Monday, January 17, 2011

Recall Roundup: January 17, 2011

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 (Update): Barry Callebaut USA LLC expands its earlier recall of Kroger Value Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips, 12 oz. to include all Best By dates ending in 2012, because the product may contain undeclared milk. The recalled Chocolate Chips were sold in Kroger-owned stores, including Kroger stores nation-wide; and Dillon’s and Gerbes stores in Kansas and Missouri; Baker’s stores in Nebraska; Jay C, Hilander, Owen’s, Pay Less and Scott’s stores in Illinois and Indiana; Fred Meyer, Fry’s, King Soopers, Smith’s, City Market, Foods Co., and Food 4 Less stores in California, Nevada, Nebraska, New Mexico, Illinois and Indiana (Chicago area). Several consumer complaints have been received.
  • Food Safety Recall: Price Chopper advises its customers that AdvancePierre Foods has recalled Fast Fixin' Popcorn Chicken, 26 oz. (UPC 75901-33613) after receiving two consumer complaints of small pieces of plastic in the product.


Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands
  • Food Safety Update (Philippines): The Department of Health has lifted its ban on Chinese infant formula and other milk products from China. The ban was imposed on 23 September 2008 following confirmation of melamine in infant formula and milk products manufactured in China.
  • Food Safety Alert (Taiwan): Three shipments of US beef were removed from retail sale in Taiwan after they were found to contain Paylean, a drug used to promote leanness in animals raised for meat. Taiwan, China and the European Union ban the use of Paylean because of possible human health risks, according to the report posted by; however, use of Paylean is legal in the USA, Canada, Australia, Brazil and more than 20 other countries.
  • Herbal Medicine Safety Recall (Hong Kong): The Department of Health advises the public not to consume the Chinese herbal powder Ramulus Cinnamomi (brand name η™Ύθ‰η‰Œ; batch #B20100513), wholesaled by Dynamic Medical Company, as it is contaminated with aconitum alkaloids. Dynamic Medical is recalling the powder, which was manufactured in China.

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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