Recalls and Alerts: October 25-26, 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

OUTBREAK INVESTIGATION: FDA releases its weekly outbreak investigation update, including a new investigation into 10 cases of E. coli O157:H7 for which no specific food source has yet been identified.

OUTBREAK INVESTIGATION UPDATE: FDA reports a total of 393 Adverse Event reports and Consumer Complaints relating to the consumption of Daily Harvest brand French Lentil & Leek Crumbles. Complaints include reports of gastrointestinal illness and liver, bile duct, and/or gallbladder illness.

PUBLIC HEALTH ALERT: The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PADoA) is warning consumers to discard raw whole milk or chocolate milk sold in Dauphin County and other southcentral Pennsylvania retail stores under the BeiHollow label between October 12 and 21 and BeiHollow pasteurized cheese melt and cup cheese sold between September 20 and October 21, due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Please refer to the PADoA notice for additional details.

Allergy Alert: Sotto i Trulli INC/DBA Bombolo Biscotti recalls Assorted Italian Cookies (16-oz pkg; Lot 092222; Expiry date 04/05/2023; UPC 852158002272) due to undeclared walnuts.

Allergy Alert: Seed Ranch Flavor Co. recalls Umami Everyday Sauce (5 oz; Lots 010821, 020921, 030821, 051721, 081821, 120321, 012022, 031422, 042522, 081822, 092022; UPC 8-67732-00032-2), Savory Spice Umami Everyday Sauce (5 oz; Lots 120122 & 062521; UPC 8-50000-72724-3) and Everything But The Sushi & Dumplings Sauce (5 oz; Lots 071122, 081822 & 6188 BB061025; UPC 8-60008-58851-7) due to undeclared soy.

Food Safety Recall: FDA reports that Mariscos Bahia, Inc. has recalled multiple varieties of fresh, raw fish after a CDC and FDA investigation linked fresh, raw salmon from this firm to an outbreak of Salmonella Litchfield illnesses in California, Arizona and Illinois. The recall covers the following products, which were shipped to restaurants in California and Arizona on or after June 14, 2022: Fresh Salmon Fillet, Fresh Deep Skin Salmon Fillet, Fresh Salmon Portions, Chilean Seabass (Fillet and Portions), Halibut (Fillet and Portions), Tuna (Fillet and Loin), Swordfish (Loin, Fillet, and Wheel).

Canada

Food Safety Recall: Les Colocs Café Resto (Québec, QC) recalls SAUCE À SPAGHETTI and CHILI CON CARNE (Sold up to 25 October 2022) due to lack of adequate storage temperature labeling.

Food Safety Recall: Family’s Choice Distribution recalls Family’s Choice Distribution brand Tahini Extra Sesame Seed Paste (18 kg; Lot 29; Expiry 04/04/2024) due to Salmonella contamination. The recalled product was sold in Ontario.

Europe

Allergy Alert (Denmark): DELICATE A/S recalls Salat med Pesto & Pasta / Pesto & pasta salad (275g; Best before 30-10-2022) due to undeclared mustard and egg.

Allergy Alert (Iceland): Miklatorg hf. recalls IKEA brand súkklaðibitakökudeigi / Chocolate chip cookie dough (Best before 12.01.2023) due to undeclared nuts.

Allergy Alert (UK): Co-op recalls Co-op Spaghetti Rings in Tomato Sauce (385g; Best before September 2024) due to undeclared celery.

Allergy Alert (UK): Delibo Wine Agencies recalls Bibo Runge Deserteur De-alcoholised Riesling Wine (750 ml bottles; Batch code L1223; Best before 10 August 2024) due to undeclared sulphites.

Food Safety Recall (Belgium): Delhaize recalls Delhaize Poulet Cuit-Fumé / Cooked smoked whole chicken (±1.3 kg; Lot 5412190116; Expiry date 07/11/2022) due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Belgium): Norenca N.V. recalls Norenca brand Carpaccio de boeuf / Beef carpaccio (±400g; Lot 91001707; Use by 26/10/22 & 27/10/22) due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Belgium): AFSCA orders recall of Label Afrik brand Thiéré Lalo Couscous à base de millet et de maïs / Millet-and-corn couscous (450g; Lot TH 050421 BE; Best before 30/04/2023) due to elevated level of aflatoxin.

Food Safety Recall (France): LE SOJAMI recalls Le sojami brand La Buchette- Spécialité lactofermentée soja et amande / Lacto-fermented soy and almond specialty product (135g; Lot 262720; Use by 28/12/2022) due to Bacillus cereus contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): LE SOJAMI recalls Sojabio brand La Bûche végé -spécialité lactofermentée au soja et amande / Lacto-fermented soy and almond specialty product (135g; Lot 262720; Use by 28/12/2022) due to Bacillus cereus contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): AUCHAN SUPERMARCHE BLANQUEFORT recalls VIANDE DE BOEUF HACHEE PREPAREE A LA DEMANDE VENDUE EN STAND BOUCHERIE / Ground beef prepared to order (Sold between 11/10/2022 and 26/10/2022) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): HAUDECOEUR recalls Samia brand Gingembre moulu / Ground ginger (100g; Lot 22AC495; Best before 01/04/2025) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): CHEVENET SARL recalls Chevrier des Crays brand CABRIFRAIS au lait cru / Cheese made from raw goat milk (Lots 255 – 258; Best before 11/10/2022) due to E. coli O103:H2 contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): ENTRE ELABORATION DES VIANDES GOVADIS recalls POULET FUME AU BOIS DE HETRE RONSARD OVALYS / Beechwood-smoked chicken (Lot 5412190115; Use by 09/11/ 2022) due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): CHEVENET SARL recalls CHEVRIGNY – CHEVRIER DES CRAYS brand Mini Barattes raw goat milk cheese (Lot 272; Best before 14/11/2022) due to possible shigatoxin-producting E. coli contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Luxembourg): Delhaize recalls Delhaize Poulet Cuit-Fumé / Cooked smoked whole chicken (±1.3 kg; Lot 5412190116; Expiry date 07/11/2022) due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands

Food Safety Recall (Israel): Waldman Bihar Sausage and Meat Products Ltd. recalls Alitanaya Sausage brand Boiled sausage (Expiry date 7/12/2022) due to foreign matter contamination (piece of nylon).

Australia and New Zealand

Food Safety Recall (New Zealand): Foodstuffs Own Brands Ltd recalls Pams brand Alfalfa Sprouts, Salad Sprouts, Sandwich Selection Sprouts and Spicy Sprouts Combo (100g; Use by 04 11 2022) due to possible Salmonella contamination. No illnesses have been associated with these products as of the recall date.

Recalls and Alerts: October 20-21, 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

OUTBREAK INVESTIGATION: CDC and FDA are investigating a three-state outbreak of Salmonella Litchfield that has sickened at least 33 people. Thirteen of the outbreak victims have been hospitalized. The outbreak is linked to consumption of raw salmon used to prepare sushi, sashimi, and poke in restaurants, mainly in Arizona and California.

Allergy Alert: Da Cheng Vegetarian Food Inc. recalls Vegan Drumsticks (6.6 pound, clear plastic package; Expiry date 09/23/2023) due to undeclared egg.

Food Safety Recall: Bob Evans Farms Foods, Inc. recalls Bob Evans Italian Sausage (1-lb chubs; Lot XEN3663466; USE/FRZ BY 11/26/22, time stamp between 14:43 and 15:25) due to foreign matter contamination (thin blue rubber).

Canada

OUTBREAK INVESTIGATION: Alberta Health Services is investigating an outbreak of Shigella in the Edmonton area. The outbreak has affected 87 people since mid-August, with 63 of them requiring hospitalization. Most of the victims are part of the “inner city” population. No specific source of the infections has been established.

Allergy Alert: Traiteurs Chictay Lakay (Laval, QC) recalls Chictay Lakay Morue / Cod and Chictay Lakay Hareng / Herring (variable weights; Sold up to 21 October 2022) due to undeclared sesame and wheat (gluten).

Food Safety Recall: Unreal Brands, Inc. recalls Unreal brand dark chocolate coconut minis (435g; Best before 23AU04, 23AU05, 23AU31, 23SE01, 23SE02, 23SE09, 23SE16, 23SE19, 23SE20, 23SE21, 23SE22, 23SE23, 23SE26, 23SE27, 23SE28, 23SE29, 23SE30, 23OC03; UPC 8 57484 00688 8) due to Salmonella contamination. The recalled product was sold in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador.

Europe

OUTBREAK INVESTIGATION (SWEDEN): The Public Health Authority is investigating an outbreak of 61 confirmed cases of Cryptosporidium parvum since September 25, 2022. An additional 98 possible cases are also under investigation. Although the source of the infection has not yet been identified, it is suspected to be a food that is distributed widely in Sweden.

Allergy Alert (Austria): Frozen Power GmbH & Co. KG recalls FRO ZEN Power Creamy Coco, Crispy Hazel, Salted Caramel, Dreamy Choc and Yogurt Amarena varieties (150g pack and 50g single bar pack; All Best before dates from May 1st, 2024) due to undeclared egg.

Allergy Alert (Belgium): Albert Heijn recalls Verkade brand Oaties Naturel plain oatmeal cookies (Best before 28-07-2023) due to undeclared milk and soy.

Allergy Alert (Denmark): Coronet Cake Company ApS recalls Finnish bread labeled as BRØD COOPERATIVET BRUNKAGER (150g; Best before 08.05.2023) due to undeclared egg.

Allergy Alert (France): SILVE INTERMARCHE recalls CHABRIOR brand pains au chocolat / Chocolate buns (pkg of 10, 450g; Lots L22359851(HH:MM) 286, L22359851(HH:MM) 287; Best before 10/11/2022) due to undeclared soy.

Allergy Alert (France): SAS FRIAL MONOPRIX  recalls MONOPRIX brand POULET ET RIZ BASMATI SAUCE COCO CURRY SURGELES / Frozen chicken and basmati rice with coconut curry sauce (300g; Lot 22115; Best before 01/10/2023) due to undeclared nuts.

Allergy Alert (France): LA VIE CLAIRE recalls LA VIE CLAIRE brand Tartines craquantes “Craquines” sarrasin / Crunchy buckwheat toast (150g; Lot 22A213L7; Best before 31/08/2023) due to undeclared gluten.

Allergy Alert (France): JEFF DE BRUGES DIFFUSION recalls Jeff de Bruges brand Choco’Mauves oursons assortis / Assorted chocolate-coated marshmallows (Best before dates between 24/02/2023 and 31/10/2023) due to undeclared hazelnuts and almonds.

Allergy Alert (France): JEFF DE BRUGES DIFFUSION recalls Jeff de Bruges brand Cube XXL Ours Guimauve / Marshmallow bear (Best before dates between 24/02/2023 and 31/08/2023) due to undeclared hazelnuts and almonds.

Allergy Alert (France): MONOPRIX recalls MONOPRIX brand LE WRAP Poulet Basilic / Chicken basil wrap (Use by 23/10/2022) due to undeclared sesame and mustard.

Allergy Alert (France): MONOPRIX recalls MONOPRIX brand WRAP HOUMOUS PATATE DOUCE / Hummus and sweet potato wrap (Use by 23/10/2022) due to undeclared milk and egg.

Allergy Alert (Germany): Frozen Power GmbH & Co. KG recalls FRO ZEN Power Creamy Coco, Crispy Hazel, Salted Caramel, Dreamy Choc and Yogurt Amarena varieties (150g pack and 50g single bar pack; All Best before dates from May 1st, 2024) due to undeclared egg.

Allergy Alert (Germany): P & B (Foods) Limited recalls Heera Rewdi (300g; Lot 1G1090222; Best before August 2024) due to undeclared sesame.

Allergy Alert (Luxembourg): MONOPRIX recalls MONOPRIX brand WRAP HOUMOUS PATATE DOUCE / Hummus and sweet potato wrap (Use by 23/10/2022) due to undeclared milk and egg.

Allergy Alert (Netherlands): Damhert BV recalls Mix Choco pepernoten glutenvrij / Chocolate peppernuts, gluten-free (150g; Expiration date 01-04-2023) due to undeclared lactose.

Allergy Alert (Netherlands): Koninklijke Verkade NV recalls Verkade Oaties Naturel / Plain oatmeal cookies (Lot #2210; Expiration date 07/28/2023) due to undeclared milk and soy.

Allergy Alert (Norway): P&B (Foods) Limited recalls Heera Rewdi (300g & 700g; Best before May 2023 and August 2023) due to undeclared sesame.

Allergy Alert (UK – Northern Ireland only): Crunchy Bakery recalls Bulka Tarta breadcrumbs (500g; All best before dates up to 31 December 2022) due to undeclared soy.

Food Safety Recall (Austria): Frostkrone Tiefkühlkost GmbH recalls Primana TK Snack Box – Crack ́n Cheese Cubes variety (Best before 30.08.2023 & 15.09.2023) due to foreign matter contamination (hard plastic pieces).

Food Safety Recall (Belgium): FRANPRIX recalls FRANPRIX brand Galettes de riz complet BIO / Organic brown rice cakes (100g; Lot H22144J; Best before 25/05/2023) due to presence of mycotoxins.

Food Safety Recall (France): MONDELEZ FRANCE SAS Mondelez International  recalls LU – Granola brand Granola Chocolat au lait / Milk chocolate granola biscuit (2 x 200g; Lots OCE0123911, OCE0123912, OCE0123913, OCE0123921, OCE0123922, OCE0123923, OCE0123931, OCE0123932) and Granola Chocolat Noir / Dark chocolate granola (195g; Lots OCE0123872, OCE0123873, OCE0123911) due to foreign matter contamination (fine metal particles)

Food Safety Recall (France): SOCIETE PUR ALIMENT recalls Lima brand Galettes de riz fines salées rectangulaires / Thin, square salted rice cakes (130g; Lot R22182B; Best before 02/07/2023) due to possible aflatoxin contamination.

Food Safety Recall France): ACHATS MARCHANDISES CASINO Monoprix recalls Monoprix BIO brand Galettes de riz complet / Brown rice cakes (100g; Best before 02/06/2023) due to possible mycotoxin contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): COMPAGNIE INDEPENDANTE DES EPICES recalls Les Bonnes Epices de Mr Maurice brand Gingembre Moulu / Ground ginger (45g; Lot TA0311; Best before 30/04/2024) due to Salmonella and Bacillus cereus contamination.

Food Safety Recall France): COMPAGNIE INDEPENDANTE DES EPICES recalls Leader Price brand Gingembre Moulu / Ground ginger (45g; Lot TA0311; Best before 30/04/2024) due to Salmonella and Bacillus cereus contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): COOPERATIVE U recalls Le Chevrier des Crays brand Faisselle de chèvre au lait cru / Goat cheese made with raw milk (4 x 100g; Lot 255; Use by 11/10/2022) due to E. coli O103:H2 contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): Thierry Schweitzer  recalls Thierry Schweitzer brand ALLUMETTES FUMEES SANS NITRITE BIO / Organic smoked shredded pork, nitrite-free (200g & 1 kg; Lot22284-131; Use by 10/12/2022) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): CORA recalls FILET DE HARENG A L ANCIENNE / Old-fashioned herring fillet (Sold between 12/10/2022 and 14/10/2022) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): DONJIMAR INTERMARCHE MONTAIGU DE QUERCY recalls merguez sausage (Use by 13/10/2022) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): ACHATS MARCHANDISES CASINO recalls Franprix brand Galettes de riz complet / Brown rice cakes (100g; Lot H22144J; Best before 25/05/2023) due to possible mycotoxin contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): GAEC DE LA FERME D’ARBOUSES recalls Pâté de poulet aux herbes des Cévennes, Pâté de Poulet aux piments, Pâté de Pintade aux trompettes de la mort / Chicken pâté with Cévennes herbs, Chicken pâté with peppers, Guinea fowl pâté with trumpets of death (200g; Lot 151024; Best before 15/10/2024) due to possible Clostridium botulinum contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): ROUFFIAC DISTRIBUTION LECLERC recalls Jambon cuit avec couenne / Cooked ham with rind (Sold from 09/09/2022 to 23/09/2022) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): SILVE INTERMARCHE, NETTO recalls Producteurs et Commerçants brand Pâté en croûte Pistaché, Pâté en croûte Canard Pistaché, Pâté en croûte Richelieu / Pâtés in pastry shells, pistachio, pistachio-duck and Richelieu varieties (Multiple lot codes and Use by dates) due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (France): CORA recalls Pain Sportif (aux fruits secs) tranché / Sliced sports bread with dried fruit (350g; Use by dates between 08/10/2022 and 20/10/2022) due to foreign matter contamination (pieces of hard clear plastic).

Food Safety Recall (Germany): Büsra Durmus menisam Feinkost recalls Can Oliven in Rapsöl / Canned olives in rapeseed oil (Sold loose from October 11th, 2022 to October 19th, 2022) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Germany): Continental Bakeries Deutschland GmbH recalls REWE Bio Reiswaffeln Zartbitter / Organic brown rice cakes (100g; Best before 18.06.2023, 21.06.2023, 22.06.2023) due to mycotoxin contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Italy): Continental Bakeries – Granco SA recalls Carrefour Bio brand Gallette di riso giganti / Giant rice cakes (200g; Lots R22159A and R22160A; Best before 09-10/06/2023) due to mycotoxin contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Luxembourg): Auchan recalls Lima brand Galettes de riz 100% / 100% rice cakes (130g; Best before 02/07/2023) due to aflatoxin contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Sweden): ICA recalls ICA Gravad Lax / Gravlax, sliced (150g; Batch code 61490299581; Best before 2022-10-20, 2022-10-24, 2022-10-26, 2022-10-28, 2022-10-31) and ICA Najadlax, sliced (150g; Batch code 61524299089; Best before 2022-10-20, 2022-10-21, 2022-10-25, 2022-10-26, 2022-10-27, 2022-10-28, 2022 -10/31, 2022-11-01, 2022-11-02, 2022-11-03, 2022-11-04, 2022-11-07) due to Listeria contamination.

Food Safety Recall (UK): Iceland recalls Iceland Ready Cooked Diced Chicken Breast (800g; Best before 17 June 2023) because some of the packages may contain uncooked chicken.

Raw fish linked to US Salmonella outbreak

The FDA, the CDC and state and local partners are investigating an outbreak of Salmonella Litchfield that has sickened 33 people in California (21), Arizona (11), and Illinois (1) since mid-June 2022.

Thirteen of the outbreak victims required hospitalization.

Victims range in age from 1 to 67 years, and 59% are female.

The outbreak has been linked to fresh, raw salmon supplied to restaurants in California and Arizona by Mariscos Bahia, Inc.

Of the sixteen outbreak victims who were interviewed, twelve reported eating sushi, sashimi, or poke. Nine of the twelve remembered having eaten raw salmon prior to becoming ill.

After tracing the distribution of the raw salmon back to Mariscos Bahia, the FDA conducted an inspection of the production facility, which included collection and analysis of environmental samples.

Salmonella was recovered from multiple samples, and at least one of the samples yielded a strain of Salmonella Litchfield that was a genetic match for the outbreak strain recovered from patients.

Because the outbreak strain was found in the production environment, the FDA believes that other raw fish supplied by Mariscos Bahia may also be at risk of contamination. This includes fresh, raw halibut, Chilean seabass, tuna, and swordfish.

The company has agreed to a voluntary recall and will contact its direct customers who received recalled product.

According to the company, none of the recalled product was supplied to stores for direct purchase by customers.

The CDC warns that  true number of sick people in this outbreak is likely much higher than the number reported, and the outbreak may not be limited to the states with known illnesses. The agency is using the PulseNet system to identify other matching cases.

FDA’s advice to restaurants and consumers

  • Restaurants should check with their suppliers and not sell or serve salmon, halibut, Chilean seabass, tuna, and swordfish received fresh, not frozen from Mariscos Bahia, Inc. (Pico Rivera, CA and Phoenix, AZ) on or after June 14, 2022. If restaurants received these fish and then froze it, they should not sell or serve it. Restaurants should also be sure to wash and sanitize locations where these fish from Mariscos Bahia, Inc. were stored or prepared.
  • Consumers eating salmon, halibut, Chilean seabass, tuna, and swordfish at a restaurant in California or Arizona should ask whether the fish is from Mariscos Bahia, Inc and was received fresh, not frozen.

CDC’s advice to consumers

  • In general, people who are at higher risk for serious foodborne illness should not eat any raw fish or raw shellfish. People at higher risk include children younger than 5 years, pregnant people, adults 65 years and older, and people with weakened immune systems.
  • Call your healthcare provider if you have any of these severe Salmonella symptoms:
    • 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

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