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Product recalls and alerts

06 Feb 13

UK Recalls

**Tesco Mini Chocolate Crispies withdrawn
**Asda withdraws own-brand almonds
**The Co-operative recalls its own-brand Breaded Chicken Nuggets
**Cakes, sweets and a range of bakery products recalled
**Sainsbury's recalls own-brand Lemon Thyme due to salmonella
**Bacon ribs and pig stomachs recalled

Rest of the World

**From Ireland
**From Australia and New Zealand
**From Canada
**From the US
**European Rapid Alerts
**Links to recall web sites
**Recall web sites for halal and kosher foods

UK Recalls

**Tesco Mini Chocolate Crispies withdrawn
Some batches of Tesco Mini Chocolate Crispies have been withdrawn because the product contains soya, which is not mentioned on the label. This is a potential health risk for anyone who is allergic to soya. The Food Standards Agency has issued an Allergy Alert.

**Asda withdraws own-brand almonds
Asda is withdrawing its own-brand Chosen By You Home Baking Whole Blanched Almonds, with a 'best before' date of 5 June 2013, because the product contains peanuts and walnuts which are not declared on the label. The Food Standards Agency has issued an Allergy Alert.

**The Co-operative recalls its own-brand Breaded Chicken Nuggets
The Co-operative is recalling two batch codes of its own-brand Breaded Chicken Nuggets with a 'best before' date of October 2013, because plastic has been found in some of the packets. The Food Standards Agency has issued a Product Recall Information Notice.

**Cakes, sweets and a range of bakery products recalled
The Food Standards Agency is issuing a Food Alert for Action because Cake Factory Outlet and Clearance Cake Excess have re-branded and re-labelled cakes, biscuits, sweets, puddings and tarts in premises with unsatisfactory hygiene conditions.

**Sainsbury's recalls own-brand Lemon Thyme due to salmonella
Sainsbury’s is recalling its own-brand Lemon Thyme because salmonella has been detected in one pack during routine testing. The Food Standards Agency has issued a Product Recall Information Notice.

**Bacon ribs and pig stomachs recalled
The Food Standards Agency is issuing a Food Alert for Action because Watson’s Wholesale Meats and Savouries Ltd have produced bacon ribs and cooked pig stomachs in unapproved premises under unsatisfactory hygiene conditions.

Rest of the World

**From Ireland

  • Various yoghurt and carob coated products and two additional fruit products carrying the "THS" (The Health Store) brand from The Health Store have been incorrectly labelled resulting in inconsistent information between the ingredients list and the allergy information box. This may make the relevant foods unsafe for consumers who have an allergy or intolerance to milk or its constituents or to sulphites. The implicated products were sold in The Health Store shops and other health food shops.
  • Some batches of Tesco Mini Chocolate Crispies have been withdrawn because the product contains soya, which is not mentioned on the label.

**From Australia and New Zealand

  • Various Jindi, Old Telegraph Road and Top Paddock brand cheeses have been preliminary recalled due to an outbreak of Listeriosis illness in Australia linked to other Jindi brand products.
  • Woolworths Ltd has recalled Woolworths Select Turkey Sliced 97% Fat Free from Woolworths Supermarkets, Safeway, Food for Less and Flemings Supermarkets in QLD, SA and WA only due to foreign matter contamination (clear plastic).
  • Calendar Cheese has recalled MAURI BONTA’ZOLA GORGONZOLA DOP (Blue Cheese) from Thomas Dux Grocer, David Jones and Coles Supermarkets in NSW, VIC, WA, QLD, SA and TAS due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.
  • Greenfarm vegetarian 'BBQ' buns have been recalled as the buns contain wheat, MSG and sesame oil/seeds which are not declared on the product label.

**From Canada

  • The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Riverbend Plantation Inc. are warning people with allergies to milk or hazelnuts not to consume certain Riverbend Plantation brand Saskatoon Berry Chocolate Hearts. The affected products contain milk and hazelnuts which are not declared on the label.
  • The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and United Marketing & JB Enterprises Inc. are warning people with sensitivities to sulphites not to consume the JB brand Apricots. The affected product contains sulphites which are not declared on the label.
  • The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Canada Safeway Limited are warning the public not to consume certain LifeForce Foods brand Sprouts because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
  • The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the Newfoundland Chocolate Company are warning people with allergies to egg or wheat not to consume certain Newfoundland Chocolate Company brand chocolates. The affected products contain egg and wheat which are not declared on the label.

**From the US

  • Sprouters Northwest of Kent, Washington is recalling 1953 pounds of alfalfa, clover, brocco sandwich sprouts, and spicy sprouts due to the potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.
  • Whole Foods Market is recalling one lot code of Whole Catch Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon (4 oz), cold smoked and sliced, sold in stores in 12 states, because it may contain Listeria Monocytogenes.
  • ConAgra Foods, Omaha, Neb., is voluntarily initiating a product recall for specific lots of its 8 ounce Hunt's Tomato Sauce (regular variety) and Hunt's Tomato Sauce No Salt Added that were packaged in cans containing a defect in the inner lining. Although there is no food safety concern associated with the product, the can defect may cause the can to swell and the product to spurt out when opened.
  • BPT Products Inc., a Sunland Park, N.M. establishment, is recalling approximately 213 pounds of beef jerky products that contain wheat, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label.
  • Advance Pierre Foods, an Enid, Okla. establishment, is recalling approximately 1,200 pounds of chicken fried chicken breasts that may contain small pieces of metal.
  • Gab Halal Foods, a Troy, Mich. retail store, is recalling approximately 550 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with a strain of Salmonella Typhimurium.
  • Whole Foods Market is recalling four items made with Circle Sea Salmon Lox Trim sold in Oregon and Washington state store seafood departments due to possible Listeria Monocytogenes contamination.
  • Whole Foods Market is recalling an additional lot code (for a total of two lot codes) of Whole Catch Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon (4 oz), UPC code 0 99482 40880 0, cold smoked and sliced, sold in stores in 18 states, because it may contain Listeria Monocytogenes.
  • Nueske's Applewood Smoked Meats, a Wittenberg, Wis. establishment, is recalling approximately 4,454 pounds of liver paté products because they are misbranded in that they contain the milk protein sodium caseinate, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label.
  • Isabella Foods, an El Paso, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 685 pounds of tamale products because of misbranding and undeclared allergens. The products contain wheat or soy, known allergens which are not declared on the label.
  • San Jose Valley Veal, a Santa Clara, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 1,260 pounds of veal trimmings that may be contaminated with E. Coli O157:H7.

**EU Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF)
The database of rapid alert notifications hosted by the European Commission has recently changed format. The weekly list of notifications has been replaced by a database, searchable by week number.  The latest notifications, or updates to previous notifications are for 6 February 2013

**Links to recall web sites
For UK product recalls visit the Food Standards Agency’s  Food Alerts and Allergy Alert web sites.
For US product recalls visit the USDA’s  Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) or the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) web sites.
For product recalls in Australia and New Zealand visit the FSANZ web site.
For Canada go to The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)
For Ireland go to the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI).

**Recall web sites for halal and kosher foods
Food e-News does not cover product recalls and mislabelling alerts for Kosher or Halal products. If you need information on these please go to the London Beth Din Kashrut Division where there is a facility on the home page to access the  kosher alerts system.  For US Kosher alerts please go to  Kashrut.com  and follow the link labelled 'Consumer Kashrut Alerts' for Kosher alerts. For Halal alerts go to the Muslim Consumer Group web site, which also outlines the criteria used to judge if products are halal or not.

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