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: Miss Bonnie’s Gourmet LLC recalls Miss Bonnie’s Gourmet Classic Cheddar Cheese Spread (8 oz glass jars; Best by December 23, 2011; Batch code 0116206G113; distributed between 8/1/11 and 8/10/11), because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella. The recalled product was distributed to Kroger Stores in Roanoke, Virginia; Cincinnati, Ohio; Louisville, Kentucky; and Memphis, Tennessee.
  • Food Recall: T. Marzetti recalls Cardini’s Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing (12 oz; Best by 041312K & 061512K), Girard’s Light Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette, and White Balsamic Vinaigrette (12 oz; Best by 050612K to 060512K) and Marzetti Italian Blue Cheese Vinaigrette, Light Raspberry Cabernet Vinaigrette, Strawberry Chardonnay Vinaigrette, and White Balsamic Vinaigrette (12 oz; Best by 012012K to 030912K), due to premature spoilage as a result of yeast growth.
  • Food Safety Alert/Recall: Washington State Department of Health warns the public that Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning (DSP) biotoxin has been detected in shellfish from the Sequim Bay area. Sequim Bay has been closed to commercial and recreational shellfish harvesting, and the public is urged not to eat shellfish from that area until further notice. All commercially sold products from the area dating back to August 1st have been recalled and accounted for. DSP biotoxin is heat-stable and cannot be destroyed by cooking the shellfish.
  • Outbreak Alert: The Bellevue Patch reports that county health inspectors closed the Marinepolis Sushi Land in downtown Bellevue after two separate cases of Salmonella were linked back to the restaurant.
  • Food Safety Recall/Outbreak Alert Update: Fresh strawberries from Jaquith Strawberry Farm in Newberg, Oregon have been identified as the source of an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 that has expanded to at least 15 people. Seven of the outbreak victims were hospitalized and one elderly woman in Washington County died from kidney failure. Please follow this live link to the list of locations known to have sold strawberries from Jaquith Strawberry Farm. If you purchased strawberries from one of these locations during the indicated dates and have any left over (perhaps in your freezer), please destroy them.


  • Allergy Alert (Belgium): La société Générale de Conserve recalls Saint Eloi brand Légumes pour couscous (800g can; Best before 30/11/2013 and 30/11/2014; Lot codes beginning with R2H and N2H), due to the presence of undeclared celery. The recalled product was sold in Intermarché and Ecomarché stores.
  • Outbreak Alert Update (UK): The Salmonella Enteritidis Phage Type 14b outbreak linked to consumption of eggs imported from Spain has grown to 221 confirmed cases, mostly from North West England (104), the West Midlands (36) and the East Midlands (26). The implicated eggs all were produced from a single shed on one Spanish poultry farm. The farm has culled the flock of hens, cleaned the shed and heat-treated the remaining eggs to destroy Salmonella.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2011.1091): Dioxins and dioxin-like PCBs in parsley stipes from Egypt; distributed to Germany.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2011.1092): Listeria monocytogenes in salami from Italy; distributed to Germany.
  • Allergy Alert Notification (EU #2011.1093): Undeclared gluten in seeds mixture packaged in Italy; distributed to Gibraltar and the United Kingdom.
  • Allergy Alert Notification (EU #2011.1094): Undeclared peanut in vanilla ice cream from Poland; distributed to the Czech Republic.
  • Animal Feed Safety Notification (EU #2011.1095): Salmonella Mbandaka in soybean meal from Italy; distributed to Austria.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2011.1096): Benzo(a)pyrene and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in sesame (peeled) from Nigeria; distributed to Austria, Germany and Spain.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2011.1097): E. coli in mussels from Italy; distributed to the Czech Republic; Italy, Slovakia and Slovenia.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2011.1098): Pseudomonas aeruginosa in still spring water from Poland; distributed to Poland.

Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands

  • Pharmaceutical Product Safety Recall (Hong Kong): GlaxoSmithKline Ltd. recalls Coldrex+C Tablet 20’s (Batch No. XPN161R), because the Chinese-language dosing instructions contain an error.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Allergy Alert (Australia): Coles Supermarkets Australia Pty Ltd. recalls Coles Bakery Fresh Sticky Date Cookies (4-pak; Best before 11 AUG 11 to 16 AUG 11, inclusive), due to the presence of undeclared peanuts. The recalled product was sold at a single Coles Supermarket in Rosebud, VIC.
  • Health Alert (Australia): The Victoria Department of Health warns the public that some Ayurvedic medicines imported from India have been found to contain high levels of lead. The department has received notifications of three cases of elevated blood lead levels in the past 18 months in patients who use traditional Ayurvedic medicines from India.

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.