Monday, May 30, 2011

Recalls and Alerts: May 30, 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.

  • Food Safety Alert: CFIA is warning the public that the cancer-causing chemical DEHP (Di-Ethyl Hexyl Phthalate) is being added to certain foods and beverages imported from Taiwan. CFIA and Health Canada are working with importers and international health agencies to identify affected products.


Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands
  • Food Safety Recall/Alert (Singapore): Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) suspends the import of Sunlight Brand beverages (product of Taiwan) after detecting DEHP in a sample of Sunlight Brand Star Fruit Juice. AVA has instructed the importer to remove the product from the market. Consumers who may have purchased the product are advised to discard it.

  • Pharmaceutical Product Safety Recall (Hong Kong): Cerebos (Hong Kong) Ltd recalls Brand's Calcium Grow Chewable Tablets (product of Taiwan), because the strawberry juice powder and yogurt powder used as flavoring agents have been reported to be contaminated by DEHP.

Australia and New Zealand
  • Food Safety Recall (New Zealand): Sara Lee recalls Sara Lee Gourmet Beef Lasagne and Sara Lee Gourmet Vegetable Lasagne, due to possible contamination with foreign material, including metal, plastic and cloth. The recalled products were sold in all major supermarkets nationwide, including Countdown, Woolworths, Foodtown, New World, Pak'n Save, Fresh Choice, and SuperValue, and were supplied to food service operators.

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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