Recall roundup: E.coli alert in Canada plus foreign object recalls in the US

Posted: 4 February 2022 | | No comments yet

This week, food products in the UK and Canada have had to be recalled due to the presence of Salmonella and E.coli, while undeclared allergens have caused recalls in the UK and US.

Recall roundup:


Holland and Barrett, in the UK, is recalling Holland and Barrett Hulled Sesame Seeds due to the detection of Salmonella. The contaminated products have a best before date of September 2022.

In Canada, T-Brothers Food & Trading Ltd. is recalling Hankook (Korean characters only) brand Original Kimchi from the marketplace due to possible E. coli contamination.

E.coli and Salmonella poisoning can present similar symptoms – namely stomach cramps, fever, nausea, and diarrhoea. If you think you have become ill as a result of consuming one of the above products, medical assistance is advised. 

Foreign Objects

El Chavito Inc. of San Diego, California is recalling its Saladitos Dried Salted Plums and Saladitos Enchilados Salted Plums With Chili in the US. This is because it has the potential to be contaminated with lead.  The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states that lead is a toxic substance present in our environment in small amounts and everyone is exposed to some lead from daily actions such as inhaling dust, eating food, or drinking water. Exposure to larger amounts of lead can cause lead poisoning.

In Canada, Tayeb brand sauces have been recalled due to the detection of pieces of metal, whilst Loblaw Companies Ltd is recalling PC brand Lemon & Ginger Sicilian Soda from the marketplace due to the possible presence of glass. The recalled products have been sold in British Columbia, New Brunswick, Ontario and Quebec.

Undeclared Allergens

In the US, Conagra Brands, Inc. is voluntarily recalling a limited amount of Wish-Bone Thousand Island and Chunky Blue Cheese dressings due to egg in the product, which is not declared on the product label. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to egg run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product. More information can be found on the FDA website.

UK supermarket Waitrose is recalling its Waitrose Prosciutto Cappelletti and Waitrose Essentials Cheese and Smoked Ham Tortelloni because of undeclared pistachio nuts. This means the products are a possible health risk for anyone with an allergy to pistachios. All products with undeclared nuts will have the use by date of 20 February 2022 or 21 February 2022.

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