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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

  • Dietary Supplement Safety Recall: Shaklee Corp (Pleasanton, CA) recalls Shakleebaby Multivitamin & Multimineral Powder for Infants and Toddlers (net wt. 4.2 oz / 120g; Lot Code AR1E01 and AR9K01; Expiry 10/12 and 4/11, respectively), because the recalled batches have an iodine level higher than that claimed on the label. The recalled supplement was manufactured by Arnet Pharmaceutical Corp (Davie, FL). This Class II recall of 8,882 bottles was announced by letters on January 24, 2012 and appeared in the February 29, 2012 FDA Weekly Enforcement Report. The products were distributed nationwide.

Europe

  • Allergy Alert (UK): Nisa withdraws Nisa Heritage Blueberry Muffins (4-pack; Best before 20 April 2012), due to the presence of undeclared soy.
  • Allergy Alert (UK): Surya Foods Ltd. withdraws J.F. Mills Rich ‘n Moist Luxury White Cake Mix (500g; Lot 11272 00; Best before Sep 12) and J.F. Mills Rich ‘n Moist Luxury Yellow Cake Mix (500g; Lot 1251 UA; Best before Sep 12), due to the presence of undeclared wheat flour.
  • Allergy Alert (Belgium): Mannavita recalls Schock Sesam schoko krokant bars (35g; Lot I-0701; Best before 150412; Product of Germany), due to the presence of undeclared milk, which could cause problems for consumers who are either lactose-intolerant or allergic to milk.
  • Food Safety Recall (Finland): Lidl Finland Ky withdraws Harvin Pineapple Slices in pineapple juice (565g cans; Sold prior to 29/02/2012), because some batches have been found to contain tin levels in excess of the maximum permissible concentration.
  • Food Safety Recall (Germany): William Brandenburg recalls Timmendorfer ham Zwiebelmettwurst (2 x 100g; Best before 09.03.2012) and Master Class Ham Sausage Onion (200g; Best before 03.12.2012), due to contamination with shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC). The recalled products were distributed in REWE and PENNY stores in Baden-Wuerttemberg, Bavaria, Berlin, Brandenburg, Bremen, Hamburg, Hesse, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, and Schleswig-Holstein.
  • Food Safety Recall (Greece): Fatachi Farzan (Athens) recalls N & A Eastern Trading Ground Turmeric (100g packages; Lot #1115; Expiry date 26.02.2014), due to Salmonella contamination.
  • Pet Food Safety Recall (Spain): Tunaliment recalls Compy wet dog food (sold in cartons) after tests on the pet food confirmed excessive levels of Vitamin D in the product. The recall followed complaints from dog owners of vomiting and kidney problems. Mercadona supermarket chain has withdrawn carton-packaged Compy wet dog food from its shelves in 190 stores in Albacete, Almeria, Alicante and Murcia provinces.
  • Dietary Supplement Safety Withdrawal (Denmark): Natupharma A/S withdraws Prosan Propolis Throat mixture (strong), Danisan Neck Mixture with Propolis, and Fitness Pharma Propolis Throat Mixture strong, packaged in 200 ml brown glass bottles, because the products contain parabens that are not permitted as preservatives in food supplements.
  • Outbreak Alert (Germany): Hamburg health authorities are reporting four confirmed cases of shiga toxin-producing E. coli infections – two of them in children. The serotype and the source of the infections is not yet known.
  • Food Safety Notification Update (EU #2012.0240): Norovirus in oysters from the Netherlands; distributed to Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands.
  • Food Safety Notification Update (EU #2012.0257): Norovirus in oysters from Ireland, via France; distributed to Belgium, Denmark, French Polynesia, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, the Netherlands, the Russian Federation and Sweden.
  • Food Safety Notification Update (EU 2012.0264): Salmonella enteritidis in fresh eggs from Poland; distributed to Denmark, Finland, Germany, Iraq, the Netherlands and Poland.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.0302): Salmonella in chilled mixed minced meat from Denmark and Ireland; distributed to Sweden.
  • Dietary Supplement Safety Notification (EU #2012.0304): Benzethonium chloride in grapefruit seed extract from the USA; distributed to Germany.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.0305): Salmonella in chilled sheep carcasses from Sweden; distributed to Sweden.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.0306): Norovirus in oysters from Ireland, via the Netherlands; distributed to Denmark.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.0307): Salmonella enteritidis in fresh chicken fillets from Lithuania; distributed to Latvia.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.0308): Parasitic infestation with Anisakis of chilled anglerfish from France; distributed to Italy.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.0309): High count of Pseudomonas spp. in and high aerobic plate count for nile perch from Kenya; distributed to the Netherlands.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.0310): Prohibited substance nitrofuran nitrofurazone in salted sheep casings from Mongolia; distributed to Italy.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.0311): Histamine in frozen yellow fin tuna from Indonesia, with raw material from Vietnam, via Belgium; distributed to Sweden.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.0313): Dioxins in lamb liver from the Netherlands; distributed to Germany.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.0314): Listeria monocytogenes in chilled smoked salmon from Poland; distributed to France.

Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands

  • Food Safety Notification Update (EU #2012.0257): Norovirus in oysters from Ireland, via France; distributed to Belgium, Denmark, French Polynesia, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, the Netherlands, the Russian Federation and Sweden.
  • Food Safety Notification Update (EU 2012.0264): Salmonella enteritidis in fresh eggs from Poland; distributed to Denmark, Finland, Germany, Iraq, the Netherlands and Poland.
  • Outbreak Alert (India): More than 50 children and a few adults developed symptoms of food poisoning thought to be linked to consuming ice cream from a make-shift stall outside the premises of the Subramanian Kovil temple at Kiliyalam in Kinanur-Karindalam village.

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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