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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

  • FDA Warning Letter: FDA warns Big O’ Smokehouse, Inc. (Caledonia, MI) that a January 2012 inspection of the company’s food and seafood processing facility revealed that you have serious violations of the seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulation.
  • FDA Warning Letter: FDA warns Kelley’s Katch (Savannah, TN) that a February 2012 inspection of the company’s seafood processing facility revealed serious violations of the seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulation.
  • FDA Warning Letter: FDA warns Pescaderia La Marinera del 23 SA de CV (Puerto Juarez, Cancun, Mexico) that a September 2011 inspection of the company’s seafood processing facility found serious violations of the seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulation.
  • Food Safety Advisory (California): The California Department of Public Health advises that the annual quarantine of all sport-harvested mussel species along the California coast begins May 1, 2012. The quarantine, which is intended to protect the public from paralytic shellfish poisoning and domoic acid poisoning, applies to all species of mussels harvested along the California coast, as well as all bays and estuaries.
  • Food Safety Advisory: USDA reports having detected a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in a dairy cow from central California. The animal was never presented for slaughter for human consumption, and there is no risk to the food supply or human health, according to USDA. BSE (“mad cow disease”) is not transmitted in milk.

Canada

  • Allergy Alert: Marché du Campanile inc, dba L’Intermarché recalls Saucisse Italienne Forte, Saucisse Italienne Douce and Boudin de Sang de Porc, due to the presence of undeclared wheat. The company also recalls Saucisse merguez due to the presence of undeclared soy, wheat and modified dairy products. The recalled foods were sold in variable weight formats on or before April 23, 2012.
  • Allergy Alert: Commerce Caneast Inc. and Transhing Investment Inc. (QC) recall Koh-Kae Peanuts with Thai Tom Yum Spicy Flavour Coated (230g; all lot codes; UPC 8 852023 666549), due to the presence of a chemical additive and undeclared shellfish/crustacean. The recalled product was sold in Quebec.
  • Allergy Alert: Benfield Inc. recalls Plain Soy Beverage (Unknown brand – Chinese characters only; 2L; Best before May 16/2012 and May 20/2012; UPC 6 27843 16403 6), due to the presence of undeclared sesame seeds. The recalled product was sold in Ontario.
  • Health Hazard Alert/Outbreak Alert Update: Canadian Food Inspection Agency warns the public not to consume whole fesikh mullet, cut up fesikh mullet in oil, and whole fesikh shad (Various count and weight packages; sold from Lotus Catering and Fine Food, 1960 Lawrence Ave. E, Toronto, ON, on or before April 17, 2012) because they may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum. Three cases of botulism have been reported in Peel Region, where victims shared a common meal at a gathering on April 16th. The meal included prepared salted mullet (fesikh), which is consumed primarily during an Egyptian holiday marking the start of spring.

Europe

Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands

  • Food Safety Alert (Hong Kong): The Centre for Food Safety reports that one sample of balsamic vinaigrette imported from the USA and another sample of sports drink powder imported from Japan were found to contain plasticisers, Di-isodecyl phthalate (DIDP) and di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) respectively. CFS advises the public to stop consuming the affected products and has instructed the trade to stop selling them. Please refer to the CFS Press Release for details on both affected products.

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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