Category Archives: Food Virus

RASFF Alert – Foodborne Outbreak – Norovirus – Live Oysters in Italy


RASFF – foodborne outbreak suspected to be caused by norovirus (GII /2g) in live oysters (Crassostrea gigas) from France in Italy


RASFF Alert – Norovirus – Live Oysters


RASFF – norovirus (GI and GII /2g) in live oysters from France in France

Hong Kong – Suspension of import and sale of raw oysters harvested in zone 56.09.3, Morbihan Department, France – Norovirus

CFS Vibrio

Issue Date 23.2.2019
Source of Information Centre for Food Safety
Food Product Raw oysters
Product Name and Description Raw oysters harvested in zone 56.09.3, Morbihan Department, France
Reason For Issuing Alert
  • The CFS received a notification from the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) of the European Commission that raw oysters harvested in abovementioned area in France which were suspected to be contaminated with norovirus was under recall. According to the information provided by RASFF, a local importer, Tasty Seafood and Fine Food Limited, had imported the raw oysters concerned.
  • The CFS immediately contacted the importer concerned for follow-up and the importer confirmed that it had imported the affected oysters.
  • Preliminary investigation by CFS found that 135 kilograms of the affected oysters were imported by the importer and some were distributed.
Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety
  • For the sake of prudence, the CFS has immediately suspended the import into and sale within Hong Kong of raw oysters harvested in the area concerned.
  • The CFS has instructed the importer to stop sale and remove from shelves the affected product, and initiate a recall.
  • The CFS will inform the French authorities of the import suspension and notify the local trade.
  • The CFS will continue to follow up on the incident and take appropriate action to safeguard food safety and public health.
Advice to the Trade
  • Stop selling the affected product.
Advice to Consumers
  • Regardless of the season or the region in which the oysters are harvested, consuming oysters, particularly raw or partially cooked ones, carries an inherent food safety risk.
  • Susceptible groups, such as pregnant women, young children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems or liver diseases, should avoid eating raw oysters.
  • Members of the public may call the importer’s hotline at 3590 4849 during office hours to enquire about the recall.
Further Information The CFS press release

USA – Yet Another Cruise Ship with Norovirus ? 91 sickened on Princess Cruises Island Princess; Samples sent for Norovirus testing

Outbreak News Today Norwalk_Caspid

Federal health officials reported another cruise ship outbreak this week. According to officials, 91 passengers and crew onboard the Princess Cruises February 8–18, 2019 Island Princess voyage were stricken with symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea.


RASFF Alert – Norovirus – Live Oysters


RASFF – norovirus (GI and GII /2g) in live oysters (Crassostrea gigas) from Portugal in the Netherlands

USA – South Carolina: Hepatitis A outbreak declared in Aiken County

Outbreak News Today

South Carolina health officials report that an employee of City Billiards tested positive for hepatitis A. Customers who ate there between January 22 and February 5 could have been exposed to the virus.

This is the second case of hepatitis A diagnosed in an Aiken-area food handler in February. At this time, the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is not aware of a known connection between the two cases.

In light of these findings, DHEC is declaring a hepatitis A outbreak in Aiken County. An outbreak is defined as an unexpected increase in the number of cases in a geographic area or time period.  There have been 10 hepatitis A cases diagnosed in Aiken County since December 1, 2018.

USA – Hepatitis A Exposure at Subway in Trumann, Arkansas

Food Poisoning Bulletin

An employee at the Subway restaurant at 121 Highway 463 North in Trumann, Arkansas, has been diagnosed with hepatitis A according to the Arkansas Health Department. Anyone who ate there between January 23, 2019 and February 6, 2019 should get a vaccination as soon as possible if they have never had this illness or have not been vaccinated.