; UPC starts with 201661; EST 573; Best Before or Freeze By dates between 12SE09 and 12SE23; Distributed in Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan
  • MS Lean Ground Beef Patties Sundried Tomato & Asiago Cheese. Various weights; UPC starts with 209544; Best Before dates between 12AU29 and 12SE19; Distributed in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan
  • MS Lean Beef Patties Cheddar Cheese. Various weights; UPC starts with 209553; Best Before dates between 12AU29 and 12SE19; Distributed in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan
  • MS Lean Ground Beef Meatloaf. Various weights; UPC starts with 209289; Best Before dates between 12AU29 and 12SE19; Distributed in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan
  • MS Lean Ground Beef Sliders. Various weights; UPC starts with 209893; Best Before dates between 12AU29 and 12SE19; Distributed in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan
  • MS Meatballs – Made from lean ground beef and pork. Various weights; UPC starts with 209241; Best Before dates between 12AU29 and 12SE19; Distributed in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan
  • MS Beef Lean Ground Stuffed Peppers. Various weights; UPC starts with 209628; Best Before dates between 12AU29 and 12SE19; Distributed in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan
  • MS Ground Sirloin Patties. Various weights; UPC starts with 201674; Best Before dates between 12AU29 and 12SE19; Distributed in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan
  • Lean Ground Beef. Various weights; UPC starts with 221643; Best Before dates between 12AU29 and 12SE19; Distributed in Alberta, British Columbia
  • Extra Lean Ground Beef. Various weights; UPC starts with 221670; Best Before dates between 12AU29 and 12SE19; Distributed in Alberta, British Columbia
  • Regular Ground Beef. Various weights; UPC starts with 221634; Best Before dates between 12AU29 and 12SE19; Distributed in Alberta, British Columbia
  • Ground Chuck. Various weights; UPC starts with 201637; Best Before dates between 12AU29 and 12SE19; Distributed in Alberta, British Columbia

Walmart stores

  • Regular Ground Beef. 454 g/1 lb; UPC 0 27182 04350 2; EST 128; Sep/17/12, Sep/18/12, & Sep/20/12; Distributed in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan
  • Medium Ground Beef. 1.36 kg/3 lb; UPC 0 27182 04367 0; EST 128; Sep/18/12; Distributed in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan
  • Lean Ground Beef. 454 g/1 lb; UPC 0 27182 04373 1; EST 128; Sep/17/12, & Sep/20/12; Distributed in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan

Unbranded

  • Beef Bearpaw Burger, 5oz. 5.10 kg; UPC 6 26957 83655 6; EST 128; Pack Date Sep 07, 2012; Distributed in Alberta

XL Foods, Inc., dba Lakeside Packers (Est 38) is based in Alberta. Some of the recalled meat was ground in a separate facility – XL Grinding (Est 128) – and supplied to Walmart. A portion of the recalled meat was further processed by Vantage Foods (MB) Inc, Winnipeg, MB (Est 573) and supplied to Safeway.

Please refer to the CFIA Health Hazard Alert for photos of the recalled product labels.

eFoodAlert Advice to Consumers

If you or a family member develops symptoms of acute gastroenteritis (stomach ache, diarrhea, nausea, etc.) within a week after having consumed one of these products, please seek immediate medical attention. Children are especially susceptible to serious secondary illness (hemolytic uremic syndrome) following an infection with E. coli O157:H7.

Canadian Ground Beef Recall Expands To USA

XL Foods, Inc. (Edmonton, AB) has recalled ground beef products sold under the Calahoo Meats, Kirkland Signature, and Safeway brands, in addition to unbranded ground beef products sold in Walmart stores, because the meat may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

The contamination was discovered when USDA tested a sample of the meat at the Canada/USA border. According to the foodservice distributor US Foods, several large US processors received beef from the recalled lot, including Morasch Meats of Portland, Oregon.

Affected brands in the USA include Morasch Meats, Calahoo, Kirkland Signature and Cattleman’s. The recalled meat was supplied in the US to retailers and the foodservice industry. As of this evening (September 17th), no recall announcements have been posted on the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service web site, although The Kroger Company has announced a recall of KRO Ground Beef 73% 3#, 3 lb. The meat was sold in Kroger stores located in Greater Cincinnati, including Northern Kentucky, Dayton, OH and South Eastern Indiana, Indiana (except SW IN, -Evansville-), Illinois, Eastern Missouri; Jay C, Food4Less and FoodsCo.

According to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), the recall is “part of an ongoing food safety investigation.” Nevertheless, CFIA reports that no illnesses have been associated with the consumption of the recalled products.

The ground beef products were distributed nationwide in Canada through distributors, retailers and food service organizations. Following is a list of recalled products, including distribution information:

Calahoo Meats

  • 4/1 B.B. Burgers. 4.54 kg; Item  0200525; Lot 2244; Distributed in Alberta

Kirkland Signature (Costco)

  • Lean ground beef 15% fat or less. Various weights; UPC starts with 2 21927; Pack Dates between 12AU30 and 12SE15; Distributed nationally
  • Lean ground beef patties / 15% fat or less. Various weights; UPC starts with 2 52733; Pack Dates between 12AU30 and 12SE15 Distributed nationally
  • Ground beef tube 86% lean full case / Manual weight. Various weights; UPC starts with 2 97420; Pack Dates between 12AU30 and 12SE15; Distributed nationally

Safeway

  • Ground Beef Regular. Various weights; UPC starts with 201637; EST 573; Best Before or Freeze By dates between 12SE09 and 12SE23; Distributed in Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan
  • Ground Beef Lean. Various weights; UPC starts with 201670; EST 573; Best Before or Freeze By dates between 12SE09 and 12SE23; Distributed in Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan
  • Ground Beef Lean Large Pack. Various weights; UPC starts with 201654; EST 573; Best Before or Freeze By dates between 12SE09 and 12SE23; Distributed in Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan
  • Lean Ground Beef Patties Fresh. Various weights; UPC starts with 201650; EST 573; Best Before or Freeze By dates between 12SE09 and 12SE23; Distributed in Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan Medium
  • Ground Beef Chuck. Various weights; UPC starts with 201730; EST 573; Best Before or Freeze By dates between 12SE09 and 12SE23;Distributed in Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan
  • Ground Beef Extra Lean. Various weights; UPC starts with 201681; EST 573; Best Before or Freeze By dates between 12SE09 and 12SE23; Distributed in Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan
  • Ground Beef Extra Lean Large Pack. Various weights; UPC starts with 201661; EST 573; Best Before or Freeze By dates between 12SE09 and 12SE23; Distributed in Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan
  • MS Lean Ground Beef Patties Sundried Tomato & Asiago Cheese. Various weights; UPC starts with 209544; Best Before dates between 12AU29 and 12SE19; Distributed in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan
  • MS Lean Beef Patties Cheddar Cheese. Various weights; UPC starts with 209553; Best Before dates between 12AU29 and 12SE19; Distributed in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan
  • MS Lean Ground Beef Meatloaf. Various weights; UPC starts with 209289; Best Before dates between 12AU29 and 12SE19; Distributed in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan
  • MS Lean Ground Beef Sliders. Various weights; UPC starts with 209893; Best Before dates between 12AU29 and 12SE19; Distributed in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan
  • MS Meatballs – Made from lean ground beef and pork. Various weights; UPC starts with 209241; Best Before dates between 12AU29 and 12SE19; Distributed in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan
  • MS Beef Lean Ground Stuffed Peppers. Various weights; UPC starts with 209628; Best Before dates between 12AU29 and 12SE19; Distributed in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan
  • MS Ground Sirloin Patties. Various weights; UPC starts with 201674; Best Before dates between 12AU29 and 12SE19; Distributed in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan
  • Lean Ground Beef. Various weights; UPC starts with 221643; Best Before dates between 12AU29 and 12SE19; Distributed in Alberta, British Columbia
  • Extra Lean Ground Beef. Various weights; UPC starts with 221670; Best Before dates between 12AU29 and 12SE19; Distributed in Alberta, British Columbia
  • Regular Ground Beef. Various weights; UPC starts with 221634; Best Before dates between 12AU29 and 12SE19; Distributed in Alberta, British Columbia
  • Ground Chuck. Various weights; UPC starts with 201637; Best Before dates between 12AU29 and 12SE19; Distributed in Alberta, British Columbia

Walmart stores

  • Regular Ground Beef. 454 g/1 lb; UPC 0 27182 04350 2; EST 128; Sep/17/12, Sep/18/12, & Sep/20/12; Distributed in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan
  • Medium Ground Beef. 1.36 kg/3 lb; UPC 0 27182 04367 0; EST 128; Sep/18/12; Distributed in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan
  • Lean Ground Beef. 454 g/1 lb; UPC 0 27182 04373 1; EST 128; Sep/17/12, & Sep/20/12; Distributed in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan

Unbranded

  • Beef Bearpaw Burger, 5oz. 5.10 kg; UPC 6 26957 83655 6; EST 128; Pack Date Sep 07, 2012; Distributed in Alberta

XL Foods, Inc., dba Lakeside Packers (Est 38) is based in Alberta. Some of the recalled meat was ground in a separate facility – XL Grinding (Est 128) – and supplied to Walmart. A portion of the recalled meat was further processed by Vantage Foods (MB) Inc, Winnipeg, MB (Est 573) and supplied to Safeway.

Please refer to the CFIA Health Hazard Alert for photos of the recalled product labels.

eFoodAlert Advice to Consumers

If you or a family member develops symptoms of acute gastroenteritis (stomach ache, diarrhea, nausea, etc.) within a week after having consumed one of these products, please seek immediate medical attention. Children are especially susceptible to serious secondary illness (hemolytic uremic syndrome) following an infection with E. coli O157:H7.