USA -Boston College: Norovirus confirmed on campus

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Today, Dr. Thomas I. Nary, the Director of University Health Services at Boston College (BC) reported that laboratory tests from three patients treated early last week revealed the presence of Norovirus.

The confirmation comes after Nary said Friday several dozen students reported to University Health Services last week with symptoms related to gastrointestinal illness. He noted at the time there were no confirmed Norovirus cases.

An aggressive cleaning by BC Housekeeping and Dining Services have limited the spread of the illness on campus. Staff disinfected common touch-points–such as switch panels, faucets, doorknobs, and handrails–throughout campus, and restrooms in all residence halls were treated with disinfectant. Salad bars were closed and self-service food items were removed from dining halls, measures consistent with the recommendations of the Department of Public Health. As a result, there has been a steady reduction of student visits to University Health Services since the beginning of last week.

USA – Legionnaires’ disease cases linked to Crookston, MN hotel

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Minnesota health officials report investigating four recent cases of Legionnaires’ disease associated with a Crookston area hotel.

Four people who became ill between Jan. 22 and Jan. 27 all reported spending some time at the Crookston Inn and Convention Center prior to their illnesses. None of the ill people were overnight guests at the hotel, but all visited the hotel for various occasions.

Malaysia – 86 Kuala Kangsar Vocational College students get food poisoning

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IPOH, Feb 19 — Eighty-six trainees from the Kuala Kangsar Vocational College suffered food poisoning, believed to from eating at their hostel’s kitchen.

Perak Health Director Datuk Dr Ding Lay Ming said his department received an incident report on February 17.

“Around 86 trainees out of the total 562 were exposed to the food poisoning. The affected victims are aged between 16 and 19,” she said in a statement.

Dr Ding said that six victims were admitted at the Hospital Kuala Kangsar and their condition is now stable. The rest received outpatient treatment.

Victims suffered symptoms such as stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhoea and fever, she said.

Dr Ding said that the cause of the poisoning is still under investigation and several samples were taken for testing at the Makmal Kesihatan Awam here.

USA -Company recalls chicken salad for Listeria; some went to Whole Foods

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Lean Culinary Services LLC of Hollywood, FL, is recalling about 220 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken salad because the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service confirmed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in the product. Some of it carries the Whole Foods Market brand logo.

The FSIS reports all of the chicken salad was produced on Feb. 12. Consumers are urged to check their homes for unused portions of the products, a list can be found at the link above.

Romania – Romanian agency clamps down after Listeria in salmon recalls

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The Romanian food safety agency has stepped up controls after repeated recalls of fish products because of Listeria.

Eight recalls have been issued since the start of this year for Listeria in salmon involving retailers such as Auchan, Kaufland and Carrefour.

The National Sanitary Veterinary and Food Safety Authority (ANSVSA) commissioned enhanced controls following the incidents. The agency has not reported any related illnesses.

During these checks, samples were taken from different batches of finished items and from areas of production and packaging of finished products with processed samples sent to laboratories for analysis. Results showed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in smoked salmon fillet finished product samples from two unnamed fish processing units.

Canada – Eat Smart Sweet Kale Salad Bag Kit Recalled for Listeria

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Eat Smart brand Sweet Kale Vegetable Salad Bag Kit in 340 gram packages has been recalled in Canada for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The product was sold in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario, and may have been sold nationwide. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this recall.

The recalled product is Eat Smart Sweet kale Vegetable Salad Bag Kit in 12 ounce (340 gram) packages. The codes on the product are FEB 16 2019 2019 FE 16 2 01B 032, 2 01A 032, and 2 000 32. The UPC number is 7 09351 89145 8.

The recall was triggered by Canadian Food Inspection Agency test results. The CFIA is conducting an investigation, which may lead to the recall of more products.

Canada – Updated Food Recall Warning – Canada Herb brand Fish Mint recalled due to Salmonella


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Ottawa, February 19, 2019 – The food recall warning issued on January 20, 2019 has been updated to include additional product information. This additional information was identified during the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) food safety investigation.

Canada Herb is recalling Canada Herb brand Fish Mint from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below.

Recalled products

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
Canada Herb Fish Mint Variable weight LOT: 1721-0060 13/FEB or all packages sold up to and including February 19, 2019 None