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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

  • Allergy Alert: West Best Foods, Inc. (Las Vegas, NV) recalls West Best Foods Inc. Lasagna with Meat Sauce (24-lb cases; Est 6080; Produced between April 13, 2012 and May 21, 2012) and West Best Foods Inc. Deluxe Beef Lasagna (24-lb cases; Est 6080; Produced between April 13, 2012 and May 21, 2012), because of misbranding and the presence of undeclared soy. The recalled products were distributed to hotels and one distributor in Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • Allergy Alert: Harris Teeter recalls HT Traders Sorbet (Lemon, Raspberry, Mango, Coconut and Orange flavors), due to the presence of undeclared milk protein.
  • Food Safety Recall: Pacific Coast Fruit Company (Portland, OR) recalls multiple types of bagged processed salads (Please see recall notice for detailed list of affected products), because the salads may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The recalled salads, which contain some of the salads that were recalled by River Ranch, were distributed to Fred Meyer, Avanti, and Evergreen in Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Idaho, and were supplied to VA food service in 5-lb to 20-lb bags as salad kits.
  • Food Safety Recall: Kroger recalls Private Selection Organic Baby Spinach, because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella. The recalled spinach was sold in Southwest, Dillons, King Soopers, Frys, Fred Meyer, Ralphs, Food 4 Less, QFC & Smith’s retail stores.
  • FDA Enforcement Action: U.S. Marshals, acting at the request of the Food and Drug Administration, have seized HybriSil (methylprednisolone acetate 1% percent in silicone gel), an unapproved new drug marketed by Crescendo Therapeutics, LLC (Vista, CA).
  • FDA Warning Letter: FDA warns Process Managers, LLC (Winchester, KY) that a December 2011 inspection of the company’s facility found that the firm manufactures and distributes products for animal consumption. FDA’s review of the products’ labeling revealed that CalDensity® and Want A Snack™ are drugs, as they are intended for use in the mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease in animals. FDA considers these products to be unapproved new animal drugs and the company’s marketing of them violates the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.
  • FDA Warning Letter: FDA warns Capitol Foods, Inc. (Washington, DC) that a March 2012 inspection of the company’s food warehouse and ready-to-eat shrimp egg roll manufacturing facility found serious violations of the seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulation.
  • FDA Warning Letter: FDA warns Smak Sp. z.o.o. c/o and Prymat Sp. z.o.o. (44-337 Jastrzebie Zdroj, Poland) that a January 2012 inspection of the Smak Sp. acidified food facility revealed serious deviations from the acidified food regulations.
  • FDA Warning Letter: FDA warns Reaction Nutrition, L.L.C. (Carnegie, PA) that a November/December 2011 inspection of the company’s dietary supplement manufacturing and packaging facility found a number of significant violations of the Current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP) regulations for dietary supplements.
  • FDA Warning Letter: FDA warns Inova Health System (Falls Church, VA) that a January/February 2012 inspection of Inova Blood Donor Services (Sterling, VA) documented numerous significant violations of the Current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP) regulations for blood and blood products.

Canada

Europe

  • Food Safety Recall (Denmark): Mozami A/S recalls Irma’s ecological balance Smoked Fillet (Product of Germany; 80g; Package date 07-05-2012; Best before 28-06-2012) and Irma’s ecological balance Salami with Peppercorns (Product of Germany; 90g; Package date 07-05-2012; Best before 11-06-2012), due to incorrect expiration dates. Correct Best before dates should be 28-05-2012 for both products.
  • Outbreak Alert (UK/Canary Islands Cruise): The Daily Mail reports that 170 passengers on the Boudicca were sickened with suspected norovirus during a 13-day trip to the Canary Islands. Some of the infected passengers were quarantined during the cruise. The ship was met by National Health Service staff and ambulance crews when it docked in Greenock, Scotland.
  • Animal Feed Safety Notification (EU #2012.0669): Salmonella Agona in soybean meal from Italy; distributed to Austria.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.0672): Unauthorized formic acid in white sour cabbage from Poland; distributed to Slovakia.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.0673): Bone fragments in chilled pate from Belgium; distributed to Denmark.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.0676): Pentachlorophenol in guar gum from India; distributed to Germany.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.0679): Excessive sulphite in dried apricots from Turkey, via Lithuania; distributed to Estonia.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.0680): Aflatoxins in halva with pistachios from Turkey; distributed to the United Kingdom.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.0681): Nitrofuran metabolite (nitrofurazone) in honey from New Zealand; distributed to the United Kingdom.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.0682): Foreign bodies in dates from the United Kingdom; distributed to Iceland.
  • Pet Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.0683): Salmonella Derby in bulls pizzle from Germany; distributed to Austria.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.0684): Excessive polyphosphates in frozen plaice fillets from the Netherlands; distributed to Italy.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.0685): Foreign body in pudding rice from Italy; distributed to the United Kingdom.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.0688): Excessive sulphite in dried apples from China, via Lithuania; distributed to Estonia.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.0689): Listeria monocytogenes in fresh Norwegian smoked salmon from Poland; distributed to Italy.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.0691): Histamine in tins of sardines in oil and tins of sardines with tomatoes from Morocco; distributed to Congo, France, Hong Kong and Switzerland.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.0692): Unauthorized chlorfluazuron in chilled kale from Thailand; distributed to Switzerland.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.0693): Salmonella infantis in frozen chicken meat from Poland; distributed to Slovakia.

Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands

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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