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.
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- Allergy Alert: Domega NY International Co., Ltd. (Brooklyn, NY) recalls Green Day brand Dried Coconut (3 oz/85g clear plastic bags; Exp 12/15/2014; UPC 6 950296 800744; Product of China), due to undeclared sulfites. The recalled product was sold in the NY Metro area.
- Food Safety Recall: House’s Butchering, LLC (Versailles, OH) recalls Pork Bacon Thick Sliced (approx. 1 lb pkgs; ODA Est. 54; 5-digit code (if present) beginning with ’12′) and Beef Summer Sausage (approx 1.5 lb pkgs; ODA Est. 54; 5-digit code (if present) beginning with ’12′), because the products were packaged without a food safety program. The recalled products were sold only at House’s Butchering meat market.
- Food Safety Recall: House’s Butchering, LLC (Versailles, OH) recalls all beef slaughtered and processed at House’s Butchering from 1/1/11 to 12/28/12 (Est. 54; 5-digit code beginning with ’11′ or ’12′), because the beef products may contain spinal cord and vertebral column materials.
- Food Safety Alert (Missouri): The Missouri Department of Agriculture has halted custom exempt processing operations at Hilty’s Custom Meats (Bowling Green, MO) due to violations related to selling uninspected meat products to the public. An investigation is ongoing.
- Outbreak Alert: Indiana State Department of Health has confirmed a case of typhoid fever in a food handler at Purdue University. Anyone who ate at the Boiler Bistro, John Purdue Room, or the coffee shop, Lavazza, at Marriott Hall on the Purdue campus from Jan. 23 to Jan. 25, 2013, may be at risk and should consult a healthcare provider immediately if they start to experience symptoms of typhoid fever (including high fever, weakness, stomach pains, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or loss of appetite). The incubation period for typhoid fever usually is 8-14 days after exposure, but could be as long as 30 days.
- FDA Warning Letter: FDA warns Bellisio Foods, Inc. (Minneapolis, MN) that a November 2012 inspection of the company’s seafood processing facility found serious violations of the seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulation.
- FDA Warning Letter: FDA warns NX Generation Ltd. (Hauppauge, NY) that a July 2012 inspection of the company’s dietary supplement packaging, labeling and distribution facility found serious violations of FDA’s Current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP) regulation for dietary supplements.
- FDA Warning Letter: FDA warns Gioia Cheese Co., Inc. (South El Monte, CA) that an August 2012 inspection of the company’s cheese manufacturing facility found the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in three environmental swab samples from the processing facility, in addition to violations of the Current Good Manufacturing Practice regulation for food.
- FDA Warning Letter: FDA warns Missa Bay, LLC (Irwindale, CA) that a July-August 2012 inspection of the company’s Swedesboro, NJ manufacturing facility found Listeria monocytogenes on food contact surfaces, on non-food contact surfaces, in samples of ascorbic acid dip solution, and in samples of diced apples and sliced apples. A total of 27 environmental samples were positive for the same strain of Listeria monocytogenes that was found in the finished product samples.
- FDA Warning Letter: FDA warns Raw Deal, Inc. (Flanders, NJ) that a February-March 2012 inspection of the company’s facility found serious violations of the dietary supplement CGMP regulations.
- FDA Warning Letter: FDA warns R & L, Inc. (Lima, OH) that a March-April 2012 inspection of the company’s seafood processing facility found serious violations of the seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulation.
- Food Safety Recall: Plantation Nasenka (l’Assomption, QC) recalls Sauce à spaghetti (500 & 750 ml glass Mason jars), Chili Nasenka (500 ml glass Mason jars), Ragout écossais (500 ml glass Mason jars) and Salsa Dionisos (250 & 500 ml glass Mason jars), because the products were not prepared or displayed in a manner to ensure microbiological safety. The recalled products were sold without refrigeration up to and including February 1, 2013.
- Food Safety Recall (France): La société Boucherie Barris recalls all Boucherie-Charcuterie BARRIS canned food products (Expiry dates 06/10/2014 to 04/12/2014), after the installation of a new pressure cooker on September 1, 2012 led to defects in product stability.
- Food Safety Recall (Germany): Sutter GmbH (Worms) recalls Freshvale brand Curry Snacker (220g; All batches), due to the potential for non-magnetic metal foreign bodies in the product.
- Food Safety Notification (EU #2013.0136): Listeria monocytogenes in chilled smoked salmon from Denmark, via Austria; distributed to Italy.
- Food Safety Notification (EU #2013.0137): Unauthorized phenylbutazone in chilled horse meat from the United Kingdom; distributed to France.
- Food Safety Notification (EU #2013.0141): Ochratoxin A in coffee from Belgium; distributed to Belgium, France and Portugal.
Australia and New Zealand
- Food Safety Recall (Australia): Woolworths Ltd. recalls Woolworths Select Turkey Sliced 97% Fat Free (80g formed MAP pack; Use by 22/02/2013) due to foreign matter (clear plastic fragments) contamination. The recalled product was sold at Woolworths Supermarkets, Safeway, Food for Less and Flemings Supermarkets in QLD, SA and WA only.
- Dietary Supplement Safety Recall (Australia): Nutri-Sups Worldwide Distribution Pty Ltd. recalls Albuterex Xtreme Formula, Albutarex Xtreme Formula and Albutarex Femme Formula after testing by the Therapeutic Goods Administration finds that batches of the three products contain undeclared theophylline and very high levels of caffeine. In addition, Albuterex Xtreme Formula also was found to contain undeclared yohimbine. Theophylline and yohimbine are prescription-only ingredients.
Latin America and the Caribbean
- OTC Pharmaceutical Product Recall (Multiple countries): Novartis Pharma Logistics, Inc. recalls certain lots of Triaminic® Syrups, Theraflu Warming Relief® Syrups, Jack & Jill® brand pediatric syrups and Buckley’s® Complete Liquids, because the child-resistant feature of the bottle caps may not function properly, enabling the cap to be removed with the tamper-evident seal still in place. The recalled products were manufactured at a Novartis Consumer Health facility (Lincoln, NE) prior to december 2011. The Buckley’s Complete® also was manufactured until January 2013 at a third-party facility in Canada. The recalled products were supplied to retailers and wholesalers in Barbados, Aruba, Curaçao, the Bahamas, Trinidad & Tobago and Jamaica.
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.
- Big Y® World Class Market®
- BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc.
- Costco Wholesale Corporation (US stores)
- Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd.
- EDEKA (Germany)
- Food City
- Food Lion
- Giant Food LLC
- Gros Cidac (Italy)
- Hannaford Brothers Co.
- Harris Teeter
- The Kroger Company*
- Lucky Supermarkets
- Price Chopper
- Roundy’s Supermarkets, Inc.
- Stop & Shop
- Sweetbay Supermarkets
- Top Food & Drug
- Tops Friendly Markets
- Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
- Whole Foods Market
- WinCo Foods
- Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc.