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: M&P Food Production (Brooklyn, NY) recalls Veal Russian Brand Dumplings (16-oz pkgs; Est 18832; Use By/Sell By date April 27, 2012), because the dumplings may contain undeclared pork. The recalled product was distributed to retail stores in Pennsylvania.
  • Food Safety Recall: United Natural Foods, Inc. expands the scope of its recall of FoodMatch, Inc. Divina Feta Cheese Stuffed Olives and Divina Blue Cheese Stuffed Olives, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum. Please refer to the recall notice for affected date codes and an expanded list of Safeway Stores in South Dakota, Colorado, Wyoming, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia to which the Feta Cheese Stuffed Olives were shipped. Divina Olives Stuffed with Blue Cheese were distributed through Genuardis, Carrs, Safeway, Pavilion and Vons stores in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Nevada, South Dakota, Colorado, Wyoming, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington DC.
  • FDA Warning Letter: FDA warns Country Maid, Inc. (Milwaukee, WI) that a July 2011 inspection of the company’s seafood processing facility revealed serious violations of the seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulation.
  • FDA Warning Letter: FDA warns Silver Moon Springs LLC (Elton, WI) that a July 2011 inspection of the company’s seafood processing facility revealed serious violations of the seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulation and the Current Good Manufacturing Practice regulation for foods.
  • FDA Warning Letter: FDA warns CJ Labs, Inc. (Miami, FL) that a May/June 2011 inspection of the company’s facility revealed serious violations of FDA’s Current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP) in Manufacturing, Packaging, Labeling, or Holding Operations for Dietary Supplements.
  • FDA Warning Letter: FDA warns Hayai Zushi (Salt Lake City, UT) that a July 2011 inspection of the company’s seafood processing facility revealed serious violations of the seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulation and the Current Good Manufacturing Practice regulation for foods.
  • FDA Warning Letter: FDA warns Wrapers Kitchen (Denver, CO) that a July 2011 inspection of the company’s seafood processing facility revealed serious violations of the seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulation and the Current Good Manufacturing Practice regulation for foods.
  • FDA Warning Letter: FDA warns Sea Fare Foods, Inc. (Detroit, MI) that a September 2011 inspection of the company’s seafood processing facility revealed serious violations of the Fish and Fishery Products Regulation, and the Current Good Manufacturing Practice regulation for foods.
  • FDA Warning Letter: FDA warns United Prosperity Group dba The Product Company (South San Francisco, CA) that a June/July 2011 inspection of the company’s food processing and storage facility revealed serious violations of FDA’s Current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP) regulations for manufacturing, packing, or holding human foods.
  • FDA Warning Letter: FDA warns Eastern Treats Specialty Foods, Inc. (Orlando, FL) that a September 2011 inspection of the company’s seafood processing establishment revealed serious violations of the seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulation and the Current Good Manufacturing Practice regulation for foods.
  • FDA Warning Letter: FDA warns DJ Tuna Express, Inc. (Hialeah, FL) that an August/September 2011 inspection of the company’s seafood processing facility revealed serious violations of the seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulation and the Current Good Manufacturing Practice regulation for foods.
  • Food Safety Recall: Thai Golden Spices, Inc. (Hayward, CA) recalls Hans brand Sugar Rewari Candy (1-lb clear plastic package; Imported from India; All dates and lot codes), because the candy contains unacceptable levels of lead. The recalled candy was distributed in California.
  • Cosmetic Product Safety Alert: The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene warns consumers that certain skin creams may contain mercury. According to the warning, Crema Aguamary, which was purchased in Mexico and brought into Maryland, is thought to be responsible for at least once case of mercury poisoning in the State. The Government of Mexico issued an alert on Crema Aguamary on September 30, 2011.

Canada

  • Allergy Alert: C.B. Powell Limited recalls Cream of Wheat Hot Cereal, 3-minutes cook time (800g; Best by AUG 0113S; UPC 0 58025 01161 7), due to the presence of undeclared soy. The recalled cereal was distributed to consumers in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island and Quebec.

Europe

  • Food Safety Recall (Germany): Edeka recalls Gut & Günstig Apfelschorle (1.5L PET bottle; Best before 6th and 7 March 2012; All lot numbers beginning with L1 2922) because the beverage may be subject to fermentation due to contamination during the filling process. The recalled item was sold in Edeka markets in Baden-Wuerttemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland, Hesse (South Hesse to Frankfurt area), and Bavaria (in the adjoining border areas of Baden-Wuerttemberg).
  • Food Safety Recall (Germany and Austria): Handl Tyrol (Austria) recalls Tyrolean Wild Game Salami (200g; Lot #1F906 and 1F913; Best before 12/20/2012 and 25/12/2012, respectively) because the product may be contaminated with shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC).
  • Medical Diagnostic Product Safety Recall (Italy): Intermedical Srl recalls STREPTO A card, 30 tests (Product code C-37; Lot #STA9100090, STA0020045, STA0020046, STA0040055, STA0050064, STA0080034, STA0100039, STA0100040, STA1010005, STA1020063, STA1040035, STA1050015 and STA1060038), because the diagnostic cards have demonstrated an unacceptably high false-positive rate.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2011.1637): Unauthorized chlorine dioxide in precooked Japanese noodles from China, via Hong Kong; distributed to Sweden.
  • Food Safety Notification/Outbreak Alert (EU #2011.1638):Clostridium botulinum type A toxin, vegetative cells and spores in korma sauce from the United Kingdom; distributed to Ireland and the United Kingdom.
  • Animal Feed Safety Notification (EU #2011.1639): Arsenic infeed materials from Belgium, with raw material from Brazil; distributed to Belgium, France, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2011.1640): Salmonella spp. in paan leaves from Bangladesh; distributed to the United Kingdom.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2011.1641): Listeria monocytogenes in chilled smoked salmon from Denmark; distributed to Italy.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2011.1642): Escherichia coli in chilled clams from Tunisia; distributed to Italy.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2011.1643): Mold and dead insects in brown rice from Greece; distributed to Ireland, Poland and the United Kingdom.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2011.1644): Aflatoxins in roasted salted pistachio nuts from Iran; distributed to the Czech Republic.

Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands

  • Urgent Allergy Alert (Japan): Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare advises the public to avoid using Cha no Shizuku Soap, manufactured by Phoenix Co. (Nara Prefecture) and sold by the mail-order firm Yuuka Co. between March 2004 and December 2010, after the soap is linked to at least 471 reports of allergic reactions. The reactions apparently are the result of hydrolysis of wheat, which is an ingredient of the soap. The manufacturer and the distributor are working to recall the remaining bars of soap.
  • Outbreak Alert (Kenya): BBC reports that one person has died and 60 are suffering from cholera in what is described as the world’s largest refugee camp. The Dadaab camp, which is located in Kenya, is home to Somali refugees.
  • Health Supplement Safety Alert (Taiwan): Doctors at the National Taiwan University Hospital reported yesterday that a patient – a hepatitis B carrier – who regularly took chlorella tablets to support his diet developed near-fatal liver and kidney failure as a result of long-term use of the supplement.

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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