Recalls and Alerts: October 4 – 7, 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 43 cases of Salmonella Stanley infections in 10 states linked to consumption of Wood Ear Mushrooms. Four people have been hospitalized.

Food Safety Recall: Seneca Snack Company recalls Seneca Cinnamon Apple Chips (0.7-oz & 2.5-oz pkgs; Expiry dates 26JUN2021 & 28JUN2021, respectively) and Clancy’s Cinnamon Apple Chips (2.5-oz pkgs; Expiry dates 26JUN2021 & 27JUN2021) due to possible Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall Update: Country Fresh expands its recall to include various containers of “Freshness Guaranteed “cut and/or sliced apples, grapes, mangos, pineapples and cantaloupe distributed by Walmart, due to potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall: In conjunction with Eagle Produce, LLC, Meijer recalls whole cantaloupe and select cut cantaloupe fruit trays and bowls due to potential Salmonella contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Europe

OUTBREAK ALERT UPDATE (Denmark): The Statens Serum Institut, the DTU Food Institute and the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration have collaborated to trace the source of an outbreak of 44 Shigella infections to fresh mint bought at a local greengrocer or bazaar in and around the Copenhagen area. It is believed that the mint was probably imported.

Allergy Alert (France): Auchan recalls Madrange brand Confit de foies aux châtaignes / Liver confit with chestnuts (150g; Lot #274 LS6; Use by 04/11/2020) due to undeclared gluten.

Allergy Alert (Ireland): Industry recalls Dunkin’ Donuts Boston Kreme Donuts (148g 2-pack; Batch code L-02480BM20; Best before 04/09/2021) due to undeclared gluten (wheat), eggs, soybeans, and milk.

Allergy Alert (UK): Waitrose & Partners recalls Easy to Cook Pork and Chorizo Burgers (280g; All date codes) due to undeclared egg.

Allergy Alert (UK): P & B (Foods) Ltd recalls various Ahmed Foods pickle in oil products due to undeclared mustard. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products

Allergy Alert Update (UK): Lidl GB recalls Cologran Stevia sweetener tablets (Stevia variant) (100 tablets; Batch codes L 91424 A, L 91424 B, L 91424 C (previously recalled batch) and L 91424 D; Best before December 2022) due to undeclared aspartame.

Food Safety Recall (Belgium): Wholefoods recalls Pit & Pit brand Griffe du diable en poudre / Devil’s claw powder (various package sizes, lot numbers and expiration dates) due to possible Salmonella contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (France): La SAS DEROUX FRERES recalls L’œuf des collines brand Œuf plein air moyen / Medium free range eggs (6-packs, 12-packs and trays of 30 eggs; Lot #1FRUFC01; Best before 05/10/20 to 21/10/20) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall Update (Ireland): Industry recalls Roosters Southern Fried Poppin’ Chicken and Roosters Breaded Poppin’ Chicken (210g; Batch codes L15320; L14720; L14820; L14920; L15020; L15120; L16020; Best before 25 May 2022) due to possible Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Italy): COSMO SEAFOOD COMPANY recalls PORTICELLO brand TONNO IN OLIO DI GIRASOLE / Canned tuna in sunflower oil (1730g can; Lot #JCG 324; Expiry date 12/2024) due to microbiological contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Netherlands): Dupont Cheese recalls Oliviana Ensalada green / salad (1.1 kg; Lot #244; Best before20-10-2020) due to foreign matter (black plastic pieces) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Netherlands): Albert Heijn recalls various AH burgers, bratwurst and beef finches due to E. coli contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (Romania): Carrefour recalls Espina brand Espetec sausage (130g; Lot #202404; Best before 17.11.2020) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Spain): Ovo 12 recalls various lots of Eroski and Hobea brands of eggs due to potential Salmonella contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (UK): Aldi recalls Roosters Southern Fried Poppin’ Chicken (210g; Batch codes L15320, L14720, L14820, L14920, L15020, L15120, L16020; Best before 25 May 2022) and Roosters Breaded Poppin’ Chicken (210g; Batch codes L15320, L14720, L14820, L14920, L15020, L15120, L16020; Best before 25 May 2022) due to possible Salmonella contamination.

Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands

Food Safety Recall (Israel): International Beer Breweries Ltd. recalls Carlsberg Beer (500 ml bottles; Best before 1.10.2021, 30.9.20201, & 29.9.2021) due to foreign matter (small pieces of filter material) contamination.

Australia and New Zealand

Allergy Alert (New Zealand): Te Atatu Toasted Limited recalls Te Atatu Toasted brand Coco Crunchies (all batches and dates) due to undeclared gluten.

 

Recalls and Alerts: September 24 – 26, 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 UPDATE: The outbreak of Cyclospora infections that began in May and was linked to bagged salad mix appears to be over, according to CDC. As of September 23rd, 701 people in 14 states were lab-confirmed to have been infected with Cyclospora after consuming bagged salad mixes from the Fresh Express production facility in Streamwood, IL. Thirty-eight people were hospitalized. According to FDA, the probable source of the outbreak has been traced to a farm in south Florida. Cyclospora has been recovered from a regional water management canal west of Port St. Lucie, FL. However, FDA has been unable to determine whether or not the Cyclospora found in the canal water is a genetic match for the outbreak strain. The canal provided irrigation water to the farm in question. FDA and state agencies are continuing the investigation.

OUTBREAK ALERT: CDC reports an outbreak of 41 Salmonella Stanley infections in 10 states. The outbreak has been linked to dried wood ear mushrooms (also known as Kikurage, Dried Black Fungus, Dried Fungus, or Mu’er/Mu Er/Mu-Err) imported from China by Wismettac Asian Foods, Inc. The mushrooms were supplied to only restaurants in the United States and Canada, and were not available for sale directly to consumers.

Food Safety Recall: Wismettac Asian Foods, Inc. recalls Shirakiku brand imported Dried Fungus, also known as Black Fungus or Kikurage (5 lb; All Lots with Item #60403 on the package; UPC 00074410604035; Product of China) due to Salmonella contamination.

Canada

Allergy Alert Update: Loblaw Companies Limited recalls PC brand chicken strips – gluten free (600g; Best before 2021 AL 20; UPC 0 60383 20488 4) due to undeclared wheat (gluten). The original recall notice has been updated to include additional distribution information. Please refer to the notice for details.

Allergy Alert: Marché Adonis recalls Pizza Adonis (various flavours; All product sold up to and including 23 September 2020) due to undeclared walnuts, peanuts, mustard, egg, milk, sesame, soy and sulphites.

Food Safety Recall Update: Evergreen International Foodstuffs Ltd. recalls certain Manila clams (25 lb; Lot #21057; Harvest date Sep 16, 2020; Harvest location B.C. 17-20; Processing date Sep 17, 2020) due to a maring biotoxin which causes Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning. The original recall notice has been updated to include additional distribution information. Please refer to the notice for details.

Food Safety Recall: Wismettac Asian Foods, Inc. recalls Shirakiku brand Black Fungus (Kikurage) (2.27 kg; All codes sold up to and including September 24, 2020; UPC 0 74410 60403 5; Product of China) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall: Bagel St-Lo recalls Saumon Fumé / Smoked salmon (Variable weight; All product sold up to and including 25 September 2020) due to the lack of “Best before” dating.

Food Safety Recall: Marché Adonis recalls Fromage Parmesan Grana Padano and Fromage Parmesan Reggiano parmesan cheeses (variable weights; All product sold up to and including 23 September 2020) because the packaging does not indicate that the cheeses were made from raw (unpasteurized) milk.

Food Safety Recall: Loblaw Companies Limited recalls Butchers Choice brand Medium Ground Beef Butcher Pack (~1.1 kg; Best Before 20.SE.24; UPC starts with 217403) due to foreign matter (pieces of plastic) contamination.

Europe

Allergy Alert (Belgium): Albert Heijn recalls KIPS Vega Paté (125 g; Best by 19/11/2020) due to undeclared soy.

Allergy Alert (Denmark): Candyana ApS recalls Hostess Twinkies (385g; Lot #110821000; Best before 04/2021) and Oreo O’s Cereal (311g; Lot #DEC1620PDM; Best before 16/12/2020) because the Danish label lacks emphasis on some of the allergens.

Allergy Alert (Iceland): Industry recalls Íslandsnaut Hamborgarasósa, Smash Style / hamburger sauce (250 ml; Best before 08-01-2021) due to undeclared flour.

Allergy Alert (Ireland): Consumers are warned that Iceland Fish Pie (480g; Batch code L0204; Best before 23/01/22) contains undeclared barley (gluten).

Food Safety Recall (Belgium): Biofresh Belgium recalls Picoreur Cuisse de poulet blanc / White chicken leg (250g; Lot #258001101; Best before 01/10/2020) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Belgium): Norenca nv recalls Carpaccio de bœuf / Beef carpaccio (Lot #91001010; Best before 25/09/2020) due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Belgium): Vegromix recalls SPAR brand Salade au Jambon / Ham salad (300g; All Best before dates up to and including 28/09) due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Alert (Finland): The Finnish Food Safety Authority has received information that Salmonella has been detected in Farmer Farms Favorites 10% minced beef (1000g; Batch #2036120 0503; Expiration date 13.09.2020)  delivered to Finland by the Danish operator Skare Meat Packers. Consumers are advised either to dispose of the frozen product or to use the minced meat when cooked well.

Food Safety Recall (France): SOCIÉTÉ NOUVELLE DES DOUCEURS DE JACQUEMART recalls Maison Jacquemart brand Lunettes de Romans Fraise / strawberry-filled biscuits (Lot 20211.3; Best before 25/04/2021) due to foreign matter (small metal pieces) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): Industry recalls Monoprix Gourmet brand Gorgonzola AOP (200 g; Lot #P231002; Best before 01/10/2020; Product of Italy) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Germany): DMK Group recalls MILRAM Kümmelkäse Scheiben 45% / cheese (150g; Best before 16.12.2020) due to foreign matter (plastic) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Luxembourg): Auchan recalls escalopes de dinde Halal / Halal turkey cutlets (3-pack tray; Lot #0340068233; Best before 27/09/2020) due to possible Salmonella contamination.

OUTBREAK ALERT: Salmonella illnesses linked to dried wood ear mushrooms


Forty-one people in 10 states have been infected with Salmonella Stanley after consuming imported dried wood ear mushrooms, according to a report just released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Four of the victims have been admitted to hospital.

Wood ear mushrooms are dried mushrooms, also commonly labelled or referred to as Kikurage, Dried Black Fungus, Dried Fungus, or Mu’er/Mu Er/Mu-Err, according to the Outbreak Investigation notice posted by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Illnesses have been reported in Arizona (1), California (25), Connecticut (1), Georgia (1), Illinois (5), Louisiana (1), New Jersey (2), New York City (1), Pennsylvania (2), and Wisconsin (2).

As of now, there have been no illnesses reported in Canada.

The mushrooms implicated in this outbreak were imported by Wismettac Asian Foods, Inc. of Santa Fe Springs, CA and sold to restaurants in 32 states and at least 3 Canadian provinces. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has released a list of restaurants that were supplied with the suspect mushrooms.

CDPH has recovered Salmonella from a sample of the mushrooms obtained from one of the restaurants where outbreak victims from that state reported eating. The genetic sequence of the Salmonella is being analyzed in order to determine whether it is a match for the outbreak strain recovered from patients.

Wismettac Asian Foods has already initiated a recall of the implicated mushrooms in both the US and Canada.

Restaurants in the US should not prepare or serve the following product:

Shirakiku brand imported Dried Fungus (also known as Black Fungus or Kikurage), 5-lb bags:- UPC 00074410604035; All Lots with Item #60403 on the package; Product of China

Restaurants, hotels and institutions in Canada should not prepare or serve the following product:

Shirakiku brand Black Fungus (Kikurage), 2.27 kg:- UPC 0 74410 60403 5; All codes sold up to and including September 24, 2020; Product of China.

What consumers should know

Symptoms of Salmonella infections can include diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps, beginning from 6 hours to 6 days after being exposed to the bacteria, and typically lasting from 4 to 7 days. Children, the elderly and people with compromised immune systems are susceptible to experiencing more severe illness and, in some cases, may require hospital treatment.

Consumers in the US and Canada are urged to take the following actions if they begin to experience symptoms of Salmonella infection:

  • Talk to your healthcare provider.
  • Write down what you ate in the week before you started to get sick.
  • Report your illness to the health department.
  • Assist public health investigators by answering questions about your illness.