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

  • Medical Device Safety Recall: CooperVision, a subsidiary of The Cooper Companies (Pleasanton, CA) recalls certain lots of Avaira® Toric contact lenses, because of the unintended presence of a residue on certain lenses. The problem was discovered as a result of a “small number of complaints” of temporary hazy vision. According to the Hong Kong Department of Health, this recall extends also to BioComfort XO Toric contact lenses, and affects lenses sold in the USA, Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy and Spain.

Canada

  • Allergy Alert: Far East North America Food Ltd. (Richmond, BC) recalls Trung Nguyen brand G7 Coffee (24 x 16g outer pkg/16g inner pouch; NSX: 15.03.2011 20 or 21; HSD: 15.03.2013 T1), because the product contains undeclared milk. The recalled product was distributed in Alberta and British Columbia.
  • Food Safety Recall: Beverly Meats (1995) Ltd. (Edmonton, AB) expands its earlier recall to include all ready-to-eat meat products sold from Beverly Meats from August 4th up to and including August 17, 2011, because the meats may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The recalled meat products were sold only at Beverly Meats (1995) Ltd. located at 4018 – 118 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta.
  • Food Recall: Olympic Dairy Products Inc. recalls Krema Thick and Rich Yogurt Greek Style(100g; Code date 2011 SE 13), due to microbiological
  • Medical Device Safety Recall: CooperVision, a subsidiary of The Cooper Companies (Pleasanton, CA) recalls certain lots of Avaira® Toric contact lenses, because of the unintended presence of a residue on certain lenses. The problem was discovered as a result of a “small number of complaints” of temporary hazy vision. According to the Hong Kong Department of Health, this recall extends also to BioComfort XO Toric contact lenses, and affects lenses sold in the USA, Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy and Spain.

Europe

  • Food Safety Recall (Greece): Carrefour Greece recalls several types of chocolate bars after insect larvae were detected in the products sampled from the company’s Cyprus operation.
  • Food Safety Recall (Finland): Raisio Nutrition Ltd. recalls Anni Helena wheat flour (2-kg bag; Best before 29/07/2012) due to infestation with insect larvae.
  • Food Safety Recall (Denmark): SuperBest(Venusvej 10 , 7000 Fredericia) recalls all foods purchased at its location from 4 July 2011 to 18 August 2011 inclusive, after rats were found on the premises of the supermarket.
  • Medical Device Safety Recall: CooperVision, a subsidiary of The Cooper Companies (Pleasanton, CA) recalls certain lots of Avaira® Toric contact lenses, because of the unintended presence of a residue on certain lenses. The problem was discovered as a result of a “small number of complaints” of temporary hazy vision. According to the Hong Kong Department of Health, this recall extends also to BioComfort XO Toric contact lenses, and affects lenses sold in the USA, Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy and Spain.

Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands

  • Food Safety Alert (Vietnam): A survey of 119 samples of fruit imported from China found 18 with pesticide residues – all under the allowed level. The Vietnam Department of Agriculture plans to verify pesticide residues in 1,300 vegetable samples by year end.
  • Dietary Supplement Safety Recall (Saudi Arabia): The Saudi Food & Drug Authority has ordered the recall of several “health” products from Aghadeir Company Products of Morocco, after finding pharmaceutical ingredients such as cyproheptadine, tadalafil and anthraquinone in these products. Consumers are urged not to use these products to dispose of any remaining products in their possession.
  • Medical Device Safety Recall (Hong Kong): CooperVision Hong Kong recalls BioComfort XO Toric and Avaira Toric contact lenses (all lot codes), after some consumers report discomfort or blurred vision due to transient swelling of the surface layer of the cornea, due to a small amount of residues on the lens.
  • Outbreak Alert (Mali): One hundred and thirty people landed in hospital in Koutiala with symptoms of food poisoning after consuming fritters and pancakes that had been fried in adulterated oil. Three people have been arrested and investigations are continuing. The incriminated oil was imported from a “neighboring country.”
  • Outbreak Alert (PRC): Vinegar adulterated with anti-freeze is suspected to have killed 11 people – including six-year-old child – who participated in a Ramadan feast in the western region of Xinjiang. One person is still in critical condition; 120 people were poisoned by the tainted vinegar.
  • Outbreak Alert (Congo): Several thousand cases of cholera have been reported since March 2011 along the Congo River, both in the Democratic Republic of Congo and in the Republic of Congo, according to a travel notice from the Public Health Agency of Canada.
  • Outbreak Alert (Fiji): Eight serious cases of typhoid were recorded at the Lautoka Hospital in Western Fiji last month.
  • Outbreak Alert (Egypt): A homemaker and three children developed severe food poisoning after consuming spoiled food at home. All four victims were hospitalized.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Medical Device Safety Recall: CooperVision, a subsidiary of The Cooper Companies (Pleasanton, CA) recalls certain lots of Avaira® Toric contact lenses, because of the unintended presence of a residue on certain lenses. The problem was discovered as a result of a “small number of complaints” of temporary hazy vision. According to the Hong Kong Department of Health, this recall extends also to BioComfort XO Toric contact lenses, and affects lenses sold in the USA, Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy and Spain.

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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