Category Archives: Food Testing

Singapore – Eng’s Heritage at Northpoint suspended after 26 people had food poisoning

Yahoo News

Authorities have suspended the licence of Eng’s Heritage from Wednesday (13 January) until further notice, after 26 people who ate at the wonton noodle chain’s Northpoint outlet came down with food poisoning.

Five of the 26 cases are currently hospitalised and are in a stable condition, while one additional case has been discharged from hospital, the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) said in a joint release.

The patrons reportedly had gastroenteritis symptoms after they consumed food at the outlet between 7 and 9 January, MOH and SFA added.

All food handlers working in the suspended premises are required to re-attend and pass the Basic Food Hygiene Course, before they can resume work as food handlers.

The appointed food hygiene officers working at the suspended premises are also required to re-attend and pass the food hygiene officer course before they can resume work.

RASFF – Aflatoxins – Almonds – Dried Figs – Organic Pistachios Kernels – Groundnut Kernels

European Food Alerts


aflatoxins (B1 = 10; Tot. = 23 µg/kg – ppb) in almonds from the United States in Spain


aflatoxins (B1 = 15.6; Tot. = 22 µg/kg – ppb) in dried figs from Turkey in Denmark


aflatoxins (B1 = 110; Tot. = 120 µg/kg – ppb) in organic pistachio kernels from Turkey in the Netherlands


aflatoxins (B1 = 30; Tot. = 33 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnut kernels from Argentina in the Netherlands

RASFF Alert – Hepatitis A – Dried Tomato’s

European Food Alerts


hepatitis A virus (presence /25g) in dried tomatoes from Turkey in Greece

RASFF Alert -Ochratoxin A – Dried Figs

European Food Alerts


ochratoxin A (131 µg/kg – ppb) in dried figs from Turkey in Germany

RASFF Alert – E.coli – Raw Milk Sheeps Cheese

European Food Alerts


high count of Escherichia coli (1300000 CFU/g) in raw milk sheep’s cheese from Portugal in France

RASFF Alert – DSP – Frozen Shelled Mussels

European Food Alerts


Diarrhoeic Shellfish Poisoning (DSP) toxins – okadaic acid (96.5 µg/kg – ppb) in frozen shelled mussels from Spain in France

RASFF Alerts – Salmonella – Anything to do with Chicken from Poland – Black Pepper – Paprika Powder – Chilled beef Merguez Sausages

European Food Alerts


Salmonella enterica ser. Münster (presence /25g) in paprika powder from China in Spain


Salmonella (presence /25g) in pepper from Brazil in Spain


Salmonella enterica ser. Newport (presence /25g) in frozen chicken elements from Poland in Poland


Salmonella enterica ser. Enteritidis (presence /25g) in chilled chicken elements from Poland in Poland


Salmonella enterica ser. Mbandaka (presence /150g) in egg yolk powder from Poland in Sweden


Salmonella enterica ser. Enteritidis (presence /25g) in frozen chicken legs from Poland in France


Salmonella (present /25g) in black pepper from Brazil in the Netherlands


Salmonella (present /10g) in chilled beef merguez sausages from Belgium in Belgium


Salmonella enterica ser. Infantis (presence /25g) in frozen chicken breast fillets from Poland in Estonia


Salmonella group C (presence /25g) in chilled chicken broiler thighs and breast steaks from Poland in Lithuania

USA – Hearings set on motions to vacate convictions and sentences of Parnell brothers in deadly Salmonella outbreak

Food Safety News

Brothers Stewart Parnell, 66, and Michael Parnell, 62, have, respectively, another 18 and 11 years to serve in federal prisons for their 2014 jury convictions involving Peanut Corporation of America (PCA).

But with so-called “2255” evidentiary hearings now scheduled, on April 20  for Michal and on May 25 for Stewart, the early release of both men is a possible outcome. Their trial was in relation to a deadly Salmonella outbreak traced to their peanut products.

By getting evidentiary hearings on their motions to “Vacate, Set Aside, or Correct” their sentences, the Parnells have secured something many others do not get.

United States Magistrate Judge Thomas Q. Langstaff has agreed to hear the motions in the same Albany, GA, courthouse where the Parnells were convicted and sentenced.

Research – An Outbreak Investigation of Scombrotoxin Fish Poisoning Illnesses in the United States Linked to Yellowfin Tuna Imported from Vietnam – 2019

Journal of Food Protection

Scombrotoxin fish poisoning (SFP) is caused by the ingestion of certain fish species with elevated levels of histamine due to decomposition. In the fall of 2019, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was notified of 51 SFP illnesses including two hospitalizations from 11 states through consumer complaints received by FDA’s Consumer Complaint System or directly from state partners. A case was defined as an individual who experienced a histamine-type reaction after consumption of tuna imported from Vietnam and an illness onset between August 14, 2019 and November 24, 2019. A traceback investigation was initiated at 19 points-of-service (POS) to identify a common tuna source. FDA and state partners collected a total of 34 product samples throughout the distribution chain including from a case patient’s home, POS, distributors, or at the port of entry. Samples were analyzed by sensory evaluation and/or chemical testing for the presence of histamine. Cases reported exposure to tuna imported from Vietnam. The traceback investigation identified two Vietnamese firms as the sources of the tuna. Twenty-nine samples were confirmed as decomposed by sensory evaluation and/or positive for the presence of elevated levels of histamine by chemical testing. Both Vietnamese firms were placed on Import Alert. Seven U.S. firms and one Vietnamese firm initiated voluntary recalls. FDA released public communication naming the U.S. importers to help suppliers and distributors to identify the product and as a result, effectuate the foreign firm’s recall. This SFP outbreak investigation highlights the complexities of the federal outbreak response, specifically related to imported food. Imported foods present cultural considerations that need to be addressed during outbreak response when timing is critical. Furthermore, collaborating with countries where confidentiality agreements are not in place can limit information sharing and the speed of public health response efforts.

Australia – Bellarine Smokehouse — Smoked Barramundi Pâté 150g and Smoked Salmon Pâté 150g – Listeria monocytogenes

Product Safety Australia

Photograph of Ballarine Smokehouse Pate

What are the defects?

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

What are the hazards?

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

What should consumers do?

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

For more information, consumers can contact Bellarine Smokehouse on 0434 229 680.

Traders who sold this product

Independent food retailers including IGAs and direct to consumers from Bellarine Smokehouse

Where the product was sold
Dates available for sale
  • 11 January 2021 – 12 January 2021

Recall advertisements and supporting documentation

Coordinating agency

Food Standards Australia New Zealand is the coordinating agency for this recall.