Category Archives: Food Pathogen

RASFF Alerts – Foodborne Outbreak – Listeria monocytogenes – Chilled Fermented Trout Fillets


RASFF – foodborne outbreak caused by Listeria monocytogenes in chilled fermented salted trout fillets processed in Sweden, packaged in Norway in Norway

RASFF Alerts – Listeria monocytogenes – Orange Duck Galatine – Chilled Smoked Salmon – Cheese – Mozzerella Grated Cheese


RASFF – Listeria monocytogenes (550 CFU/g) in chilled orange duck galantine from France in France

RASFF – Listeria monocytogenes (in 2 out of 5 samples /25g) in chilled smoked salmon from Latvia, via Denmark in Italy

RASFF – Listeria found in the production environment of cheese from the Netherlands in Denmark

RASFF –  Listeria monocytogenes (presence /25g) in chilled smoked salmon from Latvia in Italy
RASFF – Listeria monocytogenes (presence /25g) in mozzarella grated cheese from the Netherlands in the Netherlands

RASFF Alert – Norovirus – Live Oysters


RASFF – norovirus (GII /2g) in live oysters (Crassostrea gigas) from France in Italy

RASFF Alerts – Salmonella – Turkey Breasts – Sesame Seeds – Turkey Fillets – Wild Moringa Capsules


RASFF – Salmonella enterica ser. Typhimurium (present /25g) in chilled turkey breasts from Poland n Italy

RASFF – Salmonella (presence /25g) in organic sesame seeds from Uganda in the Netherlands

RASFF – Salmonella enterica ser. Typhimurium in chilled turkey fillets from Poland in the Netherlands

RASFF – Salmonella enterica ser. Cubana (presence /25g) in sesame seeds from Sudan in Greece

RASFF – Salmonella (presence /25g) in wild moringa capsules from the Philippines in Germany

RASFF – Salmonella (presence /250g) in sesame seeds from Sudan in Greece


RASFF Alerts – Ochratoxin A – Food Supplement – Organic Rye


RASFF – ochratoxin A (54.81 µg/kg – ppb) in food supplement manufactured in India, via Bulgaria in Romania

RASFF – ochratoxin A (6.4 µg/kg – ppb) in organic rye from the Czech Republic in Slovenia

USA – Norovirus Outbreak at Boutwells Landing in Oak Park Heights, Minnesota

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A norovirus outbreak has sickened dozens of residents at Boutwells Landing in Oak Park Heights, Minnesota. That is a senior living facility. The first illnesses were reported on January 4, 2019.

About 10% of the 600 residents and 15% of employees have been sickened, Campus Administrator Wendy Kingbay told the Minneapolis StarTribune. The outbreak has occurred at senior apartments, townhouses, and assisted living apartments.

Research – Yersiniosis – Annual Epidemiological Report for 2016


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Publication series: Annual Epidemiological Report on Communicable Diseases in Europe
Time period covered: This report is based on the data for 2016 retrieved from The European Surveillance System (TESSy) on 21 February 2018.
In 2016, 28 countries reported 6 918 confirmed yersiniosis cases in the EU/EEA.

Besides Yersinia pestis (see plague) the Yersinia group of bacteria also includes two species frequently causing illness (mainly enteritis) in humans; Yersinia enterocolitica and Yersinia pseudotuberculosis.

Both are zoonoses, with a large number of animals, but mainly pigs, acting as reservoirs. Raw/undercooked meat consumption is often the cause of infection in humans. Direct transmission from other animals (e.g. pets) or through contaminated food or drink is also possible.

After an incubation period of 3–7 days, the clinical presentation includes fever, diarrhoea and abdominal pain in the right lower part of the abdomen, mimicking appendicitis. Both infections respond well to antibiotics, but untreated symptoms of abdominal pain may last for a long while. Children and adolescents are most affected. Other manifestations such as joint inflammation, “erythema nodosum” (a skin affection) and Reiter’s syndrome (inflammation of eyes and joints) can also appear.

Outbreaks are sometimes detected as a sudden increase in appendectomies due to mistaken diagnoses of appendicitis. Prophylactic measures include adequate hygiene in meat processing (especially of pork), hand hygiene and protection of water supplies.