Category Archives: Food Micro Blog

USA – Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak Linked to Christmas Mountain Resort

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Three people have been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease and one person has died following stays at the Christmas Mountain Resort in Wisconsin Dell. At this time, the local health authorities are investigating the outbreak.

As the investigation unfolds, a representative for the resort told the local media that some of their accommodations did indeed have Legionella present. “After testing, we found that the water supply in certain units had been affected and, subsequently, tested positive for the bacteria,” the spokeswoman said. The resort claims to be telling prospective guests about the disease, but thus far denies that the confirmed illnesses occurred on their property – despite the fact that all of those who are ill stayed at the resort within 2 weeks of their illnesses.

USA -More frozen breaded chicken nuggets recalled in connection with outbreak

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Canadian officials have posted the 13th recall notice related to more than a dozen Salmonella outbreaks — some ongoing — in their country in the past 22 months. Investigators have traced the outbreaks to frozen breaded chicken nuggets, patties and similar products.

In the latest recall, posted March 21, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency urged consumers to check their homes for certain Janes brand “Pub Style – Chicken Nuggets – Breaded Chicken Cutlettes” and throw them away even if some have been eaten and no one appeared to have become sick. The agency reported the Sofina Foods Inc. distributed the recalled products to retailers nationwide.

The Public Health Agency of Canada continues to warn the public about the dangers of raw frozen breaded chicken products. The agency reported that as of March 1, there had been a total of 555 laboratory-confirmed outbreak victims nationwide. Of those for whom complete information is available, 92 people had to be admitted to hospitals. 

USA – New Dates For Implementing Agricultural Water Produce Safety

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FDA’s Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb and Deputy Commissioner Frank Yiannas have addressed advancing new tools and science for produce safety via agricultural water, and have set new dates for implementation. The two E. coli O157:H7 outbreaks that were linked to romaine lettuce in 2018 were allegedly caused by contaminated agricultural water.

Norway – Snack mix recall expanded as patient count increases in Salmonella outbreak

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More cases of Salmonella infections have been reported in Norway with a link to imported dried fruit and coconut. Salmonella Agbeni has been detected in several samples of the snack mixes. Salmonella Gamaba was also found in two unopened packages from the same lot.

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (Folkehelseinstituttet) reported 32 confirmed and seven possible Salmonella Agbeni cases in an update from the 21 confirmed and nine possible infections earlier this month.

USA – Molida de Res Ground Beef Recalled For Possible E. coli O157:H7

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La Rosita Fresh Market of  Mount Prospect, Illinois, is recalling about 54 pounds of raw ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 bacteria. No illnesses have been reported to date in association with this problem. That pathogen can cause serious illness and possibly hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) if ingested.

The beef was only sold at the La Rosita Fresh Market Inc. retail store. That facility is located at 1805 West Algonquin Road in Mount Prospect, Illinois.

The recalled products is Molida De Red Ground Beef in various weights. The product is packed in white trays covered with plastic wrap. The dates on the product are “Packed On 3/13/19 Sell By 3/20/19” and “Packed On 3/14/19 Sell By 3/21/19.”

RASFF Alerts – Salmonella – Black Pepper – Sesame Seeds – Chicken Meat – Salted Chicken – Mulitcereal Bread Mix – Ducks Legs – Peppered Turkey Breast – Chorizo Noir

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RASFF – Salmonella (present /25g) in chilled chicken meat from Slovakia in Poland

RASFF – Salmonella (presence /25g) in frozen salted raw chicken half breast from Brazil in the UK

RASFF – Salmonella (presence /25g) in multicereal bread mix from the Netherlands in Belgium

RASFF – Salmonella enterica ser. Enteritidis (present /25g) in chilled chicken from Poland in the Czech Republic

RASFF – Salmonella enterica ser. Give (present /25g) in frozen duck legs from Hungary in Italy

RASFF – Salmonella (present /25g) in frozen peppered turkey breast from Chile in Germany

RASFF – Salmonella enterica ser. Kottbus (presence /25g) in frozen duck legs from Hungary in Italy

RASFF – Salmonella (present /25g) in frozen peppered turkey breast from Chile in Germany

RASFF – Salmonella (presence /25g) in sesame seeds from Sudan in Greece

RASFF – Salmonella (present /25g) in chorizo noir from Portugal in France

RASFF – Salmonella enterica ser. Typhimurium (presence /25g) in chilled chicken cuts from France in France

RASFF – Salmonella enterica ser. Oranienburg (presence /25g) in black pepper from Brazil in Germany

RASFF – Salmonella (present /25g) in black pepper from Brazil in Spain

RASFF – Salmonella (presence /25g) in sesame seeds from India in Romania

RASFF Alerts – Aflatoxin – Groundnuts – Watermelon Seeds – Peeled Almonds

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RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 6.9 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts from Egypt in the Netherlands

RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 5.8; Tot. = 6.3 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts from Nicaragua in Belgium

RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 11.6; Tot. = 12.9 µg/kg – ppb) in watermelon seeds from Turkey in Germany

RASFF – aflatoxins (Tot. = 41.63 µg/kg – ppb) in peeled almonds from the United States in Italy