Category Archives: Food Illness

Philippines – 110 hospitalized due to food poisoning at funeral in Catanduanes

Manila Bulletin

At least 110 persons, who attended the funeral of the Catanduanes governor’s father, were rushed to different hospitals in Catanduanes after showing symptoms of food poisoning here.

Authorities are looking into the possibility of food poisoning after mourners at the wake of Catanduanes Governor Joseph C. Cua’s father last October 24 started to vomit, had diarrhea and high fever. Egg sandwich was reportedly served during the wake.

India – Over 50 fall sick after having ‘prasad’ in Odisha’s Kendrapara

New Indian Express

More than 50 people, including women and children, were taken ill after consuming food offered as ‘prasad’ in Odisha’s Kendrapara district, officials said on Monday.

All of them had the ‘prasad’ at a temple in Pinchapatia village under Krushnadaspur gram panchayat on Sunday night.

They complained of nausea, severe lower abdomen pain and high fever after consuming ‘bhog’ (flattened rice), yoghurt and banana, officials said.

Some of the sick persons have been hospitalised, a senior official said, adding, all of them are out of danger and recovering.

“It is case of food poisoning. The ‘bhog’ is suspected to have been prepared with contaminated yoghurt,” he said.

Oman – Dhofar Governorate records multiple food poisoning cases

Times of Oman

Dhofar Governorate recorded several food poisoning incidences due to eating some seashells that were affected by the red tide phenomenon

The Ministry of Health (MOH) said, “A number of health institutions in Dhofar Governorate have registered several food poisoning incidences as a result of consuming seashells that contained poisonous substances as the beaches were affected due to the red tide phenomenon.”

“In such cases, the infected person may suffer from various symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhoea, symptoms related to the nervous system like numbness, weakened movement and shortness of breath,” the ministry added.

Therefore, MOH urges fishermen and consumers to avoid eating fishes and seashells coming from the areas affected by the red tide. It has also called upon all to stay away from the areas that suspected to be affected by the red tide phenomenon to avoid poisoning.

UK – FSA welcomes the outcome of the Hospital Food Review

FSA

The Independent Review of NHS Hospital Food was announced by Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock following a listeriosis outbreak in 2019.

The final report (Opens in a new window), published today, includes a number of recommendations to improve food safety, based largely on evidence provided by the FSA. These recommendations include having dedicated food safety specialists in each trust, hospitals implementing robust food safety management systems, and a compulsory function to report concerns across the entire hospital food chain. Crucially, NHS Trusts must also recognise that they are food business operators and responsible for ensuring that the food they provide is safe.

France – Cases of salmonellosis linked to the consumption of raw or undercooked horse meat

SANTE

Update on the cases of salmonellosis detected

Public Health France has investigated 2 recent outbreaks of salmonellosis associated with the consumption of raw or undercooked / rare horse meat that occurred in France during the summer and early fall 2020 1 :

  • A 1 st outbreak with 20 cases of salmonellosis caused by Salmonella Newport, was detected by the National Reference Center (CNR) for Salmonella at the Pasteur Institute in August 2020. The Institut Pasteur performs genomic analyzes on all Salmonella strains received from biomedical and hospital analysis laboratories in order to identify genetically linked strains and therefore possibly coming from a common source of contamination. The strains were isolated from patients between 07/04/2020 and 08/22/2020. These 20 patients resided in 7 different regions, the Hauts de France gathering the most patients (N = 8). They were 12 men and 8 women, aged 19 to 94. Nine patients were hospitalized and 2 deaths were reported. 
  • A 2 nd epidemic due to a Salmonella of another serotype, the monophasic variant of S. Typhimurium (or S.4,5,12: i 🙂 was detected in early autumn. To date, 33 cases have been identified by the CNR. In these patients, the Salmonella strains were isolated between 07/31/2020 and 09/11/2020. The patients were aged 2 to 84 years, 15 were male, and 18 were female. Among the 23 cases questioned, 3 were hospitalized, no deaths were reported. These 33 patients resided in 4 different regions, the Hauts de France grouping together the most cases (N = 25).  

For these two epidemics, almost all of the patients had eaten, before their symptoms, raw or undercooked / rare horse meat (in the form of minced meat or minced meat in particular), purchased in markets or in horse butcher’s shops. .

Measures taken and reminder of good hygiene practices in the preparation of meat

The Directorate General for Food (DGAL) in conjunction with its departmental directorates (DDPP) carried out traceability surveys of horse meat consumed by these patients. These meats were imported but the exact origin of the carcasses could not be determined with certainty.
The outlets frequented by the patients interviewed were informed and they were reminded of good hygiene practices for preparing minced meat as a precaution. The authorities of some identified horse meat producing countries have been informed to carry out verifications.

Iceland – Suspicion of Salmonella in chicken

MAST

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Matvælastofnun warns against consuming one batch of chicken from Matfugl marked Ali, Bónus or FK due to suspicion of salmonella infection. The company has recalled the product from the market.

The recall only applies to the following batch:

  • Product name: Ali, Bónus, FK
  • Producer: Matfugl ehf, Völuteigi 2, 270 Mosfellsbær
  • Lot number: 011-20-37-5-26, marked as RLNR: 0112037526   (whole chicken, breast, puffins, bits)
  • Distribution: Bonus Stores, Króna Stores, Fjarðarkaup, Hraðbúðin Hellissandi

Consumers who have purchased chicken with this traceability number are asked to return it to the relevant store or directly to Matfugl ehf., Völuteigi 2, Mosfellsbær.

Research – Food Fraud With Nasty Results – Norovirus

Food Safety Tech

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Global food supply chains are complex and therefore quite vulnerable to errors or fraudulent activity. A company in Chile repackaged and falsely labeled cheap raspberries from China, reselling them as top-level organic Chilean raspberries in Canada. These raspberries were linked to a norovirus outbreak in Canada, sickening hundreds of people. A whistleblower complaint helped to uncover this fraudulent scheme that posed a significant risk to human health.

Malaysia – Over 200 students at Kuala Klawang Mara Junior Science College down with suspected food poisoning

The Star

SEREMBAN: More than 200 students at the Kuala Klawang Mara Junior Science College near here are believed to have come down with food poisoning after a meal, says state education committee chairman Datuk Dr Mohamad Rafie Ab Malek.

He said four had to be admitted at the Jelebu Hospital for observation but they should be discharged on Wednesday (Oct 21).

“The four are in stable condition. Overall, the situation is under control,” he said, adding that the authorities were still investigating what made the students ill.

He said 54 students were 13 years old, 53 (14 years), 42 (15 years) and 41 (16 years).

The students had complained of nausea and diarrhoea between 2am and 4am today.

There are 724 students at the college.

Mohamad Rafie said the college cafeteria will be closed for two weeks to allow the health authorities to probe the matter.

“This is also to prevent a recurrence,” he said, adding that a supplier appointed by the Jelebu Health office will provide meals to the students till investigations are completed.

USA – Salmonella Paratyphi B outbreak linked to Woodbury, Minnesota juice bar

Outbreak News Today

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Minnesota health officials report investigating an outbreak of salmonellosis associated with NéktƏr Juice Bar in Woodbury. Nine Minnesotans so far have been sickened with a specific variant of Salmonella Paratyphi B infections.

The nine cases identified as part of this outbreak range in age from 20 to 82 years, but with a median age of 26. The cases became ill between Aug. 27 and Sept. 21. Two cases have been hospitalized; all are recovering. All of the cases live in or visited East metro counties.

UK – Nearly 400 people sick from Salmonella in UK; nearly half are children.

Food Safety News

Almost 400 people have fallen ill with Salmonella since the start of the year in the United Kingdom after eating frozen chicken products.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Public Health England (PHE) are investigating a rise in patients with two strains of Salmonella Enteritidis linked to frozen raw breaded processed chicken products.

Cases of Salmonella linked to raw breaded chicken products have been identified in previous years, however there has been an increase in 2020.

There have been 327 people sick in England, 32 in Scotland, 26 in Wales and five in Northern Ireland.