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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

  • Food Safety Recall/Outbreak Alert: Green Cedar Dairy (Dearborn, MI) recalls All Natural Ackawi Cheese and All Natural Chives Cheese (approx. 14-oz squares, vacuum-sealed in clear plastic packages; All Sell by dates up to July 1, 2012), because the cheeses may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The Michigan Department of Community Health and the Wayne County Public Health Department are investigating two recent cases of listeriosis that may be linked to consumption of products from Green Cedar Dairy. As part of the investigation, The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development recovered Listeria monocytogenes in samples of the All Natural Chives Cheese that were collected at the Dairy. Green Cedar Dairy products were distributed to bakeries and retail stores in Michigan’s Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties.
  • Pet Food Safety Recall: Petrus Feed and Seed Stores, Inc. (Alexandria, LA) recalls Petrus Feed 21% Protein Dry Dog Food (40-lb bags; Packaging date codes 4K1011 through 4K1307; Updated lot numbers 4K1011 through 4K1335), due to elevated levels of aflatoxin in the corn used to manufacture the dog food. The pet food was manufactured for Petrus at Cargill’s manufacturing facility in LeCompte, Louisiana between December 1, 2010 and December 1, 2011.
  • Pet Food Safety Recall: O’Neal’s Feeders Supply, Inc. recalls Arrowbrand 21% Dog Chunks (40-lb bag), Arrowbrand Super Proeaux Dog Food (40-lb bag) and Arrowbrand Professional Formula Dog Food (50-lb bag), because the corn it contains was found to have higher than acceptable levels of aflatoxin. The recall encompasses Packaging Date Codes 4K0341 through 4K0365 and 04K1001 through 4K1325, which were manufactured between December 1, 2010 and December 1, 2011. The recalled products were distributed in Louisiana and Texas.
  • Food Safety Recall Update: USDA releases updated retail distribution list for 10-lb chubs of Chuck Fine Ground Beef 80/20, recalled by Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. due to contamination with E. coli O157:H7.
  • FDA Warning Letters: FDA warns the following seafood processors and importers that recent inspections of their facilities revealed significant violations of the seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulation and, in some cases, of the Current Good Manufacturing Practices regulation for foods: Four Star Import & Distribution, Inc. (Brooklyn, NY), Kencor Ethnic Foods, Inc. (Kenosha, WI), Beck’s Smokery (Pompano Beach, FL), United States Cold Storage, Inc. (Medley, FL), E and M Bakery, Inc. (Hialeah, FL), and Seven Seas Seafoods Inc. (Montebello, CA).
  • FDA Warning Letters: FDA warns the following dietary supplement manufacturers and distributors that recent inspections of their manufacturing, labeling and/or distribution facilities revealed serious violations of FDA’s Current Good Manufacturing Practice in Manufacturing, Packaging, Labeling or Holding Operations for Dietary Supplements (CGMP) regulations: Milk Specialties Global (Carpentersville, IL), Ion Labs, Inc. (Clearwater, FL), and Atlantic Pro Nutrients, Inc. dba Xymogen (Orlando, FL).
  • FDA Warning Letter: FDA warns Mikilua Poultry Farm Inc. (Honolulu, HI) that a September 2011 inspection of the company’s four shell egg production facilities revealed serious violations of the Prevention of Salmonella Enteritidis in Shell Eggs During Production, Storage, and Transportation regulation (the shell egg regulation).
  • FDA Warning Letter: FDA warns Italian Rose Garlic Products, Inc. (Riviera Beach, FL) that an August 2011 inspection of the company’s facility revealed significant violations of the Acidified Food regulations, rendering the company’s acidified food products adulterated within the meaning of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and regulations.


Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands

  • Food Safety Enforcement (China): A court in Nanjing (Jiangsu province) has sentenced six butchers to jail terms of up to four years and fined them each up to 50,000 yuan after the butchers confessed to having knowingly sold pork meat contaminated with the chemical clenbuterol.

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.