Rubber Chunks, Listeria, and Undeclared Allergens: Various Food Products Recalled in Canada

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Health Canada has published a number of food recalls in the past month, ranging from chocolate containing undeclared allergens to gluten-free nuggets containing pieces of gum.

More than five food products have been recalled in recent weeks due to the presence of milk, specifically, the presence of milk in the absence of a warning.

Some of the food products that have been recalled recently because they did not warn on the label that they contained milk include chocolate candies, chocolate coffee beans, a chocolate-flavored protein powder, and plant-based breakfast sandwiches, among others. others. .


On Saturday, Olivia & Leo Gourmet Treats’ Dark 55 Percent Cacao Almond Bark and Chocolate Lab brand Chocolate Coffee Beans were recalled due to undeclared milk.

Both were sold in Alberta and online, while Chocolate Lab coffee beans were also sold in Ontario.

Also on Saturday was a recall of certain Alpha Foods brand plant-based breakfast sandwiches and burritos due to undeclared milk, sandwiches that were sold nationally. This recall was first published on December 16, but was updated on Saturday to include three more sandwiches with labels that did not warn consumers about the presence of milk.

The concern, according to Health Canada, is that not declaring the presence of milk on the label could lead to allergic reactions if a person who does not tolerate milk consumes the product.

The high-impact, chocolate-flavored plant protein, sold by Tony Horton’s Power Life, has also been withdrawn from the market for undeclared milk effective December 19. This protein powder is sold online and the Health Canada recall was prompted by a recall of this product in another country. .

Although no allergic reactions to these products have been reported so far, the undeclared egg has caused at least one reaction in one customer.

On Wednesday, two types of Circles & Squares Feast sandwiches were recalled due to the presence of egg in the sandwiches that was not listed on the label. These were sold in Ontario and are connected to a backlash right now, according to Health Canada.

A chicken pot pie made by Scotian Isle Baked Goods and sold in Ontario was also recalled on December 16 due to an undeclared egg, but the recall was self-inflicted and has not been associated with any allergic reactions to date. moment.


Some recent recalls have been prompted by concerns more unusual than a misleading label.

On Tuesday, Venetian Meats’ Finocchiona Salami Sweet Fennel was recalled due to test results that detected possible salmonella contamination.

Products were sold in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, and Ontario. Consumers are cautioned to throw away any product found within the affected lots.

Food contaminated with salmonella can cause “serious and sometimes fatal infections,” and even healthy people can experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps as a result.

A type of cheese sold in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec was also recalled on December 16 due to possible contamination with an even deadlier bacterium: listeria.

Gorgonzola Dolce de Igor has been withdrawn from the market due to the possible presence of listeria monocytogenes, which can cause vomiting, persistent fever and muscle aches. In severe cases of infection, it can even cause death.

Health Canada warned that many may have purchased the cheese without knowing the brand.

“The recalled product may have been sold by multiple retailers, either clerk-serviced or in smaller packages, with or without a label that may not have the same brand name, product name, or best before date,” the recall states. . “Consumers who are unsure whether they have purchased the recalled product are encouraged to contact their retailer.”

In the weirdest end, Pinty’s Eatwell brand gluten-free chicken nuggets were recalled earlier this month after pieces of gum were found in the food. These nuggets were sold nationally, according to Health Canada.

In late November, a Casa Grande mild sauce sold in Newfoundland and Labrador was recalled because it contained metal parts.

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