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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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For current information on retail distribution of peanut butter products recalled due to Salmonella Bredeney, please consult the Trader Joe’s/Sunland Peanut Butter Recalls tab.

For current information on retail distribution of beef products containing Canadian beef recalled due to E. coli O157:H7 contamination please consult the Canada/USA Beef Recall tab.

United States

  • Allergy Alert: Tropical Valley Foods recalls various Dark Chocolate, Organic Dark Chocolate and Trail Mix items (sold in bulk; shipped 09/26/2011 through 09/25/2012), due to the presence of undeclared wheat, soy and/or tree nuts. The recalled items (please consult the recall notice for a detailed list) were shipped to distributors and retailers in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Quebec City (Quebec, Canada), Hong Kong and Dubai (UAE).
  • Allergy Alert: Wegmans recalls Wegmans Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Mix (15.3oz; UPC 7789028333; All lot codes), Wegmans Gluten Free Honey Cornbread Mix (16 oz; UPC 7789030343; All lot codes) and Wegmans Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Mix (16 oz; UPC 7789030341; All lot codes), because the products may contain undeclared soy.
  • Food Safety Recall: Bumble Bar recalls Gluten Free Café Chocolate Sesame Bar (UPC 70795-03450; Lot codes 01MAY13, 30APR13, 18MAR13, 20OCT12, 19OCT12, 17OCT12, 16OCT12, 04JUL12, 26APR12, 21MAR12) and Gluten Free Café Cinnamon Sesame Bar (UPC 70795-03551; Lot codes 16APR13, 17APR13, 15MAR13, 22SEP12, 22AUG12, 23AUG12, 29JUN12, 24MAY12, 25APR12, 02MAR12), because the Sesame Bars contain Sunland peanut products and may be contaminated with Salmonella. The recalled products were distributed nationwide from June, 2011 to October, 2012, and exported primarily to retail stores, and through internet orders.
  • Food Safety Recall: Bee Well Natural Foods, Inc. (Lakewood, OH) recalls WOW Wheatgrass Juice (7 x 1-oz frozen units; All packages available for sale prior to October 17, 2012), because the product has not been pasteurized and may contain harmful bacteria. The recalled products were sold at grocery and health food stores in Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington, DC.
  • Outbreak Alert Final Update: CDC reports that a total of 195 persons infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Infantis, Salmonella Newport and Salmonella Lille were reported from 27 states. Epidemiologic, laboratory and traceback findings linked the outbreak to contact with live poultry from Mt. Healthy Hatchery in Ohio. This outbreak is now thought to be over.
  • Outbreak Alert Update: CDC reports that a total of 22 persons infected with Listeria monocytogenes have been reported from 13 states and the District of Columbia; 20 people were hospitalized. Four deaths are associated with this outbreak, which has been traced to contaminated Frescolina Marte brand ricotta salata cheese imported from Italy.

Canada

  • Allergy Alert: Tropical Valley Foods recalls various Dark Chocolate, Organic Dark Chocolate and Trail Mix items (sold in bulk; shipped 09/26/2011 through 09/25/2012), due to the presence of undeclared wheat, soy and/or tree nuts. The recalled items (please consult the recall notice for a detailed list) were shipped to distributors and retailers in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Quebec City (Quebec, Canada), Hong Kong and Dubai (UAE).
  • Allergy Alert: Les Aliments P.G. recalls various Les Aliments P.G. brand pizzas, subs and sandwiches, due to the presence of undeclared mustard, peanuts, egg, soy, sesame seeds, nuts, dairy protein and sulfites. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products. The recalled products were sold in certain establishments in the Abitibi-Témiscaminque region of Quebec.
  • Allergy Alert: L’Épi doré (Montreal, QC) recalls Pain de soya et millet/Soy & Millet Bread (550g; All product sold up to and including 10 October) and Pain de seigle et tournesol/Rye & Sunflower Bread (550g; All product sold up to and including 10 October), due to the presence of undeclared wheat.
  • Food Safety Recall: Herboristerie La Clef Des Champs Inc. (Val-David, QC) recalls Organic Ginger Ground Root (200g; UPC 6 97026 92441 2; Codes BF011441B08 & BF011441B09), Organic Curry Spices Culinary Mix (35g; UPC 6 97026 74967 1; Codes CC0112 967B07 & CC0812 967B01), Organic Curry Spices Culinary Mix (257g; UPC 6 97026 69967 9; Codes CC0112 967B08 & CC0812 967B02), Organic Curry Spices Culinary Mix (500g; UPC 6 97026 70967 5; Codes CC0112 967B05, CC0112 967B06, CC0112 967B09 & CC0812 967B03), Organic Spice Cake Culinary Mix (45g; UPC 6 97026 74974 9; Code CC0312 974B01) and Organic Ginger Root Powder (20 kg; UPC 6 97026 70441 0; Code BF011441B), because the products may be contaminated with Salmonella. The recalled products were distributed nationally.

Europe

  • Allergy Alert (UK): Sainsbury’s recalls Kids Chicken Curry by Sainsbury’s (225g; Use by up to and including 31 October 2012), due to the presence of undeclared wheat (gluten) and celery.
  • Food Safety Recall (UK): Cleone Foods Ltd. recalls Island Delight Jerk Chicken snack pack (6 x 50g; Best before 11 April 2014), due to an incorrect “best before” date. The product should have been labeled with a “use by” date of 31 October 2012.
  • Food Withdrawal (UK): Farmfoods withdraws all date codes of Farmfoods Cooked Ham (200g), Farmfoods Honey Roast Ham (300g), Farmfoods Lean Ham (300g), Farmfoods Lean Breaded Ham (300g), Farmfoods Pork Luncheon Meat (250g), Farmfoods Garlic Sausage (250g) and Farmfoods Wafer Thin Ham (400g), because the packaging incorrectly states ‘best before’ rather than ‘use by’.
  • Outbreak Alert Update (Northern Ireland): The outbreak of E. coli O157 linked to Flicks restaurant (Cityside Mall, Belfast) stands at 130 confirmed cases and 163 probable cases. The number of new illness reports is decreasing.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.1498): Inadequate thermal processing of chilled paté of liver from Sweden; distributed to Sweden.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2012.1499): Aflatoxins in raw chilled milk from Hungary; distributed to Slovenia.
  • Animal Feed Safety Notification (EU #2012.1500): Salmonella in meat meal from the Netherlands; distributed to Italy.

Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands

  • Allergy Alert: Tropical Valley Foods recalls various Dark Chocolate, Organic Dark Chocolate and Trail Mix items (sold in bulk; shipped 09/26/2011 through 09/25/2012), due to the presence of undeclared wheat, soy and/or tree nuts. The recalled items (please consult the recall notice for a detailed list) were shipped to distributors and retailers in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Quebec City (Quebec, Canada), Hong Kong and Dubai (UAE).

Australia and New Zealand

  • Food Safety Recall (Australia): Patties Foods Ltd. recalls Four’N Twenty Angus Beef Potato Pies (800g 4-pack; Best before 04 07 12 and 05 07 12), because of potential foreign matter contamination. The recalled product was sold nationally at Woolworths, Coles, Bi-Lo, IGA and other independent supermarkets.
  • Food Safety Recall (New Zealand): Charlie’s Trading Company Ltd. recalls Phoenix Organics brand Apple & Orange Mango Juice (275mL glass bottle; Best before 12/09/13), Apple & Feijoa Juice (275mL glass bottle; Best before 12/09/13), Apple & Mango Passion Juice (275mL glass bottle; Best before 12/09/13), Apple & Pomegranate Juice (275mL glass bottle; Best before 12/09/13), Apple & Blackcurrant Juice (275mL glass bottle; Best before 12/09/13), and Apple & Guava Juice (275mL glass bottle; Best before 12/09/13), due to impact damage to the bottle cap that may result in potential chip in the glass thread of the bottle. The recalled juices were sold in cafés, corner stores and supermarkets throughout New Zealand.
  • Food Safety Alert (New Zealand): The Waikato District Health Board has issued a public health warning on shellfish harvested from Mohakatino in northern Taranaki, north to Manukau Harbour. The warning includes Kawhia, Aotea and Raglan harbours. According to The New Zealand Herald, shellfish samples taken from Kawhia and Raglan have shown levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning toxin above the safe limit.
  • Outbreak Alert (New Zealand): Thirty-three elderly patients at Auckland Hospital have been isolated after thirteen patients and four staff members at the hospital developed symptoms of norovirus infections.

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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