Category Archives: microbial contamination

Belgium – DG Sante raises concerns on Belgian microbial controls

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Belgium’s system to prevent microbiological risks before and during harvest of certain foods has been criticized by the EU’s health and safety body. Officials in Belgium disagree.

A DG Sante audit found Belgium’s program is not designed to identify businesses that don’t have measures to stop the risk of contamination at these stages of production of food of non-animal origin (FNAO), which include fruits and vegetables.

The audit took place in late October 2020 but the coronavirus pandemic meant findings are based on a remote review of documentation and video interviews with officials. It was the second audit of official controls on FNAO in Belgium. A 2015 report made one recommendation but in the latest assessment DG Sante found the adopted measures were not sufficient.

Australia Research – Monitoring the incidence and causes of diseases potentially transmitted by food in Australia: Annual report of the OzFoodNet network, 2013–2015

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This report summarises the incidence of diseases potentially transmitted by food in Australia, and details outbreaks associated with food that occurred during 2013–2015.
OzFoodNet sites reported an increasing number of notifications of 12 diseases or conditions that may be transmitted by food (botulism; campylobacteriosis; cholera; hepatitis A; hepatitis E; haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS); listeriosis; Salmonella Paratyphi (paratyphoid fever) infection; salmonellosis; shigellosis; Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli(STEC) infection; and Salmonella Typhi (typhoid fever) infection), with a total of 28,676 notifications received in 2013; 37,958 in 2014; and 41,226 in 2015.
The most commonly-notified conditions were campylobacteriosis (a mean of 19,061 notifications per year over 2013–2015) and salmonellosis (a mean of 15,336 notifications per year over 2013–2015). Over these three years, OzFoodNet sites also reported 512 outbreaks of gastrointestinal illness caused by foodborne, animal-to-person or waterborne disease, affecting 7,877 people, and resulting in 735 hospitalisations and 18 associated deaths.
The majority of outbreaks (452/512; 88%) were due to foodborne or suspected foodborne transmission. The remaining 12% of outbreaks were due to waterborne or suspected waterborne transmission (57 outbreaks) and animal-to-human trans-mission (three outbreaks). Foodborne and suspected foodborne outbreaks affected 7,361 people, resulting in 705 hospitalisations and 18 deaths.
Salmonella was the most common aetiological agent identified in foodborne outbreaks (239/452; 53%), and restaurants were the most frequently-reported food preparation setting (211/452; 47%). There were 213 foodborne outbreaks (47%) attributed to a single food commodity during 2013–2015, with 58% (124/213) associated with the consumption of eggs and egg-based dishes.

Italy – Natural mineral water 100 cl PLOSE (TMC 21.07.2023) – Microbial Risk

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Brand : Acqua Plose

Name : Natural mineral water 100 cl PLOSE (TMC 21.07.2023)

Reason for reporting : Recall due to microbiological risk

Publication date : 28 July 2021

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Italy – Natural mineral water 50 cl PLOSE (TMC 21.07.2023) – Microbiological Risk

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Brand : Acqua Plose

Name : Natural mineral water 50 cl PLOSE (TMC 21.07.2023)

Reason for reporting : Recall due to microbiological risk

Publication date : 28 July 2021

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Italy – Natural mineral water 100 cl PLOSE (TMC 14.07.2023) – Microbiological Risk

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Brand : Acqua Plose

Name : Natural mineral water 100 cl PLOSE (TMC 14.07.2023)

Reason for reporting : Recall due to microbiological risk

Publication date : 28 July 2021

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Italy – Natural mineral water 75cl PLOSE (TMC 20.07.2023) – Microbiological Risk

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Brand : Acqua Plose

Name : Natural mineral water 75cl PLOSE (TMC 20.07.2023)

Reason for reporting : Recall due to microbiological risk

Publication date : 28 July 2021

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Italy – Natural mineral water 100 cl PLOSE (TMC 13.07.2023) – Microbial Risk

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Brand : Acqua Plose

Name : Natural mineral water 100 cl PLOSE (TMC 13.07.2023)

Reason for reporting : Recall due to microbiological risk

Publication date : 28 July 2021

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Canada – Food Recall Warning – Frank’s RedHot brand Buffalo Ranch Seasoning recalled due to Salmonella

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Recall details

Ottawa, July 27, 2021 – McCormick Canada is recalling Frank’s RedHot brand Buffalo Ranch Seasoning from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below.

Recalled product

Brand Product Size UPC Codes
Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Ranch Seasoning 153 g 0 66200 02104 7 BB 2022 SEP 06

What you should do

If you think you became sick from consuming a recalled product, call your doctor.

Check to see if you have the recalled product in your home. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased.

Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Young children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems may contract serious and sometimes deadly infections. Healthy people may experience short-term symptoms such as fever, headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis.

Background

This recall was triggered by the company. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products. If other high-risk products are recalled, the CFIA will notify the public through updated Food Recall Warnings.

The CFIA is verifying that industry is removing the recalled product from the marketplace.

Illnesses

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

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  • Frank's RedHot – Buffalo Ranch Seasoning – 153 grams

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