Category Archives: Food Poisoning

RASFF Alert – STEC E.coli – Chilled Bovine Meat

European Food Alerts


shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli (eae+, Stx1-, Stx2+ /25g) in chilled bovine meat from Slovenia in Sloveniafood

RASFF Alerts – Aflatoxin – Pistachio Kernels – Pistachios – Groundnuts – Peanuts – Dried Melon Seeds

European Food Alerts


aflatoxins (B1 = 36.2; Tot. = 42 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachio kernels from Iran in Poland


aflatoxins (B1 = 40.0; Tot. = 43.4 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios from the United States in Germany


aflatoxins (B1 = 19; Tot. = 22 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts from India in the Netherlands


aflatoxins (B1 = 7.1; Tot. = 8.1 µg/kg – ppb) in peanuts from Argentina in the Netherlands


aflatoxins (B1 = 37; Tot. = 45 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios from the United States in the Netherlands


aflatoxins (B1 = 30.8; Tot. = 35.5 µg/kg – ppb) in dried melon seeds from Iran in Germany

Denmark – 33 sick, 19 hospitalized and 3 dead: REMEMBER herbal medicine linked to severe Salmonella outbreak in Denmark


Salmonella has been found in HUSK Psyllium seed husks, “capsules herbal medicine”. Orkla Care A / S has recalled several products and the authorities are now strongly encouraging people to check whether they have any of the affected HUSK products.

The salmonella outbreak, which the Statens Serum Institut sent out a news item about last week , is becoming increasingly extensive. In the meantime, the type of salmonella in question has been detected in a number of other people.

A total of 33 people aged 2-92 years have been diagnosed with the same type of salmonella. Several are seriously affected. 19 people have so far been hospitalized, and 3 people where the salmonella in question has been detected have died.

“It is a serious and large outbreak with many sick and both hospitalized and deaths. Therefore, we would like to encourage everyone who has HUSK products at home to check if they have any of the affected products “, says epidemiologist Luise Müller from the Statens Serum Institut (SSI)

Found salmonella in herbal medicine

SSI, together with the Danish Medicines Agency, the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration and the DTU Food Institute, has investigated the salmonella outbreak.

Common to the patients was that they had eaten HUSK Psyllium seed husks, herbal medicine, capsules ”. A comparison with healthy controls showed that the sick had eaten HUSK products to a much greater extent than the controls.

The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration therefore obtained the product from two patients’ homes and was able to prove that there was salmonella in it. Several HUSK products were subsequently recalled.

“This is the first time that we have been able to identify an herbal medicine as the cause of a salmonella outbreak. Those who take this product are often people who already have stomach problems. I am therefore concerned that the salmonella infection will not be detected because the individuals or their doctor believe that the symptoms of the salmonella infection stem from their existing stomach problems, ”says Luise Müller.

What to check?

You must check whether you have:

• Herbal remedy Psyllium husks, capsules

• The dietary supplement REMEMBER Psyllium Stomach Balance Basic, capsules

Find photos and batch numbers on the recalled products here

If you have the product at home, check whether it originates from one of the batches that Orkla Care A / S has withdrawn. The batch number is always printed on the outside of the plastic container.

If you have products from those batches, you should either throw them out or. deliver them back to the store where they were purchased.

What should you do if you have eaten one of the products?

Even if you should have eaten the HUSK Psyllium seed pods, herbal medicine, capsules or HUSK Psyllium Stomach Balance supplements, capsules, the risk of being infected with salmonella is considered too small.

Most often, the symptoms of salmonella are mild and go away on their own. If you get persistent symptoms or have doubts, you can consult your own doctor.

Read more

Read more about the outbreak on SSI’s outbreak page .

Read more about salmonella infection .

Read more about Orkla’s recall of REMEMBER .

Read more about the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration’s news about the recall of HUSK Psyllium Stomach Balance Basic capsules.

Research – What lives inside the chicken gut?

Phys Org

In a recently published study, investigators from Norwich and Surrey have more than doubled the number of microbial species known to live in the chicken gut. As the health and wealth of humans is tied to the health and productivity of chickens, this lays down a key resource for all future studies on the gut microbiome of this important food animal.

With three times as many chickens as people on our planet, this ubiquitous food animal underpins human nutrition and health across the globe—whether through subsistence farming or intensive production, chickens supply more of our food than any other animal. Chicken meat is surging in popularity as a lower-carbon alternative to meat from other livestock, whilst eggs remain an important and affordable source of nutrition worldwide. However, poultry are also a source of antimicrobial resistance and of pathogens such as Campylobacter, Salmonella and E. coli that threaten human health.

Research – Climate change emerges as another culprit in leafy green food poisoning outbreaks

The Counter

The last decade has been particularly rough on the leafy greens industry. If you’ve followed lettuce news, you’re certainly aware of the multiple outbreaks of foodborne pathogens like E. coli, which have killed hundreds and sickened thousands more. Cattle feedlots have emerged as a major source of contamination for leafy green contamination but over at Eater, Jenny Zhang homes in on another culprit: climate change. Though it’s an emergent field of study and many unknowns remain, some early observations include: Rising temperatures can help E. coli and salmonella proliferate; those same hot temps provoke cattle into shedding pathogens more readily; and climate change-related flooding can rapidly spread contamination into water supplies used in irrigation. “Think of climate change as both an amplification of existing hazards, as well as a potential trigger for things we can’t foresee,” writes Zhang.

Research – Staphylococcal (Staph) Food Poisoning


MRSA Staphylococcus KSW Food World

Staph food poisoning is a gastrointestinal illness caused by eating foods contaminated with toxins produced by the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus (Staph) bacteria.

About 25% of people and animals have Staph on their skin and in their nose. It usually does not cause illness in healthy people, but Staph has the ability to make toxins that can cause food poisoning.

People who carry Staph can contaminate food if they don’t wash their hands before touching it. If food is contaminated with Staph, the bacteria can multiply in the food and produce toxins that can make people ill. Staph bacteria are killed by cooking, but the toxins are not destroyed and will still be able to cause illness.

Foods that are not cooked after handling, such as sliced meats, puddings, pastries, and sandwiches, are especially risky if contaminated with Staph.

Food contaminated with Staph toxin may not smell bad or look spoiled.

What are the symptoms of Staph food poisoning?

  • Staph food poisoning is characterized by a sudden start of nausea, vomiting, and stomach cramps. Most people also have diarrhea.
  • Symptoms usually develop within 30 minutes to 8 hours after eating or drinking an item containing Staph toxin, and last no longer than 1 day. Severe illness is rare.
  • The illness cannot be passed from one person to another.

How do I know if I have Staph food poisoning?

You can suspect Staph food poisoning based on the type of symptoms and their fast resolution. Although laboratory tests can detect toxin-producing Staph in stool, vomit, and foods, these tests are usually not ordered except during an outbreak. If you think you might have Staph food poisoning and are experiencing severe symptoms, contact your health care provider.

Hong Kong – Officials investigate ciguatoxin poisoning cases

Outbreak News Today

Hong Kong health officials report investigating a suspected ciguatoxin poisoning cases affecting two people.

The case involves two females, aged 34 and 66 respectively, who developed symptoms of ciguatoxin poisoning including abdominal pain and diarrhea about six to seven hours after consuming a marine fish for dinner at home on April 5. The latter patient also developed perioral numbness and attended the Accident and Emergency Department of Kwong Wah Hospital the next day. She was admitted for further management. Both patients are in a stable condition.

Initial inquiries revealed that the fish consumed was bought from a fish stall in Yeung Uk Road Market, Tsuen Wan, on April 4.

France – Product recall: Keraliou brand Tellines – ASP Toxins


Product recall: Keraliou brand Tellines


ASP toxin above the authorized threshold. ASP marine biotoxins (amnesia toxins)


Do not consume and bring back to the point of sale.

Food poisoning caused by these toxins results in digestive disorders (vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea) within 2 to 24 hours of ingestion of the contaminated shellfish. These disorders may be followed by feelings of dizziness, persistent headaches, disorientation, and possibly recent memory loss.


▸ Barcode
• 3529960019992
• 3529960015307

▸ Lot
• MB377761
• MB37766
• MB37773TEL


▸ Packaging
1 and 3 kg bag delivered to distributors. Bulk resold to consumers

▸ Marketing
From 03/29/2021 to 03/31/2021

▸ Health mark
FR 29.189.525 CE

▸ Consumer service contact

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France – Product recall: Whole raw tropical tiger prawns ASC 12/16 pieces 400g from SURGELÉES CASINO brand – Vibrio parahaemolyticus


Product recall: Whole raw tropical tiger prawns ASC 12/16 pieces 400g from SURGELÉES CASINO brand


Presence of pathogenic Vibrio parahaemolyticus


Do not consume and return to the point of sale for reimbursement.

People who have consumed this product and who have symptoms such as gastroenteritis (diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, associated with headaches) are invited to consult their doctor, stating that they have consumed food that is susceptible to to be contaminated with Vibrio parahaemolyticus.

This warning primarily concerns weakened people and immunosuppressed people, who are more at risk.


▸ Barcode

▸ Lot
VN / 532 / V / 072


DL532 health stamp

▸ Marketing
since 02/08/2021

▸ Consumer service contact
For any further information, you can contact the consumer service by dialing the Freephone number: 0 800 13 30 16 (free service and call) from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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RASFF Alerts – Aflatoxin – Curry Powder – Shrivelled Hazlenut Kernels – Pistachios – Watermelon Seeds – Hazlenuts – Peanuts – Shelled Almonds


aflatoxins (B1 = 20; Tot. = 21 µg/kg – ppb) in curry powder from India in Switzerland


aflatoxins (B1 = 21.4; Tot. = 118 µg/kg – ppb) in shrivelled hazelnut kernels from Georgia in Germany


aflatoxins (Tot. = 103 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios from the United States, dispatched from Turkey in Spain


aflatoxins (B1 = 7.87; Tot. = 8.41 µg/kg – ppb) in watermelon seeds from Turkey in Germany


aflatoxins (B1 = 13.2; Tot. = 14.6 µg/kg – ppb) in hazelnuts from Turkey in Germany


aflatoxins (B1 = 12.9; Tot. = 15.6 µg/kg – ppb) in inshell peanuts from Turkey in Germany


aflatoxins (Tot. = 68.1 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios from Iran in Germany


aflatoxins (B1 = 14.8; Tot. = 16.7 µg/kg – ppb) in shelled almonds from Australia in Spain