Canada – Potatoes recalled for suspected tampering (nails and needles)

Date of recall: May 22, 2015
Reason for recall: Tampering
Hazard classification: Class 3
Company / Firm: Loblaw Companies Limited, Strang’s Produce Inc.
Distribution: New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island
Extent of the distribution: Retail

Recall details

Ottawa, May 22, 2015 – Loblaw Companies Limited and Strang’s Produce Inc. are voluntarily recalling certain Farmer’s Market and Strang’s Produce brands of Russet Potatoes from the marketplace due to possible food tampering with nails and needles. Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below.

Recalled products

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
Strang’s Chef Potatoes Jumbo for Chips 50 lb (22.7 kg) Julian dates between 060 – 135
followed by 11W or 12W
Examples: 11412W, 13011W
033383454900
Farmer’s Market Potatoes Russet 15 lb (6.8 kg) Julian dates between 060 – 135
followed by 11W or 12W
Examples: 11412W, 13011W
061483014779
Farmer’s Market Potatoes Russet 10 lb (4.54 kg) Julian dates between 060 – 135
followed by 11W or 12W
Examples: 11412W, 13011W
061483014786
Farmer’s Market Potatoes Russet 5 lb (2.27 kg) Julian dates between 060 – 135
followed by 11W or 12W
Examples: 11412W, 13011W
061483005920
Strang’s Produce Potatoes 15 lb (6.8 kg) Julian dates between 060 – 135
followed by 11W or 12W
Examples: 11412W, 13011W
3338345486
Strang’s Produce Potatoes 10 lb (4.54 kg) Julian dates between 060 – 135
followed by 11W or 12W
Examples: 11412W, 13011W
3338345485
Strang’s Produce Potatoes 5 lb (2.27 kg) Julian dates between 060 – 135
followed by 11W or 12W
Examples: 11412W, 13011W
3338345481

What you should do

Check to see if you have recalled products in your home. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased. However, if you find a foreign metal object in a potato, please do not throw out the potato, metal object or the bag and any tags related to the product. Please contact your local police so the potatoes and related items can be passed along to the investigators.

Background

This recall was triggered by an ongoing investigation into consumer complaints of nails and needles which appear to have been inserted into potatoes. As tampering is a criminal offense, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police are leading the investigation into this matter.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products. If other high-risk products are recalled, the CFIA will notify the public through updated Food Recall Warnings.

The CFIA is verifying that industry is removing recalled products from the marketplace.

Illnesses

There have been no reported injuries associated with the consumption of these products.

(Source: CFIA website)

Canada – Three recalls for botulism

In the recent notifications from the CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency), we can find an high number of warnings for Clostridium botulinum in different foods:

– Elite Salads brand White Fish:

Ottawa, February 10, 2015 – Elite Salads International is recalling Elite Salads brand White Fish from the marketplace because it may permit the growth of Clostridium botulinum. Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below:

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
Elite Salads White Fish 200 g Best Before Mar. 15, 2015 7 77739 00060 0

– Smoked trout & smoked arctic char

Ottawa, February 19, 2015 – Lake Land Meats & Farm Market is recalling smoked trout and smoked arctic char from the marketplace because they may permit the growth of Clostridium botulinum. Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below.

The affected products were sold in variable weight packages at the following retail locations in Ontario during the periods shown below.

Retail Location Address Dates Sold
Lake Land Meats Farm & Market Retail Store 1226 St. Paul St. West
St. Catharines ON
Up to and including February 13, 2015.
Cheese Shoppe on Locke 190 Locke St. South
Hamilton ON
Up to and including February 13, 2015.
Upper Canada Cheese Company 4159 Jordan Rd.
Jordan Station ON
Up to and including February 13, 2015.

Consumers who are unsure if they have purchased the affected product are advised to contact their retailer.

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
None Smoked Trout variable None None
None Smoked Arctic Char variable None None

– Elite Salads brand White Fish:

Ottawa, February 20, 2015 – The food recall warning issued on February 10, 2015 has been updated to include additional product information. This additional information was identified during the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) food safety investigation.

Elite Salads International is recalling Elite Salads brand White Fish from the marketplace because it may permit the growth of Clostridium botulinum. Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below.

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
Elite Salads White Fish 200 g Best Before Feb. 25, 2015 7 77739 00060 0

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

(Source: CFIA website)