Category Archives: food contamination

USA – Possible E. coli Outbreak at Mexico Viejo Restaurant in Taylorsville, NC

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A possible E. coli outbreak is being investigated at Mexico Viejo restaurant in Taylorsville, North Carolina. Health Director Leeanne Whisnant told news outlets that more than 30 people are sick after eating chicken at that facility. One person has tested positive for an E. coli infection.

USA – Cyclospora Kwik Trip Outbreak Linked to Del Monte Vegetable Trays Grows to 144 Sick

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The cyclospora Kwik Trip outbreak linked to Del Monte vegetable trays has now grown to 144 patients, according to an FDA update. The patients live in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Six people have been hospitalized in this outbreak because they are so sick.

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USA – Gaia Ethnobotanical, LLC., Voluntarily Recalls Kratom Products Due to Potential Salmonella Contamination


Gaia Ethnobotanical, LLC., is voluntarily recalling all kratom (mitragyna speciosa) powder products, with Lot No.: 0102031800 it manufactured, processed, packed, and/or held, between March 18, 2018 to March 30, 2018 to the consumer level. The products have been found by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) via sample testing and finding to have salmonella contamination. In lieu of such FDA findings the company has implemented standard operating procedures and sterilization processes in accordance to FDA guidelines.


Research – Ruminant and chicken: important sources of Campylobacteriosis in France

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Campylobacter spp. are regarded as the most common foodborne bacterial zoonosis in Europe, despite potential underestimation due to underreporting of cases. In France, C. jejuni is responsible for nearly 80% of human infections while C. coli accounts for around 15%. The economic burden of campylobacteriosis has been estimated to 2.4 billion euros annually in Europe, with estimates of £50 million in 2008–2009 in the United Kingdom and 82 million euros in the Netherlands in 2011.Pathogen source attribution studies are a useful tool for identifying reservoirs of human infection. Based on Multilocus Sequence Typing (MLST) data, such studies have identified chicken as a major source of C. jejuni human infection. The use of whole genome sequence-based typing methods offers potential to improve the precision of attribution beyond that which is possible from 7 MLST loci. Using published data and 156 novel C. jejuni genomes sequenced in this study, the researchers performed probabilistic host source attribution of clinical C. jejuni isolates from France using three types of genotype data: comparative genomic fingerprints; MLST genes; 15 host segregating genes previously identified by whole genome sequencing. Consistent with previous studies, chicken was an important source of campylobacteriosis in France (31–63% of clinical isolates assigned). There was also evidence that ruminants are a source (22–55% of clinical isolates assigned), suggesting that further investigation of potential transmission routes from ruminants to human would be useful.

RASFF Alert – STEC E.coli – Frozen Herb Mix with Parsley

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RASFF-shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli (stx1+, stx2+ /25g) in frozen herb mixes containing parsley from Germany in Germany

RASFF Alerts – Aflatoxin – Pistachio Nuts – Hazlenut Kernels – Groundnuts – Almonds

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RASFF-aflatoxins (B1 = 11.3; Tot. = 12.0 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachio nuts from Iran in Lithuania

RASFF-aflatoxins (B1 = 11.4; Tot. = 49.6 µg/kg – ppb) in hazelnut kernels from Georgia in Bulgaria

RASFF-aflatoxins (B1 = 16.17; Tot. = 20.04 / B1 = 15.72; Tot. = 20.91 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts without shell from Egypt in Romania

RASFF-aflatoxins (B1 = 12.49 µg/kg – ppb) in almonds from the United States in Spain

RASFF Alert – Hepatitis A – Frozen Raw Saltwater Clams

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RASFF-hepatitis A virus (present /2g) in frozen raw saltwater clams (Donax trunculus) from Turkey in Spain