Category Archives: Food Inspections

India -Over 100 Hospitalised For Food Poisoning In Maharashtra

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Akola (Maha): At least 107 people have been hospitalised after consuming food at a social gathering in Maharashtra’s Akola district, police said Monday.

The incident took place in Bhimtekdi in Hingani in the district on Sunday, during an event to mark the birth anniversary of Babasaheb Ambedkar, an official said.

“People complained of dizziness and several of them vomited, following which they had to be rushed to hospital. At least 107 people were admitted,” he said.

Several of them are stable and many have been discharged, he added.

Dahihanda police have begun a probe and food samples from the gathering have been sent to laboratories for analysis, the official said. (PTI)

USA – Fudge bars sold at Price Chopper recalled due to Listeria risk

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Price Chopper announced a voluntary recall of their store brand fudge bars due to the potential for Listeria contamination.

The product, 30 ounce PICs Fudge Bars with a UPC of 41735 09250 and a best-if-used-by date of March 6, 2020, is made by Fieldbrook Farms.

Fieldbrook Farms says a limited supply of 12ct PICS Original Fudge Bars was inadvertently shipped to a single retailer, Price Chopper. Because this product was not intended for sale, Fieldbrook has asked Price Chopper to remove all fudge bars from their stores shelves.

Hong Kong – Not to consume a kind of French cheese suspected to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

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Issue Date 16.4.2019
Source of Information Notification from the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) of the European Commission
Food Product A kind of French cheese
Product Name and Description Product name: Cheese Brillat Savarin

Brand: Bordier

Place of origin: France

Importer: Classic Fine Foods (Hong Kong) Ltd

Lot No.: 352702, 352203, 352802 and 352803

Best-before dates: April 12 to May 7, 2019

Reason For Issuing Alert
  • The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) received a notification from the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) of the European Commission that the above-mentioned product might have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes and was being recalled. According to the information provided by the RASFF, a local importer, Classic Fine Foods (Hong Kong) Ltd, had imported some of the affected product into Hong Kong.
  • The CFS immediately contacted the importer concerned for follow-up. Preliminary investigation found the importer had imported 11 pieces of the affected product and all of them had been distributed. The importer has initiated a recall according to the CFS’ instructions.
  • Listeria monocytogenes can be easily destroyed by cooking but can survive and multiply at refrigerator temperature. Most healthy individuals do not develop symptoms or only have mild symptoms like fever, muscle pain, headache, nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea when infected. However, severe complications such as septicaemia, meningitis or even death may occur in newborns, the elderly and those with a weaker immune system. Although infected pregnant women may just experience mild symptoms generally, the infection of Listeria monocytogenes may cause miscarriage, infant death, preterm birth, or severe infection in the newborns.
Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety
  • The CFS will alert the trade to the incident, and will continue to follow up and take appropriate action. Investigation is ongoing.
Advice to the Trade
  • Stop using or selling the affected product immediately if they possess it.
Advice to Consumers
  • Not to consume the affected product if they have bought any.
Further Information The CFS press release 

Enquiries about the recall can be made to the importer’s hotline at 2612 2066 during office hours.

Canada – Salmonella triggers recall of coconut meat in Canada

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Feeding Change Canada is recalling Feeding Change brand Young Thai Coconut Meat from the marketplace because of a risk of possible Salmonella contamination.

According to the recall notice posted on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) website, the recall was triggered by CFIA test results.

“The CFIA is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products. If other high-risk products are recalled, the CFIA will notify the public through updated Food Recall Warnings,” the agency statement said.

The CFIA said it is verifying that industry is removing the recalled product from the marketplace.

Australia – Recall: Steve’s Farm Fresh Eggs – Salmonella

The NSW Food Authority advises:

Steve’s Fresh Farm Eggs is conducting a recall of Fresh Eggs From My Farm products. The products have been available for sale at butchers and independent stores in NSW.

Product details:

  • Fresh Eggs From My Farm 12 Free Range Eggs, 700g, cardboard box
  • Fresh Eggs From My Farm Cage Eggs, 700g, cardboard box
  • Use By 6-5-2019

Problem: The recall is due to potential microbial Salmonella Enteritidis contamination.

Food safety hazard: Food products contaminated with Salmonella may cause illness if consumed.

Country of origin: Australia

What to do: Any consumers concerned about their health should seek medical advice and should return the products to the place of purchase for a full refund.

For further information please contact Steve’s Fresh Farm Eggs on 0438 081 860.

See also: all current NSW food alerts


France – Two sick in France from Listeria in cheese

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Two people in France are seriously ill with listeriosis after eating contaminated cheese, according to the public health agency.

A spokeswoman for Santé publique France told Food Safety News that both cases of listeriosis occurred in early March and two women were seriously ill.

“Investigations into two cases of listeriosis that occurred in March 2019 made it possible to identify the consumption of cheeses produced by Société Fromagère de la Brie as a source of contamination for these cases,” she said.

The spokeswoman said as part of national listeriosis surveillance both cases were reported to the agency.

“Strains of Listeria monocytogenes isolated from the two patients were sent to the Centre National de Référence des Listeria (Institut Pasteur de Paris) for molecular typing. These analyses showed that strains isolated from these two individuals had the same microbiological characteristics,” she said.

“Food samples taken at a patient’s home showed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in a cheese produced by Société Fromagère de la Brie. Additional microbiological analyzes have confirmed the link between strains isolated from patients and strains found within the company.”

USA- CDC suspects ground beef is the source of recent E. coli outbreak

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is homing in on ground beef as the source of the latest E. coli outbreak in the U.S., the agency said Friday, citing preliminary findings in its ongoing investigation.

“Traceback investigations are ongoing to determine the source of ground beef supplied to grocery stores and restaurant locations where ill people ate,” said the CDC.

The agency is looking at the grocery stores and restaurants where people said they ate beef just before they fell ill, it said. It hasn’t narrowed in on a specific supplier, distributor or brand of ground beef yet.

As of Friday, 109 people from six states have been infected with the strain of E. coli implicated in the latest outbreak, federal health officials said. The last reported illness began on March 26.