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Product recalls and alerts

3 July 13

UK Recalls

**Tesco Finest Restaurant Collection 2 Triple Belgian Chocolate Crowns recalled
**AG Barr withdraws lemonade drink
**Vegan Organica Marzipan and Dark Chocolate Bar recalled
**Tesco recalls own-brand yeast extract

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 Finest Restaurant Collection 2 Triple Belgian Chocolate Crowns recalled
Some Tesco Finest Restaurant Collection 2 Triple Belgian Chocolate Crowns have been recalled, because of incorrect allergy information. The products are labelled as containing ‘no nuts’. However, a number been found to contain small pieces of nuts (tree nuts and/or peanuts). This makes the product a health risk for those with an allergy to nuts. The Food Standards Agency has issued an Allergy Alert.

**AG Barr withdraws lemonade drink
AG Barr Ltd has withdrawn a batch of its own brand lemonade drink, as it contains aspartame, which is not mentioned on the ingredients list. This is a potential health risk for those with phenylketonuria (PKU), who are advised not to consume products containing aspartame. The Food Standards Agency has issued a Product Withdrawal Information Notice.

**Vegan Organica Marzipan and Dark Chocolate Bar recalled
Venture Foods UK is recalling its Vegan Organica Marzipan & Dark Chocolate Bar with a 'best before' date of 1 July 2014. The product may contain milk, peanuts and other nuts. However, the allergen information is not included on the product label. This means the product is a possible health risk to anyone with an allergy to peanuts or other nuts, or an allergy or intolerance to milk. (FSA)

**Tesco recalls own-brand yeast extract
Tesco has voluntarily recalled several lot numbers of its own-brand yeast extract on a precautionary basis, because of possible high levels of histamine. If you have bought this product, please do not eat it. The Food Standards Agency has issued a Product Recall Information Notice.

Rest of the World

**From Ireland

  • Recall of Tesco Yeast Extract due to high levels of histamine

**From Australia and New Zeala

**From Canada

  • The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Wonder Berry North America are warning the public not to consume certain baby cereal products because they may contain mycotoxin HT-2.
  • The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and UNFI Canada Inc. are warning the public not to consume the Prince brand Tahini products because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.
  • The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Ratinaud French Cuisine are warning the public not to consume certain Charcuterie Ratinaud French Cuisine brand Confit Tomatoes because they may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum.
  • Loblaw Companies Limited (Loblaw) is advising the public who have sensitivities to milk not to consume 540 ml size cans of no name® Chunky Vegetable Pasta Soup, as they have been mislabelled and may contain beef and milk ingredients.
  • The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and New Century Food Inc. are warning people with allergies to milk and wheat not to consume the New Century Food brand loaf cakes. The affected products contain milk and wheat which are not declared on the label.
  • The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Tasty Treat Foods Ltd. are warning people with allergies to milk not to consume certain Oskri brand dark chocolate bars. The affected products may contain milk which is not declared on the label.
  • The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Castle Cheese (West) Inc. are warning the public not to consume certain Okanagan’s Choice Cheese brand Chipped Parmesan Cheese because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

**From the US

  • Talenti® Gelato & Sorbetto is voluntarily initiating a product recall of Talenti Gelato Toasted Almond Gelato with the UPC # 1 86852 00039 6 with a BEST BY DATE of 11/15/2014 M1 as a precautionary measure. The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the product containing pecans was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of pecans.
  • Harmony Chai of Eastsound, WA is voluntarily recalling its Concentrated Black Spiced Chai and Decaffeinated Rooibos Chai because it may not be properly processed.
  • Scenic Fruit Company of Gresham, Oregon today announced it is voluntarily recalling 5,091 cases (61,092 eight ounce bags) of Woodstock Frozen Organic Pomegranate Kernels. Based on an ongoing epidemiological and traceback investigation by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) of an illness outbreak, the kernels have the potential to be contaminated with Hepatitis A virus.
  • Schenectady, NY: Price Chopper Supermarket is voluntarily recalling three varieties of Burst Cookies- Brownie, Almond and Raspberry- a frozen cookie produced by Jacqueline's Wholesale Bakery and baked off in all of the chain's in-store bakeries, due to the presence of milk, a known allergen, which was not declared on the ingredient label.
  • Taylor Farms New Jersey, Inc. of Swedesboro, NJ is voluntarily recalling a limited quantity of Black Forest Ham and Cheese on a Pretzel Roll with Swiss Cheese and Country Dijon Honey Mustard because they have the potential of containing an undeclared tree nut allergen.
  • Granna's LLC is voluntarily recalling packages of #705 Tuna Mac that may contain an undeclared egg allergen.
  • Garden-Fresh Foods Inc. is voluntarily recalling a limited number of packages of Archer Farms Smoked Salmon Dip that may contain undeclared allergens, fish and egg.
  • Townsend Farms, Inc. of Fairview, Oregon, out of an abundance of caution and in cooperation with the FDA is expanding its voluntary recall efforts and is now recalling Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend, 3 lb. bag with UPC 0 78414 40444 8.
  • ECRS, LLC, a Hollywood, Fla., establishment, is recalling 12,560 pounds of chicken dip products because of misbranding and an undeclared allergen.
  • The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) advises consumers not to eat Mediterranean Olives: Calcidica Sweet (Brand: Bel Frantoio) sold at any Ocean State Job Lot (OSJL) stores. OSJL is voluntarily recalling the product after HEALTH staff discovered that these products were not handled appropriately to prevent production of the toxin that causes botulism.

**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 2 July 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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