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

  • Food Safety Recall: Foremost Foods International, Inc. (Pomona, CA) recalls Pangasinan Roundscad Smoked Galunggong (Product of FITRITE Incorporated, Philippines; 6 oz; UPC 2239257451) and Pangasinan Mackerel Smoked Hasa Hasa (Product of FITRITE Incorporated, Philippines; 6 oz; UPC 2239257470), because the partially eviscerated products have the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum. The recalled products were sold between March 2010 and October 2011 in California, Nevada and Washington, through Seafood City and Manila Seafood. Please refer to the California Department of Public Health for the California retail distribution list.
  • Outbreak Alert Update: Missouri health officials report that 24 people have been confirmed to be part of the St. Louis area E. coli O157:H7 outbreak, after two new cases were added to the list, and four other cases previously thought to be part of the outbreak were removed. The state lab is testing specimens from four Boone County cases; three have tested positive for E. coli, and the fourth is pending. At this point, however, the Boone County cases are thought not to be connected to the St. Louis area outbreak. All food samples tested so far in the St. Louis outbreak have been negative for E. coli.
  • Outbreak Alert (Utah): An unnamed man, given the nickname “Mr. Cheese” by the Salt Lake Valley Health Department, has been supplying homemade queso fresco to a Salt Lake City restaurant/deli since 2009. The queso fresco, which was made from raw milk, is blamed for a Salmonella outbreak that has sickened at least 73 people in Salt Lake, Tooele, Davis, Utah, Weber and Morgan counties. Officials believe that hundreds more people were sickened by the contraband cheese, but never reported their illnesses. Officials have ordered the deli – not identified by name – to stop purchasing cheese from illegal sources.

Canada

  • Allergy Alert: CFIA advises that Bumble Bar Organic Energy Bar – Chocolate Crisp (45g; All codes; UPC 7 60590 10072 5), is recalled due to the presence of undeclared milk, peanuts and soy. The recalled Energy Bar was distributed through Nationwide Natural Foods (Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan), Puresource Inc. (nationwide), Horizon Distributors (Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Yukon), and Corwin Distribution Limited (Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario).
  • Allergy Alert: Grant Chocolatier recalls Grant Chocolatier Dark Chocolate Cups for Liquor in a Box (variable count) and Grant Chocolatier Dark Chocolate Nuggets (variable weight), due to the presence of undeclared milk. The recalled chocolate products were distributed in Quebec.
  • Food Safety Recall: Pâtisserie La Faradole inc. (Sainte-Adèle, QC) recalls Foie gras maison à l’armagnac, Catégorie A, Foie gras nature maison, and Foie gras maison au cognac, Catégorie A, sold in glass Mason jars, because the product labels do not include the instruction “Garder réfrigéré” even though these products must be stored in the refrigerator for safety.

Europe

  • Allergy Alert (Sweden): Candy King warns that Lösgodiset Halloween Balls may contain undeclared peanuts.
  • Food Safety Recall (Denmark): Eurofrugt A/S recalls Sweet Peas (500g; Product of Kenya; Lot #L11278EU), after Camplyobacter is detected in samples.
  • Food Safety Recall (Denmark): Lembcke A/S and Total Produce Nordic A/S recalls Blue River brand Mini Corn (125g; Lot #L11411), after Campylobacter is found in a sample.
  • Food Safety Recall (Denmark): Rieber & Son Denmark A/S recalls Salad Master Remoulade (Lot 03), Budget Remoulade (Lot L92), Rema1000 Remoulade and REMO Remoulade (Lot L78), due to yeast growth in the product, resulting in gas production and package swelling.
  • Outbreak Alert (Denmark): Datterino tomatoes imported from Italy are blamed for an outbreak of salmonellosis that sickened 40 people in Denmark this fall. The tomatoes were sold mainly in stores belonging to the Rema1000 supermarket chain. The implicated tomatoes are no longer available. The Salmonella outbreak appears to be over.
  • OTC Pharmaceutical Product Safety Recall (Spain): Colgate-Palmolive España, S.A. recalls COLGATE PERIOGARD CLORHEXIDINA COLUTORIO BUCAL SIN ALCOHOL (Registration No. 1173-DENT; all production lots), due to contamination with Burkholderia cepacia.
  • Cosmetic Product Safety Recall (Spain): Estelca SLU has been ordered to cease the marketing of, and to recall all outstanding inventory of, seven cosmetic products, as the products were being sold even though they had exceeded their expiration dates.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2011.1547): Campylobacter spp. in sugar snaps from Kenya; distributed to Denmark.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2011.1548): Ochratoxin A in spice mix from Israel; distributed to the United Kingdom.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2011.1549): Unauthorized operator for canned mix of fish and vegetables form Italy; distributed to Belgium and Italy.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2011.1550): Listeria monocytogenes in paté from Belgium; distributed to the Netherlands.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2011.1551): Listeria monocytogenes in smoked bacon from Poland; distributed to Poland and Sweden.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2011.1553): Aflatoxins in dried figs from Turkey; distributed to France and Germany.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2011.1554): Salmonella spp. in paan leaves from Bangladesh; distributed to the United Kingdom.
  • Dietary Supplement Safety Notification (EU #2011.1555): Unauthorized tin, nickel and vanadium in food supplement from the USA, via China; distributed to Cyprus.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2011.1556): Salmonella in dry sausage from Spain; distributed to the Netherlands.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2011.1557): Unauthorized Sudan 1 and Sudan 4 colors in sumac spice from Germany; distributed to Switzerland.
  • Animal Feed Safety Notification (EU #2011.1558): Dioxins in molasses sugar beet pellets from Germany; distributed to Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2011.1559): Salmonella in chilled Perilla spp. from Vietnam; distributed to the Netherlands.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2011.1560): Salmonella in Piper sarmentosum from Vietnam; distributed to the Netherlands.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2011.1561): Salmonella in Vietnamese coriander from Vietnam; distributed to the Netherlands.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2011.1562): Salmonella in chilled Malabar spinach from Vietnam; distributed to the Netherlands.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2011.1563): Salmonella in chilled green mint from Vietnam; distributed to the Netherlands.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2011.1564): Benzo(a)pyrene in sesame oil from China; distributed to Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Slovakia and the United Kingdom.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2011.1565): Benzo(a)pyrene in canned sprats in oil from Latvia; distributed to Germany.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2011.1566): Abamectin in corned beef from Brazil; distributed to the United Kingdom.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2011.1567): Salmonella in paan leaves from Thailand; distributed to the United Kingdom.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2011.1568): Unauthorized leucomalachite green in live trouts from Poland; distributed to the Czech Republic.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2011.1569): Excessive sorbic acid in dried prunes from France; distributed to Slovakia.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2011.1570): Listeria monocytogenes in chilled tuna loins from Sri Lanka; distributed to Italy.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2011.1572): Glass fragments in currants in syrup from Germany; distributed to Spain.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Dietary Supplement Safety Alert (Australia): Analysis carried out by the Therapeutic Goods Administration has confirmed the presence of therapeutic quantities of sibutramine and phenolphthalein in capsules of Reduce Weight Fruta Planta, sold over the internet. The package label claims that this product is 100% Natural. Neither sibutramine nor phenolphthalein are currently approved for use in Australia.
  • Dietary Supplement Safety Alert (Australia): Analysis carried out by the Therapeutic Goods Administration has confirmed the presence of therapeutic quantities of sibutramine in Ying Da Wang tablets, sold over the internet. The package label claims that this product is 100% Natural. Sibutramine is not currently approved for use in Australia.

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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