Category Archives: Food Testing

Czech Republic – Tudlee Budapest spread – Microbial Contamination

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Place of inspection:
Hodonín ( Dvořákova 4054/10, 695 01 Hodonín )
ID: 26178541
Food group: Cold food Other cold food

Tudlee Budapest spread
Category: Dangerous foods
Invalid parameter:

changes caused by microbial activity
content appearance

The packaging of the product was swollen, it was obvious that fermentation was taking place – bubbles were visible in the product. Food is not considered safe if it shows signs of spoilage. 

Unsuitable storage temperatures of this product were not detected during the inspection, the food did not have an expired use-by date.

Expiration date: 20/12/2022
Packaging: plastic tub with sealed printed foil and label
Quantity of the product in the package: 120 g
Producer: GASTRO-MENU EXPRESS as, Konská 199, 739 61 Třinec
Date of sample collection: 13/12/2022
Reference number: 23-000054-SZPI-CZ
The sample was detected by the official control of the State Agricultural and Food Inspection.

Czech Republic – Milbona Gouda – full-fat cheese, grated – Mold/Mould

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Place of inspection:
Hodonín ( Dvořákova 4054/10, 695 01 Hodonín )
ID: 26178541
Food group: Milk and milk products Cheese

Milbona Gouda – full-fat cheese, grated
Category: Dangerous foods
Invalid parameter:

fungi visible to the eye

In some of the inspected packages, visible mold was found on the food under the intact packaging.

The food did not have an expiration date. Unsuitable storage temperatures of this product were not detected during the inspection.

Batch: 13-01-23
Expiration date: 13-01-23
Packaging: plastic bag printed sealed
Quantity of the product in the package: 200 g
Producer: Vergeer Holland, PO Box 2, NL-2810 AA Reeuwijk
Date of sample collection: 23/11/2022
Reference number: 23-000053-SZPI-CZ
The sample was detected by the official control of the State Agricultural and Food Inspection.

Czech Republic – PRE-MEASURED rye flour – dark BREAD – Ergot Alkaloids

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Place of inspection:
Předměřice nad Labem ( Průmyslova 107, 50302 Předměřice nad Labem )
ID: 49814869
Food group: Milled cereal products Flour and semolina

PRE-MEASURED rye flour – dark BREAD
Category: Dangerous foods
Invalid parameter:

sum of ergot alkaloids

The maximum permitted limit for the content of contaminating substances – ergot alkaloids was exceeded in the flour.

Ergot alkaloids are produced by the fungus Claviceps purpurea and cause poisoning (ergotism).

Batch: 061022
Best before date: 07/06/2023
Packaging: PAP bag with print
Quantity of the product in the package: kg
Producer: Mlýny J.Voženílek, spol.s ro, Průmyslova 107, Předměřice nad Labem 50302
Country of origin:  Czechia
Date of sample collection: 8/11/2022
Reference number: 23-000045-SZPI-CZ

France – SMOKED SALMON FARMED IN NORWAY ASC – 8 SLICES – 300G – Listeria monocytogenes

Gov france

Identification information of the recalled product

  • Product category Feed
  • Product subcategory Fishery and aquaculture products
  • Product brand name ROUND THE SEAS
  • Model names or references SMOKED SALMON FARMED IN NORWAY ASC – 8 SLICES – 300G
  • Identification of products
    GTIN Batch Date
    3564700016336 Batch: 01436020 Use-by date between 01/23/2023 and 01/29/2023
  • Products Listposter_reminder_salmon_RDM.pdfEnclosed
  • Packaging CASE OF 300G COMPOSED OF 8 SLICES
  • Marketing start/end date From 28/12/2022 to 28/01/2023
  • Storage temperature Product to be stored in the refrigerator
  • Health mark EN 29.105.501 EC
  • Further information ONLY PRODUCTS BEARING THE ADDITIONAL CODE 09 FOLLOWING THE BARCODE ARE CONCERNED BY THE RECALL.
  • Geographic area of ​​sale Whole France
  • Distributors E.LECLERC

Practical information regarding the recall

  • Reason for recall Risk of presence of Listeria monocytogenes in the product.

France – Organic smoked salmon – Listeria monocytogenes

Gov france

Identification information of the recalled product

  • Product category Feed
  • Product subcategory Fishery and aquaculture products
  • Product brand name Carrefour BIO
  • Model names or references 2 slices 80g (3245413533654) and 4 slices 140g (3560070949533)
  • Identification of products
    GTIN Batch Date
    3245413533654 01236020 Use-by date 01/19/2023
    3560070949533 01336020 Use-by date 01/19/2023
  • Marketing start/end date From 28/12/2022 to 19/01/2023
  • Storage temperature Product to be stored in the refrigerator
  • Health mark FR. 29.105.501.EC
  • Geographic area of ​​sale Whole France
  • Distributors Crossroads

Practical information regarding the recall

  • Reason for recall Suspicion of the presence of listeria monocytogenes

France – Comtois – Listeria monocytogenes

Gov france

Identification information of the recalled product

  • Product category Feed
  • Product subcategory Meats
  • Product brand name Unbranded – Bulk
  • Model names or references Product produced in our butchery workshops and sold in the traditional butchery department
  • Identification of products
    Batch
    Pavé Comtois sold in the traditional department from 01/23/2023 to 01/25/2023
  • Products ListPoster_reminder_pavé_comtois_butchery_trad_30012023.pdfEnclosed
  • PackagingBulk – Traditional showcase Butchery
  • Marketing start/end date From 01/23/2023 to 01/25/2023
  • Storage temperature Product to be stored in the refrigerator
  • Health mark/
  • Geographic area of ​​sale E.Leclerc store in Lure
  • Distributors E. Leclerc Lure

Practical information regarding the recall

  • Reason for recall Presence of listeria monocytogenes
  • Risks incurred by the consumer Listeria monocytogenes (causative agent of listeriosis)

Sweden – Number sick in Swedish Salmonella in Eggs outbreak doubles

Food Safety News

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The number of people sick in a Salmonella outbreak in Sweden traced to eggs has doubled to almost 50.

The Public Health Agency of Sweden (Folkhälsomyndigheten) also warned this figure is expected to increase again.

There are 48 people from 13 regions confirmed to have been infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Enteritidis, this is up from 22 people in 11 regions.

Illnesses occurred between early December and mid-January. Of those sick, 22 are women and 26 are men. The age range is 1 to 90 years old with a median age of 34.

The outbreak has been linked to eggs, which have been recalled. Analysis has revealed Salmonella found during environment sampling at an egg producer is identical to isolates from sick people.

Typing of Salmonella isolates from people that reported having food containing eggs from recalled batches is ongoing, which is why the Public Health Agency of Sweden believes the number of people affected will go up.

USA – Outbreak Investigation of Listeria monocytogenes: Enoki Mushrooms (November 2022)

FDA

FDA, along with CDC and state and local partners, is investigating an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections linked to enoki mushrooms. FDA has identified enoki mushrooms distributed by Utopia Foods, Inc. of Glendale, New York and imported from China, and enoki mushrooms labeled as “Producer: Shandong Youhe Biotechnology, Co.,” with an address in China and “Distributed By: Sun Hong Foods, Inc.” as likely sources of illnesses in this outbreak. Enoki mushrooms are long thin white mushrooms, usually sold in clusters. They are especially popular in East Asian cuisine and are also known as enokitake, golden needle, futu, seafood, or lily mushrooms.

As of January 18, 2022, CDC reports three illnesses included in this outbreak. Through ongoing import and product sampling of enoki mushrooms, two strains of Listeria monocytogenes detected on enoki mushroom products have been determined through Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) to be the same strains of Listeria monocytogenes linked to illnesses in this outbreak. Both strains are included in this outbreak investigation.

On January 17, 2023, FDA reported a positive import sample of enoki mushrooms that matched both outbreak strains and resulted in a voluntary recall expansion from Utopia Foods, Inc. Additional sample collection and analysis conducted by the Maryland Department of Health have also identified both outbreak strains of Listeria monocytogenes in two product samples of enoki mushrooms. These products that tested positive are sold in a 7.05-oz (200g) clear plastic package with a brown and green label and include a label on the back of the package that states: “Producer: Shandong Youhe Biotechnology Co.,” with an address in China, and “Distributed By: Sun Hong Foods, Inc.”

On December 17, 2022, FDA issued a safety alert for enoki mushrooms labeled as “Producer: Shandong Youhe Biotechnology, Co.,” with an address in China and “Distributed By: Sun Hong Foods, Inc.,” as a result of a positive product sample collected by Missouri state partners. At that time, these products were not linked to an active outbreak. The strain of Listeria found in these products matches one of the two strains linked to illnesses in this outbreak. FDA’s safety alert has been updated with the most recent information linking these products to an ongoing outbreak investigation.

FDA’s investigation is ongoing to determine a potential source of contamination and whether any other products are contaminated or linked to illnesses. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.

Recommendation

Consumers, restaurants, and retailers should not eat, sell, or serve recalled enoki mushrooms from Utopia Foods, Inc. and enoki mushrooms labeled as “Producer: Shandong Youhe Biotechnology, Co.,” with an address in China and “Distributed By: Sun Hong Foods, Inc.” Consumers should check the label on both the front and the back of their enoki mushroom package to view distributor information (see photos below).

Listeria is especially harmful if you are pregnant, aged 65 or older, or have a weakened immune system due to certain medical conditions or treatments. If you are in any of these groups, do not eat any raw enoki mushrooms. For enoki mushrooms that are not recalled or potentially contaminated, always cook enoki mushrooms thoroughly to kill any foodborne germs.

Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of these symptoms after eating enoki mushrooms:

  • People who are not pregnant usually have fever, muscle aches, and tiredness. They may also get a headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, or seizures.
  • Pregnant people usually have fever, muscle aches, and tiredness. However, Listeria can cause pregnancy loss or premature birth. It can also cause serious illness or death in newborns.

Follow FDA’s safe handling and cleaning advice and use extra vigilance in cleaning and sanitizing any surfaces and containers that may have come in contact with these recalled products to reduce the risk of cross-contamination, including retailers who stored or repackaged recalled enoki mushrooms. Listeria can survive in refrigerated temperatures and can easily spread to other foods and surfaces.

USA – Daniele International LLC Recalls Ready-to-Eat Sausage Products Due to Possible Listeria Contamination

FSIS USDA

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29, 2023 – Daniele International LLC, a Mapleville, R.I., establishment, is recalling approximately 52,914 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) sausage products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The RTE sausage products were produced on various dates from May 23, 2022, through November 25, 2022, and shipped to retail locations nationwide on various dates from December 23, 2022, through January 17, 2023. The following products are subject to recall [view labels]:

  • 6-oz. plastic tray of “FREDERIK’S by meijer SPANISH STYLE charcuterie sampler tray” with sell by date 4/15/23.
  • 6-oz. plastic tray of “Boar’s Head CHARCUTUERIE TRIO” with sell by dates 4/13/23, 4/14/23, and 4/15/23.
  • 7-oz. plastic tray of “COLAMECO’S PRIMO NATURALE GENOA UNCURED SALAMI” with sell by date 12/23/23.
  • 7-oz. plastic tray of “COLAMECO’S PRIMO NATURALE BLACK PEPPER UNCURED SALAMI” with use by dates 12/22/23, 12/30/23, and 1/17/24.
  • 1-lb. plastic tray of “DEL DUCA SOPRESSATA, COPPA & GENOA SALAMI” with sell by dates 4/13/23 and 4/14/23.
  • 1-lb. plastic tray of “DEL DUCA CALABRESE, PROSCIUTTO & COPPA” with  sell by date 5/6/23.
  • 1-lb. plastic tray of “DEL DUCA GENOA SALAMI, UNCURED PEPPERONI & HARD SALAMI” with use by date 5/4/23.
  • 12-oz. plastic tray of “Gourmet Selection SOPRESSATA, CAPOCOLLO, HARD SALAME” with sell by date 4/14/23.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 54” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations nationwide.

FSIS discovered the problem during routine inspection activities where Listeria monocytogenes was found on surfaces in which the product came into contact.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

Germany – DILEK Sesame Paste “Tahin” 300g -Salmonella

LMW

Alert type: Food
Date of first publication: 01/27/2023
Product name:

DILEK Sesame Paste “Tahin” 300g

Product images:

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Manufacturer (distributor):

Company ANATOL GmbH & Co. wholesale KG

Reason for warning:

Detection of Salmonella

Packaging Unit: 300g
Durability: 03/30/2025
Lot identification: T220326
Further information:

Reference is made to the attached press release from the entrepreneur.

Click to access Pressemitteilung.pdf