Category Archives: food recall

Australia – 7 dead, 1 miscarriage: New control measures to be set up on Australian rockmelon farms

Barf Blog

In April, thousands of rockmelons were left to rot in paddocks near Geraldton on the Western Australian coast, record low prices and lost markets meant they were simply not worth picking.

Grower Carol Metcalf said the rows of rotting melons were the result of the listeria outbreak on a rockmelon farm more than 3,500 kilometres away in New South Wales.

Under a new plan released this week, all rockmelon farms in Australia will be inspected and work will be undertaken on each individual farm to ensure that the highest standards are implemented and maintained.

At the time of the outbreak on February this year, the NSW Food Authority speculated that the most likely cause of the listeria outbreak was contaminated soil possibly not being properly washed off the skin of the fruit.

In addition it was thought that a weather event may have increased the listeria bacteria on the product.

But the formal investigation into the cause of the outbreak has not been completed by the NSW Food Authority and therefore the official report on the cause has still not been released.


RASFF Alert – STEC E.coli – Frozen Herb Mix with Parsley

kswfoodworld food safety poisoning

RASFF-shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli (stx1+, stx2+ /25g) in frozen herb mixes containing parsley from Germany in Germany

RASFF Alerts – Aflatoxin – Pistachio Nuts – Hazlenut Kernels – Groundnuts – Almonds

kswfoodworld food safety poisoning

RASFF-aflatoxins (B1 = 11.3; Tot. = 12.0 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachio nuts from Iran in Lithuania

RASFF-aflatoxins (B1 = 11.4; Tot. = 49.6 µg/kg – ppb) in hazelnut kernels from Georgia in Bulgaria

RASFF-aflatoxins (B1 = 16.17; Tot. = 20.04 / B1 = 15.72; Tot. = 20.91 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts without shell from Egypt in Romania

RASFF-aflatoxins (B1 = 12.49 µg/kg – ppb) in almonds from the United States in Spain

RASFF Alert – Hepatitis A – Frozen Raw Saltwater Clams

kswfoodworld food safety poisoning

RASFF-hepatitis A virus (present /2g) in frozen raw saltwater clams (Donax trunculus) from Turkey in Spain

RASFF Alert – Mould – Frozen Raspberries

kswfoodworld food safety poisoning

RASFF-frozen raspberries from Ukraine infested with moulds in Poland

RASFF Alert – Histamine – Chilled Anchovies

kswfoodworld food safety poisoning

RASFF-histamine (up to 145.4 mg/kg – ppm) in chilled anchovies (Engraulis encrasicolus) from Italy in Italy

RASFF Alert – Listeria monocytogenes – Chilled Sandwich with Chicken Nuggets

kswfoodworld food safety poisoning

RASFF-Listeria monocytogenes (<10 CFU/g) in chilled sandwich with chicken nuggets from the Czech Republic in Hungary