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Product recalls and alerts

29 Jan 14

UK Recalls

**Harrods Chinese New Year Gold Coins Bags withdrawn
**Sainsbury's Bakewell Cake Slices withdrawn
**New Choice brand 'Mini Fruity Gels' (jelly mini-cups) - potential choking hazard

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**Harrods Chinese New Year Gold Coins Bags withdrawn
Harrods has withdrawn various packs of Harrods Chinese New Year Gold Coins bags because they contain milk and soya, which is not mentioned on the label. The products have been made in factory that uses nut ingredients, which is not mentioned in precautionary allergen labelling. (FSA)

**Sainsbury's Bakewell Cake Slices withdrawn
Sainsbury's is withdrawing all packs of by Sainsbury's 6 Bakewell Cake Slices because some packs may contain milk, which is not mentioned on the label. This makes the product a possible health risk for those who are allergic or have an intolerance to milk or its constituents. (FSA)

**New Choice brand 'Mini Fruity Gels' (jelly mini-cups) - potential choking hazard
During a routine inspection of a Vietnamese supermarket in the London area, an environmental health officer discovered 'New Choice' brand 'Mini Fruity Gels' on sale.  Jelly mini-cups are not permitted to contain a number of additives, including 'alginic acid' (E400), 'agar' (E406), 'Carrageenan' (E407) and 'processed euchema seaweed' (407a) as they may pose a choking hazard. As these additives are included in this product they are in breach of the legislation.   Despite investigations by the enforcement authorities, it has not been possible to obtain full distribution details or product traceability records for these products. (FSA)

Rest of the World

**From Ireland

  • Undeclared Milk in Marks & Spencer Count on Us Bengali Cod Curry

**From Australia and New Zealand

  • Ashgrove Cheese Pty Ltd has recalled 3 cheese products (Ashgrove Tasmanian Farm Cheese Wine Lovers selection, Ashgrove Tasmanian Farm Cheese Picnic Pack and Emporium Selection Bush Pepper Cheese) due to Listeria monocytogenes.
  • Meadow Farms onion and garlic marinated pork sirloin steak have been recalled as the product contains sulphites which are not declared on the label.
  • Narkena Pty Ltd has recalled Green Time Natural Coconut Drink from Asian grocery stores and small independent supermarkets in NSW, QLD, ACT, SA and VIC due to the presence of an undeclared allergen (milk).
  • Mrs Macs Pty Ltd has recalled two Mrs Macs Microwave pies (Beef & Cheese Pie and Beef Pie) from Woolworths, IGA Supermarkets and small independent retailers Australia-wide. The recall is due to a packaging fault resulting in the potential for packaging material to overheat and scorch.
  • Grand Foods Pty Ltd is recalling KV Dairy Tulum Cheese 350g from small independent supermarkets and Middle Eastern specialty stores in Victoria due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

**From Canada

  • Ripple Creek Farm brand Hickory Smoked Spiral Sliced Ham recalled due to Listeria
  • Sunkist Blends Brand Chocolate Banana & Mango Premium Fruits & Nuts recalled due to undeclared pistachios and hazelnuts
  • Various Kinnikinnick Foods brand products recalled due to undeclared milk
  • Sobeys Inc. is recalling Compliments brand Stir-Fry Style Vegetables from the marketplace due to possible Listeria contamination.

**From the US

  • Merrell Food Group of Dalton, WI, along with it’s manufacturing partner Rise’n Roll Specialties is recalling “Crunch’N Nutter Mixed Nut” candy packaged in a 4oz. green and yellow plastic bag, because it contains undeclared peanuts.
  • Rise’n Roll Bakery of Middlebury, IN, is recalling all its donut varieties and cinnamon caramel donut holes because they may contain undeclared egg.
  • Paskesz Candy Company, Brooklyn, New York is recalling its Premium Belgian Chocolate Coins Hologram .5 oz bags because they may contain traces of milk.
  • Truitt Brothers Inc., an East Bernstadt, Ky. establishment is recalling approximately 1.77 million pounds of shelf-stable pasta and ground beef products because of misbranding and an undeclared allergen
  • Gusto Packing, a Montgomery, Ill. establishment, is recalling approximately 67,113 pounds of sliced, spiral ham products due to concerns about possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination
  • European Meat Products Inc., a Lakewood, Colo., establishment, is recalling approximately 130,000 pounds of fresh and ready-to-eat beef and pork products because of misbranding and an undeclared allergen
  • Flat Creek Farm & Dairy of Swainsboro, GA announced a recall of its Heavenly Blue Cheese and Aztec Cheddar cheese due to possible contamination with Salmonella.
  • Lochiel Enterprises Limited recalls St Mary’s River Smokehouses Oven Smoked Salmon Stix, Chili Mango Flavor because of possible health risk
  • Winn-Dixie today announced an immediate recall of the 30 oz. canister of Winn-Dixie Instant Chocolate Drink Mix, with expiration date code of JUL 14 15B, from shelves in all stores throughout Florida. The recall does not affect stores in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana or Mississippi. The reason for the recall is the potential that the product may contain an incorrect formula mixture, which could result in an undeclared milk allergen.
  • Arkansas Firm Recalls Frozen Chicken Products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens

**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 29 January 2014.

**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.

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