Alexandra May Jones, CTVNews.ca writer
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TORONTO, ON (CTV Network) — Health Canada posted a number of food recalls last month, ranging from chocolate containing undeclared allergens to gluten-free nuggets containing rubber pieces.
Over the past few weeks, more than 5 food products have been recalled due to the presence of milk. Specifically, due to the presence of milk without warning.
Foods recently recalled for failing to warn on their labels that they contained milk include chocolate candies, chocolate coffee beans, chocolate-flavored protein powders, and plant-based breakfast sandwiches.
Do not warn about allergens
On Saturday, Olivia & Leo Gourmet Treats Dark 55% Cacao Almond Bark and Chocolate Lab brand Chocolate Coffee Beans were recalled for undeclared milk.
Both were sold in Alberta and online, and Chocolate Lab coffee beans were also sold in Ontario.
Also on Saturday, certain Alpha Foods branded plant-based breakfast sandwiches and burritos were recalled for undeclared milk (sandwiches sold nationwide). The recall was first posted on his Dec. 16, but was updated on Saturday to include three more labeled sandwiches that failed to warn consumers about the presence of milk. became.
A concern, according to Health Canada, is that failing to declare the presence of milk on the label could cause an allergic reaction if the product is consumed by people who cannot tolerate milk.
High Impact Plant Protein, Chocolate Flavor, sold by Power Life by Tony Horton, has also been recalled for undeclared milk as of December 19th. .
So far, no allergic reactions have been documented related to these products, but undeclared eggs have caused at least one reaction in a customer.
On Wednesday, two Circles & Squares Feast sandwiches were recalled after the sandwich contained an unlabeled egg. They are marketed in Ontario and are currently associated with one reaction, according to Health Canada.
A chicken pot pie manufactured by Scotian Isle Baked Goods and sold in Ontario was also recalled on December 16 due to an undeclared egg, although the recall was caused by the company itself. No association with allergic reactions so far.
Salmonella, metals and rubber Some of the recent recalls have been fueled more by unusual concerns than by misleading labels.
On Tuesday, Venetian Meats’ Finocchiona Salami Sweet Fennel was recalled after test results detected possible salmonella contamination.
Products were sold in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario. Consumers are warned to discard products falling into affected lots.
Salmonella-contaminated food can cause “serious and sometimes fatal infections”, as a result of which even healthy people can experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal cramps. I have.
Cheeses sold in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec were also recalled on December 16th. This is due to possible contamination with the more lethal bacterium Listeria monocytogenes.
Igor’s Gorgonzola Dolce has been recalled due to the presence of Listeria monocytogenes which can cause vomiting, persistent fever and muscle pain. In severe cases of infection, it can even lead to death.
Health Canada warned that many people may have purchased cheese without knowing the brand.
“The recalled products may be sold by different retailers with or without labels that may not bear the same brand, product name, or expiration date, and the store clerk will provide or may have been sold in smaller packages,” recalled.
In an even more bizarre ending, Pinty’s Eatwell brand of gluten-free chicken nuggets were recalled earlier in the month after pieces of rubber were found in the food. These nuggets were sold nationwide, according to Health Canada.
At the end of November, Casa Grande mild salsa sold in Newfoundland and Labrador was recalled for containing metal shards.
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