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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: AA Meat Products Corporation (Maywood, CA; Espt. 21492) recalls various meat and poultry products, produced between January 11, 2011 and February 8, 2012, because they may have been produced without the benefit of federal inspection. The recalled products were sold within California. Please see the recall notice for details.
  • Outbreak Alert: Forty people at the Carriage House Estates retirement community have been quarantined after having become infected with norovirus. The facility has undergone extensive cleaning and sanitation, and visitors are asked to wear masks and gloves to prevent further spread of the virus.
  • Outbreak Alert: Framingham State University is reporting an increase in the number of cases of gastroenteritis over the past month. Norovirus is suspected.
  • Outbreak Alert Update: The Campylobacter outbreak associated with consumption of raw milk from Your Family Cow dairy in Chambersburg, PA has grown to 71 confirmed victims. At least 9 people have been hospitalized. Confirmed cases are reported from Pennsylvania (62), Maryland (4), West Virginia (3) and New Jersey (2).
  • Outbreak Alert: Twelve people in five states have been infected with a shiga toxin-producing strain of E. coli O26. The infections are due most probably to infected raw clover sprouts served at Jimmy John’s restaurant outlets.

Canada

  • Consumer Product Safety Alert: Health Canada advises Canadians not to buy an unregistered, highly toxic pesticide product being imported from China and sold in various retail outlets as “insecticide chalk.” The Insecticide Chalk is not registered for use in Canada. Children are especially at risk from insecticide chalk because they can easily mistake the product for blackboard or sidewalk chalk and play with it or put it in their mouths.
  • Dietary Supplement Safety Alert: Health Canada advises Canadians that using “MMS”, also known as Miracle Mineral Solution or Miracle Mineral Supplement may cause serious health problems. The product information lists sodium chlorite as an ingredient and is promoted as a substance that can cleanse toxins from the human body. There are no therapeutic products containing sodium chlorite authorized for oral consumption by humans in Canada.

Europe

  • Food Safety Alert (Russia): Russia has banned cheese imports from Ukraine over the failure of three Ukrainian producers to meet Russian food standards. The action has resulted in the suspension five tons of Ukrainian cheese, and has prevented the import of 128,500 tons of cheese.
  • Food Safety Recall (Denmark): Skare Meat Packers K/S recalls Vilstrup Farm minced pork/veal, 8-12% (500g; Packaged 06.02.12; Best before 14.02.12; modified atmosphere packaging), due to possible Salmonella contamination. The recalled meat was sold at LIDL stores.
  • Outbreak Alert (Russia): Eighteen kindergarten children in Chita developed gastroenteritis. Three of the children were hospitalized and the others were treated at home. Norovirus was confirmed in four of the sick children.
  • Food Safety Notification (2012.0240): Norovirus in oysters from the Netherlands; distributed to Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.0241): Suspicion of fraud in relation to horse carcasses from Hungary; distributed to Italy.
  • Dietary Supplement Safety Notification (EU #2012.0242 & 2012.0243): Unauthorized tadalafil in food supplement from China; distributed to Finland.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.0244): Tin in baked beans in tomato sauce from Italy; distributed to Malta.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.0247): Aflatoxins in dried figs from Turkey; distributed to Slovenia.
  • Dietary Supplement Safety Notification (EU #2012.0248): Unauthorized sildenafil in food supplement from Spain; distributed to France, Germany, Morocco, Portugal, Spain and Venezuela.

Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands

  • Dietary Supplement Safety Notification (EU #2012.0248): Unauthorized sildenafil in food supplement from Spain; distributed to France, Germany, Morocco, Portugal, Spain and Venezuela.

Latin America and the Caribbean

  • Dietary Supplement Safety Notification (EU #2012.0248): Unauthorized sildenafil in food supplement from Spain; distributed to France, Germany, Morocco, Portugal, Spain and Venezuela.

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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