Stuffed Potato Shell Recall [Canada]

Canadian FlagCanada/Ottawa: M & M Meat Shops recalls some Stuffed Potato Shells due to metal fragment hazard. CFIA: http://ht.ly/l2dw8

Direct link: http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/inspection/2013/29227r-eng.php

Additional information:
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (“CFIA”) reports the following M & M Meat Shops product is subject to this recall:

  • M & M Meat Shops Stuffed Potato Shells, 390 gram package; Product code: 0283

CFIA ref: 8012
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Pork Stew and Chicken Stew Recall [US]

United States FlagUS/Washington: Acadian Fine Foods recalls approximately 17,037 pounds of Pork Stew and Chicken Stew Products due to misbranding and undeclared soy and whey, both known allergens. USDA: http://ht.ly/l1XIb

Direct link: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/Recall_034_2013_Release/index.asp

Additional information:
The United States Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) reports the following products are subject to recall:

  • Savoie’s Cajun Singles Louisiana Pork Stew, 12-ounce single-serve bowls, bearing the establishment number “Est. 13587” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The products were produced on various dates from May 24, 2012 through March 21, 2013. The product packages bear “Use By” dates from May 24, 2013 through March 21, 2014.
  • Savoie’s Cajun Singles Louisiana Chicken Stew, 12-oz. single-serve bowls, bearing the establishment number “P-13587” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The products were produced on various dates from June 6, 2012 through Feb. 25, 2013. The product packages bear “Use By” dates from June 6, 2013 through Feb. 25, 2014.

About Milk and Soy Allergies:
For some people, milk (and milk products) and soy (and soy products) are a source of urgent, dangerous and potentially deadly, allergic reactions. Due to modern food manufacturing methods, milk products may not “look” or “sound” as if they are derived from milk. Some examples of foods with milk proteins include artificial butter or cheese flavor; casein or caseinates; curds; ghee; hydrolysates; lactalbumin and lactalbumin phosphate; lactose, lactoglobulin, lactoferrin and lactulose; and finally, rennet (originally, ground calves’ stomach but more often now, by-products of genetically engineered bacteria, mold or yeast).

Similarly, many foods have soy-based ingredients including edamame (soybeans in pods), hydrolyzed soy protein, miso, soy protein isolate, soy sauce, tamari, tempeh, teriyaki sauce, textured vegetable protein (“TVP”) and tofu. In addition, lax labeling laws in many countries allow manufacturers to use (but not declare) small amounts of soy in “artificial flavoring”, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, vegetable broth and others. Although levels of these allergens are comparatively small, they may cause dangerous allergic reactions, including Anaphylactic Shock.

Anaphylactic Shock could occur in consumers who are allergic to milk, nut, soy and/or wheat ingredients within a very short time, potentially leading to severe injury and/or death. If you suspect Anaphylactic Shock, call-9-1-1 or other local emergency number for immediate transport to a medical center. If trained and an emergency kit is available, it may be appropriate to give an injectable drug such as Epinephrine (also known as adrenaline or adrenalin) to the affected individual. Trade names of these products include EpiPen, Twinject, Adrenaclick, Anapen, Jext, Allerject and Auvi-Q. Please note: even patients who are apparently stabilized should still go to hospital for emergency evaluation. Further treatment is often necessary.

You can learn more about food allergies from the US National Institutes of Health (“NIH”) at http://1.usa.gov/IZWUlm.

USDA recall number: FSIS-RC-034-2013
Recalls Direct RIN: 2013-2000
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Screwfix Loft Ladder Recall [UK]

UK FlagUK/Basildon: Screwfix recalls some Loft Ladders due to collapse hazard. TSI: http://ht.ly/l1Jgg

Direct link: http://www.tradingstandards.gov.uk/advice/advice-recall-item.cfm?id=302216

Additional information:
The Trading Standards Institute (“TSI”) reports the following Screwfix Loft Ladders are subject to this recall:

  • Screwfix Two (2) Section Loft Ladder; part number 58905
  • Screwfix Three (3) Section Loft Ladder; part number 22949

According to the company, there is possible problem with the fixing blocks that hold the ladder sections together. As a precaution, Screwfix has issued a recall for Loft Ladders manufactured between August 2011 and June 2012. The date of manufacture can be found on the label on the side of the ladder.

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NHTSA May Vehicle Recalls – 29 MTD [US]

FlagUSUS/Washington: As of Tuesday, May 14, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has posted 29 vehicle or tire recalls so far this month. Are yours listed? http://ht.ly/5G8bb

Direct link: http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/owners/SearchCurrentMonthRecall

Additional information:
Recently added recalls include products from the following manufacturers:

  • Chrysler Group LLC – Windshield Defrosting System: Potential Number of Units Affected: 498
  • Heartland Recreational Vehicles, LLC – Awning Motors: Potential Number of Units Affected: 890
  • Lion Bus Inc. – Brake Failure: Potential Number of Units Affected: 1
  • Spartan Motors, Inc. – Steering Loss: Potential Number of Units Affected: 2,694
  • Tiffin Motorhomes, Inc. – Awning Motors: Potential Number of Units Affected: 293

Recalls Direct RIN: 2013-1998
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Almond Butter, Peanut Butter, Tahini Warning [Canada]

Canadian FlagCanada/Ottawa: CFIA issues Advisory Warning for some Almond Butters, Peanut Butters and Tahini that may contain Salmonella or other harmful bacteria. CFIA: http://ht.ly/kZQp7

Direct link: http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/inspection/2013/29157a-eng.php

Additional information:
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (“CFIA”) reports the following retail outlets may have sold the contaminated Almond Butters, Peanut Butters and Tahini:

  • Natural Crunchy Peanut Butter, Tootsi Impex Inc., 10 kg, Lots: JM12 164 and JM12 086, available from May 2012
    • Mother Natures 331 Columbia Avenue, Castelgar, BC April 19, 2013
    • Les Pères Nature St-Georges 10735, 1E Avenue, St-Georges, QC January 15, 2013
    • Pères Nature (Ste-Marie) Inc. 590 Boul. Vachon Nord, Ste-Marie-de Beauce, QC February 9, 2013
    • Le Vrac du marché Atwater 138 Avenue Atwater, Montreal, QC December 15, 2012
    • Le Garde-manger chez Gail 103 rue Châteauguay, Huntingdon, QC November 30, 2012
    • Foodsmiths 106 Wilson Street W., Perth, ON December 31, 2012
    • Yarmouth Natural Food 3 Jenkins Street, Yarmouth, NS September 25 to October 25, 2012
    • Herb & Spice 375 Bank Street, Ottawa, ON Septembre 30, 2012
    • Frenco 3985 Boul. St-Laurent, Montreal, QC December 15, 2012
  • Organic Peanut Butter, Tootsi Impex Inc., 10 kg, Lots: JM12 164 and JM12 086, available from May 2012
    • Penticton Whole Food Emporium 1771 Main Street # 103, Penticton, BC April 19, 2013
    • Nutter’s Prince Albert 365, 36th Street W, Prince Albert, SK April 19, 2013
    • CRMR at Home 330-17 Avenue, SW, Calgary, AB May 24, 2012 to April 19, 2013
    • Going Nuts Calgary Farmer’s Market, 510- 77th Avenue SE, Calgary, AB July 10 to December 31, 2012
    • Market Organics 126 York St., Ottawa, ON April 19, 2013
    • Kredl’s Corner Market 1171 Main Street, Hampton, NB May 23 to July 31, 2012
    • Pour l’amour d’une planète 507B rue du sud, Cowansville, QC January 15, 2013
    • Noah’s Natural Foods 322 Bloor Street W., Toronto, ON April 19, 2013
    • Cedars & Co. Food Market 1255 Bank Street, Ottawa, ON April 19, 2013
    • Country Bulk Inc. 845 Weber Street North, Waterloo, ON April 19, 2013
  • Natural Creamy Peanut Butter, Tootsi Impex Inc., 10 kg, Lots: JM12 164 and JM12 086, available from March 2012
    • Sunripe 744 Adelaide St. N., London, ON August 3, 2012 to April 19, 2013
    • Le Vrac du marché Atwater 138 Avenue Atwater, Montreal, QC December 15, 2012
    • Herb & Spice 375 Bank Street, Ottawa, On September 30, 2012
    • Yarmouth Natural Food 3 Jenkins Street, Yarmouth, NS September 25 to October 25, 2012
    • Foodsmiths 106 Wilson Street W., Perth, ON December 31, 2012
    • Le Garde-Manger chez Gail 103 rue Chateauguay, Huntingdon, QC November 30, 2012
    • Les Pères Nature St-Georges 10735, 1E Avenue, St-Georges, QC January 15, 2013
    • Pères Nature (Ste-Marie) Inc. 590 Boul. Vachon Nord, Ste-Marie-de Beauce, QC February 9, 2013
    • Frenco 3985 Boul. St-Laurent, Montreal, QC December 15, 2012
    • Cedars & Co. Food Market 1255 Bank Street, Ottawa, ON April 19, 2013
  • Natural Almond Butter, Tootsi Impex Inc., 10 kg, Lots: 1027R and 12 164, available from May 2012
    • Sunripe 744 Adelaide St. N., London, ON September 6, 2012 to April 19, 2013
    • Foodsmiths 106 Wilson Steet W, Perth, ON December 31, 2012
    • Yarmouth Natural Food 3 Jenkins Street, Yarmouth, NS September 25 to October 25, 2012
    • Frenco 3985 Boul. St-Laurent, Montreal, QC December 15, 2012
    • Foodstuffs Inc. 89 Main South, Georgetown, ON April 19, 2013
    • Pour l’amour d’une planète 507B rue du sud, Cowansville, QC January 15, 2013
  • Organic Tahini (Bulk), Tootsi Impex Inc., 10 kg, Lots: JM12 164 and JM12 086, available from April 2012
    • Kredl’s Corner Market 1171 Main Street, Hampton, NB July 31, 2012 to May 6, 2013
    • Pour l’amour d’une planète 507B rue du sud, Cowansville, QC January 15, 2013

About Salmonella Poisoning:
Salmonellosis (Salmonella poisoning) is a very common type of food poisoning caused by the Salmonella bacterium. Although there are thought to be over 2,000 different kinds of these bacteria, only a comparative few make humans sick. Salmonella serotype “Typhimurium” and Salmonella serotype “Enteritidis” are thought to the two most common types in North America.

In young children, the elderly and people with compromised immune systems, Salmonellosis may cause serious and sometimes deadly infections. Even in otherwise healthy people, Salmonellosis may cause high fever, severe headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. In rare cases, however, Salmonellosis can cause more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected Aneurysms) Endocarditis and Arthritis.

If you suspect your food is contaminated, do not eat it. Contact the retailer for a refund or replacement. Wash your hands, contaminated preparation surfaces, cutlery and serving dishes thoroughly with hot soapy water and dry. Contact your MD immediately if you experience Salmonellosis symptoms.

You can learn more about Salmonellosis from Health Canada at: http://ht.ly/l11up

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BMW 3 Series Vehicle Recall [Australia]

Australia FlagAustralia/Canberra: BMW Australia recalls some BMW 3 Series E46 Vehicles due to injury hazard. ACCC: http://ht.ly/l04Ch

Direct link: http://www.recalls.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/1047625

Additional information:
The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (“ACCC”) reports the front passenger air bag inflator in the recalled BMW Vehicles may have been assembled with improperly manufactured propellant wafers. In the event of a crash, the inflator in the recalled BMW Vehicles may rupture and cause the front passenger air bag to deploy abnormally. In turn, this would increase the risk of injury to the occupant.

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ACCC PRA number: 2013/13574
Recalls Direct RIN: 2013-1996
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