Officials haven’t named supplier behind yeast recalls affecting dozens of brands

More than 80 yeast products sold under dozens of brands are being recalled because of an undeclared peanut ingredient, which suggests a common supplier, according to Canadian officials. However, the government is not naming that supplier. A consumer report of an allergic reaction to Indigo Packaged Goodness brand yeast spurred the initial recall on Feb. 7. No adverse reactions to any of the other recalled products had been reported as of last night. Companies distributed the recalled yeast to various Canadian provinces. Some of the more recent yeast recall notices posted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) have mentioned a likely connection. But, the agency hasn’t released any details, except to say the recalls involve companies that have the same raw material supplier.   The recalling companies say their sales of the affected products go back a year or more. Many of the products have virtually no labeling information that consumers or retailers can use to determine whether they have the recalled yeast on hand.  In the days since Feb. 7, the CFIA has posted nine more recalls of branded and unbranded yeast. Some of those products are sold in specific package weights. Others are sold as bulk lots. The recalls involve at least 83 products total. As per its standard policy, the Canadian government has not reported the number of individual units, or total poundage, in any of the recall notices. All of the CFIA notices urge consumers to check their homes for the recalled yeast. “If you have an allergy to peanuts do not consume the recalled product as it may cause a serious or life-threatening reaction,” according to the recall notices. “Check to see if you have recalled products in your home. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased.” Similar to federal law in the United States, Canadian law requires that a variety of known food allergens be specifically declared on food labels. Peanuts and ingredients made with peanut products are among the known allergens subject to the labeling requirements in both countries. All of the recall notices have the CFIA’s boilerplate language. The CFIA is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products. If other high-risk products are recalled, the CFIA will notify the public through updated Food Recall Warnings. The CFIA is verifying that industry is removing recalled product from the marketplace,” according to the recalls. To read the recall notices posted on the CFIA website as of last night, please click on the following links. The notices have specific product codes and packaging descriptions that are currently available. Some of the recall notices include product photos, others don’t. (To sign up for a free subscription to Food Safety News, click here.)