Category Archives: Food Poisoning

USA – Raw Turkey Salmonella Reading Outbreak Grows to 279 Sick

Food Poisoning Bulletin Salm2

The raw turkey Salmonella Reading outbreak has grown to include 279 sick people, according to an update by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Of those patients, 107 people have been hospitalized, and one person who lived in California has died.

That’s an addition of 63 more people from 24 states and the District of Columbia. Illness onset dates range form November 20, 2017 to January 29, 2019. The patient age range is from less than 1 year to 101. Forty-eight percent of patients have been hospitalized.

Malaysia – 86 Kuala Kangsar Vocational College students get food poisoning

SG News

IPOH, Feb 19 — Eighty-six trainees from the Kuala Kangsar Vocational College suffered food poisoning, believed to from eating at their hostel’s kitchen.

Perak Health Director Datuk Dr Ding Lay Ming said his department received an incident report on February 17.

“Around 86 trainees out of the total 562 were exposed to the food poisoning. The affected victims are aged between 16 and 19,” she said in a statement.

Dr Ding said that six victims were admitted at the Hospital Kuala Kangsar and their condition is now stable. The rest received outpatient treatment.

Victims suffered symptoms such as stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhoea and fever, she said.

Dr Ding said that the cause of the poisoning is still under investigation and several samples were taken for testing at the Makmal Kesihatan Awam here.

Mongolia – Mongolia to suspend KFC outlets for inquiry after food poisoning reports

Reuters

ULAANBAATAR (Reuters) – A Mongolian regulator said it will suspend operations at KFC restaurants temporarily to conduct inquiries, as 42 people were hospitalized and hundreds showed food poisoning symptoms after eating at one of the outlets of the fast-food chain.

The incident occurred at the Zaisan outlet in Ulaanbaatar last week due to its contaminated water supply, the city’s Metropolitan Professional Inspection Agency said, adding that 247 people had reported symptoms such as diarrhea and vomiting.

USA – Smoked Alaska Seafoods, Inc. Recalls 6.5 oz Jars & Cans of Smoked Silver Salmon Because of Possible Health Risk

FDA Front Label - WILD ALASKA, SMOKED SILVER SALMON

Smoked Alaska Seafoods, Inc. of Wasilla, AK is recalling all jars and cans of Smoked Silver Salmon in 6.5 oz. containers with the production code of AL81111133 on the bottom of the jar/can because it has the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death. Consumers are warned not to use the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled.

Botulism, a potentially fatal form of food poisoning, can cause the following symptoms: general weakness, dizziness, double-vision and trouble with speaking or swallowing. Difficulty in breathing, weakness of other muscles, abdominal distension and constipation may also be common symptoms. People experiencing these problems should seek immediate medical attention.

The Smoked Silver Salmon was sold to distributors throughout the state of Alaska primarily in gift stores in the Anchorage and Fairbanks area.

Smoked Alaska Seafoods, Inc. produces several species of smoked salmon in flexible retortable pouches, glass jars and black two-piece metal cans.  The flexible retortable pouches are not affected by this recall.

No illnesses have been reported to date. The recall was initiated as a result of an independent audit paid for by Smoked Alaska Seafoods, Inc.  A review of the thermal processing records determined the recalled lot did not receive the prescribed thermal process and was therefore underprocessed.  Consumers should destroy the product, return it to the place where purchased for a refund or contact Smoked Alaska Seafoods, Inc. for a refund or replacement.

This recall is being made with the knowledge of US Food and Drug Administration and the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.

Consumers who have purchased this product and have questions or need additional information should call the company at (907) 355-5533 from 8:00 AM to 8:00PM Alaska time.

Research – Antilisterial and antistaphylococcal activity of a Lactococcus lactis strain isolated from Brazilian fresh Minas cheese

Wiley Online Library

Abstract

Lactococcus lactis QMF 11, isolated from Brazilian fresh cheese, produces bacteriocin like inhibitory substances (bac+). To evaluate L. lactis QMF11 possible application on biopreservation systems of dairy food, co‐inoculation studies were performed in pasteurized milk (8 °C, 10 days) targeting the inhibition of Listeria monocytogenes ATCC 7644 or Staphylococcus aureus ATCC 25923. Lactobacillus sakei ATCC 15521 was used as a negative control for bacteriocin production (bac). L. monocytogenes and S. aureusreached 8 log CFU ml−1 and 5.4 log CFU ml−1 in monoculture, respectively, compared to <2.3 log CFU ml−1 and 4.7 log CFU ml−1 in co‐culture with L. lactis QMF 11. Instead, in the presence of the bacL. monocytogenes population reached 7.3 log CFU ml−1 and S. aureuspopulations 5.5 log CFU ml−1. These results indicate that Llactis QMF11 may have potential for be use as biopreservative culture in dairy products, mainly because of its antilisterial activity.

Practical applications

There is a renewed interest in the use protective bacterial cultures or their metabolites to guarantee the microbiological safety and to extend the shelf life of dairy products, in a process called biopreservation. The research in this area has been leveraged by consumers demand for naturally preserved foods. Dairy products are natural niches for Lactococcus lactis strains, and these bacteria have been associated with food production and preservation since ancient times. As a dominant species in dairy ecosystems, L. lactisstrains are very interesting because they are not likely to require regulatory approval for practical application as bioprotective cultures.

UK – The Condiment Company recalls Hunter & Gather Avocado Oil Mayonnaise because it may contain Mould and Salmonella

FSA

The Condiment Company Ltd has taken the precautionary step of recalling Hunter & Gather Avocado Oil Mayonnaise because a recipe error has occurred which means the product might contain mould and be contaminated with salmonella.

Product details

Hunter & Gather Avocado Oil Mayonnaise

Pack size 250g
Best before 25 September 2019
Batch description 25/09/19

No other The Condiment Company Ltd products are known to be affected.

Risk statement

The product listed above might contain mould and be contaminated with salmonella. Symptoms caused by salmonella usually include fever, diarrhoea and abdominal cramps.

Action taken by the company

The Condiment Company Ltd is recalling the above product. Point of sale notices will be displayed in all retail stores that are selling this product. These notices explain to customers why the product is being recalled and tell them what to do if they have bought the product. Please see the attached notice.

Our advice to consumers

If you have bought any of the above product do not eat it. Instead, return it to the store from where it was bought for a full refund.

Research – Assessing the microbiological safety status of most commonly consumed food items sold at local and branded restaurants of Faisalabad, Pakistan

Wiley Online Library

Abstract

The current study was designed to assess the microbial safety status of rice and chicken dishes offered for sale at various local and branded restaurants. Purposely, 24 samples of rice and chicken dishes were collected from eight local and branded restaurants of Faisalabad city. All the collected samples were subjected to microbiological examination to determine the prevalence and comparative enumeration of Bacillus cereus, Escherichia coli (rice), Salmonella and Campylobacter (chicken). Results pertaining to the enumeration of B. cereus and E. coli exhibited highest count of 2.12 × 108 and 2.59 × 107 cfu/g, respectively. Both strains were found to be higher among the samples collected from branded restaurants. Likewise for chicken dishes, the highest count observed for Salmonella and Campylobacter were 2.50 × 107 and 1.87 × 108 cfu/g, respectively. Further, the results of current study revealed that 38% of rice samples collected from local restaurants and 63% from branded restaurants have unsatisfactory safety status for B. cereus. Similarly, for E. coli, 63 and 42% samples were found unsatisfactory from local and branded restaurants, respectively. On the other hand, the percentage of chicken samples with unacceptable safety status according to Salmonella and Campylobacter standards were 46 & 58% and 54 & 46% for local and branded restaurants, respectively.

Practical applications

Safe handling of food during preparation and adherence to the food safety principles are key factors in determining the safety of food served at any restaurant. The study focused on previously unreported microbial safety status of some commonly sold food items at local and branded restaurants. The results and suggestions of this study will help the food handlers and regulatory bodies to map out the potential gaps in food supply chain to reduce the incidence of microbial contamination in cooked food items. The study will provide guidance for the restaurant industry to improve the overall safety of cooked foods by taking the corrective measures in the light of results presented in this article.