Category Archives: Food Toxin

Iceland -E. Coli Found in Icelandic Meat

Iceland Review

E. coli was found in 30% of lamb samples and 11.5% of beef samples in a test carried out by the Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority (MAST). The particular strain discovered is known as STEC, or shiga-toxin producing E. coli. This is the first time lamb and beef have been screened for STEC in Iceland.

The testing was carried out on around 600 samples of lamb, beef, pork, and chicken of both Icelandic and foreign origin between March and December 2018. The purpose of the testing was to determine the prevalence of pathogenic micro-organisms in products when they reach the consumer, and for this reason the samples were taken from shops.

Campylobacter and salmonella were not detected in pork or chicken samples, with the exception of a single sample of pork from Spain. MAST attributes this to improved preventative measures in slaughterhouses.


RASFF Alert – Diarrhoeic Shellfish Poisoning (DSP) – Live Mussels (Mytilus edulis)


RASFF – Diarrhoeic Shellfish Poisoning (DSP) toxins – okadaic acid (182 µg/kg – ppb) in live mussels (Mytilus edulis) from France in France

RASFF Alert – Histamine – Frozen Tuna


RASFF – histamine (255 mg/kg – ppm) in frozen tuna from Vietnam in Portugal

RASFF Alert – Vibrio vulnificus – Frozen Wild Giant Tiger Shrimps


RASFF – Vibrio vulnificus (present /25g) in frozen wild giant tiger shrimps (Penaeus monodon) from Vietnam in France

RASFF Alerts – Bacillus cereus – Ginger Powder – Cardamom


RASFF – Bacillus cereus (>100000 CFU/g) in ginger powder from Spain in France

RASFF – Bacillus cereus (up to 53000 CFU/g) in cardamom from Lebanon in Austria

RASFF Alert – Ochratoxin A – Raisins


RASFF – ochratoxin A (22 µg/kg – ppb) in raisins from Uzbekistan in Slovakia

RASFF Alerts – Aflatoxins – Watermelon Seeds – Shelled Peanuts – Groundnuts – Pistachios


RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 36; Tot. = 38 µg/kg – ppb) in watermelon seeds from Iran in Switzerland

RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 4 µg/kg – ppb) in shelled peanuts from Argentina in the UK

RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 2.5; Tot. = 4.5 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnut kernels from Argentina in the UK

RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 18.46; Tot. = 19.65 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachio kernels from the United States, dispatched from Turkey in Italy