Health Canada has issued a number of food recalls over the past month, from chocolate containing undeclared allergens to gluten-free nuggets containing pieces of gum.
In the past few weeks, more than five food products have been recalled for the presence of milk — specifically, the presence of milk without warning.
Some of the food products that have recently been recalled for not disclosing that they contain milk on the label include chocolate treats, chocolate coffee beans, chocolate-flavored protein powder, and plant-based breakfast sandwiches, among others. .
NOT AVOIDING ALLERGENS
Olivia & Leo Gourmet Treats’ dark 55 percent cocoa almond barks and Chocolate Lab’s chocolate coffee beans were recalled Saturday because of undeclared milk.
Both were sold in Alberta and online, while Chocolate Lab coffee beans were also sold in Ontario.
Some Alpha Foods brand plant-based breakfast sandwiches and burritos were also recalled Saturday because of 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 mentioning the presence of milk on the label could lead to allergic reactions if the product were consumed by a person who is intolerant to milk.
High Impact Plant Protein, a chocolate flavor sold by Tony Horton’s Power Life, was also recalled for undeclared milk as of December 19. This protein powder is sold online and the Health Canada recall of this product was prompted by a recall of this product in another country. .
Although no allergic reactions have yet been reported in connection with these products, the undeclared egg caused at least one reaction in a customer.
On Wednesday, two types of Feast sandwiches from Circles & Squares were recalled due to the presence of eggs in the sandwiches, which was not indicated on the label. These were sold in Ontario and are associated with one reaction at this time, according to Health Canada.
A chicken pie made by Scotian Isle Baked Goods and sold in Ontario was also recalled on December 16 due to undeclared eggs, but the recall was initiated by the company itself and has not yet been linked to any allergic reactions.
SALMONELLA, METAL AND RUBBER
Some of the recent recalls were prompted more by unusual concerns than misleading labeling.
On Tuesday, Venetian Meats’ Finocchiona Salami Sweet Fennel was recalled due to test results revealing possible salmonella contamination.
The products were sold in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario. Consumers are being warned to throw away any products that fall into 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 Dec. 16 due to possible contamination with an even deadlier bacteria: listeria.
Igor’s Gorgonzola Dolce has been recalled due to the possible presence of listeria monocytogenes, which can cause vomiting, persistent fever and muscle pain. In severe cases, the infection can even lead to death.
Health Canada warned that many may have bought the cheese without knowing the brand.
“The recalled product may have been sold by various retailers, either by clerks or in smaller packages, with or without a label that may not bear the same brand name, product name, or best before date,” the recall states. “Consumers who are unsure whether they purchased the recalled product are encouraged to contact their retailer.”
On the more bizarre end, Pinty’s Eatwell gluten-free chicken nuggets were recalled earlier this month after bits of gum were found in the food. These nuggets were sold nationally, according to Health Canada.
In late November, Casa Grande mild salsa sold in Newfoundland and Labrador was recalled because it contained pieces of metal.
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