Category Archives: bacterial contamination

Research -Microbial safety and sanitary quality of strawberry primary production in Belgium: risk factors for Salmonella and Shiga toxin producing Escherichia coli (STEC) contamination

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Strawberries are an important fruit in Belgium both in production and consumption, but little
information is available about the presence of Salmonella  and STEC in these berries, the risk
factor in agricultural production and possible specific mitigation options. In 2012, a survey
was undertaken of three soil and three soilless cultivation systems in Belgium.
No Salmonella spp. was isolated. No STEC was detected in the strawberry samples (0 out of 72), but STEC
was detected by qPCR in 11 out of 78 irrigation water and 2 out of 24 substrate samples.
Culture isolates were obtained for 2 out of 11 qPCR positive irrigation water samples and 2
out of 2 substrate samples. Multivariable logistic regression analysis revealed elevated generic  E. coli
numbers (odds ratio (OR) for 1 log increase being 4.6) as the most important risk factor for STEC, together with the berry picking season (elevated risk in summer). Presence of generic  E. coli in the irrigation water (≥ 1 cfu per 100 ml) was mainly influenced by the type of irrigation water (collected rainfall water stored in ponds was more often contaminated than ground water pumped from boreholes (OR = 5.8)) and the lack of prior treatment (untreated water versus water subjected to sand filtration prior to use (OR = 19.2)). The follow-up study in 2013 at one of the producers indicated cattle as the most likely source of 
STEC contamination of the irrigation water.

What Are Common Food Poisoning Pathogen Incubation Periods?

Food Safety Gov

Check out the fact sheets at the link above.

Bacteria and Viruses

Bacteria and viruses are the most common cause of food poisoning. The symptoms and severity of food poisoning vary, depending on which bacteria or virus has contaminated the food.

To prevent illness, always follow the food safety steps: cleanseparatecook, and chill. Other prevention tips for specific bacteria and viruses are included below.

The bacteria and viruses that cause the most illnesses, hospitalizations, or deaths in the United States are described below and include:

Other important bacteria and viruses that cause foodborne illness include:

France – Plain raw vegetables sauce – Bacterial Contamination

Gov france

Identification information of the recalled product

  • Product category Feed
  • Product subcategory Soups, sauces and condiments
  • Product brand name Dilecta
  • Model names or references Natural raw vegetables sauce – 500ml bottle
  • Identification of products
    GTIN Date
    26020471 Date of minimum durability 07/26/2023
  • Packaging500ml plastic bottle
  • Marketing start/end date From 02/08/2022 to 31/08/2022
  • Storage temperature Product to be stored at room temperature
  • Geographic area of ​​sale Regions: Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Burgundy-Franche-Comté, Grand-Est, Hauts-de-France, Île-de-France, Normandy, New-Aquitaine, Occitanie, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’azur
  • Distributors ALDI

Practical information regarding the recall

  • Reason for recall Potential bacterial development and bottle swelling.
  • Risks incurred by the consumer Other biological contaminants

Denmark -Growth of bacteria in raspberry cake cream


Fynbo Foods A/S is recalling Fynbo Hindbær Cake Cream after finding bacterial growth in the product.

Recalled Foods , Published: August 31, 2022

Which food:
Fynbo Raspberry Cake Cream (see picture here )
Best before date: 17.11.2022
Batch number: 11.
EAN code: 5707446120013

Sold in:
Bilka, Føtex and Meny stores throughout the country.

Company that is recalling:
Fynbo Foods A/S, Sigenvej 9, 9760 Vrå

The company has detected microbial growth in glass with the cake cream. An analysis of the product showed a growth of bacteria.

Bacterial growth makes the product unsuitable as food.

Advice to consumers:
The Danish Food and Drug Administration advises consumers to return the product to the store where it was purchased, or to discard it.

RASFF Alert – Microbial Contamination – Children’s Dessert


Possible Microbiological Contamination in Dessert for Children from Belgium in Ireland, Netherlands and UK

New Zealand – Consumers urged not to eat illegal mussels


New Zealand Food Safety is urging consumers not to eat mussels being sold illegally at independent retailers or online.

The sale of imported mussels is carefully controlled to ensure they meet New Zealand’s food safety requirements. While mussels from Fiji may be brought into New Zealand for personal use, they cannot be sold.

Deputy director general Vincent Arbuckle says Fijian mussels have been removed from sale at some smaller retailers catering to Pacific Island communities, and online.

“As New Zealand Food Safety has not assessed Fiji’s growing, harvesting and processing controls for mussels we cannot be confident that the mussels don’t pose a food safety risk to consumers.”

The mussels are also known as: Nakai, Naakai, Nakaai, Kai, Batissa violacea and Fresh Water Mussels.

“It’s vital that mussels available to buy for members of the public are safe to eat. Knowing where the mussels you want to buy have come from can help reduce the risk of any potential health problems.

“Our message to people buying mussels is that if you are in any doubt, ask the retailer where the product has come from. If it is from Fiji, the mussels should not be for sale.”

Mussels are a higher risk food because of the way they feed, which increases the likelihood of contamination from bacteria, viruses, toxins and chemicals.

Ireland – Recall of Specific Batches of Ella’s Kitchen Banana and Vanilla Bread Pudding due to Possible Microbiological Contamination


Category 1: For Action
Alert Notification: 2022.50

Ella’s Kitchen Banana and Vanilla Bread Pudding; pack size 4x80g

Batch Code: L192 and L193; best before date: 04/23
Country Of Origin: Belgium


Ella’s Kitchen is recalling specific batches of Ella’s Kitchen Banana and Vanilla Bread Pudding due to Possible Microbiological Contamination

Nature Of Danger:

This product may contain microbiological contamination and could be unsafe to eat.

Action Required:


A distribution list will be emailed to PEHOs in due course.

Manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, caterers & retailers:

Retailers are requested to remove the implicated batches from sale and to display a point-of-sale recall notice in stores where the affected batches were sold.


Consumers are advised not to feed the implicated batches to infants.

Ellas Kitchen Banana and Vanilla Pudding

UK – Asda recalls Asda White Lasagne Sauce because of a possible microbiological contamination risk


Asda is taking the precautionary action of recalling Asda White Lasagne Sauce because of a possible microbiological contamination risk due to a production fault. The issue only affects products sold at Asda stores in the North West of England, North Midlands and North Wales.

Product details

Asda White Lasagne Sauce
Pack size 480g
Best before 03 February 2024

Risk statement

This product may contain microbiological contamination and could be unsafe to eat.

Action taken by the company

Asda is recalling the above product from affected stores only. Point of sale notices will only be displayed in affected Asda stores. These notices explain to customers why the product is being recalled and tells them what to do if they have bought the product. Please see the point of sale notice for a full list of affected stores.

Our advice to consumers

If you have bought the above product do not eat it. Instead, return it to the Asda store from where it was bought for a full refund, no receipt required. If you would like any further information, please contact Asda Customer Relations on 0800 952 0101.

Microbial Biofilms at Meat-Processing Plant as Possible Places of Bacteria Survival


Biofilm of antibiotic resistant bacteria

Biofilm contamination in food production threatens food quality and safety, and causes bacterial infections. Study of food biofilms (BF) is of great importance. The taxonomic composition and structural organization of five foods BF taken in different workshops of a meat-processing plant (Moscow, RF) were studied. Samples were taken from the surface of technological equipment and premises. Metagenomic analysis showed both similarities in the presented microorganisms dominating in different samples, and unique families prevailing on certain objects were noted. The bacteria found belonged to 11 phyla (no archaea). The dominant ones were Actinobacteria, Bacteroidetes, Firmicutes, and Proteobacteria. The greatest diversity was in BFs taken from the cutting table of raw material. Biofilms’ bacteria may be the cause of meat, fish and dairy products spoilage possible representatives include Pseudomonas, Flavobacterium, Arcobacter, Vagococcus, Chryseobacterium, Carnobacterium, etc.). Opportunistic human and animal pathogens (possible representatives include Arcobacter, Corynebacterium, Kocuria, etc.) were also found. Electron-microscopic studies of BF thin sections revealed the following: (1) the diversity of cell morphotypes specific to multispecies BFs; (2) morphological similarity of cells in BFs from different samples, micro-colonial growth; (3) age heterogeneity of cells within the same microcolony (vegetative and autolyzed cells, resting forms); (4) heterogeneity of the polymer matrix chemical nature according to ruthenium red staining.

Denmark – Risk of disease-causing bacteria in grilled sausages and cocktail sausages


Danish Crown is recalling grilled sausages and cocktail sausages, as there is a risk that they are not thoroughly cooked.

Recalled Foods , Published: August 11, 2022

Modified August 12, 2022

What foods

Steff Houlberg Hotdog 375 gr – Production date: 10-08-2022; Best before: 09-09-2022. Sold in Rema 1000

Salling Cocktail sausages 200 gr – Production date: 08-08-2022; Best before: 07-09-2022. Sold in Bilka and Føtex

Smart Cooking Cocktail sausages 200 gr – Production date: 08-08-2022; Best before: 07-09-2022. Sold in Netto

Company that revokes

Danish Crown Foods, ​Tulipvej 1, 8940 Randers


The company has established that it cannot be documented that the sausages have been thoroughly cooked.


There may be a risk of disease-causing bacteria in the products.

Advice for consumers

The Danish Food and Drug Administration advises consumers to return the sausages to the shop where they were bought, or to discard them.