May 29, 2023

Pieces of rubber, listeria and undeclared allergens: Several food products were recalled from Canada

Health Canada has issued several food recalls over the past month, ranging from chocolate containing undeclared allergens to gluten-free nuggets that contain pieces of gum.

More than five food products have been recalled in the last few weeks due to the presence of milk – specifically the presence of milk without warning.

Some foods that have recently been pulled from the market for not warning that they contain milk include chocolate treats, chocolate coffee beans, chocolate-flavored protein powder, and plant-based breakfast sandwiches. .


On Saturday, Olivia & Leo Gourmet Treats Dark 55% 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, certain Alpha Foods brand plant-based breakfast sandwiches and burritos were recalled due to undeclared milk — sandwiches that were sold nationwide. This recall was first published on December 16, but was updated on Saturday to include three other sandwiches whose labels did not warn consumers about the presence of milk.

According to Health Canada, the concern is that not mentioning the presence of milk on the label could lead to allergic reactions if a person who is intolerant to milk consumes the product.

High Impact Plant Protein, a chocolate flavor sold by Tony Horton’s Power Life, has also been withdrawn from undeclared milk as of December 19. This protein powder is sold online and Health Canada’s recall was prompted by a recall of this product in another country. .

Although no allergic reactions have been observed in connection with these products so far, an undeclared egg has caused at least one reaction in a customer.

On Wednesday, two Feast sandwiches from Circles & Squares were recalled because the sandwiches contained egg, which was not on the label. These were sold in Ontario and are associated with one reaction currently, according to Health Canada.

A chicken pot pie made by Isle Baked Goods of Scotia and sold in Ontario was also recalled on December 16 due to an undeclared egg, but the recall was triggered by the company itself and has so far not been associated with allergic reactions.


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

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

Products were sold in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario. Consumers are advised to throw away all products that belong to those lots.

Salmonella-contaminated food can cause “serious and sometimes fatal infections,” and even healthy people can experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach cramps.

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 aches. In severe cases of infection, it 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 multiple retailers, either as offered by the seller or in smaller packages, with or without a label that may not have the same brand, product name, or best-before date,” the recall states. “Consumers who are unsure whether they purchased a recalled product are encouraged to contact their retailer.”

On the weirder end, Pinty’s Eatwell brand of Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets was recalled at the start of the month after pieces of rubber were found in the food. These Nuggets were sold nationally, according to Health Canada.

At the end of November, Casa Grande’s mild salsa sold in Newfoundland and Labrador was recalled because it contained pieces of metal.

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