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Product recalls and alerts

18 Dec 13

UK Recalls

**Mencia Luna Beberide 2011 vintage withdrawn
**Cocaine found in bottle of Caribbean soft drink
**Asda withdraws four breakfast cereals

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

**Mencia Luna Beberide 2011 vintage withdrawn
E H Booths is withdrawing all batch codes of Mencia Luna Beberide 2011 vintage, because a labelling error means sulphites are not mentioned on the label. This makes the product a health risk for those with a sensitivity to sulphites. The Food Standards Agency has issued an Allergy Alert.

**Cocaine found in bottle of Caribbean soft drink
The Food Standards Agency is warning the public about a soft drink that has been found to contain high levels of cocaine. The product has been linked to the death of one person in Southampton and is the subject of an ongoing investigation by Hampshire Constabulary.

**Asda withdraws four breakfast cereals
Asda has withdrawn four of its own-brand 'Chosen By You' breakfast cereals because there is a risk the products could be cross-contaminated with peanuts and nuts. Peanuts and nuts are not mentioned on the product labels, which means the products are a possible health risk to anyone with an allergy to peanuts or nuts. The FSA has issued an Allergy Alert.

Rest of the World

**From Australia and New Zealand

  • Tek Shing Trading has recalled ‘Beijing Lui BiJu Food Co Ltd Sesame Paste’ from Asian grocery stores in NSW (in the Sydney area) and in the ACT due to the presence of an undeclared allergen (peanut).
  • Sakata Rice Snacks Australia Pty Ltd has recalled Sakata Paws Original 6 Pack Multipack (90g) due to an undeclared allergen (milk). The product inside the packet contains Sakata Paws Pizza Supreme flavoured rice snacks, instead of Original flavour.

**From Canada

  • Organic Traditions brand Dark Chocolate Hazelnuts and Dark Chocolate Almonds recalled due to undeclared milk.
  • Aurora Brand Corn Gnocchi recalled due to undeclared Gluten
  • Edelweiss Brand Fine Dark Chocolate recalled due to undeclared milk
  • Organic Traditions Brand Dark Chocolate Hazelnuts and Dark Chocolate Almonds recalled due to undeclared milk

**From the US

  • Pin Hsiao & Associates, LLC of Bellevue, Washington is recalling the Gluten Free Blueberry Mini Muffins – 12pk, because it may contain undeclared walnuts.
  • Bee International, Inc. of Chula Vista, CA is recalling its 2oz. packages of candy "Sweet Spots" because they may contain undeclared egg protein.
  • Health Matters America Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on undeclared milk in Organic Traditions Brand Dark Chocolate Hazelnuts, Dark Chocolate Hazelnuts with Chilli, Dark Chocolate Almonds, and Dark Chocolate Almonds With Chilli.
  • Whole Foods Market Mid-Atlantic Region recalls Spinach Dip due to undeclared egg
  • Blooming Import Inc. Issues an Alert on Undeclared Sulfites in Golden Lion Brand Dried Ziziphus Jujuba Mill (Dried Dates)
  • Yauk’s Specialty Meats, a Windsor, Colo., establishment, is expanding its recall to include an undetermined amount of various meat and poultry products that were produced under insanitary conditions.

**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 17 December 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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