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Recall roundup: Sardines, chocolate and oysters

Posted: 25 February 2020 |

Food and beverage products are recalled due to reasons ranging from contamination to incorrect labelling, and here is New Food’s roundup of the most recent cases.

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John West recalls Sardines in Tomato

John West has taken the precautionary step of recalling Sardines in Tomato Sauce due to suspected bacterial contamination that has resulted in a small number of swollen cans.

The presence of suspected bacterial contamination in the product may make the product unsafe to eat.

tinned fishPoint of sale notices will be displayed in all retail stores that are selling this product. These notices explain to customers why the products are being recalled and tell them what to do if they have bought the product.

Customers who have purchased the product have been advised not to not eat it and instead return it to the store from where it was purchased for a full refund.

Arthouse Unlimited recalls Turtles Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt & Caramel

Arthouse Unlimited is recalling a batch of its Turtles Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt & Caramel because of undeclared nuts. The product might contain hazelnuts which is not declared on the label. This means the product is a possible health risk for anyone with allergy to nuts (hazelnuts).

Arthouse Unlimited has been advised to contact the relevant allergy support organisations, which will tell their members about the recall. The company has also issued a point-of-sale notice to its customers. These notices explain to customers why the product is being recalled and tells them what to do if they have bought the product

Customers who have purchased the product have been advised not to not eat it and instead return it to the store from where it was purchased for a full refund.

Further information regarding the above recalls can be found on the Food Standards Agency (FSA) website.

Samwill Bay Sgellfish Co. Ltd recalls Pacific Aquacultured Oysters

Sawmill Bay Shellfish Co. Ltd. is recalling certain Sawmill Bay Shellfish brand Pacific Aquacultured Oysters from the marketplace due to norovirus. Consumers should not consume and distributors, retailers and food service establishments such as hotels, restaurants, cafeterias, hospitals and nursing homes should not sell or use the recalled product described below.

norovirus bacteria

People with norovirus illness usually develop symptoms of gastroenteritis within 24 to 48 hours, but symptoms can start as early as 12 hours after exposure. The illness often begins suddenly. Even after having the illness, people can still become re-infected by norovirus.

The main symptoms of norovirus illness are diarrhoea, vomiting (children usually experience more vomiting than adults), nausea and stomach cramps. Other symptoms may include low-grade fever, headache, chills, muscle aches and fatigue (a general sense of tiredness). There have been reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

This recall was triggered by findings by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) during its investigation into a foodborne illness outbreak. The 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.

Further information about the above recall can be found on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) website.

Moonstruck Chocolate recalls Praline Pecan & Ginger Element Bar in Dark Chocolate

Moonstruck Chocolate Co. of Portland, Oregon is recalling 1,500 / 3.1 oz. Praline Pecan & Ginger Element Bar in Dark Chocolate, because it may contain undeclared milk. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

The affected Moonstruck Chocolate Praline Pecan & Ginger Element Bar in Dark Chocolate was distributed nationwide (US) through retail stores, online orders, and direct delivery.

No illnesses have been reported to date. The recall was initiated after it was discovered that product containing milk was distributed in packaging that did not list the presence of milk.

Customers are advised to destroy or return the affected product for replacement or refund.

Further information about the above recall can be found on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website.

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