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Product recalls and alerts

5 June 13

UK Recalls

**Harrods Chocolatier Dark Chocolate withdrawn
**Johnson & Johnson Ltd recalls various lot numbers of Benecol Peach & Apricot Yogurt Drink
**Majestic recalls Chablis Jean Bourguignon 2011

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

**Harrods Chocolatier Dark Chocolate withdrawn
Marasu's Petit Fours Limited is withdrawing several batch codes of Harrods Chocolatier Dark Chocolate because the product contains soya, which is not mentioned on the label. This makes the product a possible health risk for those who are allergic to soya. The Food Standards Agency has issued an Allergy Alert.

**Johnson & Johnson Ltd recalls various lot numbers of Benecol Peach & Apricot Yogurt Drink
As a precautionary measure, Johnson & Johnson Ltd is voluntarily recalling various lot numbers of the above product due to recent complaints from consumers that the product was fizzy or the bottles popped open. Initial results suggest that yeast fermentation is the most likely cause of the problem. (FSA)

**Majestic recalls Chablis Jean Bourguignon 2011
Majestic Wine Warehouse Ltd is recalling a specific lot number of Chablis Jean Bourguignon 2011, because some of the bottles have been found to contain high levels of sulphites, which could pose a health risk. The Food Standards Agency has issued a Product Recall Information Notice.

Rest of the World

**From Ireland

  • Recall of a batch of Kari Smoked Mackerel due to the detection of Listeria monocytogenes

**From Australia and New Zealand

  • Mainland ‘tasty’ cheese slices, individually wrapped flavoured processed cheese sold in 250g packs, with a best before date of 28 February 2014. The product has been recalled as the plastic wrapping of individual slices may split into thin strips causing a potential hazard if consumed.

**From Canada

  • The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume certain Avelines in shell hazelnuts described below because the products may be contaminated with Salmonella.
  • The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Sequel Naturals Ltd. are warning people with allergies to milk not to consume certain Vega® Sport brand Protein Bar. The affected product contains milk which is not declared on the label.
  • The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Carlyle Bakery Ltd. are warning people with allergies to milk and sensitivity to sulphites not to consume the Light Fruit Cake. The affected product contains milk and sulphites which are not declared on the label.
  • The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Loblaw Companies Limited (Loblaw) are warning people with sensitivity to sulphites not to consume certain batches of 1.36 L size President’s Choice® White Grape Juice. The affected product contains sulphites which are not declared on the label.

**From the US

  • FINGER LAKES FARMSTEAD CHEESE COMPANY LLC of TRUMANSBURG, NY is recalling 12 wheels of GOUDA cheese manufactured on December 20, 2012. The results of U.S. Food and Drug Administration product sampling revealed the presence of GOUDA Cheese contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes Type 1.
  • International Desserts of Glendale, California is recalling Uncle Eddies Vegan Oatmeal Chocolate Cookies in 12 oz bags, because it may contain undeclared walnuts. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to treenuts chestnuts, brazil nuts, walnuts, hazelnuts, pecans, pine nuts, cashews, run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.
  • Blessings Inc. of Tucson, Arizona is voluntarily recalling its domestic 16-20 EZ Peel Shrimp because it contains the undeclared allergen sulfite above the levels required for products labeled “sulfite-free.” People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to sulfite run the risk of allergic reaction if they consume these products.
  • Cheryl’s of Westerville, Ohio is recalling 10,588 individually wrapped 1.6 oz. Buttercream Frosted Cinnamon Pumpkin Cookies because the wrapper on these affected cookies may not specifically state that the cookie contains Peanuts, a known allergen. Our investigation revealed that some of the packages of our Buttercream Frosted Cinnamon Pumpkin Cookies actually contained our Fudge Buttercream Frosted Peanut Butter Cookie.
  • Lightlife Foods in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is voluntarily recalling a limited number of packages of its Lightlife Farmer’s Market Veggie Burgers that may contain an undeclared allergen, milk.
  • WIN LUCK TRADING INC. of Bayonne, NJ, is recalling all lots of Lam Sheng Kee’s 7 ounce packages of Shrimp Balls, Lobster Balls, Fish Package Eggs and Fresh Fish Cakes because they may contain undeclared eggs.
  • FRUIT TREASURE of CHULA VISTA, CA is recalling 43 boxes (25lb) of fresh THAI PEPPERS, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.
  • Salmolux of Federal Way, WA is recalling its cold smoked salmon products because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
  • 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.
  • Foster Farms, a Porterville, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 6,165 pounds of ready-to-eat grilled chicken breast strips that contain wheat and soy, known allergens, which are not declared on the product label.
  • Townsend Farms, Inc. of Fairview, Oregon, has announced that it is voluntarily recalling certain lots of its frozen Organic Antioxidant Blend, out of an abundance of caution, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Hepatitis A virus

**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 4 June 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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