Monday, June 13, 2011

Recalls and Alerts: June 13, 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
  • FDA Enforcement Action: FDA announces that a consent decree of condemnation, forfeiture, and permanent injunction has been filed against H&P Industries Inc., The Triad Group Inc., and three individuals that would prevent them from manufacturing and distributing products from their Hartland, Wis., facility, or any other location. Under the decree, the defendants cannot resume manufacturing and distributing drugs or medical devices until they establish an acceptable Quality Assurance and Quality Control program to ensure that all products manufactured in their facilities comply with federal standards for quality and have the identity, purity, potency and safety they are expected or are represented to possess.


Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands
  • Food Safety Recall/Import Ban (Hong Kong): Centre for Food Safety prohibits the import and orders a complete recall of DrinkaZine Energy Watt Sports Drink (Product of Taiwan; all batches), Chuang's Square Cookies (Product of Taiwan), and Wei Lih Hand-Made Instant Noodle (Product of Taiwan; Roasted chicken flavour), because the products are contaminated with DEHP.

  • Dietary Supplement Safety Notification (EU #2011.0765): Unsuitable organoleptic characteristics (oxidation of ingredients) of high energy liquid medical nutrition product from the Netherlands; distributed to Ireland, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Spain and the United Kingdom.

  • Food Safety Alert (Vietnam): The Ministry of Health has requested the recall of Red Apple, Grape, and Litchi Syrups (Produced in Taiwan by Ye Yen Gen. Co. Ltd.) and Marshies vanilla, strawberry and chocolate candies (Imported from the Philippines), because the product contain DEHP.

  • Food Safety Alert (Taiwan): The Department of Health has suspended the importation of mung bean sprouts and soy bean sprouts from Germany. This is considered a precautionary gesture, as no sprouts have been imported into Taiwan from Germany in the last two years.

  • Food Safety Alert (PRC): China bans eight additional food ingredients, due to fears that they may be contaminated with DEHP.

  • Food Safety Enforcement Action (Taiwan): Taiwan prosecutors are seeking jail terms of up to 25 years for four people charged with selling banned chemicals to food processors.

  • Outbreak Alert (Nigeria): A suspected cholera outbreak has killed more than 30 people in Mubi South and Maiha (Adamawa State) and sent 200 more to hospital.

Australia and New Zealand
  • Food Safety Recall (New Zealand): Brinks Premium Ltd. recalls Brinks whole smoked bird (1Kg; Use by 14 July 11), because the ready-to-eat product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The recalled smoked chickens were sold at Pak 'n Save on Riccarton Road, Christchurch.

Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Outbreak Alert (Colombia): An isolated case of E. coli gastroenteritis has been reported in Monteria. It's not yet known what strain of E. coli is responsible. Neither the patient nor any members of his family report having traveled to Europe.

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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