Category Archives: Food Temperature Abuse

RASFF Alert – Mould – Pita Bread


Mould on pita bread from Israel in Denmark

RASFF Alerts – Aflatoxin – Dried Figs – Hazelnut Kernels – Pistachios – Peanuts




Aflatoxins in dried figs from Turkey in Austria


Aflatoxinas, higos, Turquía // Aflatoxins, figs, Turkey in Spain


Aflatoxin in peanuts from USA in Norway


Dried figs – aflatoxins from Turkey in Austria and Germany


Aflatoxins in pistachio kernels from Turkey in Italy


Aflatoxins in dried figs from Turkey in Germany


Aflatoxins in dried figs from Turkey in Italy


Alto contenuto di aflatossine in pistacchi in guscio dall’Iran //high content of aflatoxins in pistachios in shell from Iran in Italy


Presenza di aflatossine superiori ai limiti di legge su materia prima pistacchio//aflatoxins above the legal limits on pistachio raw material from Italy in Italy

Denmark – Mold/Mould –


Mold growth in cherry sauce

Syltet ApS recalls organic cherry sauce as the product can ferment and develop mold.

Recalled Foods , Published: November 25, 2021

What foods:
Organic Cherry Sauce
Best before: 10/01/2023

Sold in:
Three Menu stores (Domus Vista, Virum and Nærum), five Irma stores (Dragør, Vedbæk, Codanhus, Rødovre and Espergærde), Stengården Gårdbutik and Centerslagteren in Greve.

Company recalling:
Syltet ApS

The company has established that there is a risk of fermentation and mold formation in the product.

Fermentation and mold formation make the product unsuitable as food.

Advice for consumers: The Danish
Veterinary and Food Administration advises consumers to deliver the product back to the store where it was purchased or to discard it.

Australia – Australians warned not to become complacent about food poisoning

Food Safety News

The Food Safety Information Council (FSIC) has urged consumers not to become complacent about food poisoning.

The message comes as part of Australian Food Safety Week which runs from Nov. 13 to 20. The focus is on food safety in emergency situations and how understanding the hazards and preparing for them can help reduce risks associated with foodborne illness and contamination.

Each year, there are an estimated 4.1 million cases of food poisoning in the country which result in 31,920 hospitalizations, 86 deaths and a million visits to doctors.

RASFF Alerts – Aflatoxin – Dried Figs – Pistachios – Groundnuts


Aflatoxins in roasted and salted pistachios from Turkey in Germany


Aflatoxins in pistachios in shell from Turkey in Germany


Aflatoxin in Egyptian groundnuts in the Netherlands


Aflatoxins in figs from Turkey in Germany


Aflatoxins in dried figs from Turkey in Poland

USA -Euro Foods Dba Citterio USA Corp. Recalls Salame Stick Products Due To Possible Salmonella Contamination


WASHINGTON, Nov. 10, 2021 – Euro Foods, a Freeland, Penn. establishment, is recalling approximately 119,091 pounds of salame stick products that may be contaminated with Salmonella the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. FSIS issued a public health alert for the salame stick products on October 29, 2021, believing that the product was no longer in commerce. However, following this alert, FSIS observed product available at one retail location and two Citterio salame stick samples previously collected by the California Department of Public Health have tested positive for Salmonella.

The Italian-style salame stick items were produced prior to October 25, 2021. The following products are subject to recall [view label]:

  • 2-oz. packages containing Citterio “Premium Italian-Style Salame Sticks ALL NATURAL” with “best by” dates through January 23, 2022, located next to the barcode.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 4010” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations nationwide and exported to Bermuda.

FSIS has been working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state public health partners to investigate a multistate outbreak of 31 Salmonella I 4,[5],12:i:- illnesses in 10 states with onset dates ranging from September 18, 2021 through October 18, 2021. The epidemiologic and traceback investigation identified that ill people consumed Citterio Italian-style Salame Sticks produced by Euro Foods Inc. Two unopened, intact, packages of Citterio Italian-style Salame Sticks collected by the California Department of Public Health as part of the ongoing investigation tested positive for Salmonella. Further testing is ongoing to determine if the product samples are related to the outbreak. FSIS continues to work with federal and state public health partners to determine if there are additional illnesses linked to these products.

Consumption of food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses. The most common symptoms of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 6 hours to 6 days after eating the contaminated product. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days. Most people recover without treatment. In some persons, however, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. Older adults, infants, and persons with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop a severe illness. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact their health care provider.

FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumers’ pantries or refrigerators. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

Click to access 042-2021-label.pdf

RASFF Alert- Ochratoxin – Spray Dried Soluble Coffee


Ochratoxin A in spray dried soluble coffee from India in Romania

RASFF Alerts – Mold/Mould Growth in Chilli Flakes


Mold growth in chili flakes from Germany in Denmark

Research – Healthcare-associated foodborne outbreaks in high-income countries: a literature review and surveillance study, 16 OECD countries, 2001 to 2019


Yearly, 23 million foodborne disease illnesses and 5,000 deaths are estimated in the World Health Organization (WHO) European Region, and 41 foodborne Disability Adjusted Life Years (DALYs) per 100,000 population were estimated for the WHO Sub-Region EUR A in 2010 [1]. In Europe, a total of 5,146 foodborne and waterborne outbreaks, including 48,365 cases of illness and 40 deaths were reported to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in 2018 [2]. Vulnerable populations, including elderly patients, immunocompromised patients, children younger than five years old and pregnant women are more susceptible to foodborne infections and are more prone to develop severe courses of disease compared with healthy people [3]. Therefore, healthcare is a setting where foodborne outbreaks (FBO) can cause considerable morbidity and mortality. In 2020, 20.6% of the European Union (EU) population was aged 65 years and older [4]. As the proportion of elderly people is projected to further increase, the share of the vulnerable population as patients in healthcare facilities (HCF) is likely to increase and thereby the risk associated with healthcare-associated foodborne outbreaks (HA-FBO). Personnel (medical and non-medical staff, food handlers etc) of HCF may also be at risk for HA-FBO and be a source of further spread in healthcare settings and elsewhere. This can cause major disruption of services [5].

So far, literature reviews have covered pathogens responsible for HA-FBO, including  [6],  [79] and norovirus [10,11] and focused on microbiological food safety issues in healthcare settings [5,12]. Between 2014 and 2019, a listeriosis outbreak in Germany affected 13 cases who had an inpatient stay in 12 different HCF during the incubation period [13]. In the United Kingdom (UK) in 2019, nine listeriosis cases of which seven died, had consumed sandwiches in seven HCF during the incubation period [14].

We conducted a literature review to describe the causative agents including bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi, the incriminated food vehicles and other outbreak characteristics of HA-FBO in 37 countries that are members of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) [15]. Furthermore, we analysed German surveillance data and data from the EFSA on HA-FBO. The aim of this article is to describe the current status of HA-FBO in order to improve surveillance and provide public health recommendations for prevention.

France – Whole mackerel and fillets sold in the seafood department – Histamine

Gov france

Identifying information for the recalled product

  • Product category Food
  • Product sub-category Fishery and aquaculture products
  • Product brand name Unbranded
  • Names of models or references Whole mackerel and Mackerel fillets
  • Product identification
    see list of products attached
  • Products List Product_list.pdf Enclosed
  • Start date / End of marketing From 08/10/2021 to 14/10/2021
  • Storage temperature Product to be stored in the refrigerator
  • Geographical sales area Auchan Semur-en-Auxois
  • DistributorsAuchan Semur in Auxois
  • List of points of sale Address_Auchan_Semur.pdf

Practical information regarding the recall

  • Reason for recall Presence of histamine