Friday, October 8, 2010

Recall Roundup: October 8, 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: Guadalupana Bakery Corp (Brooklyn, NY) recalls 16-ounce packages of Mexican Bread (Assorted) because the products may contain undeclared eggs. The recalled breads, which were sold in uncoded clear plastic bags, were distributed throughout the five New York City boroughs.
  • Food Safety Recall: Living Foods, Inc. (Ionia, MI) recalls bulk and retail-size packages of Alfalfa Sprouts (4-ounce cups, 4-ounce bags, 1-pound bags and 5-pound bag-in-box bulk containers; Sell by date 10/2/2010) after a package of the Alfalfa Sprouts tested positive for Salmonella. The recalled sprouts were distributed to unnamed retail and food service facilities through wholesale produce suppliers in Michigan.
  • Food Recall: Abbott Laboratories recalls EAS Peak™ brand performance beverages, 16 oz. (see list of flavors and lot numbers) after quality tests indicated the presence of foreign matter in a small number of samples.
  • Food Recall: Food City recalls Food Club Meat Canned Spaghetti Sauce. No details given.
  • Dietary Supplement Recall: Gaspari Nutrition Incorporated (Lakewood, NJ) recalls all lot codes of Novedex XT, which was marketed "for increasing natural testosterone production" and which contains ATD. Gaspari was notified by FDA that ADT does not meet the definition of a dietary ingredient, placing Novedex XT in violation of provisions of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.

  • Food Safety Recall: Albion Fisheries Ltd., Aquatex Seafoods Ltd. and Taylor Shellfish Canada ULC (dba Fanny Bay Oysters) recall oysters, mussels and Gallow mussels, harvested on October 3 and October 4, 2010, because the shellfish may contain naturally-occurring paralytic shellfish toxins that can cause illness if consumed. The recalled oysters and mussels were harvested from Subarea 15-4, and were distributed to various retail and institutional clients in British Columbia.
  • Cosmetic Product Safety Advisory: Health Canada warns the public that Brazilian Blowout Solution, manufactured by Brazilian Blowout of California, has been found to contain 12% formaldehyde – well beyond the 0.2% permitted for use in cosmetics. Consumers receiving hair smoothing treatments using Brazilian Blowout, and stylists performing the treatment may experience reactions of burning eyes, nose, throat, and breathing troubles.

  • Allergy Alert: The Forge Restaurant (Kells, Co. Meath) recalls The Forge Homemade Apple Tart (all best before dates up to and including 13.10.2010) due to the presence of undeclared egg white protein in the product.
  • Food Safety Withdrawal (UK): Ada's Smoked Catfish (120g; ID Mark WQ411) has been withdrawn from sale because it has been labelled with an identification mark of a food manufacturer that is no longer authorized for use. The product has been found for sale in small independent shops in the London area. Local authorities are being asked to ensure that the product is withdrawn from sale and destroyed.
  • Food Safety Recall (Denmark): DK Trading Esbjerg ApS recalls Løvbjerg fresh turkey breast (whole or cuts), after Salmonella Saint Paul was found in a sample.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2010.1358): Imidacloprid in Thompson green seedless grapes from Chile; distributed to the United Kingdom.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2010.1359): Unauthorised substance sibutramine in instant coffee from Germany; distributed to Germany.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2010.1360): High content of iodine in sliced dried seaweed from China, via the Netherlands; distributed to Germany.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2010.1361): Campylobacter in fresh whole chicken from Germany; distributed to Denmark.
  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2010.1362): Salmonella spp. in salami from Italy; distributed to Germany, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.

Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Food Safety Alert (Colombia): The Instituto Nacional de Vigilancia de Medicamentos y Alimentos (Invima) recommends that the public refrain from buying or consuming Patrick Cudahy Inc. pork pepperoni sausage (Lot #0204; expiration date January 18, 2011), imported from the United States, because the pepperoni may be contaminated with Salmonella. The imported sausage is used mainly for the preparation of fast foods, such as pizza.

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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