Thursday, October 28, 2010

Recall Roundup: October 28, 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
  • Food Safety Recall: Autentico Foods (Hawaiian Gardens, CA) recalls approximately 54,000 pounds of ready-to-eat fried pork products and pickled pork skins that it did not produce in accordance with its food safety plan, failing to take the steps it had determined were necessary to produce safe products. The problem was discovered through a review of company records by FSIS in-plant inspection personnel. The review uncovered evidence to show that the establishment’s food safety records cannot be relied upon to document compliance with its Listeria prerequisite program. The fried pork products were distributed to retail establishments in California. The pickled pork skin products were distributed to retail establishments in California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Nevada, New York, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah.

  • Homeopathic Product Safety Recall: Hyland's Homeopathic Canada (Hyland's), a division of Standard Homeopathic Company, recalls its Hyland's Teething Tablets from the Canadian market because they may pose a risk to children. Hyland's Teething Tablets are manufactured to contain a small amount of belladonna, a substance that can cause serious harm at larger doses. The US FDA has received reports of serious adverse events in children taking this product that are consistent with belladonna toxicity but conclusive links have not been formally determined.

  • Food Safety Recall Update (UK): The UK Food Standards Agency has issued a Food Alert for Action, asking local authorities to make sure that all batches of Sokolów's Home Black Pudding Sausages and Sokolów's Grill Black Pudding Sausages have been withdrawn from sale and recalled from consumers. The recall was initiated after the products were found to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
  • Food Safety Recall: Pentik Ltd. recalls jouluglögi (Christmas mulled wine), imported from Sweden (best before 28/02/2012), because of an excessive level of benzoic acid and errors in the product labeling.
  • Pharmaceutical Product Safety Recall (UK): Novo Nordisk A/S recalls GlucaGen® HypoKit, 1mg (Batch #YW60411 and YW60452) due to a defect in a small number of vials. In some vials, the glass of the powder vial is cracked close to the base so that when the solvent is added, the vial leaks.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2010.1458): Undeclared sulphite in dried figs from the United States, packaged in the United Kingdom; distributed to Greece.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2010.1459): Salmonella in chilled pork meat from Germany; distributed to Italy.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2010.1460): Pseudomonas aeruginosa in mineral water from Lithuania; distributed to Ireland.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2010.1461): Salmonella spp. in raw poultry sausages from Latvia; distributed to Estonia.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2010.1462): Stones in frozen forest fruits from Belgium; distributed to Denmark.
  • Allergy Alert Notification (EU #2010.1463): Undeclared soya in meatloaf from Poland; distributed to Slovakia.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2010.1464): Metal fragments in poultry meat sausage from Germany; distributed to Germany.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2010.1465): Listeria monocytogenes in ham from Germany; distributed to Slovenia.
  • Consumer Product Safety Notification (EU #2010.1466): Migration of primary aromatic amines from black nylon spoons from China; distributed to France.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2010.1467): Listeria monocytogenes in smoked salmon from Lithuania, via Germany; distributed to Austria.
  • Animal Feed Safety Notification (EU #2010.1468): Salmonella group C in extracted soya bean meal from Argentina; distributed to the Czech Republic and Germany.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2010.1469): Presence of poisonous mushrooms - Amanita phalloides in fresh mushrooms from Bulgaria; distributed to Italy.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2010.1470): Ochratoxin A in ground corn for tortillas from the United States; distributed to the United Kingdom.

Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands
  • Dietary Supplement Safety Alert (Hong Kong): The Department of Health warns members of the public not to buy or consume a slimming product named “Crystal Pills” as it was found to contain undeclared sibutramine, a western drug ingredient that may be dangerous to health.
  • Proprietary Medicine Recall (Hong Kong and Macao): Hong Kong Medicine Manufactory recalls Wintex Tong Hang Wan Pills (Batch #PN0702W1) after the Macao Health Bureau detects excessive amounts of yeast and mold in the product.
  • Contact Lens Safety Recall (Hong Kong): Johnson & Johnson (HK) Limited extends its August 19th recall of 1 Day Acuvue TruEye contact lenses to include additional lot numbers. The product recall now encompasses lot numbers falling between 492237 and 492498 and between 502080 and 502269. According to Johnson & Johnson, detailed investigation into the incident in August revealed that the lens rinsing process on two production lines did not meet the internal production standards of the company, leading to a residual trace amount of diluent in the lenses.

Australia and New Zealand
  • Food Safety Recall (Australia): Moti Group Australia recalls Moti Angel Coffee weight loss beverage, 50g and 100g cardboard boxes containing 10 x 5g and 20 x 5g packets, respectively (all expiry dates up to and including 25/09/2010), because the product contains sibutramine, a non-compliant prescription medicine. The recalled product was imported from Hong Kong and distributed only in New South Wales.
  • Cosmetic Product Safety Recall (Australia): Beauty Secrecy Corp Pty Ltd (T/A. Locks Lash) recalls all batches of Locks Lash - Jet Lash Adhesive (eyelash extension glue), due to the presence of excessive concentrations of formaldehyde. The recalled product was sold in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia through Sunstate Therapy Supplies, Budget Beauty Supplies, Capital Salon Supplies, and Casey College of Beauty.

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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