Friday, July 23, 2010

Recall Roundup: July 23, 2010

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: DeBoles Nutritional Foods, Inc. recalls DeBoles® Kids Only! Gluten Free Tubettini Corn Pasta (Lot Code 30JUN11D1) because it may contain undeclared whole wheat alphabet pasta. The recalled product was distributed to stores nationwide and through internet orders.
  • Dietary Supplement Safety Recall: J & H Besta Corp. (Hicksville, NY), recalls Joyful Slim Herb Supplement (lot code 101408) after being advised that FDA lab analysis of the supplement revealed the presence of undeclared Desmethyl Sibutramine.
  • FDA Enforcement Action: US government seizes $39,000 worth of products labeled as cyanide antidote kits from Keystone Pharmaceuticals (Laguna Hills, CA). The cyanide antidote kits distributed by Keystone are unapproved new drugs under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and are therefore not permitted to be introduced into interstate commerce. The products have not been proven safe and effective for their intended use.
  • OTC Pharmaceutical Product Recall: Bausch & Lomb recalls its PreserVision® Eye Vitamin AREDS 2 Formula with Omega 3 soft gels (Expiration Date 08/31/2011; Lot Codes 0923BK103, 0924BK103, 0924BK103A, 0925BK103A, 0926BK103A, 0927BK103A, 0928BK103A, 0929BK103A, 0930BK103A) after a small number of reports, predominantly within the age 70 and older age group, of difficulty swallowing or a choking sensation when taking the soft gel. The recalled products were distributed only in the USA.

  • Food Safety Recall (Update): Costco advises its customers that Dats Déli Européen All Beef Salami (# 240924) was sold in Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd. stores. The product was one of several that were recalled by the manufacturer on July 21st due to potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.
  • Herbal Supplement Safety Recall: Marketing Inc (Delta, BC) recalls the unauthorized health product SX Male Enhancement, promoted as a male enhancement herbal supplement, because the product contains undeclared "acetildenafil", a substance similar to the prescription medication, sildenafil, and may pose serious and potentially life-threatening health risks, particularly to people with heart problems.
  • Unauthorized Health Product Alert: Health Canada alerts consumers that certain health products manufactured and sold by Marigold Natural Pharmacy Ltd. may pose a risk to health and safety of Canadians. These products were made available to Canadians via the company's pharmacy in Courtenay, British Columbia and via their website. Marigold Natural Pharmacy Ltd. is not authorized to manufacture, package, label or import any drugs or natural health products in Canada.


Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands
  • Chinese Herbal Medicine Alert (Hong Kong): The Department of Health warns people who have purchased a Chinese herb called Rhizoma Atractylodis (蒼朮) from a licensed Chinese herbal medicine retailer in Sheung Wan, Wing Woo Hing (永和興), not to consume the herb as it was suspected to be contaminated with one or more unknown chemicals. A 79-year-old woman developed symptoms suggestive of atropine and scopolamine poisoning including slurring of speech, dizziness, generalized weakness and clumsiness 45 minutes after taking the herbal decoction.

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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