Australia – FSANZ recalls – Undeclared allergens and Salmonella in cheese

IKEA Pty Ltd has recalled PASTAÄLGAR and PASTAÄLGAR FULLKORN (Elk-shaped pasta products, in white and wholemeal) from IKEA stores in NSW, QLD, SA, VIC and WA due to the presence of an undeclared allergen (soy). Consumers who have a soy allergy or intolerance should not consume these products and may have a reaction if they are consumed. They can be returned to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Date notified to FSANZ: 1/10/2014

Food type: Pasta. Elk-shaped pasta products, in white and wholemeal

Product name:

  • PASTAÄLGAR
  • PASTAÄLGAR FULLKORN (wholemeal)

Package description and size: Plastic packaging, 500g

Date marking: all best before dates

Country of origin: Germany

Reason for recall: the presence of an undeclared allergen (soy)

Distribution: IKEA stores in NSW, QLD, SA, VIC and WA

Consumer advice: consumers who have a soy allergy or intolerance should not consume these products and may have a reaction if they are consumed. They can be returned to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Contact

IKEA Pty Ltd

NSW: (02) 8020 6641, VIC: (03) 8523 2154, QLD: (07) 3380 6800, WA: (08) 9201 4532, SA: (08) 8154 4532.

www.ikea.com.au

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Fresh Fodder Pty Ltd has recalled their Blue Cheese & Pistachio dip from independent outlets such as IGA supermarkets, fruit shops and delicatessens in the ACT, NSW and VIC. The recall is due to Salmonella contamination. Food products contaminated with Salmonella may cause illness if consumed. Any consumers concerned about their health should seek medical advice and should return the products to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Date notified to FSANZ: 30/09/2014

Food type: Chilled dip, dairy based.

Product name: Blue Cheese & Pistachio dip

Package description and size: Round container, 200g

Date marking: Best Before 11.11.14

Country of origin: Australia

Reason for recall: Salmonella contamination

Distribution: Independent outlets such as IGA supermarkets, fruit shops and delicatessens in  the ACT, NSW and VIC

Consumer advice: food products contaminated with Salmonella may cause illness if consumed. Any consumers concerned about their health should seek medical advice and should return the products to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Contact

Fresh Fodder Pty Ltd

0263625815

www.freshfodder.com.au

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Woolworths Ltd has recalled a variety of Macro Natural and Macro Organic nut spreads (Almond Spread, Cashew Spread and Peanut Butter) from Woolworths and Thomas Dux stores nationally due to the presence of undeclared allergens. Peanut allergens are present in the Almond Spread and Cashew Spread; tree nut allergens are present in the Peanut Butter products. Consumers who have a peanut or tree nut allergy or intolerance should not consume these products and may have a reaction if these products are consumed. The products can be returned to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Date notified to FSANZ: 30/09/2014

Food type: Nut spreads

Product name:

• Macro Natural Almond Spread 250g

• Macro Natural Cashew Spread 250g

• Macro Organic Peanut Butter Crunchy 375g

• Macro Organic Peanut Butter Smooth 375g

• Macro Organic Peanut Butter Crunchy 800g

• Macro Organic Peanut Butter Smooth 800g

Package description and size;

• A clear glass jar with a metal cap (250g and 375g products)

• Plastic tub with lid (800g products)

Date marking: All best before dates currently in the marketplace

Country of origin: Australia

Reason for recall: The presence of undeclared allergens. Peanut allergens are present in the Almond Spread and Cashew Spread; tree nut allergens are present in the Peanut Butter products.

Distribution: Woolworths Supermarkets and Thomas Dux stores nationally

Consumer advice: consumers who have a peanut or tree nut allergy or intolerance should not consume these products and may have a reaction if these products are consumed. The products can be returned to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Contact

Woolworths Ltd

1800 103 515

(Source: FSANZ Website)

Food recalls in EU – Week 15 – 2014

This week on the RASFF database (Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed) we have four recalls from consumers in EU in the alert notification:

– Biocontaminants: histamine in chilled tuna fillet, following company’s own check. Origin French Polynesia (France), notified by France, distributed also to Switzerland;

– Foreign bodies: glass fragments and stones in honey roasted sunflower and pumpkin seeds, following an official control on the market. Origin Netherlands, notified by United Kingdom;

– Composition: too high content of Vitamin B6 in food supplement, following an official control on the market. Origin United States (via United Kingdom), notified by France;

– Allergens: undeclared mustard in salad sauce, following company’s own check. Origin Hungary, notified by Poland.

We have also two recalls, following information for attention notification:

– Heavy metals: mercury in frozen dogfish, following an official control on the market. Origin Spain, notified by Italy;

– Insufficient labeling: suffocation risk as a result of consumption in jelly cups, following an official control on the market. Origin Vietnam, notified by Germany;

Between the alert notifications, followed by a withdrawal from the market of the product, we find, amongst the others, the comeback of the Epatitis A from berry mix:

– Composition: high content of aluminium in seaweed noodles, following an official control on the market. Origin South Korea (via Netherlands), notified by Germany;

– Composition: too high content of Vitamin B6 in food supplement, following an official contro on the market. Origin United States (via Netherlands), notified by France;

– Foreign bodies: glass fragments and stones in shelled sunflower kernels, following company’s own check. Origin Netherlands (raw material from Bulgaria), notified by Sweden, distributed also to Belgium, Cyprus and Germany;

– Heavy metals: mercury in chilled swordfish fillets, following an official control on the market. Origin Spain, notified by Italy;

– Mycotoxins: fumonisins in organic maize flour, following an official control on the market. Origin Italy (via France), notified by Germany, distributed also to Austria;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: foodborne outbreak suspected (Hepatitis A) from berry mix buttermilk cake, following a food poisoning. Origin Germany, notified by Norway;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Listeria Monocytogenes in cooked head of pork, following an official control on the market. Origin Italy, notified by Italy, distributed also to Austria;

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: Salmonella enteritidis in fresh/frozen poultry meat, following company’s own check. Origin Poland, notified by Poland, distributed also to Bulgaria and United Kingdom.

Moreover, we have another alert notification, without recall or withdrawal from the market, for Hepatitis A:

– Pathogenic micro-organisms: virus of Hepatitis A in mixed frozen berries, following a food poisoning. Origin Poland and Bulgaria (via Belgium), notified by France.download

Regarding border rejections we have, among the others, Salmonella Spp. in frozen salted chicken breast halves from Brazil, shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli in frozen beef from Brazil, norovirus  in frozen cooked whole white clams from Vietnam, aflatoxins in shelled almonds from the United States, pistachio kernels from Iran (dispatched from Turkey) and in organic nutmeg powder from India, attempt to illegally import or absence of Common Entry Document (CED) for paan leaves from India and Bangladesh, absence or improper health certificate(s) for seaweed and senbei rice crackers from Hong Kong, for fish sauce from Thailand, for peanut and tamarind chutney from India and for cashew and almond whole fruit and nut bar from Canada (via United States), high content of aluminium in brakeroot vermicelli from China, triazophos in okras from India, fenitrothion in black olives in brine from Egypt, procymidone in fresh peppers from Turkey, acephate in basmati parboiled rice from India, coffee from Brazil infested with mouldscadmium in frozen Pacific flying squids from China, unauthorised use of colour E 127 – erythrosine in pickled ginger from Thailand, unauthorised substances tin, germanium, cobalt, vanadium and strontium in food supplement, unauthorised novel food meshima mushroom (Phellinus linteus) to be used in food supplements, unauthorised placing on the market of food supplement containing Juglans nigra and  unauthorised novel food ingredient clinoptilolite in food supplements from the United States, salicylic acid and undeclared colour E 102 – tartrazine in candies with corn flavour from China, triazophos, acetamiprid, imidacloprid and fipronil and unauthorised substance diafenthiuron in green tea from China.

For feed, we have several information for attention notification, for unauthorised genetically modified (Bt63 rice) choline chloride 60 % from China.

For food contact materials we have an information for follow up followed by a recall from consumers:

– Migration: outer coating coming off from bakeware rectangular roasters, following a consumer complaint. Origin China (via Hong Kong), notified by Greece, distributed also to Bulgaria and Cyprus.  

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