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: The Christie Cookie Company recalls The Cookie by DoubleTree Cookie Gift Tins (13.5, 27, 33.75, and 54-oz) and DoubleTree Anniversary Special containing two 6-Cookie Gift Tins (27-oz), because the products contain undeclared eggs, soy lecithin, wheat and milk. The recalled products were distributed throughout the USA via direct mail and sold directly to consumers at DoubleTree hotels.
  • Food Safety Recall: JB Meats (Cincinnati, OH) recalls 72,800 pounds of ground beef (Ohio Department of Agriculture Est. 1188; Production dates August 18, 2010 through August 18, 2011), because the meat may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. Consumption of the ground beef on July 16 and 17, 2011 may be the cause of two cases of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses reported by the Cincinnati Health Department.
  • Food Safety Recall: Atlanta Oriental Food Wholesale Company (Atlanta, GA) recalls Cut Napa Kimchi (1 gal plastic containers and 5-gal buckets; Lot #56090959), because the product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Production has been suspended while the source of the contamination is under investigation.
  • Food Safety Recall: Vantage Foods (Lenoir, NC) recalls Lowe’s Foods fresh ground beef 93/7 (2-lb trays; USDA Est. 34176; Sell-by 8/29/11), after a consumer reports pieces of blue plastic in the product. The recalled ground beef was distributed to retail outlets in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.
  • Consumer Product Safety Recall: Macy’s Merchandising Group (New York, NY) recalls Martha Stewart Collection™ Enamel Cast Iron Casseroles (7-qt, 5.5-qt and 2.75-qt; manufactured in China), because the enamel coating on the cast iron casseroles can crack or break during use, posing a risk of laceration or burns. The recalled casseroles were sold at Macy’s stores and AAFES, MCX and NEX locations nationwide, and on macys.com between June 2007 and June 2011.

Canada

  • Allergy Alert: Marie et ses plats inc. (Saint-Eustache, QC) recalls several entrées (see recall notice for details), because the products may contain undeclared milk, soy, anchovies, wheat or sulphites.

Europe

Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands

  • Dietary Supplement Safety Alert (Hong Kong): The Department of Health advises the public not to buy or consume unknown or doubtful slimming products from the Internet as they may contain undeclared drug ingredients that are dangerous to health. Laboratory tests conducted on the slimming products Tianran Zuanshi Xianweisu and Paidusu revealed the presence of the banned ingredients sibutramine and phenolphthalein, as well as thyroxine.
  • Allergy Alert Notification (EU #2011.1118): Undeclared milk ingredient in dark chocolate chip cookies from the United Kingdom; distributed to Denmark, Singapore and the United Kingdom.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Food Safety Recall (Australia): Rafferty’s Garden Pty Ltd. recalls Rafferty’s Garden Italian Lasagne Premium Baby Food 10 months+ (170g tear-top packet; Best before 26/MAY/12 and 03/JUN/12), because the product may contain plastic pieces. The recalled baby food was sold in Coles and Woolworths supermarkets across Australia.

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 web site.

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