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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- Food Safety Recall: ConAgra Foods (Omaha, NE) recalls Hunt’s Tomato Sauce (8-oz cans; Best by JUL 23 2014, JUL 24 2014, AUG 29 2014, AUG 30 2014, and OCT 08 2014) and Hunt’s Tomato Sauce No Salt Added (8-0z cans; Best by JUL 23 2014, AUG 29 2014, OCT 07 2014, and OCT 08 2014) that were packaged in cans containing a defect in the inner lining. The can defect may cause the can to swell and the product to spurt out when opened. The recalled product was supplied to retail food stores and distributors in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
- Food Safety Update: Missouri has reinstated the plant license for Homestead Creamery (Jamesport, MO) following a reinspection carried out by the State Milk Board.
- Allergy Alert: Food Processing Development Centre recalls the following foods, prepared for Siwin Foods Ltd., due to undeclared soy, wheat, and/or crustacean/shellfish: Pork, vegetable and chives dumplings (2 kg; Lot B011), Korean Kim Chi pork dumplings (2 kg; Lot B047), Japanese style pork and beef dumplings (2 kg; Lot B138), Vegetable and chicken dumplings (2 kg; Lot B172), Chicken and vegetable potstickers (2 kg; Lot B143), Pork and chives potstickers (2 kg; Lot B208), Pork and vegetable potstickers (2 kg; Lot B118), Beef and celery potstickers (2 kg; Lot B039), Pork and mushroom potstickers (2 kg; Lot B209), and Pork and vegetable dumplings (2 kg; Lot B011). The recalled products were supplied to retailers in Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan.
- OTC Pharmaceutical Product Safety Recall: Prestige Brands recalls Infants’ Little Remedies for Fevers (Lot 3742), because some bottles may contain less than the claimed amount of acetaminophen. The recalled product was supplied to retailers across Canada, including Walmart and Shoppers Drug Mart.
- Allergy Alert (UK): Waitrose recalls Waitrose Channel Island Hazelnut Yogurt (150g; Display Until 26 January 2013; Use by 28 January 2013), due to undeclared walnuts and almonds.
- Food Safety Alert (Netherlands): The Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority warns consumers that Marshmallow root, Galreiningende herbs and Airways’ spices herbal teas supplied by Jacob Hooy are likely contaminated with belladonna, a toxic herb. Consumers who purchased these teas should either discard them or return them to the store for a refund. The contaminated teas were imported from Bulgaria.
- Food Safety Notification (EU #2013.0083): Salmonella Heidelberg in frozen poultry meat from Brazil; distributed to Spain.
- Allergy Alert Notification (EU #2013.0086): Undeclared sulphite and milk ingredient in various snacks from the United Kingdom; distributed to Ireland and the United Kingdom.
- Food Safety Notification (EU #2013.0088): Mercury in whole frozen swordfish from Spain; distributed to Italy.
- Food Safety Notification (EU #2013.0089): Mercury in chilled swordfish from Sri Lanka; distributed to Denmark and Germany.
- Food Safety Notification (EU #2013.0090): Salmonella enteritidis in fresh chicken meat from Poland; distributed to Poland and the United Kingdom.
Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands
- Outbreak Alert (Hong Kong/Thailand): The Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection is investigating two suspected food poisoning clusters involving 13 persons who ate at a Bangkok, Thailand restaurant. The first ground includes four males and five females who lunched at the restaurant on January 17th; the second group – one man and three women – ate at the same restaurant on January 20th. All of the outbreak victims complained of abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, malaise, chills and dizziness about six to 28 hours after eating at the Bangkok restaurant.
Australia and New Zealand
- Food Safety Recall (New Zealand): The Ministry for Primary Industries announces a recall of the following ‘Jindi’ brand cheeses, imported from Australia, due to potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination: Jindi Blue (2 kg wheel; Batch code WW22110; Best before 04.01.2013), Jindi Deluxe Blue (120g; Batch code VW191010; Best before 25.12.2012), Jindi Camembert (200g; Batch code 70111; Best before 18.01.2013), Jindi Classic Camembert (1 kg wheel; Batch code 140111; Best before 21.01.2013), Old Telegraph Road Fire Engine Red (1 kg wheel; Batch code 131610; Best before 28.12.2012), Jindi Brie (3 kg wheel; Batch code 243110; Best before 18.01.2013) and Jindi Triple Cream Brie (1.5 kg log; Batch code 40511; Best before 24.01.2013). Jindi cheeses have been implicated in an outbreak of listeriosis in Australia. The recalled cheeses were sold under the Jindi, Old Telegraph Road and Top Paddock brands between December 2012 and January 2013 at Kosher Co-op (Wellington Jewish Community Centre), New World (Wellington City), Farro Fresh Foods (Constellation Drive and Grey Lynn stores, Auckland) and On-Trays Ltd (Petone, Wellington).
Latin America and the Caribbean
Food Safety Recall
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 website.
- Big Y® World Class Market®
- BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc.
- Costco Wholesale Corporation (US stores)
- Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd.
- EDEKA (Germany)
- Food City
- Food Lion
- Giant Food LLC
- Gros Cidac (Italy)
- Hannaford Brothers Co.
- Harris Teeter
- The Kroger Company*
- Lucky Supermarkets
- Price Chopper
- Roundy’s Supermarkets, Inc.
- Stop & Shop
- Sweetbay Supermarkets
- Top Food & Drug
- Tops Friendly Markets
- Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
- Whole Foods Market
- WinCo Foods
- Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc.