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Product recalls and alerts

22 May 13

UK Recalls

**Tesco recalls Simply Ginger Beer
**Botham’s of Whitby withdraws its Finest Quality Plum Bread

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 recalls Simply Ginger Beer
Tesco is recalling a batch code of its own-brand Simply Ginger Beer because the product contains barley (gluten), which is not mentioned on the label. This makes the product a possible health risk to those who are allergic or have intolerance to barley or gluten. The Food Standards Agency has issued an Allergy Alert.

**Botham’s of Whitby withdraws its Finest Quality Plum Bread
Botham’s of Whitby is withdrawing packs of its Finest Quality Plum Bread because the product contains milk, which is not mentioned on the label. This makes the product a possible health risk for those who are allergic or have intolerance to milk or its constituents. (FSA)

Rest of the World

**From Ireland

  • As a precautionary measure, Green Isle is recalling a batch of frozen Harvest stir fry which was sold in Tesco Ireland stores. This is due to reports from Belgium that one of the ingredients may have been unintentionally contaminated with seeds of a wild plant called datura. These seeds contain tropane alkaloids which may cause illness.

**From Australia and New Zealand

  • SH Global Trading has recalled Korean biscuits (Walnut and Peanut Orion Cracker and Haitai Biscuit) from Asian grocery stores in NSW and WA due to the presence of an undeclared allergen (egg).

**From Canada

  • The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume certain in shell hazelnuts because the products may be contaminated with Salmonella.
  • The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Chocolat Jean-Talon Chocolate Inc. are warning people with allergies to egg not to consume certain the Chocolat Jean-Talon brand Hollow Milk Flavoured Confection products. The affected products contain egg which is not properly declared on the label.
  • The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume certain almond butter, peanut butter and tahini sold in bulk or repackaged at the various locations because the products may be contaminated with Salmonella or other harmful bacteria.
  • The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Mitchell Agencies/Concord National are warning people with sensitivities to sulphites not to consume certain Golden Sun brand Seedless Raisins. The affected product contains sulphites which are not declared on the label.

**From the US

  • Galveston Shrimp Company has issued a precautionary voluntary recall of its pre-packaged Texas Gulf Shrimp due to foreign material found in a bag.
  • Tropical Valley Foods Inc. of Plattsburgh, NY, is recalling next by Nature DARK CHOCOLATE BANANAS, 3 oz. bags, due to undeclared milk and walnuts.
  • Smart & Final of Los Angeles, Calif., which previously announced a recall of certain production dates of 2.5 lb - La Romanella Tri-Color Cheese Tortellini, is expanding its recall to include additional production dates due to undeclared wheat, eggs and milk.
  • Whole Foods Market is recalling bulk curried chicken salad and bulk vegan curried chick'n salad because in some stores these items may have been sold with reversed labels causing undeclared soy and egg allergens.
  • Krinos Foods, LLC. of Long Island City, New York is voluntarily recalling its TAHINI sesame paste, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
  • Dairy Fresh is voluntarily recalling a specific batch of IGA Brand “Vanilla & Chocolate” Ice Cream (1.75 quart, 1.66L) with the plant code “3783” and a SELL BY date of 08-13-13 because it incorrectly contains Heavenly Hash ice cream, which contains almonds, coconut, and soy, which are allergens not declared on the carton.
  • Jolly Good Meat Products, a Los Angeles, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 1,471 pounds of pork meat pie products because of misbranding and undeclared allergens.
  • Acadian Fine Foods, LLC, a Church Point, La. establishment, is recalling approximately 17,037 pounds of pork stew and chicken stew products because of misbranding and undeclared allergens.
  • Tibor’s Gourmet, a Palmdale, Calif., establishment, is recalling approximately 200 pounds of ready-to-eat smoked pork sausage products because they were produced without the benefit of federal inspection
  • Eco-Cuisine of Boulder, Colorado is recalling all lots of T3314 Basic Brownie Mix, T3333 Betty Brownie Mix with Vanilla, T3388 Ground Beef Style Quick Mix, T3394 Sausage Style Quick Mix, T3416 Chocolate Cookie Mix, T3417 Lemon Muffin Mix, and T3418 English Scone Mix, CM25COOK Basic Cookie Mix 25 lb. bag, CM25MUFF  Basic Muffin Mix 25 lb. bag, CM25SCON Basic Scone Mix 25 lb. Bag, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella

**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. 

**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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