Category Archives: foodborne outbreak

RASFF Alert – Foodborne Outbreak -Listeria monocytogenes – Milk Products

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RASFF – foodborne outbreak suspected to be caused by Listeria monocytogenes (240 CFU/g) in milk products from France in France

RASFF Alert – Foodborne Outbreak Norovirus (GI, GII) – Live Oysters

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RASFF – foodborne outbreak suspected to be caused by and norovirus (GI, GII) in live oysters (Crassostrea gigas) from France in Denmark

RASFF Alert – Foodborne Outbreak suspected Salmonella – Chilled Raw Minced Horse Meat

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RASFF – foodborne outbreak suspected (Salmonella enterica ser. Bovismorbificans) to be caused by chilled raw minced horse meat from Romania, via Belgium in France

USA – Shigella Outbreak in Amador County

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Amador County health officials announced this week that they are currently investigating a Shigella outbreak in their county. According to the announcement, there is a “significant increase in acute frequent diarrhea is being reported in Amador County.” The county, however, did not state how many illnesses are involved or the medical status of those who are sick. 
It is believed that the health department has determined the source but has been mum about naming it. The health department’s statement noted that: “Amador County Environmental Health and Public Health are completing an investigation and have enforced food safety practices at a lone establishment associated with reports of this illness.”

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.

Majorca – Previous cases at restaurant at the centre of foodborne outbreak

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The Dragon Sushi restaurant in Palma, which was at the centre of the recent foodborne disease outbreak, had received a warning from the health ministry in June.

On that occasion, there was evidence of three people having become ill after eating at the restaurant; all three were found to have salmonella poisoning.

Food safety inspectors went to the restaurant in June and found a number of deficiencies.

These didn’t lead to the restaurant’s closure. The owners were given a warning and instructed to remedy the deficiencies.

Ten days later, the inspectors returned and were satisfied that the issues had been addressed. Sanctioning procedures were initiated against the restaurant. These have yet to be brought to a conclusion. The maximum fine is 5,000 euros.

There are now 94 people who have been affected by the recent outbreak. The number confirmed with having had salmonella poisoning has risen to 26.

The source of the outbreak is still being investigated. When the three cases arose in June, it was apparently not possible to find the source of the poisoning.

The restaurant, which remains closed, faces a second fine of up to 20,000 euros.

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.