Category Archives: Food Illness

USA -Salmonella Outbreak at Al Basha Restaurant in Seattle, WA

Food Poisoning Bulletin

Salmonella outbreak at Al Basha Restaurant in Seattle, Washington has sickened at least three people. One person has been hospitalized. That restaurant is located at 2302 1st Avenue in Seattle. The dates that the ill persons ate there are September 15, 22, and 23, 2019.

UK – Pregnant mum falls ill with Salmonella at hotel where girl, 2, ‘got E.Coli’ poisoning and later died

The Sun

A PREGNANT mum was struck down with salmonella at the same hotel where a tragic tot is said to have caught E. Coli and later died.

Emma Broadhurst was six months pregnant when she flew out to the Crystal Sunset Luxury Resort and Spa, in Antayla, Turkey, for a week’s holiday with pals at the start of September.

 

Sweden -71 now sick from Salmonella in Sweden linked to tomatoes

Barf Blog

Outbreak News Today reports Swedish health authorities, or Folkhalsomyndigheten are reporting 17 additional Salmonella Typhimurium cases in the current outbreak, bringing the total outbreak cases to 71 since August.

The Swedish National Food Agency and the Public Health Agency continue to investigate the outbreak to identify the source of the infection. The investigation shows that small tomatoes are the likely source of the outbreak. The tomatoes are no longer left in grocery stores, the outbreak has subsided and the risk of being infected is very small.

 

USA – CDC report highlights Norovirus, Salmonella and restaurants as key

New Food Magazine

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) annual Foodborne Disease Outbreak Report, published in September 2019, has provided data on the 841 foodborne disease outbreaks that occurred throughout the US in 2017, resulting in 14,481 illnesses, 827 hospitalisations, 20 deaths, and 14 food recalls. The statistics provided some eye-opening information, particularly with regards to Salmonella, the Norovirus, and restaurants.

Although Listeria was a key focus of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) “swabathons” in 2017, and there was a major E. coli leafy greens outbreak, the two most frequently reported confirmed causes of outbreaks and associated illnesses that year were actually Norovirus and Salmonella.

Norovirus was the cause of:

  • 140 outbreaks, 35 percent of confirmed single-pathogen outbreaks
  • 4,092 illnesses, 46 percent of confirmed single-pathogen illnesses
  • 40 hospitalisations, six percent of confirmed single-pathogen, outbreak-related hospitalisations
  • Four deaths, 20 percent of outbreak-related deaths.

Salmonella was the cause of:

  • 113 outbreaks, 29 percent of confirmed single-pathogen outbreaks
  • 3,007 illnesses, 34 percent of confirmed single-pathogen illnesses
  • 472 hospitalisations, 66 percent of confirmed single-pathogen, outbreak-related hospitalisations
  • Eight deaths, 40 percent of outbreak-related deaths.

RASFF Alert – Foodborne Outbreak -Listeria monocytogenes – Cold Meat (Charcuterie)

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RASFF – foodborne outbreak caused by Listeria monocytogenes in cold meat (charcuterie), sliced and pre-packed from the Netherlands in the Netherlands

RASFF Alerts – Histamine – Chilled Mackerel – Chilled Defrosted Smoked Yellowfin Tuna

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RASFF – histamine (325 mg/kg – ppm) in chilled mackerel (Scomber Scombrus) from France in Italy

RASFF – histamine (399 mg/kg – ppm) in chilled defrosted smoked yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) from Spain in Italy

USA – Jumbo Foods Inc. Recalls Frozen & Fresh Chicken Salad Sandwiches Because of Possible Health Risk – Listeria monocytogenes

FDA  Front Label, Tuscan Sun Chicken Salad

Jumbo Foods Inc. of Mukilteo, WA has issued a voluntary recall of Tuscan Sun (TS) brand chicken salad sandwiches, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The following affected sandwiches products were distributed exclusively by Jumbo Foods Inc to food service and retail stores in Arizona, California, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, Utah, Virginia, and Washington.

FROZEN Product UPC Codes on Pkg Sell By/ Use By Dates Distribution Dates
TS Bacon Ranch Chicken Salad on 9 grain 4370101417 A11 – E39 None 3/11/2019 – 9/27/2019
TS Cranberry Chicken Salad on 9 grain 4370101414 A11 – E39 None 3/11/2019 – 9/27/2019
TS Chipolte Chicken Salad on 9 grain 4370101415 A11 – E39 None 3/11/2019 – 9/27/2019
TS Chicken Salad on 9 grain 4370101413 A11 – E39 None 3/11/2019 – 9/27/2019
TS Chicken Salad Wedges 4370101426 A11 – E39 None 3/11/2019 – 9/27/2019
REFRIGERATED product UPC Codes on Pkg. Sell By/ Use By Dates Distribution Dates
TS Bacon Ranch Chicken Salad on 9 grain 4370101417 A11 – E39 3/21/2019 – 11/01/2019 3/11/2019 – 9/27/2019
TS Cranberry Chicken Salad on 9 grain 4370101414 A11 – E39 3/21/2019 – 11/01/2019 3/11/2019 – 9/27/2019
TS Chipolte Chicken Salad on 9 grain 4370101415 A11 – E39 3/21/2019 – 11/01/2019 3/11/2019 – 9/27/2019
TS Chicken Salad on 9 grain 4370101413 A11 – E39 3/21/2019 – 11/01/2019 3/11/2019 – 9/27/2019
TS Chicken Salad Wedges 4370101426 A11 – E39 3/21/2019 – 11/01/2019 3/11/2019 – 9/27/2019

Jumbo Foods Inc began shipping these frozen or refrigerated sandwiches products between March 11, 2019 and September 27, 2019. Frozen sandwiches have no sell by or use by date printed on packages and have 8 months shelf life. Frozen products will be thawed, and the expiry dates are applied at stores. Refrigerated sandwiches distributed by Jumbo Foods have 28 days shelf life and the sell by or use by date stickers are observed on packages.

This recall was brought to our attention by The Suter Company whose poultry supplier Tip Top Poultry has issued a voluntary recall of ready-to-eat (RTE) poultry products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes.

No illnesses have been reported to date in relation to these products or recall.

This recall is being made with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.