Category Archives: Food Spoilage

RASFF Alerts – Moulds – Sweet and Hot Peppers


RASFF – sweet and hot peppers from Egypt infested with moulds in Slovenia

RASFF – peppers from Egypt infested with moulds in Slovenia

Research – Antifungal Effect of Camellia Seed Cake Extract on Aspergillus flavus

Journal of Food Protection

Aspergillus flavus is a well-known, widespread fungus that contaminates a great number of crops used for human and animal consumption, but previous study showed that camellia seed cake was not susceptible to A. flavus. This study was designed to evaluate the antifungal effect of the active substance in camellia seed cake on the growth and production of aflatoxins of A. flavus. Eighty percent methanol extracts of camellia seed cake showed greater activity than that of 80% ethanol, ethyl acetate, and pure water against A. flavus. The filtrate from the 80% methanol extract was extracted with ethyl acetate and saturated n-butanol; among the extracts, the n-butanol phase exhibited strong inhibitory activity against A. flavus. The inhibitory zone diameter increased from 15.25 mm at 25 mg/mL concentration up to 22.00 mm at 100 mg/mL concentration. The mycelial dry weight was reduced significantly from 0.16 g at 25 mg/mL to 0.11 g at 100 mg/mL, whereas the aqueous and ethyl acetate phases exhibited weak antifungal activity and no activity, respectively. In addition, the n-Butanol phase inhibited the production of aflatoxin B1 effectively, caused mycelia deformity, and reduced the production of conidia. n-Butanol extract of camellia seed cake exhibited apparent antagonistic effect on the growth and aflatoxin production of A. flavus. The concentration of 100 mg/mL worked best. This study provides a scientific basis for further study of its inhibiting mechanism.

RASFF Alerts – Moulds – Dried Tomato’s – Long Grain Brown Rice


RASFF – dried tomatoes from Turkey infested with moulds in Italy

RASFF – long grain brown rice from Pakistan infested with moulds in Poland

RASFF Alert – Mould – Groundnuts


RASFF – groundnuts from Argentina infested with moulds in the Netherlands

RASFF Alert – Ochratoxin – Dried Grapes – Sultana – Sultana Raisins


RASFF – ochratoxin A (19.3 µg/kg – ppb) in dried grapes from Turkey in France

RASFF – ochratoxin A (19.1 µg/kg – ppb) in dried grapes from Turkey in France

RASFF – ochratoxin A (20 µg/kg – ppb) in sultanas from Turkey in France

RASFF – ochratoxin A (22 µg/kg – ppb) in sultana raisins from Turkey in France

RASFF Alert – Moulds – Jabuticaba


RASFF – jabuticaba from Brazil infested with moulds in Portugal

USA – Kroger Shrimp Recalled For Potential Health Hazard

Food Poisoning Bulletin

Kroger is recalling cooked shrimp that was actually sold raw or undercooked because they could be a potential health hazard. That means the shrimp could be contaminated with spoilage bacteria or with bacteria that could make you sick. The Kroger shrimp was sold in stores in parts of Michigan, central and northwest Ohio, and northwestern Virginia. This recall also includes Fry’s, King Soopers, and Smith’s grocery stores that are part of the Kroger chain.

Consumers may contact:

Aqua Star Consumer Hotline at 1-800-232-6280

We are sorry for this inconvenience. Your safety is important to us.