Saturday, May 23, 2009

Recall Roundup: May 23, 2009

Here is today's list of food safety recalls, product withdrawals and allergy alerts. 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.

Pistachio Product Recalls

United States
  • Allergy Alert: Paisano Meat, Inc. (Gardena, CA) recalls approximately 350,000 pounds of beef and pork products that may contain undeclared sulfites
  • Cosmetics Products Alert: Fun Express, Inc. expands its May 12, 2009 recall of face paint items to include two additional face paint colors. The face paints may cause skin irritation, rashes and itchiness. The additional two face paint items are being removed from the marketplace as a precautionary measure.

Europe, Including the United Kingdom
  • Food Safety Alert (UK): Alif Foods ‘Mix Bisar’ spice mix has been found to be contaminated with non permitted color Sudan I, a genotoxic carcinogen that is not permitted in foodstuffs in the UK. The Mix Basar was manufactured in Pakistan and imported into the UK by Alif Foods. The Food Standards Agency has been unable to determine distribution details.

Australia and New Zealand
  • Food Safety Alert (Australia): Health authorities in Victoria and South Australia warn consumers not to eat loose semi-dried tomatoes sold in oil with herbs and garlic at IGA, Foodland, Foodworks and independent delis and cafes. The semi-dried tomatoes may be contaminated with Hepatitis A virus. Semi-dried tomatoes packed in jars or vacuum-packed are not affected by this warning.

Asia, Africa and the Pacific
  • Food Safety Alert (Taiwan): Health authorities have discovered, confiscated and destroyed additional shipments of dried Chinese radishes that were contaminated with formalin or formaldehyde.

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 web site.

*The Kroger umbrella encompasses numerous supermarket, marketplace and convenience store chains, listed on the Kroger corporate home page.

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