Category Archives: Food Microbiology

Research – Genetic insights could help tackle food bug


Scientists have identified regions in the genetic makeup of chickens that are linked to resistance to Campylobacter  ̶  the leading bacterial cause of food-borne gastroenteritis worldwide.

Data obtained in the study inform the extent to which parts of the chicken genetic code can be linked to the prevalence of Campylobacter in the chicken gut.

A study led by researchers from the Roslin Institute, in collaboration with the poultry breeding company Aviagen, investigated the genetic make-up of 3,000 chickens bred for meat, to discover whether parts of their genetic code were associated with resistance to Campylobacter colonisation.

This was achieved by looking for variation at specific positions in the chickens’ genome and their association with numbers of Campylobacter in the gut of the birds.

Scientists combined this with analyses of the expression of genes in chickens that were resistant or susceptible to colonisation by the bacteria.

All the chickens were naturally exposed to Campylobacter present in their environment, which mimics how chickens are exposed on a commercial farm.

Campylobacter infections are common in people, who can develop diarrhoea and severe complications after handling or eating contaminated chicken meat.

Each year, it is estimated that more than 500,000 people in the UK are infected, costing the country approximately £50 million.

These results show that whilst there are genetic factors that influence Campylobacter colonisation, these factors play a minor role and therefore it is crucial to characterise and understand the role of the non-genetic and environmental factors to further reduce Campylobacter levels in poultry.

France – Wholefoods – Seed of Paradise brand Pit & Pit – Salmonella


Recall Wholefoods
Product: Seed of Paradise brand Pit & Pit.
Problem: possible presence of Salmonella.
In agreement with the AFSCA, Wholefoods is withdrawing the product “Seeds of Paradise” from sale and is recalling it to consumers because of the possible presence of Salmonella.

Wholefoods asks its customers not to consume this product and to return it. A free return label can be requested by sending an email with the photo of the label to . Upon receipt of the return, the product will be refunded to you.

Product description
– Product name: Seeds of paradise
– Brand: Pit & Pit
– Type of packaging: Transparent
jar with black lid – Lot: LTR98NFYX
– Expiry date (DDM): 05/01/2023
– Weight: 75g

The product was sold online via the website .

For any further information , please contact:

France – Chipolata Poultry Brand Kok O’Rell – Salmonella


Product: chipolata poultry brand Kok O’Rell.
Problem: possible presence of Salmonella.
In agreement with the AFSCA, EUROKIP is withdrawing from sale the product CHIPOLATAS DE POULTRY of the KOK O’RELL brand and is recalling it to consumers because of the possible presence of Salmonella.

EUROKIP asks its customers not to consume this product and to bring it back to the point of sale where it was purchased. It will be refunded even without a receipt.

The product is, at the same time, withdrawn from sale.

Product description

– Brand: Kok O’Rell
– Use by date (DLC) (“To be consumed until”): 21/01/2021
– Batch number: 139950
– Period of sale: from 15/01/2021 to 18/01/2021
– Type of packaging: transparent / black plastic tray -: 0.250kg – 0.500kg

The product was sold through the following outlets:

TINE HEIRWEGH – Koningin Fabiolapark 3, 9100 ST-NIKLAAS.
NIETVELT JAN BV – Dennestraat 10, 2440 GEEL.
BV UNIC HERENT – Broekveldstraat 34, 3020 HERENT.
PROOST SUPERMARKT – Lange Leemstraat 145, 2018 ANTWERPEN 1.
BV MATOCO – Diestsesteenweg 359, 3202 RILAAR (AARSCHOT).
PAUWELS-ASSELMAN BV – Dorpstraat 14, 2811 LEEST.

For any further information , contact:
Madame Tina Vanschoubroek
03/771 14 35 or

Netherlands – Lidl Smoked Bacon Strips -Salmonella


Important safety warning for smoked bacon strips Lidl

Lidl Netherlands is carrying out a recall for the product smoked bacon strips with an expiration date 03-03-2021 and 04-03-2021 and barcode 4056489052647.

Salmonella was found during a quality check at the producer. Consuming the smoked bacon strips can potentially pose a health hazard, especially to young children, the elderly, people with a weakened immune system and pregnant women. Consult your doctor or general practitioner if you have any questions about health problems.

Customers are requested not to eat the smoked bacon strips and to return them to a Lidl store, where they will be reimbursed for the purchase price upon return of the product.

See also Lidl website

Download ‘Important safety warning for smoked bacon strips Lidl’

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Warning | 19-01-2021

smoked bacon strips

Italy – Knife-Tip Salami – Microbiological Risk – Salmonella


Brand : Lovison spa

Name : Knife-tip salami

Reason for reporting : Recall due to microbiological risk

Publication date : 18 January 2021



Taiwan – 106 hospitalized in Chiayi with suspected food poisoning

Focus Taiwan

Taipei, Jan. 15 (CNA) A total of 106 students and staff from a New Taipei elementary school were taken to hospitals in Chiayi City late Thursday after developing symptoms of food poisoning on the second day of their graduation trip, authorities said on Friday.

As of press time, 74 people — six adults and 68 students — who were sent to St. Martin de Porres Hospital suffering from vomiting and diarrhoea, had been discharged.

One student who was among 32 people — five adults and 27 students — taken to Chiayi Christian Hospital, remained hospitalized for further observation, Chiayi City Public Health Bureau Director Liao Yu-wei (廖育瑋) said.

Specimens taken from the patients are being analyzed by local health officials and the results will be available within a week, Liao added.

Canada – Notice not to consume various pepperettes manufactured and sold by the company La Fabrique à sacisse



 January 15, 2021 – MAPAQ, in collaboration with the company La Fabrique à sacisse, located at 155, rue Richelieu, in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu , is warning the population not to consume the products indicated in the table below because they have not been prepared and packaged in such a way as to ensure their safety . 
The products that are the subject of this warning were offered for sale until January 14, 2021 inclusively , and only at the establishment designated above. They were sold at room temperature. The products are packaged in transparent bags. The label of the products includes, in addition to their proper name, the words “The sausage factory”.

The operator is voluntarily recalling the products in question. He agreed with MAPAQ to disseminate this warning as a precautionary measure. People who have any of these products in their possession are therefore advised not to consume it. They must either return it to the establishment where they bought it or throw it away. Even if the affected products do not show signs of spoilage or a suspicious odor, consuming them may represent a health risk. It should be noted that no case of illness associated with the consumption of these foods has been reported to MAPAQ so far.

Additional information

Media relations
Department Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries
and Food
Tel. : 418 380-2100, extension 3512

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USA – Publix Steam in Bag Products Recalled For Possible Listeria

Food Poisoning Bulletin

Publix Steam in Bag products are being recalled for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination because they contain a specific butternut squash ingredient that has been recalled for the same reason. Pero Family Farms, the supplier of the butternut squash, has issued the recall. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this issue.

The recalled items include Publix Steam in Bag Green Beans Butternut Squash, with GTIN number 002-24887-00000. This item was sold from 01/03/2021 to 01/14/2021. Also recalled is Publix Steam in Bag Season Butternut Medley, with GTIN number 002-25399-00000 printed on the label. This item was sold between 01/03/2021 and 01/14/2021. Finally, Publix Steam in Bag Butternut Brussel Pecan is recalled. That item has the GTIN number 002-25677-00000 on the package. It was sold between 01/03/2021 to 01/14/2021. You can see pictures of product packages at the Publix web site.

If you purchased any of these items, do not eat them, even if you are going to cook them first.

USA – Pero Family Farms Butternut Squash Trays Recalled For Possible Listeria

Food Poisoning Bulletin

Pero Family Farms Butternut Squash Trays are being recalled for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination, according to a notice posted on the Publix web site. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The recall was triggered when Race West Company, a supplier of butternut squash to Pero Family Farms, notified them about the possible contamination. Production of these items has been halted as an investigation has bene launched.

The recalled items include Pero Family Farms Butternut Squash Cubed Tray. The GTIN number on the package is 8 74896 00977 1. The lot number/expiration dates are 01/15/2021 to 01/20/2021. Also recalled is Pero Family Farms Butternut Squash Veggie Spirals Tray. The GTIN number on that product label is 8 74896 00975 7. And the lot number/expiration dates for that variety range from 01/15/2021 to 01/20/2021. You can see pictures of product packages at the Publix web site.

Finland – Three brands recall eggs over Salmonella risk


Eggs branded as Kieku, Kesko’s Pirkka brand and Kotimaista by S-Grouphave been pulled from shelves.

Packs of ten free range Kotimaista eggs are part of the recall, as are ten-egg and six-egg packs of free range Pirkka eggs.

Kieku has also added its Kieku-branded four-egg packs to the recall. All the eggs are from a farm where salmonella was found in samples, and were packed at a Kieku plant.

The risk of salmonella contamination only affects eggs with the production code 2FI15464. More details on the recall, and pictures of the recalled products, are available on the Kieku website.