Recalls and Alerts: May 21-23, 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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For up-to-date information on the multi-national Jif peanut butter recall and the associated Salmonella outbreak in the United States, please navigate to the Jif/Smucker Recalls menu item at the top of the page.

United States

OUTBREAK INVESTIGATION: CDC reports fourteen cases of Salmonella Senftenberg illnesses in 12 states. The outbreak is linked to consumption of Jif peanut butter products. For more details, see Jif/Smucker Recalls page.

Allergy Alert: Blue Moose of Boulder (Colorado) recalls Blue Moose Spinach Artichoke Parmesan Dip (7 oz; Lot SS446931; Best by 8/10/22) due to undecalred cashews and soy.

Food Safety Recall: The J. M. Smucker Co. recalls mulitple Jif brand peanut butter products (Lot codes between 1274425 and 2140425, but only those 7-digit lot codes ending in 425), due to possible Salmonella contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall: Albertsons Companies recalls 11 store-prepared items containing peanut butter due to possible Salmonella contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products, which were sold at Albertsons, Safeway, Lucky, Haggen, Carrs-Safeway, Eagle, Tom Thumb, United, Amigos, Market Street, Albertsons Market, Andronico’s Community Markets, Vons, Pak ‘N Save, Shaw’s, Star Market, Randalls, Vons, Jewel-Osco, ACME, King’s and Balducci’s.

Food Safety Recall: Wisco Pop! recalls Wisco Pop! strawberry, grapefruit, cherry and ginger flavours (all cans) due to potential overcarbonation resulting in bursting cans. Stray wild yeast has been found in some of the cans.

Canada

Food Safety Recall: Smucker Foods of Canada Corp. recalls certain Jif brand Peanut Butters due to possible Salmonella contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Europe

Allergy Alert (France): Délicassie recalls Délicassie brand Oeuf en pain d’épice chocolat pistache / Pistachio-chocolate-gingerbread egg (Lot 204) due to undeclared pistachios.

Allergy Alert (UK-England): Aye Pickled Ltd recalls Aye Pickled Curried Kraut (330g; Batch code 019/1; Best before 30 September 2022) due to undeclared mustard.

Allergy Alert (UK): Manning Impex Ltd recalls JACK & JILL Mang Juan Chicharron – Espesyal Suka’t Sili (90g; Batch code PO15 Oct 21; Best before 15 October 2022) due to undeclared egg, fish, milk and soya.

Allergy Alert (UK): Tesco recalls Tesco Frozen All Butter Croissants (255g 6-pack; Batch code LL 111; Best before September 2022) due to undeclared almonds.

Food Safety Recall (France): LA GRANDE EPICERIE DE PARIS recalls LA GRANDE EPICERIE DE PARIS brand LE MELANGE TANDOORI / Tandoori spice mix (50g; Lot PR22050183; Best before 31/05/2024) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): LA GRANDE EPICERIE DE PARIS recalls LA GRANDE EPICERIE DE PARIS brand LE MELANGE TAJINE / Tajine spice mix (40g; Lot PR22050247; Best before 30/04/2024) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): LA BOVIDA LE SUBDRAY recalls LA BOVIDA brand SAFRAL COLORANTS RENFORCES (500g; Lot PR22040542; Best before 30/04/2024) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): CARREFOUR recalls Filière Qualité Carrefour brand Purée de pommes artisanale sans sucres ajoutés Gala / Gala apple sauce, no sugar added (500g; Lot PB111034; Best before 04/11/2022) due to foreign matter contamination (glass particles).

Food Safety Recall (France): GERMLINE recalls GERMLINE brand Graines germées biologiques alfalfa-cresson / Organic alfalfa-watercress sprouts (60g & 100g; Lots 220516 & 220517; Use by 30/05/2022 & 31/05/2022, respectively) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): L’atelier recalls L’atelier brand Langue de porc cuite en gelée / Cooked, jellied pork tongue (Lots 1232022 & 1312022; Use by 18/05/2022 & 26/05/2022, respectively) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Italy): Strauss-Elite recalls Elite brand Torta cioccolato/cioccolato / Chocolate/chocolate cake (380g; All lots produced before 04/29/2022; Product of Israel) due to possible Salmonella contamination

Food Safety Recall (Italy): Strauss-Elite recalls Elite brand Torta cioccolato/cocco / Chocolate/coconut cake (380g; All lots produced before 04/29/2022; Product of Israel) due to possible Salmonella contamination

Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands

Food Safety Recall (Hong Kong): Rainbow Asset Limited recalls three varieties of Jif brand peanut butter due to possible Salmonella contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (Israel): Randy Ltd. recalls Jif Peanut Butter (1.8 kg; Expiration date 8.11.23) due to possible Salmonella contamination. The recalled item was sold to the institutional market only.

Jif’s Salmonella outbreak. What we know so far

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating an outbreak of Salmonella Senftenberg infections believed to be linked to consumption of Jif peanut butter products.

Jif peanut butters are manufactured by The JM Smucker Co.

outbreak-salmonella-peanut-butter-cdc-case-count-mapThe fourteen confirmed cases are scattered across twelve US states, including Arkansas (1), Georgia (2), Illinois (1), Massachusetts (1), Missouri (1), New York (1), North Carolina (1), Ohio (1), South Carolina (1), Texas (2), Virginia (1), and Washington (1). Two of the victims have been hospitalized.

The first reported victim became ill on February 17, 2022.

Outbreak victims range in age from less than one year old to 85 years old. The median age is 56, and 71% of the victims are female.

Interviews conducted with five of the outbreak victims revealed that all five had consumed peanut butter prior to falling ill. Two of the five had eaten Jif Creamy Reduced Fat peanut butter, one person reported Jif Natural Creamy Low Sodium peanut butter, and one person reported Jif Natural Creamy peanut butter.

The CDC cautions that the true number of sick people in an outbreak such as this is likely much higher than the number reported, and the outbreak may not be limited to the states with known illnesses. 

According to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the outbreak strain is closely related to a strain of Salmonella recovered in 2010 from an environmental sample in the Lexington, Kentucky, manufacturing plant where the implicated Jif peanut butter products are made.

A review of the FDA’s inspection database reveals that the Lexington facility was inspected on five separate occasions since 2009, including inspections in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2015, and 2018.

The 2010 and 2015 inspections were classified as Voluntary Action Indicated (VAI), meaning the inspector found deficiencies that needed to be corrected by the company. There is no list of the reported deficiencies in the database for either of the VAI inspections.

Recall status

jif-front-backThe JM Smucker Co. has recalled a long list of Jif products, covering all lot codes from 1274425 to 2140425, but only with the first seven digits ending in 425 (the identifier code for the Lexington production plant).

Recalled products were distributed across the United States and exported to Canada.

The company has issued a separate recall notice listing the products distributed in Canada.

In addition to being sold through retail stores and other outlets, peanut butter is often used as an ingredient in other products. Recalls of products containing Jif peanut butter have already begun.

For an up-to-date linked list of announced recall notices, please select the Jif/Smucker Recalls menu item at the top of the page.

CDC’s advice to consumers

  • Do not eat any recalled Jif brand peanut butter. Throw it away.
  • This product has a very long shelf life, so be sure to check any Jif peanut butter you have at home to make sure it has not been recalled.
  • Wash surfaces and containers that may have touched the recalled peanut butter using hot, soapy water.
  • Call your healthcare provider if you have one or more of these symptoms after eating recalled peanut butter:
    • Diarrhea and a fever higher than 102°F
    • Diarrhea for more than 3 days that is not improving
    • Bloody diarrhea
    • So much vomiting that you cannot keep liquids down
    • Signs of dehydration, such as:
      • Not peeing much
      • Dry mouth and throat
      • Feeling dizzy when standing up

CDC’s advice to businesses

  • Do not sell or serve recalled Jif brand peanut butter.
  • Wash and sanitize containers and surfaces that may have come in contact with recalled peanut butter.

Read more about previous outbreaks of Salmonella involving peanut butter in TAINTED. From Farm Gate to Dinner Plate, Fifty Years of Food Safety Failures, now available in digital, print and audiobook editions.

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PetSmart and other stealthy pet food recalls

Not all food-safety recalls are announced via a corporate news release and posted on-line. 

In some cases, news of a recall is shared only by telephone, email, letter or some other private means.

Nevertheless, all recalls that come under the jurisdiction of the FDA eventually find their way into the FDA’s Weekly Enforcement Report.

A survey of Enforcement Reports for 2020, conducted last week by eFoodAlert, turned up several recalls for which no public notice was issued.

The Smaller Fry

Boesl Packing Company recalled one batch of K9 Kraving Dog Food Beef and Vegetable Raw Dog Food due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The recall was initiated on July 22, 2019 and classified six months later as a Class I recall on January 23, 2020. The product was shipped to one customer in North Carolina. The customer was notified by telephone.

G & C Raw, LLC recalled one batch of G&C Raw Ground Turkey due to possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes. The recall was initiated on May 20, 2019 and was eventually classified as a Class I recall on January 23, 2020. The recalled items were distributed only in Michigan and consignees were notified by email.

Grassland Beef recalled two varieties of Dr. Siegel’s S. A. F. E. Petfood, Ground Beef due to possible presence of E. coli O157:H7. The recall was initiated on October 20, 2020 and Classified as a Class I recall on November 23, 2020. The recalled products were shipped directly to consumers nationwide and to one retail location in Florida.

Stella & Chewy’s, LLC recalled one batch of Stella & Chewy’s Raw Blend, Kibble + Wholesome Grains Red Meat Recipe, with Pumpkin & Quinoa due to potential Salmonella contamination. The recall was initiated on October 14, 2020 and classified as a Class I recall on October 28, 2020. The product was distributed in four states and consignees were notified by telephone.

Texas Tripe recalled multiple products in which Listeria monocytogenes and/or Salmonella were detected. The recalls were initiated in July 2019 and classified as Class I on January 23, 2020. FDA was sufficiently disturbed at the magnitude of the problem and the lack of a public recall notice to issue its own caution to pet owners on August 14, 2019.

Woody’s Pet Food Deli recalled one batch of Raw Chicken, Homemade Cat and Dog Food, with supplements, due to Salmonella contamination. The recall was initiated on August 30, 2019 and classified as Class I on January 23, 2020. Product was distributed in Minnesota and Colorado, and customers were notified by telephone.

The Major Leagues

The J.M. Smucker Company recalled several cat food products in December 2019, and one additional product on July 2, 2020, due to excessive levels of choline chloride. 

The public recall notice for the 2019 recall stated only that the recall was due to “ingredients believed to not meet the Company’s quality and safety standards.” 

Only the July 2020 recall advised the public that an excessive level of choline chloride was behind the recalls.

PetSmart Inc. recalled Authority Savory Blends Turkey Formula Cat Food and Authority Savory Blends Chicken Formula Cat Food (all lot codes) on November 11, 2020, due to elevated levels of the mycotoxin, Zearalenone. The products were distributed nationwide.

According to a spokesperson for the FDA, there is no established action level for Zearalenone in pet foods or animal feeds, and no adverse events relating to the recalled products have been reported to the agency. The PetSmart recall was classified as Class II, since Zearalenone is not considered to be as significant a health risk as certain other mycotoxins, such as aflatoxin.

The Bottom Line

Stealth recalls are not limited to veterinary products, pet treats and pet foods. Some recalls of human food also never enter the public spotlight, for a variety of reasons.

To keep up to date on all FDA-overseen recalls, whether publicized or not, check the FDA’s Weekly Enforcement Report page, which is updated every Wednesday.