Recalls and Alerts: May 14-18, 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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Chapter 6. Birth of a Pathogen

United States

Allergy Alert: Dierbergs Markets recalls Fresh Garden Spiral Pasta Salad (12 oz & 2 lb family pack; Sell by 5/31/22) due to undeclared egg.

Food Safety Recall: America New York Ri Wang Food Group Co., Ltd. recalls approximately 14,635 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) sausage sticks and luncheon loaf products due to possible foreign matter contamination (metal). Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Public Health Alert: USDA/FSIS issues Public Health Alert for Great Value Black Forest Ham Water Added (1 lb resealable pkg; Best if used by 07/15/22) because the product may be underprocessed. A recall was not requested because it is believed that the product is no longer available for consumers to purchase.

Canada

Allergy Alert: Royal Import & Export Ltd. recalls Jumbo brand Melk Chocopasta (Milk Chocolate Spread) (400g; Lot 17921B; Best before 08/2022; UPC 8 718452 449873) due to undeclared hazelnuts.

Allergy Alert: GB Foods recalls various GB Foods brand sausage products due to undeclared gluten and/or wheat. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall: Le Centre d’action bénévole aux 4 vents (Waterloo, QC) recalls Saumon fumé / Smoked salmon (Sold up to 17 May 2022) due to lack of storage temperature specification on product label.

Food Safety Recall: Le Caveau FRUITS ET LÉGUMES (Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, QC) recalls MAQUEREAU FUMÉ / Smoked mackerel (Sold up to 17 May 2022) due to lack of storage temperature specification on product label.

Food Safety Recall: Canadian Choice Wholesalers recalls Suzie’s brand Organic Cocktail Sauce (237 ml; Best by 10/07/22; UPC 0 47281 20142 9) due to spoilage.

Food Safety Recall: Mantab Inc. recalls Below Zero brand Whole Raspberries IQF (1 kg; Lot XT21253; Best before 2023-SE-09; UPC 0 69821 06020 4) due to Norovirus contamination.

Europe

OUTBREAK INVESTIGATION UPDATE (Multiple countries): ECDC reports 324 cases (266 confirmed and 58 probable) of monophasic Salmonella Typhimurium infections in twelve EU countries and the UK have now been associated with consumption of Kinder – Ferrero chocolate products manufactured in Arlon, Belgium. Cases have also been identified in Canada (1 case), Switzerland (43 cases) and the United States (1 case), bringing the total to 369 cases.

Allergy Alert (Belgium): Traindevie recalls multiple products due to undeclared milk. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Allergy Alert (France): Monoprix recalls Monoprix brand La Baguette Jambon Emmental / Ham and Emmental cheese baguette (Use by dates between 16/05/2022 and 21/05/2022 due to undeclared sesame.

Allergy Alert (Iceland): Kjöt & Pylsumeistarinn recalls Steikarpylsa / Steak sausage (400-480g pkgs and in bulk; All best before dates up to 18.05.2022) due to undeclared mustard.

Allergy Alert (Ireland): Industry recalls Just Free Gluten Free Black Pudding (260g; Batch 041-22; Use by 20/05/2022) and Just Free Gluten Free White Pudding (260g; Batch 041-22; Use by 20/05/2022) due to undeclared gluten.

Allergy Alert (Luxembourg): Food Safety Authority recalls several Vó Elisa brand products due to undeclared sesame. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Allergy Alert (Spain): Mulitple brands of chocolate products contain undeclared peanuts. Please see AESAN notice for a complete list of affected products.

Allergy Alert (UK): Asian Traders Ltd recalls Parle Premium Rusk (200g; Batch code PA ATL/3694; Best before 04 June 2022) due to undeclared milk.

Allergy Alert (UK): SP Wholesale recalls Wonka Bar (Milk Chocolate) (100g; Batch codes 18121P & 33421P; Best before 30 June 2023 & 30 November 2023, respectively) due to undeclared almonds and peanuts.

Allergy Alert (UK – Northern Ireland): Lidl NI recalls Just Free Gluten Free Black Pudding (260g; Batch 041-22; Use by 20/05/2022) and Just Free Gluten Free White Pudding (260g; Batch 041-22; Use by 20/05/2022) due to undeclared gluten.

Allergy Alert Update (UK): Lidl GB recalls Starovice Czech Lager 5.0% (500 ml; All Best Before dates up to and including 23 December 2022) due to undeclared sulphur dioxide.

Food Safety Recall (Belgium): Detry sa recalls AUBEL brand Boulettes Rôties / Roasted meatballs (6+1 / 595g; Lot 7732; Use by 11/06/2022) due to defective package seals.

Food Safety Recall (France): PERIGORD FARINES MINOTERIE ALLAFORT recalls FARINE DE BLE NOIR SARRASIN FLUIDE / Buckwheat flour (1 kg; Lot 118CS11; Best before 29/10/2022) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): Auchan recalls ESCALOPES DE POULET / Chicken breasts (Sold between 11 and 16 April) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): SCEA DU CERISIER EARL du Cerisier recalls SCEA du Cerisier brand pâté croute moutarde ancienne / Old-fashioned mustard pâté with crust (Use by 01/06/2022) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): AUCHAN RETAIL SERVICES AUCHAN NANCY TOMBLAINE  recalls POITRINE DE PORC MARINEE TEX-MEX / marinated pork breast meat (Sold between 3 and 17 May 2022) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): AUCHAN RETAIL SERVICES AUCHAN SUPERMARCHE VOUVRAY  recalls JAMBON TRADITIONNEL PERE CHAMPAIN / Traditional ham (Sold from 05/05/2022 to 17/ 05/2022) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): Salaisons Michel Loge recalls saucisson sec / Dry sausage (Lot SA220701) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): DISTRIBUTION CASINO FRANCE CASINO – Produits Frais Traditionnels recalls Salade de Pieds de Bovins Emincés / Sliced cow’s food salad (Sold from 27/04/2022 to 09/05/2022) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): JIRD INTERMARCHE recalls SIEBERT brand CUISSE DE POULET / Chicken leg (Lot 3160422922; Use by 27/04/2022) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): Lidl recalls Baguette Céréales Rustique / Rustic seeded baguette (Baked on site) due to foreign matter contamination (metal).

Food Safety Recall (France): J.C.David recalls La Cuisine du Poissonnier brand Filets de hareng doux fumé / Mild smoked herring fillets (200g; Lot 119; Use by 03/06/2022) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Germany): Maggi GmbH recalls MAGGI 5 Minuten Terrine Kartoffelbrei mit Steinpilzen / 5-minute mashed potato with porcini mushroom terrine (Lots 21270703Z, 21280703Z, 21290703Z; Best before 31.05.2023) and MAGGI 5 Minuten Terrine Kartoffelbrei mit Röstzwiebeln & Croûtons +25% / 5-minute mashed potato terrine with roasted onions and croutons +25% (Lot 21280703Z; Best before 31.05.2023) due to foreign matter contamination (metal).

Food Safety Recall (Iceland): John Ross Junior ltd recalls John Ross brand Scottish smoked salmon (340g; Best before 28.05.22) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Ireland): Industry recalls Villani Cacciatore Italiano salami (170g; Batch code 240222; Best before 15.07.22; Product of Italy) due to Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Italy): Villani SpA recalls Villani salame cacciatore (170g; Lots 240222 & 26/01/22; Best before 15/07/2022) due to Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Netherlands): DekaMarkt recalls 1 de beste Baguettes wit 2 stuks (two-pack; Best before 14-08-2022) due to possible foreign matter contamination (metal).

Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands

Food Safety Recall (Israel): Israel Ministry of Health has instructed Tnuva to recall powdered milk manufactured between 9/8 and 25/8/2021 due to possible Salmonella contamination. The milk powder was supplied to food manufacturers and not distributed on the retail market.

Recalls and Alerts: April 19-20, 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.

If you would like to receive automatic email alerts for all new articles posted on eFoodAlert, please submit your request using the sidebar link.

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Listen to an excerpt of the new audiobook edition right here

Chapter 6. Birth of a Pathogen

United States

OUTBREAK INVESTIGATION: FDA is investigating six (6) Adverse Event reports associated with Meal Replacement Drink. The agency has initiated sample collection and analysis, but has not released any additional details either regarding the nature of the Adverse Events or the suspect products.

OUTBREAK INVESTIGATION: FDA is investigating 231 Adverse Event reports associated with consumption of a dry cereal. The agency has initiated an on-site inspection of a manufacturing facility, but has not released any details regarding the nature of the Adverse Events, the facility under inspection, or the identity of the suspect product. However, the website iwaspoisoned.com has received more than 4,500 reports of illnesses associated with Lucky Charms breakfast cereal from consumers in the USA and in Canada.

Allergy Alert: Damascus Bakery OPCO LLC recalls Bantam Bagels Everybody’s Favorite Veggie Cream Cheese (Best by JUN/10/2023) due to undeclared egg.

Food Safety Recall: World Variety Produce, Inc. recalls Organic Marketside Zucchini (6oz / 170g clear overwrap tray, 2-ct; Case lot #38706503; UPC 6-81131-22105-4) due to possible Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall: Soul Cedar Farm recalls Zesty Sweet Peppers, shelf-stable (8-ounce glass containers; All batches) due to potential for Clostridium botulinum contamination.

FDA Warning Letter: FDA issues Warning Letter to Langlinais’ Baking Company (Lafayette, LA), following a November 1 through 5, 2021 inspection that revealed serious violations of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, and non-compliance with the preventive control’s provisions of the CGMP & PC rule.

FDA Warning Letter: FDA issues Warning Letter to Agroson’s LLC (Bronx, NY) following an August 20, 2021 through September 3, 2021 inspection that revealed non-compliance with the Foreign Supplier Verification Program rule. This was the third of three inspections of the firm carried out in 2021. Papayas imported from Mexico by Agroson’s were linked to an outbreak of Salmonella infections in 2019.

FDA Warning Letter: FDA issues Warning Letter to Pet Center, Inc. (Los Angeles, CA) following a September 21, 2021 through October 8, 2021 inspection that revealed violations of FDA’s Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-Based Preventive Controls requirements for animal food, including lack of a food safety plan and improper sanitation procedures. The facility manufactures pet treats.

FDA Warning Letter: FDA issues Warning Letter to Sunshine Mills, Inc (Tupelo, MS) following a July 19 through September 1, 2021 inspection conducted as a follow up to a regulatory meeting we held with the company’s CEO, members of the management team, and the firm’s general counsel on March 26, 2021. The Warning Letter cites evidence of significant violations of the Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Food for Animals regulation.

Canada

Food Safety Recall: Genesis Food recalls Genesis Food brand Organic Blue Poppy Seeds (25 kg; Lot #BIOBPS2019; Produced 11/2019; No UPC) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall: Agropur Coopérative recalls multiple flavours of Baskin Robbins, Best Buy and President’s Choice ice cream due to foreign matter contamination (pieces of plastic and metal). Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Europe

OUTBREAK INVESTIGATION UPDATE (Multiple countries): ECDC reports 187 confirmed and probable cases of monophasic Salmonella Typhimurium infections in eleven EU member countries and the UK as of April 19, 2022. Cases have been documented in Austria (5 confirmed, 1 probable), Belgium (7 confirmed, 22 probable), Denmark (1 confirmed), France (37 confirmed), Germany (11 confirmed, 3 probable), Ireland (15 confirmed), Luxembourg (1 confirmed, 1 probable), Netherlands (2 confirmed), Norway (1 confirmed), Spain (1 confirmed, 2 probable) Sweden (4 confirmed), and the UK (73 confirmed). The infections have been linked to consumption of Kinder chocolate products manufactured in Belgium by Ferrero.

Allergy Alert (France): LA PIZZA DE MANOSQUE ECOMIAM  recalls LA PIZZA DE MANOSQUE brand Mini Pizza Jambon fromage / Ham-and-cheese mini pizza (pkg of 9; Lots 017/22, 018/22 & 166/21; Best before 31/07/2023 (first two lots) and 31/12/2023) due to undeclared wheat.

Allergy Alert (Netherlands): PLUS Supermarkt recalls Uit de keuken van Plus Pasta Siciliana / Sicilian pasta (450g; Best before 27-4-2022) due to undeclared egg.

Food Safety Recall (France): TREGORDIS LECLERC recalls Coquille saint jacques / Scallops (Lot 094; Use by 16/04/2022) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): SALAISONS DE LA VERNEDE recalls SALAISONS DE LA VERNEDE PATE FOUR / Oven dough (Lots 11 & 14) due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): SALAISONS DE LA VERNEDE recalls SALAISONS DE LA VERNEDE brand MELSATS / Spiced egg-and-bread sausage (Lots 10 & 14) due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): SALAISONS DE LA VERNEDE recalls SALAISONS DE LA VERNEDE brand TRIPES (Lots 11, 12 & 14) due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): SUPERMARCHES MATCH recalls Blanquette de Cabillaud / Cod (800g; Use by 17/04/2022) due to foreign matter contamination (pieces of plastic).

Food Safety Recall (France): CROIXDIS E.LECLERC recalls Merguez à griller / Sausage for grilling (Lot 2022-109) due to possible foreign matter contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): SALAISONS DE LA VERNEDE recalls BOUDINS LANGUES BOUDINS OIGNONS BOUDINS BRASSES BOUDINS / blood sausages (Lots 10, 12 & 14) due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): SAINT-HERBLAIN DISTRIBUTION E.LECLERC  recalls Leclerc brand Taboulé poulet / Chicken Tabbouleh (Use by 14/04/2022) due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): AUCHAN RETAIL SERVICES AUCHAN CITY TOURCOING  recalls ROTI DE PORC ORLOFF / Pork roast (Sold between 4 and 15 April) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Italy): Industry recalls multiple Kinder brand chocolate products due to possible Salmonella contamination. Please refer to the individual recall notices for complete details.

Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands

Allergy Alert (Israel): Emek Hefer Beehive recalls multiple honey products due to undeclared traces of milk protein. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Allergy Alert (Israel): Ein Harod Agriculture recalls multiple honey products due to undeclared traces of milk protein. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (Hong Kong): Hongkong Ehigo E.commerce Co Ltd recalls Kinder Happy Moments Mini Mix (162g; Best before July 7, 2022, and July 8, 2022; Product of Belgium) due to possible Salmonella contamination. The product was intended for re-export to the Mainland.

Australia and New Zealand

Allergy Alert (Australia): Woolworths recalls Macro Certified Organic Unsweetened Coconut Milk (1 L; Date marking 03/04/2023) and Macro Certified Organic Naturally Sweet Rice Milk (1 L; Date marking 29/03/2023) due to undeclared milk.

Ferrero suspends chocolate production in Arlon, expands recall

Ferrero has announced a suspension of operations at its Arlon, Belgium, production facility according to a statement released today (April 8, 2022).

The halt in production was initiated as a result of the Belgian food safety authority (AFSCA) having suspended Ferrero’s manufacturing authorization.

In addition, the company has extended its recall to include “the entire production of Kinder Surprise, Kinder Mini Eggs, Kinder Surprise Maxi 100g and Kinder Schokobons made in Arlon.”

Kinder chocolate products manufactured in the Arlon production plant have been linked to an outbreak of monophasic Salmonella Typhimurium in the United Kingdom (UK) and several member countries of the European Union (EU).

As of April 8, 2022, according to the European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC), outbreak cases have been confirmed in France (25), Germany (6), Ireland (10), Luxembourg (1), Netherlands (2), Norway (1), Sweden (4), and the United Kingdom (65).

Additional probable outbreak cases are under investigation in Belgium (26) and Germany (2), for a total of 142 confirmed and probable cases.

The first outbreak case was recognized in the UK on January 7, 2002, and the first report of cases in EU countries was on February 17th.

The reported illnesses have occured mainly in children under ten years of age.

Recalls

Consumers in the UK were first alerted to the problem on April 2, 2022, when the Food Standards Agency posted a recall notice for certain batches of Ferrero’s Kinder Surprise chocolate novelty products.

Since that date, Kinder chocolate products have been recalled in multiple countries within the EU, as well in Canada, the United States, Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong.

With this most recent expansion of Ferraro’s recall, the number and scope of recall notices can be expected to increase.

Ferrero Confectionery Indonesia issued an April 7th press release advising that the Kinder chocolate products sold in Indonesia were manufactured in India and are not affected by the recalls.

Ferrero’s actions

Ferrero admitted in its April 7th recall update that the company knew about a Salmonella problem as long ago as December 15, 2021.

An internal investigation determined the origin of the contamination to be “…a filter at the outlet of two raw material tanks.”

The affected products and materials were put on hold, the filter was removed, and the company increased what the news release described as its “…already high level of controls on semi-finished and finished products.”

It is unclear from the news release whether the initial finding was in an environmental sample or a finished product. Nor did the company reveal whether or not production was shut down for thorough cleaning and sanitizing after the Salmonella finding.

In its April 8th update, Ferrero acknowledged “… internal inefficiencies, creating delays in retrieving and sharing information in a timely manner.”

The Arlon facility, which accounts for 7% of the total volume of Kinder products, will remain closed pending completion of the investigation. The plant will only re-open once certified by the authorities, according to the company.


You can find additional background information on a prior Salmonella outbreak associated with chocolate novelty products in Chapter 15 of TAINTED. From Farm Gate to Dinner Plate, Fifty Years of Food Safety Failures. Order the digital or audiobook editions from your favorite on-line retailer, or purchase the paperback or hardcover edition from Amazon.

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