Category Archives: Food Testing

Netherlands and France – Listeria Guidence



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Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain
Circular relating to Listeria monocytogenes in cheese
farm produce
1. Objective
The purpose of this circular is to inform operators in the “milk processing at the
firm ”of what is acceptable to the Agency in applying the microbiological criterion for
Listeria monocytogenes , listed in Regulation (EC) No. 2073/2005, and in particular for
cheese made from raw milk and heat-treated milk produced on the farm. It follows the advice of
AFSCA Scientific Committee (Cfr 3.2). These opinions were given based in particular on
results of studies implemented by the Agency. These studies, funded by the FASFC, were carried out
to support operators in the “milk processing on the farm” sector. They aim to
determine whether or not their products allow the growth of Listeria monocytogenes or not and
on the other hand, if growth is possible, if the limit of 100 cfu / g can be applied
during self-checking



Netherlands -Fatal Listeria outbreak linked to trout in the Netherlands

Food Safety News

At least two people have died in a Listeria outbreak linked to chilled smoked trout fillets in the Netherlands.

All six sick people have been hospitalized and two died from their infections. Another person has died but no information about the cause of death was given.

Patients became ill between the beginning of February and mid-June. Their age range is 42 to 85 years old with a median of 78 years old.


Australia -Tasmanian Cheese Co Chilli Cheddar 150g – Listeria monocytogenes


Product information

Tasmanian Food Co Dairy is conducting a recall of The Tasmanian Food Co Chilli Cheddar Cheese 150g. The product has been available for sale in Tasmania at IGA Queenstown, IGA Express Beaconsfield, and Nigel’s Gourmet Meats Exeter.

Date markings

Best Before 25/11/2020

Chilli cheddar


The recall is due to microbial (Listeria monocytogenes) contamination.

Food safety hazard

Listeria may cause illness in pregnant women and their unborn babies, the elderly and people with low immune systems.

Country of origin


What to do​

Any consumers concerned about their health should seek medical advice and should return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund.

For further information please contact:

Tasmanian Food Co Dairy
03 6331 6983

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USA – Same Fresh Express processing plant in Streamwood, Illinois implicated in 2020 and 2018 Cyclospora Outbreaks

Food Poison Journal

In 2018, CDC was notified of 511 laboratory-confirmed cases of Cyclospora infections in people from 15 states and New York City who reported consuming a variety of salads from McDonald’s restaurants in the Midwest.

On July 26, 2018, the FDA completed final analysis of an unused package of romaine lettuce and carrot mix distributed to McDonald’s by the Fresh Express processor in Streamwood, IL. The analysis confirmed the presence of Cyclospora in that sample.

India -76 people from Andhra’s Visakha tribal area hospitalised with food poisoning

The News Minute

At least 76 residents of a village in the Paderu ITDA (Integrated Tribal Development Agency) limits suffered food poisoning on Wednesday after consuming contaminated meat. The incident occurred in Magatapalem village of Gaduturu panchayat, in Gangaraju Madugula mandal of the Paderu Agency region.

While it was ascertained that the meat was contaminated, he said that it was unclear whether it was because of the way the cow died, or because of the cooking process.

Paderu MLA Bhagyalakshmi Kottagulli, who visited the patients at the hospital, told the media that the exact cause of the food-borne illness was yet to be determined. “They unknowingly ate polluted food. We are requesting people to be careful with their health.”



New Zealand – Shellfish biotoxin alert – Hawke’s Bay extended warning


The Ministry for Primary Industries today extended the current public health warning against collecting shellfish in the Hawke’s Bay region. The affected area now extends from the Mohaka River to the southern end of Pōrangahau beach.

Routine tests on shellfish samples taken from this region have shown levels of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) toxins above the safe limit of 0.8 mg/kg set by MPI. Anyone eating shellfish from this area is potentially at risk of illness.

Other public health warnings remain in place for Port Levy on Banks Peninsula and Nydia Bay in the Pelorus Sound.

Mussels, oysters, tuatua, pipi, toheroa, cockles, scallops, catseyes, kina (sea urchin) and all other bivalve shellfish should not be eaten.

Note, cooking shellfish does not remove the toxin.

RASFF Alerts – Aflatoxin – Basmati Rice – Groundnut Kernels -Groundnuts – Chilli Powder – Shelled Almonds


RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 6.0; Tot. = 6.0 µg/kg – ppb) in basmati rice from Pakistan in Greece

RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 6.3; Tot. = 6.3 µg/kg – ppb) in basmati rice from Pakistan in Greece

RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 6.7; Tot. = 7.2 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnut kernels from the United States in the UK

RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 3 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts from Brazil in Poland

RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 5.6; Tot. = 5.6 µg/kg – ppb) in basmati rice from Pakistan in Greece

RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 32.6; Tot. = 35.9 µg/kg – ppb) in shelled almonds from the United States in Greece

RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 9 µg/kg – ppb) in chilli powder from India in the UK

RASFF Alerts -E.coli – Live Clams – Live Venus Clams


RASFF – too high count of Escherichia coli (16000 MPN/100g) in live clams (Ruditapes philippinarum) from Italy in Italy

RASFF – too high count of Escherichia coli (790 MPN/100g) in live venus clams from Italy in Spain

RASFF Alerts – Listeria monocytogenes – Pork Salami – Frozen Salmon – Chicken Hamburger – Dry Raw Sausage


RASFF – Listeria monocytogenes (presence /25g) in pork salami from Romania in Romania

RASFF – Listeria monocytogenes (presence /25g) in frozen salmon from Norway in Sweden

RASFF – Listeria monocytogenes (in 2 out of 5 samples /25g) in chilled chicken hamburger from Poland in Poland

RASFF – Listeria monocytogenes (presence /25g) in dry raw sausages from Hungary in Romania

RASFF Alert – Histamine – Frozen Tuna


RASFF – spoilage (suspicion of high levels of histamine) of frozen tuna from France in France