Category Archives: Food Safety Alert

Singapore – Mandarin Orchard food poisoning: Main ballroom forced to close after 175 fall ill at 4 separate events

Channel News Asia

SINGAPORE: Banquet operations at Mandarin Orchard Singapore’s main ballroom have been suspended with immediate effect after 175 people fell ill with food poisoning and nine were hospitalised, the authorities said late on Wednesday (Dec 5).

The 175 cases were linked to four separate events held at the Grand Ballroom at Mandarin Orchard Hotel between Dec 1 and 3, said the Ministry of Health (MOH), National Environment Agency (NEA) and Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA).

The nine people who were hospitalised are in stable condition.

Investigations are ongoing, said the authorities.

As all the affected people had attended events or eaten meals at the hotel’s Grand Ballroom, and in view of “suspected ongoing transmission,” authorities said the NEA had also suspended the banquet kitchen serving the Grand Ballroom.

The hotel has also been instructed to close the Grand Ballroom to conduct a thorough clean-up and disinfection.

RASFF Alerts – Salmonella – Poultry Meat Preparation – Chilled Mussels – Black Pepper – Ground Chilli – Whole Egg Powder – Ruccola – Sesame Seeds – Whitish Sesame Seeds – Chicken Meat Preparation


RASFF-Salmonella enterica ser. Paratyphi B (presence /25g) in frozen poultry meat preparation from the Netherlands in France

RASFF-Salmonella (presence /25g) in chilled mussels from Spain in France

RASFF-Salmonella (present /25g) in black pepper from Spain in Germany

RASFF-Salmonella (in 3 out of 5 samples /25g) in ground chili from India in Spain

RASFF-Salmonella (present /25g) in whole egg powder from Slovakia in Hungary

RASFF-Salmonella enterica ser. Napoli (presence /25g) in ruccola from Italy in Norway

RASFF-Salmonella (presence /25g) in sesame seed from Nigeria in the Netherlands

RASFF-Salmonella enterica ser. Bongori (presence in 1 out of 5 samples /25g) in whitish sesame seeds from Sudan in Greece

RASFF-Salmonella (presence in 1 out of 5 samples /25g) in whitish sesame seeds from Sudan in Greece

RASFF-Salmonella (presence /25g) in frozen chicken meat preparation from Brazil in the Netherlands

RASFF Alert- Campylobacter -Roasted Chicken Breast


RASFF-Campylobacter ( <100 CFU/g) in frozen roasted chicken breast from Poland in France

RASFF Alert – Mycotoxin -DON – Deoxynivalenol – Gluten Free Oatcakes


RASFF-deoxynivalenol (DON) (1461 µg/kg – ppb) in gluten free oatflakes from the United Kingdom in Hungary

RASFF Alert- Ochratoxin A – Raisins


RASFF-ochratoxin A (16 µg/kg – ppb) in raisins from Turkey in Portugal

USA – E. coli O157:H7 Romaine Outbreak Increases With 52 Sick and 19 Hospitalized

Food Poisoning Bulletin

E. coli O157:H7 Romaine Outbreak 12618

The E. coli O157:H7 romaine outbreak has grown, according to an update posted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Since the last update posted in November 26, 2018, an additional nine patients have been added to the total for 52 sick. Those patients live in 15 states. Nineteen people have been hospitalized.

USA – Bauer’s Candies’ Modjeskas May Be Contaminated with Hepatitis A

Food Poisoning Bulletin

Bauer’s Candies’ Modjeskas

The FDA has issued a public health alert about possible hepatitis A contamination in Bauer’s Candies’ Modjeskas. This product is individually wrapped marshmallow candy that is dipped in chocolate or caramel. A worker in the facility tested positive for hepatitis A.