Category Archives: Bacterial Toxin

USA- Staph food poisoning linked to illnesses among Coachella bus drivers

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MRSA Staphylococcus KSW Food World

According to the Riverside County Health Department, tests conducted on food collected after dozens of employees of a shuttle bus company became ill last month detected a bacterial toxin that can cause the symptoms described by those who became sick.

A state health department laboratory reported this week that Staphylococcal aureus (Staph) enterotoxin was detected in the food sample collected by a Los Angeles County resident who became ill shortly after eating a dinner catered for employees of a shuttle bus company on April 24. The company had provided shuttle service for the Coachella Music Festival.

Research – Recent Developments in Botulinum Neurotoxins Detection

MDPI

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Botulinum neurotoxins (BoNTs) are produced as protein complexes by bacteria of the genus Clostridium that are Gram-positive, anaerobic and spore forming (Clostridium botulinumC. butyricumC. baratii and C. argentinense spp.). BoNTs show a high immunological and genetic diversity. Therefore, fast, precise, and more reliable detection methods are still required to monitor outbreaks and ensure surveillance of botulism. The botulinum toxin field also comprises therapeutic uses, basic research studies and biodefense issues. This review presents currently available detection methods, and new methods offering the potential of enhanced precision and reproducibility. While the immunological methods offer a range of benefits, such as rapid analysis time, reproducibility and high sensitivity, their implementation is subject to the availability of suitable tools and reagents, such as specific antibodies. Currently, the mass spectrometry approach is the most sensitive in vitro method for a rapid detection of active or inactive forms of BoNTs. However, these methods require inter-laboratory validation before they can be more widely implemented in reference laboratories. In addition, these surrogate in vitro models also require full validation before they can be used as replacement bioassays of potency. Cell-based assays using neuronal cells in culture recapitulate all functional steps of toxin activity, but are still at various stages of development; they are not yet sufficiently robust, due to high batch-to-batch cell variability. Cell-based assays have a strong potential to replace the mouse bioassay (MBA) in terms of BoNT potency determination in pharmaceutical formulations; they can also help to identify suitable inhibitors while reducing the number of animals used. However, the development of safe countermeasures still requires the use of in vivo studies to complement in vitro immunological or cell-based approaches. View Full-Text

RASFF Alert – EIEC Outbreak – Spring Onions

RASFF

Spring onions from Egypt suspected to be the source of an outbreak of EIEC in Denmark

Canada – Moncton Fish Market brand Bar Clams recalled due to potential presence of dangerous bacteria – Clostridium botulinum

CFIA

Moncton Fish Market - Bar Clams: 153 g

Moncton Fish Market - Bar Clams: 153 g

Product
Bar Clams
Issue
Food » Microbial Contamination » Clostridium botulinum
What to do

Do not consume the recalled product

Affected products

Brand Product Size UPC Codes
Moncton Fish Market Bar Clams 153 g 8 78173 00004 8 All jars that were sold unrefrigerated

Issue

Moncton Fish Market Ltd. is recalling Moncton Fish Market brand Bar Clams that have been sold unrefrigerated from the marketplace because the product may permit the growth of Clostridium botulinum.

The recalled product has been sold at Moncton Fish Market, Moncton, New Brunswick.

What you should do

  • If you think you became sick from consuming a recalled product, call your doctor
  • Check to see if you have the recalled product in your home
  • Do not consume the recalled product
  • Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the location where they were purchased

Food contaminated with Clostridium botulinum toxin may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Symptoms in adults can include facial paralysis or loss of facial expression, unreactive or fixed pupils, difficulty swallowing, drooping eyelids, blurred or double vision, difficulty speaking, including slurred speech, and a change in sound of voice, including hoarseness. Symptoms of foodborne botulism in children can include difficulty swallowing, slurred speech, generalized weakness and paralysis. In all cases, botulism does not cause a fever. In severe cases of illness, people may die.

France – WHITE BOUDINS COGNAC FINE CHAMPAGNE Sausages – Clostridium perfringens

Gov france

Identifying information for the recalled product

  • Product category Food
  • Product sub-category Meats
  • Product brand name THE BRASERADES
  • Names of models or references WHITE BOUDINS COGNAC FINE CHAMPAGNE 3 * 125G WHITE BOUDINS COGNAC FINE CHAMPAGNE 7 * 125G
  • Product identification
    GTIN Lot Dated
    3387620061565 321340213 Use-by date 12/17/2021
    3387620061565 321340213 Use-by date 12/18/2021
    3387620061565 321340213 Use-by date 12/19/2021
    3387620061565 321340213 Use-by date 12/20/2021
    3387620061565 321340213 Use-by date 12/21/2021
    3387620061572 321340159 Use-by date 12/18/2021
    3387620061572 321340159 Use-by date 12/20/2021
    3387620061572 321340159 Use-by date 12/21/2021
    3387620061572 321340159 Use-by date 12/22/2021
  • Packaging MODIFIED UNDER ATMOSPHERE TRAY 3 * 125G MODIFIED UNDER ATMOSPHERE TRAY 7 * 125G
  • Start date / End of marketing From 12/06/2021 to 12/10/2021
  • Storage temperature Product to be stored in the refrigerator
  • Health mark FR 11.076.050 CE
  • Geographical sales area Whole France
  • Distributors Leclerc, Auchan, Carrefour, Atac
  • List of points of saleclients_livrés_boudins_fines_champagnes.pdf

Practical information regarding the recall

  • Reason for recall Bacteriological contamination by Clostridium perfringens
  • Risks incurred by the consumer Clostridium perfringens

France – Cantal Entre Deux raw milk – STEC E.coli O26

Gov france

Identifying information for the recalled product

  • Product category Food
  • Product sub-category Milk and dairy products
  • Product brand name Nouaille
  • Names of models or references Cantal between two with raw milk whole wheel Cantal between two with raw milk 1/2 wheel Cantal between two with raw milk 1/4 of a wheel Cantal between two with raw milk 1/8 of a wheel
  • Product identification
    GTIN Lot Dated
    3760071554327 016821 Date of minimum durability between 04/01/2022 and 05/01/2022
    3760070000870 016821 Date of minimum durability between 12/12/2021 and 22/12/2021
    3760071554426 016821 Date of minimum durability between 13/12/2021 and 27/12/2021
    3760070000610 016821 Date of minimum durability between 12/15/2021 and 12/27/2021
  • Products List FT.1904_Cantal_ED_Lait_Cru_v2.pdf Enclosed
  • Packaging Whole wheel 1/2 1/4 1/8
  • Start date / End of marketing From 11/09/2021 to 11/23/2021
  • Storage temperature Product to be stored in the refrigerator
  • Health mark FR 15 219 009 CE
  • Geographical sales area Whole France
  • Distributors Fromi Comptoir Fromager Mont Royal selection Rolland Henri Subirana le Mont Dore Subirana La bourboule The house of good cheese Sacpa Cora Vichy Intermarché Mauriac Le Bistrot d’Arsène Boxwood creamery Farandole d’Auvergne
  • List of points of sale001904-DDPP.PDF

Practical information regarding the recall

  • Reason for recall presence of pathogenic E. coli STEC O26: H11
  • Risks incurred by the consumer Toxinogenic Escherichia coli shiga (STEC)

RASFF Alert- Botulism Case – Fish Soup

RASFF

Botulism case suspected to be linked to fish soup from France in Belgium

UK – Chef sentenced after one killed and 31 left ill by undercooked shepherd’s pie

The Guardian

A church harvest supper at a village pub ended in tragedy when one of the congregation was killed and 31 others suffered food poisoning after eating a shepherd’s pie filled with mince that had been incorrectly prepared by a rushing chef.

Elizabeth Neuman, 92, repeatedly vomited after eating the pie and died while other parishioners became “unpleasantly ill” and three of those attending only escaped because they were vegetarians, Reading crown court heard.

The cook, John Croucher, who at the time was head chef at the Crewe Arms in the Northamptonshire village of Hinton-in-the-Hedges, was given a four-month jail sentence, suspended for 12 months, after admitting a charge of contravening food regulations.

Austria -Dr. Oetker Chocolate Cookies -STEC E.coli

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Product recall Dr. Oetker Schoko Ausstech Cookies
Opinion of the Dr. Oetker GmbH on the test report of the Institute for Food Safety Innsbruck with the order number 2112838.

Villach (OTS) – Object of
investigation Dr. Oetker Schoko
Cookie Cutter Lot / Batch / Best before: L169

When a sample was taken by the Innsbruck Institute for Food Safety, Vero / Shiga toxin-forming Escherichia coli were detected in the above-mentioned object of investigation.

Although according to the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) in its opinion no. Oetker, who learned of the examination results on November 26th, 2021, received batch L 169 from Dr. Oetker chocolate cookie cutters back.
We would like to point out that E.Coli proof would only be possible in the raw dough, but baked biscuits can be enjoyed without hesitation.

Item No. 1-01-870700

GTIN EVE 4000521013288

Article description Chocolate cookie

cutter Best before 02.2023

The product concerned was placed on the Austrian market from September 2021. He was informed immediately. To avoid health risks, consumers are asked to return the recalled goods to the shop where the product was purchased. The purchase price will be refunded. Dr. Oetker apologizes to its customers for any inconvenience this may cause.

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More info

Verotoxin-producing Escherichia coli (VTEC)

RASFF Alert – Bacillus cereus Toxin – Turmeric

RASFF

Salmonella Bareilly and Bacillus cereus (enterotoxin) in Tumeric from Bosnia and Herzegovina in Slovenia