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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 Update: USDA releases retail distribution list for Cantella’s Fully Cooked Chicken Sausage with Apples, recalled by Papa Cantella’s Inc. due to misbranding and the presence of undeclared walnuts. The recalled sausages were sold in Von’s and Pavilions supermarkets in Southern California.
  • Food Safety Recall: Giant Eagle, Inc. recalls Valu Time Canned Pumpkin (purchased on or after August 30, 2011) and Food Club Canned Pumpkin (purchased on or after October 28, 2011), because the products do not meet quality standards. The canned pumpkin brands were produced by Topco Associates, LLC.
  • Food Safety Recall: Front Row Produce (St. Louis, MO) recalls Front Row Produce Grape Tomatoes (10-oz pkgs supplied in cases bearing lot #2310802, 2310405 or 2510401; 10-lb bulk in cardboard boxes bearing lot #2310801), because the grape tomatoes may be contaminated with Salmonella. The recalled tomatoes were supplied by Rio Queen Citrus (Mission, TX) and distributed throughout Missouri and Illinois to foodservice distributors and retail stores.
  • Food Safety Recall: Bavan Food Company (Sacramento, CA) recalls Bavan Brand Mix Goli Candy (14-0z/400gm clear pkg; all code dates), due to unacceptable levels of lead. The recalled candies were sold in several East-Indian retail stores in Northern California.
  • Food Safety Recall: Bee International Creation (Chula Vista, CA) recalls Bee Brand Sunny Day Gummies candy (100g plastic package; all code dates), due to unacceptable levels of lead.

Canada

  • Allergy Alert: Jérome’s Steak House et Boucherie (Boucherville, QC) recalls Chicken Noodle Soup, Cream of Chicken, and Spaghetti Sauce (1-liter size; all dates and codes), due to the presence of undeclared soy.
  • Allergy Alert: Metro Ontario Inc. recalls Irresistibles Gluten-Free Honey Nut O’s Cereal and Apple Cinammon Flavour O’s Cereal (285g; all codes), due to the presence of undeclared gluten. The recalled products were sold in Ontario and Quebec.
  • Allergy Alert: Axep Plus (Roxton Falls, QC) recalls several prepared foods due to the presence of undeclared soy, wheat, sulfites, egg, milk, and or anchovies. Please refer to the recall notice for details.
  • Unauthorized Health Product Safety Recall: CANA International Distributing Inc. recalls Stiff One Hard 169, after Health Canada finds an undeclared prescription medication (thiodimethylsildenafil) in the product. Stiff One Hard 169 was sold at retail locations in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec, and also over the Internet.
  • Health Alert: Alberta Health Services reminds residents of Central Alberta to take precautions to limit the spread of norovirus, after a recent increase in gastro-intestinal illnesses reported in the Central Zone.

Europe

  • Allergy Alert (UK): Enotria withdraws Capriola Pino Grigio della Venezie 2010 (75cl; all 2010 batches), because the wine contains undeclared sulfites. The affected batches were sold only in Morrisons supermarkets.
  • Allergy Alert (UK): Waitrose recalls Belgian Plain Chocolate (200g; Best before Aug 2012; Batch #L15423C), due to the presence of undeclared hazelnuts.
  • Food Safety Recall (France): Natrazahor France recalls Ivoria Tablette de Chocolat au Lait Amandes Caramélisées (Lot #L29; Best before 10/2012), due to contaminated with glass particles.
  • Food Safety Alert (Norway): The Food Safety Authority has discovered that a batch of lamb meat may contain traces of penicillin and/or sulfonamides. The affected lamb was sold on or after 24 November in nine Oslo-area shoes. Please refer to the Health Alert notice for a list of the affected shops.
  • Food Safety Recall (Finland): Helsinki Laziza Foods Ltd. recalls Natco® Jeera Ground Cumin (Packed by Natco Foods Ltd. in Great Britain; 100g, 400g, 1kg and 5kg pkgs; Best before dates of 11/2011, 4/2012, 5/2012, 6/2012, 8/2012, 9/2012, 12/2012, 1/2013, 3/2013, 4/2013, 7/2013) after the product was linked to a suspected food poisoning in a Helsinki restaurant. The recalled cumin is contaminated with Bacillus cereus, Clostridium perfringens and Salmonella Caracas.
  • Food Safety Recall (Denmark): Gert Nielsen A/S recalls several products containing pork (produced 18/11-2011, 20/11-2011, 21/11-2011 and 22/11-2011, because the raw pork was found to be contaminated with Salmonella.
  • Food Safety Recall (Denmark): Coop Denmark A/S recalls Italian Baby Spinach (75g; Packed by Alfano Tomasso, Italy; All lots sold during 24 to 29 November 2011), due to contamination with Campylobacter.
  • Food Safety Recall (UK): Creme d’Or Ltd. recalls Felko Christmas Figures with Candy (Batch codes 34557 and 38675; Best before 10/01/2013) and Gumball Machine with Candy (Batch codes 29557 and 3456; Best before 15/11/2012), due to the possible risk of a choking hazard.
  • Food Safety Recall (Belgium): Tadal  and Koylu Food BVBA recall Dardanel brand Canned Tuna and Dardanel brand Tuna packets sold after 21 September 2011, due to unacceptable levels of mercury in the tuna.
  • Food Safety Withdrawal (Ireland): Food Safety Authority of Ireland announces the precautionary withdrawal of all products manufactured by Societa Cooperativa Agricola GMG F.lli Gaudiano arl, Italy, as a result of a follow-up investigation of a botulism outbreak in Finland that was traced to Bio Gaudiano Almond-stuffed Olives. The products were distributed to Russell Gallery in New Quay, Co. Clare. Please refer to the Alert for a complete list of affected products.
  • Food Safety Recall (Netherlands): Culina Foods bvba recalls Culina Foods brand Mustard Dill Dressing SLA, due to product fermentation. Please refer to the VWA safety warning for details on affected lot numbers.

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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