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: Mama LaRosa Foods, Inc. (Taylor, MI) recalls Mama LaRosa, SOFO, Derby, and Flavor Peak Italian Style Dough Balls for use as pizza dough or bread sticks and SOFO Supreme 1 Italian Style Dough Balls for use as pizza dough or bread sticks, because the products contain undeclared wheat and milk. Please navigate via the live link to view the list of affected lot numbers. The recalled products were distributed in Michigan, Indiana, Louisiana, Florida, Pennsylvania and Ohio.
  • Allergy Alert: Unilever United States, Inc. (Englewood Cliffs, NJ) recalls Popsicle® brand Sugar Free Orange, Cherry and Grape flavored ice pops (24-count; Date codes OCT0312GCD, OCT0412GCD, OCT0512GCD, OCT0612GCD and OCT0712GCD), due to the presence of undeclared milk. Due to an error, the boxes contain Popsicle® brand Sugar Free Healthy Bunch® Fudgsicle® and Creamsicle® ice pops. The recalled products were distributed in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin.
  • Food Safety Recall/Outbreak Alert: McNees Meats and Wholesale LLC (North Branch, MI) recalls McNees Ground Beef Bulk (36 – 10 lb. bags; Est 33971; Produced July 15 and July 21, 2011) because the product may be contaminated with E. coli O157:NM. The recalled products which were sold to restaurants in Armada, Lapeer and North Branch, MI and also from McNees retail store, have been linked to nine confirmed and probable cases of Shiga-toxin producing E. coli illnesses in Lapeer, Genesse, Isabella and Sanilac counties in Michigan. Six of the nine victims were hospitalized.
  • Food Safety Recall/Outbreak Alert: Island Sea Farms Inc. (Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada) recalls raw mussels packed in 40 lb cases containing 8 x 5 lb. bags (Saltspring Island Mussels Aquacultured Edulis Mussels – 5 lbs. All lots including Lot #289), because the mussels have been linked to cases of Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning in Canada. The mussels were distributed in California, Hawaii and Washington states.
  • Food Safety Recall: Specialty Commodities, Inc. (Fargo, ND) recalls Organic Spinach Flakes (10Kg net; Product of China; Lot #SF11001 and #37582), because the product is contaminated with Salmonella.
  • Food Safety Recall/Outbreak Alert Update: USDA issues updated retail distribution list for ground turkey recalled by Cargill Meat Solutions Corporation due to contamination with antibiotic-resistant Salmonella Heidelberg. The recalled meat has been linked to a 31-state outbreak of illness that has affected 107 people and killed one.
  • Outbreak Alert: Patrons of the Olive Garden restaurant at 234 North McPherson Church Road who visited the restaurant on or before August 8, 2011 may have been exposed to a restaurant employee who was diagnosed with a hepatitis A viral infection. The Cumberland County Public Health Department has administered approximately 1,450 doses of Hepatitis A immunizations since Tuesday (August 9th), and is continuing to offer the immunization to restaurant patrons. Please refer to the County’s News Release for details on who is eligible for the immunization.
  • Outbreak Alert: The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating a cluster of five acute hepatitis A virus infections in Northern Lincoln County. Two cases have been confirmed. The index case reported recent international travel; the other four individuals had close contact with the first patient.

Canada

  • Allergy Alert: Taibah Group Inc. recalls Simba Mbili Virani Curry Powder, 100g (Sell by 31 Oct 2012; Batch 19 11), due to the presence of undeclared gluten.
  • Allergy Alert: Dorgel Ltd. recalls Farm Boy Mango Sorbet, 700 mL (Lot 1611, BB 12-06-10), due to the presence of undeclared milk.
  • Food Safety Recall: Thrifty Foods recalls several Sterling Silver brand ground beef products (Best Before August 11, 2011), because they may contain small pieces of metal and plastic. The recalled ground beef products were sold only at Thrifty Foods, Store #8-Colwood, 1860 Island Highway, Victoria, BC.
  • Food Safety Recall/Outbreak Alert: The Public Health Agency of Canada and Canadian Food Inspection Agency are investigating a multi-provincial outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses. The illnesses have been linked to consumption of White Valley brand Grain Fed Veal Liver products, which were distributed in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec. White Veal Meat Packers Ltd. (Est. 412) has recalled the implicated products.
  • Outbreak Alert Update: Raw mussels from Salt Spring Island, contaminated with Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning biotoxin, have sickened 50 people.

Europe

Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands

  • Food Safety Alert (Saudi Arabia): The Saudi Food & Drug Authority warns the public that laboratory analysis of potable drinking water samples from Athiba Water Limited Company Factory and Manahil Al Qassim Health Water Factory revealed excessive levels of Bromate in the water samples.
  • Food Recall (Israel): Coca-Cola Israel recalls Diet Kinley Mandarin flavored beverages (1.5-liter bottles), because the beverages contain undeclared Phenylalanine.
  • Chinese Medicine Safety Alert (Hong Kong): The Department of Health (DH) today (August 10) urges members of the public not to buy or use three proprietary Chinese medicines (pCms) named [LuShenPai] Specific Hou Ton Qing (HTQ) (registration no.: HKP-01694; batch no.:100601), [Chung Lien] Bi Yan Pian (BYP) (registration no.: HKP-00241; batch no.:48911004), and [AA] Pe Min Kan Wan (PMKW) (registration no.: HKP-13005; batch no.: 1495), as DH’s drug surveillance programme found them to contain excessive amount of heavy metals.
  • Outbreak Alert (Hong Kong): The Centre for Health Protection is investigating a cluster of 14 food poisoning illnesses. The victims had lunch during a private party at a private clubhouse in Tsim Sha Tsui.

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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