Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Recall Roundup: May 11, 2010

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.

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United States
  • Allergy Alert (Retail Distribution List): USDA releases retail distribution list for Brunswick stew products recalled by The Murphy House due to the presence of undeclared wheat and milk.
  • Food Safety Alert: USDA issues a public health alert for various ready-to-eat deli meat products because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The potentially contaminated meats were produced in Canada by Zadi Foods Ltd. of Brampton, Ontario (Canadian Est. No. 665) and may have been exported to the United States.
  • Food Safety Recall: Vaughan Foods (Moore, OK) recalls romaine lettuce with “use‐by” dates of May 9 and May 10, because the lettuce may be contaminated with E. coli O145. Vaughan supplied the recalled lettuce to restaurants and food service facilities.
  • FDA Warning Letter: FDA warns Olsen Fish Company that a December 2009 inspection of the company's seafood processing facility revealed serious violations of the seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulation and the Current Good Manufacturing Practice regulation for foods.
  • Consumer Product Safety Recall: Claire's Boutiques Inc. (Hoffman Estates, IL) recalls "Best Friends" children's Charm Bracelet Sets, manufactured by Dae Yeon Industries Corp., of China, because the heart lock charms attached to the bracelets contain high levels of cadmium.


Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands
  • Herbal Medicine Safety Alert (Hong Kong): Department of Health advises that contaminated Rhizoma Ligustici obtained from Hospital Authority (HA)'s Yan Chai Chinese Medicine Clinic is likely to be responsible for a case of aconitine poisoning.
  • Food Safety Alert (Kenya): Government of Kenya warns that the National Cereals and Produce Board may have purchased contaminated maize from farmers after samples collected from maize depots in at least 14 districts in Eastern and Coast Provinces were found to contain intolerable levels of aflotoxin raising fears of a serious health risk.

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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