Category Archives: food death

Canada – Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Frozen Raw Breaded Chicken Products Ends in Canada

Public Health Canada

The Public Health Agency of Canada is collaborating with provincial and territorial public health partners, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Health Canada to investigate outbreaks of Salmonella infections across Canada linked to raw chicken, including frozen raw breaded chicken products.

On September 13, 2018, Canada’s Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health issued a statement advising Canadians to follow proper food safety practices when handling, preparing or consuming frozen raw breaded chicken products such as chicken nuggets, chicken strips, chicken burgers, popcorn chicken and chicken fries.

As of September 13, 2018, there have been 419 laboratory-confirmed cases of Salmonella illness investigated as part of the illness outbreaks across the country: British Columbia (36), Alberta (60), Saskatchewan (13), Manitoba (19), Ontario (146), Quebec (98), New Brunswick (23), Nova Scotia (9), Prince Edward Island (1), Newfoundland and Labrador (10), Northwest Territories (1), Yukon (1), and Nunavut (2). There have been 86 individuals hospitalized as part of these outbreaks. Three individuals have died; however, Salmonella was not the cause of death for two of those individuals, and it was not determined whether Salmonella contributed to the cause of death for the third individual. Infections have occurred in Canadians of all ages and genders.

All current and future Salmonella outbreak investigations linked to raw chicken, including frozen raw breaded chicken products, and related food recall warnings will be listed in the next section of the public health notice to remind Canadians of the ongoing risk associated with these types of food products.

Egypt – The extent of food poisoning in the country REVEALED & how you can fight infection

The Express

January 2018

Elizabeth Austin, 29, fell violently ill on a trip to Egypt where she stayed at the Steigenberger Aqua Magic hotel with Thomas Cook, just like the Coopers.

July 2018

Luay Mohammed, 7, spent over three weeks in intensive care after contracting salmonella, which led to sepsis and a stroke while on holiday in Egypt at the Tia Heights Hotel in Hurghada.

August 2018

John and Susan Cooper, from Burnley, Lancashire, died in Hurghada on 21 August, during a stay at the Steigenberger Aqua Magic hotel.

In an official statement, the Egyptian general prosecutor said post-mortem examinations showed E. coli bacteria was the cause of the death.

Last week, tests on the food and hygiene standards at the hotel identified a high level of e.coli and staphylococcus bacteria, Thomas Cook said.

How can you avoid food poisoning?

Make sure your food has been thoroughly cooked and is still hot or chilled when served,” an ABTA spokesman told

“Avoid any uncooked food, apart from fruits and vegetables. Also, try not to mix up different food types by piling everything on one plate, remember you can always go back for another course.

Keep an eye out for signs of poor hygiene, the WHO recommends, such as the presence of pests and flies or uncleaned surfaces. Consider whether the food is handled manually of whether there are enough utensils to handle the food without contaminating it.

“Always wash your hands before eating,” advises Marc Jordan Group Head of Health and Safety at Thomas Cook Group, “and watch out for other customers mixing up utensils at the buffet as cross-contamination between food items can lead to illness.”

However, it might not always be food poisoning you’re suffering from. “Bear in mind that a lot of stomach upsets on holiday are caused by overconsumption rather than food poisoning, so eat and drink in moderation,” ABTA points out.

South Africa – Two Katlehong primary school learners dead after alleged food poisoning

The South African

The Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) has been shocked by a tragic incident which resulted in the death of two boy learners on Tuesday 11 September 2018, at Kumalo Primary School, in Katlehong (Gauteng). The said deceased learners, 10-year-old in Grade 4 and 7-year-old in Grade 1, were siblings.

It is alleged that, while in the classroom, the Grade 4 learner complained of experiencing stomach cramps and being nauseous. The learner was taken to the local clinic.

What killed the two learners from Katlehong?

Subsequently, the Grade 1 learner also complained of similar symptoms as the older sibling and was also rushed to the local clinic. Both learners complicated and were unfortunately certified dead upon arrival at the clinic. ENCA report that food poisoning is the suspected cause.

Zimbabwe – 20 dead, 2,300 suspected cases as Zimbabwe cholera outbreak spreads

Outbreak News Today 

CDC Vibrio

The Zimbabwean Ministry of Health and Child care has declared the ongoing cholera outbreak in the capital Harare a state of national emergency as the death toll rose to 20.

Over 2,300 suspected cases have been reported in Harare since the outbreak was confirmed on September 1. The number of infected is expected to rise countrywide following the confirmation of several new cases and at least one death in four other provinces outside the capital.

Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo said all the new cases reported in Masvingo, Manicaland, Midlands and Mashonaland Central provinces have been traced back to the outbreak in Harare.

“We are declaring a cholera emergency for Harare. This will enable us to contain cholera and typhoid in the city as quickly as possible. We do not want further deaths, and if we do not create this disaster emergency situation, we will continue losing lives,” he said.

Dr Moyo blamed the Harare City Council for triggering the cholera outbreak by neglecting burst sewerage reticulation pipes over the past two months, leading to faecal contamination of underground water sources.

UK – Egypt – E. coli ’caused Egypt hotel couple’s deaths’

BBC News

E. coli caused the deaths of a British couple who died after falling ill at a holiday resort in Egypt, the country’s authorities have said.

John Cooper, 69, and his wife Susan, 63, from Burnley, died in the Red Sea city of Hurghada on 21 August .

In an official statement, the Egyptian general prosecutor said post-mortem examinations showed E. coli bacteria was a factor in both deaths.

But the couple’s daughter described the findings as “absolute rubbish”.

Kelly Ormerod, who was at the Steigenberger Aqua Magic hotel with her parents, told the BBC she did not believe the symptoms her parents showed were consistent with E. coli infection .

She added further post-mortem examinations of her parents’ bodies would be carried out in the UK, on direction from the Home Office.

Ukraine – Ukraine reports 8th botulism death of 2018 – Clostridium botulinum

Outbreak News Today 

CDC Clost Spore

The Ukraine Ministry of Health reported an additional botulism death in a man from the Kherson region, the eighth botulism fatality of the year.

The probable cause of botulism is smoked homemade fish, which he and his wife eaten the day before. The woman is currently hospitalized for her illness in a severe resuscitation unit.

The Ministry of Health once again emphasizes that with the slightest suspicion of botulism, urgent medical attention should be sought. The success of treatment depends on early diagnosis and proper treatment, which in most cases is accompanied by the introduction of botulinum antitoxin.

UK – Scotland – FSS Statement regarding Errington Cheese Ltd


Food Standards Scotland is aware of ongoing commentary around the Errington Cheese Ltd case. Food Standards Scotland is – rightly – publically accountable, and accountable to Parliament. Our duty is to protect public health. We believe it is in the public interest for FSS to address the inaccuracies being reported.

First, Food Standards Scotland does not act alone during a major food incident. In this instance, we were one of several agencies and 60 individuals representing Health Protection Scotland, NHS Health Boards, South Lanarkshire Council and other Local Authorities. Setting up an Incident Management team during an incident is standard practice to ensure a range of experts are involved.

Secondly, extensive investigations into the possible cause of the E.coli O157 outbreak of 2016 were undertaken – not just looking at a range of possible food sources, but also at possible factors common to all of the patients interviewed, such as recent travel, environmental factors etc. These investigations were extensive and exhaustive, and led the Incident Management Team to Dunsyre Blue cheese, produced by Errington Cheese Ltd, as the source of the outbreak.

This conclusion of the Incident Management Team report is not being legally challenged. The recent Sheriff Court proceedings did not relate to Dunsyre Blue cheese and therefore the Court did not have the opportunity to review the large body of evidence considered by the Incident Management Team during the outbreak. The Court condemned some batches of Corra Linn and Lanark Blue cheese because they failed to comply with food safety requirements, and released others.

Thirdly, the epidemiology (the spread of the disease and identification of the source) is being challenged in a report by Professor Norman Noah which we understand was prepared for the purpose of defending litigation against Errington Cheese Ltd by a third party. Neither Food Standards Scotland nor Health Protection Scotland have had sight of this report, despite requests, and so have had no opportunity to respond to its conclusions.

Further, there are calls for an independent review of Food Standards Scotland’s actions and decision – which, to reiterate, were not taken in isolation. An independent review has already been undertaken under a co-operative agreement between the central food authorities of New Zealand and those of the United Kingdom, which we have published on our website.

The Government of New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries evaluated the decisions that were taken regarding the recall of products from Errington Cheese Ltd during the E.coli O157 outbreak of 2016.

The reviewers in New Zealand were presented with extensive documentation which we will also be releasing. The evaluation was based on international good practice, New Zealand regulatory requirements and expectations that would be applied in a similar scenario, as well as the Ministry for Primary Industries’ specialist scientific evidence.

The New Zealand government reviewers “find the risk management decisions made and actions taken by the Competent Authorities SLC [South Lanarkshire Council] and FSS are reasonable and proportionate in regard to protecting public health.”