Two Firms Recall Convenience Foods

Meals stocked by 7-Eleven Hawaii, Circle K in Canada subject to separate alerts

WASHINGTON & OTTAWA-- Warabeya U.S.A. Inc., a Honolulu, Hawaii, establishment, is recalling approximately 1,550 pounds of convenience meals that may be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety & Inspection Service (FSIS) announced on Wednesday. The products are sold in 7-Eleven Hawaii stores.The following products are subject to recall: 10.3-ounce packages of 7-Eleven Fried Chicken Bento. 11-ounce packages of 7-Eleven Teriyaki Chicken Bento. 10-ounce packages of 7-Eleven Breakfast Scramble Bowl. 17.75-ounce packages [image-nocss] of 7-Eleven Big Bento. 7.25-ounce packages of 7-Eleven Little Smokies Snack Pack. Each package includes a best eaten by date and time of "06/30/11 11:30 AM." The packages also bear "EST. 12444" or "P-12444" inside the USDA mark of inspection. The products were produced on June 28, 2011, and distributed to retail stores in Hawaii.

The problem was discovered as a result of microbiological testing conducted by FSIS and may have occurred as a result of the products becoming cross-contaminated through contact with a food scale pan. FSIS and the company have received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products.

Seven-Eleven Hawii Inc. operates 56 7-Eleven stores as a Hawaii corporation under Seven & I Holding Co. Ltd. of Japan.

Separately, Circle K stores in late June recalled all of its Grab & Go products (sandwiches, bagels, wraps and subs) from all of its branches in Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The recall is in response to an alert issued by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) concerning products manufactured by King's Processing Ltd. that may be contaminated with the bacteria listeria monocytogenes.

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While the alert states that it is Circle K brand products that may be contaminated, it is in fact Grab & Go brand products distributed by Circle K that were affected.

While the alert affects a very limited number of products, to reassure its clientele, Circle K management took expanded preventive measures in all its maritime establishments where sandwiches are sold.

To date, there have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

Circle K said it will do all the necessary verifications and inform its clients when Grab & Go products are once again available in its stores.

Fresh sandwiches bearing the Circle K label are in no way affected by the CFIA alert and are thus still available in many Circle K branches in the Atlantic region.

Laval, Quebec-based Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. currently operates a network of 5,874 convenience stores, 4,169 of which include motor fuel dispensing. The stores are operated by 13 business units, including nine in the United States covering 42 states and the District of Columbia, and four in Canada covering all 10 provinces. Major store brands include Mac's and Circle K.