Friday, July 30, 2010

Recall Roundup: July 30, 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: DulcerĂ­a Chepito (Cabo Rojo, PR) recalls Chepito Dulces Tropicales - Almejas (6 oz. pkg), because the product contains undeclared egg. The recalled Almejas was distributed locally to retailers in the western part of the Commonwealth.
  • Food Safety Recall: Specialty Farms LLC expands its earlier recall to include Specialty Farms brand Organic Alfalfa Sprouts Blend and Organic Sprout Salad (4 oz. plastic containers best if sold by 8/3/2010), Natures Promise Organic Alfalfa Sprouts (4 oz. container and 8 oz. bag, best if sold by 8/1/2010), and Natures Promise Organic Zesty Sprouts (4 oz., best if sold by 8/1/2010), because the recalled sprouts may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Natures Promise is a Stop & Shop brand. The recalled sprouts were supplied to distributors and to retail stores in Connecticut, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.
  • Food Safety Recall: The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company recalls Nature's Promise Alfalfa and Zesty Sprouts (all date codes) because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The sprouts were produced for Stop & Shop by Specialty Farms (see above), and were sold in Stop & Shop stores in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and Rhode Island.
  • Dietary Supplement Safety Recall: Nutraloid Labs Inc. recalls two dietary supplement products sold under the names: ejaculoid XXTREME and stimuloid II after an FDA lab analysis determined that the products contain sulfoaildenafil, similar in structure to Sildenafil, which is an active ingredient of an FDA-approved drug for male Erectile Dysfunction. The undeclared ingredient may interact with nitrates found in some prescription drugs such as nitroglycerin and may lower blood pressure to dangerous levels.

  • Allergy Alert: Nutrisoya Inc. (St- Hyacinthe, QC) recalls Maple flavour natur-a GlacĂ© brand non-dairy frozen dessert (946 mL containers; UPC 0 63667 80124 3; lot code 16810), because the non-dairy dessert contains undeclared milk. The recalled product was distributed only in Ontario.
  • Food Safety Recall: Cowichan Valley Meat Market (Duncan, BC) recalls five pepperoni products (PKGD. ON (packaged on) dates up to and including JL 28) because they may be contaminated with with Clostridium botulinum. Toxins produced by these bacteria may cause botulism, a life-threatening illness. The affected products were sold only at Cowichan Valley Meat Market, 5191 Koksilah Frontage Road, Duncan, BC.


Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands
  • Herbal Medicine Recall (Hong Kong): The Department of Health has instructed a licensed Chinese herbal medicine wholesaler Wong Chak Kee Limited to recall Radix Strobilanthis Forrestii from retailers as it was found to contain atropine.The recall was made following DH’s investigation into a case of poisoning involving a 79-year-old woman who had a history of taking Chinese herbs bought from Wing Woo Hing, a licensed Chinese herbal medicines retailer in Sheung Wan for eczema. The Radix Strobilanthis Forrestii was imported from Fo Shan by Wong Chak Kee Limited and was supplied to local retailers including Wing Woo Hing.

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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