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: Best Food Cash & Carry Inc. (Maspeth, NY) recalls Raisin Golden brand Deer Raisin Golden, 14-oz pkg, due to the presence of undeclared sulfites. The recalled raisins werer distributed in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
  • Allergy Alert: US Nutrition recalls SM Balanced B-50 Tab, because the product may contain undeclared wheat. The recalled product was sold in Giant Eagle stores, and may also be carried by other retailers.
  • Cosmetic Product Safety Alert: The Texas Department of State Health Services warns the public that at least 18 mercury poisoning cases in South Texas appear to be linked to the use of Crema Aguamary, a cosmetic produced in Mexico and not approved for use in the USA.
  • Food Safety News: USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has discontinued the testing of E. coli O157:H7 in certain ready-to-eat products. Sampling resources previously directed to the ready-to-eat product testing will be diverted to increase testing for E. coli O157:H7 in raw products.

Canada

  • Allergy Alert: Uncle T Food Ltd. (Richmond, BC) recalls Sweet Potato Shape Snack (200g and 55g) and Turbinate Shape Snack (200g and 50g), because the products contain undeclared peanuts. The recalled snacks were imported from Korea and distributed in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario. One illness has been reported.
  • Allergy Alert: Uncle T Food Ltd. (Richmond, BC) recalls Korean Snack (Gosoa), 55g, because the product contains undeclared peanuts. The recalled snack was imported from Korea and distributed in BC, Alberta and Ontario.
  • Food Safety Recall: Johnvince Foods (Downsview, ON) expands its earlier recall of bulk walnuts, prepackaged nuts and snack products to include additional items. The recalled nut products may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. For a complete list of recalled brands and products, please navigate to the CFIA recall notices dated 2011-09-01, 2011-09-06, 2011-09-07, and 2011-09-08, and to the Quebec Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food notice dated 7 sept. 2011.

Europe

Australia and New Zealand

  • Allergy Alert (Australia): Woolworths Supermarkets Ltd. recalls Macro Whole Foods Markets Gluten Free Choc Brownie Mix (400g cardboard box; All best before dates up to and including 20 DEC 12 B), due to the presence of undeclared milk. The recalled brownie mix was sold in Woolworths, Safeway and Thomas Dux supermarkets throughout Australia.
  • Herbal Supplement Safety Advisory (Australia): The Therapeutic Goods Administration warns Australian consumers that Maxidus capsules, sold over the internet, have been found to contain sulfohydroxyhomosildenafil, a derivative of Sildenafil, the active ingredient in the approved Pfizer Australia Pty Ltd product Viagra, which is indicated for the treatment of male erectile dysfunction.

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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