Sunday, January 24, 2010

Bonsoy Soy Milk: International Recall and Distribution List

Updated January 24, 2010

The number of countries that have posted alerts or recall notices for Bonsoy Soy Milk is growing, albeit slowly.

Following is a consolidated list of countries where I have determined that Bonsoy Soy Milk is sold, including those in which recalls and alerts have been announced. I'll be updating this list as more information is made public.

Bonsoy Soy Milk was distributed to Austria, according to EU Food Safety Notification #2010.0022

On December 24, 2009 Spiral Foods Pty Ltd recalled Bonsoy Soy Milk, 1L tetra pack, All Best Before 03.11.11, APN/EAN/TUN Number: 9312336049037. The recalled product was sold in Coles, Woolworths/Safeway, Metcash, Health Food Shops and cafes throughout Australia. Bonsoy Soy Milk also was distributed by European Foods Wholesalers, Pty. Ltd. (Perth, WA), which has issued its own recall notice to its customers.

According to an item in the January 24th edition of The Sydney Morning Herald, some cafés are ignoring this safety recall and continuing to serve Bonsoy Soy Milk. New South Wales Food Authority agents have raided at least one Sydney café (Luxe Bakery Café in Newtown) and confiscated several crates of Bonsoy. Cafés that knowing flout the recall order may face fines up to $500,000 for their actions. (Thanks to Linny in New South Wales for providing this information and story link).

Bonsoy Soy Milk was distributed to Belgium, according to EU Food Safety Notification #2010.0022

According to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency: "The CFIA is aware of the Bonsoy Soy Milk Recall in Australia for high levels of iodine. The CFIA has conducted an investigation and we have not found any of this product imported into Canada from Japan or Australia."

Bonsoy sold by Biovega.

Bonsoy Soy Milk was distributed to Cyprus, according to EU Food Safety Notification #2010.0022

Czech Republic
Bonsoy Soy Milk was distributed to the Czech Republic, according to EU Food Safety Notification #2010.0022

Food Standards Agency announces the market withdrawal of all production lots of Bonsoy Soy Milk by Romer Products A/S and Helsam A/S. Bonsoy is sold in Health Food stores and over the internet. Consumers are advised to discard the product and to seek medical attention if they are suffering general malaise without any known cause.

Ministry of Health and Sports issues consumer alert. There is no retail distribution of Bonsoy in France; nevertheless, the product is available over the Internet and can be purchased for delivery in France. Consumers are strongly advised to avoid purchasing or drinking this product.

Bonsoy Soy Milk was distributed in Germany according to EU Food Safety Notification #2010.0022

Hong Kong
On December 24, 2009 the Hong Kong Centre for Food Safety (CFS) issued an alert to Hong Kong residents, advising that Bonsoy Soy Milk "... had been imported into Hong Kong. If consumers have bought the product, they should not drink it, and should seek medical advice if they have questions." CFS also alerted merchants to stop selling the product.

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland has alerted distributors, retailers and consumers of Bonsoy Soy Milk to the elevated iodine hazard. All Food Business Operators, including wholesalers, distributors, caterers, retailers and restauranteurs have been instructed to remove the product and return it to their suppliers. Consumers are advised to either discard the recalled Bonsoy Soy Milk or return it to the store for a refund. Consumers who suspect that they may have been made ill as a result of drinking Bonsoy Soy Milk should seek medical attention.

Bonsoy Soy Milk was distributed to Italy, according to EU Food Safety Notification #2010.0022

Bonsoy Soy Milk a product of Muso Co., Ltd. (Osaka, Japan). No recall notices have been publicized.

Bonsoy Soy Milk was distributed to Luxembourg, according to EU Food Safety Notification #2010.0022

Bonsoy is available from Matahari Organic and EcoGreen Organic.

Bonsoy is sold by G&W Gezondheidswinkel Ceres.

New Zealand
Although the New Zealand Food Safety Authority has made no recall announcement, Food Standards Australia New Zealand has clearly stated that Bonsoy Soy Milk described in the Australian recall notice was distributed in New Zealand. Bonsoy Soy Milk is available in retail stores in New Zealand, including Huckleberry Farms, a supermarket chain that specializes in organic and natural foods.

Sklep Dietetyczny sells Bonsoy Soy Milk in Poland.

On December 31, 2009 the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) issued a mandatory recall notice for Bonsoy Soy Milk after its own testing confirmed the presence of a high level of iodine in the product. AVA has instructed the importer and retailers to stop selling the product, and advises consumers to either discard it or return it to their retailer for refund. Bonsoy is sold through Nature's Glory and other health food stores. Singapore reiterated its recall notice on January 6, 2010 in a formal news release.

Bonsoy can be found on-line at in Spain. EU Food Safety Notification #2010.0022 confirms that Bonsoy Soy Milk was distributed in Spain.

United Kingdom
January 14, 2010: The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) issued its latest Bonsoy update today. UK distributors of Bonsoy Soy Milk have confirmed to FSA that all existing stocks have been quarantined and have been recalled from customers. FSA has carried out tests on multiple batches of Bonsoy and has confirmed elevated levels of iodine in every batch tested. While the agency is unaware of any illnesses reported in the UK as a result of consuming Bonsoy Soy Milk, FSA suggests that anyone with concerns about iodine levels consider changing to an alternative brand of soy milk.

Bonsoy Soy Milk is widely available in Europe and Asia, and also is distributed in New Zealand. Please watch this site for updates as more countries announce product recalls or alerts.

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