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: Ajinomoto Frozen Foods (Portland, OR) recalls Aginomoto Brand Vegetable Gyoza Dumplings (8.47 oz. trays; Lot code 231751), due to the presence of undeclared shrimp and fish (pollock). The recalled product was distributed through retail stores and restaurants nationwide.
  • Healthcare Product Safety Recall: H&P Industries, Inc. (Hartland, WI) recalls Povidone Iodine Swabsticks, Povidone Iodine Prep Solutions, Povidone Iodine Scrub Solutions, and Povidone Iodine Prep Gel (all lots beginning with 8J-8M, 9A-9M, 0A-0M, 1A-1C), because the products were manufactured without having in place a system for microbial testing at the time of release, without having a system for testing of incoming components, and without having procedures designed and established to prevent objectionable microorganisms in these products. The products were distributed to healthcare customers nationwide.
  • Outbreak Alert (Texas): TV station KRIS reports that the Nueces County Health Department is now investigating a refrigeration problem at Wings-N-More, a local wing restaurant, after a 2-year old girl spent the last week in the hospital after her mother says she contracted both Salmonella and E. coli.
  • FDA Enforcement Action: At the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Marshals, yesterday, seized seafood products manufactured by the Meiko Food Co., South El Monte, Calif., because the products are adulterated. The FDA complaint alleges that Meiko Foods manufactures and packages ready-to-eat seafood balls and fried fish cakes, without having in place a HACCP plan. HACCP plans are mandatory for seafood processors under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. The legal action was taken after Meiko ignored repeated FDA warnings.
  • Outbreak Alert/Food Safety Alert Update: FDA issues an Import Alert denying admission of Mexican papayas into the USA unless the importer shows that the produce is not contaminated with Salmonella. The action follows a determination by FDA labs that 15.6 percent of Mexican papaya samples tested between May 12, 2011 and August 18, 2011 were contaminated with Salmonella. The FDA investigation of Mexican papayas was undertaken subsequent to the detection of an outbreak of Salmonella Agona earlier this year that was linked to consumption of papayas from a single importer. According to FDA, more than 100 people in the USA were infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Agona.

Canada

  • Allergy Alert: The Canadian Food Inspection Agency warns that Indianlife brand Plain Papadums (120g pkg; Mfg 11027; Exp. 20120128) contains undeclared gluten and may cause a serious reaction in persons with sensitivities to glutens. One illness has been reported. The product was distributed in Alberta, BC and Ontario.

Europe

  • Food Safety Recall (Belgium): Delhaize Belgique recalls Organic Table Eggs of varying sizes (6-pkg and 10-pkg; Lot #0-NL-43149; Best by 25/8, 1/9 and 7/9), because the eggs may have been contaminated by dioxin in a Netherlands layer hen facility.
  • Food Safety Recall (Sweden): Scan recalls Sausage (Item #620276; Packaged 2011-07-20; Best before date 2011-08-19), after testing finds traces of Listeria in a sample of the product.
  • Food Safety Recall (Switzerland): Grandi Salumifici Italiani S.p.A. recalls Prosciutto Cotti Di Alta Qualitá cooked, sliced Italian ham (120g; Best if eaten by 20.08.2011; Lot #2129028, IT 172 L CE), because Listeria monocytogenes was detected in the product. The recalled ham was sold in Lidl stores in Switzerland.
  • Dietary Supplement Safety Notification (EU #2011.1153): Unauthorized nor-acetildenafil in food supplements from China, via Hungary; distributed to Norway.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2011.1154): Salmonella in Houttunyia leaves from Vietnam; distributed to the Netherlands.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2011.1155): Salmonella in kinh gioi from Vietnam; distributed to the Netherlands.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2011.1156): Salmonella in piper sarmentosum from Vietnam; distributed to the Netherlands.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2011.1158): Salmonella in parsley from Vietnam; distributed to the Netherlands.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2011.1159): Salmonella in pennywort from Vietnam; distributed to the Netherlands.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2011.1160): Salmonella in sweet basil from Vietnam; distributed to the Netherlands.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2011.1161): Salmonella San Diego in whole hens ready to cook from France; distributed to Italy.

Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands

  • Herbal Medicine Safety Alert (Singapore): The Health Sciences Authority advises the public to avoid the three herbal medicines sold as Tian Ma Tu Chung Seven Leave Ginseng, Vall-Boon Tongkat Ali, and Pao Ni Kang, because the products have been found to contain potent western medicinal ingredients.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Food Safety Recall (New Zealand): Serra Natural Foods Ltd. recalls Cyclops Organic Sour Cream (200g; Best before 26 September 2011), because the product may contain E. coli. The recalled sour cream was sold in food retail outlets throughout New Zealand.

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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