Category Archives: food bourne outbreak

Japan – 28 suffer food poisoning at MOS Burger restaurants E.coli O121


CDC E.coli

TOKYO (Kyodo) — A total of 28 people have suffered food poisoning after dining at MOS Burger restaurants in Tokyo and other locations in Japan, the operator and other sources said.

Twelve of the 28 were infected with the same O-121 strain of E. coli bacteria, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said Friday.

Those affected had dined at 19 restaurants in eight prefectures in eastern and central Japan between Aug. 10 and 23, the operator, MOS Food Services Inc., said.

One of the restaurants in Ueda, Nagano Prefecture, suspended operations for three days through last Wednesday following an order from a local public health office, the company said.

“It is highly likely that (the illness) was caused by foodstuffs supplied (to the restaurants) by the headquarters of the chain,” it said.

RASFF Alerts – Histamine -Chilled Yellowfin Tuna – Skipjack Tuna – Chilled Tuna


RASFF-foodborne outbreak caused by histamine (1358; 1565; 1739 mg/kg – ppm) in chilled yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) from Sri Lanka in Italy

RASFF-histamine (466 mg/kg – ppm) in frozen skipjack tuna (Euthynnnus pelamis) from Vietnam in Spain

RASFF-histamine (259 mg/kg – ppm) in chilled tuna from Italy in France

USA – FDA Investigation of Multistate Outbreak of Cyclospora Illnesses Linked to Del Monte Vegetable Trays Ends

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The FDA, CDC, along with state and local officials investigated a multi-state outbreak of cyclosporiasis illnesses associated with Del Monte vegetable trays recalled from Kwik Trip/Kwik Star locations in the United States.

Update – September 6, 2018

As of September 6, 2018, a total of 250 laboratory-confirmed cases of Cyclospora infection were reported in people who reportedly ate recalled pre-packaged Del Monte vegetable trays. CDC reports that the numbers of reported cases of cyclosporiasis in the United States have returned to baseline levels.

FDA evaluated and reviewed the distribution and supplier information for each component of the recalled vegetable trays as part of the traceback investigation. The investigation did not identify a single source or potential point of contamination for any of the items that comprised the recalled vegetable trays. The traceback investigation is complete.


Consumers who have symptoms of cyclosporiasis should contact their health care provider to report their symptoms and receive care.

USA – FDA Investigated Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Infections Linked to Hy-Vee Spring Pasta Salad



The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local partners, investigated a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella illnesses linked to Spring Pasta Salad sold at Hy-Vee locations in Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Update – September 5, 2018

On September 5, 2018, the investigational activities related to this outbreak concluded.

USA – Salmonella Honey Smacks now linked to 130 illnesses in 36 States

Food Poison Journal

As of August 30, 2018, 130 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Mbandaka have been reported from 36 states – AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, WV.


Illnesses started on dates from March 3, 2018, to August 7, 2018. Ill people range in age from less than one year to 95, with a median age of 57. Of ill people, 69% are female. Out of 98 people with information available, 34 (35%) have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported. Illnesses that occurred after August 4, 2018, might not yet be reported due to the time it takes between when a person becomes ill and when their illness is reported. This takes an average of 2 to 4 weeks.

Europe – Rare Salmonella strain sickens 50 in five EU countries – Salmonella Mikawasima

Food Safety News

Around 50 people in five European countries have been struck down with a rare strain of Salmonella.

Salmonella Mikawasima has infected 15 people in Germany, 13 in Sweden, eight in both Denmark and the Czech Republic and six in Austria.

USA – FDA documents first Cyclospora contamination of U.S. fresh produce

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A special FDA testing program on fresh herbs has documented the first confirmed evidence of the Cyclospora parasite in U.S. produce.

The Food and Drug Administration found the microscopic parasite on fresh cilantro at a U.S. distribution facility in July. In a follow-up investigation, the FDA found Cyclospora on fresh cilantro at a farm. The federal agency worked with state and local officials to embargo the cilantro. Staff from FDA have been working with the farmer on “corrective actions geared toward common routes of contamination,” according to a constituent update from the agency. 

“Although this is the first confirmed evidence of the presence of Cyclospora in domestic produce, FDA is currently unaware of illnesses associated with the product, and traceforward efforts do not indicate there are any connections between this domestic finding of contaminated cilantro and multistate outbreaks of Cyclospora illnesses investigated this spring and summer,” the agency reported.

Those Cyclospora outbreaks were linked to Del Monte vegetable-dip trays and salads made with Fresh Express chopped lettuce and carrots that were served at McDonald’s restaurants.