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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

  • Outbreak Alert: The Pennsylvania Department of Health is warning the public that Trader Joe’s Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter made with sea salt may be related to a multi-state Salmonella outbreak. According to the news release, there have been 29 cases of illness, including two cases reported in Pennsylvania. Trader Joe’s has removed the product fromits stores.
  • Food Safety Recall: Lunds & Byerly’s recalls Lunds & Byerly’s brand Marinated Chicken Breasts (including Tuscan Chicken Breasts, Northwoods Chicken Breasts, Lemon Herb Chicken Breasts, Applewood Chipotle Chicken Breasts, Chimichurri Chicken Breasts, and Raspberry Chicken Breasts), Kabobs (including Cajun Fireball Chicken Kabobs, Tuscan Kabobs, Northwoods Chicken Kabobs, and Raspberry Chicken Kabobs) and Great Food Fast Meal Kits (including Applewood Chicken & Maple Bean, Tuscan Chicken Risotto, Northwood Chicken & Cheddar Mac, Chimichurri Chicken & Roasted Corn Pilaf, and Raspberry Chicken & Wild Rice) sold since September 14, 2012, because the chicken used in these products may have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
  • Food Safety Recall Update: The California Department of Public Health releases an updated retail distribution list for cantaloupes recalled by DFI Marketing Inc due to possible contamination with Salmonella and distributed in the State of California.
  • Food Safety Alert: USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service issues a Public Health Alert for imported Canadian Raw Boneless Beef Trim from XL Foods that may be contaminated by E. coli O157:H7. For more information, please refer to the consolidated recall information located at the Canada/USA Ground Beef Recall tab.
  • Outbreak Alert Update: CDC reports that a fifteenth person has been hospitalized due to infection with the outbreak strain of Listeria monocytogenes that was traced to contaminated Ricotta Salata cheese imported from Italy by Forever Cheese Inc. All fifteen people were hospitalized. Three deaths have been reported; listeriosis contributed to at least one of the three deaths.
  • Pharmaceutical Product Safety Recall: Watson Laboratories, Inc. recalls Hydrocodone Bitartrate and APAP Tablets, USP 10 mg/500 mg (500 count; Lot #519406A and 521759A; Expiry date April 2014), after a customer complained that some tablets were thicker and darker shade than the other tablets. Some tablets may contain higher than indicated amounts of the active ingredients Hydrocodone Bitartrate and/or Acetaminophen.
  • Dietary Supplement Safety Recall: Evol Nutrition Associates, Inc./Red Dawn (Kennesaw, GA) recalls Mojo Nights (1 capsule/pkg; UPC 7 18122 11983 7) and Mojo Nights for Her (1 capsule/pkg; UPC 7 18122 12133 5) after FDA tests detected tadalafil and sildenafil in the Mojo Nights product. The recalled products were manufactured by Mojo Health (Lauderhill, FL) and distributed nationwide via retail stores and internet sales between July 2011 and July 2012.

Canada

Europe

  • Food Safety Recall (Denmark): Arla Foods AmbA and Vium Dairy recall Sliced Klovborg Toast Cheese (150g pkg; Best before 16.10.2012, 30.10.2012, 21.11.2012, 27.11.2012 and 02.12.2012), because leaks in the package may result in mold growth.
  • Food Safety Recall (Denmark): Coop Trading A/S recalls COOP Chicken Strips (150g plastic trays; Product of Poland; Best before 22/9-2012, 27/9-2012 and 29/9-2012), due to gas production in the packages.
  • Food Safety Recall (Denmark): Arla Foods AmbA recalls Puck Mediterranean Inspired Soft White Cheese 40+ (500g; Produced in Bislev Dairy; Best before 16.04.2013), due to gas formation that suggests bacterial growth in the product.
  • Food Safety Withdrawal (Denmark): Helsam A/S withdraws Holle Organic 3-Grain Baby Food – rice, maize and millet (250g cardboard box; Lot R11171; Best before 25.04.2012), due to high levels of Ochratoxin A in a sample from the lot.
  • Outbreak Alert (several EU member states): The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), in conjunction with food and veterinary authorities in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary report an investigation of 167 confirmed and 254 probable cases of Salmonella Stanley infections due to a common strain of the microbe. Epidemiological and microbiological investigations strongly suggest that the turkey production chain is the source of the outbreak; however other possible sources have not been ruled out. EFSA warns that additional human cases are likely to be reported until control measures are implemented and the source of the infections has been eliminated.
  • Outbreak Alert (Wales, UK): BBC reports that health officials are investigating an outbreak of E. coli O157 that may be linked to the Cantref Adventure Farm, a petting farm located in Brecon. Two children have been infected, but are recovering at home; two family members of one of the infected children also have tested positive for E. coli O157.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.1346): Lead in cassava flour from Brazil; distributed to France.
  • Allergy Alert Notification (EU #2012.1347): Undeclared sulphite in candied ginger from Sweden; distributed to Denmark.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.1348): Salmonella in sweet paprika powder from Hungary; distributed to Belgium, Iceland and the Netherlands.

Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands

  • Food Safety Alert (Vietnam): The Plant Protection Department warns that up to 40% of bean sprout samples sold in Ha Noi’s markets are contaminated with harmful bacteria, including E. coli, Salmonella and Listeria.
  • Food Safety Alert (Philippines): The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources warn the public that shellfish collected at Dumanquillas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur, Murcielagos Bay in Zamboanga del Norte and Misamis Occidental, and coastal waters of Milagros in Masbate remain positive for paralytic shellfish poison beyond the regulatory limit and should not be harvested or consumed.
  • Outbreak Alert (Hong Kong): The Centre for Health Protection is investigating another outbreak of acute gastroenteritis at a kindergarten/child care centre in Shatin involving 21 pupils between 3 and 5 years of age.

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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