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: For the second time this year, Princess Cruises’ Crown Princess has been hit with an outbreak of what is probably (again) norovirus gastroenteritis. The ship reported what was confirmed as a norovirus outbreak on its January 28-February 4, 2012 cruise. CDC environmental health officers boarded the Crown Princess on its February 4th arrival in Ft. Lauderdale to evaluate the outbreak and the crew’s response activities. The ship was “turned around” that same day and embarked on its next scheduled cruise – one that has been cut short by two days due to a recurrence of gastroenteritis. The Crown Princess returned to port on February 9th for another CDC assessment and a super-sanitization cleaning and disinfection.” In all, 396 passengers and crew reported symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea during the January 28th – February 4th cruise; 356 passengers and crew experienced those symptoms during the abbreviated February 4-9 cruise.


  • Food Safety Recall: Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd. recalls Fresh Veal Cubes (Item #50088; Best Before Feb 19th, 2012), because the meat may contain pieces of metal. The recalled Fresh Veal Cubes were sold in certain Costco warehouse stores in Eastern Canada on February 9th or 10th.


  • Allergy Alert: Granovita UK Limited withdraws Granovita Mushroom Pateole Yeast Spread, labeled as gluten-free (Best before 21 April 2012), because the product contains levels of gluten that are above the limits allowed for foods labeled as gluten-free.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.0222): Salmonella spp. and Cronobacter sakazakii in dried milk formulae from Belgium; distributed to Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Egypt, Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Syria.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.0223): Salmonella spp. in chilled beef trimmings from Ireland; distributed to Sweden.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.0225): Monocrotophos, omethoate and dimethoate in okra from India; distributed to Austria.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.0228): Tetradifon in oranges from Turkey, via Germany; distributed to Austria.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.0230): Unauthorized operator for frozen chicken pasta from Italy; distributed to Italy and the United Kingdom.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.0231): Salmonella enteritidis in frozen whole hens from Poland; distributed to Denmark.
  • Allergy Alert Notification (EU #2012.0233): Undeclared gluten in mushroom yeast spread from Spain; distributed to the United Kingdom.

Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands

  • Food Safety Alert (China): Chinese authorities are reported to be investigating eggs that bounce after being boiled and are too hard to eat (referred to as “rubber eggs” or “ping pong eggs”) out of concerns that the eggs may be fake. Xinhua news agency adds that the hardness might also be explained by the laying hens consuming large quantities of feed enriched with gossypol, a residue of cotton seeds added to chicken feed as an extra source of protein.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.0222): Salmonella spp. and Cronobacter sakazakii in dried milk formulae from Belgium; distributed to Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Egypt, Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Syria.

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.