Avoid marinated food unless you know the ingredients

By Marie Ablett, Kelowna Chapter 

People with gluten problems should avoid marinated food unless they can find out what exactly is in the marination.    In the case below, the sirloin steak has been marinated in Teriyaki sauce containing wheat (and sulphites)  BBQ season can be a minefield for celiacs.

Take care!


 

bbq-sauce-labelOttawa, July 26, 2013 – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Vantage Foods (BCInc. are warning people with allergies to wheat or sensitivities to sulphites not to consume the Western Family brand product described below.

The affected product may contain wheat and sulphites which are not declared on the label.This product has been distributed in Alberta and British Columbia.

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

Consumption of this product may cause a serious or life-threatening reaction in persons with allergies to wheat or sensitivities to sulphites. The manufacturer, Vantage Foods (BCInc., Chilliwack, BC, is voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

Brand Name Common Name Size UPC Additional Info
Western Family Marinated Beef Top Sirloin Steak (Teriyaki) variable 0 056364 502773 Best Before
From 13.JN.23 to 13.AU.3
All best before dates where wheat or sulphites do not appear on the label
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Dumplings and potstickers recalled due to undeclared wheat

CFIA Recall Notice

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has recalled various dumpling and potsticker products due to undeclared soy, wheat, and shellfish.

The products were distributed in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Product List

Brand Name Common Name Size Codes(s) on Product UPC Reason for Recall:
PREPARED FOR SIWIN FOODS LTD. PORK, VEGETABLE AND CHIVES DUMPLINGS kg Lot: B011 None / Aucun Allergen – Soy
PREPARED FOR SIWIN FOODS LTD. PORK, VEGETABLE AND CHIVES DUMPLINGS kg Lot: B011 None / Aucun Allergen – Wheat
PREPARED FOR SIWIN FOODS LTD. PORK, VEGETABLE AND CHIVES DUMPLINGS kg Lot: B011 None / Aucun Labelling
PREPARED FOR SIWIN FOODS LTD. KOREAN KIM CHI PORK DUMPLINGS kg Lot: B047 None / Aucun Allergen – Soy
PREPARED FOR SIWIN FOODS LTD. KOREAN KIM CHI PORK DUMPLINGS kg Lot: B047 None / Aucun Allergen – Wheat
PREPARED FOR SIWIN FOODS LTD. KOREAN KIM CHI PORK DUMPLINGS kg Lot: B047 None / Aucun Labelling
PREPARED FOR SIWIN FOODS LTD. JAPANESE STYLE PORK AND BEEF DUMPLINGS kg Lot: B138 None / Aucun Allergen – Soy
PREPARED FOR SIWIN FOODS LTD. JAPANESE STYLE PORK AND BEEF DUMPLINGS kg Lot: B138 None / Aucun Allergen – Wheat
PREPARED FOR SIWIN FOODS LTD. JAPANESE STYLE PORK AND BEEF DUMPLINGS kg Lot: B138 None / Aucun Labelling
PREPARED FOR SIWIN FOODS LTD. VEGETABLE AND CHICKEN DUMPLINGS kg Lot: B172 None / Aucun Allergen – Soy
PREPARED FOR SIWIN FOODS LTD. VEGETABLE AND CHICKEN DUMPLINGS kg Lot: B172 None / Aucun Allergen – Wheat
PREPARED FOR SIWIN FOODS LTD. CHICKEN AND VEGETABLE POTSTICKERS kg Lot: B143 None / Aucun Allergen – Crustacean/Shellfish
PREPARED FOR SIWIN FOODS LTD. CHICKEN AND VEGETABLE POTSTICKERS kg Lot: B143 None / Aucun Allergen – Soy
PREPARED FOR SIWIN FOODS LTD. CHICKEN AND VEGETABLE POTSTICKERS kg Lot: B143 None / Aucun Allergen – Wheat
PREPARED FOR SIWIN FOODS LTD. PORK AND CHIVES POTSTICKERS kg Lot: B208 None / Aucun Allergen – Soy
PREPARED FOR SIWIN FOODS LTD. PORK AND CHIVES POTSTICKERS kg Lot: B208 None / Aucun Allergen – Wheat
PREPARED FOR SIWIN FOODS LTD. PORK AND VEGETABLE POTSTICKERS kg Lot: B118 None / Aucun Allergen – Crustacean/Shellfish
PREPARED FOR SIWIN FOODS LTD. PORK AND VEGETABLE POTSTICKERS kg Lot: B118 None / Aucun Allergen – Soy
PREPARED FOR SIWIN FOODS LTD. PORK AND VEGETABLE POTSTICKERS kg Lot: B118 None / Aucun Allergen – Wheat
PREPARED FOR SIWIN FOODS LTD. BEEF AND CELERY POTSTICKERS kg Lot: B039 None / Aucun Allergen – Soy
PREPARED FOR SIWIN FOODS LTD. BEEF AND CELERY POTSTICKERS kg Lot: B039 None / Aucun Allergen – Wheat
PREPARED FOR SIWIN FOODS LTD. PORK AND MUSHROOM POTSTICKERS kg Lot: B209 None / Aucun Allergen – Crustacean/Shellfish
PREPARED FOR SIWIN FOODS LTD. PORK AND MUSHROOM POTSTICKERS kg Lot: B209 None / Aucun Allergen – Soy
PREPARED FOR SIWIN FOODS LTD. PORK AND MUSHROOM POTSTICKERS kg Lot: B209 None / Aucun Allergen – Wheat
PREPARED FOR SIWIN FOODS LTD. PORK AND VEGETABLE DUMPLINGS kg Lot: B011 None / Aucun Allergen – Soy
PREPARED FOR SIWIN FOODS LTD. PORK AND VEGETABLE DUMPLINGS kg Lot: B011 None / Aucun Allergen – Wheat

If you require additional information about an individual recall, please contact the CFIA.

Undeclared wheat in Piller’s pepperoni

Courtesy CFIA

pillers pepperoniOTTAWA, October 19, 2012 – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Piller’s Fine Foods are warning people with allergies to wheat and / or sensitivity to gluten not to serve or consume Piller’s brand Sub Pac Classic and Sliced Pepperoni products described below. The affected products contain wheat which is not declared on the label.

The following Piller’s brand luncheon meat products are affected by this alert.

Product Name Size UPC Best Before Date
Pepperoni Sliced 6 x 500 g 0 69401 04605 5 2012 NO01
2012 NO20
2012 NO27
2012 DE03
2012 DE05
2012 DE13
Sub Pac Classic $5 (Pepperoni, Luncheon Meat, Smoked Ham) 400 g 0 69401 03613 1 2012 OC18
2012 NO19
2012 NO20
2012 NO27
2012 DE05
Sub Pac Classic (Pepperoni, Luncheon Meat, Smoked Ham) 250 g 0 78427 03605 6 2012 SE11
2012 SE20
2012 SE26
2012 OC11
2012 OC25
2012 NO01
2012 NO12
2012 NO20
2012 NO23
2012 NO27
2012 DE07

pillers pepperoni recall

These products were distributed in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec. However, they may have been distributed in other provinces.

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

Consumption of these products may cause a serious or life-threatening reaction in persons with allergies to wheat. Also, these products represent a health risk to gluten sensitive individuals / Celiac sufferers.

Piller’s Fine Foods, Waterloo, ON 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 one of the following numbers:

Piller’s Fine Foods at 1-800-265-2628, weekdays between 8:30 am – 5:00 pm or
Voice mail may be left at 519-743-1412 ext. 351;

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 tests pre-packaged ground spices for gluten

CFIA News Release

cfia logoAugust 15, 2012, Ottawa: As part of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) routine testing of various food products, a study released today found that more than 99% of pre-packaged ground spice samples tested for gluten would not pose a risk to gluten-sensitive consumers.

A total of 268 imported and domestic pre-packaged ground spices were collected from retail stores in 2010-2011. Health Canada determined that the very low but detectable levels of gluten in 62 of those samples, and the small amount of spice typically consumed in a meal, would not pose a health risk to sensitive consumers. One sample of mace was recalled due to a high level of gluten. This demonstrates the strength of the Canadian food safety system in identifying these foods and removing them immediately from the marketplace.

Pre-packaged ground spices sold in Canada are not permitted to contain any other ingredients. However, occasionally spices may contain undeclared gluten, either intentionally added during packaging or from cross contamination during food production. This is contrary to the Food and Drugs Act and may pose a health risk to sensitive individuals.

When there is a detection of elevated levels Health Canada completes an assessment to determine if the specific level poses a health risk, based on the contaminant’s level, expected frequency of exposure and contribution to overall diet. These factors help determine whether further action is needed, up to and including product seizure and/or recall. If a human health risk is found, a public recall notice is issued immediately.

The results have been shared with the food and consumer products industry to support their ongoing food safety activities.

Further information on this survey report is available on the CFIA website.

Oatmeal Cereal for Baby may contain gluten

Courtesy the Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Healthy Times brand Oatmeal Cereal for BabyThe Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning people with sensitivities to gluten not to consume the Healthy Times brand Oatmeal Cereal for Baby described below. The affected product may contain gluten which is not declared on the label.

The affected product, Healthy Times brand Oatmeal Cereal for Baby, product of USA, is sold in 170 g (6 oz) packages bearing UPC 0 48685 71786 8 and a USE BY date of 15APR 2013.

This product has been distributed in Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia and may have been distributed nationally.

There has been one reported reaction associated with the consumption of this product.

Consumption of this product may cause a serious reaction in persons with sensitivities to gluten.

CFIA is working with the Canadian importers to have the affected product removed from the marketplace.

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).

For information on the nine most common food allergens, visit the Food Allergens web page at: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/fssa/labeti/allerg/allerge.shtml.

For information on all food recalls, visit the CFIA‘s Food Recall Report at: http://active.inspection.gc.ca/eng/corp/recarapp_dbe.asp.

To find out more about receiving recalls by e-mail, and other food safety facts, visit: http://www.foodsafety.gc.ca. Food and consumer product recalls are also available at http://www.healthycanadians.gc.ca.

Undeclared wheat in in Melinda’s Biscotti brand almond Biscotti

Melinda's Biscotti

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OTTAWA, July 13, 2012 – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Melinda’s Biscotti are warning people with allergies to wheat and milk not to consume the Melinda’s Biscotti product described below. The affected product contains wheat and milk which are not declared on the label.

The affected product, Melinda’s Biscotti brand Almond biscotti, is sold in 240 gpackages, bearing UPC 8 75281 00030 4 and a BEST BEFORE code of NOV 2012, DEC2012, or JAN 2013.

This product has been distributed in British Columbia only.

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

Consumption of this product may cause a serious or life-threatening reaction in persons with allergies to wheat and milk.

The manufacturer, Melinda’s Biscotti, Sidney, BC, is voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

For more information, consumers and industry can call one of the following numbers:

Melinda’s Biscotti at 250-896-1964

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).

For information on wheat and milk, two of the nine most common food allergens, visit the Food Allergens web page at: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/fssa/labeti/allerg/allerge.shtml.

For information on all food recalls, visit the CFIA’s Food Recall Report at: http://active.inspection.gc.ca/eng/corp/recarapp_dbe.asp.

To find out more about receiving recalls by e-mail, and other food safety facts, visit: http://www.foodsafety.gc.ca. Food and consumer product recalls are also available at http://www.healthycanadians.gc.ca.

Undeclared wheat in Spicy Snow Rice Crackers

OTTAWA, February 7, 2012 – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning people with allergies to egg, milk and wheat not to consume the Bin Bin brand Spicy Snow Rice Crackers described below. The affected product contains egg, milk and wheat which is not declared on the label.

All codes of the following product are affected by this alert:

Product Size UPC
Bin Bin brand Spicy Snow Rice Crackers 145g 8 852098 703163

This product has been distributed nationally.

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

Consumption of this product may cause a serious or life-threatening reaction in persons with allergies to egg, milk and wheat.

The CFIA is working with the Canadian importers to remove 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).

For information on all food recalls, visit the CFIA‘s Food Recall Report at: http://active.inspection.gc.ca/eng/corp/recarapp_dbe.asp.

To find out more about receiving recalls by e-mail, and other food safety facts, visit: http://www.foodsafety.gc.ca. Food and consumer product recalls are also available at http://www.healthycanadians.gc.ca.