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USA -Alebrije Dist Wholesale Recalls Quesillo Queseria “La Milagrosa” and “Alebrije Cheese” Because of Possible Health Risk – Salmonella


ALEBRIJE DIST WHOLESALE is collaborating with health officials due to a positive finding of Salmonella in a sample of Quesillo “Queseria La Milagrosa”. ALEBRIJE DIST WHOLESALE is voluntarily recalling the amount of 100 kilos of Quesillo “Queseria La Milagrosa”. While “Alebrije Cheese” has not been found positive for Salmonella, ALEBRIJE DIST WHOLESALE has decided to voluntarily recall the specific 498 “Alebrije Cheese” pieces that were imported during the same period out of an abundance of caution.

Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

Affected product was distributed the dates between October 23 and October 24 through retail sale and direct delivery, in Los Angeles, CA. The specific product subject to recall is identified as:

Quesillo “Queseria La Milagrosa”. It´s wrapped in a basic plastic bag with a yellow label with two presentations ½ kg and 1kg.

“Alebrije Cheese” It´s wrapped in a basic plastic bag with an orange and blue label with three presentations ½ kg, 1kg and 5kg.

“No illnesses have been reported to date.”
The recall was as the result of a routine sampling.inspection by the CDFA which revealed that the finished products contained the bacteria. The company has ceased the distribution of the product as FDA and the company continue their investigation as to what caused the problem.

Consumers who have purchased Quesillo “Queseria La Milagrosa” and “Alebrije Cheese” are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions should call at 1-619-646-5361, open 9 am through 5 pm PST, Monday through Friday.


South Africa – Durban Old Town Italy a Link in South African Salmonella Outbreak – What you need to know

Food Poison Journal


Time’s consumer reporter, Wendy Knowler, reports that salmonella bacteria, most likely from contaminated eggs, has put at least 30 people in the greater Durban area in hospital, and sickened many more.

Social media reports posted by people who’d contracted salmonellosis after eating at the upmarket Old Town Italy restaurant in Umhlanga – mostly meals including hollandaise sauce – raised the alarm, but the outbreak of the past few weeks goes far beyond one restaurant.

In addition, four children attending a Cowies Hill creche were confirmed by doctors to have salmonellosis; seven people who attended a private lunch ended up in Hillcrest Private Hospital for almost a week after eating a dessert made with egg; a Florida Road restaurant closed for two days after its patrons reported falling ill and many pharmacies in the greater Durban area have reported a sudden spike in the demand for diarrhoea medication.

USA – FDA says poor records stalled outbreak work; feedlot likely source of E. coli

Food Safety News

Federal officials won’t say definitively that contaminated canal water was behind this year’s deadly E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce, but they are saying they “found no evidence in support of alternative explanations.” 

Another point made clear in an outbreak investigation report released yesterday puts the FDA firmly on record when it comes to antiquated shipping and receiving recordkeeping used by many in the leafy greens industry. Scott Gottlieb, commissioner for the Food and Drug Administration, issued a blunt statement calling for growers, processors and distributors to do the right thing.  

Gottlieb said what consumer groups and industry observers have been saying for months — traceback efforts to determine the specific romaine behind the outbreak were “challenging” because most of the necessary records were hand written and/or were not available electronically. Those out-of-date methods resulted in the FDA and CDC telling the public to avoid all romaine grown in the Yuma, AZ, area earlier this year because specific growers and shippers could not be identified. 

“We strongly encourage the leafy greens industry to adopt traceability best practices and state-of-the-art technologies to help assure quick and easy access to key data elements from farm to fork,” Gottlieb said.



Thirty-eight children from the Natebe Luvale Mukanda camp in Livingstone have been quarantined for a suspected food borne disease.

Livingstone District Health Director Tino Maliselo has confirmed to ZNBC news in Livingstone that most of the children are quarantined at the Namatama Health Post.

Dr. Maliselo said the situation is under control and that laboratory investigations are being carried out to ascertain the disease.

He adds that his team is assessing the health situation in the traditional initiation camp known traditionally as the Mukanda.

And some parents have called for the immediate release of their children from the traditional camp.

UK – Brit vomits BLOOD after being struck down by Mexican food poisoning bug that holiday giant Tui is accused of ‘covering up’ after hundreds of holidaymakers fall ill – Cyclospora

The Sun Cyclospora_LifeCycle201

A BRIT tourist repeatedly vomited blood after being struck down by a bug linked to food contaminated by human poo while on a luxury TUI holiday.

Chris Gillan was so weak he thought he would die and had to be stretchered from his room to hospital when he was was hit by parasite cyclospora in Mexico.

He is one of hundreds of holidaymakers now suing TUI amid claims the company is trying to cover up what it knew about the scale of the problem at the country’s Riviera Maya resort.

There have been outbreaks of the past four years and it has been claimed the cases that have come to court are the “tip of the iceberg”.

Chris said he spent nearly 18 hours being treated and had to have nine saline drips as he was so dehydrated from the crippling illness.


Europe – Multi-country outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes linked to consumption of salmon products


Ready-to-eat salmon products, such as cold-smoked and marinated salmon, are reported to be the likely source of an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes that has affected Denmark, Germany and France since 2015. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) used whole genome sequencing to identify the multi-country outbreak.

In August 2017, Denmark reported the first cluster of cases linked to the consumption of ready-to-eat smoked salmon produced in Poland and control measures were implemented. In October 2017, France reported the detection of the same strain of Listeria in marinated salmon originating from the same Polish processing company as identified in the Danish outbreak investigation. The most recent case linked to the outbreak was notified in Germany in May 2018. By 8 October 2018, 12 cases, including four deaths, had been reported in the affected countries.

Due to the lack of whole genome sequencing data from the environmental and food samples taken at the Polish processing plant, it is not possible at present to confirm whether the contamination occurred in the suspected plant. Moreover, until information on the Norwegian primary producers of the salmon used in the contaminated batches has been reported and assessed, the possibility of contamination at primary production level cannot be excluded.

The identification of the same Listeria strain in a salmon product in France and a new human case in Germany suggest that the source of contamination may still be active and that contaminated products have been distributed to EU countries other than Denmark.

The report on the findings can be accessed at:

[Source: EFSA, 25 October 2018.]

USA – Outbreak of Salmonella Infections Linked to Gravel Ridge Farms Shell Eggs – Final Update


  • As of October 25, 2018, this outbreak appears to be over.
  • Forty-four people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Enteritidis were reported from 11 states.
    • Illnesses started on dates ranging from May 17, 2018 to August 26, 2018.
    • Twelve people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.
  • Epidemiologic, traceback, and laboratory evidence( indicated that shell eggs from Gravel Ridge Farms were the likely source of the outbreak.
  • On September 8, 2018, Gravel Ridge Farms recalled cage-free large eggs with use by dates of July 25, 2018 through October 3, 2018 because they might have been contaminated with Salmonella.