Category Archives: E.coli O26

Austria sees a rise in reports of E. coli in 2021

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Austria recorded an increase in the number of reported E. coli infections in 2021, based on the latest data.

In 2021, 1,437 specimens were processed at the National Reference Centre for E. coli. Overall, 1,286 human samples, 79 food, and 35 pet food samples were analyzed.

A total of 476 human stool samples tested positive for Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC). Of these, 310 isolates were confirmed as Shiga toxin-producing compared to 242 in 2020.

In 2021, only 34 were E. coli O157 with the rest non-O157. Among the latter, there were 25 O26, 26 O103, three O111, and 12 O145 isolates. In the Austrian Epidemiological Notification System (EMS), 384 cases were reported, up from 304 in 2020.

In Upper Austria, 53 cases were reported to the EMS in 2020 compared to 104 in 2021. This same state sent 123 human samples to the National Reference Centre in 2020 versus 566 in 2021.

Italy – CASARRIGONI – TALEGGIO DOP WITH RAW MILK- STEC E.coli O26

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Brand : CASARRIGONI

Name : RAW MILK TALEGGIO DOP

Reason for reporting : Recall due to microbiological risk

Publication date : 27 October 2022

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Italy – RAW MILK TALEGGIO DOP – STEC E.coli O26

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Brand : TERRE D’ITALIA

Name : RAW MILK TALEGGIO DOP

Reason for reporting : Recall due to microbiological risk

Publication date : 27 October 2022

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Italy – TALEGGIO DOP A LATTE CRUDO -STEC E.coli O26

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Brand : PASCOLI DEL FATTORE

Name : TALEGGIO DOP A LATTE CRUDO

Reason for reporting : Recall due to microbiological risk

Publication date : 27 October 2022

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France – GROUND STEAK OR GROUND MEAT BUTCHER WAY 5% FAT – STEC E.coli O26

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Identification information of the recalled product

  • Product category Feed
  • Product subcategory Meats
  • Product brand name MONOPRIX
  • Model names or references1 GROUND BUTCHER STEAK 125G 5% FAT MONOPRIX 2 GROUND BUTCHER 125G 5% FAT MONOPRIX GROUND MEAT BUTCHER 350G 5% FAT MONOPRIX
  • Identification of products
    GTIN Batch Date
    3350033898325 5222023686101/60 Use-by date 08/16/2022
    3350033898509 5222023686001/60 Use-by date 08/16/2022
    3350033898806 5222023686201/60 Use-by date 08/16/2022
  • Packaging Under protective atmosphere
  • Marketing start/end date From 08/09/2022 to 08/11/2022
  • Storage temperature Product to be stored in the refrigerator
  • Health mark EN 18.033.033 CE
  • Further information2x125g 5% Fat Charolais Breed 1x125g 5% Fat Charolais Breed 350g 5% Fat Meat Breed
  • Geographic area of ​​sale Whole France
  • Distributors MONOPRIX

Practical information regarding the recall

  • Reason for recall Detection of E.coli STEC O26 on complementary analyzes
  • Risks incurred by the consumer Toxigenic Shiga Escherichia coli (STEC)

France – 8 ROUND GROUND STEAK 150G 15% XXL VBF -STEC E.coli O26

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Identification information of the recalled product

  • Product category Feed
  • Product subcategory Meats
  • Product brand name PUIGRENIER
  • Model names or references8 ROUND GROUND STEAK 150G 15% XXL VBF
  • Identification of products
    GTIN Batch Date
    3423311550106 5222023682004/60 Use-by date 20/08/2022
  • Packaging Under protective atmosphere
  • Marketing start/end date From 08/09/2022 to 08/20/2022
  • Storage temperature Product to be stored in the refrigerator
  • Health mark EN 18.033.033 CE
  • Further information VBF round burgers 8x125g 15% fat
  • Geographic area of ​​sale Whole France
  • Distributors SUBWAY

Practical information regarding the recall

  • Reason for recall Detection of E.coli STEC O26 on complementary analyzes
  • Risks incurred by the consumer Toxigenic Shiga Escherichia coli (STEC)

Czech Republic – Officials warn of increase in E. coli infections

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A rise in Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) infections has prompted a warning by health officials in the Czech Republic.

The National Institute of Public Health (SZU) reported that in the first six months of this year 25 cases have been recorded and 15 of them occurred in the past two months.

Eight were reported in May and seven in June. That is more than half of all cases so far in 2022. The majority of those sick are children under the age of five. In 2021, 46 cases were recorded.

Sick people come from across the country but mostly Prague, the South Moravian and South Bohemian regions. Twelve infections were caused by E. coli O26 and six by E. coli O157.

People can become infected by contact with animals, eating insufficiently cooked meat, drinking unpasteurized milk, or by contact with an infected person.

France – Pure beef minced meat, Limousin breed butcher style 20% – 600G

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Identification information of the recalled product

  • Product category Feed
  • Product subcategory Meats
  • Product brand name Greedy country
  • Model names or references Pure beef minced meat, Limousin breed butcher style 20% – 600G
  • Identification of products
    GTIN Lot Date
    2006050052554 22130813 Use-by date 02/06/2022
  • Marketing start/end date From 25/05/2022 to 02/06/2022
  • Storage temperature Product to be stored in the refrigerator
  • Health mark FR 87.085.006 CE
  • Geographic area of ​​sale Whole France
  • Distributors Aldi

Practical information regarding the recall

  • Reason for recall Possible presence of microorganisms (E. coli STEC)
  • Risks incurred by the consumer Toxigenic Shiga Escherichia coli (STEC)
  • Additional description of the risk Escherichia coli O26:H11

France – Prosecutors open criminal inquiry into French STEC E. coli outbreak linked to Nestlé pizza

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French authorities have stepped up their investigations related to an E. coli outbreak in the country linked to pizzas made by Nestlé.

The latest figures from Santé publique France show 56 cases and two deaths from Buitoni brand Fraîch’Up pizzas.

The Paris prosecutor’s office opened a criminal inquiry into the incident this past week. Charges include the involuntary manslaughter of one person, the injuring of 14 others and marketing a product dangerous to health.

An investigation had already been launched on March 22 and searches of the Nestlé factory in Caudry took place, authorized by the public health department of the Paris prosecutor’s office, on April 13.

A judicial inquiry is led by an investigating judge and was opened at the request of the public prosecutor to carry out such a highly complex investigation.

More than 50 children sick
Of the 56 infections, 54 were caused by E. coli O26 and two by E. coli O103, according to Santé publique France, the country’s public health agency.

Research – Investigation of grouped cases of haemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS) and shiga-toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) infections linked to the consumption of Buitoni® brand Fraîch’Up pizzas. Update on May 4, 2022.

Sante Publique

Public Health France and the National Reference Center (CNR) E. coli and its associated laboratory (Institut Pasteur, Paris, and Microbiology Laboratory of the Robert Debré Hospital, Paris), in conjunction with the Directorate General for Food, the Directorate General for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Prevention, and in coordination with the Directorate General for Health, have been investigating since 02/10/2022 an increase in the number of cases of haemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) pediatric infections and Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) infections.

The epidemiological, microbiological and traceability investigations carried out since that date have confirmed a link between the occurrence of these grouped cases and the consumption of frozen pizzas from the Buitoni brand Fraîch’Up range contaminated with STEC bacteria. On 03/18/2022, the company proceeded with the withdrawal-recall of all the pizzas in the Fraîch’Up range, marketed since June 2021 and the authorities asked the people who hold these pizzas not to consume them and to destroy them.

The total number of HUS cases linked to the consumption of these pizzas has stabilized since the withdrawal-recall. Other reports of STEC infection are investigated as part of routine surveillance. To date, these reports are not linked to grouped cases or consumption of Fraîch’Up pizzas.

Case of SHU in France: update on 04/05/22

As of 04/05/2022, 56 confirmed cases have been identified, of which 54 are linked to STEC O26 strains, and 2 to STEC O103 strains.

These 56 cases occurred in 55 children and 1 adult, who presented symptoms between 18/01/2022 (week 3) and 05/04/2022 (week 14) (Figure 1). The epidemic peak is in week 7 (14/02 to 20/02) and week 9 (28/02 to 06/03), with 10 cases each of these weeks.

These 56 cases occurred in 12 regions of metropolitan France: Hauts-de-France (12 cases), Ile-de-France (9 cases), New Aquitaine (8 cases), Pays de la Loire (7 cases), Brittany ( 6 cases), Grand Est (3 cases), Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (3 cases), Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (2 cases), Occitanie (2 cases), Center Val-de-Loire (2 cases) , Bourgogne Franche-Comté (1 case) and Normandy (1 case) (Figure 2).

The 55 sick children are aged from 1 to 17 years old with a median age of 6 years; 25 (45%) are female; 48 (87%) presented with HUS, 7 (13%) with STEC gastroenteritis. Two children died. The adult did not present with HUS.

Figure 1: Epidemic curve: number of confirmed cases of HUS and STEC infections, by week of onset of symptoms – metropolitan France, weeks 3 to 14, 2022 (N=54: week of onset of symptoms not specified for 2 cases )
Figure 1: Epidemic curve: number of confirmed cases of HUS and STEC infections, by week of onset of symptoms - metropolitan France, weeks 3 to 14, 2022 (N=54: week of onset of symptoms not specified for 2 cases )
Figure 2: Geographical distribution of confirmed cases of HUS and STEC infections (N=56) linked to the consumption of Buitoni® brand Fraîch’Up pizzas, by region of residence in metropolitan France, weeks 3 to 14, 2022
Figure 2: Geographical distribution of confirmed cases of HUS and STEC infections (N=56) linked to the consumption of Buitoni® brand Fraîch'Up pizzas, by region of residence in metropolitan France, weeks 3 to 14, 2022