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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 up-to-date information on recalls and product withdrawals associated with the horse meat investigation, please consult the Horse Meat Synopsis and Recalls page.

For up-to-date information on recalls and product withdrawals associated with the Kasel pet treat recalls and investigation, please consult the Kasel Dog Treat Recalls: 2012-2013 page.

United States

  • Allergy Alert: Giant Eagle recalls Giant Eagle Lotsa Chocolate Chip Cookies (Tub; UPC 3003407516; All lot numbers and date codes), because the back label is incorrectly labeled as Ginger Snaps and does not declare the presence of soy as an allergen.
  • Food Safety Recall: Schmalz’s European Provisions (Springfield, NJ) recalls Applegate Organics Chicken and Apple Sausage (12-oz vacuum pkgs; Use or Freeze By 03/17/13; Est. P-5411), because the sausages may contain small pieces of plastic. The recalled product was sold in retail stores nationwide and through limited internet sales in New Jersey.
  • Food Safety Recall: Zachary Confections, Inc. recalls Zachary Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Egg Crates (5 oz; Product #31-797; Unit UPC 0 75186 15797 8; Code dates D3245D, D3145E, F3145E, D3245E; Best Buy Date 02/14/14), due to possible Salmonella contamination. The recalled product was shipped on February 21 and 22, 2013, and was distributed to some retail stores in sections of Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
  • Food Safety Recall: The Kroger Company recalls QFC Tender Twist Wheat Bread (20 oz), Kroger Value Wheat Bread (22.5 oz), Fred Meyer Tender Twist 100% Whole Wheat Bread (24 oz), Fred Meyer Tender Twist Honey Cracked Wheat Bread (24 oz), and Fred Meyer Tender Twist Wheat Bread (22.5 oz), because the products may contain pieces of plastic. The recalled breads were sold at Fred Meyer and QFC stores.
  • Pet Food Safety Recall: United Pet Group, Inc. recalls Ultra Blend Gourmet, Food for Parakeets (80oz bag; UPC 26851 00904; Item # A904 / 056-0904-01; USE BY dates 07/20/15 and 10/20/15), ēCotrition Grains & Greens, Nutritional Supplement for Parakeets (8oz bag; UPC 26851 00505; Item # A505 / 11-20700; USE BY dates 10/23/15 and 11/14/1), ēCotrition Grains & Greens, Nutritional Supplement for Canaries and Finches (8oz bag; UPC 26851 00546; Item # C546 / 11-20712; USE BY date 10/16/15), and ēCotrition Grains & Greens, Nutritional Supplement for Cockatiels (6.5oz bag; UPC 26851 00512; Item # B512 / 11-20711; USE BY date 12/05/15). The recalled products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, as they contain small quantities of dried parsley flakes that were recalled on February 11, 2013 by Specialty Commodities, Inc.  due to Salmonella contamination. The recalled products were distributed throughout the USA and Canada between October 2012 and February 2013.
  • Food Safety Alert: The California Department of Public Health advises consumers not to eat recreationally harvested mussels, clams or whole scallops from Marin County, as dangerous levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning toxins have been detected in mussels from this region. Clams and scallops may also pose a health risk. The warning does not extend to commercially sold clams, mussels, scallops or oysters from approved sources.

Canada

  • Allergy Alert: IGA de Cotret Brazeau (Gatineau, QC) recalls Salade d’épinards au poulet (undeclared wheat and soy), Trempette aux épinards (undeclared sulfites), and Salade de patates (undeclared milk), due to the presence of undeclared allergens.
  • Allergy Alert: Overwaitea Food Group LP recalls Kettle brand Honey Roast Nuts & Fruit Mix (24 lb; Best before 26MAY12 to 04APR13; UPC 84114 01900), Kettle brand Natural Chocolate Lover’s Mix (24 lb; Best before 03JUL12 to 15JUN13; UPC 84114 01815) and Kettle brand Honey Roast Harvest Mix (24 lb; Best before 27JUN12 to 09JUN13; UPC 84114 01910), due to undeclared sulfites. The recalled products were sold to consumers in Alberta and British Columbia.
  • Allergy Alert: Left Coast Naturals recalls Kettle brand Honey Roast Nuts & Fruit Mix (24 lb; Best before 26MAY12 to 04APR13; UPC 84114 01900) and Kettle brand Natural Chocolate Lover’s Mix (24 lb; Best before 03JUL12 to 15JUN13; UPC 84114 01815), due to undeclared sulfites. The recalled products were sold to consumers in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, and Yukon.
  • Allergy Alert: UNFI Canada Grocery West and Horizon Distributors Ltd. recall Kettle brand Honey Roast Nuts & Fruit Mix (24 lb; Best before 26MAY12 to 04APR13; UPC 84114 01900), due to undeclared sulfites. The recalled product was sold to consumers in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan.
  • Food Safety Recall: Produits Alimentaires Italiens Milano Inc. recalls New Milano Pepperoni and Mini Pepperoni (5 x 10 lb; Code 2013 FEB 12; UPC 1 80019 00011 3) due to Listeria and Salmonella contamination. The recalled product was supplied to hotels, restaurants and institutions in Ontario and Quebec.
  • Pet Food Safety Recall: United Pet Group, Inc. recalls Ultra Blend Gourmet, Food for Parakeets (80oz bag; UPC 26851 00904; Item # A904 / 056-0904-01; USE BY dates 07/20/15 and 10/20/15), ēCotrition Grains & Greens, Nutritional Supplement for Parakeets (8oz bag; UPC 26851 00505; Item # A505 / 11-20700; USE BY dates 10/23/15 and 11/14/1), ēCotrition Grains & Greens, Nutritional Supplement for Canaries and Finches (8oz bag; UPC 26851 00546; Item # C546 / 11-20712; USE BY date 10/16/15), and ēCotrition Grains & Greens, Nutritional Supplement for Cockatiels (6.5oz bag; UPC 26851 00512; Item # B512 / 11-20711; USE BY date 12/05/15). The recalled products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, as they contain small quantities of dried parsley flakes that were recalled on February 11, 2013 by Specialty Commodities, Inc.  due to Salmonella contamination. The recalled products were distributed throughout the USA and Canada between October 2012 and February 2013.
  • Outbreak Alert (Update): The Public Health Agency of Canada has identified an eighth case of E. coli O157:H7 illness, in an ongoing investigation into illnesses linked to consumption of frozen burger patties from Cardinal Meat Specialists Ltd.

Europe

  • Food Fraud Recall (France): Panzani recalls Panzani brand Raviolis Pur Boeuf (canned beef ravioli), after horse meat was detected in certain cans of the ravioli.
  • Food Fraud Alert (Sweden): Ikea has ordered stores to stop selling Wallenbergare veal patties as well as cabbage and beef gratin (kålpudding), due to potential adulteration with horse meat. In addition, Ikea has ordered its stores in France, Spain, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Portugal to stop selling Vienna Sausage.
  • Food Fraud Product Withdrawal (UK): Welsh Bros. Ltd. reports that a sample of its meat has “potentially” tested positive for horse meat, causing several Welsh councils to withdraw the meat from their schools and care homes.
  • Food Fraud Product Withdrawal (Russia): Russia reports having detected horse meat in pork sausages (frankfurters) imported from Austria. The implicated sausages were manufactured by Landhof (Linz, Austria).
  • Food Safety Recall (France): McCormick France recalls Ducros brand Flacons Persil Ducros (Lot #L3010-L3011; Expiry 12.07.2014 – 13.07.2014) and Assaisonnement Persillade Ducros (Lot L3011; Expiry 11.01.2015), because a limited number of the jars may contain a fragment of glass.
  • Food Safety Recall (Ireland): Kilshanny Farmhouse Cheese recalls Kilshanny Farmhouse Cheese Gouda Herb Cheese (Product of Ireland; Production date 19/09/2012), due to E. coli O157 contamination. The recalled product was sold in a foodstall in the Limerick Mill Market and in a retailer in Co. Clare.
  • Food Fraud Notification (EU #2013.0254): Adulteration (horse DNA) of chili con carne from Belgium, with raw material from Ireland; distributed to Luxembourg and the Netherlands.
  • Food Fraud Notification (EU #2013.0255): Adulteration (horse DNA) of lasagne bolognese from France; distributed to Germany.
  • Allergy Alert Notification (EU #2013.0256): Traces of milk in chocolate Easter eggs with filling from Poland; distributed to Belgium, Estonia, Finland, Germany and Sweden.
  • Food Fraud Notification (EU #2013.0259): Adulteration (horse DNA) of frozen cannelloni bolognaise from France, manufactured in Italy; distributed to France.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2013.0260): Didecyldimethylammonium chloride in grapefruit seed extract from the Czech Republic; distributed to the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2013.0261): Excessive Escherichia coli in chilled mussels from Spain; distributed to Italy.
  • Food Fraud Notification (EU #2013.0262): Adulteration (horse DNA) of corned beef in natural juice from Latvia; distributed to Belgium, Germany the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2013.0263): Shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli in raw milk cheese from France; distributed to Germany.

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.
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