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

  • Food Safety Recall: C.W. Hendrix Farms, Inc. (Boca Raton, FL) recalls fresh cucumbers distributed from its facility between May 6 and May 13, 2011, because the cucumbers may be contaminated with Salmonella. The recalled produce was distributed to retailers (including Giant Eagle) and for food service distribution.
  • Food Safety Advisory (Washington): The Department of Health has issued a fish consumption advisory for carp from the lower part of the Okanogan River. Health officials recommend that people who fish the lower Okanogan limit their carp intake to one meal per month, due to the presence of harmful chemical contaminants in that part of the river.
  • Outbreak Alert (Canada/Alaska): CDC reports that 113 passengers (5.5%) and 12 crew members (1.4%) aboard the Sea Princess (Princess Cruises) are reported to have suffered vomiting and diarrhea during the May 20-30, 2011 cruise. Environmental Health officers with CDC’s Vessel Sanitation Program boarded the ship on its arrival in Juneau, Alaska on May 24th to conduct a health assessment. Stool samples from ill passengers have been submitted to Health Canada labs. The cause of the outbreak has not yet been established.
  • Outbreak Alert (Alaska): CDC reports that 104 passengers (5.1%) and 9 crew members (0.98%) aboard the Celebrity Millennium (Celebrity Cruises) are reported to have suffered vomiting and diarrhea during the May 20-27, 2011 Alaska cruise.

Canada

  • Food Safety Recall: Kuo Hua Trading Company Ltd. recalls certain Possmei brand and Trojan brand juices and jams, because the products may contain the chemical Di-Ethyl Hexyl Phthalate (DEHP). The recalled products were distributed to retailers, and to food service operations (hotel/restaurant/institution) in British Columbia and Ontario.
  • Food Safety Recall: Tasty Enterprises recalls Tasty brand syrups, because the products may contain DEHP. The recalled products were distributed to hotels, restaurants and institutions in Ontario.
  • Food Safety Recall: KO & C Enterprises Ltd. recalls Sheng Hsiang Jen brand Fruit Jelly Aloe Vera and Fruit Jelly assorted, because the products may contain DEHP. The recalled items were distributed to retailers in Alberta, British Columbia and Manitoba.
  • Food Safety Recall: Sysco Central Ontario, Inc. recalls C.W. Hendrix Farms, Inc. Cucumber – Super Select (24-count; code #141 6 126 47935141 9 129 47975), because the produce may be contaminated with Salmonella. The recalled cucumbers, which were imported from Florida, were distributed to hotels, restaurants and institutions in Ontario
  • Food Safety Recall: Subzi Mandi Cash & Carry recalls A-One Products Pan Gilori, 75g due to the presence of unspecified non-permitted food ingredients. The recalled products were sold in retail stores in Ontario.

Europe

Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands

  • Food Safety Recall (Taiwan): The Ministry of Health has issued a “stop sale” order for sport drinks, fruit juices, tea drinks, fruit jam/fruit nectar/fruit jelly, and food in tablet, capsule or powder form that might be contaminated with the carcinogenic plasticizer DEHP, and has ordered a recall of all affected products.
  • Outbreak Alert (Hong Kong): The Centre for Health Protection is investigating four suspected cases of ciguatoxin poisoning cases affecting nine people who have consumed coral reef fish.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Food Safety Advisory Update (New Zealand): Following an investigation, the Ministry of Agriculture and Food has cleared Kiaora New Zealand, marketers of Heitiki infant formula, of any food safety and export regulations concerns.

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 web site.

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