USA – Dog food recalled for Salmonella; pet owners also at risk

Food Safety News Salmonella kswfoodworld

Darwin’s Natural Pet Products has recalled specific production lots of its Natural Selections brand Meals for Dogs after laboratory testing detected Salmonella in samples of the products.

People who have handled the dog food are at risk of Salmonella infection and are advised to seek medical attention immediately if they develop symptoms of salmonellosis. Symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea that is watery or bloody, fever and headache.

Countertops, utensils and pet food and water bowls should be throughly washed to prevent cross-contamination.

According to a Darwin customer service representative, the following four production lots have been recalled:

  • Natural Selections Duck Meals for Cats, frozen, 2 lb. net wt., Mfg. Date 06/01/17, Lot No. 38277
  • Natural Selections Turkey With Organic Vegetables Meals for Dogs, net wt. 2 lb. Mfg.Date 08/24/17, Lot No. 39937
  • Two lots of Natural Selections Turkey Meals for Dogs, net wt. 2 lb., Mfg. Date 08/24/17, Lot No. 39937, and Mfg. Date 09/20/17, Lot No. 40507
  • Natural Selections Duck with Organic Vegetables Meals for Dogs, net wt. 2 lb. Mfg. Date 09/29/17, Lot No. 40487
  • Natural Selections Chicken with Organic Vegetables Meals for Dogs, net wt. 2 lb., Mfg. Date 09/26/17, Lot No. 40727

Darwin sells and ships its products directly to customers. Its trademark is held by a Tukwila, WA, company, Arrow Reliance Inc. Darwin’s brand products are not available in stores, nor sold to distributors, according to the company. The recalled products were shipped to customers in September and early October.

USA – FDA blocks tuna from Vietnamese company for Hepatitis A

Food Safety News

The expansion Wednesday of an Import Alert means the automatic detention at the U.S. border of fresh and frozen raw tuna from a Vietnamese seafood company because of hepatitis A contamination.

Sustainable Seafood Co. Ltd. of Cam Lam, Vietnam, is the second Asian company to make the Import Alert list for fresh and frozen raw tuna because of hepatitis A contamination. Two weeks ago, on Dec. 1, the Food and Drug Administration added fresh and frozen tuna from Indonesia’s P.T. Deho Canning Co. to the same Import Alert.

The Import Alert for fresh and frozen raw seafood for hepatitis A concerns stems from FDA testing and follow-up screening dating back to May this year.

USA – Salmonella Newport Outbreak in WA and OR: Why is Pre-cut Fruit a Food Poisoning Risk?

Food Poisoning Bulletin Food Poisoning Salmonella

A Salmonella Newport outbreak in Washington and Oregon has been linked to precut fruit sold at QFC, Fred Meyer, Rosauers, and Central Market stores. How is this possible? How can fruit, which doesn’t naturally carry pathogenic bacteria like meats and poultry do, be contaminated?

Most people don’t know that eating produce is the most common way people get food poisoning. In fact, Salmonella is the most common pathogen found on produce. The fruits and vegetables can be contaminated in the field by animal feces or by contaminated irrigation water. They can be contaminated during harvest, or during processing or transportation before they even get to the stores. And cutting fruits and vegetables at those stores or at distribution centers can multiply the problem.


USA – Springfield Smoked Fish Recalls Smoked Salmon Because Of Possible Health Risk – Listeria monocyotgenes

kswfoodworld Listeria monocytogenesFDA 

Springfield Smoked Fish of Springfield, recalling its 1lb. packages Pre-sliced Nova Salmon because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.

The recalled packages were distributed to customers in Rhode Island and Connecticut through retail stores.

The product comes in a 1lb, clear plastic package marked with lot # 42173 on the back of the package and with an expiration date of 12/22/17. UPC 811907018018.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

This issue was identified after FDA product sampling identified Listeria monocytogenes in the product.

The production of the product has been suspended while FDA and the company continue to investigate the source of the problem.

Consumers who have purchased the 1lb packages of the pre-sliced Nova Salmon are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-413-737-8693. Monday through Friday 8 am – 5 pm.


Puerto Rico – 2 Million Puerto Ricans Risk Water Contamination



Over two-thirds of the population of Puerto Rico was at potential risk of exposure to bacterial contamination in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, according to government test results obtained by NRDC. More than 2.3 million Puerto Rican residents were served by water systems which drew at least one sample testing positive for total coliforms or E. coli after Maria devastated the island in September.

Bacterial testing was recently conducted by the Puerto Rico Department of Health in response to the hurricanes, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. NRDC obtained the results for coliform bacteria and E. coli from government sources, but has not received test results for other contaminants.

Vietnam – Meat in markets in S. Vietnam infected with E.coli

Xinhuanet ecoli

HO CHI MINH CITY, Dec. 12 (Xinhua) — All meat samples taken from five markets in Vietnam’s five localities have been heavily infected with E.coli, a kind of intestinal bacteria, the Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City said Tuesday.

The institute took 150 samples of pork, chicken and duck in Ho Chi Minh City, and Ba Ria Vung Tau, Binh Duong, Binh Phuoc and Dong Nai provinces from April and August, and all of them had E.coli with amounts exceeding permissible levels.

Besides, many samples of shellfish, including clams and oysters, in the five localities contained too many E.coli.

According to the institute’s researchers, the key reason for the E.coli infection included poor hygiene of slaughterhouses, and food semi-processing and selling facilities.

Research – Comparison of the effect of saturated and superheated steam on the inactivation of Escherichia coli O157:H7, Salmonella Typhimurium and Listeria monocytogenes on cantaloupe and watermelon surfaces

Science Direct 

The purpose of this study was evaluation of the effectiveness of superheated steam (SHS) on inactivation of foodborne pathogens on cantaloupes and watermelons. Saturated steam (SS) treatment was performed at 100 °C and that of SHS at 150 and 200 °C. Escherichia coli O157:H7, Salmonella Typhimurium and Listeria monocytogenes-inoculated cantaloupes and watermelons were exposed for a maximum of 30 s and 10 s, respectively. Populations of the three pathogens on cantaloupes and watermelons were reduced by more than 5 log after 200 °C steam treatment for 30 s and 10 s, respectively. After SHS treatment of cantaloupes and watermelons for each maximum treatment time, color and maximum load values were not significantly different from those of untreated controls. By using a noncontact 3D surface profiler, we found that surface characteristics, especially surface roughness, is the main reason for differences in microbial inactivation between cantaloupes and watermelons. The results of this study suggest that SHS treatment can be used as an antimicrobial intervention for cantaloupes and watermelons without inducing quality deterioration.