Category Archives: Eurofins Laboratories

USA – FDA Recalls – Chia Powder – Salmonella – Lamb Dog Treats – Salmonella – Minced Crab Meat – Listeria monocytogenes


Navitas Naturals, the Superfood Company is voluntarily recalling products which contain Organic Sprouted Chia Powder due to possible health risks related to Salmonella contamination. “We have chosen to voluntarily recall products containing Organic Sprouted Chia Powder with the goal of utmost safety for our consumers” stated Zach Adelman, Navitas Naturals CEO.


Pet Center, Inc of Los Angeles, CA. is voluntarily recalling its 3 oz bag of Lamb Crunchy’s dog treats (LAM-003) (UPC# 727348200038) with date code 122015 product of USA, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.


East Providence, RI – Rome Packing Co., Inc. has issued a voluntary recall of Ocean’s Catch brand minced crab meat after routine product sampling by the company determined some of the finished products may have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. Listeria monocytogenes, is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

Australia – FSANZ Recall – Chicken Liver Pate – Listeria monocytogenes


Just Entrees Pty Ltd has recalled their own brand Chicken Liver Pate, Brandy Port and Sage from Coles supermarkets TAS and VIC due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Listeria may cause illness in pregnant women and their unborn babies, the elderly and people with low immune systems.

Consumers should return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund. Any consumers concerned about their health should seek medical advice.

RASFF Alerts – Salmonella -Dog Chew – Aflatoxin – Popcorn – Norovirus – Clams – STEC E.coli – Raw Milk


RASFF – Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) and high count of Enterobacteriaceae (1.5*10² CFU/g) in dog chew from Thailand in Spain

RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 1937; Tot. = 2569 µg/kg – ppb) in popcorn from Argentina in Italy

RASFF -norovirus in frozen blanched clams (Meretrix Lyrata) from Vietnam in Spain

RASFF -shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli (stx+ ; eae+ /25g) in raw milk from Belgium in Belgium


Europe – German 2012 – Norovirus Oubreak Report

Eurosurveillance Norwalk_Caspid

From 20 September through 5 October 2012, the largest recorded food-borne outbreak in Germany occurred. Norovirus was identified as the causative agent. We conducted four analytical epidemiological studies, two case–control studies and two surveys (in total 150 cases) in secondary schools in three different federal states. Overall, 390 institutions in five federal states reported nearly 11,000 cases of gastroenteritis. They were predominantly schools and childcare facilities and were supplied almost exclusively by one large catering company. The analytical epidemiological studies consistently identified dishes containing strawberries as the most likely vehicle, with estimated odds ratios ranging from 2.6 to 45.4. The dishes had been prepared in different regional kitchens of the catering company and were served in the schools two days before the peaks of the respective outbreaks. All affected institutions had received strawberries of one lot, imported frozen from China. The outbreak vehicle was identified within a week, which led to a timely recall and prevented more than half of the lot from reaching the consumer. This outbreak exemplifies the risk of large outbreaks in the era of global food trade. It underlines the importance of timely surveillance and epidemiological outbreak investigations for food safety.

RASFF Alerts – Listeria monocytogenes – Smoked Fish


RASFF – Listeria monocytogenes (310 CFU/g) in smoked sprats (Sprattus sprattus) from Belgium in Franc

UK -Four more E.coli O157 Cases in Scotland Linked to Burgers

STV NewsBurger

Four more cases of E coli have been linked to the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, health bosses said.

The new cases bring the total number to 15 and are all linked to events at the venue on January 17, 18 and 19.

An investigation by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) alongside other public health bodies has indicated that burgers sold at the Hydro could have been the cause of the outbreak.

UK – FSA Recall – Cheese Recall – Listeria monocytogenes


Loch Arthur Creamery has recalled batches of its Criffel unpasteurised cheese, because Listeria monocytogenes has been detected in the product. Listeria monocytogenes can cause illness in certain groups of people, such as pregnant women, unborn and newborn babies, and anyone with reduced immunity, particularly the over-60s.


RASFF Alerts – Salmonella in Food – Paan Leaves – Chilli Powder – Beef Trimmings


RASFF -Salmonella (present /25g) in paan leaves from Bangladesh in the UK

RASFF -Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in chilli powder from the United Kingdom in Germany

RASFF – Salmonella Dublin in frozen beef trimmings from Germany in Finland

RASFF Alerts Aflatoxin – Dried Figs – Chilli Powder – Chestnut Flour – Peanuts – Almonds – Groundnuts – Pistachio Nuts


RASFF -aflatoxins (B1 = 10.5 10.5; Tot. = 41 µg/kg – ppb) in dried lerida figs from Turkey in France

RASFF -aflatoxins (B1 = 16.4; Tot. = 17.3 µg/kg – ppb) in chilli powder from India in France

RASFF -aflatoxins (B1 = 2.7 µg/kg – ppb) in chestnut flour from Germany in Switzerland

RASFF -aflatoxins (B1 = 17.27; Tot. = 18.82 µg/kg – ppb) in raw shelled peanuts from Brazil in Poland

RASFF -aflatoxins (B1 = 8.9; Tot. = 28.3 / B1 = 9.8; Tot. = 33.2 µg/kg – ppb) in almonds without shell from Australia in Spain

RASFF -aflatoxins in peanuts from India in the UK

RASFF -aflatoxins (B1 = 8.2; Tot. = 21 µg/kg – ppb) in blanched groundnuts from Nicaragua in th UK

RASFF -aflatoxins (B1 = 27.6; Tot. = 41.6 µg/kg – ppb) in roasted pistachio nuts from Turkey in Germany

RASFF Alerts – Animal Feed – Salmonella -Animal Protein – Soybean – Dog Chew – Sunflower Seed

RASFF -Salmonella (O3,10 : L : 5  in 1 out of 5 samples /25g) and Salmonella Tennessee (1 out of 5 samples /25g) and too high count of Enterobacteriaceae (2500 CFU/g) in processed animal protein from Germany in Belgium

RASFF -Salmonella Mbandaka (in 1 out of 50 samples /25g) in GMO soybean meal from Germany, via Switzerland in Finland

RASFF -Salmonella infantis (presence /25g) in dog chew from Poland in Sweden

RASFF -Salmonella typhimurium in sunflower seed expeller from Belgium, with raw material from the Netherlands in Belgium