Category Archives: Food Toxin

Oman – Dhofar Governorate records multiple food poisoning cases

Times of Oman

Dhofar Governorate recorded several food poisoning incidences due to eating some seashells that were affected by the red tide phenomenon

The Ministry of Health (MOH) said, “A number of health institutions in Dhofar Governorate have registered several food poisoning incidences as a result of consuming seashells that contained poisonous substances as the beaches were affected due to the red tide phenomenon.”

“In such cases, the infected person may suffer from various symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhoea, symptoms related to the nervous system like numbness, weakened movement and shortness of breath,” the ministry added.

Therefore, MOH urges fishermen and consumers to avoid eating fishes and seashells coming from the areas affected by the red tide. It has also called upon all to stay away from the areas that suspected to be affected by the red tide phenomenon to avoid poisoning.

Russia – Clostridium Botulinum Poisoning

Al Khaleej Today

This Friday (23), the international press reported the story of two children from St. Petersburg, Russia, who spent three days at home with their dead parents. For the couple’s children, the two were just “sleeping” for a long time.

The relatives of Alexander Yakunin, 30 and his wife, Viktoria, 25, were surprised by the couple’s absence from a family reunion. That was when relatives called their home and their five-year-old daughter answered the phone.

In the call, the girl said that she was taking care of her one-year-old brother, said that her mother and father had been “sleeping” for a long time, and that the father had gone all dark.

Worried, the children’s aunt went to the apartment and found the couple dead in bed. “I ran… and saw everything. I fell and screamed, ”recalled the woman, according to the British website Mirror. Then the emergency and the police were called.

The aunt took the children of the couple from the apartment who are now in the care of their grandfather, Alexander’s father. The suspected cause of death is food poisoning after consumption of a pickle preserve contaminated with botulinum toxin, a substance produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. According to the police, a jar of pickles given by Alexander’s grandfather was open in the kitchen.

Australia – Golden Horse Dried Anchovy Kho Ca Com 450g

FSANZ

Product information

Yuen’s Market Trading Co. is conducting a recall of Golden Horse Dried Anchovy Kho Ca Com 450g. The product has been available for sale at Asian grocery stores in Queensland.

Date markings

Best Before: 06/01/2023

Problem

The recall is due to biotoxin (histamine) contamination.

Food safety hazard

Food products containing histamine may cause illness/injury if consumed.

Country of origin

Vietnam

What to do​

Consumers should not eat this product and return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Any consumers concerned about their health should seek medical advice.

For further information please contact:

Yuen’s Market Trading Co.

(07) 3722 8100

sales@yuensmarket.com.au

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UK – Soho Florids UK recalls Potter’s Herbals Malt Extract with Cod Liver Oil because of possible presence of mould

FSA

Soho Florids UK Ltd is recalling Potter’s Herbals Malt extract with Cod Liver Oil as it may contain mould. The product has been sold in various retailers across the UK.

Product details

Potter’s Herbals Malt Extract with Cod Liver Oil
Pack size 650g
Batch code 3M01134, 3M01136, 3M01137
Best before 31 January 2023

Risk statement

This product may contain mould, which makes it unsafe to consume.

Action taken by the company

Soho Florids UK Ltd is recalling the above product. Point of sale notices will be displayed in all retail stores that are selling these products. These notices explain to customers why the products are being recalled and tell them what to do if they have bought the product. Please see the attached notice.

Our advice to consumers

If you have bought the above product do not consume it. Instead, return it to the store from where it was bought for a refund or replacement.

RASFF Alerts – Aflatoxin – Groundnuts – Shelled Pistachios – Brown Basmati Rice – Dried Figs – Almonds

European Food Alerts

RASFF

aflatoxins (B1 = 13.3; Tot. = 15.1 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts from China in Italy

RASFF

aflatoxins (B1 = 27.5; Tot. = 31.4 µg/kg – ppb) in shelled pistachios from Iran, dispatched from Turkey in Italy

RASFF

aflatoxins (B1 = 14.3; Tot. = 15.4 µg/kg – ppb) in brown basmati rice from Pakistan, via the Netherlands in Germany

RASFF

aflatoxins (Tot. = 15.87 µg/kg – ppb) in dried figs from Turkey in Germany

RASFF

aflatoxins (B1 = 54; Tot. = 60 µg/kg – ppb) in almonds from the United States in the Netherlands

Australia – Golden Horse Dried Anchovy Kho Ca Com 450g – Histamine

FSANZ

Date published: 22 October 2020

Product information

Yuen’s Market Trading Co. is conducting a recall of Golden Horse Dried Anchovy Kho Ca Com 450g. The product has been available for sale at Asian grocery stores in Queensland.

Date markings

Best Before: 06/01/2023

Problem

The recall is due to biotoxin (histamine) contamination.

Food safety hazard

Food products containing histamine may cause illness/injury if consumed.

Country of origin

Vietnam

What to do​

Consumers should not eat this product and return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Any consumers concerned about their health should seek medical advice.

For further information please contact:

Yuen’s Market Trading Co.

(07) 3722 8100

sales@yuensmarket.com.au

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Iceland – Suspicion of Salmonella in chicken

MAST

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Matvælastofnun warns against consuming one batch of chicken from Matfugl marked Ali, Bónus or FK due to suspicion of salmonella infection. The company has recalled the product from the market.

The recall only applies to the following batch:

  • Product name: Ali, Bónus, FK
  • Producer: Matfugl ehf, Völuteigi 2, 270 Mosfellsbær
  • Lot number: 011-20-37-5-26, marked as RLNR: 0112037526   (whole chicken, breast, puffins, bits)
  • Distribution: Bonus Stores, Króna Stores, Fjarðarkaup, Hraðbúðin Hellissandi

Consumers who have purchased chicken with this traceability number are asked to return it to the relevant store or directly to Matfugl ehf., Völuteigi 2, Mosfellsbær.

Germany – CF Grell Nachf. Naturkost GmbH & Co. – Basmati Rice – Aflatoxins

LMW

Warning type: Food
Date of first publication: October 19, 2020
Product name:

Basmati rice, real basmati rice, brown

Product pictures:

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Manufacturer (distributor): CF Grell Nachf. Naturkost GmbH & Co. KG Boschstrasse 3 24568 Kaltenkirchen
Reason for warning:

Exceeding limit values ​​for aflatoxins

Packaging Unit: 500g
Durability: 11/15/2021
Lot identification: 901584, 901665, 901722
Additional Information: further information can be found in the enclosed consumer information.
Homepage of the manufacturer:

Contact to the responsible authorities:

Berlin:

poststelle@senjustva.berlin.de

Brandenburg:

Konsumenterschutz@Msgiv.Brandenburg.de

Bremen:

Schnellwarnung@gesundheit.bremen.de

Hamburg:

poststelle@bgv.hamburg.de

Schleswig-Holstein:

poststelle@jumi.landsh.de

Belgium – Recall of Carrefour – Basmati rice – Aflatoxin B1

AFSCA

Following a control and as a precautionary measure in order to guarantee the safety of the consumer, SOUFFLET ALIMENTAIRE requests to withdraw from the trade the products RIZ BASMATI 1KG and RIZ BASMATI 4X125GR of the Carrefour brand sold in the grocery department of certain Carrefour stores in Belgium and remind consumers of them due to a too high aflatoxin content.

Product
Carrefour basmati rice
Packer code: EMB 59606B
PRODUCT: Basmati rice 500g box (4X125GR)
EAN: 3245412435256 Best
before (DDM): 07/16/2022 and 07/20/2022
PRODUCT: BASMATI RICE 1KG SACHET
EAN: 3560070837984 Best
before (DDM): 15/07 / 2m022

Aflatoxins are mycotoxins that can be present in different products such as grains, coffee, rice, raisins and dried fruits.

There is no direct risk. Aflatoxin only presents a health risk with high and repeated consumption. However, people who hold these products are asked not to consume them and to return them to the point of sale where they will be reimbursed.

For any further information, you can contact the Carrefour Belgium consumer service by dialing the free number 0800.9.10.11 , from 8:30 am to 8:00 pm, Monday to Saturday.

The company BELLOWS FOOD apologizes to Carrefour customers for the inconvenience.

UK – Nearly 400 people sick from Salmonella in UK; nearly half are children.

Food Safety News

Almost 400 people have fallen ill with Salmonella since the start of the year in the United Kingdom after eating frozen chicken products.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Public Health England (PHE) are investigating a rise in patients with two strains of Salmonella Enteritidis linked to frozen raw breaded processed chicken products.

Cases of Salmonella linked to raw breaded chicken products have been identified in previous years, however there has been an increase in 2020.

There have been 327 people sick in England, 32 in Scotland, 26 in Wales and five in Northern Ireland.