Category Archives: Laboratory

USA – FSMA Final Rule on Laboratory Accreditation for Analyses of Foods (LAAF)

FDA

The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) final rule on Laboratory Accreditation for Analyses of Foods (LAAF) establishes a laboratory accreditation program for the testing of food in certain circumstances. Under the LAAF program, FDA will recognize accreditation bodies (ABs) that will accredit laboratories to the standards established in the final rule (referred to as LAAF-accredited laboratories).

The final rule specifies eligibility requirements that ABs and laboratories wishing to participate in the program will need to satisfy, as well as procedures for how the FDA will manage and oversee the program. In certain circumstances, owners and consignees will be required to use a LAAF-accredited laboratory for food testing. FDA will maintain an online public registry listing recognized accredited bodies and LAAF-accredited laboratories.

The establishment of the LAAF program is intended to improve the accuracy and reliability of certain food testing through the uniformity of standards and enhanced FDA oversight of participating laboratories.

Structures of the Laboratory Accreditation for Analyses of Foods (LAAF) Program

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USA – Laboratory Accreditation for Analyses of Foods Program

FDA

About the Program

The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) final rule on Laboratory Accreditation for Analyses of Foods (LAAF) establishes a laboratory accreditation program for the testing of food in certain circumstances. Under the LAAF program, FDA will recognize accreditation bodies (ABs) that will accredit laboratories to the standards established in the final rule (referred to as LAAF-Accredited Laboratories).

For additional information and guidance, see FSMA Final Rule on Laboratory Accreditation for Analyses of Foods (LAAF).

FDA recognizes LAAF accreditation bodies which assess LAAF accredited laboratories.

Tables in the link above identify accreditation bodies that have been recognized and laboratories that have been accredited under the LAAF program. One recognized accreditation body (AB) may LAAF-accredit many laboratories. A recognized accreditation body may issue one or many certificates of accreditation for any LAAF-accredited laboratory (AL) location covering one or multiple laboratory scopes (LS). Separate laboratory locations under common ownership may be LAAF-accredited by different recognized accreditation bodies.

USA – Updated Campylobacter Method

USDA

USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service Microbiology Laboratory Guidebook Update

Microbiology Laboratory Guidebook for USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service. This method has recently been updated:

France – Product recall: Saint Alby brand Rosette de Lyon -Salmonella

Oulah

Product recall: Saint Alby brand Rosette de Lyon

ENCOUNTERED PROBLEM

Presence of salmonella

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.

Foodborne illness caused by salmonella results in gastrointestinal disturbances, diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal pain, often accompanied by fever; these symptoms may be more severe in young children, immunocompromised individuals and the elderly. The incubation period can range from 6 to 72 hours.
People who have consumed the products mentioned below and who have these symptoms are invited to consult their doctor, notifying him of this consumption.

FURTHER INFORMATION

▸ Barcode
20021139

▸ Lot
• 111001
• 111928

▸ DLC
• 01/22/2021
• 01/29/2021

▸ Health
stamp FR 69.238.010 CE

▸ Marketing date
From 10/15/2020 to 11/17/2020

▸ Consumer service contact
The LIDL consumer service is at your disposal at the following telephone number 0 800 900 343.

▸ Source
https://www.lidl.fr/fr

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

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Canada – Notice not to consume coriander microgreens sold by Les Jardins Picoudi – Salmonella

MAPAQ

Quebec September 10, 2020 – MAPAQ, in collaboration with the company Les Jardins Picoudi, in Saint-Robert , is warning the population not to consume the product indicated in the table below, because this food is likely to contain Salmonella bacteria .

 

Product name Formats CUP Targeted lot
“Coriander microgreens” 75 g 813 526 000 153 3,246

The product that is the subject of this advisory was available for sale at several locations across the province . It was packaged in rectangular transparent plastic dishes and sold refrigerated. The label includes, in addition to the proper name of the products, the words “PICOUDI”.

The operator is voluntarily recalling the product in question. He agreed with MAPAQ to disseminate this notice as a precautionary measure. It should be noted that no case of illness associated with the consumption of this food has been reported to MAPAQ to date.

People who have a product in their possession are therefore advised not to consume it. They must either return it to the establishment where they bought it or throw it away. Even if the product does not show any signs of spoilage or a suspicious odor, it is likely to be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria.

Consuming food contaminated with this bacteria can cause salmonellosis, a foodborne illness. In young children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems, salmonellosis can cause very serious infections. In healthy people, it can manifest with symptoms such as high fever, chills, severe headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain, or diarrhea, sometimes accompanied by blood in the stomachs. stool. Symptoms usually appear 6 to 72 hours after consuming a contaminated food or after contact with an animal carrying the bacteria. Symptoms usually last three to seven days.

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.

Australia – Gippsland Jersey — Gippsland Jersey Full Cream Milk 2L and Gippsland Jersey Light Milk 2L – Recall – Not Pasteurised

Product Safety Australia

Photograph of Gippsland Jersey milks

Identifying features

Use by date
29 July 2019
Other
APN/EAN 9351328000014 (full cream) and 9351328000007 (light)

What are the defects?

The recall is due to a processing error associated with pasteurisation.

What are the hazards?

Milk that is not pasteurised according to the standard may be associated with food-borne illness and decreased shelf life.

Information – Management and operation of microbiological containment laboratories

HSA

Scope
1 This publication provides guidance on the general duties under the Health
and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (the HSW Act) and the requirements
under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002
(COSHH) as they relate to those who deliberately work with biological
agents that pose a risk to human health, other than genetically modified
organisms (GMOs). It also describes the minimum containment
requirements that implement the minimum standards required by the
European Directive (Directive 2000/54/EC) on the protection of workers
from risks related to exposure to biological agents at work.
2 There is separate guidance covering work with GMOs
http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/l29.htm and pathogens covered by the
Specified Animal Pathogens Order (SAPO)
http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/hsg280.htm which should also be considered
in the context of other work related to biological agents.
3 In addition to COSHH, this guidance provides practical advice on applying
the relevant parts of the Management of Health and Safety at Work
Regulations 1999 (MHSWR) for deliberate work with biological agents and
how to assess and control the risks associated with working with biological
agents.
4 This guidance applies to contained use work in all types of laboratories
where biological agents are handled including research, teaching, clinical,
forensic, veterinary and environmental laboratories. It covers both
deliberate work with biological agents and work with material that contains
or may contain biological agents and describes in detail the minimum
containment measures required at containment level 2 (CL2) and 3 (CL3);
and should be used in conjunction with the control measures specified in
Schedule 3, COSHH. Further details on biosafety management in
containment level 4 (CL4) laboratories can be found in the Principles,
Design and Operation of Containment Level 4 Facilities
http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/web09.pdf.
5 There are no legal minimum containment requirements under COSHH for
containment level 1 laboratories. However, the practices, safety equipment
and facilities are similar to those for containment level 2, as required by an
assessment of the risks, and these should be used in addition to the more
general COSHH control measures.

 

Australia/New Zealand – Proposal P1017 – Criteria for Listeria monocytogenes – Microbiological Limits for Foods

FSANZ FSANZ3

This Proposal seeks to update Standard 1.6.1 with regards to criteria for Listeria monocytogenes limits in ready-to-eat foods; aligning with international (Codex) standards, Food Safety and Primary Production and Processing Standards and associated FSANZ guidance material.

Full information and documents from the link above.