Category Archives: Food Poisoning

UK – Update on listeria cases being investigated


The Food Standards Agency and Food Standards Scotland are continuing to investigate foods linked to listeria infections in hospitals.

There continues to only be cases in England.

All products linked to the cases have been withdrawn and food chain investigations continue.

Listeria is widespread in the environment and can contaminate a range of foods. However, all reported cases of listeria linked to food production are fully investigated to ensure public safety is being protected.

Low levels of listeria are legally permitted in some foods. The risk to the general population is low and infections are rare.

To date, all of the cases linked to this incident have involved people from vulnerable groups in healthcare organisations who were being treated for existing medical conditions.

North Country Quality Foods, which supplies meats produced by North Country Cooked Meats, took action once a link was confirmed to withdraw products that might pose a risk of listeria infection. This withdrawal notification instructed businesses not to use the food or distribute it further. North Country Cooked Meats and North Country Quality Foods both remain closed.

The Good Food Chain, who were supplied with ingredients from North Country Cooked Meats, has withdrawn all products from hospitals and other businesses and has ceased production.

Dr Colin Sullivan, Chief Operating Officer at the FSA said:

‘Our sympathies remain with the families of the patients who have tragically passed away.

‘We have taken action along with local authorities to minimise the risk based on the evidence so far.

‘The FSA will continue to investigate the cause of the outbreak to prevent a reoccurrence.’

USA – In Association with ADM Milling Co, King Arthur Flour, Inc. Voluntarily Recalls Limited Quantity of Unbleached All-Purpose Flour (5 Lb.) Because of Possible Health Risk – E.coli


In cooperation with ADM Milling Company, King Arthur Flour, Inc. of Norwich, VT is voluntarily recalling 14,218 cases of 5 lb. Unbleached All-Purpose Flour due to the potential presence of Escherichia coli bacteria (E. coli).

The recalled Unbleached All-Purpose Flour (5 lb.) was distributed through retailers and distributors nationwide. No products sold through our website, Baker’s Catalogue, or the Baker’s Store in Norwich, VT are included in this voluntary recall.

The only product affected by this voluntary recall is our Unbleached All-Purpose Flour (5 lb.) from these six specific lot codes and three Best Used by Dates, which can be found on the bottom of the side panel, below the nutrition facts panel.

BEST USED BY 12/07/19   LOT:   L18A07C
BEST USED BY 12/08/19   LOTS: L18A08A, L18A08B
BEST USED BY 12/14/19   LOTS: L18A14A, L18A14B, L18A14C

RASFF Alert – Diarrhoeic Shellfish Poisoning (DSP) – Live Mussels (Mytilus edulis)


RASFF – Diarrhoeic Shellfish Poisoning (DSP) toxins – okadaic acid (182 µg/kg – ppb) in live mussels (Mytilus edulis) from France in France

RASFF Alert – Histamine – Frozen Tuna


RASFF – histamine (255 mg/kg – ppm) in frozen tuna from Vietnam in Portugal

RASFF Alert – Vibrio vulnificus – Frozen Wild Giant Tiger Shrimps


RASFF – Vibrio vulnificus (present /25g) in frozen wild giant tiger shrimps (Penaeus monodon) from Vietnam in France

RASFF Alert – Foodborne Outbreak – Listeria monocytogenes – Sandwiches


RASFF – foodborne outbreak caused by Listeria monocytogenes (190 CFU/g) in pre-packed sandwiches in the United Kingdom in the UK

RASFF Alerts – Bacillus cereus – Ginger Powder – Cardamom


RASFF – Bacillus cereus (>100000 CFU/g) in ginger powder from Spain in France

RASFF – Bacillus cereus (up to 53000 CFU/g) in cardamom from Lebanon in Austria