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Product recalls and alerts

25 Sept 13

UK Recalls

**E.coli 0157 outbreak: Sainsbury’s recalls watercress
**True Foods recalls its Steak Diane Sauce

Rest of the World

**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

**E.coli 0157 outbreak: Sainsbury’s recalls watercress
Sainsbury’s is recalling all of its bagged watercress and salads containing watercress as a precautionary measure, due to a possible association with an outbreak of E.coli O157 that has made 19 people ill. The Food Standards Agency has issued a Product Recall Information Notice.

**True Foods recalls its Steak Diane Sauce
True Foods is recalling its Steak Diane Sauce with 'use by' dates between 11 August and 2 October 2013, as it contains barley. This means that the product is a possible health risk to anyone with an allergy or intolerance to barley or gluten.  The Food Standards Agency has issued an Allergy Alert and is advising anyone with an allergy or intolerance to barley not to eat the product but to return it to the store where they bought it for a full refund.

Rest of the World

**From Australia and New Zealand

  • Patties Foods Ltd has recalled Four 'N Twenty Aussie Pasties available for sale Australia-wide at convenience stores, service stations and wholesale outlets such as Campbell’s Cash and Carry. The product is being recalled due to the presence of foreign matter (hard plastic).
  • Speights cider 568ml, six pack and Speights cider 568ml, single bottles sold through supermarkets, licensed premises and other retail outlets nationwide, with a best before date between "9/6/2013" and "16/01/2014" have been recalled as the cider contains sulphites which are not declared on the label packaging.
  • Trialia Foods Australia Pty Ltd has recalled Mrs Crimbles Chocolate Macaroons from health food stores and independent grocery stores in ACT, NSW, QLD, SA, TAS and VIC due to the presence of an undeclared allergen (dairy).

**From Canada

  • The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Gort’s Gouda Cheese Farm (EST 4478) are warning the public not to consume certain cheese products because they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.
  • The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Société coopérative agricole de l'Île-aux-Grues are warning the public not to consume certain Le Canotier de l'Isle cheese because the product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
  • The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Farm Boy 2012 Inc. are warning people with allergies to eggs and milk not to consume certain Farm Boy brand Plain Croissants. The affected product contains egg and milk which are not declared on the label.

**From the US

  • Wegmans is recalling 4,327 units of Wegmans brand APPLE CINNAMON Mini Muffins, Net Wt. 14 oz., because the product contains undeclared soy.
  • Semifreddi's Inc. of Alameda, CA is recalling all packaged Almond Biscotti and Chocolate Dipped Almond Biscotti because the food allergens milk and soy were not declared on the product labels.
  • As a result of an internal review, Dutch Valley is issuing a recall on Honey Roasted Peanuts due to undeclared Milk and Wheat Ingredients.
  • Schwebel Baking Company today recalled 18,979 units of Golden Rich Buns with Honey due to mislabeling and undeclared egg.
  • Central Valley Meat Company, a Hanford, Calif., establishment, is recalling 58,240 pounds of ground beef that may contain small pieces of plastic.
  • Siberoni, a Portland, Ore. firm, is recalling 169,655 pounds of raw and frozen meat and poultry “pelmeni” (Eastern European-style ravioli products) which were produced without the benefit of inspection.
  • Galant Food Company, a San Leandro, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 420 pounds of Chicken Provance French puff pastry product because of misbranding and an undeclared allergen. The products are formulated with an egg wash glaze that contains egg, a known allergen, which is not declared on the label.
  • National Beef Packing Company, a Dodge City, Kan., establishment, is recalling approximately 690 pounds of beef tongue root filet products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.
  • Garden-Fresh Foods is initiating an expansion to our voluntary recall on various ready-to-eat salads, slaw, and dip products sold under various brands and code dates. The products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes-fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

**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 24 September 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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