Category Archives: Foodborne Illness

South Africa – South Africa declares end to largest ever Listeria outbreak

Food Safety News

The largest ever detected Listeria outbreak in known history is over, according to officials in South Africa.

Between Jan. 1, 2017, and July 17, 2018, South Africa recorded 1,060 laboratory-confirmed cases of listeriosis, including 216 deaths.

The outbreak was linked to a ready-to-eat (RTE) processed meat plant owned by Tiger Brands, the Enterprise Foods production facility in Polokwane. However, investigators for the government and in the private sector have not been able to determine how the outbreak strain was introduced in the affected factory.

A total of 12 million South African rand ($810,000) was spent to deal with the outbreak.

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi gave processed meats the all clear at a media briefing on Monday.

“A team of World Health Organization, international and local experts (have) agreed that because no cases of listeriosis due to the outbreak strain have been identified since the first week of June 2018, and that over the last two months the incidence rate of laboratory-confirmed listeriosis cases has dropped to pre-outbreak levels, the outbreak of listeriosis is over,” Motsoaledi said

Listeriosis cases have been recorded for 40 years in South Africa. There have been between 60 and 80 cases every year for the past five years.


Research – What Sparked An E. Coli Outbreak In Lettuce? Scientists Trace A Surprising Source


The illnesses started appearing in late March. Here and there, across the country, people were checking themselves in to hospitals, sick from toxic E. coli bacteria. At least 200 people got sick. Five of them died.

Investigators quickly identified romaine lettuce as the source of the outbreak, but have had trouble pinpointing the cause for months. Now, the Food and Drug Administration has a theory for how E. coli ended up on that lettuce. According to the FDA, it probably came from a large cattle feedlot at one end of a valley near Yuma, Ariz., which is one of the country’s biggest lettuce-growing areas.

The finding has put lettuce growers in Yuma in a tough spot. The feedlot has been their neighbor for many years. Some vegetable farmers are wondering whether they can still co-exist with all those cattle nearby

Eygpt – Over 100 guests suffer food poisoning at Arab wedding, groom arrested

Khaleej Times

Weddings ending on a happily-ever-after note is usual, but ever heard of a wedding ending with the groom getting arrested?

At a recent wedding in Egypt’s Bishad Qayed, the groom, his father and the chef were arrested after 103 guests suffered food poisoning from meals served at the wedding, according to a report in Youm 7.

The food samples were sent to the lab to be tested for contamination. The three men face trial in the case.

All people affected have been successfully treated and left the hospital except for one female child.

India – Around 100 MIT-ADT students hospitalised for food poisoning

Pune Mirror

Soon after lunch in the institute’s mess on Tuesday, they complained of vomiting, diarrhoea

In a shocking case of food poisoning, as many as 100 students of MIT-ADT University in Loni Kalbhor complained of diarrhoea, vomiting and stomachache after they consumed meals served in the institute’s mess on Tuesday. Most of the students have been admitted to Vishwaraj Hospital in the area for their complications that developed after eating lunch.

As per routine, engineering students and pupils of the Maharashtra Academy of Naval Education and Training (MANET) and International School of Broadcasting and Journalism (ISBJ) went to eat their lunch in the mess. They consumed dal, rice, chapatti, peas and gulab jamun for sweets. Around 4 pm, some of the pupils started complaining of vomiting and diarrhoea. This number slowly started increasing. This was when seniors started admitting junior students to the hospital.

USA – La Luz Mexican Grill now Link in 19 confirmed Salmonella cases

Food Poison Journal 

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La Luz Mexican Grill and 200 Walnut St. in Fort Collins remains closed after a Salmonella illness outbreak hit the Old Town Fort Collins restaurant earlier this month.Larimer County Health Department spokesperson Katie O’Donnell said that, as of Tuesday afternoon, there have been 19 confirmed cases of the outbreak with additional testing still pending for others.

Larimer County Health Department said it received the first complaint about the matter on Aug. 17. After additional complaints and further testing, La Luz voluntarily shut down on Aug. 21 — at the time six salmonella cases had been confirmed.

France – Salmonella outbreak in France linked to raw milk goat cheese

Food Safety News 

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More than 20 people are sick in France as part of a Salmonella outbreak suspected to be caused by raw milk goat cheese. The implicated cheese was also distributed to Belgium, Côte d’Ivoire, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Luxembourg, Spain and the United Kingdom.

Investigations by French health authorities found about 20 salmonellosis cases linked to consumption of “Pélardon” products made by Mounier.

The company, based in Quezac, a commune of the Lozère department in the country, recalled the product in early August following detection of Salmonella. The recall was extended last week to include additional lot numbers and dates.

Fromage AOP Pélardon fermier 60g Earl Mounier Thierry with lot numbers between 24/06/2018 and 29/07/2018 and dates between 24/08/2018 and 29/09/2018 are affected.

Europe – Greenyard Frozen to restart production at site linked to deadly Listeria outbreak

Food Safety News

The Hungarian frozen vegetable factory believed to be the source of a Listeria outbreak that sickened 54 people in six countries, killing 10 of them, is set to restart production.

Following shutdown and cleaning, all tests at the Baja production site were negative for the presence of Listeria monocytogenes, according to a statement from Greenyard Frozen, which is part of the multinational Greenyard Group.

The follow-up tests were performed by the company with external experts including Campden BRI and confirmed by the Hungarian authorities’ own analysis.

Greenyard did not give a restart date but said it would be in the short term with more information being released in coming weeks. Company officials previously said they decided to stop production to do an in-depth review and would not restart or release the freezing lines until they found and eliminated the root cause of the Listeria contamination.