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New Zealand – Public health warning for shellfish reduced for West Coast, North Island – PSP Toxins

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New Zealand Food Safety today reduced a public health warning against collecting shellfish in the Waikato and Taranaki region. The public health warning now extends from Albatross Point south to Oakura Beach and no longer applies to Kawhia and Aotea Harbours. More testing is being undertaken to determine the levels of paralytic shellfish toxins in the affected area.

Routine tests on shellfish samples taken from the Aotea/Kawhia Harbour area have shown levels of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) toxins are now within the safe limit of 0.8 mg/kg set by New Zealand Food Safety.

Mussels, oysters, tuatua, pipi, toheroa, cockles, scallops, catseyes, kina (sea urchin), and all other bivalve shellfish should not be eaten.

Note, cooking shellfish does not remove the toxin.

Pāua, crab, and crayfish may still be eaten if the gut has been completely removed prior to cooking, as toxins accumulate in the gut. If the gut is not removed, its contents could contaminate the meat during the cooking process.

Symptoms typically appear between 10 minutes and 3 hours after ingestion and may include:

  • numbness and a tingling (prickly feeling) around the mouth, face, and extremities (hands and feet)
  • difficulty swallowing or breathing
  • dizziness
  • headache
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarrhoea
  • paralysis and respiratory failure and in severe cases, death.

If anyone becomes ill after eating shellfish from an area where a public health warning has been issued, phone Healthline for advice on 0800 61 11 16, or seek medical attention immediately. You are also advised to contact your nearest public health unit and keep any leftover shellfish in case it can be tested.

Monitoring of toxin levels will continue and any changes will be communicated accordingly. Commercially harvested shellfish – sold in shops and supermarkets, or exported – is subject to strict water and flesh monitoring programmes by MPI to ensure they are safe to eat.

New Zealand – Public health warning for shellfish extended for West Coast, North Island – PSP – Toxins

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Map of the affected area in the Kawhia Harbour area, West Coast, North Island

New Zealand Food Safety today extended a public health warning against collecting shellfish in the Waikato region and have extended this south to the Taranaki region. The public health warning now applies to the coastline from Papanui Point (south of Raglan), south to Oakura Beach. Paralytic shellfish toxins have been detected at levels above the safe limit set by MPI.

Routine tests on shellfish samples taken from this region have shown levels of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) toxins above the safe limit of 0.8 mg/kg set by New Zealand Food Safety. Anyone eating shellfish from this area is potentially at risk of illness.

Mussels, oysters, tuatua, pipi, toheroa, cockles, scallops, catseyes, kina (sea urchin), and all other bivalve shellfish should not be eaten.

Note, cooking shellfish does not remove the toxin.

Pāua, crab, and crayfish may still be eaten if the gut has been completely removed prior to cooking, as toxins accumulate in the gut. If the gut is not removed, its contents could contaminate the meat during the cooking process.

Symptoms typically appear between 10 minutes and 3 hours after ingestion and may include:

  • numbness and a tingling (prickly feeling) around the mouth, face, and extremities (hands and feet)
  • difficulty swallowing or breathing
  • dizziness
  • headache
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarrhoea
  • paralysis and respiratory failure and in severe cases, death.

If anyone becomes ill after eating shellfish from an area where a public health warning has been issued, phone Healthline for advice on 0800 61 11 16, or seek medical attention immediately. You are also advised to contact your nearest public health unit and keep any leftover shellfish in case it can be tested.

Monitoring of toxin levels will continue and any changes will be communicated accordingly. Commercially harvested shellfish – sold in shops and supermarkets, or exported – is subject to strict water and flesh monitoring programmes by MPI to ensure they are safe to eat.

New Zealand – Algota brand Sesame Tahini, Halvah Tahini and Halvah with Pistachio

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New Zealand – Algota brand Sesame Tahini – Salmonella

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New Zealand – Jif brand Creamy Peanut Butter -Salmonella

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Jar of Jif brand Creamy Peanut Butter (1.13kg)

Jif brand Creamy Peanut Butter
5 July 2022: Martha’s Backyard Ltd is recalling a specific batch of Jif brand Creamy Peanut Butter due to the possible presence of Salmonella.

Product identification
Product type Peanut butter
Name of product (size) Jif brand Creamy Peanut Butter (1.13kg)
Batch marking 2060 425
Date marking Best If Used By: MAR 01 2024
Package size and description The product is sold in a 1.13kg plastic jar.
Distribution The product is imported from the United States of America.

The product was sold at Martha’s Backyard, Unit K, 44 Mount Wellington Highway, Auckland between 1 July and 4 July 2022.

The product has not been re-exported.

Notes This recall does not affect any other Jif brand products or any other products imported by Martha’s Backyard Ltd.

Consumer advice

Customers are asked to check the batch and date mark on the back of the product.

Affected product should not be consumed. There have been reports of illness in the United States of America linked to Jif brand Peanut Butter. If you have consumed this product and have any concerns about your health, seek medical advice.

Customers should return the product to their retailer for a full refund.

More information on Salmonella

Who to contact

If you have questions, contact Martha’s Backyard Ltd:

  • Phone: 09 570 7976
  • Address: Unit K, 44 Mount Wellington Highway, Auckland.

New Zealand – Ours Truly brand Organic Full Cream A3™ Milk – Listeria monocytogenes

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Box of Ours Truly brand Organic Full Cream A3™ Milk (3L)

27 April 2022: Kiwi Organic Dairy Equities Ltd is recalling a specific batch of its Ours Truly brand Organic Full Cream A3™ Milk due to the possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes.

Product identification
Product type Milk
Name of product (size) Ours Truly brand Organic Full Cream A3™ Milk (3L)
Date marking Best Before 30/04/22
Package size and description The product is sold in a 3L bag in a box.
Distribution The product is sold at the following stores within the North Island:

  • Earth Store Whitianga, 65 Albert Street, Whitianga
  • Farro, 223 Orakei Road, Remuera, Auckland
  • Farro, 422 Dominion Road. Mt Eden, Auckland
  • Farro, 446 Manukau Road, Epsom, Auckland
  • Farro, 80 Lunn Avenue, Mt Wellington, Auckland
  • Farro, Corner of Constellation Drive & Parkway Drive, Mairangi Bay, Auckland

The product was also distributed from Go Eco – Kaivolution, 200 Commerce St, Frankton, in Hamilton between 22 April and 26 April 2022.

Notes This recall does not affect any other Ours Truly brand products.

Consumer advice

Customers are asked to check the date mark on the side of the box.

Affected product should not be consumed. There has been no report of associated illness, however if you have consumed any of this product and have any concerns about your health, seek medical advice.

Customers should return the product to their retailer for a full refund.

Who to contact

If you have questions, contact Kiwi Organic Dairy Equities Ltd:

Phone: 027 239 9458
Address: Gallagher Building, Melody Lane, Hamilton.

New Zealand – Gopals Paneer cheese recalled

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11/03/2022

Food company Gopals Sweet & Snacks Limited is recalling its Gopala brand paneer cheese due to the possible presence of Listeria.

The pathogen was discovered through testing of product following 2 complaints of sickness.

New Zealand Food Safety deputy director general Vincent Arbuckle said the pathogens’ long incubation period made it difficult to establish a definitive link between the 2 cases and the product.

“However, because of the detection of Listeria in specific batches, we support the recall, and advise anyone who has bought paneer recently to take the precaution of checking the product date mark to see if it is affected.

“Importantly, cooking the paneer thoroughly until it is piping hot all the way through will kill the pathogen. People should not eat affected product raw.

“If you are in any doubt, please throw the product out or return it to the place it was purchased.

“Listeria poisoning (called listeriosis) can be serious in vulnerable people, including the young, the elderly, pregnant women and the immunocompromised.

“Healthy adults are likely to experience only mild infection, causing mild diarrhoea and flu-like symptoms.

Further information on Listeria

If you have consumed affected product and have any concerns about your health contact your health professional.

The affected product is all batches and dates up to and including best before 5 May 2022 of Gopala brand paneer cheese sold in packets of various weights between 300g and 1kg.

It is sold at Foodstuffs, Countdown and specific grocery stores throughout New Zealand.

This information is on our website’s recall page where we will post any updates about this recall as they come to hand.

Food recall: Gopala brand Paneer

As part of the recall process, New Zealand Food Safely will be working closely with Gopals Sweet & Snacks Limited to establish how the issue arose and what actions might be required to prevent it recurring.

New Zealand – Gopala brand Paneer – Listeria monocytogenes

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10 March 2022: Gopals Sweets & Snacks Ltd is recalling all batches and all dates up to and including best before 05.05.22 of its Gopala brand Paneer due to the possible presence of Listeria.

Product identification
Product type Cheese
Name of product (size) Gopala brand Paneer (various weights between 300g and 1kg)
Date marking All dates up to and including best before 05.05.22
Package size and description The product is sold in various weights between 300g and 1kg in a plastic package.
Distribution The product was sold in supermarkets and ethnic grocery stores throughout New Zealand.

The product has not been exported.

Notes This recall does not affect any other Gopala brand products.

Consumer advice

Customers are asked to check the date mark printed on the back of the product packaging.

Affected product should be cooked thoroughly (piping hot all the way through). The affected product should not be consumed raw. If you are in any doubt please throw the product out or return it to the place it was purchased.

There have been two reports of illness which may have been associated with this product, however a definitive link between the two cases and the product has not been confirmed. If you have consumed any of this product and have any concerns about your health, seek medical advice.

New Zealand – Vadilal Quick Treat brand frozen Custard Apple Pulp (1kg) – Salmonella

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25 February 2022: MZ Holdings Ltd is recalling a specific batch of its Vadilal Quick Treat brand frozen Custard Apple Pulp due to the possible presence of Salmonella.

Vadilal Quick Treat brand frozen Custard Apple Pulp (1kg)

Product identification
Product type Frozen fruit pulp
Name of product (size) Vadilal Quick Treat brand Custard Apple Pulp (1kg)
Batch marking KWHO
Date marking Best Before: 21/SEP/2023
Package size and description The product is sold in a 1kg plastic packaging.
Distribution The product is imported from India.

The product is sold at the following stores in Auckland:

  • Arjun Supermarket, 5 Rankin Avenue, New Lynn
  • Om Sai Foods & Spices, 3A/7 Reeves Road, Pakuranga
  • Saffron Foods Henderson, 214 Universal Drive, Henderson
  • Top In Town Food City, 583 Sandringham Road, Sandringham
  • Yogiji’s Food Mart, 26 Carr Road, Three Kings
  • Yogiji’s Food Mart, 7/251 Lincoln Road, Henderson
Notes This recall does not affect any other Vadilal Quick Treat brand products, or any other products imported by MZ Holdings Ltd.

Consumer advice

Customers are asked to check the batch and date mark printed on the back of the product packaging, and for further information refer to the recall notice – U.S. Food & Drug Administration 

Affected product should not be consumed. There have been 5 associated illnesses in the United States of America and no reports of associated illness in New Zealand. If you have consumed any of this product and have any concerns about your health, seek medical advice.

Customers should return the product to their retailer for a full refund.

New Zealand – E-Health brand Organic Super Greens Wholefood Powder – Salmonella

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9 February 2022: Ephraim Health Services Ltd is recalling all batches and all dates of its E-Health brand Organic Super Greens Wholefood Powder due to the possible presence of Salmonella.

E-Health brand Organic Super Greens Wholefood Powder (200g)

Product identification
Product type Algae powder
Name of product (size) E-Health brand Organic Super Greens Wholefood Powder (various weights)
Batch and date marking All batches and all dates.
Package size and description The product is sold in paper and plastic packaging of various weights.
Distribution The product is sold online at Ephraim Health 

The product is also sold at the Ephraim Health retail store at 130 Newton Street, Mount Maunganui.

Notes This recall does not affect any other E-Health brand products.

This recall is associated with the recent recall of Natava SuperFoods brand Organic Chlorella Powder and Organic Clean Greens Wholefood Powder

Consumer advice

Affected product should not be consumed. There have been no reports of associated illness, however if you have consumed any of this product and have any concerns about your health, seek medical advice.

Customers should return the product to their retailer for a full refund.

Further information on Salmonella

Who to contact

If you have questions, contact Ephraim Health Services Ltd:

  • Phone: 07 575 7171
  • Address: 130 Newton Street, Mount Maunganui.
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