Category Archives: botulism

Belgium – Recall STONEMANOR INTERNATIONAL LTD Products: Cheese spreads “CHEESE TUBES” – many tastes – from Primula brand. Problem: possible contamination by Clostridium botulinum

AFSCA

Following a notification via the RASFF system (rapid alert system for food and feed), the presence of Clostridium botulinum has been demonstrated in Primula brand Cheese tubes, several flavors.

STONEMANOR INTERNATIONAL has decided, in consultation with the AFSCA, to withdraw these products from sale and to recall them from consumers.

Product description
– PRODUCT CATEGORY: FRESH SPREAD CHEESE
– Name of products: PRIMULA CHEESE TUBES
– All tastes are affected
– Brand: PRIMULA
– Expiration dates: ALL DATES
– Lot numbers: ALL BATCH NUMBERS
– Weight: 150g

The product was sold via Stonemanor (Steenhofstraat 28 – 3078 Everberg)

Information for consumers

The company STONEMANOR INTERNATIONAL LTD asks its customers not to consume these products and to return them to the point of sale, where they will be reimbursed.

Poisoning caused by Clostridium botulinum toxins can cause double vision, thirst, constipation, dizziness, difficulty swallowing and speaking, breathing disorder, paralysis, death and this within 12 to 48 hours and even up to ” 8 days after ingestion of the contaminated food.

If you have used any of these products and you have the symptoms mentioned above, please consult your doctor and report the consumption of this product.

For more information, please contact Stonemanor on 02 759 49 79 or via info@stonemanor.uk.com

 

Hong Kong -CFS urges public not to consume two kinds of prepackaged cheese spread that may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum

CFS

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department today (June 19) urged the public not to consume two kinds of prepackaged cheese spread imported from the United Kingdom (UK) due to possible contamination with Clostridium botulinum. The trade should also stop using or selling the products concerned immediately if they possess them.

Product details are as follows:

Product name: Original Cheese Spread
Brand: Primula
Place of origin: UK
Importer: CitySuper
Packing size: 150 grams per tube
Best-before dates: December 29, 2020; January 7, 2021; January 12, 2021; and January 14, 2021

Product name: Cheese Spread with Chives
Brand: Primula
Place of origin: UK
Importer: CitySuper
Packing size: 150g per tube
Best-before dates: December 29, 2020; January 5, 2021; January 12, 2021; and January 19, 2021

A CFS spokesman said, “The CFS, through its Food Incident Surveillance System, noted notices issued by the UK Food Standards Agency that the manufacturer of the products is recalling the above-mentioned batches of the products which may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum due to a production fault.”

Upon learning of the incident, the CFS immediately followed up with major local importers and retailers. Preliminary investigation found that the above-mentioned importer had imported the above batches of the products which were sold in its retail outlets. Upon notification by the UK manufacturer earlier, the importer concerned had already stopped sale, removed from shelves the affected products and initiated a recall. Members of the public may call the importer’s hotline at 2736 3866 during office hours for enquiries about the recall.

“Foodborne botulism is caused by ingestion of food containing very potent neurotoxin produced by Clostridium botulinum. Symptoms of intoxication include marked fatigue, weakness and vertigo, often followed by blurred vision and difficulty in speaking and swallowing. The toxin may paralyse the breathing muscles and cause death. Onset of symptoms is usually around 18 to 36 hours after the ingestion of the toxin, but may range from four hours to eight days,” the spokesman said.

The spokesman urged consumers not to consume the affected batches of the products if they have bought any. The trade should also stop using or selling the products concerned immediately if they possess them.

The CFS will alert the trade to the incident, continue to follow up and take appropriate action. Investigation is ongoing.

Ends/Friday, June 19, 2020

 

Singapore – Recall of various flavours of “Primula’s Cheese Spread” due to contamination of Clostridium botulinum

SFA

The United Kingdom Food Standards Agency (FSA) has issued a food recall
alert on various flavours of Primula’s Cheese Spread from the United Kingdom due to
contamination with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium.
2 Under the Singapore Food Regulations, no food sold for consumption shall be
contaminated with any pathogenic microorganisms such as Clostridium botulinum. As
the implicated products were imported into Singapore, the Singapore Food Agency
has directed the importer, Atasco Pte Ltd, to recall the products. The recall is ongoing.
3 Clostridium botulinum produces lethal neurotoxins1
that can lead to an illness
called botulism. Botulism is typically associated with improper cooking and processing
which do not completely eliminate the bacteria and its toxins from the food.
4 Consumers who have purchased the affected products should not consume it.
Those who feel unwell may wish to seek medical attention, and may contact the
importer at 9766 9860 for enquiries and for exchange or refund of products.

UK – Primula updates recall of all Primula Cheese tubes because of Clostridium botulinum

FSA

Primula updates recall of all Primula Cheese tubes because of Clostridium botulinum

17 June 2020

Primula Ltd is recalling all Primula Cheese tubes, (chilled and ambient) because the products might be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum due to a production fault. They have taken the precautionary step of recalling all products because one product might contain Clostridium botulinum.
This is an update on the previous Product Recall Information Notice issued on 16 June 2020 which related to all ‘Best before’ dates of the affected Primula products.
Specific ‘Best before’ dates for the products listed below have been updated.

Product details

Primula Plain Original Cheese Spread

Pack size 150g
Best before From 25 December 2020 up to and including 28 January 2021
Primula Cheese Spread with Smoked Paprika

Pack size 150g
Best before From 25 December 2020 up to and including 28 January 2021
Primula Cheese Spread with Jalapenos

Pack size 150g
Best before From 25 December 2020 up to and including 28 January 2021
Primula Light Cheese Spread

Pack size 150g
Best before From 25 December 2020 up to and including 28 January 2021
Primula Cheese Spread with Ham

Pack size 150g
Best before From 25 December 2020 up to and including 28 January 2021
Primula Cheese Spread with Chives

Pack size 150g
Best before From 25 December 2020 up to and including 28 January 2021
Primula Cheese Spread with Prawns

Pack size 150g
Best before From 25 December 2020 up to and including 28 January 2021
Primula Original Cheese Spread (ambient)

Pack size 100g
Best before From 30 October 2020 up to and including 10 December 2020
Primula Cheese Spread with Ham (ambient)

Pack size 100g
Best before From 30 October 2020 up to and including 10 December 2020
Primula Cheese spread with Chives (ambient)

Pack size 100g
Best before From 30 October 2020 up to and including 10 December 2020

Risk statement

Manufacturing controls that could potentially affect the safety of the products listed above could not be demonstrated satisfactorily by the company.

The issue relates to controlling factors to prevent the growth and toxin production of Clostridium botulinum. Botulinum toxin may cause a serious form of food poisoning called botulism and can be fatal.

A recall from customers is being carried out as a precautionary measure.

Action taken by the company

Primula Ltd is recalling the above products. Point of sale notices will be displayed in all retail stores that are selling these products. These notices explain to customers why the products are being recalled and tell them what to do if they have bought the product. Please see the attached notice.

Our advice to consumers

If you have bought any of the above products, do not eat them. Instead contact Primula on 0800 716 551 or primula@kavli.co.uk to arrange a refund. If customers are making an essential trip to the store from where it was bought, they can return the item in-store for a full refund.

Research – Home Canning and Botulism

Food Safety.gov

Home canning is an excellent way to preserve garden produce and share it with family and friends. But it can be risky—or even deadly—if not done correctly and safely.

It’s summertime and time to harvest the delicious produce you’ve been growing. You may be thinking about home canning as a way to preserve your garden goodies. But beware! If home canning is not done the proper way, your canned vegetables and fruits could cause botulism.

What is botulism?

Botulism is a rare but potentially deadly illness caused by a poison most commonly produced by a germ called Clostridium botulinum. The germ is found in soil and can survive, grow, and produce a toxin in certain conditions, such as when food is improperly canned. The toxin can affect your nerves, paralyze you, and even cause death.

You cannot see, smell, or taste botulinum toxin—but taking even a small taste of food containing this toxin can be deadly.

 

Ukraine – Botulism reported in Ukrainian couple, Linked to smoked fish

Outbreak News Today

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The Ukrainian Information Service reports (computer translated) two cases of foodborne botulism in the Podolsky district of the Odessa region.

According to the report, five people had the meal of smoked fish, home-cooked silver carp, in which  a husband and wife couple contracted the intoxication. The status of the patients is not reported.

Laboratory diagnosis was confirmed by the Odessa Regional Laboratory Center of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine.

Food borne botulism is a severe intoxication caused by eating the preformed toxin present in contaminated food.

Information – How Do You Know If You Have a Botulism Infection?

Food Poisoning Bulletin

Botulism is one of the scariest and most lethal foodborne illness infections. The bacteria Clostridium botulinum produces a toxin as it grows. A tiny, tiny amount of that toxin is enough to kill an adult. So how do you know if you have a botulism infection?

Most people think that botulism outbreaks are tied to canned food. It’s true that the bacterium grows in an anaerobic environment, which means that there is no air in the container that holds the food. But botulism can also grow in honey, which is why babies under the age of 1 should never be given honey.

And a deadly botulism outbreak linked to nacho cheese sauce served at Valley Oak and Fuel in Walnut Grove, California in May, 2017 sickened 10 people and killed one person.

The bacteria and the toxin do not change how the food looks, smells, or tastes, and the texture is not affected. The only way to protect canned food against this toxin is to make sure that all canned food is made according to food safety regulations.

USA -IcelandicPlus LLC Voluntarily Recalls Whole Capelin Fish Pet Treats Because Product Exceeds FDA Size Restrictions – Botulism

FDA Label Front:  ICELANDIC+ CAPELINE WHOLE FISH FOR CATS, 1.5 oz. Bag

Out of an abundance of caution IcelandicPlus LLC of Ft. Washington, PA, is recalling its Capelin Pet Treats because some of the fish have exceeded the FDA compliance guideline for fish larger than 5 inches. The FDA has determined that salt-cured, dried, or fermented un-eviscerated fish larger than 5 inches have been linked to outbreaks of botulism poisoning in humans between 1981 and 1987 and again in 1991. Since some IcelandicPlus Capelins are larger than 5 inches there is a possible health risk. To date there have been no reported illnesses of dogs, cats, or persons in connection with Capelin. Nor has there been any positive test results for Clostridium botulinum from any IcelandicPlus Capelin, but because of the potential risk, and despite no known illnesses in connection with our products, we have decided in co-operation with the FDA, to announce this product recall.

Clostridium botulinum toxin can cause severe clinical signs including death in both animals consuming the pet treat and people handling the pet treat or coming in contact with contact areas that have been exposed to the product. Common symptoms may include dizziness, blurred or double vision, trouble with speaking or swallowing, difficulty breathing, muscle weakness, abdominal distension, and constipation. Consider that several of the listed symptoms, such as double vision, cannot be easily assessed in animals or conveyed by an animal. Pets or persons experiencing these symptoms should seek immediate medical attention.

The Capelin product was shipped to distributors in the United States with the intent to be sold to Retailers who in turn sell to Consumers. This product would be found in Independent Pet Specialty Stores within all States in the United States.

The product comes in a clear plastic package or tube, and marked Icelandic+ Capelin WHOLE FISH, PURE FISH TREATS FOR DOGS, or PURE FISH TREATS FOR CATS UPC CODES, 8 5485400775 9; 8 5485400711 7; and 8 5485400757 5 are packaged in a 2.5 ounce tube or a 1.5 or 2.5 ounce bag (lot numbers 02/2020 to 02/2022)

IcelandicPlus is family owned and run by pet parents who take the safety and wellbeing of its consumers and clients with the utmost importance, as such we are conducting this voluntarily recall to further protect our customers. Additionally, we are changing our Capelin supplier to ensure that the fish in our product are consistently less than 5 inches, or if larger, they will be completely eviscerated.

Distributors, Retailers and Consumers who have purchased IcelandicPlus’s Capelin can return it to the location where it was purchased for a refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1857-246-9559. Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm EST.