Category Archives: Food Poisoning

Research – Characterization of Escherichia coli from Edible Insect Species: Detection of Shiga Toxin-Producing Isolate

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Insects as novel foods are gaining popularity in Europe. Regulation (EU) 2015/2283 laid the framework for the application process to market food insects in member states, but potential hazards are still being evaluated. The aim of this study was to investigate samples of edible insect species for the presence of antimicrobial-resistant and Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC). Twenty-one E. coli isolates, recovered from samples of five different edible insect species, were subjected to antimicrobial susceptibility testing, PCR-based phylotyping, and macrorestriction analysis. The presence of genes associated with antimicrobial resistance or virulence, including stx1stx2, and eae, was investigated by PCR. All isolates were subjected to genome sequencing, multilocus sequence typing, and serotype prediction. The isolates belonged either to phylogenetic group A, comprising mostly commensal E. coli, or group B1. One O178:H7 isolate, recovered from a Zophobas atratus sample, was identified as a STEC. A single isolate was resistant to tetracyclines and carried the tet(B) gene. Overall, this study shows that STEC can be present in edible insects, representing a potential health hazard. In contrast, the low resistance rate among the isolates indicates a low risk for the transmission of antimicrobial-resistant E. coli to consumers. View Full-Text

France – COW CHEESE IN RAW MILK – E.coli

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Identifying information for the recalled product

  • Product category Food
  • Product sub-category Milk and dairy products
  • Product brand name THE DELICE OF THE PRAIRIES
  • Names of models or references THE GAEC DES PRAIRIES
  • Product identification

    Lot Dated 79/89/99/109/119/149/159/169/179/189/219/229/249/259/289/299/110/210/510/610

    Recommended consumption date between 07/12/2021 and 06/01/2022

  • Start date / End of marketing From 09/27/2021 to 10/07/2021
  • Storage temperature Product to be stored at room temperature
  • Geographical sales area Regions: Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
  • Distributors Le fromager des halles brives, Clermont neyrat, Thiers, Clermont saint jean, lempdes Intermarché St paulien Super U Langeac Ardèche cicada Proxi Espaly and Loudes Salaison torrilhon Salaison du Velay Chabanon, Méjean, jacob Colombet J

Practical information regarding the recall

  • Reason for recall presence of E.Coli
  • Risks incurred by the consumer Escherichia coli

Taiwan – 142 fall ill with suspected food poisoning at New Taipei school

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Taipei, Oct. 21 (CNA) A total of 142 students and faculty members at Sacred Heart Girls High School in New Taipei were taken to hospitals early Thursday after coming down with stomach pain and diarrhea, in what is believed to be a case of mass food poisoning, the school said.

The 142 people, who lodged in the school’s dormitories, fell ill after eating meals provided by a catering service contracted by the school Wednesday evening, the school’s principal Sophie Wei (魏雪玲) told CNA.

The New Taipei Department of Health has collected samples of the food for analysis and is awaiting the results. Meanwhile, meals will now be provided by a different catering service for the time being, according to the school.

USA – Multi-state Salmonella outbreak includes 23 Minnesotans

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A multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Oranienburg infections announced today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) includes 23 Minnesota residents, state health officials said today. The Minnesota cases, who range in age from 7 to 77 years, fell ill between Aug. 8 and Sept. 18, four were hospitalized and none have died. Contaminated onions from a specific distributor and growing region in Mexico have been identified as the likely source for the outbreak.

More information on CDC’s Food Safety Alert regarding this outbreak, along with symptoms of Salmonella infection and what consumers should do, can be found on the CDC webpage for this investigation, Salmonella Linked to Onions.

India – 25 ITBP personnel fell ill in Chhattisgarh due to food poisoning

Hindustan Times

As many as 25 personnel of the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) fell ill with symptoms of food poisoning after consuming a meal in their camp in Rajanandgaon district, officials said on Friday.

They fell ill after having dinner on Wednesday evening. They complained of the symptoms on Thursday. All were admitted to Community Health Centre (CHC) in Khairagarh town and are now stable,” said Collector Rajanandgaon, Taran Prakash Sinha.

“Prima facie, it seems they fell sick due to food poisoning. However, their condition is stable and they were kept under observation,” said Dr Vivek Bisen of the CHC Khairagarh.

RASFF Alerts – Aflatoxin – Hazelnuts – Corn – Maize – Almond Kernels – Pistchios –

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Aflatoxins in almond kernels from the United States in Italy

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Aflatoxins in toasted and salted pistachios in shell from Turkey in Italy

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Aflatoxins in Groundnut kernels from Argentina in the Netherlands

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Aflatossine in nocciole con guscio dalla Georgia//aflatoxins in hazelnuts in shell from Georgia in Italy

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Aflatoxines in corn from France in the Netherlands

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Aflatoxins in maize from France in the Netherlands

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PISTACCHI SGUSCIATI DALLA TURCHIA from Turkey in Italy

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Aflatoxins (58.1±4.1 µg/kg) in hazelnuts from Georgia in Italy

Bali – 21 students in Lombok got food poisoning after eating deep fried tempe

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Dozens of students from a madrasah (Islamic school) in Central Lombok are suspected to have gotten food poisoning after snacking on deep fried tempe, for which they had to be taken to the local community clinic (Puskesmas).

West Praya sub-precinct chief, Heri Indrayanto, said in a statement that the students bought the deep fried tempe from a street vendor identified as M and ate them with chili sauce during recess.

“It is suspected that the victims got food poisoning after eating the fried tempe with chili sauce,” Heri said.

Fifteen minutes after consuming the fritter, the students started to get headaches and felt nauseous, while some started vomiting. They were then taken to the nearest Puskesmas for treatment.

Heri said a total of 21 students had food poisoning, and even the seller M also experienced the same symptoms. Authorities had seized all the ingredients and sent them for a lab test at the Health Agency in Central Lombok.

India – Chhattisgarh: 77 people, mostly kids, fall ill after consuming food at weekly market

India Tv News

As many as 77 people, including children, fell ill after consuming various food items in Chhattisgarh, a health official said on Wednesday. According to the details, all had consumed food items at a weekly market in a village in Rajnandgaon district of the state.

Commenting on the incident, Rajnandgaon’s chief medical and health officer Dr Mithlesh Chaudhary said the market was held on Tuesday in Gatapar Kala village under Thelkadih police station area limits.

As per preliminary information, these people had consumed ‘gupchup’ (pani puri-a spicy snack) and other food items.

Later, in the evening, they complained of uneasiness and vomiting following which they were rushed to a nearby health centre, the official said.

Prima facie, food poisoning seems to be the cause of the illness, the official said, adding that further probe was underway into the matter.

Singapore – Recall of “Ceres 100% Apple Juice” products due to Patulin contamination

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Jordan – Shigella outbreak rises to 80, Source still not identified

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In a follow-up on the shigella outbreak in Jerash, Jordan, the Director of Jerash Governmental Hospital, Sadiq Al-Atoum, said the number of shigellosis cases recorded in Jerash has risen by 22 cases, bringing the total number to 80.

At least 16 people are still being treated.

The Director of Communicable Diseases, Ali Zitawi, said that all of the patients are under the age of 12 and suffered from the same symptoms: abdominal pain, fever, diarrhea and vomiting.

Health authorities in Jordan continue to collect samples from water sources, restaurants and bakeries in Jerash and Ajloun to determine the source of the Shigella bacteria.