Category Archives: Food Safety Alert

UK – Rise in cases of Salmonella Typhimurium

Food Standards Scotland

Food Standards Scotland, Food Standards AgencyHealth Protection Scotland  and Public Health England are reminding people to take care when handling raw meat and to cook it properly.

This comes as we investigate a rise in cases of a particular strain of Salmonella Typhimurium, which have been linked to lamb and mutton. We first saw an increase in cases of this particular type of Salmonella in July 2017. A number of control measures were put into place, which led to a significant decline in cases at the end of that year. A total of 118 cases were reported up until May 2018.

Since June 2018, a further 165 cases have been reported (up to 19 October), which is why we put control measures in place.  These haven’t led to the same decline in cases as in 2017 so we are now reminding the public about how to cook and handle raw meat.

Ian McWatt, Director of Operations at Food Standards Scotland said:

“The likely cause of the increased numbers of this specific strain of Salmonella Typhimurium is considered to be meat or cross contamination with meat from affected sheep. People can be infected with Salmonella Typhimurium in a number of ways, such as not cooking their meat properly, not washing hands thoroughly after handling raw meat, or through cross-contamination with other food, surfaces and utensils in the kitchen.”

USA – Bakkavor Foods USA, Inc. Recalls Meat and Poultry Products due to Possible Salmonella and Listeria Monocytogenes Contamination In Onions

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WASHINGTON, Oct. 21, 2018 – Bakkavor Foods USA, Inc., a firm with establishments located in Carson, Calif., Charlotte, N.C. and Jessup, Penn., is recalling approximately 795,261 pounds of ready-to-eat meat and poultry products that contain an onion ingredient that may be contaminated with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The ready-to-eat meat and poultry items were produced from Sept. 27, 2017 through Oct. 15, 2018. The following products are subject to recall:  [View Labels (PDF only)]

• 16-oz. plastic-wrapped with paperboard sleeve packages containing HARRIS TEETER FRESH FOODS MARKET DELI-BAKERY brand “BBQ STYLE CHICKEN ARTISAN PIZZA,” with “Use By” dates from 01/07/19 through 04/11/19 (inclusive) printed on the case packaging.

• 8-oz. butcher-paper wrapped packages containing HARRIS TEETER FRESH FOODS MARKET DELI-BAKERY brand “CHICKEN SAUSAGE, EGG WHITE and CHEESE BREAKFAST BURRITO,” with “Use By” dates from 01/24/18 through 10/25/18 (inclusive) printed on the case packaging.

• 8-oz. butcher-paper wrapped packages containing HARRIS TEETER FRESH FOODS MARKET DELI-BAKERY brand “BACON, EGG and CHEESE BURRITO,” with “Use By” dates from 01/24/18 through 10/25/18 (inclusive) printed on the case packaging.

• 10-oz. butcher-paper wrapped packages containing “TRADER JOE’S CARNITAS WITH SALSA VERDE Burrito,” with “Use By” dates from 10/08/17 through 10/24/18 (inclusive) printed on the retail packaging.

The products subject to recall bear establishment numbers “EST. 19198,” “P-19198,” “EST. 46937” or “EST. 45335,” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations nationwide.

The problem was discovered on Oct. 16, 2018, when Bakkavor Foods USA, Inc. received notification that the onion used in the production of their ready-to-eat meat and poultry products was being recalled by their onion supplier due to Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella concerns. More information about the onion supplier’s recall can be found on the U.S. Food and Drug administration web site at https://www.fda.gov/Food/RecallsOutbreaksEmergencies/SafetyAlertsAdvisories/ucm623828.htm.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions

USA – GHSW, LLC Recalls Salad Products Due To Possible Salmonella And Listeria Monocytogenes Contamination In Corn

FSIS USDA

WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2018 – GHSW, LLC, a Houston, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 1,786 pounds of ready-to-eat salad with chicken products that contain a corn ingredient that may be contaminated with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The ready-to-eat salads with chicken were produced from Oct. 1, 2018 through Oct. 18, 2018. The following products are subject to recall: [View Label (PDF only)]

  • 10-oz. plastic tray packages containing “365 BY WHOLE FOODS MARKET BBQ STYLE CHOPPED SALAD WITH CHICKEN” with “Best if Sold By” dates of 10/18/18 through 10/21/18 (inclusive).
  • 8-oz. plastic tray packages containing “365 BY WHOLE FOODS MARKET CHICKEN FAJITA SALAD” with “Best if Sold By” dates of 10/18/18 through 10/21/18 (inclusive).
  • 13-oz. plastic tray packages containing “TRADER JOE’S BBQ SEASONED WHITE CHICKEN SALAD” with “Best By” dates of 10/18/18, 10/19/18 and 10/20/18.
  • 10.7-oz. plastic tray packages containing “TRADER JOE’S FIELD FRESH CHOPPED SALAD WITH GRILLED WHITE CHICKEN” with “Best By” dates of 10/18/18, 10/19/18 and 10/20/18.
  • 10.7-oz. plastic tray packages containing “TRADER JOSÉ’S MEXICALI INSPIRED SALAD WITH CHILI SEASONED CHICKEN” with “Best By” dates of 10/18/18, 10/19/18 and 10/20/18.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “P-44056” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations in Colorado, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.

The problem was discovered on Oct. 15, 2018, when GHSW, LLC received notification that the corn used in the production of their ready-to-eat salad products was being recalled by their corn supplier due to Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella concerns.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

USA – Hy-Vee Voluntarily Recalls Several Meat and Potato Products – Listeria monocytogenes

FDA

Hy-Vee, Inc., based in West Des Moines, Iowa, is voluntarily recalling six of its meat and potato products across its eight-state region due to possible contamination with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes. The potential for contamination was discovered after Hy-Vee’s supplier, McCain Foods, announced it was recalling its caramelized mushrooms and fire-roasted tomatoes, which are ingredients that are used in six Hy-Vee products. To date, no illnesses have been reported in connection with these products.

USA – Outbreak of Multidrug-Resistant Salmonella Infections Linked to Raw Chicken Products

CDC

Latest Outbreak Information

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  • Ninety-two people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Infantis have been reported from 29 states.
    • Twenty-one people have been hospitalized, and no deaths have been reported.
  • Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence(https://www.cdc.gov/foodsafety/outbreaks/investigating-outbreaks/index.html) indicates that many types of raw chicken products from a variety of sources are contaminated with Salmonella Infantis and are making people sick.
    • In interviews, ill people report eating different types and brands of chicken products purchased from many different locations.
    • The outbreak strain has been identified in samples taken from raw chicken pet food, raw chicken products, and live chickens.
  • Antibiotic resistance testing conducted by CDC on Salmonella bacteria isolated from ill people shows that the outbreak strain is resistant to multiple antibiotics. Read the Advice to Clinicians(https://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/infantis-10-18/advice.html).
  • A single, common supplier of raw chicken products or of live chickens has not been identified.
  • The outbreak strain of Salmonella Infantis is present in live chickens and in many types of raw chicken products, indicating it might be widespread in the chicken industry. CDC and USDA-FSIS have shared this information with representatives from the chicken industry and asked about steps that they may be taking to reduce Salmonella contamination.

RASFF Alerts – Salmonella – Black Pepper – Turkey Breast – Sesame Seeds – Beef Trimmings – Quails – Chicken -Buttermilk Powder – Mussels

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RASFF – Salmonella (presence /25g) in black pepper from Brazil in the Netherlands

RASFF-Salmonella enterica ser. Typhimurium monophasic (1 ,4, [5], 12:i:-) (presence /25g) in frozen turkey breasts from Germany in Denmark

RASFF-Salmonella enterica ser. Marburg (presence /25g), Salmonella enterica ser. Ngili (presence /25g) and Salmonella enterica ser. Wilhelmsburg (presence /25g) in hulled sesame seeds from Sudan in Greece.

RASFF-Salmonella enterica ser. Alachua (presence /25g) and Salmonella enterica ser. Isangi (presence /25g) in hulled sesame seeds from Sudan in Greece

RASFF-Salmonella enterica ser. Dublin (present /25g) in chilled beef trimmings from Germany in Sweden

RASFF-Salmonella enterica ser. Typhimurium (presence /25g) in frozen quails from Italy in Italy

RASFF-Salmonella enterica ser. Typhimurium (present /25g) in chilled chicken carcasses from Belgium in Belgium

RASFF-Salmonella enterica ser. Kotu (presence /25g) and Salmonella enterica ser. Poona (presence /25g) in ground black pepper from Jordan in Malta

RASFF-Salmonella in buttermilk powder and skim whey protein blend from Ireland in Ireland

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

RASFF-Salmonella enterica ser. Typhimurium monophasic (1 ,4, [5], 12:i:-) (presence /25g) in chilled chicken fillets from Poland in France

RASFF-Salmonella (presence /25g) in live mussels (Mytilus galloprovincialis) from Greece in Italy

RASFF-Salmonella (presence /25g) in ground black pepper from Poland, with raw material from Brazil, via Germany in Poland

RASFF Alerts- Aflatoxin -Brazil Nuts – Dice Dried Figs – Groundnut Paste -Groundnuts

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RASFF-aflatoxins (B1 = 56.3; Tot. = 72.4 µg/kg – ppb) in Brazil nuts from Brazil in the UK

RASFF-aflatoxins (B1 = 14.1; Tot. = 19.1 µg/kg – ppb) in diced dried figs from Turkey in France

RASFF-aflatoxins (B1 = 250; Tot. = 371 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnut paste from Mali in France

RASFF-aflatoxins (B1 = 218; Tot. = 322 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnut paste from Mali in France

RASFF-aflatoxins (B1 = 25; Tot. = 29 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts from India in the Netherlands