Category Archives: Food Poisoning

New Zealand – Shellfish biotoxin alert (extended) – North Island West Coast region

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The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) today extended the public health warning against collecting shellfish on the west coast of the North Island in the Taranaki, Waikato, Wanganui, Manawatu, and Horowhenua regions. The warning now extends from the mouth of Port Waikato southward to Te Horo Beach in the Wellington region.

Routine tests on shellfish samples taken from this region have shown levels of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) toxins above the safe limit of 0.8 mg/kg set by MPI. Anyone eating shellfish from this area is potentially at risk of illness.

MPI today also removed the public health warning against collecting shellfish in Nydia Bay Pelorus Sounds

Warnings remain in place for the Bay of Islands and Akaroa Harbour.

Mussels, oysters, tuatua, pipi, toheroa, cockles, scallops, catseyes, kina (sea urchin) and all other bivalve shellfish should not be eaten.

Note: cooking shellfish does not remove the toxin.

Pāua, crab and crayfish may still be eaten if the gut has been completely removed prior to cooking, as toxins accumulate in the gut. If the gut is not removed its contents could contaminate the meat during the cooking process.

North Island West coast

RASFF Alerts – Aflatoxin – Brazil Nuts – Almonds – Pistachios

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RASFF-aflatoxins (B1 = 34; Tot. = 74 µg/kg – ppb) in brazil nuts from Bolivia, via Germany in France

RASFF -aflatoxins (B1 = 8; Tot. = >24 µg/kg – ppb) in unshelled almonds from the United States in Spain

RASFF -aflatoxins (B1 = 19; Tot. = 21 µg/kg – ppb) in roasted and salted pistachio nuts from Belgium, with raw material from the United States in Belgium

RASFF Alert -Foodborne Outbreak caused by Salmonella in goat’s raw milk cheese

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RASFF-foodborne outbreak caused by Salmonella (presence /25g) in goat’s raw milk cheese from France in France

RASFF Alert – Stpahylococcal Enterotoxin – Sprouts

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RASFF-Staphylococcal enterotoxin (presence /25g) in sprouts from Hungary, via Austria in Slovenia

New Zealand -Amended shellfish biotoxin warning for the Kenepuru and inner Pelorus Sound

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The Ministry for Primary Industries today reduced the area subject to a public health warning against collecting shellfish in the Kenepuru and inner Pelorus Sound.  The warning now includes only Nydia Bay in the inner Pelorus Sound.

Routine tests on shellfish samples taken from this region still show levels of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) toxins above the safe limit of 0.8 mg/kg set by MPI. Anyone eating shellfish from this area is potentially at risk of illness.

RASFF Alerts – Aflatoxin – Almonds – Groundnuts – Pistachios

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RASFF-aflatoxins (B1 = 10.1; Tot. = 12.4 µg/kg – ppb) in shelled almonds from the United States in Spain

RASFF-aflatoxins (B1 = 2.8; Tot. = 3.4 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts from China in the UK

RASFF-aflatoxins (B1 = 39.0; Tot. = 44.9 µg/kg – ppb) in raw pistachio kernels from Turkey in Greece

RASFF -aflatoxins (B1 = 23.6; Tot. = > 24 µg/kg – ppb) in shelled almonds from the United States in Spain

RASFF Alerts – Histamine -Tuna – Mackerel

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RASFF-histamine (>2500 mg/kg – ppm) in thawed tuna fillets (Thunnus albacares) from Spain in France

RASFF -histamine (570 mg/kg – ppm) in chilled mackerel (Scomber scombrus) from Denmark in Italy