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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: Best Maid Cookie Company (River Falls, WI) recalls Sienna Bakery® Oatmeal Walnut Raisin Baked Cookies (6/40/1.35-oz; Lot No. 121222011525001 on the master case, 12122201 on the retail box) and Sienna Bakery® White Chocolate Macadamia Baked Cookies (6/40/1.35 oz; Lot Nos. 121222061052009, 121222061052001 on the master case, 12122201 on the retail box), due to the potential of undeclared walnuts. The master cases of product may contain retail boxes that are labeled as White Chocolate Macadamia Nut, but have Oatmeal Walnut Raisin cookies inside. Affected product was sold through GFS Marketplace stores from May 11th through June 7th in the states of Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. Affected product was distributed to Gordon Food Service® (GFS) delivery customers from May 11, 2012 through June 7, 2012 in the states of Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia.
  • Allergy Alert Update: USDA releases retail distribution list for lasagna products that were recalled by Windsor Quality Food Co.
  • Food Safety Recall: Popchips recalls Sea Salt & Vinegar Potato Chips (3-oz bags; UPC 82666 70050; Best by dates of MAY213, MAY0313, MAY 1013LY or MAY2113), because the product may contain metal fragments.
  • Outbreak Alert Update: CDC reports that the outbreak of human Salmonella infections linked to live chicks and ducklings has grown to 123 confirmed cases in 25 states. Twenty-six people have been hospitalized; 36% of the confirmed victims are children 10 years of age or younger. The infected live poultry were supplied by Mt. Healthy Hatchery in Ohio.

Canada

  • Allergy Alert: Quantimpex Inc. recalls Koska Apricot Preserve (380g; EXP 22 11 2013; Lot #17 326), due to the presence of undeclared sulphites. The recalled product was distributed in Ontario and Quebec.

Europe

  • Allergy Alert (Ireland): Supervalu withdraws Supervalu Nice Price Milk Chocolate Wafer Biscuit (125g pack size; All batches and All best before dates), due to inconsistent egg allergen labelling.
  • Food Safety Recall (France): Marcel Baey recalls Marcel BAEY Flétan Fumé/Smoked Halibut (sliced or whole; Lot Nos. 124 12, 125 12, 128 12, 130 12 et 131 12; Best before dates 02/06/12, 03/06/12, 06/06/12, 08/06/12 et 09/06/12, respectively), due to contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The recalled product was distributed across France.
  • Consumer Product Safety Recall (Belgium): Trafic recalls Metaltex Kitchen Utensil Set (pkg of 5 melamine kitchen utensils; Sold from March 2011 to May 2012), due to excessive levels of melamine and formaldehyde.
  • Outbreak Alert (Switzerland): Approximately 40 military recruits are being treated in the infirmary for vomiting and diarrhea believed to be of viral origin. Diagnostic tests are being carried out to determine whether the outbreak is due to norovirus.
  • Outbreak Alert Update (UK): The Health Protection Agency reports an additional 60 cases of cryptosporidiosis were confirmed in four affected regions of England between June 1st and June 7th, bringing the total number of cases in these regions to 327 since May 11, 2012. There is no evidence that public water supplies are the source of the spike in illnesses in these regions.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.0766): Diazinon in fresh oranges from Italy; distributed to Denmark.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.0767): Salmonella Mbandaka in mini chicken paprika skewer from France; distributed to France, Germany and Luxembourg.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.0768): Salmonella spp. in tahini liquid from Syria; distributed to Netherlands.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.0769 & 2012.0770): Salmonella spp. in tahini from Syria; distributed to Netherlands.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.0771): Fenitrothion in wheat from Brazil; distributed to Spain.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.0772): Listeria monocytogenes in raw milk cheese from France; distributed to France and Germany.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.0774): Imazalil in grapefruit from Turkey; distributed to Romania.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.0775): Mercury in fresh swordfish from Madagascar; distributed to France.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.0776): Coagulation of and too high count of mesophiles in UHT milk from Slovenia; distributed to Italy.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.0777): Rodent fragments in frozen leaf spinach from Belgium; distributed to Denmark.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.0778): Ochratoxin A in barley malt syrup from Belgium; distributed to Austria, Belgium, Italy and Netherlands.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.0779): Aflatoxins in chili powder from China; distributed to Belgium and France.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.0780): Sulfamethoxazole in acacia honey from Poland; distributed to Slovakia.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.0781): Listeria monocytogenes in soft cheese preparation made with gorgonzola and cream from Italy; distributed to Austria and Germany.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.0782): Salmonella spp. in whole black pepper from Brazil, via the Netherlands; distributed to Denmark.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.0783): Pesticides in coriander from Malaysia; distributed to Belgium.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.0784): High Escherichia coli count in black mussels from Greece; distributed to Italy.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.0785): Parasitic infestation with Anisakis of chilled anchovies from Slovenia; distributed to Italy.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.0787): Methomyl in table grapes from Chile; distributed to Netherlands.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Food Safety Recall (Australia): Parmalat Australia Ltd. recalls Pauls Smarter White Milk (1L plastic bottles; Use by 20 JUN), due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The recalled milk was sold from Woolworths, Coles, BP service stations and smaller independent outlets in Northern Territory only.
  • Food Safety Recall (Australia): Casa recalls Casa Marinated Feta (250g plastic jar; Best before 01OCT12, 26OCT12, 31OCT12 and 14NOV12), due to E. coli contamination. The recalled product was sold at Coles supermarkets, IGA stores and independent supermarkets in Western Australia.

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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