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Recalls and Alerts: June 17 – 21, 2018

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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 Alert Update: CDC has update its advice against consuming Kellogg’s Honey Smacks Cereal to include all package sizes and date codes.

Outbreak Alert: CDC is investigating an outbreak of Cyclosporiasis linked to consumption of vegetable trays produced by Del Monte Fresh Produce and distributed in Kwik Trip, Kwik Star, Demond’s, Sentry, Potash, Meehan’s, Country Market, FoodMax Supermarket, and Peapod stores in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

Allergy Alert: Golden Star Wholesale recalls AL Reef  Dried Apricots Sour (12 oz; uncoded) due to undeclared sulfites. The recalled product was sold via retail stores in MI, NY,MN,KY,WI,FL,NC,VA,OR,MA,OH,TX,MO between November 2017 and May 2018.

Food Safety Recall: NOW Health Group, Inc. recalls NOW Real Food® Zesty Sprouting Mix (16 oz.; Lot #3031259 and 3038165; Best by dates 12/20 and 01/21, respectively; UPC 733739072719) due to possible Salmonella contamination. According to the manufacturer’s recall notice, “Evidence of potential contamination was implicated in ongoing FDA and CDC investigations into multistate outbreaks of Salmonella infections, of which the clover seed supplier was notified.” The recalled product was distributed online and in retail stores across the USA since December 2017, and also was exported to Canada.

Food Safety Recall: Texas Natural Meats recalls Green Field Farms Rogers Texas Ground Beef (1-lb bags; Expiry 08.08.2020) due to possible contamination with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) O103. The recalled product was sold at a farmers’ market in Roger, Texas.

Canada

Outbreak Alert Update: PHAC reports the number of Salmonella cases linked to frozen, raw breaked chicken has expanded to include 68 cases of Salmonella Enteritidis illness in nine jurisdictions: British Columbia (8), Alberta (9), Manitoba (9), Ontario (15), Quebec (23), New Brunswick (1), Nova Scotia (1), Newfoundland and Labrador (1), and the Northwest Territories (1).

Allergy Alert: Kehar Foods International Ltd. recalls KFI Premium Quality Foods Curry Powder (100g; Expiry Dec 2018; UPC 8 20103 22525 0) due to undeclared mustard. The recalled product was supplied to retailers in British Columbia.

Food Safety Recall: La Libellule resto convivial recalls Meat Sauce and Vegetarian Chili (all product sold up to June 20) because the items may not be safe for human consumption.

Europe

Outbreak Alert (Sweden): Swedish authorities are investigating two Salmonella outbreaks affecting more than 40 people, according to news reports. The source of the outbreaks is undetermined.

Allergy Alert (Italy): Bauer S.p.a. recalls Brodo Granulare Istantaneo Funghi / Instant Mushroom Broth Powder (Lot #L0008440; Expiry 03/21) due to undeclared walnuts.

Allergy Alert (Italy): Mondelez Italia Biscuits Production S.p.A. recalls Cipster brand Sfogliatine di patate fritte / Fried potato flakes (85g; Best before 31/10/2018, 30/11/2018, 31/12/2019, 31/01/2019) due to undeclared gluten.

Allergy Alert (UK): Mondelez International recalls Ritz Chipster (85g; Best before 31 December 2018) due to undeclared wheat.

Allergy Alert (UK): Sainsbury’s recalls Fruit and Honey Seed Mix (Best before September 2018) due to undeclared nuts.

Food Safety Recall (Belgium): Cora recalls Cora brand Shredded Coconut (125g; Lot F 04 4; Best by 25/01/2019) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Belgium): Colruyt Group Fine Food Meat recalls Country Steak (±400g; Expiry 22/6/2018) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Denmark): Tulip Food Company recalls Slagter Munch Onion Sausage (vacuum packed; Use by  06/07/2018 through 15/07/2018) due to Listeria contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Denmark): Toms Gruppen A/S recalls Toms Pingvin Lakrids candies (110g; Use by 30/11/19) due to foreign matter (metal particle) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Finland): Snellman Kokkikartano Oy recalls Lohipasta (300g; Use by 28.6.2018) due to foreign matter (plastic and metal pieces) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Finland): Findus Finland Oy recalls Findus Våra Finaste Persilja / Parsley (30g; Batch Nos. L 7333 CV005 & L 8029 AV005) due to Shiga-toxin producing E. coli contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Germany): Eifrisch Marketing GmbH and Co. KG recalls Shell eggs from organic farm (Lot #0-EN-0356331; Best before 07.07.2018) due to Salmonella Enteritidis contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Sweden): Toms Gruppen A / S recalls Ferrari Original candies in bulk (Best before 30-05-2019, 11-06-2019 and 12-06-2019) due to foreign matter (metal pieces) contamination.

Australia and New Zealand

Food Safety Recall (Australia): SA Sprouts recalls various Sprout Mixes (product of Australia) due to possible Salmonella contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

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Recalls and Alerts: June 14 – 16, 2018

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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 Alert / Food Safety Recall: Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc. recalls limited quantity of 6 oz., 12 oz. and 28 oz. vegetable trays containing fresh broccoli, cauliflower, celery sticks, carrots, and dill dip after the products were linked to an outbreak of Cyclosporiasis in Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of recalled products, which were sold to select retailers in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. CDC reports a total of 78 confirmed cases, including four victims who required hospitalization. The recalled products were distributed to: Kwik Trip, Kwik Star, Demond’s, Sentry, Potash, Meehan’s, Country Market, Food Max Supermarket and Peapod in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin and bear “Best If Enjoyed By” dates of June 17, 2018 or earlier.

Outbreak Alert / Food Safety Recall: The Kellogg Company recalls Kellogg’s® Honey Smacks® cereal (15.3-oz and 23-oz pkgs; Best JUN 14, 2018 through JUN 14, 2019; UPC 3800039103 and 3800014810) due to possible Salmonella contamination. The recalled products have been linked to an outbreak of 73 Salmonella Mbandaka illnesses in 31 states, according to CDC. The recalled products were distributed nationwide in the USA. The 15.3-oz packages also were distributed in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, the Caribbean, Guam, Tahiti and Saipan.

Allergy Alert: World Variety Produce, Inc. recalls Melissa’s Spicy Edamame (7-oz cardboard sleeve; Best by 5/29/18 through 07/02/18; UPC 0-45255-14637-0) due to the undeclared shellfish/crustacean allergen “Oyster Extract.” The recalled product was distributed through retailers in Arizona, California, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

Food Safety Recall: Stap Dairy Inc. (Pine Bush, NY) recalls Pasteurized Creamline Chocolate Milk (half-gallon plastic container; Container code  6 18 8) due to improper pasteurization. The recalled product was sold at the Stap Dairy Farm Store in Orange County, NY.

Food Safety Recall: St. John Creamery (Monroe, WA) recalls whole retail raw goat milk (1-pt. and 0.5-gal containers; Best By dates of 061718 (6/17) through 062118 (6/21)) due to possible contamination with toxin-producing E. coli. The recalled product was sold at the on-farm store, directly to private customers via drop groups, and at retail stores in Western Washington.

Food Safety Recall Update: Venda Ravioli, Inc. recalls approximately 738 pounds of frozen meat ravioli products that were produced without the benefit of federal inspection while the establishment was under suspension. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products, which were shipped to retail locations in Rhode Island.

Food Safety Recall: HF Food Distributors recalls JAMON COCIDO REBANADO (1-lb plastic-wrapped pkgs; Sell by May 25, 00) because it was produced without the benefit of federal inspection. The recalled product was shipped wholesale to Head Start centers in Puerto Rico.

Food Recall: Winter Sausage Manufacturing Co. recalls approximately 28,346 pounds of poultry, pork, and beef products due to misbranding. The poultry products were slaughtered under religious exemption, which is not declared on the product label. The recalled products were shipped to retail locations and distributors in Illinois, Michigan and Pennsylvania.

Canada

Allergy Alert: Marché Blainville (Sainte-Thérèse, QC) recalls various prepared foods due to undeclared mustard seed, sulfite, soy, fish, wheat and barley. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Allergy Alert: Mrakovic Meat & Deli recalls The Original Mrakovic Burger (1.1 kg/5 burgers; All codes where egg, rye, sesame, soy, and wheat are not declared on the label; UPC 8 14945 00005 2) due to undeclared egg, rye, sesame, soy, and wheat. The recalled product was sold to consumers in Ontario.

Food Safety Recall: Puresource Inc. recalls Now Real Food brand Zesty Sprouting Mix (454g; Lot 3031259 and 3038165; UPC 7 33739 07271 9; Product of USA) due to possible Salmonella contamination. The recalled product was supplied to consumers nationwide. According to the recall notice, the action was triggered by a recall “in another country.”

Europe

Allergy Alert (Belgium): Colruyt recalls Boni Selection Summer Salad with carrots and celery (350g; Best by 6/7/2018) due to undeclared milk.

Allergy Alert (Luxembourg): Namur recalls Pistachio ice cream (450 mL; All date codes) due to undeclared egg.

Allergy Alert (UK): Moon Sweets Couture UK Ltd recalls various flavors of Fizz Wizz Fruit Chews (250g pkgs; Batch code #01; Best before January 2019) due to undeclared sulfites. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (Belgium): IDPAK S.A. recalls various Delhaize brand and Louis brand products due to Salmonella contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (Belgium): Delitraiteur recalls Delitraiteur brand nems poulet/crevettes (227g tray containing 5 pieces and a packet of sauce; Best before dates on or after 02/06/2018) due to foreign matter (pieces of glass) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Denmark): Coop Danmark A/S recalls X-tra Party sausages and Party sausages (500g; Best before 19/06/2018) due to foreign matter (pieces of blue plastic) contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Germany): Iglo Deutschland recalls frozen parsley and various products containing frozen parsley due to potential contamination with shiga-toxin producing E. coli. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (Sweden): Findus recalls Våra Finaste Persilja / Our Finest Parsley (30g; Lot codes L7333AV005; L7333BV005; L7333CV005 (Best before 05.2019) and Lot codes L8029AV005; L8030BV005; L8030CV005 (Best before 07.2019); article #3134) due to possible contamination with shiga-toxin producting E. coli.

Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands

Food Safety Recall: The Kellogg Company recalls Kellogg’s® Honey Smacks® cereal (15.3-oz and 23-oz pkgs; Best JUN 14, 2018 through JUN 14, 2019; UPC 3800039103 and 3800014810) due to possible Salmonella contamination. The recalled products have been linked to an outbreak of 73 Salmonella Mbandaka illnesses in 31 states, according to CDC. The recalled products were distributed nationwide in the USA. The 15.3-oz packages also were distributed in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, the Caribbean, Guam, Tahiti and Saipan.

Latin America and the Caribbean

Food Safety Recall: The Kellogg Company recalls Kellogg’s® Honey Smacks® cereal (15.3-oz and 23-oz pkgs; Best JUN 14, 2018 through JUN 14, 2019; UPC 3800039103 and 3800014810) due to possible Salmonella contamination. The recalled products have been linked to an outbreak of 73 Salmonella Mbandaka illnesses in 31 states, according to CDC. The recalled products were distributed nationwide in the USA. The 15.3-oz packages also were distributed in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, the Caribbean, Guam, Tahiti and Saipan.

24 hospitalized in Salmonella outbreak linked to Kellogg cereal

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Kellogg’s® Honey Smacks® sweetened puffed wheat cereal has been linked to 73 cases of Salmonella Mbandaka illnesses in 31 states across the USA according to a report released yesterday evening (June 14th) by CDC.

Epidemiological evidence, based on interviews of some of the outbreak victims, pointed the finger at the Kellogg’s cereal.

The Kellogg Company announced an entire year’s range of ‘Best if used by’ dates in a recall notice posted shortly before the CDC news release.

The recalled items are:
Kellogg’s® Honey Smacks® cereal (23-oz pkg; UPC 3800014810; Best if used by JUN 14, 2018 through JUN 14, 2019)
Kellogg’s® Honey Smacks® cereal (15.3-oz pkg; UPC 3800039103; Best if used by JUN 14, 2018 through JUN 14, 2019)

Both package sizes were distributed nationwide in the USA. There was also limited distribution of the 15.3-oz package sizes in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, the Caribbean, Guam, Tahiti and Saipan.

According to the recall notice, the Honey Smacks cereal was manufactured for Kellogg by a third party. FDA has launched an inspection of the manufacturing facility.

The outbreak began the first week in March, with the most recent illness onset reported as May 28th. CDC warns that more recent illnesses likely have not yet been reported, and the toll of the outbreak is expected to grow. It usually takes 2-4 weeks between the time a person falls ill with salmonellosis and the time CDC receives a report.

Of the 73 confirmed outbreak victims, roughly two-thirds are female. Ages of the victims range from less than one year to 87 years of age. Twenty-four of the outbreak victims have been hospitalized.

Confirmed cases have been reported from the following states: Alabama (2), Arizona (1), California (5), Connecticut (3), Georgia (2), Illinois (1), Indiana (3), Kentucky (1), Louisiana (2), Massachusetts (5), Maryland (1), Michigan (4), Mississippi (1), Montana (1), North Carolina (3), New Hampshire (1), New Jersey (3), New York (7), Ohio (1), Oklahoma (2), Oregon (1), Pennsylvania (5), Rhode Island (2), South Carolina (1), Tennessee (1), Texas (2), Utah (1), Virginia (4), Washington (3), Wisconsin (1), West Virginia (3).

CDC offers the following advice to consumers, restaurants and retailers

  • Do not eat recalled Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal. Check your home for the recalled cereal and throw it away, or return it to the place of purchase for a refund.
    • Even if some of the cereal was eaten and no one got sick, throw the rest of it away or return it for a refund.
    • If you store cereal in another container without the packaging and don’t remember the brand or type, throw it away.
    • Thoroughly wash the container with warm, soapy water before using it again, to remove harmful germs that could contaminate other food.
  • Contact a healthcare provider if you think you got sick from consuming recalled Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal
  • Retailers should not sell or serve recalled Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal.

The recalled cereal – especially in the 15.3-oz size – was in wide distribution across the USA. As of June 15, the following retailers have posted their own recall notices and product alerts. Please follow the links to access your retailer’s web site. This is not a comprehensive list, as some retailers are faster to respond than others.

Big Y
Brookshires
Department of Defense Commissary Agency – both 15.3-oz and 23-oz package sizes
Food City
Food Lion
Giant Food
Hannaford
Harris Teeter
Kroger Group – Kroger stores located in Georgia; South Carolina; Auburn, Alabama; Greater Cincinnati (including Northern Kentucky and Dayton, Ohio plus South Eastern Indiana); Central and Northwest Ohio; Northwestern Virginia panhandle; Michigan; Indiana (except SE Indiana, -Evansville-); Illinois; Eastern Missouri;  Hopkinsville and Bowling Green, Kentucky; Nashville and Knoxville, Tennessee; Huntsville, Alabama; Greater Memphis area, Tennessee; Arkansas; Mississippi; Western Kentucky; Jay-C, Roundy’s Wisconsin, Dillons, King Soopers, Fry’s, Kwik Stop, Fred Meyer, Ralphs, Food 4 Less, Foods Co, QFC, Smiths
Lucky
Martin’s
Meijer
Price Chopper
Publix
Rite Aid
Save Mart
Schnucks
ShopRite
Stop & Shop
Super 1 Foods
Target
Walmart