Recalls and Alerts: October 11 – 14, 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

Food Safety Recall: Red Monkey Foods, Inc. recalls select Cost Plus, Great Value, O Organics and Full Circle brands of organic parsley and herbes de Provence due to potential Salmonella contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall: Sauer Brands, Inc. recalls certain The Spice Hunter Products due to potential Salmonella contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Pet Food Warning Letter: Raw Advantage Processing LLC receives FDA Warning Letter documenting specific violations of the Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Food for Animals regulation, including the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in six locations in the manufacturing facility.

Canada

Food Safety Alert: CFIA warns the public not to consume and retailers, restaurants and institutions not to sell or use Alwatania brand Liquid Tahini (350g; Best Before 19/05/2021; UPC 6 224007 246221) due to possible Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall: Les Jardins Picoudi recalls MICROPOUSSES BROCOLI  / Broccoli sprouts (75g; Lot #3 272; UPC ​813 526 000 11 5) due to potential Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall Update: Trinity Bakeshop Ltd. recalls certain Trinity Bakeshop Ltd. brand bakery products from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Europe

OUTBREAK ALERT (FRANCE): Health authorities report an outbreak of 20 Salmonella Newport infections and 28 Salmonella Typhimurium infections linked to consumption of raw or rare horsemeat.

Allergy Alert (Belgium): Industry recalls Sau Tao Nouilles aux épinards / spinach noodles (454g; Best before 01/09/2021; Product of China) due to undeclared egg.

Allergy Alert (Denmark): Dagrofa A/S recalls Gestus Orient karrysild / Curry herring (250g drained weight; Best before 29/07/2021) due to undeclared egg.

Allergy Alert (Ireland): FSAI alerts consumers to the presence of undeclared mustard in Ahmed Foods Garlic Pickle in Oil and Mango Pickle in Oil. Please refer to the Alert notice for a complete list of affected products.

Allergy Alert (UK): Liroy B.V. recalls Sau Tao (ST) Spinach Noodle (454g; All Best before dates including and after 01 September 2021) due to undeclared egg.

Food Safety Recall (Belgium): Deli Ostrich NV recalls Carrefour Iberico Burger (Lot #5550405; Best before 15/10/2020), Carrefour Iberico Chipolata (Lot #5550405; Best before 14/10/2020 & 15/10/2020) and Carrefour Iberico Gourmet (Lots #5450413 & 5450414; Best before 14/10/2020 & 15/10/2020) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Belgium): Jean Gotta recalls Américain nature / ground meat (350g & 1200g; Lot #8404140; Best by 15/10/2020) due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

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

Food Safety Recall (France): La Salaison du Mont Pilat recalls Salaisons du Mont Pilat brand Saucisson Long bridé Pilat / Long braided sausage (Lot #2022402;  Best  before 17 to 30/11/2020) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): La Salaison du Mont Pilat recalls Salaisonniers du Pilat brand Rosette / sausage (420g; Lot #2020407; Best before 20/10/2020 & 27/10/2020) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): SuperCasino recalls Tous les jours brand Cervelas Qualité Choix sausage (400 g; Lot 408.38; Best before 30/10/2020) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): LeaderPrice recalls Le Prix Gagnant brand Cervelas Qualité Choix sausage (Lot 408.38; Best before 30/10/2020) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Germany): Die Frischebox GmbH recalls NATUR Lieblinge – Kokosstücke / Natur favorite coconut pieces (100 g; Lot #3501 1177 & 3405 1175; Best before 24.05.2021) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Germany): Ehrmann GmbH recalls Almighurt “Himbeere” (150g; Best before 29.10.2020) due to foreign matter (metal) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Germany): Fromages d’Europe  recalls various Roi de Trèfle and Le Coq de France brands of cheese loafs due to foreign matter (metal) contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (Italy): ROGNONI recalls ROGNONI brand RASCHERA DOP / cheese (Lot #20254; Best before 10-01-2021) due to Salmonella Brandenburg contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Italy): Caseificio Pascoli SRL recalls various cheese products due to presence of elevated of aflatoxin in the milk. Please refer to the recall page for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (Luxembourg): Lidl recalls Brasserie Licorne SAS brand Bière goût Tequila – El Tequito / tequila-flavoured beer (Lots 16102021L1, 22102021L1 & 18112021L1; Best before 16/10/2021, 22/10/2021 & 18/11/2021) due to foreign matter (glass fragments) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Netherlands): Lidl Nederland recalls El Tequito brand Bier met tequilasmaak 5.9% / tequila-flavoured beer (4 x 0.33cl; Expiration dates 16-10-2021, 23-10-2021, 18-11-2021, 17-10-2021, 06-11-2021, 15-12-2021, 22-10-2021, 07-11-2021, 16-12-2021) due to foreign matter (glass fragments) contamination.

Australia and New Zealand

Allergy Alert (New Zealand): Blue Frog Breakfast Limited recalls Blue Frog brand Zesty Raspberry with Coconut and Toasted Almonds Gluten Free Cereal (350g; Best before 15SEP21) due to undeclared gluten.

Food Safety Recall (New Zealand): Pak’n Save Blenheim recalls specific batches of various Pak’n Save Blenheim brand sliced in-store ready-to-eat meat products due to the possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Recalls and Alerts: October 8 – 10, 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

OUTBREAK ALERT (Minnesota): Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) reports 9 cases of Salmonella Paratyphi B infections in the state linked to the NéktƏr Juice Bar in Woodbury, MN. Two people have been hospitalized. Health officials say anyone who is experiencing severe symptoms of salmonellosis after consuming menu items from NéktƏr should talk to their health care provider.

OUTBREAK ALERT FINAL UPDATE: CDC reports a total of 1,127 confirmed cases of Salmonella Newport infections and 167 hospitalizations in 48 states. The illness outbreak was linked to red onions from Thomson International, Inc., of Bakersfield, California. FDA, CDC and state investigators have found various Salmonella strains in multiple Thomson International Inc. locations and surrounding areas. The root cause investigation is on-going.

Public Health Alert: FSIS issuesa public health alert for ready-to-eat (RTE) meat and poultry bowl products, produced by Taylor Farms in Dallas, Texas on Oct 5 and Oct 6, 2020, due to concerns that the products may be contaminated with extraneous material, specifically glass. No recall was requested, as it is believed that the products are no longer available for consumers to purchase. Please refer to the Alert for a complete list of affected products.

Allergy Alert: B&G Foods recalls Back to Nature Organic Rosemary & Olive Oil Stoneground Wheat Crackers (6 oz; Best by APR 25 2021; UPC 8-19898-01015-8) due to undeclared peanut.

Pet Food Safety Recall Update: Sunshine Mills, Inc. recalls certain Champ®, Field Trial®, Good Dog, Hunter’s Special®, Old Glory®, Paws Happy Life®, Pet Expert, Principle, Retriever®, River Bend, Sportsman’s Pride®, Sprout®, Thrifty®, Top Runner® or Whiskers & Tails products that were made with corn that contained Aflatoxin at levels above FDA’s action levels. This is an expansion of an earlier recall. Please refer to the FDA Alert for a consolidated list of recalled products.

Canada

Food Safety Recall: Hilly Acres Farm recalls eggs with best before dates from September 2, 2020 to October 31, 2020 inclusively where the lot code contains “38” or “N38” or where there is no lot code on the package due to possible Salmonella contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products, which were distributed in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador. The recall was triggered by the company’s own test results.

Food Safety Recall: Au Palais sucré recalls certain soups and sauces that were prepared, packaged or stored under conditions that could render the items unsafe for human consumption. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall: Griffith Foods Ltd. recalls various Griffith Foods brand seasonings and sauces due to Salmonella contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Europe

Allergy Alert (Belgium): Colruyt recalls Boni Selection houmous mangue-coco / mango-coconut hummus (150g; Use by 27/10/2020) due to undeclared sesame.

Allergy Alert (France): Lidl recalls several batch codes of Select & Go brand Salade Buddha Bowl Chèvre / goat cheese salad bowl due to undeclared peanut. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected batch codes.

Allergy Alert Update (Ireland): Industry recalls Dunkin Boston Kreme Donuts (148g 2-pack; All date codes) due to undeclared egg, gluten (wheat), milk, nuts (almond, hazelnut, pistachio nut), and soya in the English labeling.

Allergy Alert (Luxembourg): Colruyt recalls Boni Selection houmous mangue-coco / mango-coconut hummus (150g; Use by 27/10/2020) due to undeclared sesame.

Allergy Alert (Netherlands): Lidl recalls Ons & Pond dropstaafjes / licorice bars (250g; Expiry date 11-02-2022) due to undeclared wheat (glluten).

Allergy Alert (UK – Northern Ireland specific): North South Retail recalls Dunkin Boston Kreme Donuts (148g 2-pack; All date codes) due to undeclared egg, gluten (wheat), milk, nuts (almond, hazelnut, pistachio nut), and soya in the English labeling.

Food Safety Recall (Belgium): La Ferme Fromagère de Chertin recalls Boulette de Chertin fromage au lait cru écrémé de vache / skimmed raw cow’s milk cheese (200g; Best before 10.10.2020, 15.10.2020, 18.10.2020, 20.10.2020, 01.11.2020, 05.11.2020, 10.11.2020) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Denmark): Amanda Seafoods A/S recalls Bornholms Hummersuppe / Lobster soup (375g; Production date 03-04-2020; Time stamps 1432 to 1637) due to inadequate heat processing.

Food Safety Recall (France): La Brasserie Licorne recalls Jalisco brand Bière saveur tequila RED / tequila-flavoured beer (3 x 33 cl; Expiry date 17/10/21) due to foreign matter (glass fragments) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Germany): Firma Dr. Schröter Feinkost GmbH recalls Mühlenhof Delikatess Kräuterfleischsalat / delicatessen herb meat salad (Best before 24.10.2020) due to foreign matter (transparent pieces of plastic) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Germany): Teaflower Marktstand Shuster Viktualienmarkt recalls Teaflower Teufelskralle gemahlen / ground devil’s claw (200g; Expiry date 10.22) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Italy): CASEIFICIO CEIRANO – VILLOSIO SRL recalls CASEIFICIO CEIRANO – VILLOSIO SRL brand RASCHERA DOP cheese (Lot code 06-06-2020; Best before 09-11-2020) due to Salmonella Brandenburg contamination.

Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands

Pet Food Safety Recall Update: Sunshine Mills, Inc. recalls certain Champ®, Field Trial®, Good Dog, Hunter’s Special®, Old Glory®, Paws Happy Life®, Pet Expert, Principle, Retriever®, River Bend, Sportsman’s Pride®, Sprout®, Thrifty®, Top Runner® or Whiskers & Tails products that were made with corn that contained Aflatoxin at levels above FDA’s action levels. This is an expansion of an earlier recall. Please refer to the FDA Alert for a consolidated list of recalled products. Some of the recalled products were supplied to a distributor in Jordan.

Australia and New Zealand

Allergy Alert (New Zealand): Bin Inn Kapiti recalls Air Popped Buckwheat Seeds (Bullk bins; All batches and dates sold up to and including 9 October 2020) due to undeclared gluten.

Food Safety Recall (New Zealand): Foodstuffs Own Brands Ltd recalls Value Brand Viva Italia Chopped Tomatoes in Juice (400g cans; Batch codes SMS1 J213, TTA1 J214, TTA1 J215, TTA1 J217) due to foreign matter (stones) contamination.

Latin America and the Caribbean

Pet Food Safety Recall Update: Sunshine Mills, Inc. recalls certain Champ®, Field Trial®, Good Dog, Hunter’s Special®, Old Glory®, Paws Happy Life®, Pet Expert, Principle, Retriever®, River Bend, Sportsman’s Pride®, Sprout®, Thrifty®, Top Runner® or Whiskers & Tails products that were made with corn that contained Aflatoxin at levels above FDA’s action levels. This is an expansion of an earlier recall. Please refer to the FDA Alert for a consolidated list of recalled products. Some of the recalled products were supplied to a distributor in Colombia.

Feds urge consumers to nix pig ear dog treats

FDA AND CDC ARE ADVISING THAT CONSUMERS AVOID ALL PIG EAR PET TREATS, AND THAT RETAILERS STOP SELLING ALL PIG EAR TREATS AT THIS TIME.

THE OUTBREAK

Pig ear dog treats are behind a multi-strain outbreak of Salmonella infections that has sickened 127 people in 33 states, according to the latest update from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Twenty-four (21%) of the illnesses are in children under the age of five.

Fifty-five (45%) of the victims are female.

Twenty-six (26) of the victims have been admitted to hospital. No deaths have been reported.

Illnesses started on dates ranging from June 16, 2015 to July 6, 2019. Outbreak victims range in age from less than 1 year to 90 years, with a median age of 40 years.

Illnesses have been reported to CDC from Alabama (1), Arizona (1), California (1), Colorado (3), Connecticut (1), Florida (3), Georgia (2), Hawaii (1), Illinois (7), Indiana (5), Iowa (23), Kansas (3), Kentucky (6), Louisiana (1), Maine (1), Massachusetts (4), Michigan (12), Minnesota (1), Missouri (6), New Hampshire (1), New Jersey (2), New Mexico (1), New York (15), North Carolina (2), North Dakota (1), Ohio (5), Oregon (2), Pennsylvania (6), South Carolina (2), Texas (2), Utah (1), Washington (1), Wisconsin (4).

To date, CDC has identified four different Salmonella serotypes as contributing to the outbreak: Salmonella enterica serotypes I 4,[5],12:i:-, Infantis, London, and Newport.

Based on epidemiology, lab results, and traceback investigations, pig ear dog treats appear to be the source of the outbreak.

In addition to the Salmonella serotypes already identified in the outbreak, testing carried out by Kansas, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and the FDA found Salmonella PanamaSalmonella BrandenburgSalmonella Anatum, and Salmonella Livingstone in treat samples purchased from retailers.

CDC is reviewing its databases to determine whether any of the additional strains have been associated with reports of human illness.

Illnesses were linked to contaminated pig ear dog treats were imported from Argentina and Brazil, according to traceback investigations carried out by FDA. However, these two sources do not account for all of the 127 reported infections.

In addition to the existing Import Alert 72-03 on pig ear pet treats, FDA is increasing its scrutiny of pig ears imported into the United States through sampling and examination.

THE RECALLS

On July 3rd, Pet Supplies Plus recalled bulk pig ears stocked in open bins from its stores in 33 states.

On July 26th, Lennox Intl. Inc. recalled Natural Pig ears that were shipped to to nationwide distributors and/or retail stores from May 1st, to July 3rd, 2019.

On July 30th, Lennox expanded its recall to include packages of Premium Natural Pig Ears shipped to nationwide distributors and/or retail stores from November 1st 2018, to July 3rd, 2019.

More products may be recalled and more suppliers identified as testing continues.

FDA STATEMENT

The FDA takes seriously our responsibility to protect both human and animal health,” said Steven M. Solomon, D.V.M., M.P.H., director of the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine. “Multiple products have tested positive for numerous types of Salmonella resulting in two company recalls to date. Given this and the links to human illness, we believe the most effective way to protect public health at this time is to warn consumers to avoid purchasing or feeding their pets all pig ear treats and for retailers not to sell these products. We also continue to advise those who may have come into contact with potentially contaminated products to practice safe hygiene, including thoroughly washing hands and disinfecting any surfaces that have touched pig ear pet treats. The FDA will provide additional updates as our investigation further progresses.

ADVICE FOR PET OWNERS

  • Do not feed any pig ear treats to your dog. Throw them away in a secure container so that your pets and other animals can’t eat them.
  • Even if some of the pig ears were fed to your dog and no one got sick, do not continue to feed them to your dog.
  • Wash containers, shelves, and areas that held any pig ear dog treats with hot, soapy water. Be sure to wash your hands after handling any of these items.
  • People who think their pets have become ill after consuming contaminated pet food should first contact their veterinarians. Veterinarians who wish to have pets tested for Salmonellamay 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.