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Food Safety Alerts & Recalls Around the World

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Note: Here is today's list of food safety recalls, product withdrawals, allergy alerts and miscellaneous compliance issues. The reference links will take you directly to the official recall notices and company news releases that contain detailed information for each recall and alert. 

"In order to know what are the best foods, we must study God’s original plan for man’s diet. He who created man and who understands his needs appointed Adam his food. . . . Grains, fruits, nuts, and vegetables constitute the diet chosen for us by our Creator."—Ministry of Healing, pp. 295, 296.

"Meat is not essential for health or strength, else the Lord made a mistake when He provided food for Adam and Eve before their fall. All the elements of nutrition are contained in the fruits, vegetables, and grains."—Counsels on Diet and Foods, p. 395.  

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  • Food Safety Recall (Eggs): Wright County Egg (Galt, IO) adds Cardenas Market to the list of brands impacted in its egg recall notices. Cardenas Market eggs (Plant #P1026; Julian dates 136-228) were distributed to Cardenas Market stores in California and Nevada.

  • Food Safety Recall (Eggs): Trafficanda Egg Ranch (Van Nuys, CA) recalls specific Julian dates of Medium, Large, X Large, and Jumbo Cartons; 5 Dozen Medium Over Wrap and 20 Count Over Wrap of shell eggs produced by Wright County Egg of Galt, Iowa because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. Eggs affected by this recall were distributed to grocery stores and foodservice companies in California. The affected eggs were packaged under the Trafficanda Egg Ranch brand names packaged in 12-egg cartons, 20-egg over wrap, and 5 dozen over wrap with the Julian dates ranging from 136 to 229 and plant numbers 1026, 1413, 1720, 1942 and1946. Dates and codes can be found stamped on the end of the egg cartons or the top of the over wrap bag.

  • Food Safety Recall (Eggs): Costco advises its customers that some eggs recalled by Moark LLC (Fontana, CA) were supplied to two Los Angeles Region business delivery warehouses. The affected eggs were packaged as Large Loose foodservice pack (Plant #1156; Julian date 187).

  • Dietary Supplement Warning: FDA warns consumers not to take TimeOut capsules, because it contains hydroxythiohomosildenafil, a chemical similar to sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra. TimeOut is marketed as a 100% natural dietary supplement for sexual enhancement and is distributed on Internet sites and online marketplaces as 2,500mg capsules. Hydroxythiohomosildenafil and sildenafil can interact with prescription drugs such as nitrates, including nitroglycerin, and cause dangerously low blood pressure.


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New York Times - Egg Recall Exposes Flaws in Nation’s Food Safety System

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 The time will come when milk cannot be used as freely as it is now used; but the present is not the time to discard it. And eggs contain properties which are remedial agencies in counteracting poisons...." Counsels on Diet and Foods p. 367


Published: August 24, 2010


Federal investigators have descended on Iowa to try to figure out the cause of a salmonella outbreak that may have sickened thousands of people and led to the recall of a half billion eggs. 


M. Spencer Green/Associated Press

     The Community Mercantile in Lawrence, Kan., which sells natural foods, assures its customers that “Our eggs are all right!!!”

Because most of the tainted eggs have either been used or removed from store shelves, consumers at this point appear to have little to fear from eating eggs as long as they are cooked properly. And new safety rules for egg production, which came too late to prevent this episode, might help stave off a similar outbreak in the future.
But some consumer advocates say the huge egg recall highlights a broader and continuing problem at the heart of the nation’s largest food recalls: a highly complicated and often dysfunctional
food safety system.
Whether the problems are traced to tainted peanuts, lettuce, tomatoes or frozen hamburger patties, consumer groups say federal oversight too often falls short.
     The responsibility for food safety remains split primarily between the Agriculture Department and the
Food and Drug Administration. But the way the responsibilities and resources are divided up can seem so illogical that some of the bureaucrats themselves have called for change.
There are few places where that is more evident than in the regulation of eggs. The F.D.A. oversees the safety of eggs still in their shells, but the Agriculture Department regulates liquid eggs that are used in industrial food production, while also being responsible for chickens and the grading of eggs for quality

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National/international Recalls and Alerts in Food Industry

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Dietary Supplement Safety Recall: Natural Wellness, Inc. recalls MasXtreme (Lot # 907043, UPC 094922300805) after FDA laboratory analysis detects undeclared amounts of aminotadalafil, an analog of tadalafil, in the product. Aminotadalafil may interact with nitrates found in some prescription drugs such as nitroglycerin and may lower blood pressure to dangerous levels. Consumers with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or heart disease often take nitrates. FDA Warning Letter: FDA warns Amish Wedding Foods, Inc. (Millersburg, OH) that April and May 2010 inspections of the company's manufacturing facility revealed serious deviations from the low-acid food regulations during the manufacture of Sweet Potato Butter and Pumpkin Butter. FDA Warning Letter: FDA warns GroPoint Fisheries SDN BHD (Labuan, Malaysia) that an FDA review of the company's HACCP plan and supporting documentation revealed serious deviations from the requirements of the seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulation. FDA Warning Letter: FDA warns Fiesta Gourmet (Dearborn, MI) that a February 2010 inspection of the company's food processing facility revealed serious violations of the seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulation. Food Safety Recall: Food City recalls Paws Premium Beef & Cheese Flavor Dog Treats (24 oz.). No reason given for the recall. Food Safety Recall: Price Chopper recalls four varieties of Price Chopper brand Jumbo Biscuits (8 ct.), because the product may be moldy. Food Safety Recall: Top Food & Drug recalls four varieties of Haggen brand Biscuits (lots #8/29, 9/5 & 9/12, 2010)because of product mold. Food Safety Recall: Top Food & Drug recalls Stephen's Fry Sauce (UPC 7-29776-50010; Lot 11/10/10) because of bloating. Food Safety Recall: Azteca Linda Corp. (Brooklyn, NY) recalls Queso Fresco (Fresh White Cheese) and Queso Hebra (Fresh White String Cheese) with an expiration date of September 11, 2010, because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The Queso Fresco was sold to two distributors in Rhode Island. Queso Hebra was distributed to retail stores in Brooklyn and Staten Island, NY and to one distributor in Providence, RI.



Food Safety Recall: The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning consumers not to consume frozen La Nuestra Mamey Pulp, 14-ounce packages (product of Guatemala; UPC 7 56869 0008 4; all lot codes) as it may be contaminated with Salmonella. The CFIA has been informed of a recall of the La Nuestra brand Mamey Pulp in the United States. The recalled product is known to have been distributed in Alberta; however it may also have been distributed nationally.

  • Allergy Alert (UK): Percy Fox & Co. recalls three further batches of Heidsieck Monopole Blue Top NV Champagne (75 cl; Batch #01757985, #01757965 and #01757955) due to undeclared sulfites.

  • Allergy Alert (Ireland): Food Safety Authority of Ireland advises consumers that Heidsieck Monopole Blue Top NV Champagne (75 cl; Batch #01757975) contains undeclared sulfites.

  • Consumer Product Safety Notification (EU #2010.1163): Altered organoleptic characteristics of plastic cups from China; distributed to Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia.

  • Allergy Alert Notification (EU #2010.1164): Undeclared sulphite in mustard from the Czech Republic; distributed to Slovakia.

  • Animal Feed Safety Notification (EU #2010.1165): Salmonella in soybean meal from Argentina; distributed in Poland.

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Outbreaks and Alerts

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  • Nanaimo, BC. August 25th: Nanaimo Regional General Hospital has eliminated the latest outbreak of Clostridium difficile, after nearly five months of battling the infection. The microbe disease infected 49 patients; it was directly responsible for the death of two patients' deaths since the outbreak was declared March 29, and also contributed to two other deaths. A total of 13 people who had C. difficile died during the outbreak.

  • Córdoba, Spain. August 25th: The Department of Health has determined that the food poisoning outbreak that occurred on August 15th among guests at a wedding in Villanueva was due to seafood that was contaminated with Bacillus cereus

  • Berlin, Germany. August 25th: A third baby died Monday night at the University Hospital of Mainz in central Germany. Eight other babies are in serious or critical condition. The sick infants were fed liquid food intravenously, and it is suspected that the catheters were contaminated. German prosecutors are looking into whether the hospital should be charged with negligent homicide, according to news reports. Article reference. . .
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Dairy recalls products over salmonella outbreak

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"There needs to be presented to all students and physicians, and by them to others, that the whole animal creation is more or less diseased. Diseased meat is not rare, but common. Every phase of disease is brought into the human system through subsisting upon the flesh of dead animals. The feebleness and weakness in consequence of a change from a meat diet will soon be overcome, and physicians ought to understand that they should not make the stimulus of meat eating essential for health and strength. All who leave it alone intelligently, after becoming accustomed to the change, will have health of sinews and muscles."  Counsels on Diet and Foods p. 292.4

Umpqua Dairy in Roseburg has suspended operations and ordered a recall of milk products and drinks in a salmonella outbreak that stumped scientists in Oregon for months.

The outbreak, which has sickened 23 people in Oregon, including many kids, prompted the company to recall its milk, half & half, cream and buttermilk sold under various labels as well as its own brand of orange juice and fruit drinks. Ice cream, sour cream and cottage cheese are not included.

The outbreak, which first appeared in October, involves Salmonella Braenderup, a relatively rare strain that sickens an average of about six people a year in Oregon. State health officials pinpointed the strain's molecular pattern as cases continued to trickle into, with a few reported each month, said Dr. Paul Cieslak,  head of the communicable disease section at Oregon Public Health.

Patients were surveyed and epidemiologists poured over the answers, looking for a common thread.

No one considered that Umpqua's pasteurized milk -- which should be safe -- could be a problem. The dairy is regularly inspected by the Oregon Department of Agriculture, and has a good record.


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Beef/Chicken Recall

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Animals are becoming more and more diseased, and it will not be long until animal food will be discarded by many besides Seventh-day Adventists. Foods that are healthful and life sustaining are to be prepared, so that men and women will not need to eat meat. Counsels on Diet and Foods p. 267

(CNN) --Zemco Industries in Buffalo, New York, has recalled approximately 380,000 pounds of deli meat that may be contaminated with bacteria that can cause a potentially fatal disease, the U.S. Department of Agriculture

anounced Monday. The products were distributed to Wal-Marts nationwide, according to the USDA's website. The meats may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, which was discovered in a retail sample collected by inspectors in Georgia. The USDA has received no reports of illnesses associated with the meats. Upon learning of the voluntary recall, Wal-Mart immediately told its stores to remove the meat from their shelves, the company said in a statement.


"Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease," according to the USDA. "Healthy people rarely contract listeriosis. However, listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Article reference. . .


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Chefs Do More With Less Meat

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It's weird to think of meat as a spice. Unless you've ever eaten a pizza. Or pasta. Or thrown some bacon in with your cabbage. Or had bean chili. Or almost any vegetable dish at a Chinese restaurant. Actually, this is how the whole world eats, and has for a long, long time. So for the sake of your health, and of the planet's (the livestock industry produces a lot of greenhouse gases), join these world-class chefs in getting away from the continental idea of a meat and two sides. You don't need that much protein unless you're lifting weights three times a week. In which case, I would not try to tell you how to live your life. You do what you want.

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2009892_2009891,00.html#ixzz0x9sBzVsM
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The Harmful Effects of Meat Eating

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There is much that can be said on the question of Health Reform, and some persons are always ready to catch up the most objectionable features, and urge them upon the attention of those who are not properly enlightened in regard to the subject. But this course is not wise. At our campmeetings [in Australia], all classes of people are represented, and we need to guard every expression that bears upon any question of reform, else someone will catch at our words, and use them unwisely. The temperance question should be handled carefully.  {7MR 420.1} 
     The large gatherings of our people afford us an excellent opportunity to illustrate our principles, to educate the people, not only by our words, but by our practice. Some years ago at these gatherings there was much said upon Health Reform, and the benefits of a vegetarian diet, but at the same time meat was furnished upon the tables at the dining tent. Faith without works is dead; and the instruction upon health reform, denied by the practice, did not make the deepest impression. At the campmeetings in Victoria and New South Wales, those in charge educated by practice as well as by precept. Although it has been but a few years since they received the truth, they took a noble stand for health principles. No meat was furnished at the dining tent, but fruits, grains, and vegetables, were supplied in abundance. I could not but be pleased; for precept and practice combined have a telling influence. Both believers and unbelievers asked questions in reference to the absence of meat, and then the reason was plainly stated, that meat is not the most healthful food. . . .

     A very serious objection to the practice of meat eating is found in the fact that disease is becoming more and more widespread among the animal creation. The curse because of sin causes the earth to groan under the inhabitants thereof, and every living thing is subject to disease and death. Cancers, tumors, diseases of the lungs, the liver, the kidneys, all exist among the animals that are used for food. Until late years we have never heard of anything approaching to the variety of diseases now apparent in the animal creation. It is stated that out of a herd of twenty cattle, the inspectors accepted only two; from another herd of one hundred, only twenty-five were accepted as having no apparent disease. The only way to avoid contracting disease from the use of flesh meats is to discard them altogether. Persons will do this much more readily if they have an intelligent knowledge of the dangers that attend the eating of the flesh of dead animals.  {7MR 421.1} 

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