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Recalls and Alerts: June 30 – July 7, 2017

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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: Dierbergs Markets recalls various Deli Products with multiple use by dates in all retail stores due to undeclared fish and milk. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Allergy Alert: Raja Foods LLC recalls Anarkali Peshawari Naan (15 oz pkg) due to undeclare milk.

Allergy Alert: Clif Bar & Company recalls CLIF® BUILDER’S® Bar Chocolate Mint flavor, CLIF Kid Zbar® Protein Chocolate Mint and CLIF Kid Zbar® Protein Chocolate Chip flavors due to undeclared peanuts and some tree nuts, including almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, walnuts and coconuts. Please refer to the recall notice for additional details.

Allergy Alert: Willow Tree Poultry Farm recalls Buffalo style chicken salad (12.5 oz. individual plastic containers; produced on June 27, 2017) due to undeclared tuna. The recalled products were shipped to Whole Foods Market locations in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York

Dietary Supplement Safety Recall: Hardcore Formulations recalls all lots and expiration dates of Ultra-Sten and D-Zine capsules due to presence of methylstenbolone (Ultra-Sten) and dymethazine (D-Zine), which are considered to be derivatives of anabolic steroids.

Canada

Allergy Alert: Industry recalls Clif Builder’s brand Chocolate Mint Protein Bar (68g individual and multi-packs; Product codes From 2016JN19M6 to 2018MR08M6) and Clif Builder’s brand Protein Bars Variety Pack (18 x 68g; From 2016JN18M55210 to 2018FE147095) due to undeclared peanuts, tree nuts and coconut. The recalled product was supplied to retailers nationwide.

Allergy Alert: Newlyweds Foods Co. recalls various Newlyweds Foods Co. brand breadings due to undeclared milk. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of recalled products, which were distributed to hotels, restaurants and institutional customers in Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Quebec.

Food Safety Recall: Maurice St-Laurent Limitée recalls St. Laurent Butter (454g; Product code 156 074; UPC 0 62260 00454 9) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The recalled product was supplied to retailers in Quebec.

Europe

Allergy Alert (Belgium): ALDI recalls CHIPS GAUFRÉES – POIVRE & SEL/Ripple Chips – Pepper and salt (250g; Best before 01/12/2017) due to undeclared milk.

Allergy Alert (Ireland): Clif Bar & Company recalls CLIF BUILDER’S Protein Chocolate Mint Bar (68g bars and 12-pack cartons; batch codes from 05APR16M3 to 23APR18M3; Best before dates from 05APR16 to 23APR18) due to undeclared peanuts and tree nuts, namely, almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans and walnuts.

Allergy Alert (UK): Clif Bar recalls Clif Builders Chocolate Mint Protein Bar (68g; all best before dates from 05 April 2016 to 23 April 2018) due to undeclared peanuts, nuts (including almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, and walnuts), certain cereals containing gluten (barley, rye, wheat) and milk or milk constituents.

Allergy Alert (UK): CL Trading Ltd recalls Birthday Cake Cookie Dough Bites (88g; all batch codes and date codes) due to undeclared wheat (gluten), soya, and milk.

Allergy Alert (UK): Waitrose recalls 8 Belgian White Chocolate Chunk All Butter Cookies (200g; Best before 23 December 2017) due to undeclared hazelnut.

Food Safety Recall (Belgium): Cock’s Vleeswaren NV recalls Pâté aux pommes/Apple paté (120g; Best by 20/07/17) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Belgium): Boost Nutrition recalls Bosto Basmati Rice (4 x 125g; Best by 12/2019; Lot #4546) due to aflatoxin contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Belgium): Cock’s Vleeswaren NV recalls Paté Loaf slices (115g; Best before 13/07/17) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): La société Vignasse et Donney recalls Belliande et Vignasse et Donney brands of ground steak and ground meat (Lot numbers beginning 17178 and 17179; Best if used by 04/07/2017 and 05/07/2017) due to potential contamination with E. coli O157:H7. The recalled meat was sold in Leclerc, Auchan, Carrefour, Intermarché, Super U stores and in traditional butcher shops.

Food Safety Recall (Ireland): Wonkandy recalls Wonkandy Small New York Cake (345g; best before date 30/11/2017; Product of Spain) due to risk of injury from sharp plastic sticks.

Food Safety Recall (Luxembourg): Boost Nutrition recalls Bosto Basmati Rice (4 x 125g; Best by 12/2019; Lot #4546) due to aflatoxin contamination.

Food Safety Recall (UK): Daylesford recalls Daylesford Rosemary & Thyme Roast Ham and Daylesford Smoked Black Ham (all pack sizes; Use by 20 July 2017 and 25 July 2017) due to presence of Listeria monocytogenes.

Food Safety Recall (UK): Forrester Sales Ltd recalls Delamere British Hot & Spicy Roast Chicken Wings (350g; Batch code 12250c; Use by 09 July 2017) due to undercooking.

Food Safety Recall (UK): Alpro recalls Alpro Growing Up Drink, 1-3+yrs (1 litre UHT pack; Best before 05 March 2018; Batch codes starting with AB2310 XX:XX) due to insufficient sterilization.

Australia and New Zealand

Food Safety Recall (New Zealand): New World Rototuna recalls Honey Mint & Rosemary Lamb Sausages (various weights; Best before 05/07/17, 08/07/17, 09/07/17 and 12/07/17) because the product may contain plastic pieces.

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
**Includes Safeway, Vons, Pavilions, Dominick’s, Genuardi’s, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Carrs and Pak N’ Save.
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Evanger’s proposes donating recalled pet food. FDA says ‘no’

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The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has vetoed a proposal by Evanger’s Dog and Cat Food Co. to donate recalled pet food to animal shelters after conducting random spot-checks for pentobarbital.

The proposal was revealed in a June 29, 2017 Warning Letter issued by FDA, and released on its website Tuesday morning (July 4, 2017) under the agency’s standing policy to post recent Warning Letters on a weekly basis.

The letter addressed to Holly N. Sher and Joel A. Sher, President and Vice President, respectively, notifies them that FDA found “…serious violations of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) and its implementing regulations” during an investigation that included supplier traceback, facility inspection, and analysis of samples collected by FDA.

In its response to the Evanger’s proposal to donate recalled pet food, FDA said that finding the contents of individual cans of food from recalled lots to be negative for pentobarbital would not provide “…sufficient assurance that the remaining units are not adulterated.”

After stating that FDA’s own testing confirmed the pentobarbital contamination not to be homogeneous throughout an entire lot, the agency declined Evanger’s proposal and recommended destruction of all remaining recalled product.

The Warning Letter is the most recent development in an investigation of Evanger’s that began in early January with the reported illness of five dogs in a single household and the death of one of the dogs. Lab tests conducted on the gastric contents of the dead dog and on the remains of Evanger’s Hunk of Beef au Jus canned dog food that had been fed to all five of the animals, revealed the presence of a ‘large quantity’ of pentobarbital in both samples.

FDA opened its investigation immediately upon becoming aware of the incident. A team of inspectors began an on-site inspection of Evanger’s manufacturing facility in Wheeling, Illinois on January 10, 2017.

On February 14, 2017, the inspection team furnished Evanger’s management with a Form 483, listing a series of Inspectional Observations, including:

• Pentobarbital found in a sample of Evanger’s Hand Packed Hunk of Beef au Jus, 12 oz. can (Lot #1816E06HB13)
• Pentobarbital found in a sample of Against the Grain brand Grain Free Pulled Beef with Gravy Dinner for Dogs, 12 oz. can (Lot #2415E01ATB12; BEST DEC 2019)
• Condensate dripping throughout the facility, including into open cans in-process and onto totes of raw meat
• Pitted, cracked and damaged floors
• Peeling paint, mold throughout the facility and a live ‘fly-like insect’ in the hand-packing area during processing
• Inadequate temperature controls

In addition to the two pentobarbital-positive samples cited in the February 14th Form 483, FDA has found pentobarbital in the following five production lots of Evanger’s dog food:

• Braised Beef Chunks, lot code 2016E08BBW11 Best Aug 2020.
• Hunk of Beef Au Jus, lot code 1816E14HBC18 Best June 2020.
• Hunk of Beef Au Jus, lot code 1816E02HB12 Best June 2020.
• Hunk of Beef Au Jus, lot code 1316E23HB09 Best Jan 2020.
• Hunk of Beef Au Jus, lot code 1816E03HB17 Best June 2020.

On March 3, 2017, Evanger’s voluntarily recalled all cans of Evanger’s Braised Beef Chuncks, Evanger’s Hunk of Beef Au Jus and Against the Grain Pulled Beef with Gravy manufactured between December 2015 and January 2017.

In correspondence dated 2/4/2017, 2/21/2017, 4/4/2017, 5/18/2017 and 5/23/2017, Evanger’s addressed FDA’s Inspectional Observations, and proposed a series of corrective actions. In addition to the proposed donation of recalled product, the following actions, listed in the Warning Letter, are those FDA found to be inadequate or unacceptable.

Evanger’s discontinued doing business with the meat supplier alleged by the company to be the source of the adulterated meat.

Evanger’s was unable to supply any documentation or evidence that the indicated supplier was the only one who supplied the contaminated raw materials. Therefore, FDA was unable to evaluate whether or not this was an adequate response.

Evanger’s suggested that if pentobarbital were to be present in any of its ground loaf products, it would be “…well within the range that FDA had previously deemed not to be a health or safety concern in pet foods.”

FDA disagrees that grinding would dilute any pentobarbital to safe levels, and points out that there is zero tolerance for pentobarbital in pet food.

Evanger’s proposed random pentobarbital tests of finished products prior to shipment as a way to ensure that raw materials are not adulterated.

FDA considers this to be an inadequate and unreliable way to ensure the safety of the finished product. FDA’s own testing has demonstrated pentobarbital contamination is not uniformly distributed throughout all cans in a production lot. Also, the agency disagrees that finished product testing can mitigate the risk of pentobarbital in the raw material.

Evanger’s now requires new and current suppliers to provide letters of guarantee for their products.

FDA points out that a letter of guarantee may not provide adequate assurance of product safety, and recommends conducting site audits and/or reviews of supplier procedures in addition to the letter of guarantee.

As is customary, the Warning Letter concludes with a requirement that Evanger’s must furnish a written reply within fifteen working days, spelling out the steps it has taken or will take to correct the violations and prevent them from occurring again.

The complete text of the Warning Letter can be found on the FDA website.

This article first appeared in Food Safety News and is reposted here with permission.

Recalls and Alerts: June 28 – 29, 2017

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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

Food Safety Alert: Par’s Natural Foods, LLC alerts the public that Par’s Natural Foods Pueblo Green Chili Sauce (16 and 32 oz containers) as the product may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum.

Food Safety Recall: Mountain Fresh Dairy, LLC recalls Mountain FRESH KOSHER DAIRY CHOLOV YISROEL 1% Lowfat Milk (half-gallon plastic containers; Use by JUL 07 2017) due to improper pasteurization. The recalled milk was sold at three Non Profit Grocery Stores in New Jersey (NPGS) and was also distributed by the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse (CHOW) in Broome County, New York

Food Safety Recall: Vinh Hoan USA, Inc. recalls approximately 84,000 pounds of imported frozen Swai fillet products that were distributed into U.S. commerce without meeting federal requirements. Please refer to the recall notice for complete details of the recalled products, which shipped to wholesale locations in Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin.

Canada

Outbreak Alert: Public Health Agency of Canada alerts the public to an outbreak of 20 cases of Cyclospora in British Columbia (5) and Ontario (15). The source of the outbreak has not yet been identified.

Food Safety Recall/Outbreak Alert (Updates): MAPAQ and the City of Montreal urge consumers to avoid products containing IQF whole raspberries due to Norovirus contamination. Please refer to the June 28, 2017 and June 29, 2017 advisories for lists of affected products. A number of illnesses linked to the raspberries have been reported to MAPAQ.

Allergy Alert: Pita Royale recalls various pita bread products due to undeclared sesame seeds. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall: Thrifty Kitchens recalls various Thrifty Kitchens brand products due to the potential presence of harmful extraneous material. Please refer to the recall notice for additional information on affected products, which were distributed to retailers in British Columbia.

Food Safety Recall: Maple Leaf Foods Inc. recalls Chicken Breast Nuggets (840g; Best Before Date 2018 MR 06; Retail Package Code 7065; Shipping Carton Code 2017-03-06; UPC 0 63100 02776 6) due to potential presence of pieces of pen. The recalled product was distributed to retailers nationwide.

Food Safety Recall: Mantab Groupe Alimentaire recalls Below Zero brand IQF Whole Raspberries (5 x 1kg; Product code 161109; UPC 1 00 69821 06020 1) due to Norovirus contamination. The recalled product was supplied to hotels, restaurants and institutional customers in Ontario and Quebec.

Food Safety Recall: Industry recalls certain pie shells and tart shells due to E. coli O121 contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a detailed list of affected products, which were distributed to retailers in Ontario.

Food Safety Recall: Industry recalls certain pie shells and tart shells due to E. coli O121 contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a detailed list of affected products, which were distributed to retailers in Ontario.

Europe

Allergy Alert (UK): Sainsbury’s recalls Taste the Difference Edamame Thai Spiced Dip (170g; Use by date 5 July 2017) due to undeclared milk and pistachio nuts.

Food Safety Recall (France): La société VF recalls Les Economiques brand 20% ground meat (800g; Lot 7171C02; Expiry date 27 June 2017) and unbranded 20% ground steak (2 x 100g; Lot 7171S02; Expiry date 27 June 2017) due to E. coli O157:H7 contamination. The recalled products were sold in AUCHAN supermarkets during the period between 21/06/2017 and 26/06/2017.

Food Safety Recall (Ireland): Lidl Ireland recalls What’s Cooking? Meat Free Mince (454g; all batch codes and best before dates) due to possible presence of plastic pieces.

Food Safety Recall (UK): MTA Foods (UK) Ltd recalls What’s Cooking? Frozen Meat Free Mince (454g; all best before dates) and Meet The Alternative Beef Style Mince (500g; Best before January 2018, February 2018, April 2018) because the products may contain blue plastic pieces.

Australia and New Zealand

Allergy Alert (New Zealand): Manuka Melts New Zealand Ltd recalls Manuka Melts brand New Zealand Manuka Honey Melts Original Flavour (48g carton; Batch #28018; Best Before 29/04/2019) due to undeclared propolis. The recalled product was sold in retail outlets throughout the South Island and Wellington.

Food Safety Recall (New Zealand): Westie Food Group Ltd recalls Westie Food Group brand Café Style Beef Lasagna (300g plastic bags; Affected dates up to and including Chilled Use By 14/7/2017, Frozen Best Before 28/06/2018) because the product may contain plastic pieces. The recalled product was sold in Countdown Supermarkets throughout New Zealand.

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
**Includes Safeway, Vons, Pavilions, Dominick’s, Genuardi’s, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Carrs and Pak N’ Save.