Category Archives: food recall

USA – FDA Report on E. Coli O157 Outbreak in Romaine Lettuce Points to “Significant” Finding of Strain in Sediment of Water Reservoir

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The November 2018 outbreak of E.coli O157:H7 infections linked to romaine lettuce caused 62 illnesses across 16 states. The FDA zeroed in on the Central Coast growing regions of northern and Central California as being responsible for the contamination. The outbreak was declared over on January 9 and yesterday FDA released the report, “Factors Potentially Contributing to the Contamination of Romaine Lettuce Implicated in the Fall 2018 Multi-State Outbreak of E.Coli O157:H7”, which provides an overview of the investigation.

The report states that a sediment sample coming from an on-farm water reservoir in Santa Maria (Santa Barbara County, California) tested positive for the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7. Although this particular farm was identified in several legs of the Fall 2018 traceback investigations that occurred in the United States and Canada, as well as being a possible supplier of romaine lettuce in the 2017 traceback investigations, the FDA said that the farm is not the single source of the outbreak, as there is “insufficient evidence”. The traceback suggests that the contaminated lettuce could have come from several farms, because not all tracebacks led to the farm on which the contaminated sediment was found.

 

RASFF Alert – Aflatoxin – Hazelnuts – Blanched Groundnuts – Groundnuts – Pistachios – Organic Muesli

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RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 21; Tot. = 22 µg/kg – ppb) in hazelnuts from Turkey in the Netherlands

RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 6.7; Tot. = 7.7 µg/kg – ppb) in blanched groundnuts from the United States in the Netherlands

RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 23; Tot. = 26 µg/kg – ppb) in blanched groundnuts from Argentina in the Netherlands

RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 10; Tot. = 15 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnut kernels from Argentina in the Netherlands

RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 33.5; Tot. = 36.9 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts in shell from Egypt in Italy

RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 11; Tot. = 13 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts from Paraguay in the Netherlands

RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 2.7 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts from Argentina in the Netherlands

RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 16.93; Tot. = 19.09 µg/kg – ppb) in roasted and salted pistachios in shell from Turkey in Germany

RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 2.2 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts from Argentina in the Netherlands

RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 18; Tot. = 60 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts from Argentina in the Netherlands

RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 4.9; Tot. = 5.6 µg/kg – ppb) in blanched groundnuts from the United States in the Netherlands

RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 7.6 µg/kg – ppb) in blanched groundnuts from the United States in the Netherlands

RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 36; Tot. = 40 µg/kg – ppb) in blanched groundnuts from the United States in the Netherlands

RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 5.7; Tot. = 8.8 µg/kg – ppb) in organic muesli from Belgium in Belgium

RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 46.87; Tot. = 56.11 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachio nuts without shell from Iran, via Turkey in Italy

RASFF Alerts – Salmonella – Organic Leek Seeds – Sesame Seeds – Whitish Sesame Seeds – Black Pepper – Frozen Chicken Meat Preparation – Chilled Pork Meat – Turkey Mince Meat – Live Mussels – Chicken Thigh – Chicken Breast

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RASFF – Salmonella (present /25g) in organic leek seeds for sprouting from Italy in Norway

RASFF – Salmonella (presence /25g) in sesame seeds from Ethiopia in Greece

RASFF – Salmonella (presence /25g) in sesame seeds from Ethiopia in Greece

RASFF – Salmonella enterica ser. Namour (in 1 out of 5 samples /25g) in sesame seeds from Chad, via Turkey in Greece

RASFF – Salmonella enterica ser. Poona (presence /25g) in black pepper from Brazil in Germany

RASFF – Salmonella enterica ser. Typhimurium (present /25g) in frozen chicken meat preparation from the Czech Republic in the Czech Republic

RASFF – Salmonella (presence /25g) in sesame seeds from Sudan in Greece

RASFF – Salmonella enterica ser. Johannesburg (presence /25g) and Salmonella enterica ser. Suelldorf (presence /25g) in whitish sesame seeds from Sudan in Greece

RASFF – Salmonella enterica ser. Javiana (presence in 4 out of 5 samples /25g) in black pepper from Brazil in Germany

RASFF – Salmonella enterica ser. Choleraesuis (presence in 3 out of 5 samples /25g) in chilled pork meat from Poland in Italy

RASFF – Salmonella enterica ser. Newport (presence /25g) in black pepper from Brazil in Germany

RASFF – Salmonella enterica ser. Newport (presence /25g) in black pepper from Brazil in Germany

RASFF – Salmonella enterica ser. Enteritidis (present /25g) in turkey minced meat from Croatia, with raw material from Hungary in Croatia

RASFF – Salmonella (presence /25g) in live mussels (Mytilus galloprovincialis) from Spain, packaged in Italy in Italy

RASFF – Salmonella enterica ser. Millesi (presence /25g) in sesame seeds from Sudan in Greece

RASFF – Salmonella (presence /25g) in frozen chicken thighs from Hungary in Lithuania

RASFF – Salmonella (presence /25g) in frozen salted chicken half breast from Brazil in the Netherlands

Ireland – Recall of Cavanbert and Drumlin Cheeses due to Mycobacterium bovis

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Summary
Category 2: For Information
Alert Notification: 2019.06
Product: Cavanbert Cheese, Drumlin Cheese, approval number: IE 1816
Batch Code: All best before dates up to 14/02/19 for Cavanbert and up to 13/03/19 for Drumlin
Country Of Origin: Ireland

Message:

Corleggy Cheese is recalling its Cavanbert and Drumlin raw cows’ milk cheeses that were made with milk from a herd in which animals tested positive for tuberculosis (TB). Mycobacterium bovis causes TB in cattle and consumption of contaminated dairy products can cause human TB. No other Corleggy Cheese products are implicated.  Cavanbert Cheese and Drumlin Cheese with best before dates after 14/2/19 and 13/3/19 respectively are not subject to this recall.

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RASFF Alert – Mould – Groundnuts

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RASFF – groundnuts from Argentina infested with moulds in the Netherlands

RASFF Alert – Norovirus – Live Oysters

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RASFF – norovirus (GI and GII /2g) in live oysters (Crassostrea gigas) from Portugal in the Netherlands

RASFF Alerts – Ochratoxin A – Green Coffee

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RASFF – ochratoxin A (>15 µg/kg – ppb) in green coffee from Vietnam in Spain

RASFF – ochratoxin A (13.81 µg/kg – ppb) in green coffee from Vietnam in Spain