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Product recalls and alerts

9 Oct 13

UK Recalls

**Tesco recalls its Finest Sweet and Zesty Side Salad
**Withdrawal of Walkers Sensations Chutney Poppadoms

Rest of the World

**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 its Finest Sweet and Zesty Side Salad
Tesco is recalling its Finest Sweet and Zesty Side Salad with 'use by' dates of 6 and 7 October, because a manufacturing error means some packs may contain edamame (soya) beans. This makes the product a possible health risk for those with an allergy to soya. The Food Standards Agency has issued an Allergy Alert.

**Withdrawal of Walkers Sensations Chutney Poppadoms
Walkers Snack Foods has withdrawn a batch of Walkers Sensations Lime and Coriander Chutney Poppadoms with a 'best before' date of 21 December 2013, because the product contains egg and shrimp that have not been declared on the label. The product may be a health risk to people who have an allergy to or intolerance to egg or shrimp (crustacean). The Food Standards Agency has issued an Allergy Alert.

**Tesco Frozen Classic Turkey Dinner recalled
Some packs of Tesco Frozen Classic Turkey Dinner with a 'best before' end date of July 2014 have been recalled, because a manufacturing error means packs may contain a Tesco Classic All Day Breakfast meal, which contains egg. This makes the product a possible health risk to those with an allergy or intolerance to eggs. The Food Standards Agency has issued an Allergy Alert.

Rest of the World

**From Canada

  • The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Saman Bakery are warning people with allergies to eggs not to consume certain crackers. The affected products contain egg which is not declared on the label.
  • The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Reser's Fine Foods Inc. are warning the public not to consume certain Reser's Fine Foods brand Cheesy Macaroni Salad because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
  • The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Dollarama Inc. are warning people with allergies to almonds not to consume the Armella Duo brand Hazelnut Spread with Milk and Cocoa. The affected product may contain almonds which are not declared on the label.
  • The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Direct Plus Food Group, a division of Premium Brands Operating Limited Partnership, are warning the public not to consume certain Grimm's Fine Foods brand Pizza Pack because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
  • The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Kraft Canada Inc. are warning people with allergies to mustard not to consume Kraft brand Shake'n Bake CAJUN coating mix. The affected product contains mustard which is not declared on the label.
  • The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Belmont Meats Ltd. (Est. 112) are warning the public not to consume certain Compliments brand Super 8 Beef Burgers because they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7
  • The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Perl's Fine Foods are warning people with allergies to mustard not to consume the Baldwin St. Kosher brand frankfurters. The affected products contain mustard which is not declared on the label.
  • The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Original Foods are warning the public not to consume certain Original Brand Original Halloween Kiss candies because the product may contain harmful pieces of metal.
  • The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Norma's Bakery Ltd. are warning people with allergies to milk not to consume certain banana bread and cookies. The affected products contain milk which is not declared on the label.
  • The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Incan Global Corp. are warning the public not to consume certain Nirapara brand Chutney Powder because it may be contaminated with Salmonella.
  • The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Kellogg Canada Inc. are warning people with allergies to milk not to consume certain Pringles* brand Salt & Vinegar Potato Chips. The affected product contains milk which is not declared on the label.

**From the US

  • Orange County Produce, LLC ("OC Produce") is voluntarily working with the Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") and California Department of Public Health ("CDPH") to coordinate a recall of fresh red and green Bell Peppers for potential contamination with Salmonella.
  • OnTime Distribution Inc. of Brooklyn, NY, is voluntarily recalling PRAN brand Spice Powder TURMERIC because it was found to contain high levels of lead that could cause health problems to consumers, particularly infants, small children, and pregnant women if consumed.
  • Mandy Star Trading Inc., located at 349 Maujer Street Brooklyn NY 11206 is recalling "Good Taste" brand Plum, because it contains undeclared sulfites and unallowed E124 (Acid Red 18) dye.
  • Big Blue Fisheries is recalling ALL smoked products from all lots and codes, various sizes, in vacuum packages because the products may not have been properly cooked and have the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death.
  • Safeway is voluntarily recalling six (6) Angel Food Cake products because they contain the undeclared allergens soy and milk. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to soy or milk run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.
  • Central Valley Meat Company, a Hanford, Calif., establishment, is recalling approximately 89,720 pounds of ground beef that may contain small pieces of plastic.
  • Junction Pizza, a Grey Eagle, Minn. establishment, is recalling approximately 17,194 pounds of frozen pizza products that contain soy lecithin, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product labels.
  • Asia Cash & Carry Inc. of Maspeth, New York is voluntarily recalling PRAN brand Spice Powder TURMERIC, Net Wt. 8.82 oz. (250 gm) jars, because it was found to contain high levels of lead that could cause health problems to consumers, particularly infants, small children, and pregnant women if consumed. Recent analysis of the product found it contained 28 parts per million (ppm).
  • Turkey Hill Dairy of Conestoga, Pa., is recalling specific packages of 1.5 qt. (48 oz./1.42L) of Fudge Ripple Premium Ice Cream and 1 Pint (16 oz./473 ml) packages of Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Premium Ice Cream, and Moose Tracks® Stuff’d Frozen Dairy Dessert due to the possibility that some packages may contain metal shavings.

**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 8 October 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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