Category Archives: Food Microbiology

France – SUPERIOR KNACK – Listeria monocytogenes

Gov france

Identification information of the recalled product

  • Product category Food
  • Product subcategory Meats
  • Product brand name PIERRAT
  • Model names or references SUPERIOR KNACK X10 SUPERIOR KNACK X4 SUPERIOR KNACK X30
  • Identification of products
    GTIN Lot Dated
    3327752564817 514 Use-by date between 01/14/2022 and 01/16/2022
    3327758631438 514 Use-by date between 01/22/2022 and 01/28/2022
    3327752564817 521 Use-by date between 18/01/2022 and 31/01/2022
    3327752564824 521 Use-by date between 01/19/2022 and 01/31/2022
  • Packaging VACUUM AND UNDER ATMOSPHERE
  • Marketing start/end date From 27/12/2021 to 13/01/2022
  • Storage temperature Product to be stored in the refrigerator
  • Health mark presence of listeria
  • Geographic area of ​​sale Whole France
  • Distributors SUPER U LA BRESSE, Le Vosgien gourmet, Leclerc, Brasserie Excelsior, Le slalom à la bresse, Lycée la haie griselle, Interlaken, Auchan, Partisan du Goût, Intermarché, Carrefour Contact, Cora, Carrefour
  • List of points of saleCopy_of_KNACK_OTHER_LOT_514_521.pdf

Practical information regarding the recall

  • Reason for recall Presence of Listeria

USA – FDA Issues Report Highlighting Salmonella Outbreak in Packaged Leafy Greens Produced in a Controlled Environment Agriculture Operation

FDA

Vegetable Bacteria Danger

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a report on its investigation of the Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak that caused 31 reported illnesses and four hospitalizations in the U.S. between June and August 2021. The FDA worked with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state partners to investigate the outbreak, which was linked through epidemiology and traceback to packaged salad greens during the summer of 2021. This outbreak is believed to be FDA’s first domestic investigation of a foodborne illness outbreak associated with leafy greens grown in a Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) operation. The CEA operation produces leafy greens using common commercial high density hydroponic growing techniques with deep water culture and floating raft production methods. The report released today includes an overview of the traceback investigation, investigation results, and various factors that potentially contributed to the contamination of packaged leafy greens with Salmonella.

Although a conclusive root cause was not identified, the agency identified certain conditions and practices that could result in contamination, including the presence of a different serotype of Salmonella in pond water used to grow the leafy greens, growth media storage practices, water management practices, and general sanitation practices at the CEA that were inadequate to prevent the introduction or spread of microorganisms of public health significance into the leafy greens.

FDA isolated the outbreak strain of Salmonella Typhimurium in a stormwater retention basin adjacent to the CEA farm. However, the investigation did not reveal if that stormwater retention basin was the source of the Salmonella that ultimately contaminated the leafy greens. This highlights the importance of assessing all microbial hazards, including those associated with adjacent and nearby land uses.

In light of this report, FDA highlights the following requirements and recommendations applicable to firms, such as the hydroponic operation implicated in this S. Typhimurium outbreak, engaged in CEA. Here are some of the requirements and recommendations:

  • Develop a keen understanding of potential sources and routes of contamination including the raw materials and inputs used, as well as possible sources of contamination throughout the operation.
  • Implement effective sanitation procedures and sampling plans while also paying close attention to hygienic operations and equipment design, ensuring cleaning procedures do not contribute to the dispersion of microbial contaminants that may be present.
  • Assess growing operations to ensure implementation of appropriate science- and risk-based preventive measures, including applicable required provisions of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule and good agricultural practices (GAPs).
  • Implement procedures that are effective in rapidly cooling and cold holding harvested leafy greens after harvest and verify the effectiveness of the cooling and cold holding procedures, including the routine monitoring of processing and storage environments and product temperatures to prevent pathogen growth in harvested leafy greens.
  • If employing tools such as pre-harvest and post-harvest sampling and testing of food, water, and the physical environment, seek to identify and inform sampling plans, limits of detection, and mitigation measures that control potential sources and routes of bacterial contamination in the growing and harvesting environment.
  • Ensure that all growing pond water is safe and of adequate sanitary quality for its intended use, which includes implementing measures (such as water treatment) necessary to reduce the potential for contamination by known or reasonably foreseeable hazards.
  • Perform a root cause analysis when a pathogen is identified in the growing environment, in raw agricultural inputs such as water, or in the agricultural commodity to determine how the contamination likely occurred and implement appropriate prevention and verification measures.
  • Assess and mitigate risks associated with adjacent and nearby land uses that may impact CEA operations, in both rural and more urbanized settings.

These requirements and recommendations are just some examples that serve as a reminder that as the use of CEA is increasing globally, all types of food production must continue to address basic food safety concerns, including potential sources and routes of contamination. Food safety is a shared responsibility that involves food producers, distributors, manufacturers, retailers, and regulators. Recognizing the interconnection between people, animals, plants, and their shared environment when it comes to public health outcomes, we encourage collaboration among various groups in the broader agricultural community (i.e., produce growers, state government and academia) to address this issue. The FDA is committed to working with these stakeholders to advance critical work.

For More Information:

USA – Lohxa LLC Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Senna Syrup 8.8mg/5mL Due to Microbial Contamination

FDA

UPC code, Senna Syrup

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 01/11/2022 – Worcester, MA. Lohxa LLC is voluntarily recalling one lot of Senna Syrup 8.8mg/5mL, unit-dose cups to the consumer level. The product is being recalled due to microbial contamination.

Use of contaminated product by the elderly, patients with a weakened immune system, or patients at a higher risk of developing life-threatening inflammation of the heart, could result in infections that could be life-threatening. To date, Lohxa LLC has not received any reports of adverse events related to this recall.

The product is used as a natural vegetable laxative for the relief of occasional constipation and is packaged into 5 mL unit-dose cups. The product is distributed into cases of 20 cartons packaged with 24 units each, NDC: 50268-731-24. The affected Senna Syrup 8.8mg/5mL lot is AM1115S with expiration date of 01/2023. The product can be identified by the label below. Product was distributed to AvKare (Wholesaler) who may have further distributed this to clinics, hospitals, and healthcare providers.

Outer carton labeling (see images below)

Unit-Dose Cups (see image below)

Lohxa LLC is notifying its distributors and customers by letter and is arranging for return of all recalled products. Consumers/distributors/retailers that have product which is being recalled should stop using the product and return it to place of purchase.

Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact Lohxa LLC by 800-641-5564 or by email to info@lohxa.com Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm EST. Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using this drug product.

Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail or by fax.

  • Complete and submit the report Online
  • Regular Mail or Fax: Download form or call 1- 800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178

This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.


Company Contact Information

Consumers:
Lohxa LLC
 800-641-5564
 info@lohxa.com

Australia – Saputo Dairy Australia Pty Ltd Butter and Spreadable Butter Blend Products – Microbial Contamination

FSANZ

Product information

Saputo Dairy Australia Pty Ltd is conducting a recall of various butter and spreadable butter blend products. The products have been available for sale nationally at various outlets including Woolworths, Coles, ALDI, independent supermarkets and Costco.

Problem

The recall is due to a potential microbial contamination.

Food safety hazard

Food products with a microbial contamination may cause illness if consumed.

Country of origin

Australia

What to do​

Consumers should not eat these products. Any consumers concerned about their health​ should seek medical advice. Consumers should return the products to the place of purchase for a full refund.

For further information please contact:

Saputo Dairy Australia customer service team

1800 032 479

Related links:

Canada – Mahruse brand Halva with Black Seeds recalled due to Salmonella

CFIA

Summary

Product
Halva with Black Seeds
Issue
Food » Microbial Contamination » Salmonella
What to do

Do not consume the recalled product.

Mahruse brand Halva with Black Seeds - 700 grams

Mahruse brand Halva with Black Seeds - 700 grams - top

Issue

1991166 Ontario Inc. is recalling Mahruse brand Halva with Black Seeds from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination.

The recalled product has been sold in Ontario and may have been distributed in other provinces and territories.

France – ORGANIC SALMON TERRINE ELAB/FR X2P X75G X4UV – Listeria monocytogenes

Gov france

Identification information of the recalled product

  • Product category Food
  • Product subcategory Prepared meals and snacks
  • Product brand name ENTRANCE FROM THE SEA
  • Model names or references ORGANIC SALMON TERRINE ELAB/FR X2P X75G X4UV
  • Identification of products
    GTIN Lot Dated
    3302100005532 2202101 Use-by date 26/01/2022
  • Packaging150G tray
  • Marketing start/end date From 01/13/2022 to 01/17/2022
  • Storage temperature Product to be stored in the refrigerator
  • Geographic area of ​​sale Whole France
  • Distributors E. LECLERC
  • List of points of sale store_list.pdf

Practical information regarding the recall

  • Reason for recall Listeria monocytogenes detected
  • Risks incurred by the consumer Listeria monocytogenes (causative agent of listeriosis)

New Zealand – Food Safety Advises Consumers To Cook Mussels Through – Vibrio

Scoop

New Zealand Food Safety is reminding consumers to thoroughly cook mussels following an increase in cases of Vibrio parahaemolyticus around the country this summer.

Deputy Director-General New Zealand Food Safety Vince Arbuckle said, “Since mid-November 2021, there have been 31 confirmed cases with 10 people hospitalised with the illness from around the country, and evidence suggests a change in water temperature and conditions may make live mussels more susceptible to the bacteria.

“As mussel harvesting is a favourite summer pastime of many New Zealanders and are sold live and raw in many New Zealand supermarkets, we advise consumers to cook mussels thoroughly before consumption to avoid getting sick. We have been working with the major supermarket chains to ensure that point-of-sale signage to cook mussels is available for consumers.

“People with low immunity, pregnant, or elderly should always avoid eating raw or undercooked shellfish as the illness can be more severe,” said Mr Arbuckle.

New Zealand Food Safety advises consumers to follow simple food safety guidance to avoid contracting Vibrio parahaemolyticus by following some simple rules.

France – Terrine with scallops – Listeria monocytogenes

Gov france

Identification information of the recalled product

  • Product category Food
  • Product subcategory Prepared meals and snacks
  • Product brand name Carrefour Market
  • Model names or references Terrine with scallops Carrefour Le Marché, 140G tray
  • Identification of products
    GTIN Lot Dated
    3523680448483 2201301 Use-by date 21/01/2022
  • Packaging140G tray
  • Marketing start/end date From 05/01/2022 to 17/01/2022
  • Storage temperature Product to be stored in the refrigerator
  • Health mark EN 62.894.102 EC
  • Geographic area of ​​sale Whole France
  • Distributors crossroads

Practical information regarding the recall

  • Reason for recall suspicion of bacteriological contamination
  • Risks incurred by the consumer Listeria monocytogenes (causative agent of listeriosis)

France – Terrine de saumon à l’aneth – Listeria monocytogenes

Gov france

Identification information of the recalled product

  • Product category Food
  • Product subcategory Prepared meals and snacks
  • Product brand name Carrefour Market
  • Model names or references Salmon terrine with dill Carrefour Le Marché, 150G tray
  • Identification of products
    GTIN Lot Date
    3523680440920 2201301 Use-by date 21/01/2022
  • Packaging150G tray
  • Marketing start/end date From 05/01/2022 to 17/01/2022
  • Storage temperature Product to be stored in the refrigerator
  • Health mark FR 62,894,102 CE
  • Geographic area of ​​sale Whole France
  • Distributors Carrefour

Practical information regarding the recall

  • Reason for recall suspicion of bacteriological contamination
  • Risks incurred by the consumer Listeria monocytogenes (causative agent of listeriosis)

France – Ravioli Dauphiné Label Rouge 240g CASINO CA -Salmonella

Gov france

Identification information of the recalled product

  • Product category Food
  • Product subcategory Prepared meals and snacks
  • Product brand name CASINO IT COMES FROM HERE
  • Model names or references Ravioli Dauphiné Label Rouge 240g
  • Identification of products
    GTIN Lot Dated
    3222476310132 20050144 Use-by date 30/01/2022
  • Packaging Wrapped tray
  • Marketing start/end date From 06/01/2022 to 17/01/2022
  • Storage temperature Product to be stored in the refrigerator
  • Health mark EN 26.281.031 EC
  • Geographic area of ​​sale Whole France
  • Distributors CASINO, VIVAL, SPAR and Casino distribution networks

Practical information regarding the recall

  • Reason for recall Possible presence of Salmonella
  • Risks incurred by the consumer Salmonella spp (causative agent of salmonellosis)