Sunday, March 24, 2013

Miscellaneous Recalls and Alerts: March 1-24, 2013

Here are some miscellaneous recalls and alerts from around the world. The live links will take you directly to the official notices or company news releases that contain detailed information for each item.

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United States
  • The Ohio Department of Agriculture and the Ohio Department of Health alert consumers to the risk of lead poisoning associated with eye-area cosmetics (e.g., pencils and eyeliners) called Surma (also known as Kohl or Kajal), a powdered eye area product manufactured and used in the Middle East, India, Pakistan and some parts of Africa.
  • The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has revoked the food processing license of Chu Minh Corp., which produces tofu and other soy products, after several inspections found on-going sanitation problems with the Seattle business.
  • CDC issues final update for its investigation of a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium infections linked to ground beef. The contaminated ground beef was linked to 22 illnesses (including 7 hospitalizations) in six states.
  • CDC is investigating an outbreak of vomiting and diarrhea that sickened 118 passengers and 3 crew members on Royal Caribbean's Vision of the Seas during a February 25 to March 8, 2013 cruise.
  • CDC is investigating an outbreak of vomiting and diarrhea that sickened 266 passengers and 10 crew members on Princess Cruises' Ruby Princess during a March 3-10, 2013 cruise.
  • Green Planet, Inc. (Riverside, CA) recalls Night Bullet after FDA finds that the product contains trace amounts of undeclared Sulfohydroxyhomosildenafil and Aminotadalafil.
  • Med Prep Consulting, Inc. (Tinton Falls, NJ) recalls all lots of all products compounded at its facility. The level of recall is to the user, that is, regional hospital pharmacies and related departments, and physician’s office practices. The recall resulted from the pharmacy being notified by a Connecticut hospital that it observed visible particulate contaminants in 50 ml bags of MAGNESIUM SULFATE 2GM IN DEXTROSE 5% IN WATER, 50ML FOR INJECTION intravenous solution confirmed to be mold.
  • Clinical Specialties recalls All Lots of All Sterile products repackaged and distributed by the pharmacy due to lack of sterility assurance.
  • Cargill's animal nutriton business recalls certain brands of its ruminant mineral products because they were deficient in vitamins A, D and E.
  • Diamond Pet Foods (Columbia, SC) recalls limited production codes of Premium Edge Finicky Adult Cat Formula dry cat food, Premium Edge Senior Cat Hairball Management Formula dry cat food, Premium Edge Kitten Formula dry cat food, Diamond Naturals Kitten Formula dry cat food and 4health All Life Stages Cat Formula dry cat food. Tests conducted by the company indicated the products might have a low level of thiamine (Vitamin B1).
  • Steve's Real Foods (Murray, UT) recalls 5 lb. bags of Turducken Canine Diet – 8oz. Patties due to potential contamination of Salmonella.
  • Bravo! recalls 2 lb tubes of Bravo! Raw Food Diet Chicken Blend for Dogs and Cats, product code: 21-102, batch ID code 6 14 12, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
  • Diggin' Your Dog™ withdraws Strippin' Chicks™ Pet Treats produced on 8-30-12 because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
  • Natura Pet Products recalls specific lots of California Natural, Evo, Healthwise, and Innova dry pet food because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The affected products are sold in bags through veterinary clinics, select pet specialty retailers, and online in the United States, Canada, Korea, Malaysia, Japan, Hong Kong, and Costa Rica.
  • Jones Natural Chews Co. (Rockford, IL) recalls 245 boxes of Woofers (beef patties) because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
  • Procter & Gamble withdraws certain lot codes of Iams Shakeables Turkey Dog Treats and Iams Shakeables Lamb Dog Treats due to potential for mold growth.
Canada
  • Natura Pet Products recalls specific lots of California Natural, Evo, Healthwise, and Innova dry pet food because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The affected products are sold in bags through veterinary clinics, select pet specialty retailers, and online in the United States, Canada, Korea, Malaysia, Japan, Hong Kong, and Costa Rica.
Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands
  • Natura Pet Products recalls specific lots of California Natural, Evo, Healthwise, and Innova dry pet food because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The affected products are sold in bags through veterinary clinics, select pet specialty retailers, and online in the United States, Canada, Korea, Malaysia, Japan, Hong Kong, and Costa Rica.
Australia and New Zealand
  • Australia: The Therapeutic Goods Administration has tested Paiyouji Natural Slimming Capsules and found that it contains the undeclared prescription substance sildenafil and the undeclared substance phenolphthalein which was previously used as an oral laxative, but is no longer available in Australia due to serious safety concerns.
  • Australia: The Victoria Department of Health is investigating a four-fold increase in Cryptosporidium notifications since January 2013. While initially focussed on metropolitan Melbourne, an increase in notifications is now affecting regional Victoria.
  • New Zealand: The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is warning that drought conditions in some parts of the country could lead to higher than usual levels of tutin in honey. Tutin is well known as a natural toxin in honey in some parts of New Zealand.
  • New Zealand: Hawke's Bay's water operators are checking the region's supplies for contamination of Cryptosporidium. The New Zealand Herald reports that 45 people have been diagnosed with the parasite over the past two months.
Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Natura Pet Products recalls specific lots of California Natural, Evo, Healthwise, and Innova dry pet food because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The affected products are sold in bags through veterinary clinics, select pet specialty retailers, and online in the United States, Canada, Korea, Malaysia, Japan, Hong Kong, and Costa Rica.
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 website.

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