Recall roundup: Salmonella alert and arsenic fears in baby food

Posted: 15 October 2021 | | No comments yet

This week’s recall roundup features concerns over arsenic levels in baby food sold in Walmart, and a Salmonella alert in seafood products.

Recall roundup:

Pathogens and contaminants

Northeast Seafood Products of Denver, Colorado, is recalling a range of seafood products as they may be contaminated with Salmonella. The products include Haddock, Monkfish, Bone-in Trout, Grouper, Red Snapper, Red Rock Cod, Ocean Perch, Pacific Cod, Halibut, Coho Salmon, Atlantic Salmon Portions, Lane Snapper, Tilapia, All Natural Salmon Fillet, Pacific Sole, and Farm Raised Striped Bass.

These items were distributed from May 2021 to 7 October 2021 to restaurants and Albertsons, Safeway, and Sprouts supermarkets in Colorado. The recalled items would have sold out of their fresh seafood cases. The company has made clear that Pacific Cod sold through Sprouts is not being recalled. Consumers who have purchased raw, fresh, unpackaged seafood are urged to return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Meanwhile, Maple Island Inc. has issued a voluntary recall of three lots of its Parent’s Choice Rice Baby Cereal that it manufactures for Walmart, as a result of samples from three production lots came back with levels of what the US Food and Drug Administration calls “naturally occurring inorganic arsenic” above the guidance level. The specific lots being recalled were sold after 5 April 2021, with specific lot codes available on the FDA’s website. Customers with the affected products are being asked to discard them or return them to the store they were bought from for a full refund.

Undeclared allergens

UK supermarket Waitrose & Partners is recalling Waitrose Belgian Dark Chocolate with Raisins and Almonds because some packs contain hazelnuts (nuts) which are not mentioned on the label. The retailer says that due to a packaging error, some packs contain Waitrose Belgian Dark Chocolate with Hazelnuts instead. The affected products have a best before of November 2022, and Waitrose says customers can return the product to store for a full refund.

Similarly, Asda is recalling Asda Extra Special Lamb Moussaka because it contains egg which is not mentioned on the label. Full details of the recall are available on the Food Standards Agency (FSA) website, which also advises customers with the product to return it to an Asda store for a full refund.