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

  • Outbreak Alert Update: The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is testing 34 specimens from the Saint Louis County outbreak of E. coli illnesses. Twenty-four of the specimens have been confirmed to contain shiga toxin; toxin testing of the remaining 10 specimens is in progress. All 34 of the specimens are being tested to determine the identity of the E. coli strain. Investigators from the local, state and federal CDC are working to determine the source of the outbreak. In addition, the Illinois Department of Public Health is investigating a case of shiga toxin-producing E. coli illness in St. Clair County that may be linked to the Missouri outbreak.
  • Outbreak Alert Update: The E. coli outbreak linked to the North Carolina State Fair now comprises 24 cases – 8 confirmed and 16 under investigation – in seven counties: Wake (11), Sampson (7), Cleveland (1), Durham (1), Johnston (1), Orange (1) and Wilson (2). Investigations are still underway to determine how the victims became infected.

Canada

  • Food Safety Recall: Deep Canada Inc. recalls Deep Methia Mango Pickle in Oil (740g; Mfg 06/11; Batch #11168; Best before 05/2013) due to the presence of glass particles. The recalled product was distributed in Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario.

Europe

  • Food Safety Withdrawal (Ireland): All batches and container sizes of Gaudiano Organic Olives Stuffed With Almonds have been withdrawn from sale after a jar of these olives was found to contain botulinum toxin by Finnish health authorities. Russell Gallery (Co. Clare) imported 90 jars of Gaudiano Organic Olives Stuffed With Almonds in 2010. All remaining jars have been removed from sale. No cases of botulism linked to the withdrawn product have been reported in Ireland.
  • Food Safety Withdrawal (UK): All batches of Gaudiano Organic Olives Stuffed with Almonds have been withdrawn from sale across Europe.
  • Food Safety Recall (Denmark): No. Søby Meat Wholesale A/S recalls Boiled salted meat (Package date 7/10-2011; Best before dates 21/11-2011 and 12/12-2011), after Listeria is found in a sample of the meat. The recalled meat was sold to Hotel kitchens, caterers, restaurants and catering businesses west of the Great Belt.
  • Food Safety Recall (Italy): Società Cooperativa Agricola G.M.G. a r.l. dei F.lli Gaudiano recalls all batch codes and jar sizes of Olive Bio Con Mandorle Bio Gaudiano/Bio Gaudiano Organic Olives Stuffed With Almonds after Finnish authorities found botulinum toxin in a jar of these olives following the hospitalization of two people and the death of one of them. Italian health authorities have mandated the suspension of operations at the company, and have seized all existing inventory of processed vegetables. Further investigations are underway.
  • Food Safety Withdrawal (Denmark): Uhrenholt A/S withdraws Emborg Havarti aged cheese (200g; Best before 21-12-2011), after microscopic cracks were observed in the overwrap on the package. The fractured packaging could result in mold growth.
  • Food Withdrawal (Finland): Mars Ireland recalls Twix® Xtra Chocolate Biscuit Bars, 75g (several batch codes – please refer to recall notice for details), because the products were not labeled in Finnish and Swedish. The withdrawn products will be relabelled with Finnish and Swedish language labels and returned to retailers for sale.
  • Outbreak Alert (Norway): Norway Public Health and Norway Food Safety Authority are investigating an outbreak of 45 confirmed cases of shigellosis – 42 in Tromsø and 3 in Østfold. Thirty-six of the patients reported having consumed pesto, and an additional three patients consumed fresh basil, which is one of the ingredients in pesto. Several new cases have been reported since last Friday and are under investigation. Among the pesto ingredients being tested by the Food Safety Authority is basil from Israel.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2011.1526): Listeria monocytogenes in salted smoked trout from Spain; distributed to France.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2011.1527): Mercury in chilled scorpion fish from Algeria; distributed to France.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2011.1528): Mercury in vacuum packed swordfish from France; distributed to Italy.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2011.1529): Salmonella spp. in paan leaves from Bangladesh; distributed to the United Kingdom.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2011.1532): Sulfathiazole in honey from Bulgaria; distributed to Italy.

Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands

  • Food Safety Recall: Charlie’s Trading Co. Ltd recalls 330 ml bottles of Phoenix Organics Ginger Beer (best before 22/08/12; batch PR08220811), Creaming Soda (best before 22/08/12; batch PR08220811), Cola Cluster 4-pack (best before 22/08/12; batch PR08220811), Cola (best before 22/08/12; batch PR08220811), Lemonade (best before 22/08/12; batch PR08220811), Orange Fizz (best before 23/08/12; batch PR08230811), Sparkling Apple (best before 23/08/12; batch PR08230811) and Sparkling Blood Orange (best before 23/08/12; batch PR08230811), due to inadequate pasteurization of some bottles, causing fermentation and an increased risk of product shattering. The recalled non-alcoholic beverages were sold in cafés, supermarkets, petrol stations and corner stores throughout New Zealand, and were exported to Australia, Korea, Japan and the Pacific Islands.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Food Safety Recall (Australia): ChiTree (VIC) recalls ChiTree Apricot Kernels (1kg vacuum-sealed clear plastic bag; all packages), because of potentially toxic levels of naturally occurring hydrocyanic acid. The recalled product was sold in Health Food stores across Australia, and through the company website.
  • Food Safety Recall (New Zealand and Australia): Charlie’s Trading Co. Ltd recalls 330 ml bottles of Phoenix Organics Ginger Beer (best before 22/08/12; batch PR08220811), Creaming Soda (best before 22/08/12; batch PR08220811), Cola Cluster 4-pack (best before 22/08/12; batch PR08220811), Cola (best before 22/08/12; batch PR08220811), Lemonade (best before 22/08/12; batch PR08220811), Orange Fizz (best before 23/08/12; batch PR08230811), Sparkling Apple (best before 23/08/12; batch PR08230811) and Sparkling Blood Orange (best before 23/08/12; batch PR08230811), due to inadequate pasteurization of some bottles, causing fermentation and an increased risk of product shattering. The recalled non-alcoholic beverages were sold in cafés, supermarkets, petrol stations and corner stores throughout New Zealand, and were exported to Australia, Korea, Japan and the Pacific Islands.

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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