Category Archives: Food Safety

USA- Iowa Salmonella Case Counts Associated with Chicken Salad Sold at Fareway – Salmonella

Iowa.gov

*Confirmed Case Definition:

Persons with Salmonella Typhimurium (confirmed or visual match to Pattern JPXX01.0275) with illness onset since January 1, 2018 reporting consumption of chicken salad from Fareway (any store) in the 7 days prior to illness onset.

Probable Case Definition:

Persons that are epi linked to a confirmed case (all confirmed cases are laboratory confirmed)

OR

Persons who test positive by CIDT or culture (with serotype and PFGE pending) with illness onset since January 1, 2018 reporting consumption of chicken salad from Fareway (any store) in the 7 days prior to illness onset.

January 1, 2018 – February 16, 2018* Confirmed 28
Probable 66

UK – Scotland – Understanding the sources of human Campylobacter infection in Scotland

Food Standards Scotland 

 

Research published today shows that chicken remains the biggest source of campylobacter infection in Scotland.

We commissioned the University of Aberdeen to compare clinical strains of campylobacter from the Grampian area with strains isolated from chickens, cattle, sheep, pigs and wild birds. This was used to determine the proportion of infections in Scotland from these potential sources.

While campylobacter remains the most common source of foodborne illness there has been a reduction in those contracting campylobacter from chicken. The proportion of cases attributed to chicken decreased from 55-75% to 52-68% when compared to data collected between 2012-2015.

Guinea, Cameroon ban Lactalis brands amid Salmonella recall crisis

Africa Times Salmonella

The Government of Guinea is on the growing list of African countries taking action to ban or remove recalled Lactalis dairy products, as the salmonella contamination crisis deepens for the France-based firm. Officials with the health and commerce ministries in Conakry recalled product lines and asked anyone still holding onto the Lactalis brands to contact them. Meanwhile, authorities in Cameroon say they seized significant quantities of the company’s infant milk still on the shelves after previously notifying the public of the recall, while similar concerns emerged in Morocco as the company’s recall spread to 83 countries.

All told, Lactalis has recalled 12 million baby milk products in a growing scandal that first came to light in December. The company says it still doesn’t know the extent of contamination of products made at its plant in Craon, in northwest France, where police have searched the facilities and political leaders are demanding answers for the lack of transparency. Some 37 illnesses are reported, and Lactalis says it will pay damages related to the product.

In Africa, where Lactalis has had a presence for three decades, there are more than 30 countries where the company’s brands are sold. In addition to distribution facilities in North and Central Africa, there are offices in Algeria and Egypt, as well as on Réunion to serve Madagascar, Mauritius and other Indian Ocean nations. There’s concern that the recall presents unique problems because in African markets – as well as parts of Asia – there is less use of inventory technology so products are harder to track, and communication may not be fully reaching users.

 

South Africa – Listeriosis flare-up now seen as worst documented outbreak in global history

Times Live

In the past month‚ another 167 people have contracted deadly listeriosis‚ bringing the total number of confirmed cases in South Africa to 717.

Food scientists are now calling it the worst documented listeriosis outbreak in global history.

In its latest listeriosis update‚ dated January 3‚ the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) – which has been tracking the listeriosis outbreak for an entire year – said 61 deaths had been reported.

Listeriosis has a relatively high mortality rate – 20-25% compared to illnesses caused by most other food-borne pathogens. Less than 1% of people who get Salmonella or E. coli O157 die as a result.

Neonates – babies less than 28 days old – remain the most affected by listeriosis.

Foods that have caused outbreaks are typically contaminated from the environment during manufacturing‚ processing or packing.

Foods most often implicated in food-borne outbreaks globally‚ are deli meats (polonies‚ ham products‚ etc) and hot dogs; refrigerated pâtés or meat spreads; unpasteurised (raw) milk and dairy products; soft cheese made with unpasteurised milk‚ such as feta‚ brie and camembert‚ refrigerated smoked seafood‚ raw sprouts and pre-packaged salads.

RASFF Alerts – Aflatoxin – Dried figs -Pistachio – Ground Egusi – Groundnut Kernels – Pulled Dried Figs – Dried Fruit Mix

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RASFF-aflatoxins (B1 = 10.6; Tot. = 11.6 µg/kg – ppb) in organic dried figs from Turkey in Denmark

RASFF-aflatoxins (B1 = 10.3; Tot. = 11.2 µg/kg – ppb) in dried figs from Turkey in Denmark

RASFF-aflatoxins (B1 = 102; Tot. = 109 / B1 = 221; Tot. = 265 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachio kernels from Iran in Greece

RASFF-aflatoxins (B1 = 30.5; Tot. = 36.3 / B1 = 82.7; Tot. = 94.6 µg/kg – ppb) in ground egusi from Nigeria in the UK

RASFF-aflatoxins (B1 = 20.1; Tot. = 39 µg/kg – ppb) in pulled dried figs from Turkey in Denmark

RASFF-aflatoxins (B1 = 4.6; Tot. = 5.1 µg/kg – ppb) in blanched groundnut kernels from China in the UK

RASFF-aflatoxins (B1 = 71; Tot. = 77 / B1 = 69; Tot. = 83 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnut kernels from Egypt in the Netherlands

RASFF-aflatoxins (B1 = 8.9; Tot. = 29 µg/kg – ppb) in dried figs from Turkey in Denmark

RASFF-aflatoxins (B1 = 10.8; Tot. = 17.1 µg/kg – ppb) in dried figs from Turkey in Denmark

RASFF-aflatoxins (B1 = 31.6; Tot. = 44.3 µg/kg – ppb) in dried figs from Turkey in Denmark

RASFF-aflatoxins (B1 = 15.46; Tot. = 36.28 / B1 = 35.78; Tot. = 39.8 µg/kg – ppb) in dried figs from Turkey in Germany

RASFF-aflatoxins (B1 = 15.3; Tot. = 26.9 µg/kg – ppb) in dried fruit mix from Turkey in Denmark

RASFF-aflatoxins (B1 = 46.1; Tot. = 56.2 µg/kg – ppb) in organic dried figs pulled from Turkey in Denmark

RASFF-aflatoxins (B1 = 7.9; Tot. = 9.1 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts in shell from Egypt in Italy

RASFF Alerts – Salmonella – Chicken Breast Fillets – Chicken Meat Preparation – Chicken Doner – Live Mussels – Infant Formula – Chilled Raw Sausage

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RASFF-Salmonella enterica ser. Enteritidis (presence /25g) in frozen chicken breast fillets from Thailand in the UK

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

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

RASFF-Salmonella (presence /25g) in frozen chicken doner from Belgium in Belgium

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

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

RASFF-suspicion of Salmonella in infant formula from France in Luxembourg

RASFF-Salmonella (presence /10g) in chilled raw sausages from Poland in Poland

RASFF Alerts – Listeria monocytogenes – Various Chilled Puff Pastry Products – Fried Chicken Breast Fillet with Green Spices

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RASFF-Listeria monocytogenes (<10 CFU/g) in various chilled puff pastry products from France in France

RASFF-Listeria monocytogenes (4.5x10E3 CFU/g) in chilled fried chicken breast fillet pieces with green spices from Germany