Philippines – Food poisoning traced to spoiled leftover food

Manila Bulletin

Davao City – An initial result of an investigation conducted by the City Government showed that spoiled leftover food may have caused the poisoning of 38 members of the Mati City contingent to the Davao Regional Athletic Association (Davraa) meet, Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said in a press statement yesterday.

“The initial report by the City Health Office revealed that the people in charge of the contingent served the leftover food from the previous night for breakfast to the athletes,” Duterte said.

She also disclosed that the same set of leftover dinner from the previous night could have also been served for lunch and dinner Saturday.

A total of 38 members of the Mati delegation, including 34 student-athletes, were admitted to the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) Saturday night after they complained of headache, and bouts of dizziness, diarrhea and vomiting.

Duterte likewise bared that the initial report showed that the student-athletes may have also been “allowed to drink from water sources not cleared for human consumption.”

India – Around 100 guests taken ill after consuming food at marriage in Palghar

Times of India

MUMBAI: Around 100 guests who had lunch at a marriage venue in Palghar have been admitted to government hospitals after they developed symptoms of vomiting, stomach ache and loose motions on Sunday evening. All are out of danger.
The guests were attending the wedding of Vivek Vartak’s daughter in Makunsar village in Palghar. The wedding was followed by lunch. Vartak, a caterer by profession, served vegetarian food, including paneer and a sweet dish ‘gajar halwa’.

USA – Multistate Outbreak of Multidrug-Resistant Salmonella Heidelberg Infections Linked to Contact with Dairy Calves (Final Update)


  • This outbreak investigation is over. Illnesses could continue because people may not know they could get a Salmonella infection from contact with dairy calves or other cattle.
  • CDC, several states, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS) investigated a multistate outbreak of multidrug-resistant Salmonella Heidelberg infections. Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence( indicated that contact with dairy calves and other cattle was the likely source of this outbreak.
  • A total of 56 people infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Heidelberg were reported from 15 states.  Illnesses started on dates ranging from January 27, 2015 to November 25, 2017. Of those with available information:
    • 35% of people were hospitalized. No deaths were reported.
    • 35% of people in this outbreak are children younger than 5 years.
  • Epidemiologic, laboratory, and traceback investigations linked ill people in this outbreak to contact with calves, including dairy calves.
    • In interviews, ill people answered questions about contact with animals and foods eaten in the week before becoming ill. Of the 54 people interviewed, 34 (63%) reported contact with dairy calves or other cattle. Some of the ill people interviewed reported that they became sick after their calves became sick or died.
    • Surveillance in veterinary diagnostic laboratories showed that calves in several states were infected with the outbreak strains of multidrug-resistant Salmonella Heidelberg
    • Information collected earlier in the outbreak indicated that most of the calves came from Wisconsin. Regulatory officials in several states attempted to trace the origin of calves linked to more recent illnesses. A specific source of cattle linked to newer illnesses was not identified.

Hong Kong – Not to consume a kind of French prepackaged ham suspected to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes


Food Alert

Not to consume a kind of French prepackaged ham suspected to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Issue Date 15.2.2018
Source of Information Centre for Food Safety (CFS)
Food Product Prepackaged ham
Product name and Description Product name: Jambon Superieur Fines tranches (4 thin Slices Ham)

Brand: Casino

Place of origin: France

Importer: PARKnSHOP (HK) Limited

Net weight: 120 grams per pack

Use-by date: February 13, 2018

Casino Ham

Reason For Issuing Alert
  • The CFS, through its Food Incident Surveillance System, noted a notice issued by the French authorities concerned that certain batches of prepackaged ham might have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes and are being recalled. The CFS immediately contacted major local importers and retailers for follow-up. Preliminary investigation found that PARKnSHOP (HK) Limited had imported the above affected batch of the product into Hong Kong.
Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety
  • According to the information provided by the importer, it had imported three batches of the affected product. Besides the above affected batch, the other two batches have the use-by dates of February 12, 2018, and February 28, 2018, which were for sale at its chain supermarkets.
  • For the sake of prudence, the importer has already stopped sale and removed from shelves all three batches of the product concerned and has initiated a recall according to the CFS’ instruction
  • The CFS will alert the trade to the incident, and will continue to closely monitor the case and take appropriate follow-up action. Investigation is ongoing.
Advice to the Trade
  • Stop using or selling the product concerned immediately if they possess it.
Advice to Consumers
  • Stop consuming the affected product.
Further Information The CFS press release

  • Members of the public may call the importer’s hotline at 2606 8658 during office hours for enquiries about the recall.

Research – Outbreak of Fluoroquinolone-Resistant Campylobacter jejuni Infections Associated with Raw Milk Consumption from a Herdshare Dairy — Colorado, 2016



In August 2016, a local public health agency (LPHA) notified the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) of two culture-confirmed cases of Campylobacter infection among persons who consumed raw (unpasteurized) milk from the same herdshare dairy. In Colorado, the sale of raw milk is illegal; however, herdshare programs, in which a member can purchase a share of a herd of cows or goats, are legal and are not regulated by state or local authorities. In coordination with LPHAs, CDPHE conducted an outbreak investigation that identified 12 confirmed and five probable cases of Campylobacter jejuni infection. Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) patterns for the 10 cases with available isolates were identical using the enzyme Sma. In addition, two milk samples (one from the dairy and one obtained from an ill shareholder) also tested positive for the outbreak strain. Five C. jejuni isolates sent to CDC for antimicrobial susceptibility testing were resistant to ciprofloxacin, tetracycline, and nalidixic acid (1). Although shareholders were notified of the outbreak and cautioned against drinking the milk on multiple occasions, milk distribution was not discontinued. Although its distribution is legal through herdshare programs, drinking raw milk is inherently risky (2). The role of public health in implementing control measures associated with a product that is known to be unsafe remains undefined.

USA – Recall Expansion Smokehouse Pet Products Inc. Recalls All Lots Of “Beefy Munchies” Sold Nationwide Because Of Possible Salmonella Contamination

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Smokehouse Pet Products, Inc. of Sun Valley, CA is recalling all sizes and package types of dog treats labeled as “Beefy Munchies,” because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.  Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Information – USA – Microbiological Testing Program for Escherichia coli O157:H7 and non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC)


About the Testing Program

2012, Testing for non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing E. coli 

FSIS considers raw, non-intact beef products or the components of these products found to have six Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) to be adulterated, in addition to E. coli O157:H7. (Refer to the Federal Register notice Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia coli in Certain Raw Beef Products | PDF). These six non-O157 STECs are O26, O45, O103, O111, O121, and O145.

On June 4, 2012, FSIS began verification testing for these non-O157 STEC in domestic and imported beef manufacturing trimmings from cattle slaughtered on or after June 4, 2012. Beef manufacturing trimmings collected from cattle slaughtered before June 4, 2012, or that contain other components such as cheek meat are analyzed for E. coli O157:H7 only.