Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Recall Roundup: August 17, 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: Kroger (product distributor) and Contessa Premium Foods, Inc. (product manufacturer) recall 24 ounce bags of Kroger brand Meals Made Simple Shrimp Linguini, because it may contain undeclared milk product. The recalled product was sold in all Kroger, Ralphs, Smith's, Fry's, Jay C, Fred Meyer, QFC, Food 4 Less, Foodsco, Dillons, Baker's, Gerbes, City Market and King Soopers stores.
  • Food Safety Recall: Goya Foods, Inc. recalls Frozen Mamey Pulp, (14 oz. plastic packages; all production lots) produced by COCO, S.A. of Guatemala, due to Salmonella contamination. Consumption of the Frozen Mamey Fruit Pulp (also called "batido" or "licuado") has been linked to seven confirmed and two probable cases of Salmonella Typhi (typhoid fever) in Calfornia and Nevada since January 1, 2010. Five of the seven confirmed patients reported consuming frozen mamey fruit pulp in a milkshake or smoothie. Four of the five identified Goya as the brand they consumed. The recalled Goya brand Frozen Mamey Pulp was distributed nationwide in retail stores.
  • Food Safety Recall: Wright County Egg (Galt, IA) recalls specific Julian dates of shell eggs produced by their farms because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The eggs were packaged under the brand names Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralph’s, Boomsma’s, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms and Kemps, and were shipped to food wholesalers, distribution centers and foodservice companies in California, Illinois, Missouri, Colorado, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa for nationwide redistribution. The recall covers 6-egg, dozen egg and 18-egg cartons with Julian dates from 136 to 225 and plant numbers P-1026, P-1413, and P-1946. The plant number followed by the Julian date code are stamped on the end of each carton. The recalled eggs may be behind an unusual number of reports of a specific genetic profile of Salmonella Enteritidis infections.
  • Pet Food Safety Recall: Merrick Pet Care, Inc. (Amarillo, TX) recalls all lots of its 10 oz "Beef Filet Squares" for Dogs and "Texas Hold'ems" pet treats because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The is an expansion of earlier recalls of specific production lots of these two treat varieties. The recalled treats were supplied to distributors and retailers throughout the USA.
  • Food Safety Recall: Veron Foods, LLC (Est. No. LA 22; Prairieville, LA) recalls approximately 500,000 pounds of ready-to-eat sausage and hog head cheese products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The problem was discovered through a foodborne illness investigation. The recall includes all size packages (date codes of 010110 through 111310) of Veron Hot Smoked Sausage, Veron Mild Smoked Sausage, Martin Hot Smoked Sausage, Martin Mild Smoked Sausage, Veron Andouille Sausage, Martin Andouille Sausage and Veron Hog Head Cheese. The recalled products were distributed to retailers and institutions within Louisiana.

  • Health Hazard Alert: The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) warns consumers not to consume Green Onions sold on July 30, July 31 and August 1, 2010 at five Highland Farms Supermarkets locations in Ontario because the Green Onions may be contaminated with Salmonella. The affected Green Onions were sold unwrapped with a rubber band. There is no lot code, UPC or product name on the individual bunches. Consumption of this product may be associated with 25 confirmed cases of Salmonella Oranienburg, which are currently under investigation by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
  • Allergy Alert (Update): Maple Leaf Consumer Foods updates its earlier Allergy Alert to include additional distribution information. Consumers are advised that Country Morning Garlic Sausage Ring and Olympic Fine Meats Ukranian Garlic Sausage ready to eat cooked meat products contain undeclared milk. The products were distributed in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario. Product was shipped to additional locations via secondary distributor sales in Yukon, the North West Territories and Nunavut and may have been distributed nationally.
  • Food Safety Recall: Les bergeries du Fjord (2992, Chemin du Plateau, Saguenay, QC) recalls La Belle de Jersey cheese purchased between July 16th and August 13, 2010 from various retail locations. The cheese, which was sold by weight, may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

  • Food Safety Recall (UK): The Vending Revolution withdraws a number of Snack-a-Can Fizzy Jelly Mix and Snack-a-Can Fizzy Cola Bottles due to the sweets possibly reacting with the metal base of the container causing corrosion, as a result of the can bottom having been inserted the wrong way. In consequence, sweets may react with contact of the unlacquered metal base.

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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