Category Archives: food death

RASFF Alert – Multi Country Outbreak – Listeria in Frozen Sweetcorn Products

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RASFF-withdrawal from the market of frozen corn from Hungary in relation to a multi-country foodborne outbreak in Denmark

RASFF-withdrawal from the market of frozen vegetables from Belgium in relation to a multi-country foodborne outbreak in Germany

RASFF-withdrawal from the market of frozen spinach from Hungary in relation to a multi-country foodborne outbreak in Croatia

RASFF-withdrawal from the market of frozen vegetables from United Kingdom in relation to a multi-country foodborne outbreak in the UK

RASFF-withdrawal from the market of frozen vegetables from Poland in relation to a multi-country foodborne outbreak in Poland

South Africa – Woolworth recalls savoury rice after Listeria outbreak in Europe

Times Live

Woolworths is recalling a frozen savoury rice product as a precaution after a listeria outbreak in Europe.

Woolworths Frozen Savoury Rice‚ which is sourced from Belgium‚ contains frozen sweetcorn from the Greenyard Factory in Hungary – which has been implicated as a potential source of the outbreak.

 

“Listeria bacteria are easily destroyed by cooking. The Frozen Savoury Rice Mix product is uncooked and frozen and so requires cooking before consumption. Thorough cooking ensures that the product is safe. We are voluntarily recalling this product as a precautionary measure‚ on the global instruction of the Hungarian Food Safety Agency‚” the retailer said in a statement announcing the recall. “None of our other frozen sweetcorn or vegetable products are affected.”

New Zealand – Various frozen vegetable products 10 July 2018 (Pinguin product added 11 July 2018): Greenyard Group is recalling all batches of Bell Farms brand Steam Veggies carrot, corn, and broccoli and Pinguin brand 4 mixed vegetables due to the possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes.

MPI

Product identification

Product type Frozen vegetables
Name of product
  • Bell Farms brand Steam Veggies carrot, corn, and broccoli (450g)
  • Pinguin brand 4 mixed vegetables (1kg, appears as 1,000g)
Batch marking All batches
Date marking All dates
Package size and description Bell Farms brand Steam Veggies carrot, corn, and broccoli are sold frozen in a 450g plastic bag.

Pinguin brand 4 mixed vegetables are sold frozen in a 1kg plastic bag (appears as 1,000g)

Distribution The product is imported from Belgium and the UK

Bell Farms brand Steam Veggies carrot, corn, and broccoli is sold in Countdown, SuperValue and FreshChoice supermarkets throughout New Zealand.

Australia – Frozen vegetables pulled from shelves in Woolworths, ALDI, IGA amid Listeria monocytogenes fears

9News

Fears over the deadly listeria strain of bacteria have sparked a recall of popular frozen vegetable products from supermarket shelves across Australia.

Belgium-based company Greenyard Frozen Belgium NV has recalled the frozen vegetables – which include frozen corn, carrot, broccoli and mixed vegetable bags – from Woolworths, IGA and ALDI stores.

The recall comes after a number of listeria deaths in Europe in the past three years.

The European Food Safety Authority said there had been nine deaths among 47 cases of listeria since an outbreak in 2015, the ABC reported.

USA – Canal water likely source of E. coli in romaine-related outbreak

Food Safety News 

 

Federal officials say contaminated canal water near romaine lettuce growing fields is the likely source of the unusually virulent strain of E. coli that has sickened people across 36 states, killing five.

The outbreak is over, according to an update this afternoon from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency has confirmed 210 people with infections. Twenty-seven of the victims have developed kidney failure. The most recent victim became sick on June 6.

“Samples have been collected from environmental sources in the region, including water, soil, and cow manure. Evaluation of these samples is ongoing,” according to an update this afternoon from the Food and Drug Administration investigators.

“To date, CDC analysis of samples taken from canal water in the region has identified the presence of E. coli O157: H7 with the same genetic fingerprint as the outbreak strain. We have identified additional strains of Shiga-toxin producing E. coli in water and soil samples, but at this time, the samples from the canal water are the only matches to the outbreak strain.”

India – Three children die, 80 others hospitalised due to suspected food poisoning in Maharashtra village

The Hindu

A resident of Mhahad village near Khopoli in Raigad district had hosted a dinner during a ”vastu shanti” ceremony.

Three minors died and at least 80 have been hospitalised owing to suspected food poisoning during a ”vastu shanti” ceremony at Mhahad village near Khopoli city in Raigad district of Maharashtra.

Officials said the incident occurred on Monday around 9 p.m., when around 500 villagers were invited by Subhash Mane for dinner at a local temple on the occasion of him building a new house.

According to the Khalapur police, some children started complaining of nausea and vomiting after the first round of dinner was served. Later, after some adults too started complaining of the same. They were all taken to Parvati Hospital in Khopoli.

When the number of patients started increasing, the patients were shifted to Gandhi hospital in Panvel, MGM hospital in Kamothe and DY Patil in Nerul.

UK – BUPA care home fined £3m after Legionnaires’ disease death

Legionella Control

A fatal case of Legionnaires’ disease at an Essex care home in 2015 has resulted in a £3 million fine for health insurance company BUPA after the Health and Safety Executive prosecuted the company for a series of management failings.

Kenneth Ibbetson was admitted to a BUPA Care Homes’ residential home in Essex in 2015, with his family paying £1000 per week for his care. The 86 year old had only been in the home for 12 weeks before contracting Legionnaires’ disease, which resulted in his death.