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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: Bruce Foods Corporation (New Iberia, LA) recalls Food Club Red Enchilada Sauce (10 oz can; Code GES 462449; Best before 12/3/2016), because the cans may contain Green Enchilada Sauce instead of Red. The Green Enchilada Sauce contains wheat and soy, which are not indicated on the labels of the Red Enchilada Sauce. The recalled product was supplied to retailers in Virginia and Minnesota between 1/15/2013 and 1/16/2013.
  • Food Safety Recall: GoldCoast Salads (Naples, FL) recalls Blue Crab Spread (1-lb & 8-oz containers; EXP 21/14/13 B), Maine Lobster Spread (1-lb & 8-oz containers; EXP 2/16/13 LA), Lobster and Shrimp Spread (1-lb & 8-oz containers; EXP 2/23/13 L&S1 and EXP 3/30/13 L&S1), and Smoked Salmon Spread (1-lb & 8-oz containers; 3/10/13 S2), due to possible Listeria contamination. The recalled products were supplied to stores in the North East and South East USA.
  • Pet Food Safety Recall: The Honest Kitchen recalls Verve pet food (4 lb & 10 lb box; Item code V4 + VR; Production date 8/20/12; Expiry 8/20/13; Lot #2332A, batches 1-3), Verve pet food (10-lb box; Item code VR; Production date 11/1/12; Expiry 11/1/13; Lot 3062A, batches 8 & 9), Thrive  pet food (1 oz sample; Item code TM; Production date 9/18/12; Expiry 9/18/13; Lot 2622A, batch 3), Zeal pet food (4 lb & 10 lb box; Item code Z4 + ZR; Production date 8/14/12; Expiry 8/14/13; Lot 2272A, batches 1-5) and Zeal pet food (10 lb box; Item code ZR; Production date 9/21/12; Expiry 9/21/13; Lot 2652A, batches 1-4), due to potential Salmonella contamination. The recalled products were sold across the USA and Canada.
  • Pet Treat Safety Recall Update: Kasel Associates Inc. recalls all pet treats manufactured from April 20 through September 19, 2012 due to potential contamination with Salmonella. FDA has received a ‘small number of complaints’ of illness in dogs who were exposed to these treats. During a follow-up inspection at the firm, FDA sampled finished pet treat products and the environment for Salmonella. All of the pet treat products and 48 of the 87 environmental samples tested positive for Salmonella. The agency found more than 10 different Salmonella in the products and the manufacturing facility. Because of the multiple positive tests for Salmonella, and the production practices and conditions observed at the facility during the inspection, FDA believes that there is a reasonable probability that pet treat products manufactured in the facility from April 20, 2012 through September 19, 2012 are contaminated with Salmonella. Affected brands include Boots & Barkley, Petco, Kasel, Menards, Target, Nutri-Vet, Nature’s Deli (Sam’s Club and Costco), and TDBBS Inc. Best Bully Sticks.
  • Food Safety Enforcement Action: FDA enters into consent decree with U Joo Foods, a sprout grower located in Chicago. Under the consent decree, U Joo Foods is prohibited from processing and distributing food until they demonstrateto the FDA that the facility and processing equipment are suitable to prevent contamination in the food that they process, prepare, store, and handle.  In addition, they must routinely test the water where the sprouts are grown for evidence of contamination.

Canada

  • Pet Food Safety Recall: The Honest Kitchen recalls Verve pet food (4 lb & 10 lb box; Item code V4 + VR; Production date 8/20/12; Expiry 8/20/13; Lot #2332A, batches 1-3), Verve pet food (10-lb box; Item code VR; Production date 11/1/12; Expiry 11/1/13; Lot 3062A, batches 8 & 9), Thrive  pet food (1 oz sample; Item code TM; Production date 9/18/12; Expiry 9/18/13; Lot 2622A, batch 3), Zeal pet food (4 lb & 10 lb box; Item code Z4 + ZR; Production date 8/14/12; Expiry 8/14/13; Lot 2272A, batches 1-5) and Zeal pet food (10 lb box; Item code ZR; Production date 9/21/12; Expiry 9/21/13; Lot 2652A, batches 1-4), due to potential Salmonella contamination. The recalled products were sold across the USA and Canada.

Europe

  • Food Safety Recall (Germany): Minderleinsmühle GmbH & Co. KG recalls Linseed (25kg, 1000g and 500g packs; Best by 31.08.2013, 31.10.2013, 30.11.2013 and 07.12.2013) due to consumer complaints of foreign bodies in the products.
  • Food Fraud Withdrawal (Belgium, Ireland, Netherlands, UK): Iglo withdraws all meat products manufactured by Frigilunch N.V. (Belgium) after Iglo Chili Con Carne tests positive for horse DNA at 2%. Affected products were sold under the Iglo and Birds Eye brands.
  • Food Fraud Withdrawal (Ireland): Birds Eye withdraws all batch codes and dates of Beef Lasagne, frozen (400g), Traditional Spaghetti Bolognese, frozen (340g) and Shepherd’s Pie, frozen (400g), after the detection of horse DNA in a chilli con carne product manufactured at Frigilunch N.V. (Belgium) for Birds Eye. The chilli con carne was sold only in Belgium.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2013.0223): Norovirus in chilled oyster from France; distributed to Italy.
  • Food Fraud Notification (EU #2013.0224): Suspicion of fraud (horse DNA) in relation to penne bolognese from Germany; distributed to Austria.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2013.0226): Salmonella in chilled boneless pork meat from Spain; distributed to Finland.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2013.0228): Salmonella Heidelberg in frozen chicken meat from Brazil; distributed to Italy.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2013.0229): Folpet in batavia lettuce from France; distributed to France.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2013.0230): Plastic fragments in frozen diced red peppers from Poland; distributed to Germany.

Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands

  • Proprietary Chinese Medicine Recall (Hong Kong): Dragon Ginseng Enterprise (HK) Limited recalls Dragon Ginseng Flavon”, “Dragon Ginseng Sapon”, “Dragon Ginseng Ginseng Powder (50 sachets per box)” and “Dragon Ginseng Ginseng Powder (two bottles per box)”, because the medicines are believed to be unregistered.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Allergy Alert: Koala Popcorn Pty Ltd. recalls Koala Popcorn Chicken Flavour (25g net; All best before dates up to and including 07.07.13), due to undeclared milk. The recalled product was available in school canteens and via a small number of vending machines.

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.