Friday, January 7, 2011

Recall Roundup: January 7, 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: Homestead Pasta Company (San Francisco, CA) recalls frozen meat and poultry tamale products because they contain undeclared whey. The recalled products were manufactured from April 2010 until January 2011 and shipped for retail sales in California, Oregon and Washington and for institutional use in California. The following brands and products are encompassed by this recall: Garibaldi Beef Tamale, Garibaldi Turkey Tamale, Golden West Traditional Beef Tamale With Sauce in Husk, Golden West Traditional Turkey Tamale With Sauce in Husk, Casper Homestead Pasta Company Beef Tamale, and Casper Homestead Pasta Company Chicken Tamale.
  • Food Safety Recall: Boncheff Greenhouses, Inc. (Toronto, ON) recalls Cilantro, Curly Parsley and Italian Parsley, following a recall initiated by J & D Produce (Edinburg, TX), because the herbs may be contaminated with Salmonella. Boncheff repacked and distributed the recalled herbs to Wegmans Food Markets in Erie, PA (two stores) and New York state (except Corning, Elmira, Ithaca and Johnson City). The Italian Parsley (lot code 1002387) also was supplied under the Boncheff Brand to Budwey Markets (2 stores), Wades Market, Cuba Giant Food Market and Hegedorn's.
  • Food Safety Recall: Columbus Meat Market Inc. (Chicago, IL) recalls ground beef patties that were supplied to food-handling establishments in the Chicago area (Est 755; Pack date 12/27/10), after the Illinois Department of Agriculture finds E. coli O157:H7 in a sample of the meat.
  • Food Safety Recall (Update): Top Food & Drug and Winco Foods advise their customers that clover and clover mix sprouts (available in stores of both chains) were recalled by Sprouters Northwest, Inc. after consumption of the sprouts was linked to several cases of Salmonella illnesses in Washington and Oregon.
  • Topical OTC Product Safety Recall: Topco Associates recalls Top Care brand alcohol swabs and alcohol prep pads manufactured by Triad Group, because the products may be contaminated with Bacillus cereus. The recalled Top Care swabs and pads were sold by the following retail store chains: Brookshire's Food & Pharmacy, Food City, Giant Eagle, Super1Foods, Top Food & Drug, Tops Friendly Markets, and Wegmans. The recalled alcohol pads and swabs also were sold in Meijer stores (under the Meijer brand name) and under the Kroger store brand in stores belonging to the Kroger, Baker's, City Market, Dillons, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry's Gerbes, Jay C, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs, and Smith's chains.


Australia and New Zealand
  • Medical Device Safety Advisory (Australia): Abbott Diabetes Care has issued a Safety Advisory on Optium Pount of Care Glucose Test Strips 100s, Optium Glucose Test Strips 100s, and Optium Glucose Test Strips 10s, because the affected test strips may give falsely low blood glucose readings if exposed to high temperatures for extended periods of time. Please follow the live link to find the complete list of affected Lot Numbers. Abbott's affected glucose test strips have been recalled or withdrawn in a number of countries worldwide.

Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Medical Device Safety Recall (Brazil): Abbott Laborat√≥rios do Brasil Ltda recalls Optium Tiras Test, Optium Tiras Glicose Sangue OTC, and Optium Xceed Tiras POC CL, because the affected test strips may give falsely low blood glucose readings. This recall is part of a worldwide recall of glucose test strips initiated by Abbott.

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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