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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: Isabella Foods (El Paso, TX) recalls Isabella Foods of El Paso Green Chicken Tamales (36-oz pkgs of 12 tamales; Est P-13389; Produced through Jan 18, 2013) and Isabella Foods of El Paso Red Pork Tamales (36-oz pkgs of 12 tamales; Est 1960; Produced through Jan 18, 2013), due to undeclared wheat or soy. The recalled products were supplied to institutions and retail stores in the El Paso, Texas area.
  • Food Safety Recall: San José Valley Veal (Santa Clara, CA) recalls San Jose Valley Veal and Beef Inc. boneless veal trimmings (60-lb cardboard box cases; Est 2828; Case codes L-1 11112, L-1 11212, L-1 11512, L-1 11612, L-1 11712, L-1 11812 or L-1 11912; Produced between November 1st and November 9th, 2012), because the trimmings may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. The recalled products were transported to a federal facility for further distribution.
  • OTC Pharmaceutical Product Safety Recall: Novartis Consumer Health, Inc. (Parsippany, NJ) recalls Theraflu ® Warming Relief Flu and Sore Throat (8.3 oz. UPC 300436265081; Lot 10108935, 10096570, 10121298, 10123035, 10106483, & 10126716), Theraflu® Daytime Warming Relief Severe Cold and Cough (8.3 oz.; UPC 300430461083; Lot 10096571, 10117845, 10102070, 10118134, 10118135, 10126586, & 10126729), Theraflu® Daytime/Nighttime Severe Cold & Cough Value Pack (UPC 300436412164; Lot 10120065, 10116591A, 10116591, 10116593, 10106487, 10108285, 10116594, 10116597, 10116598, 10116600, 10116601, & 10116602), Theraflu® Nighttime Warming Relief Severe Cold and Cough (8.3 oz.; UPC 300430460086; Lot 10104954, 10104955, 10107018, 10118113, 10123039, 10104956, & 10126861), Theraflu® Warming Relief Cold and Chest Congestion (8.3 oz.; UPC 300436296085; Lot 10106482, 10102071, 10113497, 10122891, 10123274, 10126440, & 10128457), Theraflu® Warming Relief Sinus and Cold (8.3 oz.; UPC 300436407085; Lot 10095358 & 10104966), Triaminic® Chest and Nasal Congestion (4 oz; UPC 300436347046; Lot 10092515, 10095554, 10098503, 10106046, & 10106233), Triaminic® Cold and Allergy (4 oz.; UPC 300436346049; Lot 10092519, 10096507, 10092518, 10102344, 10102052, 10098505, 10106511, 10099191, 10122929, & 10125956), and Triaminic® Cough and Sore Throat (4 oz.; UPC 300436348043; Lot 10104678, 10107025, 10107026, 10117681, 10118052, & 10126850) because the child-resistant feature of the bottle cap may not function properly, enabling the cap to be removed with the tamper-evident seal still in place. The recalled syrups were manufactured in the company’s Lincoln, NE facility prior to December 2011 and were distributed nationwide.
  • Dietary Supplement Safety Recall: FoodState Inc. (Derry, NH) recalls MegaFood One Daily Tablets (60, 90, and 180 tablets/bottle; Lot #10613, 10724 through 10728, 11246 and 12191) because the packaging is not child-resistant as required by the Poison Prevention Packaging Act. The recalled products were sold at  Sprouts Farmers Market, Vitamin Cottage, Whole Foods Market and other natural food stores nationwide from June 2012 to October 2012.
  • Outbreak Alert Update: CDC reports that a total of 20 persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Typhimurium as a result of contact with pet hedgehogs purchased from multiple breeders in different states have been reported from eight states: Alabama (1), Illinois (1), Indiana (1), Michigan (3), Minnesota (3), Ohio (3), Oregon (1), and Washington (7). Four of the 20 victims were hospitalized. One death associated with this outbreak was reported in Washington state.

Canada

  • Allergy Alert: Boucherie Mimmo inc (Montreal, QC) recalls a number of meat products due to undeclared milk, wheat, soy, nuts, and/or sesame seeds. Please refer to the recall notice for a detailed list of affected products.
  • Food Safety Recall: GNG Food Service Inc. recalls GNG Food Service Inc. Hummous (5kg and 11kg; Production date 15.January 2013; Expiry Date 30. January 2013), due to Listeria contamination. The recalled product was supplied to hotels, restaurants and/or institutions in Ontario.
  • OTC Pharmaceutical Product Safety Recall: Novartis Consumer Health Canada Inc. recalls the following products, due to defective child-resistant bottle caps: Jack & Jill Cough Syrup (100mL; DIN 00622036), Jack & Jill Children’s Formula Cough Liquid (100mL; DIN 00823023), Jack & Jill Cough & Cold (100mL; DIN 02242588), Jack & Jill Bedtime (100mL; DIN 02241167), Jack & Jill Expectorant (100mL; DIN 02350084), Triaminic Cough and Cold (100mL; DIN 02243739), Triaminic Cold & Nightime Cough (100 mL; DIN 00896179), Triaminic Cough, Cold & Fever (100 mL; DIN 02239666), Triaminic Cough & Sore Throat (100 mL; DIN 02130564), Triaminic Chest & Nasal Congestion (100 mL; DIN 02278308), Triaminic Long Acting Cough (100 mL; DIN 02277972), Neo Citran Extra Strength Nightime Total Cold and Flu (245 mL; DIN 02275961), Neo Citran Extra Strength Daytime Total Cold and Flu (245 mL; DIN 02275988), Neo Citran Extra Strength Chest Congestion, Cold and Mucous Relief (245 mL; DIN 02304740), Buckley’s Complete (150 mL and 250 mL; DIN 02279703), Buckley’s Complete with Mucous Relief Extra Strength (150 mL and 250 mL; DIN 02357232, and Buckley’s Complete PM Nightime (150 mL; DIN 02356457).

Europe

  • Allergy Alert (Denmark): Lantmännen Danpo A / S recalls Chicky World Fried Hot Wings, frozen (1kg bags; All expiry dates up to and including January 2014), due to undeclared celery.
  • Allergy Alert (UK): Tesco withdraws Tesco Mini Chocolate Crispies (49g; Batch #2292, 2295, 2303, 2319, 3021; All Best before dates between and including 19 May 2013 and 30 June 2013), due to undeclared soya.
  • Food Supplement Safety Notification (EU #2013.0103): Defective packaging of food supplements from the Netherlands; distributed to the Netherlands and Taiwan.
  • Allergy Alert Notification (EU #2013.0104): Undeclared milk ingredients in chilled mortadella from Italy; distributed to Denmark.
  • Allergy Alert Notification (EU #2013.0105): Undeclared celery in hot chicken wings from Denmark; distributed to Denmark, Germany, Malta and Norway.

Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands

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.
*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.