Category Archives: foodborne disease

Sweden – Salmonella outbreak, dozens affected

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Swedish Public Health officials (Folkhalsomyndigheten) are reporting (computer translated) an outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium since the beginning of the month.

To date, 36 cases from 10 counties have been linked with whole-genome sequencing. Most cases have been reported from Västra Götaland, Jönköping, Halland and Dalarna. Ill persons are found in all age groups, both among children and the elderly, and slightly more women (22) than men (14) have become sick.

The Swedish National Food Agency and the Public Health Authority together are investigating the outbreak to identify the source of the infection that is suspected to be a food that has been widely distributed in Sweden.

Spain – Listeria meat firm knew its products were infected, months before outbreak

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THE Seville-based company Magrudis knew that its products were contaminated months before it caused the largest outbreak ever recorded in the country.

According to sources from Seville City Council and the Ministry of Health, the Laboratorios Microal sounded the alarm on February 18 after samples of the shredded meat product were sent to them for evaluation.

A statement released by the manager of the quality control and research at Microal, Mariano Barroso, of the two samples that were submitted, one came back as positive.

The listeria outbreak that swept Spain is the worst in recorded history, taking hold on August 15 and claiming the lives of three elderly victims and leaving over 200

USA – Philadelphia E. coli Outbreak Sickens At Least 14

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A Philadelphia E. coli outbreak has sickened at least 14 people, according to a Health Alert issued by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. Public health officials “have identified a few shared restaurant exposures,” in their ongoing case investigation, but no one restaurant or food has been named so far.

Norway – Norway norovirus outbreaks linked to seaweed salad from China

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More than 100 people have fallen ill in Norway from norovirus likely in a frozen seaweed salad from China.

The first outbreak of norovirus suspected to be linked to the seaweed salad occurred in mid-June and the most recent was at the beginning of August. The implicated product was also shipped to Denmark.

“It is suspected that seaweed from China was the cause of more than 100 cases of gastroenteritis from at least 11 eateries in different areas of Norway. Most of the outbreaks were in June and July this year. Investigations are still ongoing. Norovirus was detected in patients from at least two of these eateries,” Guri Aanderud, senior adviser in the seafood section at the Norwegian Food Safety Authority (Mattilsynet) told Food Safety News.

USA – “Cyclosporapocalypse” sickens 1,696 in 33 States in 2019

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The number of reported cases of domestically acquired cyclosporiasis has increased from the previous month and remains elevated in the United States since May 1, 2019.

As of August 28, 2019, 1,696 laboratory-confirmed cases of cyclosporiasis were reported to CDC by 33 states, District of Columbia and New York City in people who became ill since May 1, 2019 and who had no history of international travel during the 14-day period before illness onset.

RASFF Alert – Foodborne Outbreak suspected (Salmonella)

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RASFF –   to be caused by and Salmonella (present /25g) in eggs from Spain in the Netherlands

Contagion Live – Outbreak Monitor – Listeria monocytogenes

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