Recalls and Alerts: February 25, 2013 | eFoodAlert

Europe

Food Safety Recall (France): La Corbeille des Saveur recalls La Corbeille des Saveurs and La Marmite des Saveurs brands of Anchoïade, Confiture d’Olive Noire, Olivade à l’Anchois, Pistou Rouge, Tapenade Noire, Tartinad’Pois Chiche, Tian de Pois Chiche, and Tian de Fenouil due to a defect in the pasteurization procedure, which could result in the possible development of Clostridium botulinum and the production of botulinum toxin in the products.

Food Safety Recall (Belgium): La Corbeille des Saveur recalls Tapenade noire, Olivade noire, Confiture d’olive noire, Olivade à l’anchois, Anchoïade, Pistou rouge, Tapenad’olive noire, Tian de pois chiche, Tartinad’pois chiche, and Tian de fenouil (Product of France; All lots), due to potential development of Clostridium botulinum.

Food Safety Alert (Switzerland): The Federal Office of Public Health strongly warns the public against using the apparatus known as ‘Pocket Silver‘ which claims to enrich drinking water with silver ions. The consumption of water treated with Pocket Silver can lead to the development of silver deposits in the skin, the mucous membranes and various organs (especially the kidneys and the eyes).

Food Fraud Notification (EU #2013.0231): Adulteration (horse DNA) of frozen beef trimmings from Poland; distributed to Denmark, Germany, Liechtenstein and the United Kingdom.

Food Safety Notification (EU #2013.0232): Excessive Escherichia coli in mussels from Spain; distributed to France.

Food Safety Notification (EU #2013.0233): Salmonella anatum in beef trimming processed in the Netherlands, with raw material from Poland, via Germany; distributed to Sweden.

Allergy Alert Notification (EU #2013.0236): Undeclared lactose in probiotics for babies and children from Bulgaria; distributed to Estonia and Lithuania.

Food Fraud Notification (EU #2013.0238): Adulteration (horse protein) of pasta sauce bolognese from Austria; distributed to Germany.

Food Safety Notification (EU #2013.0239): Aflatoxins in dried figs from Turkey; distributed to Austria and Germany.

Food Safety Notification (EU #2013.0241): Inadequate acidity and potential growth of Clostridium botulinum in tapenade, tian and olivado from France; distributed to Belgium, France and the United Kingdom.

Food Fraud Notification (EU #2013.0242): Adulteration (undeclared horse protein) of frozen lasagne bolognese from Italy; distributed to Italy and the United Kingdom.

Pet Food Safety Notification (EU #2013.0243): Salmonella Senftenberg in frozen snack for dogs from Canada; distributed to Norway.

Food Fraud Notification (EU #2013.0244): Adulteration (horse DNA) of lasagne bolognese from Hungary; distributed to Denmark.

Food Fraud Notification (EU #2013.0245): Adulteration (horse DNA) of frozen meatballs from Sweden; distributed to the Czech Republic.

Food Safety Notification (EU #2013.0247): Salmonella in paan leaves from Bangladesh; distributed to the United Kingdom.

via Recalls and Alerts: February 25, 2013 | eFoodAlert.

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

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For up-to-date information on recalls and product withdrawals associated with the horse meat investigation, please consult the Horse Meat Synopsis and Recalls page.

For up-to-date information on recalls and product withdrawals associated with the Kasel pet treat recalls and investigation, please consult the Kasel Dog Treat Recalls: 2012-2013 page.

United States

  • Food Safety Recall:Ingles Markets Inc. recalls Laura Lynn Macaroni (16 oz; Item #97987), due to possible infestation.
  • Food Safety Recall:Altiza Inc. (Chula Vista, CA) recalls Malichita brand Cucumbers (44 lbs/box; Lot #MA012304), due…

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IPS – Profits Before Safety in Pakistan’s Factories | Inter Press Service

Having visited Ali Enterprises – the apparel factory in Pakistan’s capital, Karachi, that went up in flames last September, killing 300 workers – he says he cannot fathom how the plant was awarded the prestigious SA8000 certification by Social Accountability International, a New York-based monitoring body tasked with assessing safety standards, just weeks before one of the worst recorded industrial disasters.

Reportedly caused by short-circuiting, the fire tore quickly through the factory, trapping workers behind locked doors.

Though the factory owners blamed the heavy death toll on the chaos that followed the blaze, experts say a lack of basic safety standards – like an absence of exit passages or adequate in-house emergency firefighting capabilities – was the primary factor behind the tragedy.

A good five months down the road, families of several victims are waiting to gain custody of their deceased loved ones: burnt beyond recognition, the bodies have not yet been identified, despite repeated DNA tests.

via IPS – Profits Before Safety in Pakistan’s Factories | Inter Press Service.

Leelouz Café

Fly Bird is an experience not to be missed with the collaboration of Dar Onboz (independent award winning Lebanese publishing house) and Beirut Art Center. Every Saturday between 1 & 2 pm, take your children and yourself and discover the magic of story telling by Nadine Touma, and the art of folding paper by Jad Hallaj, as well as many more activities emphasizing Birds in all its splendor. The exhibition and activities aim to rediscover the beautiful world of the birds, which is practically disappearing in the city of Beirut. Adults and kids will enjoy this outing, which is also for free. The exhibition relies on selling their artifacts, among them the beautifully drawn hand made tiles, the embroidery kits story books, CD’s and the coloring stickers.

Hopefully the pictures will inspire to visit the next coming Saturdays…

for directions to Beirut Art Center, click here.

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Greed and uncaring – Go to jail and do not pass go!

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FDA has released its Inspectional Observations report (Form 483) covering the issues encountered during the agency’s September 19 – 28, 2012 inspection of the Kasel Associates Industries, Inc. manufacturing plant in Denver.

Last week, Kasel recalled a range of pet treats manufactured from April 20, 2012 through September 19, 2012 due to potential Salmonella contamination. As I reported yesterday, FDA found 14 different Salmonella strains in finished product and environmental swab samples taken at the company’s manufacturing facility during the September 2012 inspection.

FDA’s 9-page report documents improper sanitation throughout the facility, inadequate pest control – including live and dead cockroaches, rodent droppings, flies and a dead mouse – improper food storage, improper handling of work-in-progress, and inadequate maintenance. Following is just a sampling of the deficiencies:

OBSERVATION 1. Failure to conduct cleaning and sanitizing operations for utensils and equipment in a manner that protects against contamination of food…

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We need a wide as possible diversity of farmers and gardeners to safeguard the diversity of life, seeds and soil

GROWtest.org

The biggest players in the food industry—from pesticide pushers to fertilizer makers to food processors and manufacturers—spend billions of dollars every year not selling food, but selling the idea that we need their products to feed the world. But, do we really need industrial agriculture to feed the world? Can sustainably grown food deliver the quantity and quality we need—today and in the future? This Food MythBusters episode takes on these questions in under seven minutes. So the next time you hear them, you can too.

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