USA – Listeria Monocytogenes Outbreak Announced; No Food Identified

Food Poisoning Bulletin

A Listeria monocytogenes outbreak has been announced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Twenty-four people in 13 states are sick. Twenty-two people have been hospitalized, and two people have died.

Listeria Monocytogenes Outbreak Announced; No Food Identified

Research – Predictive model for growth of Salmonella Newport on Romaine lettuce

Wiley Online

 

Cross‐contamination of ready‐to‐eat (RTE) salad vegetables with Salmonella from raw chicken followed by growth during meal preparation are important risk factors for human salmonellosis. To better predict and manage this risk, a model (general regression neural network) for growth of a chicken isolate of Salmonella Newport (0.91 log) on Romaine lettuce (0.18 g) at times (0–8 hr) and temperatures (16–40°C) observed during meal preparation was developed with Excel, NeuralTools, and @Risk. Model performance was evaluated using the acceptable prediction zones (APZ) method. The proportion of residuals in the APZ (pAPZ) was 0.93 for dependent data (n = 210) and 0.93 for independent data (n = 72) for interpolation. A pAPZ ≥0.70 indicates acceptable model performance. Thus, the model was successfully validated for interpolation and can be used with confidence to predict and manage this important risk to public health.

India – More than 100 people fall sick after consuming food at a feast

Times of India

Dehradun: More than 100 people fell sick after consuming food at a feast in Basantipur area of Udham Singh Nagar district. Majority of the sick locals were admitted to a Gadarpur-based community health centre on Friday. Food poisoning is suspected.

France – French Salmonella outbreak linked to horse meat from Romania

Food Safety News

A Salmonella outbreak linked to horse meat from Romania sickened 25 people in France this past year, according to a new report.

Eleven cases were men and 14 were women. They ranged from 2 to 90 years of age and the median was 68 years old.

In September 2019, the regional unit of Santé Publique France in the Hauts-de-France region was alerted to a spike in Salmonella Bovismorbificans notifications in Nord and Pas-de-Calais during the first two weeks of August, found by the National Reference Center for E. coli, Salmonella and Shigella at Institut Pasteur.

The 25 salmonellosis cases, belonging to the same genomic cluster, were identified between Aug. 4 and 26, 2019. Nine people needed hospital treatment and two had severe complications but none died.

Ghana – Poultry Farmers Condemn Salmonella Infested Gizzard

Modern Ghana

The Greater Accra Poultry Farmers Association (GAPFA) has condemned the importation of salmonella infested gizzard onto the Ghanaian market.

The GAPFA has since 2019, been advocating and campaigning for local poultry consumption, calling on government to assist and empower local poultry farmers to thrive.

The association has as well been strongly appealing to government for a regulated quota system to limit the almost 80 per cent of poultry products imported into Ghana annually.

GAPFA maintains that a well-structured quota system with market availability will encourage local poultry producers to fill the gap and produce enough to feed all citizens.

 

USA – Possible Poisoning Outbreak at Jimmy John’s on Laclede in St. Louis

Food Poisoning Bulletin

A possible food poisoning outbreak at a Jimmy John’s restaurant at 3822 Laclede Avenue in St. Louis, Missouri may have sickened “multiple” students who attend St. Louis University. The University News, the newspaper for that campus, published this information on February 20, 2020.

The article states that multiple students got sick “shortly after eating at the sandwich shop, some even being hospitalized.” It seems that these illnesses happened in mid to late January 2020. The students attended a campus retreat for an SLU organization and that retreat was catered by Jimmy John’s.

More than a dozen students were sickened after attending that retreat and eating the food provided by Jimmy John’s. They suffered from weakness and vomiting. The paper claims that the restaurant was shut down about a week after the illnesses occurred. There is no information about this closure on the City of St. Louis Health Department web site.

Canada – Silani Mozzarella Ball Recalled in Canada for Generic E. coli

Food Poisoning Bulletin

Silani Sweet Cheese Ltd. is recalling Silani Mozzarella Ball for possible generic E. coli contamination. That means this E. coli does not necessarily cause human illness, but it is an indicator of contamination with fecal matter. Generic E. coli is found in the intestines of animals.

The recalled product was sold nationally in Canada at the retail level. This is a Class 2 classification recall, which means “in which the use of, or exposure to, a violative product may cause temporary adverse health consequences or where the probability of serious adverse health consequences is remote.”

The recalled product is Silani Mozzarella Ball, sold in 260 gram packages. The UPC number on the product is 0 65052 51369 4, and the code on the product is Best Before: 2021.01.08.

India – Telangana: 50 KGBV students fall ill due to food poisoning

Times of India

About 50 students of Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV) after having dinner late on Thursday. Sources said that before going to bed, many students complained of stomach ache and vomiting sensation.