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UK – Scotland – Salmonella and E. coli behind six outbreaks each last year in Scotland

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Shiga-toxin producing E. coli and Salmonella both caused six outbreaks last year in Scotland, according to figures from Health Protection Scotland.

Data comes from ObSurv, a surveillance system established in 1996 for general outbreaks of infectious intestinal disease in the country. It does not include those where infection is thought to have been acquired overseas.

The six outbreaks of Shiga-toxin producing E. coli (STEC) in 2018 were due to three different serogroups; three were O157, two were O145 and one was O26. A total of 22 people were affected with three outbreaks recording five cases. A source was not found for any of the outbreaks.

The total is comparable to the number of outbreaks in 2013 to 2017, when there was an average of five and a range of three to nine per year.

In five outbreaks the main mode of transmission was foodborne and in the sixth it was a combination of foodborne and person to person.

RASFF Alerts – Aflatoxin – Pistachio Kernels – Blanched Groundnut Kernels – Groundnut Paste – Peanut Chikki


RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 63.86; Tot. = 74.05 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachio kernels from Turkey in Italy

RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 2.9 / B1 = 8.2; Tot. = 14 µg/kg – ppb) in blanched groundnut kernels from Argentina in the Uk

RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 104; Tot. = 140 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnut paste from Senegal in France

RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 3 µg/kg – ppb) in peanut chikki from India in the UK

RASFF Alerts – Ochratoxin A – Raisins – Dried Grapes – Roasted Barley – Infusion of Aromatic Plants


RASFF – ochratoxin A (30.04 µg/kg – ppb) in raisins from India in Poland

RASFF – ochratoxin A (30 µg/kg – ppb) in dried grapes from Turkey in France

RASFF – ochratoxin A (16 µg/kg – ppb) in roasted barley malt flour from the United Kingdom in France

RASFF – ochratoxin A (478.1 mg/kg – ppm) in infusion of aromatic plants from India in Italy

RASFF Alert – Foodborne Outbreak Salmonella – Chilled Cooked Pork Preparation


RASFF – foodborne outbreak suspected to be caused by and Salmonella (present /25g) in chilled cooked pork preparation from Romania in Ireland

RASFF Alert – Foodborne Outbreak suspected (Histamine) – Chilled Tuna in Sunflower Oil


RASFF – foodborne outbreak suspected (histamine) to be caused by chilled tuna in sunflower oil from Ecuador in Italy

RASFF Alert – DSP – Diarrhoeic Shellfish Poisoning – Live Dog Cockles


RASFF – Diarrhoeic Shellfish Poisoning (DSP) toxins (181.1 µg/kg – ppb) in live dog cockles (Glycymeris glycymeris) from France in France

RASFF Alert – Histamine – Chilled Marinated Anchovy Fillets


RASFF – histamine (1226.2 mg/kg – ppm) in chilled marinated anchovy fillets from Morocco in France