Category Archives: Hygiene

Global Handwashing Day

Global Handwashing Day

October 15 is Global Handwashing Day, a global advocacy day dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives.

GLOBAL HANDWASHING DAY IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO DESIGN, TEST, AND REPLICATE CREATIVE WAYS TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO WASH THEIR HANDS WITH SOAP AT CRITICAL TIMES.

This unprecedented time provides a unique impetus to institutionalize hand hygiene as a fundamental component of health and safety. The learnings from the past year have emphasized the need for collective action to address the historic neglect of hand hygiene investments, policies, and programs once and for all. As we enter a new normal, beyond COVID-19, our future is at hand.  This year’s theme, “Our Future is at Hand – Let’s Move Forward Together,” calls for coordinated action as we actively work toward universal hand hygiene.

No matter your role, you can celebrate Global Handwashing Day!

Click to access GHD-2021-Fact-Sheet.pdf

USA – Outbreak Investigation of Cyclospora: Bagged Salads (June 2020) CDC announces the end of the outbreak; FDA continues its investigation.

CDC

Investigation Update

September 25, 2020

As of September 25, 2020, CDC has announced this outbreak is over. FDA’s traceback investigation is complete, however the cause or source of the outbreak has not been determined. FDA’s investigation is continuing, in consultation with the state agriculture and regional water board.

FDA investigated multiple farms identified in the traceback, one of which led to sampling and investigation around a farm in south Florida. FDA continues to work with the state of Florida and the local water district to try to determine the source and impact of Cyclospora that was found in the regional water management canal (C-23), located west of Port St. Lucie, Florida. Given the emerging nature of genetic typing methodologies for this parasite in foods and in environmental samples, the FDA has been unable to determine if the Cyclospora detected in the canal is a genetic match to the clinical cases, therefore, there is currently not enough evidence to conclusively determine the source of this outbreak. However, the presence of Cyclospora in a canal that had previously supplied irrigation water in the region, and specifically to a farm identified in the traceback, suggests the need for a collaborative effort by state, federal and industry partners to better define the scope of the contamination and identify appropriate risk mitigation measures.

Previous Updates

USA – Wismettac Asian Foods Voluntarily Recalls Dried Fungus Due to Potential Salmonella Contamination

FDA

Wismettac Asian Foods, Inc., Santa Fe Springs, CA is issuing a voluntary recall for Shirakiku brand imported Dried Fungus (also known as Black Fungus or Kikurage) because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

The product was distributed to restaurants in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Washington DC, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and British Columbia in Canada.

  • Affected Product:
Item Number Item Description Pack Size UPC Code Product Lot Code Package Photo
#60403 BLACK FUNGUS (KIKURAGE) 5LB 5 LB 00074410604035 All Lots with Item #60403 on the package See below

Wismettac is initiating the recall after the California Department of Public Health discovered the presence of Salmonella in the product. The manufactuer has been made aware of the issue, and is conducting an investigation to determine the cause of the issue so corrections can be implemented.

To ensure consumer safety, all distribution of the affected product has ceased and restaurant customers have been notified for the product removal.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at recall@wismettacusa.com.

Wismettac Asian Foods, Inc.
Food Safety Department
recall@wismettacusa.com


Company Contact Information

Consumers:
Wismettac Asian Foods, Inc.
 recall@wismettacusa.com

Product Photos

USA – Real Pet Food Company of Phoenix, AZ Voluntarily Recalls One Lot of Billy+Margot Wild Kangaroo and Superfoods Recipe Dog Food in 4 lb Bags Because of a Possible Salmonella Health Risk (USA)

FDA

Real Pet Food Company is voluntarily recalling Billy+Margot Wild Kangaroo and Superfoods Recipe 4lb bags because it has the potential to be contaminated with SalmonellaSalmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products.

While no illnesses have been reported, healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Owners exhibiting any signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare provider.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea, fever, vomiting and or abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

Retailers who have received product from the affected lot code have been asked to remove this product from shelves immediately and dispose of the product carefully.

If you have purchased Billy+Margot Wild Kangaroo and Superfoods Recipe in a 4 lb bag, with lot code V 07 Feb 2022 from any retail store nationally, please stop feeding the product to your dogs, dispose of this product immediately, wash your hands accordingly, and sanitize affected surfaces.

This recall does not affect any other Billy+Margot products or those sold outside of the USA.

The recall is a result of a routine sampling program by state officials which revealed that the finished products contained the bacteria. The company has ceased the production and distribution of the product. The FDA and the company will continue their investigation as to what caused the problem.

Consumers who have purchased the recalled products may call Real Pet Food between 8 am and 10 pm EST immediately for a refund or for additional information at : 1-800-467-5494. Consumers with questions may contact the company at : 1-800-467-5494 during the above times also.


Company Contact Information

Consumers:
Real Pet Food
 1-800-467-5494

Product Photos

Luxembourg – RECALL: GORGONZOLA OF THE AUCHAN BRAND – RISK OF THE PRESENCE OF LISTERIA MONOCYTOGENES

SAP

Last name GORGONZOLA
Mark AUCHAN
Unit 150 g
Bar code 3596710406647
Best before date (DLC) 01/10/2020
Lot P230003

Danger  : Risk of presence of Listeria monocytogenes

Listeria monocytogenes can cause fever, headache, and gastroenteritis. Vulnerable people such as the immunocompromised and the elderly and young children may experience neurological symptoms due to meningitis. Pregnant women should also pay special attention to these symptoms. Gastroenteritis can appear between a few hours and 3 days after consumption, while neurological symptoms can only appear after 3 months. People who have consumed these products and who present these symptoms are advised to consult a doctor, notifying him of this consumption.

Sale in Luxembourg by: Auchan

Source of information: Recall notification by Auchan

Communicated by: Government Commission for Quality, Fraud and Food Safety .

France – Gorgonzola PDO 150g from Castelli France

Oulah

Product recall: Gorgonzola PDO 150g from Castelli France

ENCOUNTERED PROBLEM

Presence of Listeria monocytogenes

PROPOSED SOLUTION

Those in possession of this product are asked not to consume it and to return it to the point of sale where it was purchased for reimbursement.

People who have consumed this product and who have a fever, isolated or accompanied by headaches, are invited to consult their attending physician, notifying them of this consumption.
Pregnant women should pay special attention to these symptoms, as well as immunocompromised people and the elderly. These symptoms may suggest listeriosis, a disease that can be serious and can take up to eight weeks to incubate.

FURTHER INFORMATION

▸ Presentation
tray of approximately 150g

▸ Barcode
2 449 187 XXX XXX

▸ DLC
02/10/2020

▸ Lot
P231005

▸ Sanitary stamp
IT 01 532 CE

▸ Consumer service contact
CASTELLI FRANCE SA is available to consumers to answer their questions on the toll-free number: 0805 805 950 (Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.).

▸ Source
https://www.carrefour.fr/


RASFF Alert – Foodborne Outbreak -Norovirus – Frozen Tellins (Donax trunculus)

European Food Alerts

RASFF

foodborne outbreak suspected to be caused by and norovirus (GI, GII) in frozen tellins (Donax trunculus) from Turkey in Spain

USA – Vibrio Vulnificus in Connecticut: Unusual number of infections prompt warning

Outbreak News today

Food Illness

Connecticut state health officials have issued a warning for the public in shoreline areas about the potential dangers of exposure to salt or brackish water along Long Island Sound, due to an unusually high number of Vibrio vulnificus infections.

Since July, five cases of Vibrio vulnificus infections have been reported to the Department of Public Health (one infection in July, four in August).  The patients are from Fairfield (1), Middlesex (1), and New Haven (3) counties and are between 49 – 85 years of age (median 73); 4 are male, 1 female.

Two patients had septicemia (infection of the bloodstream) and three had serious wound infections. All five cases patients were hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.

All five cases reported exposure to salt or brackish water during activities such as swimming, crabbing, and boating.  All five patients had pre-existing wounds or sustained new wounds during these activities which led to the Vibrio infections.

Lithuanian – Lithuanian officials seize poultry meat due to Salmonella

Lithuanian authorities have seized more than 40 tons of imported poultry meat due to potential Salmonella contamination in the space of three months.

From June to August of this year, the State Food and Veterinary Service (VMVT) banned the placing on the market of 10 batches of poultry meat imported to Lithuania from Poland, Hungary, and Romania.

More than half of the non-compliant meat (25 tons or seven batches) was imported from Poland. A total of 12 tons, or two lots, originated in Hungary and three tons, or one lot, came from Romania.

Lithuanian officials seize poultry meat due to Salmonella

Denmark – Burger buns with risk of Mold

DVFA

Nordthy is recalling Quickbury Mega Burger Buns, due to the risk of mold. Risk of mold makes the product unfit for human consumption. (Updated 08-09-2020, with new points of sale)

Recalled Foods , Published: August 28, 2020

Modified September 8, 2020
(Updated 08-09-2020, with new outlets)
What food:
Quickbury Mega Burger Buns ( see photo )
Net weight: 300 grams
Best before dates: 04.12.20, 11.12.20 and 12.12.20
This only applies to Lot / batch numbers with end numbers: “64”
EAN barcode: 4028491401065
Sold in:

Net stores throughout the country

SPAR ÅKIRKEBY, TORVET 1, 3720 AAKIRKEBY
MENU MARIBO, BROVEJEN 19, 4930 MARIBO
SPAR DALVANGSVEJ, DALVANGSVEJ 52, 2600 GLOSTRUP
MENU HIMMELEV, SOGNEVEJ 95, 4000 ROSKILDE
MY MERCHANT Halvrimmen, AALBORGVEJ 14, 9460 BROVST
MENU BOGENSE, VESTRE ENGVEJ 2, 5400 BOGENSE
LETKØB HYLKE, HYLKEVEJ 52, 8660 SKANDERBORG
SPAR KOLDBY, LIMFJORDSGADE 15, 7752 SNEDSTED
MY MERCHANT GADBJERG, LANGGADE 35, 7321 GADBJERG
LETKØB- ØRTING HANDELSPL., HORSENSVEJ 121, 8300 ODDER
SPAR HADERSLEV, LYØVEJ 10, 6100 HADERSLEV
SAVE NYKØBING MORS, FRUEVEJ 37-41, 7900 NYKØBING M
MY MERCHANT DAUGÅRD, GL. VEJLEVEJ 51  8721 DAUGÅRD
MY MERCHANT VEJRUP, MØLLEVEJ 1, VEJRUP, 6740 BRAMMING
Menu Hadsund, Hadsundvej 1 – Als, 9560 Hadsund
Spar Brovst, JERNBANEGADE 2, 9460 Brovst
SPAR THURØ, BERGMANNSVEJ 112 THURØ, 5700 SVENDBORG
Letkøb Fjelstrup, Fjelstrup Nørrevej 3.6100 Haderslev
SPAR ÅRSLEV, STATIONSVEJ 124, 5792 ÅRSLEV
LETKØB – RØMØ, KØBMANDEN, HAVNEBYVEJ 25,6792 RØMØ
SPAR HVIDBJERG KØBMANDSGÅ NÆSSUNDVEJ 358, 7960 KARBY
MY MERCHANT ENGESVANG, GL. KONGEVEJ 62, 7442 ENGESVANG
MY MERCHANT NYKØBING MORS, FÆLLEDVEJ 17, 7900 NYKØBING M
MY MERCHANT BEVTOFT, KRYGERSVEJ 38, 6541 BEVTOFT
802-MENU RUGGARDSVEJ, RUGGAARDSVEJ 211, 5210 ODENSE NV
MY MERCHANT NIM  PRÆSTEVÆNGET 13, 8740 Brædstrup
MY MERCHANT ODENSE SØ, HOLLUFGÅRDSVEJ 219, 5220 ODENSE SØ
SPAR WANDALSVEJ, WANDALLSVEJ 10, 5700 SVENDBORG
SPAR AGERSKOV, HOVEDGADEN 14, 6534 AGERSKOV
SPAR GØRDING ApS, NØRREGADE 1, 6690 GØRDING
MY MERCHANT TROLDHED, NO. VIUMVEJ 1 A,  6920 VIDEBÆK
MENU OTTERUP APS, STRANDVEJEN 1  5450 OTTERUP
SPAR EBBERUP EBBERUPVEJ 75, 5631 EBBERUP
SAVE HOPTRUP, HOPTRUP HOVEDGADE 53 6100 HADERSLEV
MY MERCHANT BOVRUP, BOVRUP STOREGADE 20-BOVRUP  6200 AABENRAA
SAVE HUMBLE HOVEDGADEN 24, 5932 HUMBLE
MY MERCHANT SENNELS SENNELSVEJ 81, 7700 THISTED
SAVE ESBJERG BØNDERGÅRDSVEJ 1 6700 ESBJERG
MY MERCHANT HAASTRUP, BYGADEN 10, HÅSTRUP 5600 FAABORG
SPAR ERSLEV, PRÆSTBROVEJ 144, 7950 ERSLEV
Company recalling:
Nordthy, Rubinvej 61, 7700 Thisted
Cause:
Mold has been found on the underside of the buns 
Risk:
Risk of mildew makes the product unsuitable as food.
Advice for consumers:
The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration advises consumers to deliver the product back to the store where it was purchased or to discard it.