Friday, July 22, 2011

Recalls and Alerts: July 22, 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
  • Food Recall: Buehler's (Smith's) recalls 2% Milk (1/2 gallon containers; Lot code July 27), because the milk may have oxidized. This is not a safety issue, according to Buehler's.

  • FDA Enforcement Action: The US District Court for the Western District has granted FDA's motion for summary judgment and entered an order of permanent injunction against Rhody Dairy, LLC and its owner, after Rhody Dairy failed to administer drugs to animals with adequate control measures, such as keeping complete records to ensure that animals are not over-medicated or sent to slaughter too soon after treatment with animal drugs. According to the ruling, these practices constitute “insanitary conditions” that may render food harmful to health under the Act. Legal action was taken after FDA investigators documented the farm's unlawful practices during several inspections over the course of the past decade.

  • Allergy Alert (France): Société Dumortier recalls Bouton d'Or chez Intermarché Shallot Vinaigrette (Vinaigrette à Echalote), 500mL (Lot #L11126 S02; Best before 06/05/2012), due to the presence of undeclared mustard.

  • Food Safety Recall (UK): Sainsbury's recalls Taste the Difference Melting Middle 2 Smoked Haddock with Cheddar and Leek Fishcakes ( Use by 14 July 2011), because the product may be contaminated with small pieces of metal.

  • Food Safety Recall/Outbreak Alert (Denmark): Romer Product recalls Romer Product Organic Tofu, 500g glass jar (Drained weight 200g; Best before 20/04-2014 and 10/05-2014), because the product may contain botulinum toxin.

  • Food Safety Recall (Denmark): O. Kavli A/S recalls Sunsweet prunes (400g bag; Best before October 2012), because some of the prunes have fermented.

  • Food Safety Withdrawal (Norway): Nelson Garden withdraws Product Number 5665 Hot Mix Series Primo Vitamino seed mix for sprouting, because the seed mix contains fenugreek seeds that were imported from Egypt. The withdrawn seed mix was on the market since November 2010.

  • Outbreak Alert (UK): For the second time in a month, a ward at Altnagelvin Hospital in Londonderry has been closed to new admissions due to an outbreak of Norovirus.

  • Outbreak Alert Update (France): The strain of E. coli O104:H4 that was behind the outbreak in Gironde (Bordeaux) has been determined to correspond genetically to the strain that was recovered during the German outbreak.

  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2011.0988): Diarrhoeic Shellfish Poisoning toxins in chilled mussels from the United Kingdom; distributed to France and the United Kingdom.

  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2011.0990): Formetanate in peppers from Turkey; distributed to Germany.

  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2011.0991): Salmonella in liquid egg protein from Austria; distributed to Austria and Croatia.

  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2011.0992): Aflatoxins in mold-infested dried rice flour from India; distributed to Austria, Germany, Ireland and the United Kingdom.

  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2011.0993): Aflatoxins in sunflower seeds from Turkey; distributed to Germany and Turkey.

  • Dietary Supplement Safety Notification (EU #2011.0994): Excessive caffeine in food supplement from the United States, via Sweden; distributed to Norway.

  • Food Safety Notification (EU #2011.0995): Mercury in chilled little tunny from Greece; distributed to Italy.

Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands
Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Medical Device Safety Recall (Brazil): Incomepe Indústria de Materiais Cirúrgicos Ltda. recalls Protese Parcial de Quadril Tipo Thompson Incomepe/Thompson Type Partial Hip Implant (Lot 013 921; Models 3003900/Ø39; 3004100/Ø41; 3004300/Ø43; 3004500/Ø45; 3004700/Ø47; 3004900/Ø49; 3005100/Ø51; 3005300 / Ø53), after tests identify gaps in the quality of raw materials and the manufacturing process.

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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