Thursday, April 28, 2011

Recalls and Alerts: April 28, 2011

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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.

United States
  • Allergy Alert: Giant Eagle alerts consumers to a recall of Pierre Smooth Churned Moose Tracks Light Ice Cream (UPC 4817833036), due to the presence of undeclared wheat.

  • FDA Enforcement Action: At the request of FDA, U.S. Marshals seized breaded seafood products repacked by Fellerson, Inc. (d.b.a. K&S Wholesale Meats), for Soderholm Wholesale Foods, both of Sun Prairie, WI, because the products are adulterated. K&S Wholesale Meats allegedly repacked breaded seafood, including shrimp, haddock fillets, pollock fillets, and ocean perch fillets, under Soderholm’s “Seaside” label without having a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) plan in place, in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. FDA issued a Warning Letter to K&S Wholesale Meats on Jan. 13, 2010, for not having a HACCP plan in place for their breaded seafood products. Although the company responded to the Warning Letter promising corrections, subsequent inspections in September 2010 and March 2011 revealed that the firm continued to repackage breaded fish without a written HACCP plan.

  • Recreational Water Health Alert: Oregon Public Health issues health advisory due to higher-than-normal levels of bacteria in ocean waters at Cannon Beach, Clatsop County. Direct contact with the water should be avoided until the advisory has been lifted.

  • Recreational Water Health Advisory: County of San Diego closes Carlsbad State Beach access points from 1000 feet north and south of Batiquitos Lagoon Outlet, due to sewage spill into the lagoon.

  • Allergy Alert (Update): Raymond-Hadley Corp (Spencer, NY) recalls Better Batter Pancake & Biscuit Mix (20oz., UPC 896439002070, Best Before July 2012 - March 2013), Better Batter Gluten Free Pancake/Biscuit Mix (2.5lbs., UPC 896439002032, Best Before December 2011, February - August 2012 & March 2013), Better Batter Yellow Cake Mix (18.25oz., UPC 896439002100, Best Before January - March 2013), and Better Batter Chocolate Cake Mix (18.25oz., UPC 896439002094, Best Before January - March 2013), because the products may contain undeclared milk. The recalled items were imported into Canada from the USA and may have been distributed nationwide.

  • Food Safety Recall (Finland): Inex Partners Oy recalls Rainbow Hampurilaispihvi frozen raw hamburger steak (8 x 50g hamburger patties/pkg; Product of Denmark; Best before dates 03/14/2012, 03/21/2012 and 22/03/2012), due to possible Salmonella contamination.

  • Food Safety Recall Update (Ireland): McCarren & Co. Ltd. expands its earlier recall of McCarren Cooked Ham to include Batch code 4172 (use by 05/05/2011 and 07/05/2011) and Batch cod 4178 (use by 15/05/2011). The recall was initiated due to potential processing errors which may lead to microbial contamination.

  • Food Safety Outbreak Alert (France): Health authorities alert the public that certain fresh liver sausages - consumed either raw or insufficiently cooked - recently have been linked to about 10 cases of hepatitis E infections in the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur region. The alert cites pork liver sausages made using either fresh or dried pork liver, dried liver, and sausages made from dried liver. Authorities urge the public to cook these products thoroughly or to avoid them altogether.

  • Dietary Supplement Safety Alert (Denmark): Denmark's Food Administration warns consumers against using certain dietary supplements sold through the Danish language website, because the products contain harmful ingredients.

  • Pharmaceutical Product Recall (France): Special Products Line SPA (Pomezia, Italy) recalls Fosfomycine 3g, powdered for oral solution, due to inadequate sealing of the packets. The products were sold in France by Actavis, Arrow Generiques, Biogaran, EG Labo, Mylan SAS, Ranbaxy Pharmacie Generiques, Ratiopharm, Sandoz, Sanofi-Aventis and Teva Santé. Please see the recall notice for a list of affected product codes and lot numbers.

  • Outbreak Alert (Russia): Fifty-two Korean factory workers at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Rus LLC in St. Petersburg developed acute intestinal infections after eating in the factory canteen. Forty-seven of the workers were hospitalized. The food was supplied by the Cedar catering company.

  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2011.0543): Small pieces of rubber in Nestlé Milkybar Buttons from the United Kingdom; distributed to Ireland, Malta and the United Kingdom.

  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2011.0544): Cadmium in frozen blue shark steaks from Spain; distributed to Poland.

  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2011.0547): E. coli O157:H7 in frozen minced beef steaks from Germany; distributed to France.

  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2011.0548): Histamine in fresh tuna fish loins from Sri Lanka; distributed to Italy.

  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2011.0549): Glyphosate in red lentils from Turkey; distributed to Germany and Lithuania.

  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2011.0550): Aflatoxins in L.I.F.E Chestnut Flour from Italy; distributed to Hungary and Italy.

  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2011.0551): Procymidone in red peppers (paprika) from China; distributed to Germany.

  • Allergy Alert Notification (EU #2011.0552): Traces of milk in oxtail soup from the United Kingdom; distributed to Cyprus.

  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2011.0553): Aflatoxins in kenkey manufactured in the United Kingdom, with raw material from Ghana; distributed to the United Kingdom.

  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2011.0554): Fluazifop-P-butyl in fresh broccoli from Italy; distributed to the Czech Republic.

  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2011.0555): Unauthorized import of roasted hazelnuts and roasted mixed nuts from Turkey; distributed to Denmark and Sweden.

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.

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