Category Archives: Food Microbiology

France – Dry sausage 225g MN LR VPF – Staphylococcal Enterotoxins

Gov france

Identification information of the recalled product

  • Product category Feed
  • Product subcategory Meats
  • Product brand name Black Mountain
  • Model names or references Dry sausage 225g Montagne Noire Label Rouge VPF
  • Identification of products
    GTIN Batch Date
    3339720411429 D221726 Date of minimum durability 31/07/2022
    3339720411429 310618944 Date of minimum durability 08/26/2022
  • Packaging Microperforated bag
  • Marketing start/end date From 06/06/2022 to 06/07/2022
  • Storage temperature Product to be stored at room temperature
  • Health markFR.81.083.001 EC
  • Further information Batch and durability inscription on the bag
  • Geographic area of ​​sale Whole France
  • Distributors Carrefour – Galec – Intermarché – U system + various wholesalers and points of sale or factory outlets

Practical information regarding the recall

  • Reason for recall Presence of Staphylococcal enterotoxins
  • Risks incurred by the consumer Staphylococcus aureus (causative agent of staphylococcal poisoning)

Research – Source of 7-year Listeria outbreak found in Germany

Food Safety News

German officials believe they have solved a seven-year Listeria outbreak that included the death of one man.

Using next generation sequencing (NGS) methods, the Bavarian State Office for Health and Food Safety (LGL) helped identify a likely connection between Listeria infections in Lower Bavaria and in the district of Altötting since 2015 and a food company.

The company was not named by authorities but they described it as a small businesses in the district of Passau that had various customers in the region. Local media reported it was a produce company that supplied canteens and care homes but not retailers.

Alongside the results from the NGS analysis, there are indications of an epidemiological connection to those sick based on the sales area.

Spain – Establishment of the safe shelf life of certain ready-to-eat, sliced ​​​​and prepacked foods in the retail trade, in relation to the risk of Listeria monocytogenes

ACSA

Report

EditorCatalan Food Safety Agency
pages37
Year2022

Hong Kong – Not to consume smoked salmon products with dill possibly contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

CFS

Issue Date 5.7.2022
Source of Information The Centre for Food Safety – Routine Food Surveillance Programme
Food Product Prepackaged chilled smoked salmon
Product Name and Description Product name: Smoked Norwegian Salmon Slices with Dill

Place of origin: Hong Kong

Net weight: 100 grams per pack
Use-by date: All batches on or after June 25, 2022
Distributor: Polyfood Service Co. Ltd

*Updated on 5 July 2022

All brands and packing sizes (namely 100g and 500g) of the affected batches of smoked salmon products with dill.

Reason For Issuing Alert
  • The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) collected the above-mentioned smoked salmon sample from an online shop for testing under its routine Food Surveillance Programme. The test result showed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in 25 grams of the sample, exceeding the standard of the Microbiological Guidelines for Food which states that Listeria monocytogenes should not be detected in 25 grams of food.

*Updated on 5 July 2022

  • The CFS earlier collected a smoked salmon sample produced by distributor Polyfood Food Service Co. Ltd for testing under its routine Food Surveillance Programme. The test result showed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in 25 grams of the sample, exceeding the standard of the Microbiological Guidelines for Food which states that Listeria monocytogenes should not be detected in 25 grams of food.
  • Listeria monocytogenes can be easily destroyed by cooking but can survive and multiply at refrigerator temperature. Most healthy individuals do not develop symptoms or only have mild symptoms like fever, muscle pain, headache, nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea when infected. However, severe complications such as septicaemia, meningitis or even death may occur in newborns, the elderly and those with a weaker immune system. Although infected pregnant women may just experience mild symptoms generally, the infection of Listeria monocytogenes may cause miscarriage, infant death, preterm birth, or severe infection in newborns
Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety
  • The CFS has informed the manufacturer concerned of the test result and instructed it to stop sale and remove from shelves the affected product, and initiate a recall.
  • The CFS visited the concerned production facilities immediately for investigation and instructed the management to perform cleansing and disinfection.
  • The CFS will alert the trade to the incident, and will continue to follow up and take appropriate action

*Updated on 5 July 2022

  •  Upon receiving the test result on June 30, the CFS immediately visited the food factory concerned for investigation, collected food and environmental samples for testing, instructed the manufacturer to recall the affected products, and gave health advice to the operators and staff of the food factory concerned. The CFS also issued a press release to remind the trade and the public on the same day. The relevant production line of the factory has been suspended since June 30 evening, while thorough cleansing and disinfection in the factory has been conducted.
  • The CFS has been actively following up on the case. The distributor, in accordance with the CFS’s instruction, has stopped the sale and removed from shelves the affected products, and has mounted a recall of all brands and packing sizes (namely 100g and 500g) of the affected batches of smoked salmon products with dill.
  • The CFS inspected the factory on July 5 again after its completion of a thorough cleansing and disinfection, and collected environmental samples for testing.
  • The CFS has also inspected local retail outlets, and no affected products have been found available for sale so far.
Advice to the Trade
  • Stop using or selling the product concerned immediately if they possess it.
Advice to Consumers
  • Not to consume the affected product if they have bought any.
Further Information The CFS press release (30 June 2022)

The CFS press release (5 July 2022)

  • Members of the public may call the hotlines at 2898 9962 or 6366 0067 during office hours.
  • Members of the public may contact the sellers of the concerned products to enquire if they are not sure whether the products they possessed were supplied by the distributor concerned.

Denmark – Listeria monocyotogenes in Tulip leaks sausage rolls

DVFA

Danish Crown Foods A / S is recalling a batch of Tulip delicious sausage rolls, as Listeria has been detected in the product.

Recalled Foods , Published: July 5, 2022

What food:
Tulip Delicious rolled sausage ( see picture )
Net content: 90 grams
Production date: 29.06.2022 
Best before date: 27.07.22
Lot number: 27.07.22
EAN barcode no: 5707196279092
Sold in:
Coop stores across the country
Salling stores across the country
Dagrofa stores throughout the country
Nemlig.com
Company recalling:
Danish Crown Foods A/S, Tulipvej 1, 8940 Randers​
Cause:
The bacterium Listeria monocytogenes has been detected in the manufacturer’s own samples of the product.
Risk:
Infection with Listeria bacteria, where the symptoms can include flu-like symptoms, fever and headaches and in rare cases gastrointestinal problems.
Advice for consumers:
The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration advises consumers to deliver the product back to the store where it was purchased or to discard it.

Australia – Harris Smokehouse Smoked Salmon Pates – Listeria monocytogenes

FSANZ

Product information

Harris Smokehouse Pty Ltd is conducting a recall of their Smoked Salmon Pate 175g and Everyday Smoked Salmon Pate 150g. The product has been available for sale at independent food retailers including IGA in SA.

Date markings

15/7/22, 18/7/22, 19/7/22, 20/7/22, 21/7/22

Harris Smokehouse Smoked Salmon Pate 175g and Everyday Smoked Salmon Pate 150g

Problem

The recall is due to microbial (Listeria monocytogenes) contamination.

Food safety hazard

Listeria may cause illness in pregnant women and their unborn babies, the elderly and people with low immune systems.

Country of origin

Australia

What to do​

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

For further information please contact:

Harris Smokehouse Pty Ltd

(08) 8388 7000

http://www.harrissmokehouse.com.au​​

Related links:

Singapore – Lifting of suspension of Burger and Lobster Singapore Pte Ltd at Jewel Changi Airport

SFA

The Ministry of Health (MOH) and SFA received reports of gastroenteritis involving 131persons after consuming food prepared by Burger and Lobster Singapore Pte Ltd in Jewel Changi Airport between 7 and 15 May 2022. Five were hospitalised. To protect consumers from further public health risks, the food business operations of the outlet was suspended by SFA since 16 May and the suspension was lifted on 05 July 22.

Czech Republic – Officials warn of increase in E. coli infections

Food Safety News

A rise in Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) infections has prompted a warning by health officials in the Czech Republic.

The National Institute of Public Health (SZU) reported that in the first six months of this year 25 cases have been recorded and 15 of them occurred in the past two months.

Eight were reported in May and seven in June. That is more than half of all cases so far in 2022. The majority of those sick are children under the age of five. In 2021, 46 cases were recorded.

Sick people come from across the country but mostly Prague, the South Moravian and South Bohemian regions. Twelve infections were caused by E. coli O26 and six by E. coli O157.

People can become infected by contact with animals, eating insufficiently cooked meat, drinking unpasteurized milk, or by contact with an infected person.

Hong Kong – Smoked Norwegian Salmon Slices with Dill – Listeria monocytogenes

CFS

CFS urges public not to consume a kind of prepackaged chilled smoked salmon suspected to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Issue Date 30.6.2022
Source of Information The Centre for Food Safety – Routine Food Surveillance Programme
Food Product Prepackaged chilled smoked salmon
Product Name and Description Product name: Smoked Norwegian Salmon Slices with Dill

Place of origin: Hong Kong

Net weight: 100 grams per pack
Use-by date: All batches on or after June 25, 2022
Distributor: Polyfood Service Co. Ltd

Reason For Issuing Alert
  • The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) collected the above-mentioned smoked salmon sample from an online shop for testing under its routine Food Surveillance Programme. The test result showed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in 25 grams of the sample, exceeding the standard of the Microbiological Guidelines for Food which states that Listeria monocytogenes should not be detected in 25 grams of food.
Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety
  • The CFS has informed the manufacturer concerned of the test result and instructed it to stop sale and remove from shelves the affected product, and initiate a recall.
  • The CFS visited the concerned production facilities immediately for investigation and instructed the management to perform cleansing and disinfection.
  • The CFS will alert the trade to the incident, and will continue to follow up and take appropriate action. Investigation is ongoing.
Advice to the Trade
  • Stop using or selling the product concerned immediately if they possess it.
Advice to Consumers
  • Not to consume the affected product if they have bought any.
Further Information  The CFS press release

For enquiries about the recall, members of the public may call the manufacturer at 2898 9962/ 6366 0067 during office hours.

(For reference only)

Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department
2022-6-30

India – 15 students fall ill after suspected food poisoning in UP residential school

India Tv News

Food poisoning in school: At least 15 girl students of a residential school in Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur district were admitted to a community health centre following complaints of vomiting and uneasiness, a senior official said on Monday.

The incident took place on Sunday at the Kasturba Gandhi Residential School in Mehngi village, District Magistrate Akhilesh Singh said. Among the 15, condition of three was stated to be serious, he said, adding prima facie it appears to be a case of food poisoning.

A magisterial probe has been ordered into the matter by Additional District Magistrate, Administration, Chief Medical Officer and district basic education officer. The team of officers will give their report within 48 hours, the DM said.