Category Archives: Allergens

Australia- FSANZ report says Australian recalls jumped in 2018

Food Safety News

The number of food recalls hit the three figure mark in 2018, according to Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ).

There were 100 recalls last year, up from 69 in 2017, with 46 percent due to undeclared allergens and 20 percent because of microbial contamination. There were 33 undeclared allergen recalls in 2016, 34 in 2017 and 46 in 2018.

Mark Booth, FSANZ chief executive officer, said results demonstrate food businesses in Australia need to know the mandatory allergen labeling requirements in the Food Standards Code.

RASFF Alerts – E.coli – Histamine – Clams – Canned Anchovy

RASFF -histamine (>2500 mg/kg – ppm) in canned anchovy fillets from Italy in France

RASFF -too high count of Escherichia coli (230; 330; 1300 MPN/100g) in live clams (Venus verrucosa) from Greece in Italy

FDA – Reportable Food Registry Annual Report Third Annual Report: September 8, 2011 – September 7, 2012


This is the third annual report that measures our success in receiving early warning on problems with food and feed. The Reportable Food Registry (RFR) has already proven itself an invaluable tool to help prevent contaminated food from reaching the public.

By providing early warning about potential public-health risks from reportable foods, the Registry increases the speed with which the FDA, its state- and local-level partners, and industry can remove hazards from the marketplace.

The RFR data also is providing valuable data to help meet requirements under the Food Safety Modernization Act. For example, we can use the data to identify hazards associated with products for which we have not previously made such an association and thus identify foods for which preventive controls may be needed. The data are also being used to help target inspections, plan work, identify and prioritize risks and develop guidance for industry. The FDA will continue working closely with the food and feed industries to enhance this important and beneficial tool.
Michael R. Taylor Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine


RASFF Alerts – Histamine – Canned Tuna – Listeria monocytogenes – Raw Milk Cheese – Staph Toxin in Tuna

RASFF -Histamine (1524 mg/kg – ppm) in cannned tuna in olive oil from Spain in Italy

RASFF -Listeria monocytogenes (100 CFU/g) in chilled raw milk cheese from France

RASFF – Staphylococcal enterotoxin (presence /25g) in chilled tuna from Suriname, via the Netherlands in Sweden

RASFF Alerts – Histamine, Listeria monocytogenes

RASFF – Histamine in Tuna Loin in France sourced in Spain

RASFF –  Listeria monocyotgenes in Chilled Pork in France

Allergen Labelling – FSA

Not really microbiology but often undertaken in micro. laboratories and maybe of some interest.


The Food Standards Agency has begun a UK-wide survey to compare the level of allergens in foods that have voluntary allergen labelling with similar products not labelled in this way. No other survey of this kind has been carried out in the UK.

Allergen advisory labelling, such as labelling that states ‘may contain nuts’, is voluntary. Many manufacturers label their products to alert consumers with allergies that a food may not be suitable for them, as it may unintentionally contain small amounts of an allergen as a result of cross-contamination during production. The survey could help determine if this type of labelling is being used appropriately.