Category Archives: Food Microbiology

USA – MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING – a collaborative efforts to reduce the occurrence of foodborne illness 



This Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) constitutes an agreement between two Agencies within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), specifically the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) – hereinafter referred to individually as “Partner” and collectively as the “Partners.”

The purpose of this MOU is to outline an agreement through which both Partners intend to advance collaborative efforts to reduce the occurrence of foodborne illness risk factors in retail and foodservice establishments. Both Partners intend to promote the joint efforts established under this MOU, subject to the availability of funding and other necessary resources, which will be based on communication as the foundation of the two Partners working together to advance safe food practices in the United States.


Under the FD&C Act, the FDA, is directed to promote and protect the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security of drugs, veterinary products, medical devices and radiological products as well as the safety and security of foods, dietary supplements, and cosmetics. The FDA also has responsibility for regulating the manufacturing, marketing, and distribution of tobacco products to protect the public health and to reduce tobacco use by minors. The mission of FDA is to enforce laws enacted by the U.S. Congress and regulations established by the Agency to protect the consumer’s health and safety. To accomplish its mission, the FDA must stay abreast of the latest developments in research and communicate with stakeholders about complex scientific and public health issues. Increased development of research, education, and outreach partnerships within the CDC NCEH will greatly contribute to FDA’s mission.

The FDA serves as a lead federal agency for retail food protection. Ensuring the safety of food at the retail level requires the collaboration of the FDA, other federal Agencies including, but not limited to, CDC and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, as well as state, tribal, local, and territorial (STLT) regulatory agencies, industry, academia, and consumers.

STLT governments exercise primary regulatory control over the retail segment of the food industry and provide the largest portion of the program’s resources. The FDA’s ability to leverage the resources of STLTs, while providing expertise, guidance, and technical assistance, represents an effective public health partnership and a model for a national integrated food safety system (IFSS).

USA – Torero’s Mexican Restaurant in Renton linked to E. coli Outbreak

Food Poison Journal


Public Health is investigating an outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (also known as STEC) associated with diarrhea and abdominal pain at Torero’s Mexican Restaurant in Renton.

The investigation is ongoing. At this time, we have not identified how STEC was spread within the restaurant. This is not uncommon for STEC outbreaks, because the bacteria can spread through contaminated food items, environmental surfaces, and from person to person.


Since September 5, 2022, 3 people from 3 separate meal parties reported becoming ill after eating food from Torero’s Mexican Restaurant in Renton on September 3, 2022 and September 7, 2022. All of the people developed one or more symptoms consistent with STEC, including diarrhea (often bloody), abdominal cramping, nausea, and vomiting. We have not identified any ill employees.

USA – CDC says outbreak linked to Wendy’s sandwiches is over with more than 100 sick

Food Safety News

Federal officials have declared that an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections related to romaine lettuce on Wendy’s sandwiches has ended.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting that the total number of confirmed patients is 109, up from the 97 reported in its most recent update on Sept. 1. About half — 52 — of the patients have been so sick they had to be admitted to hospitals. Thirteen of the patients developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a serious often life-threatening condition that can cause kidney failure. No one had died as of this evening.

As of the report tonight from the CDC the specific source of the E. coli could not be 100 percent confirmed. However, 83 percent of 82 patients for whom the information was available reported eating at Wendy’s before becoming ill.

“The true number of sick people in this outbreak is likely much higher than the number reported, and the outbreak may not have been limited to the states with known illnesses. This is because many people recover without medical care and are not tested for E. coli,” according to the CDC statement.

USA – Michigan consumers warned of produce contaminated with human waste

Food Safety News

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) is advising consumers not to eat any Kuntry Gardens produce or products containing produce from Kuntry Gardens of Homer, MI, because it may be contaminated with raw, untreated human waste.

All of the implicated products are expected to be labeled under the name Kuntry Gardens.

During a routine produce safety inspection, MDARD staff identified that Kuntry Gardens was using raw, untreated human waste on the fields where produce was grown for sale to local grocery stores and direct sale. The use of raw, untreated, human waste for growing commodities intended for human food is a violation of state and federal laws and regulations.

If not treated professionally, human waste and other body fluids can spread dangerous infectious diseases such as hepatitis A, Clostridium difficile, E. coli, rotavirus and norovirus.

The state health department has placed impacted product still on the farm under seizure and is working with the farm to oversee disposition and corrective action.

Research – Managing Salmonella Enteritidis in commercial chicken flocks



The Animal Products Order: Emergency Control Scheme – Managing Salmonella Enteritidis in Commercial Chicken Flocks expired on 5 October 2022. After this, we’re using a regulatory framework to manage long-term risks to public health and international trade from Salmonella Enteritidis (SE).

Under the amended Animal Products Regulations 2021, people involved in the commercial chicken supply chain must have a registered Risk Management Programme no later than 1 November 2023. Before this occurs, interim requirements have been established in the Animal Product Notice: Production, Supply and Processing.

Animal Products Regulations 2021 

Animal Product Notice: Production, Supply and Processing [PDF, 2.5 MB]

On 29 June 2022, Cabinet agreed that risk management programmes (RMPs) and monitoring and surveillance programmes will be the regulatory framework. Industry was consulted on proposed options for a long-term regulatory framework from 29 April to 15 May 2022.

Management of Salmonella Enteritidis and Future Food Safety Risk [PDF, 817 KB]

The guidance on this web page will help people involved in the commercial chicken supply chain to comply with the good operating practice, testing and verification requirements of the Animal Product Notice: Production, Supply and Processing (the Notice) in Part JB1 [PDF, 2.5 MB]

The rules apply to all those in the commercial chicken supply chain, including:

  • breeders, hatcheries, and rearers
  • egg producers and broiler meat farms.

Italy – PORCHETTA DI ARICCIA – Microbial Contamination – Risk




Reason for reporting : Recall due to microbiological risk

Publication date : 4 October 2022



Italy -Salmon and Mayonnaise Sandwich – Listeria monocytogenes


Brand : Gli Allegri Sapori

Name : salmon and mayonnaise sandwich

Reason for reporting : Recall due to microbiological risk

Publication date : 4 October 2022



USA – Swiss American Participates in Manufacturer Old Europe’s Recall of Brie and Camembert


Picture of Saint Louis Brie wedge”


Company Announcement Date:
FDA Publish Date:
Product Type:
Food & Beverages
Cheese/Cheese Product
Foodborne Illness
Reason for Announcement:
Listeria monocytogenes
Company Name:
Old Europe Cheese, Inc
Brand Name:
Saint Louis
Product Description:
Brie wedges and variable weights

Company Announcement


Saint Louis, Missouri

Old Europe Cheese, Inc. of Benton Harbor, MI is issuing a voluntary recall of its Brie cheeses because of potential contamination 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.

Swiss American is recalling St Louis Brie products after being alerted by the manufacturer Old Europe Cheese, Inc. that the products could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. This is part of a voluntary broader recall by the manufacturer.

Customers are urged to check for:
St Louis Domestic Brie Wedge
7 oz
UPC: 041563 263709
All dates up to and including 12/14/2022

St Louis Domestic Cut Brie Wedge-6 lb RW
Variable weight
UPC: 041563 370018
All dates up to and including 12/14/2022

St Louis Brie
Variable Weight
UPC: 21107100000
All dates up to and including 12/14/2022

Code Date: best by dates through 12/14/2022
Size: 16.00 OZ
UPC: 00021565000000

Code Date: best by dates through 12/14/2022
Size: 16.00 OZ
UPC: 00021171800000

Canada- Certain Nature’s Best brand and Zavat Chalav brand Mozzarella Cheese products recalled due to Listeria monocytogenes



Mozzarella Cheese
Food – Microbial Contamination – Listeria
What to do

Do not consume, use, sell, serve, or distribute recalled products

Affected products

The affected products are being recalled from the marketplace due to possible Listeria contamination.

The recalled products have been sold in Ontario and Quebec and may have been distributed in other provinces and territories.

What you should do

  • If you think you became sick from consuming a recalled product, contact your healthcare provider
  • Check to see if you have recalled products
  • Do not consume, serve, use, sell, or distribute recalled products
  • Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the location where they were purchased

Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Symptoms can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache and neck stiffness. Pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk. Although infected pregnant women may experience only mild, flu-like symptoms, the infection can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn or even stillbirth. In severe cases of illness, people may die.

France – Sashimi quality tuna steak – Listeria monocytogenes

Gov france

Identification information of the recalled product

  • Product category Feed
  • Product subcategory Fishery and aquaculture products
  • Product brand name unbranded
  • Model names or references Sashimi quality tuna steak 120g
  • Identification of products
    GTIN Batch Date
    4056489614463 9222690077 Use-by date 10/10/2022
  • Marketing start/end date From 09/27/2022 to 09/30/2022
  • Storage temperature Product to be stored in the refrigerator
  • Geographic area of ​​sale see the attached file for the list of stores concerned
  • Distributors LIDL
  • List of points of saleList_Supermarkets.pdf

Practical information regarding the recall

  • Reason for recall Detection of Listeria monocytogenes less than 10 before DLC
  • Risks incurred by the consumer Listeria monocytogenes (causative agent of listeriosis)