Recalls and Alerts: February 24-25, 2022

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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 INVESTIGATION UPDATE: CDC is investigating an unspecified number of reports of additional illnesses linked to consumption of powdered infant formulas manufactured in the Sturgis, Michigan, production facility of Abbott Nutrition. The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources also has confirmed one case of Salmonella in an infant likely related to consumption of recalled powdered infant formula.

Food Safety Recall: Golden Medal Mushroom Inc. recalls Enoki Mushrooms (200g/7.05-ounce packages and 150g/5.25-ounce packages; All cases; Product of China) due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall: Alli & Rose LLC recalls Snak Yard brand Dried Plums / saladitos due to possible elevated lead levels. The recalled products were sold during April 2021 to February 2022 at Costco Wholesale in Alaska, California, Oregon and Washington.

Canada

Allergy Alert: Centre de la fondue (Drummondville, QC) recalls multiple products due to undeclared milk, soy, wheat, eggs, mustard and/or sulphites. Pleas refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Allergy Alert: Mon Chef Personnel (Rosemère, QC) recalls BRAISÉ DE JOUE DE PORC À LA MILANAISE / Milanese braised pork cheek and MIGNON DE PORC SAISI, SAUCE POIVRADE  / Seared pork mignon in pepper sauce (Sold up to 24 February 2022) due to undeclared soy, milk and wheat.

Europe

Powdered Infant Formula Safety Recall (Spain): ABBOTT recalls multiple lot codes of SIMILAC ALIMENTUM (400g) and SIMILAC ELECARE (400g) due to possible Cronobacter sakazakii and Salmonella Newport contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected product.

Allergy Alert (Belgium): Snacks Bosteels recalls Snacks Bosteels brand Vol au vent aux boulettes (1 kg and 3 kg; Lots 07/02/2022b6149 & 25/01/2022b6115; Expiration date 21/03/2022 & 08/03/2022) due to undeclared mustard.

Allergy Alert (France): Ferme de Kerheu recalls Ferme de Kerheu brand Crème glacée Chocolat-Banane / Chocolate-banana ice cream (2 x 125 ml; Lot 193.21; Use by 12/07/2023) due to undeclared soy.

Allergy Alert (France): Ferme de Kerheu recalls Ferme de Kerheu brand Crème glacée chocolat / Chocolate ice cream (1 L; Lot 189.21; Use by 08/07/2023) due to undeclared soy.

Allergy Alert (Germany): Gunarajan Handelsagentur recalls Ingwer gemahlen / Ground ginger (100g; Lot #4161; Expiry 31.05.2023) due to undeclared sulphur dioxide.

Allergy Alert (Spain): Häagen-Dazs recalls Häagen-Dazs brand Rum Salted Caramel & Biscuit ice cream (460 ml; Expiry date 07.09.22) due to undeclared eggs, milk, wheat and soy.

Allergy Alert (UK): KP Snacks recalls Popchips Veg Vibes Sea Salt & Balsamic Vinegar (Batch code YP1D 1344 00:43 to 02:30; Best before 09 07 2022) due to undeclared milk.

Allergy Alert (UK): Montezuma’s Chocolates Limited recalls Montezuma’s Hot Pickle (Chilli & Lime) Milk Chocolate Bars (90g; Best before 24 June 2022) due to undeclared almonds.

Food Safety Recall (Belgium): Colruyt recalls Le Sapin Blanc fromage de chèvre / Goat cheese (80g; Lot #15012224; Use by 20/2/2022 and 3/3/2022) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Finland): Organic Health recalls multiple bagged nut mixes due to potential for elevated levels of aflatoxin. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (France): Fromagerie Le Pic recalls multiple Le Pic brand cheese products due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Please refer to the recall notices for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (France): ALCOBA DISTRIBUTION LECLERC SAINT LOUIS recalls Baechler brand Raclette truffe d’été / Summer truffle raclette (Lot 213655; Best before 24/04/2022) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): Emile Fournier Fils recalls multiple Fournier fils brand fish products due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Please refer to the recall notices for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (Italy): C.A.F.A.R. recalls CARREFOUR pollo allevato a terra alette di pollo fqc / Chicken wings from free-range chickens (Lot 0051000478; Best before 10-02-2022) due to Salmonella Agona and Salmonella Infantis contamination.

Food Safety Recall (UK – Wales only): Llaethdy Mynydd Mostyn Dairy recalls three gelato ice cream products because they have been produced in an unapproved establishment. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands

Powdered Infant Formula Safety Recall (Singapore): Abbott Laboratories (S) Pte Ltd recalls Similac Human Milk Fortifier (400g; The code on the container contains “K8”, “SH” or “Z2” and the first two digits are “22” through “37”; Expiration date 1 April 2022 or after; Product of USA) due to potential Cronobacter and Salmonella contamination.

Australia and New Zealand

Food Safety Recall (New Zealand): MZ Holdings Ltd recalls Vadilal Quick Treat brand frozen Custard Apple Pulp (1kg; Batch code KWHO; Best before 21/SEP/2023) due to possible Salmonella contamination.

Mexican government dismisses as ‘premature’ CDC’s link of Salmonella outbreak to imported papayas

In a July 1, 2019 news release, El Servicio Nacional de Sanidad, Inocuidad y Calidad Agroalimentaria de Mexico / The National Service of Health, Safety and Agri-Food Quality (Senasica) has described as “premature” CDC’s June 28, 2019 report of a link between Mexican papayas and a current outbreak of Salmonella Uganda illnesses.

Senasica points out that the outbreak strain has not been recovered from a papaya sample, nor has Salmonella Uganda been isolated from papayas in Mexico.

According to Senasica, until the outbreak strain has been found in a papaya sample, Mexico does not consider CDC’s findings to be conclusive.

The outbreak under investigation comprises 62 illnesses in eight US states: Connecticut (14), Florida (1), Massachusetts (5), New Jersey (12), New York (24), Pennsylvania (4), Rhode Island (1), Texas (1). Twenty-three people have been hospitalized.

Two people who lived in different households got sick in Connecticut after eating papayas purchased from the same grocery store location in the week before becoming ill.

According to CDC, epidemiological evidence, including interviews conducted with some of the outbreak victims, points to papayas as the source of the outbreak.

FDA is conducting a traceback investigation to establish the source of the papayas. Early product distribution information indicates that they were imported from Mexico.

Senasica’s official response to CDC’s report is reminiscent of the initial Mexican response to the 2011 outbreak of Salmonella Agona illnesses caused by contaminated papayas imported from Mexico.

Back then, Mexico vehemently denied responsibility for the outbreak, even after FDA found the outbreak strain in samples of the imported papayas.

What will it take for Senasica to acknowledge reality?

And, what will it take for FDA to impose a complete embargo on the importation of papayas from Mexico?

What consumers should do

  • If you have purchased a papaya grown in Mexico, throw it away.
  • Do not eat fruit salads or other mixes that include papayas from Mexico.
  • If you aren’t sure the papaya you bought is from Mexico, you can ask the place of purchase. When in doubt, don’t eat the papaya. Throw it out.
  • Wash and sanitize places where papayas were stored: countertops and refrigerator drawers or shelves. Follow these five steps to clean your refrigerator.

What restaurants and retailers should do

In the event that restaurants, retailers and/or other food service operators are found to have handled potentially contaminated food in their facilities, they should:

  • Contact their local health department and communicate to their customers regarding possible exposure to a pathogen.
  • Wash the inside walls and shelves of the refrigerator, cutting boards and countertops, and utensils that may have contacted contaminated foods; then sanitize them with a solution of one tablespoon of chlorine bleach to one gallon of hot water; dry with a clean cloth or paper towel that has not been previously used.
  • Wash and sanitize display cases and surfaces used to potentially store, serve, or prepare potentially contaminated foods.
  • Wash hands with warm water and soap following the cleaning and sanitation process.
  • Conduct regular frequent cleaning and sanitizing of cutting boards and utensils used in processing to help minimize the likelihood of cross-contamination.