Recalls and Alerts: December 1-2, 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 declares the E. coli O121:H19 outbreak over. Final tally is 24 confirmed illnesses in 6 states. Five people were hospitalized. The source of the outbreak was Frozen Earth Grown Vegan Traditional Falafel and Garlic & Herb Falafel, sold in Aldi stores.

Canada

Food Safety Recall: Station Rustique (Laurier-Station, QC) recalls FÈVES AU LARD / Baked beans (500 ml & 1 L; Sold up to November 30, 2022) due to potential food safety hazard.

Europe

OUTBREAK INVESTIGATION (MULTIPLE COUNTRIES): ECDC is investigating a nine-country outbreak of Salmonella Mbandaka ST413 infections. Outbreak illnesses have been reported by Czechia (Czech Republic), Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Netherlands and the United Kingdom. One person has died, and nineteen have been hospitalized out of the total of 196 confirmed and probable cases reported so far. The outbreak is thought to be linked to consumption of ready-to-eat chicken products, but a specific source has not yet been identified.

Allergy Alert (Finland): Moilas Oy recalls multiple Moilas brand gluten-free products due to undeclared gluten. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Allergy Alert (France): TOTOLA DeNeuville  recalls CRUZILLES brand PATE DE FRUITS MINI-PASTILLES ACIDULES / Fruit jellies (175g & 320g; Lot 22828) due to undeclared milk.

Allergy Alert (France): LABEYRIE FINE FOODS FRANCE recalls Blini brand Tarama Saumon Offre Découverte / Salmon Tarama Discovery Offer (255g; Lot 07223761; Use by 18/12/2022) due to undeclared milk.

Allergy Alert (France): MONOPRIX recalls Monoprix brand LA SOUPE Potimarron Graine de courge / Pumpkin seed soup (All Lots; Use by 14/12/2022) due to undeclared shrimp and celery.

Allergy Alert (Netherlands): PLUS recalls Feestelijk PLUS mini volkoren stol amandelspijs / Mini wholemeal almond paste stollen (100g; Best before 8-12-2022) due to undeclared hazelnut.

Allergy Alert (UK): Iceland Foods recalls Iceland Takeaway Pilau Rice (350g; Best before10 January 2024) due to undeclared egg, sesame, soy and wheat.

Food Safety Recall (France): NEOCADIS CENTRE E.LECLERC DE NEUFCHATEAU recalls CORMAREE brand CONGRE / Conger eel (3/5 kg; Lot 33422) due to presence of anisakis parasitic worm.

Food Safety Recall (France): COOPERATIVE U recalls U brand Brandade de morue parmentière / Cod brandade (750g & 750g + 20%; Lot 22326; Use by 02/12/2022) due to foreign matter contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): YARDEN FRANCE  recalls YARDEN TEHINA, Salade de pâte de sésame à l’ail et au persil / Sesame paste salad with garlic and parsley (250g; Lot 2306196504; Best before 01/01/2023) due to possible Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Germany): The Family Butchers Germany GmbH recalls K Classic Delikatess Salami geräuchert / Delicatessen smoked salami (200g; Lot #KEM0005264510; Best before 14.12.2022) due to possible foreign matter contamination (transparent plastic).

Food Safety Recall (Italy): FARTONS POLO recalls TRE MULINI brand FOCACCE CON OLIO EXTRA VERGINE DI OLIVA 8,7% / Focacce with extra virgin olive oil (200g; Lot 223740; Best before 13/01/2023) due to ochratoxin A contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Italy): SALUMIFICIO COLLI di Colli Carlo & C. snc recalls Salumificio Colli brand SALAME STAGIONATO / Seasoned salami (400/600g – 800/1000g; Lot #13092022) due to Salmonella Typhimurium contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Netherlands): Lijfering Drankengroothandel recalls three varieties of EAULALA brand sparkling waters due to foreign matter contamination (glass shards). Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (Netherlands): Makro recalls Kalfs Rosé Picanha / Veal rosé picanha (~1 kg; Batch code 990196845; Best before 03-12-2022) due to shigatoxin-producing E. coli contamination.

Food Safety Recall (UK): Nestlé UK recalls AERO Hot Chocolate products due to possible foreign matter contamination (small pieces of food grade silica beads). Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Australia and New Zealand

Allergy Alert (New Zealand): Foodstuffs Own Brands Ltd recalls Pams Finest brand Decadent Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies (300g; Best before 15 MAY 23) due to undeclared peanuts.

Chicken products fingered in international Salmonella outbreak

A deadly nine-nation outbreak of Salmonella Mbandaka ST413 infections is most likely due to consumption of ready-to-eat (RTE) chicken products and/or fresh chicken meat, such as those used in sandwiches and wraps.

According to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control,  196 cases have been reported in nine countries, including seven member states of the European Union (EU), the United Kingdom (UK), and Israel since November 8, 2022.

Nineteen outbreak victims have been hospitalized, five of them with septicemia.

One person–a resident of the UK–has died.

Outbreak cases have been reported by the following countries:

  • Czechia (Czech Republic): 5 (none confirmed as yet)
  • Estonia: 3 (all confirmed)
  • Finland: 89 (42 confirmed and 47 possible)
  • France: 10 (all confirmed)
  • Germany: 2 (all confirmed)
  • Ireland: 1 (all confirmed)
  • Netherlands: 1 (all confirmed)
  • Israel: 4 (none confirmed as yet)
  • United Kingdom: 81 (all confirmed)

The UK was the first country to detect the outbreak, reporting a cluster of 31 cases from England (25), Scotland (3) and Wales (3) on May 20, 2022. Sample collection dates ranged between September 24, 2021 and April 23, 2022. Four of the patients were hospitalized, and one has died.

Finland followed on the UK’s heels with a report of nine cases on June 16, 2022.

The Finnish food safety authority has linked suspect products to an Estonian company, but this link could not be verified by traceback identification or microbiological analysis.

The European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC) is encouraging its member countries to sequence the genomes of Salmonella Mbandaka isolated from human sources and to interview those patients whose isolates match the outbreak strain.

Salmonella Mbandaka was first reported in 1948 in the Belgian Congo, where it was recovered from a patient suffering from salmonellosis.

The ST413 strain entered the Polish feed and poultry sector in the 1990s, and has been circulating in Poland and other EU countries since then.

The ECDC warns that new cases are likely to occur until the source of the outbreak has been identified and controlled.

Recalls and Alerts: November 29-30, 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.

Interested in learning more about food safety and the history of foodborne disease outbreaks and investigations? Click on the TAINTED menu at the top of the page to read or listen to a short excerpt, then follow the buy links to add a digital, print or audio copy to your personal library.

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Chapter 6. Birth of a Pathogen

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United States

Allergy Alert: Rocky Mountain Pies, LLC recalls French Silk Pie (31.88 oz; Code date 2 266; UPC 0 41172 81290 9) due to undeclared almonds.

Food Safety Alert: FSIS issues Public Health Alert due to concerns that fully cooked summer sausage products may be contaminated with extraneous materials (plastic). Please refer to the FSIS notice for details. A recall was not requested because the products are no longer available for purchase.

Canada

Allergy Alert: UNFI Canada Inc. recalls Alpha brand Plant-Based Breakfast Sandwich – Meatless Sausage (156g; Lot 121121MSS; Expiration 12/11/2023; UPC 8 10070 35037 6) due to undeclared milk.

Allergy Alert: Les Volailles S.B. inc. (La Présentation, QC) recalls Mousse de foie de volailles / Poultry liver mousse (Sold up to 30 November 2022) due to undeclared egg and sulphites.

AllergyAlert: Acema Importations Inc. recalls Cruzilles brand Acid Mini Pastille – Fruit Jellies (210g; Lot code 22815; Date code 04.2023; UPC 3 339900 075489) due to undeclared milk.

Food Safety Recall (Update): Côte St-Luc Bagel inc. (Montréal, QC) recalls all bagel varieties (sold up to 23 November at Côte St-Luc Bagel and up to 29 November at other retailers) due to potential food safety hazard.

Food Safety Recall: Comptoir Sainte-Cécile (Montréal, QC) recalls Gravlax de saumon / Salmon gravlax (Sold up to 28 November 2022) due to a potential food safety hazard.

Food Safety Recall: Abattoir Cliche (East Broughton, QC) recalls POULET POPCORN / Popcorn chicken (Sold up to 30 November 2022) and LANIÈRES DE POULET / Chicken strips (Sold up to 30 November 2022) because the packaging lacks information on the safe preparation of raw poultry.

Food Safety Recall: Rowe Beef Co. Ltd. recalls Ground Turkey Extra Lean 98/2 (454g; Lot 132-2) due to foreign matter contamination (pieces of bone).

Europe

OUTBREAK INVESTIGATION UPDATE (Norway): The Salmonella Agona outbreak under investigation in Norway has increased to 42 confirmed cases in several counties across the country. The source of the outbreak is still undetermined.

Allergy Alert (Belgium): Cruzilles SAS recalls Cruzilles brand pâtes de fruits mini-pastilles acidulées / Acid Mini Pastille – Fruit Jellies (210g; Lot 22827; Best before 04.2023) due to undeclared milk.

Allergy Alert (Iceland): Miklatorg/IKEA recalls Heimabakarinn brand Vegan smákökur með súkkulaðibitum / Vegan cookies with chocolate chips (500g; Best before February 8, 2023) due to undeclared milk.

Allergy Alert (UK): Marussia Beverages UK recalls various Mozart Liqueurs due to undeclared milk. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (France): SOCIETE LE BATISTOU L&OBAYLE recalls CALENDRIER DE L’AVENT SAUCISSONS L&OBAYLE (280g; Lot 2022 BOL; Best by 31/12/2022) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): COMPAGNIE INDEPENDANTE DES EPICES LEADER PRICE recalls LEADER PRICE brand QUATRE EPICES / 4-spice blend (155g; Lot TA0365/TA0378; Best before 30/05/2024) due to Bacillus cereus contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): LES ATELIERS recalls La Belle Prairie brand Steak haché spécial hamburger 20% / Special hamburger patty, 20% fat (2 x 180g; Lot 22329-44389; Use by 03/12/2022) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): MAISON PLANCHOT recalls Multiple baked goods due to foreign matter contamination (hard white plastic). Please refer to the individual recall notices at Rappel Conso.

Food Safety Recall (France): Industry recalls Oeufs bio / Organic eggs (Bulk; Lot code 0FR3811) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): FERME DE LA FOSSE A L EAU recalls ferme de la fosse à l’eau brand CREME CRUE / Raw cream (25cl & 50cl; Lot 92; Use by 04/12/2022) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): FERME DE LA FOSSE A L EAU recalls ferme de la fosse à l’eau brand beurre doux ou demi sel / Unsalted or semi-salted butter (125g & 250g; Lot 92; Use by 21/ 12/2022) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): MONOPRIX recalls MONOPRIX brand Chair / Ground meat (Sold between 22/11/2022 and 23/11/2022) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): MONOPRIX recalls Foodmaker brand PENNE BOLOGNAISE AVEC PARMESAN / Bolognese-style penne with Parmesan cheese (Sold from le Salad’bar 23/11/2022) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Italy): SA.MO. srl recalls Salame morbido / Soft salami (Lot 27/10/22) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (UK): Interlink Direct Ltd recalls Wangzhihe (WZH White Bean Curd) (240g; All batch codes; Best before 28 August 2023) due to possible Bacillus cereus contamination.

Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands

OUTBREAK INVESTIGATION (Hong Kong):  The Centre for Food Safety is investigating four food poisoning clusters involving lava cake. The lava cake was found to be contaminated with Salmonella Group D. The restaurant has already stopped selling and discarded the affected product.

Food Safety Recall (Israel): Sabar recalls multiple Abu Marwan hummus products due to Salmonella contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of recalled products.

Australia and New Zealand

Allergy Alert (New Zealand): Gluten Free Holdings Ltd recalls Pavillion brand Chocolate Fudge Slice (330g; Batch 2319; Best before 13/02/2023) due to undeclared milk.

Food Safety Recall (New Zealand): George Weston Foods (NZ) Ltd recalls Tip Top brand Oatilicious Toast bread  and Tip Top brand Supersoft White Toast bread (700g; Best before 03DEC22 and 04DEC22) due to foreign matter contamination (blue plastic).

Food Safety Recall (New Zealand): Pak’n Save Dunedin recalls Pak’n Save Dunedin brand Pork Mince (Various weights; Packed on 23/11/2022; Best before 26/11/2022) due to foreign matter contamination (pink plastic).

Food Safety Recall (New Zealand): Davis Trading Company Ltd recalls Attitude Foods, Bin Inn, Essenté, Farm By Nature, Foodfirst, Fresh Line, Icelandic and Wholesale Foods brands of black poppy seed as product was incorrectly sold direct to consumers. Product was intended to be sold only as an ingredient for use in making other foods. People who consume large amounts of poppy seeds, including by consuming poppy seed tea are the most at risk of adverse reactions. Anyone who consumes poppy seed tea and experiences any unusual and severe symptoms should seek urgent medical assistance.