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beef recall expanded again

The public warning issued on October 12, 2012 has been updated to include additional products.

The CFIA is warning the public, distributors and food service establishments not to consume, sell, or serve the beef products described below because the products may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

The affected products are associated with the same XL Foods manufacturing dates of August 24, 27, 28, 29 and September 5, 2012, as the previously recalled ground beef products. The trace out from XL to secondary and tertiary distributors, manufacturers and retailers could result in a large number of affected products over a wide range of codes and dates.

This recall also includes unlabelled and/or unbranded beef products sold at retail stores not identified in theCFIA‘s product list below, which may include small retailers, local meat markets and butcher shops, etc.. Therefore, the CFIA is advising consumers who are unsure if they have the affected beef products in their homes to check with the store(s) where the products were purchased or throw them out.

The following beef products, made from beef voluntarily recalled by XL Foods (Est. 38), are affected by this alert:

Brand Product Size UPC Codes / Dates Distribution
Freson Bros. BEEF KIDNEY Various Starts with 220605 Packed on dates between AU.27.12 and OC.15.12 Certain stores in AB
Freson Bros. BEEF TONGUE Various Starts with 220607 Packed on dates between AU.28.12 and OC.15.12 Certain stores in AB
IGA Beef Stew Various Various Packed on dates from Aug 26 to Sept 28 BC – certain stores only
IGA Outside Round Roast Various Various Packed on dates from Aug 26 to Sept 28 BC – certain stores only
Market Place IGA Beef Stew Various Various Packed on dates from Aug 26 to Sept 28 BC – certain stores only
Market Place IGA Extra Lean Beef Stew Various Various Packed on dates from Aug 26 to Sept 28 BC – certain stores only
Market Place IGA Beef Kidneys Various Various Packed on dates from Aug 24 to Oct 3 BC – certain stores only
Market Place IGA Beef Liver Various Various Packed on dates from Aug 24 to Oct 3 BC – certain stores only
Market Place IGA Beef Heart Various Various Packed on dates from Aug 24 to Oct 3 BC – certain stores only
Market Place IGA Oxtail Various Various Packed on dates from Aug 24 to Oct 3 BC – certain stores only
IGA Beef Liver Various Various Packed on dates from Aug 24 to Oct 3 BC – certain stores only

The CFIA is advising consumers who are unsure if they have the affected beef in their home to check with the store(s) where the product was purchased or throw it out.

Public health authorities have confirmed a number of illnesses linked to products from XL Foods Inc. or illnesses associated with the XL Foods Inc. food safety investigation.

This voluntary recall is part of an ongoing food safety investigation. The CFIA is working with the recalling firms and distributors to identify and verify all affected products. As additional affected products are confirmed, this table will be updated on theCFIA website. To stay informed of product updates throughout the investigation, consumers are also encouraged to subscribe to CFIA food recalls and allergy alerts at www.foodsafety.gc.ca.

Food contaminated with E. coliO157:H7 may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with these bacteria my cause serious and potentially life-threatening illnesses. Symptoms include severe abdominal pain and bloody diarrhoea. Some people may have seizures or strokes and some may need blood transfusions and kidney dialysis. Others may live with permanent kidney damage. In severe cases of illness, people may die.

There are no reports of E. coli infection during pregnancy causing birth defects in humans. Because diarrhea causes the body to lose a lot of fluids, pregnant women with an E. coli infection can easily become dehydrated. In rare cases, they may start to bleed heavily. There may be a risk for miscarriage or premature delivery with severe E. coli infection. If you are pregnant and you think you have an E. coli infection, you should see a doctor right away so that you can be diagnosed and treated if necessary.

The manufacturer, XL Foods Inc., Edmonton, Alberta and various retailers, processors and distributors are voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

For more information, consumers and industry can call the CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 / TTY 1-800-465-7735 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday).

purefit peanut butter products recalled

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume PureFit brand Peanut Butter Crunch bars listed below because they may be contaminated with salmonella.

The following products are affected by this alert:

Brand Product Size UPC Best By dates / Lot Codes
PureFit Peanut Butter Crunch bars 56.7 g 8 12787 00100 8 1 March 2012; 12 July 2013
PureFit Peanut Butter Crunch Box of 15 8 12787 00200 5 1 March 2012; 12 July 2013

These products may have been distributed nationally.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

Food contaminated with salmonella may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with these bacteria may cause salmonellosis, a foodborne illness. In young children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems, and pregnanat women, salmonellosis may cause serious and sometimes deadly infections. In otherwise healthy people, salmonellosis may cause short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhoea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis.

Salmonellosis during pregnancy is especially troublesome because, pregnant women are more vulnerable to complications, so have a lower threshold for investigation, admission and treatment, febrile illness in pregnancy may cause miscarriage or premature labour, acute abdominal conditions are more difficult to diagnose during pregnancy and finally salmonellosis can directly harm the unborn baby

For more information, consumers and industry can call the CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 / TTY 1-800-465-7735 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday).

cord blood being used to treat autism in newly approved study

Autism researchers have been given the go-ahead by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to launch a small study in children with autism that evaluates whether a child’s own umbilical cord blood may be an effective treatment.

Thirty children with the disorder, aged 2 to 7, will receive injections of their own stem cells from umbilical cord blood banked by their parents after their births. All of the cord blood comes from privately banked cord blood.

Scientists at Sutter Neuroscience Institute, in Sacramento, Calif., said the placebo-controlled study will evaluate whether the stem cell therapy helps improve language and behavior in the youngsters.

There is anecdotal evidence that stem cell infusions may have a benefit in other conditions such as cerebral palsy, said lead study investigator Dr. Michael Chez, director of pediatric neurology at the institute.

“We’re hoping we’ll see in the autism population a group of patients that also responds,” Chez said. Other autism and stem cell research is going on abroad, but this study is the first to use a child’s own cord blood stem cells.

Chez said the study will involve only patients whose autism is not linked to a genetic syndrome or brain injury, and all of the children will eventually receive the stem cells.

Two infusions will take place during the 13-month study. At the start of the research, the children will be split into two groups, half receiving an infusion of cord blood stem cells and half receiving a placebo. At six months, the groups will swap therapies. The infusions will be conducted on an outpatient basis with close monitoring, Chez said.

“We’re working with Sutter Children’s Hospital, who does our oncology infusions with the same-age children,” he said. “They are very experienced nurses who work with preschool and school-age kids to help them get through medical experiences.”

Each child and his or her parents will be given a private room with a television and videos, beverages, and perhaps a visit from the hospital’s canine therapy dog, and then a topical anesthetic will be applied to the arm to numb the skin before intravenous needle placement. A hematology expert will be giving the infusions and monitoring for safety, said Chez, who noted that each child will be watched closely for an hour and a half before heading home. They will be seen the next day as well for a safety check.

At six, 12 and 24 weeks, the researchers will measure behavioral and language changes in the children, and other changes noted by parents and the children’s doctors will be logged as well.

“Parental observations like socialization and irritability scale as secondary measures are important,” Chez said. Brain electrical activity and immune markers such as levels of pro-inflammatory proteins in the blood also will be tracked..

One in 88 children — about five times as many boys as girls — are diagnosed with autism, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But its cause is unknown and there is no cure for the disorder, which begins in early childhood and affects social, behavioral and language development.

Orginally published in health day news.

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CFIA recalls clef des champs organic ground ginger

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume certain Clef Des Champs brand Organic Ground Ginger because these products may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria.

The following Clef Des Champs brand Organic Ground Ginger products are affected by this alert:

Product Size UPC Code
Organic Ground Ginger 35 g 6 97026 73441 7 BFO11441B06
Organic Ground Ginger 500 g 6 97026 70441 0 BFO11441B07

These products have been distributed nationally.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

Food contaminated with Salmonellamay not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with these bacteria may cause salmonellosis, a foodborne illness. In young children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems, salmonellosis may cause serious and sometimes deadly infections. In otherwise healthy people, salmonellosis may cause short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis.

Salmonellosis is a food-borne infection caused by the bacteria Salmonella.  Salmonellosis during pregnancy is especially troublesome because, pregnant women are more vulnerable to complications, so have a lower threshold for investigation, admission and treatment, febrile illness in pregnancy may cause miscarriage or premature labour, acute abdominal conditions are more difficult to diagnose during pregnancy and finally salmonellosis can directly harm an unborn baby.

The manufacturer, Herboristerie La Clef Des Champs Inc., Val-David, Quebec is voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

For more information, consumers and industry can call the CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 / TTY 1-800-465-7735 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday).

CFIA recalls Xan confections peanut butter chocolate products

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume the Xan Confections brand Peanut Butter Chocolate products described below because the products may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The following Xan Confections brand pre-packaged products are affected by this alert:

Description Size UPC Best By Date(s)
(#284) 4-piece Mini BigMouth 4-piece gift box 8 95784 00284 1 Oct. 20, 2012; Nov. 3, 2012; Nov. 25, 2012
(#002) 6-piece Mini BigMouth 6-piece gift box 8 15744 01002 0 Oct.. 20, 2012; Nov. 3, 2012; Nov. 24, 2012
(#079) 4-piece Peanut Butter 4-piece gift box 8 15744 01079 2 Nov. 18, 2012

The following Xan Confections brand products were sold from bulk:

  • (#093) Milk Mini BigMouth
  • (#094) Dark Mini BigMouth
  • (#090) Peanut Butter Crunch LadybuG
  • (#296) Peanut Butter LadybuG
  • (#115) Mini Peanut Butter Crunch LadybuG
  • (#096) Peanut Butter Jewel
  • (#233) Milk BigMouth
  • (#232) Dark BigMouth
  • (#273) Dark Peanut Butter Cup
  • (#254) Milk Peanut Butter Cup

These products may have been distributed through retail stores nationally and through Internet sales.

The bulk products described above have been sold without UPC or Best By dates. Consumers who have purchased the products from bulk or Internet sales from May 28, 2012 to October 11, 2012, inclusive are advised to check with their place of purchase to determine if their products are affected by this recall.

The CFIA is working with the Canadian importers to remove the affected product from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

Food contaminated with Salmonellamay not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with these bacteria may cause salmonellosis, a foodborne illness. In young children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems, salmonellosis may cause serious and sometimes deadly infections. In otherwise healthy people, salmonellosis may cause short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis.

Salmonellosis is a food-borne infection caused by the bacteria Salmonella.  Salmonellosis during pregnancy is especially troublesome because, pregnant women are more vulnerable to complications, so have a lower threshold for investigation, admission and treatment, febrile illness in pregnancy may cause miscarriage or premature labour, acute abdominal conditions are more difficult to diagnose during pregnancy and finally salmonellosis can directly harm an unborn baby.

These products have been recalled by the legal agents in the United States as well.

For more information, consumers and industry can call the CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 / TTY 1-800-465-7735 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday).

More beef products recalled

The CFIA is warning the public, distributors and food service establishments not to consume, sell, or serve the beef products described below because the products may be contaminated with E. coliO157:H7.

The affected products are associated with the same XL Foods manufacturing dates of August 24, 27, 28, 29 and September 5, 2012, as the previously recalled ground beef products. The trace out from XL to secondary and tertiary distributors, manufacturers and retailers could result in a large number of affected products over a wide range of codes and dates.

This recall also includes unlabelled and/or unbranded beef products sold at retail stores not identified in the CFIA‘s product list below, which may include small retailers, local meat markets and butcher shops, etc. Therefore, the CFIA is advising consumers who are unsure if they have the affected beef products in their homes to check with the store(s) where the products were purchased or throw them out.

The following beef products, made from beef voluntarily recalled by XL Foods (Est. 38), are affected by this alert:

Brand Product Size UPC Codes / Dates Distribution
Nortown “MED.MINCE” (medium ground beef) Variable weight Starts with 200000 Sold from September 14 to 21, 2012 ON
Sold at La Préférence “Filet mignon entier” Variable weight None Sold from September 11 to October 1,2012 Laval, QC
Sold at La Préférence “Côte de boeuf” Variable weight None Sold from September 11 to October 1,2012 Laval, QC

Longos has advised of additions of affected codes in respect of recalled products originally identified in earlier health hazard alerts:

Brand Product Size UPC Codes / Dates Distribution
Longos C.A.B. ORIGINAL BEEF BURGERS Various Starts With 0204414 Best Before 12 SE 14 up to and including 12 OC 3 ON
Longos C.A.B. ORIGINAL BEEF BAMBINO BURGER Various Starts With 0204866 Best Before 12 SE 14 up to and including 12 OC 3 ON
Longos C.A.B. PORTOBELLO SWISS BEEF BURGER Various Starts with 0204417 Best Before 12 SE 14 up to and including 12 OC 3 ON
Longos C.A.B. PORTOBELLO SWISS BEEF BAMBINO BURGER Various Starts With 0204867 Best Before 12 SE 14 up to and including 12 OC 3 ON
Longos C.A.B. EXTRA LEAN GROUND BEEF Various Starts With 0204303 Best Before 12 SE 14 up to and including 12 OC 3 ON
Longos C.A.B LEAN GROUND BEEF SIRLOIN Various Starts With 0204397 Best Before 12 SE 14 up to and including 12 OC 3 ON
Longos C.A.B EXTRA LEAN GROUND SIRLOIN Various Starts With 0204474 Best Before 12 SE 14 up to and including 12 OC 3 ON

The CFIA is advising consumers who are unsure if they have the affected beef in their home to check with the store(s) where the product was purchased or throw it out.

Public health authorities have confirmed a number of illnesses linked to products from XL Foods Inc. or illnesses associated with the XL FoodsInc. food safety investigation.

This voluntary recall is part of an ongoing food safety investigation.

Food contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 may not look or smell spoiled.  Consumption of food contaminated with these bacteria my cause serious and potentially life-threatening illnesses.  Symptoms include severe abdominal pain and bloody diarrhoea.  Some people may have seizures or strokes and some may need blood transfusions and kidney dialysis.  Others may live with permanent kidney damage.  In severe cases of illness, people may die.

The manufacturer, XL Foods Inc., Edmonton, Alberta and various retailers, processors and distributors are voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace.  The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

For more information, consumers and industry can call the CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 / TTY 1-800-465-7735 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday).

CFIA recalls Fresh Express Hearts of Romaine Salad

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume certain Fresh Express brand Hearts of Romaine salad because this product may be contaminated with Salmonellabacteria.

The affected product, Fresh Express brand Hearts of Romaine salad, Product of U.S.A., is sold in 510 g (18 oz.) packages, bearing UPC 0 71279 26201 7, production code S270A24, and Best Before Date OCT 11.

This product has been distributed in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario. However, it may have been distributed to other provinces and territories.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with these bacteria may cause salmonellosis, a foodborne illness. In young children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems and pregnant women, salmonellosis may cause serious and sometimes deadly infections. In otherwise healthy people, salmonellosis may cause short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis.

Salmonellosis during pregnancy is especially troublesome because: pregnant women are more vulnerable to complications, so have a lower threshold for investigation, admission and treatment, febrile illness in pregnancy may cause miscarriage or premature labour, acute abdominal conditions are more difficult to diagnose during pregnancy and finally salmonellosis can directly harm the fetus.

The CFIA is working with the Canadian importers to remove the affected product from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

For more information, consumers and industry can call the CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 / TTY 1-800-465-7735 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday)

kellogg’s is recalling certain types of mini-wheats

Kellogg’s is recalling certain types of its Mini-Wheats breakfast cereal over fears that it could contain metal fragments from a faulty manufacturing part.

The recall is said to affect at least three million boxes of Mini-Wheats cereal. The products were sold in Canada, the United States and Mexico.

In Canada, the recalled cereals include:

  • Mini-Wheats Original Frosted cereal
  • Mini-Wheats Brown Sugar Flavour Frosted cereal

Most of the products have best-before dates between April 1, 2013 and July 29, 2013.

Kellogg’s has warned that tiny pieces of “flexible metal mesh” could be in the cereal.

Concerned consumers in Canada can call Kellogg’s at 1-888-876-3750. The line is open between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. from Monday to Friday

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