Category Archives: Food Poisoning

USA – E. coli Outbreak Linked to Cake Mix – Investigation Notice – CDC


Fast Facts
  • Illnesses: 16
  • Hospitalizations: 7
  • Deaths: 0
  • States: 12
  • Recall: No
  • Investigation status: Active

Sick people in this outbreak reported tasting or eating raw cake batter made from a variety of cake mixes. A single brand or type of cake mix has not been linked to the illnesses.

Seventy-five percent of sick people are children under the age of 18. Children are more likely to have a severe E. coli infection.

Eating raw cake batter can make you sick. Raw cake batter can contain harmful germs like E. coli. Germs are killed only when raw batter is baked or cooked. Follow safe food handling practices when you are baking and cooking with cake mixes, flour, and other raw ingredients:

  • Do not taste or eat any raw batter, whether it is from a homemade recipe or from a mix.
  • Do not let children eat raw batter. Foodborne illnesses can be more serious for children.
  • Bake or cook raw batter before eating.
  • Follow the recipe or package directions for cooking or baking at the proper temperature and for the specified time.
  • Do not make milkshakes with products that contain raw foods such as cake mix, flour, or eggs.
  • Keep raw foods such as cake mix, flour, or eggs separate from ready-to-eat foods. Because cake mix and flour are powders, they can spread easily.
  • Follow label directions to refrigerate products containing raw batter or eggs until they are cooked.
  • Clean up thoroughly after handling cake mix, flour, or eggs:
    • Wash your hands with running water and soap after handling cake mix, flour, raw eggs, or any surfaces they have touched.
    • Wash bowls, utensils, countertops, and other surfaces with warm, soapy water.

Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of these severe E. coli symptoms:

  • Diarrhea and a fever higher than 102°F
  • Diarrhea for more than 3 days that is not improving
  • Bloody diarrhea
  • So much vomiting that you cannot keep liquids down
  • Signs of dehydration, such as:
    • Not peeing much
    • Dry mouth and throat
    • Feeling dizzy when standing up

Ireland – E. coli O26 outbreak sickens young children in Ireland

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Health officials in Ireland are investigating an E. coli O26 outbreak at a childcare facility.

Officials with the Department of Public Health Mid-West of the Health Service Executive (HSE) said the agency is managing the outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) and highlighted the importance of effective hand hygiene and well water treatment.

The agency added that there are fewer than five patients at the childcare facility in Limerick and the incident is under control.

STEC, also known as Verotoxigenic E. coli (VTEC), can cause serious illness in children under 5 and the elderly. The serious outcomes of illness shows the importance of hand hygiene before and after preparing food and after contact with farm animals and their environment, said officials.

Singapore – Recall of raw oysters linked to Vibrio parahaemolyticusoutbreak in USA

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Research – ECDC rapid risk assessment: increase in OXA-233 producing E.coli in the EU, EEA and UK since 2013


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The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has published an update to an existing risk assessment, first produced in response to evidence of healthcare associated transmission of OXA-244 producing Escherichia coli (E. coli) in the EU and EEA. A doubling of cases in the main cluster, and three new countries detecting cases, confirm the high risk for further spread of OXA-244 producing E. coli.

An urgent enquiry was made to ECDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Information System (EPIS), regarding a healthcare-associated outbreak involving 12 cases of OXA-244 producing E. coli in Norway. Subsequently, national public health reference laboratories in EU and EEA countries were invited to submit to ECDC whole genome sequencing (WGS) data, collected since the previous rapid risk assessment was published on 18 February 2020.

The analysis included WGS data submitted to ECDC from 13 countries, completed with data from the public domain. Among 458 isolates of E. coli ST38, 370 carried the blaOXA-244 gene encoding for the OXA-244 carbapenemase. Several clusters were identified, including one large cluster with 225 closely-related OXA-244-producing E. coli ST38 isolates. Of these, 210 isolates were detected in 11 EU and EEA countries and the UK, and 15 isolates were from other countries.

The source and route of transmission for OXA-244-producing E. coli in the EU, EEA and UK is currently unclear, and there is a need for further investigation to determine this so that control measures can be put in place. The wide geographical dispersion of cases within countries, without cases being linked in place and time, indicates transmission in the community as the main mode of spread.

Source: ECDC, 20 July 2021

Ireland – Recall of Batches of True Natural Goodness Organic Turmeric Powder due to Elevated Levels of Aflatoxin


Tuesday, 27 July 2021

Category 1: For Action
Alert Notification: 2021.55
Product: True Natural Goodness Organic Turmeric Powder; pack size: 250g and 500g
Batch Code: All batch codes with best before dates after 05/07/2023
Country Of Origin: India


True Natural Goodness is recalling the above batches of its Organic Turmeric Powder due to elevated levels of Aflatoxin.  Point-of-sale recall notices will be displayed in stores supplied with the implicated batches.

Nature Of Danger:

Aflatoxin is one of a group of a naturally occurring chemicals (mycotoxins) produced by certain moulds. They can grow on a variety of different crops and foodstuffs often under warm and humid conditions.

Mycotoxins can cause a variety of adverse health effects in humans including cancer (some are genotoxic), kidney and liver damage, gastrointestinal disturbances, reproductive disorders or suppression of the immune system. Mycotoxins are naturally occurring, so their presence in foods cannot be completely avoided.

Action Required:

Manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, caterers & retailers:

Retailers are requested to remove the implicated batches from sale and to display a point-of-sale recall notice in stores where the affected batches were sold.


Consumers are advised not to eat the implicated batches.

True Natural Goodness Organic Turmeric Powder

France – Gourmet Mix (artisanal apple purée) – Patulin

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Identifying information for the recalled product

  • Product category Food
  • Product sub-category Fruits and vegetables
  • Product brand name Carrefour Quality Line
  • Names of models or references Gourmet Mix (artisanal apple purée) Carrefour Quality Line 350g glass jar
  • Product identification
    GTIN Lot Dated
    3523680408777 All lots Date of minimum durability 02/17/2022
  • Packaging350g glass jar
  • Start date / End of marketing From 03/12/2021 to 07/26/2021
  • Storage temperature Product to be stored at room temperature
  • Further information Supplier name and address: Elabor SAS, ZA de la Belle croix 2, 72510 Requeil
  • Geographical sales areaWhole France
  • Distributors crossroads

Practical information regarding the recall

  • Reason for recall Suspicion of the presence of patulin
  • Risks incurred by the consumer Other biological contaminants
  • Consumer behavior Stop consuming
    Return the product to the point of sale
    Contact the consumer service
    Destroy the product
  • Contact number0969397000
  • Compensation modalities Repayment
  • End date of the recall procedure Friday, August 27, 2021
  • Additional public information For any additional information, you can contact the Carrefour consumer service by dialing the following number 09 69 39 7000 from Monday to Saturday between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. (non-surcharged call from a landline).

Cyprus – Food poisoning for National Guard new recruits


Approximately 30 new recruits of the National Guard in Larnaca have suffered food poisoning.

According to the Defense Ministry spokesman Christos Pieri, the new recruits had dinner on Saturday and immediately afterward they started feeling bad. The Ministry immediately contacted the catering company.

The company found out that the problem was with the sauce of the meat.

As noted, it is the first time in the last three years that the National Guard has been cooperating with the said company that such a problem arose.

The health condition of all soldiers is now good, Pieris said.

Italy – FONTINA DOP Cheese – STEC E.coli




Reason for reporting : Recall due to microbiological risk

Publication date : 26 July 2021

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Italy – Grandma Maria’s Stortina – Listeria monocytogenes


Brand : L’Artigiano del Salame

Name : Grandma Maria’s Stortina

Reason for reporting : Recall due to microbiological risk

Publication date : July 26, 2021

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Hong Kong – Trade instructed to suspend importing and selling of ready to eat raw oysters harvested in Samish Bay in US – Vibrio parahaemolyticus



The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department today (July 23) instructed the trade to suspend the import of ready to eat raw oysters harvested in Samish Bay of the United States (US). The trade should also stop using or selling the product concerned immediately should they possess it.

A spokesman for the CFS said, “The CFS noticed that the Washington State Department of Health reported that ready to eat raw oysters harvested in Samish Bay of the US, which were suspected to be contaminated with Vibrio parahaemolyticus, were under recall. Upon learning of the incident, the CFS immediately contacted local major importers for follow-up. A preliminary investigation found that the importer, Asia-Taylor (A&T) Finefoods Limited, had imported some of the affected product which was on sale in its retail outlet. For the sake of prudence, the CFS has immediately instructed the trade to suspend the import into and sale within Hong Kong of all ready to eat raw oysters harvested in the abovementioned area in the US, and instructed the importer to stop sale and remove from shelves the affected product.”

The CFS is also tracing the distribution of the product concerned. The trade should also stop using or selling the product concerned immediately should they possess it.

The spokesman pointed out that as oysters feed by filtering a large volume of seawater, pathogens (such as Vibrio parahaemolyticus) can accumulate in them if they are grown in or harvested from contaminated water. Raw or partially cooked oysters are high risk foods. Susceptible groups, such as pregnant women, young children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems or liver diseases, should avoid eating them.

The CFS will inform the US authorities and will also notify the local trade. It will continue to follow up on the incident and take appropriate action to safeguard food safety and public health. An investigation is ongoing.