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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: DFI Marketing Inc. (Fresno, CA) recalls DFI brand Cantaloupe (6, 9, 12, 15 or 18 cantaloupes per carton; 826 CALIFORNIA WESTSIDE stamped on carton; Packed August 26, 2012), after Salmonella is found on a single sample during routine USDA testing at a wholesale produce distribution center. The recalled cantaloupes may have been distributed from August 27 to September 10, 2012 primarily to retail customers in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New York, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Mexico. It is likely that the majority of the product is no longer in commerce.
  • Food Safety Recall: Whole Foods Market recalls Ricotta Salata supplied by Forever Cheese Inc. (Long Island City, NY), because the cheese has been implicated in 14 cases of listeriosis and may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The recalled Ricotta Salata Frescolina brand cheese was cut into wedges, packaged in clear plastic wrap and sold with a Whole Foods Market scale label using PLU 293427. All “sell by” dates through Oct. 2 are affected. The cheese was sold in Whole Foods Market stores in the following states: Alabama (1 store), Arizona (2 stores), California (2 stores), Colorado(2 stores), Florida (5 stores), Georgia (4 stores), Kansas (1 store), Kentucky (1 store), Maryland (6 stores), North Carolina (7 stores), New Jersey (2 stores), New Mexico (2 stores), New York (2 stores), Ohio (2 stores), Oregon (6 stores), Pennsylvania (5 stores), South Carolina (1 store), Tennessee (3 stores), Utah (1 store), Virginia (6 stores), Washington (6 stores), and Washington, D.C. (3 stores).
  • Food Safety Recall: Harris Teeter recalls Fresh Salmon Jalapeno & Cheddar Cakes (UPC 0020945800000), because the product contains onions that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The recalled product was sold in the following seven Harris Teeter stores: Store #21, Cameron Village, Raleigh, NC, Store #253, Pender Campus, Fairfax, VA, Store #282, Jenkins Row, Washington, DC, Store #341, High Point Mall, High Point, NC, Store #83, Pentagon Town Center, Arlington, VA, Store #238, Stone Ridge, Aldie, VA, and Store #378, Colonial Avenue, Norfolk, VA.
  • Food Safety Enforcement Action: The Missouri Department of Agriculture’s Meat and Poultry Inspection Program has halted custom exempt processing operations at Braunschweig Meat Processing, due to a violation related to the operation’s potable water supply.

Canada

  • Allergy Alert: Distribution Horizon Nature Inc. recalls Valpiform Pain Soleil (400g; Code 12167; Expiry date 28/12/2012) and Valpiform Pain de Mie (350g; Code 12194; Expiry date 10/01/2013), due to the presence of undeclared peanuts. The recalled product was sold in Quebec.

Europe

  • Dietary Supplement Safety Recall (Finland): Force Sports Nutrition Ky recalls Man Fuel, 100% Natural Herbal Supplement (Made in China; All best before dates) because the product contains dimethylsildenafil, a derivative of the active pharmaceutical agent present in Viagra.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.1311): Listeria monocytogenes in vanilla ice cream from Italy; distributed to Switzerland.
  • Animal Feed Safety Notification (EU #2012.1313): Salmonella typhimurium in rapeseed meal from Belgium; distributed to Spain.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.1314): Paralytic shellfish poisoning toxins in tinned clams from Portugal; distributed to Spain.

Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands

  • Outbreak Alert (Hong Kong): The Centre for Health Protection is investigating an outbreak of acute gastroenteritis caused by norovirus at a seniors home in North District that involves 15 residents and 5 staff members. Four of the outbreak victims were hospitalized.
  • Outbreak Alert Update (Sierra Leone): As of September 11th, Sierra Leone has reported over 17,500 cases of cholera, and more than 260 deaths. Twelve of the country’s 13 districts are affected, according to a Travel Health Notice from the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Latin America and the Caribbean

  • Food Safety Recall: DFI Marketing Inc. (Fresno, CA) recalls DFI brand Cantaloupe (6, 9, 12, 15 or 18 cantaloupes per carton; 826 CALIFORNIA WESTSIDE stamped on carton; Packed August 26, 2012), after Salmonella is found on a single sample during routine USDA testing at a wholesale produce distribution center. The recalled cantaloupes may have been distributed from August 27 to September 10, 2012 primarily to retail customers in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New York, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Mexico. It is likely that the majority of the product is no longer in commerce.

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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