Category Archives: Food Toxin

India – Kuttu causes food poisoning in Haryana, leaves 180 people ill

The Print

Yamunanagar: At least 180 people were taken ill due to food poisoning in Yamunanagar and Jagadhri towns of this district, health officials said on Thursday.

The officials said the people were admitted to civil hospitals at Jagadhri and Yamunanagar after they complained of vomiting and abdominal pain.

RASFF Alert – PSP – Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning – Chilled Scalops


RASFF – Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) toxins (1106 µg/kg – ppb) in chilled scallops from Norway in Norway

RASFF Alert – Ochratoxin A – Raisins


RASFF – ochratoxin A (13.8 µg/kg – ppb) in raisins from Uzbekistan in Latvia

RASFF Alerts – Aflatoxin – Roasted Groundnuts – Salted Pistachios – Almonds – Seasoning Mix – Organic Groundnuts – Spice Mix – Dried Figs – Hazlenuts


RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 5.8; Tot. = 7.7 µg/kg – ppb) in roasted groundnuts from Turkey in Switzerland

RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 13.4; Tot. = 13.7 µg/kg – ppb) in salted pistachios from Pakistan in Switzerland

RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 37.5; Tot. = 62.2 µg/kg – ppb) in almonds from Spain in Germany

RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 14.6; Tot. = 15.1 µg/kg – ppb) in seasoning mix from Pakistan in Ireland

RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 16; Tot. = 17 µg/kg – ppb) in organic groundnuts from Egypt in the Netherlands

RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 20.1; Tot. = 20.8 µg/kg – ppb) in spice mix from Pakistan in Ireland

RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 9; Tot. = 12 µg/kg – ppb) in organic groundnuts kernels from Egypt in the Netherlands

RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 19; Tot. = 28 µg/kg – ppb) in dried figs from Turkey in the Netherlands

RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 38; Tot. = 50 µg/kg – ppb) in shelled groundnuts from the United States in the Netherlands

RASFF – aflatoxins (Tot. = 29.5 µg/kg – ppb) in hazelnut kernels from Georgia in Bulgaria

RASFF Alerts – Animal Feed – Aflatoxins – Groundnuts – Peanuts – Crushed Peanut Kernels


RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 46 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts for birdfeed from Argentina in the Netherlands

RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 81 µg/kg – ppb) in peanuts from India than the Netherlands

RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 34.3 µg/kg – ppb) in crushed peanut kernels from Argentina in Germany

Research – Outbreak of Clostridium perfringens food poisoning linked to leeks in cheese sauce: an unusual source

Cambridge Uni Press

Between 11–13 December 2018, local public health authorities in the West Midlands, England were alerted to 34 reports of diarrhoea with abdominal cramps. Symptom onset was ~10 h after diners ate Christmas meals at a restaurant between 7–9 December 2018. A retrospective case-control study, environmental and microbiological investigations were undertaken to determine the source and control the outbreak. An analytical study was undertaken with odds ratios (OR) and 95% confidence intervals (CI). Forty persons were recruited to the analytical study (28/40 cases). Multivariable analysis found that leeks in cheese sauce was the only item associated with illness (aOR 51.1; 95% CI 4.13–2492.1). Environmental investigations identified significant lapses in food safety, including lapses in temperature control during cooking and hot holding, likely cross-contamination between raw and cooked foods and the reuse of leftover cheese sauce for the next day’s service. No food samples were taken during the exposure period. Two faecal samples were positive for Clostridium perfringens with one confirming the enterotoxigenic gene. Cheese sauce is an unusual vehicle for the organism and the first time this has been reported in England.

Philippines – 2 dead from food poisoning in Negros


BACOLOD CITY – Two members of a family died while three others were hospitalized due to food poisoning in Hinoba-an, Negros Occidental Tuesday.

Fatalities were brothers aged seven and eight.

Police Major Clifford Batadhay, town police chief, said the children’s father gathered crabs locally known as “kumong-kumong” or “krukudlong” here Monday. The following day, they cooked it and ate it for breakfast.