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New E. coli O121 outbreak in Canada sickens six

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Six residents of British Columbia were infected with E. coli O121 between February and April 2017, according to a report issued last Friday by the BC Centre for Disease Control (BC CDC).

Lab tests on a sample of flour recovered from the home of one of the victims revealed the presence of a strain of E. coli O121 that was genetically identical to the strain found in the six outbreak victims. Neither the flour nor the microbe are a match to the nationwide outbreak of E. coli O121 illnesses that has been simmering in Canada since last fall.

The flour suspected of being behind the most recent outbreak was identified by BC CDC as “Rogers all-purpose flour in a 10kg bag with the lot number MFD 17 Jan 19 C” and was sold in Costco stores beginning in January 2017.

According to the Company’s website, Rogers Foods Ltd. mills its own flour in two locations: Armstrong and Chilliwack, BC. Its products are distributed across Western Canada and into Ontario.

In a statement posted on May 20th on its website, Rogers Foods Ltd. acknowledged the positive test result, while emphasizing that the microbe was found in a bag of flour that had already been opened. The Company also indicated that the production lot from which the E. coli O121 had been recovered was sold exclusively in Costco Wholesale stores in British Columbia.

According to a spokesperson for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), the BC CDC has formed a BC Outbreak Investigation Coordinating Committee. CFIA is participating in the investigation by carrying out an inspection of the manufacturing facility, while also conducting tests of flour samples drawn from the production date corresponding to the postive sample reported by the BC CDC.

As of this evening, no formal product recall has been announced. Nevertheless, BC CDC is recommending that consumers dispose of Rogers All-Purpose Flour (10kg bag; Lot #MFD 17 Jan 19 C) as a precaution.

 

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Recalls and Alerts: May 15 – 20, 2017

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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

Allergy Alert: Wang GlobalNet recalls Fish Cake, Fish Ball, and Fish Tofu (see recall notice for item and lot identification codes) due to undeclared eggs and wheat.

Allergy Alert: Italian Gluten Free Food Cl recalls Chef Luca’s LASAGNA AL FORNO BAKED CHEESE LASAGNA (15 oz/425g portion; Lot Nos. 0387, 0527, 0547 and 1147; Expiration dates (respectively) 02/07/2018, 02/21/2018, 02/23/2018 and 04/24/2018) due to undeclared egg.

Allergy Alert: The Arabella Station Whole Foods Market store (New Orleans, LA) recalls packaged oatmeal chocolate chip cookies (pkg of 18; best-by date of May 19, 2017) due to undeclared walnuts.

Food Safety Recall: John Morrell and Co. recalls Nathan’s SKINLESS 8 BEEF FRANKS (14-oz pkg; Use By Aug. 19, 2017; Est. 296) and Curtis BEEF MASTER Beef Franks (16-oz pkg; Use By June 15, 2017; Est. 296) due to possible foreign matter (metal objects) contamination.

Food Safety Recall: BrightFarms recalls various packaged salad products (see recall notice for details) due to potential presence of metal as a result of construction at its Elkwood, Virginia (Culpeper County) greenhouse farm. The recalled products were supplied to Giant Landover, Giant Carlisle, Peapod and Martin’s Food Markets in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, West Virginia and Washington, D.C. and may also have been distributed via the Capital Area Food Bank.

Food Safety Recall: The Osso Good Co. (San Rafael, CA) recalls THE OSSO GOOD CO, BEEF BONE BROTH, GRASS FED, PASTURE RAISED, NON GMO, HORMONE FREE, THE OSSO GOOD CO, SPICY PORK BONE BROTH Pastured pork bone broth with a touch of heat, and THE OSSO GOOD CO, SIMPLY BEEF BROTH, AIP COMPLIANT BONE BROTH, GRASS FED, PASTURE RAISED, NON GMO, HORMONE FREE (20 fluid oz.), because the products were manufactured without benefit of inspection. The recalled items were shipped to retail stores in Arizona, California, Colorado, New York and Washington.

Food Safety Recall: Global Garlic Inc. recalls De Mi Pais brand Queso Fresco Whole Milk Cheese (16-oz plastic bag; Exp. September 19, 2017) due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The recalled product was sold in retail stores in Ft. Lauderdale and Miami (Florida) and Fairdale, KY.

Food Safety Recall: Henning’s Cheese recalls Colby Jack cheese (Date code 1005; sold on or after April 10, 2017 in one and two pound blocks) due to a temporary pasteurizer malfunction.

Food Safety Recall: La Nica Products, Inc. recalls Quesos de la Costa Arrocero Queso Duro Blando Hard White Morolique (Lot #254; Expiry date August 31, 2017; UPC 8 52304 74023 2) due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

Public Health Alert: USDA/FSIS issues Public Health Alert for approximately 424 pounds of raw veal products imported from the Netherlands that may be contaminated with E. coli O103. Please refer to the official notice for details.

Canada

Outbreak Alert (British Columbia): The BC Centre for Disease Control reports an outbreak of six cases of E. coli O121 illnesses in the province. The outbreak strain was recovered from a sample of Rogers All-Purpose Flour (10kg bag; lot number MFD 17 Jan 19 C) retrieved from one of the six outbreak victims. The flour was sold at Costco stores in British Columbia beginning in January 2017. This is a different strain of E. coli O121 from the one that has now sickened 29 individuals in six provinces and one visitor to Canada since November 2016.

Allergy Alert: AJ International Trading (2372761 Ontario Inc.) recalls Dried Lily Flower (110g; Exp. 20/11/2018; UPC 6 959899 320239) due to undeclared sulfites.

Allergy Alert: 3296123 Nova Scotia Ltd. recalls various Rick’s Subs brand sandwich products (see recall notice for details) due to undeclared mustard and soy.

Allergy Alert: Uncle T’s Foods Inc. recalls various imported corn snacks (see recall notice for details) due to undeclared peanut, wheat, gluten, egg and soy.

Allergy Alert: Pâtisserie Dolci Piu Fontainebleau (Blainville, QC) recalls Meat Lasagna and Vegetarian Lasagna due to undeclared wheat, eggs and milk.

Food Safety Recall: Simmer International inc. recalls Smoked trout (see recall notice for details) because the product may be unsafe for consumption.

Europe

Allergy Alert (Czech Republic): Iceland Czech a.s. recalls Birds Eye – “Made with 100% fish fillet (224g pkg; Best by 07 / 2018; Batch code 61-02 A L7010CL066) due to misleading labeling and undeclared allergens (mustard and milk protein).

Allergy Alert (Denmark): Dansk Supermarked A/S recalls Budget Mysli Morgenknas (400g; Best by 9/10-2017) due to a packaging error and undeclared soy lecithin.

Allergy Alert (Denmark): AcuPharma Aps recalls PureBiotic Premium & PureBiotic Kvinde (PureBiotic Female) Lactic Acid Bacteria (UPC 6312579250040 and 6312579250033; all package sizes and lot codes) due to undeclared milk.

Allergy Alert (Northern Ireland): Musgrave Retail Partners NI recalls Gourmet Cheese & Bacon Burgers (620g/4-pack; All ‘use by’ dates) due to undeclared soy.

Allergy Alert (Sweden): Carolines kök/Carolines Kitchen recalls Kycklingspett Teriyaki/Chicken Pepper Teriyaki (Lots 19-05-2017, 20-05-2017, 23-05-2017, 24-05-2017, 25-05-2017, 26-05-2017, 27-05-2017 and 30-05-2017) due to undeclared celery and mustard.

Food Safety Recall (Denmark): Unifood Import A/S recalls Melisa brand Capers in glass jars (105 mL; Expiry 09/03-2018; Lot No. 1415Unifoo7) due to possible contamination with small nails.

Food Safety Recall (Denmark): Kohberg Bakery Group A/S recalls Burger buns (see recall notice for product details) due to possible contamination with small pieces of blue rubber.

Food Safety Recall (Germany): Landschlachthof Mühlberg GmbH & Co. KG recalls Teewurst sausages (Sold from 26.04.2017 to 10.05.2017) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Germany): Kaufland Warenhandel Südwest GmbH & Co. KG recalls K-Classic Premium Gherkins with fine spices (190g and 330g jars; Expiry date 31.12.2020) due to possible contamination with fine particles of glass.

Food Safety Recall (Sweden): ICA recalls ICA bredbar leverpastej/liver pie (200g; Best before 2017-06-12) due to potential for bacterial growth.

Food Safety Recall (UK): SPAR recalls SPAR Chicken Tikka Chunks (140g; Use by 19 May 2017) because the product may contain small pieces of glass.

Food Safety Recall (UK): William Santus & Co recalls Uncle Joe’s Liquorice & Aniseed Extra Strong Mints (35g; Expiry 30 June 2018; Lot #TC16015) as the product may contain small pieces of metal.

Food Recall (Denmark): Irma A/S recalls Irma Organic Apple Juice with Raspberries (750 mL; Best by  19.05.2017) due to fermentation risk.

Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands

Food Safety Recall (Israel): Dal Food Services Ltd. (1997) Ltd. recalls TONY MARKET, NAM SAUSAGE (200g; Expiry date 25.06.17) due to Salmonella contamination.

Australia and New Zealand

Food Safety Recall (New Zealand): European Foods Ltd recalls various Ghiotti brand Mozzarella cheeses (see recall notice for details) due to incorrect date marking.

 

Some supermarket chains post recall notices on their web sites for the convenience of customers. To see whether a recalled food was carried by your favorite supermarket, follow the live link to the supermarket’s recall website.

*The Kroger umbrella encompasses numerous supermarket, marketplace and convenience store chains
**Includes Safeway, Vons, Pavilions, Dominick’s, Genuardi’s, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Carrs and Pak N’ Save.

Recalls and Alerts: May 8 – 14, 2017

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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

Allergy Alert: Lamb Weston recalls Red Robin Crispy Onion Rings (14 oz; Sell By OCT 28 2018 and OCT 29 2018; Package codes 6906711841 HH:MM and 6906711941 HH:MM) due to undeclared milk.

Allergy Alert: A.S.K. Foods, Inc. recalls Wegmans Family Pack Food You Feel Good About Potato Salad (48 oz; SELL BY: 5/7/17 3379-4; UPC 77890 24678) due to undeclared egg.

Allergy Alert: Mikawaya recalls Mikawaya Brand Chocolate Chocolate Mochi Ice Cream (LOT 090-17; UPC 070934990609) due to undeclared peanuts.

Allergy Alert: Ford Brothers Wholesale Meats, Inc. recalls MINEO & SAPIO BEEF PATTIES due to undeclared soy. Please refer to the recall notice for additional information.

Allergy Alert: Chef Luca’s Italian Gluten Free Foods recalls House of Balsamic Baked Cheese Lasagna (15 oz; UPC 85573100311; All codes) due to undeclared egg.

Food Safety Recall: Horton Fruit Co. recalls Harris Teeter Farmer’s Market fresh leaf spinach (10 oz.; UPC 7203688023; Best If Used By: 5/11/2017) due to potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall: Green Chile Food Company (Las Cruces, NM) recalls various ready-to-eat (RTE) meat and poultry frozen burrito products due to potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall: Valley Innovative Services recalls various meat and poultry frozen entrée products due to potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall: Fourth Street Barbecue Inc. Packing Division recalls Save-A-Lot  Pick 5 Mix & Match Chicken & Waffle Sandwich (14.4 oz; UPC 051933353664) due to potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

Food Safety Recall: Trident Seafoods Corporation recalls Trident Seafoods frozen Multi-Grain Alaskan Cod (12 oz; UPC 0 28029 21048 4) because they may contain small pieces of plastic. Please refer to the recall notice for a list of affected lot codes. The recalled products are sold at Albertsons, Amazon, Cub Foods, Jewel, Morey’s, Plaza Extra, Shaw’s, Shoprite, Sprouts, SUPERVALU, and Woodman’s retailers.

Food Safety Recall: NY Livestock Market, Inc. (Brooklyn, NY) recalls NY LIVESTOCK MARKET, INC. BUDDHIST RELIGIOUS EXEMPT (4.9-lb. young whole chickens, with head and feet intact; Produced and packaged April 10, 2017) due to contamination with the antibiotic residue nitrofurazone. The recalled chickens were shipped to restaurants and retail locations in New York state.

Food Safety Recall: Kabob’s Acquisition, Inc. recalls Kabobs MONTE CRISTO TURKEY BREAST, HAM AND CHEESE SANDWICH (13.25-lb. bulk cases; Case codes: PM14E27, PM14H14, PM14J10, PM14E01, PM14E12, PM14E13, PM15C26, PM15E06, PM15G23, PM14L18, PM15A08, PM15C26, PM15K20, PM16B08, PM16B09, PM16F22, PM16F24, and PM17B01) due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall: Publix Super Markets recalls Publix Deli Artichoke and Spinach Dip (16 oz; Use-by-dates of  May 16 A1 and May 16 C1) due to the possibility of the product containing small glass fragments.

Food Safety Recall: Aldi and Dutch Packing Co. recall Garcia Brand Beef Smoked Sausage (1.75 lb box; Best by 06/19/17 and 06/26/17; UPC 054912200201) as the product may be contaminated with extraneous materials.

Food Safety Recall: Publix recalls Salmon Florentine Gratin and Scallops Florentine Gratin seafood ready-to-cook products made with Publix Deli Artichoke and Spinach Dip due to the possibility of the product containing small glass fragments.

Food Safety Recall: Tyson Foods recalls Hillshire Brands Chef Pierre® Quiche due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The recalled product was supplied to food service distributors, including US Foods.

Canada

Allergy Alert: Kaspol Trading Inc. recalls Knorr brand Goracy kubek zurek z grzankami (17g; Product codes 01/2017, 08/2016, 11/2014; UPC 7 12100 86693 7) and Knorr brand Ekspresowy barszcz bialy (45g; Product code 03/2017; UPC 7 12566 13077 1) due to undeclared milk.

Allergy Alert: Loblaw Companies Limited recalls PC Blue Menu brand Buttermilk Protein Pancake Mix (340g; All codes; UPC 0 60383 18131 4) and PC Blue Menu brand Apple Cinnamon Flavour Protein Pancake Mix (340g; All codes; 0 60383 18132 1), because the lupin pulse flour ingredient may produce a reaction in individuals who are allergic to peanuts.

Allergy Alert: Canada Herb recalls fresh longans (variable package sizes; no product codes) due to undeclared sulphites. Please refer to the recall notice for a list of retailers.

Allergy Alert: Pêcherie Manicouagan inc. (Baie-Comeau, QC) recalls various prepared dishes due to undeclared mustard. Please refer to the recall notice for details.

Food Safety Advisory: Le Lunch Box (Montreal, QC) advises the public not to eat or serve certain products sold by the enterprise, as these products may have been manufactured or stored in a way that would render them unsafe. Please refer to the recall notice for additional details.

Food Safety Recall: Newmarket Meat Packers Limited recalls All veal cuts that could be used as precursor material (Packed-on dates from March 22 to April 11, 2017) due to potential E. coli O157:H7 contamination. The recalled products were supplied to restaurant/hotel/institutional customers in Ontario.

Food Safety Recall: Tiny Tummies Baby Food Inc. recalls Tiny Tummies Scarlett’s Sweet Beets Blend Baby Food (156g; Product codes 1170228, 1170308, and 1170319; UPC 6 27843 70826 1) due to potential presence of whole pits or pit pieces.

Food Safety Recall: Industry recalls various pie and tart shells due to potential E. coli O121 contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a detailed list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall: The New Food Box recalls Tart Shells (All units sold from December 22, 2016 up to and including May 9, 2017) due to potential E. coli O121 contamination.

Food Safety Recall: Industry recalls certain ground and tenderized meat products (see recall notice for a detailed list of affected products) due to potential E. coli O157:H7 contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Update): Industry updates recall of certain ground and tenderized meat products to include additional products (see recall notice for a detailed list) due to potential E. coli O157:H7 contamination.

Food Safety Recall: DOM International Limited recalls Kelly Oysters brand Gigas Oysters (70-90g; Product code 17-MA-05; Sold from May 7 to May 12, 2017, inclusively) due to presence of domoic acid, a marine biotoxin. The recalled oysters were sold at certain stores in Quebec and Ontario. Please refer to the recall notice for a list of retailers.

Food Safety Recall: Maple Leaf Foods recalls various breaded chicken products (please see recall notice for details) because they may contain the toxin produced by Staphylococcus bacteria.

Food Recall (spoilage): Renée’s Gourmet Foods Inc. recalls Renée’s Gourmet Caesar Dressing and Dip (see recall notice for package sizes and affected product codes) due to mould spoilage.

Food Safety Recall (Update): Longo Brothers Fruit Market Inc. recalls certain Longo’s brand ground meat products due to potential E. coli O157:H7 contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Europe

Allergy Alert (Finland): Oy Semper Ab recalls Semper Moussaka (120g; all production lots from previous six months) due to undeclared rice.

Allergy Alert (Ireland): Aldi recalls The Pantry brand Madagascan Vanilla Extract (38 mL; batch L 7058; ‘best-before’ date 12/12/17 ) due to undeclared almonds.

Allergy Alert (UK): Aldi recalls The Pantry brand Madagascan Vanilla Extract (38 mL; Best before 12 December 2017; Lot code L7058) due to undeclared almonds.

Food Safety Recall (Belgium): Colruyt recalls Chicken Salsa (150g; Sold from 4/5 to 9/5/2017 inclusive; Expiry date 30/5/2017) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Belgium): Nonna recalls Penne Pesto Chicken Salad (250g; Lot #171240392; Expiry date 15/05/2017) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Denmark): Danish Crown recalls Velsmag hakket oksekød / minced beef products (various package weights and fat content; Expiry date 16 / 5-2017) due to possible Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Denmark): Dagrofa ApS recalls Dried Spanish Figs (500g; Lot 309;  Best before 31/7-2017) due to the presence of aflatoxin in excess of legal limits.

Food Safety Recall (Germany): Continental Foods recalls Erasco Bowl brand Sliced Pork in Forest Mushroom Sauce with Red Cabbage and Spätzle (Lot L468 1412M1; Expiry date 06.2018) as the product may be contaminated with small particles of glass.

Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands

Allergy Alert (Hong Kong): Family Farm Organics Limited recalls Family Farm Organics brand Organic Coconut Milk Powder (2 kg pkg; Product of Indonesia) due to undeclared milk.

Food Safety Recall:

Australia and New Zealand

Allergy Alert: Lotus & Ming Pty Ltd. recalls Lotus & Ming Baby Whiting (250g; Best before 20.04.19) due to undeclared egg and milk. The recalled product was sold at small grocery stores in NSW, VIC and David Jones (NSW only).

Food Safety Recall: CP Merchandising Co Ltd recalls CP Authentic Asia Prawn Wonton Ramen with Green Choy Sum (305g; Best before 30 07 2018) due to the presence of foreign matter (plastic). The recalled product was sold at Coles and Woolworths supermarkets nationally.

Latin America and the Caribbean

Food Safety Recall:

Some supermarket chains post recall notices on their web sites for the convenience of customers. To see whether a recalled food was carried by your favorite supermarket, follow the live link to the supermarket’s recall website.

*The Kroger umbrella encompasses numerous supermarket, marketplace and convenience store chains
**Includes Safeway, Vons, Pavilions, Dominick’s, Genuardi’s, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Carrs and Pak N’ Save.