Category Archives: Microbiological Risk Assessment

Belgium – Burger Iberico, Chipolata Iberico and Gourmet Iberico – Salmonella


Following an inspection and in order to guarantee consumer safety, Deli Ostrich NV is withdrawing from sale the ‘burger Iberico’, ‘chipolata Iberico’ and ‘Gourmet Iberico’ products of the Carrefour brand sold in the butcher’s department of certain Carrefour stores in Belgium. and recalls them to consumers due to the presence of Salmonella.

Product description:

Iberico Burger:
o Brand: Carrefour
o EAN-code: 2721846000000
o DLC: 10/15/2020
o Lots: 5550405

Iberico Chipolata:
o Brand: Carrefour
o EAN-code: 2721848000000
o DLC: 10/14/2020 and 15/10/2020
o Lots: 5550405

Iberico Gourmet:
o Brand: Carrefour
o EAN-code: 2721319000000
o DLC: 14/10/2020 and 15/10/2020
o Lots: 5450413 and 5450414

The company Deli Ostrich NV withdraws from sale the products ‘burger Iberico’, ‘chipolata Iberico’ and ‘Gourmet Iberico’ of the brand Carrefour and recalls them to consumers due to the presence of Salmonella.

The products have already been taken off the shelves. However, some products have already been sold. Consumers who have purchased the affected products are urged not to consume them and to return them to the point of sale. They will be reimbursed.

If you have consumed these products before and you have symptoms such as fever and / or headache, contact your GP. These symptoms can be more serious in children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems.

For more information, consumers can call Carrefour customer service via the free number 0800 / 9.10.11 – working days from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The company Deli Ostrich NV apologizes to Carrefour consumers for the inconvenience.

Italy – ROGNONI – RASCHERA DOP – Salmonella




Reason for reporting : Recall due to microbiological risk

Publication date : 12 October 2020



Ireland – Recall of Roosters Southern Fried Poppin’ Chicken due to the Presence of Salmonella


Category 1: For Action
Alert Notification: 2020.62
Product: Roosters Southern Fried Poppin’ Chicken; pack size: 210g; approval number: PL 10610342 WE
Batch Code: L:15320; best before: 25.05.2022
Country Of Origin: Poland


The above batch of Roosters Southern Fried Poppin’ Chicken is being recalled due to the presence of Salmonella.  Point-of-sale recall notices will be displayed in stores supplied with the implicated batch. The implicated batch was sold in Aldi stores.

Nature Of Danger:

 People infected with Salmonella typically develop symptoms between 12 and 36 hours after infection, but this can range between 6 and 72 hours.  The most common symptom is diarrhoea, which can sometimes be bloody.  Other symptoms may include fever, headache and abdominal cramps.  The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days. Diarrhoea can occasionally be severe enough to require hospital admission. The elderly, infants, and those with impaired immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness.

Action Required:

Manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, caterers & retailers:

Retailers are requested to remove the implicated batch from sale and to display a point-of-sale recall notice in stores where the affected batch was sold.


Consumers should not eat the implicated batch.

Roosters Poppin Chicken

Research – Human Norovirus strains differ in sensitivity to the body’s first line of defense

Science Daily

Interferon (IFN) responses are one of the first defenses the body mounts against viral infections, and research has shown that it plays a role controlling viral replication. But when researchers at Baylor College of Medicine investigated whether IFN restricted human norovirus (HuNoV) infection in human intestinal enteroids (HIEs), a cultivation system that recapitulates many of the characteristics of the human infection, they unexpectedly discovered that endogenous IFN responses by HIEs restricted growth of HuNoV strain GII.3, but not of GII.4, the most common strain worldwide.

RASFF Alert – Animal Feed – Complementary Feed – Dogs and Cats

European Food Alerts


Salmonella (in 1 out of 5 samples /25g) in complementary feed for dogs and cats from Germany in Germany

Hong Kong – Test results of seasonal food surveillance project on mooncakes (first phase) all satisfactory


The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) today (September 2) announced the results of a seasonal food surveillance project on mooncakes (first phase). The results of 137 samples tested were all satisfactory.

A spokesman for the CFS said that samples covering traditional, snowy, ice-cream and other types of mooncakes had been collected from various retailers (including online retailers) and food factories for chemical and microbiological tests and nutrition content analysis.

The chemical tests covered colouring matters, preservatives, aflatoxins and metallic contaminants. Microbiological tests covered different pathogens. For nutrition content analysis, the contents of sodium and total fat of the samples were tested to see if they were consistent with the declared values on the nutrition labels.

Netherlands – AH Gouda cheese young matured 48+ cubes Recall- Samonella


Albert Heijn has decided to bring back AH Gouda cheese aged 48+ cubes from the shops. Salmonella has been found in this product. It only concerns cheese cubes with an expiration date 2-11-2020.

Consuming the cheese cubes with this expiration date can potentially pose a health hazard, especially for young children, the elderly, people with a weakened immune system and pregnant women. Consult your doctor or general practitioner if you have any questions about health problems.

Customers are requested not to eat the cheese cubes and to return them to an Albert Heijn store, where they will be reimbursed the purchase price upon return of the product.

See also the Albert Heijn website

Research – Outbreaks, Germination, and Inactivation of Bacillus cereus in Food Products: A Review



Bacillus cereus has been reported as a foodborne pathogen worldwide. Although food processing technologies to inactivate the pathogen have been developed for decades, foodborne outbreaks related to B. cereus have occurred. In the present review, foodborne outbreaks, germination, inactivation, and detection of B. cereus are discussed, along with inactivation mechanisms. B. cereus outbreaks from 2003 to 2016 are reported based on food commodity, number of cases, and consequent illnesses. Germination before sporicidal treatments is highlighted as an effective way to inactivate B. cereus, because the resistance of the pathogen increases significantly following sporulation. Several germinants used for B. cereus are listed, and their efficacies are compared. Finally, recently used interventions with sporicidal mechanisms are identified, and rapid detection methods that have been developed are discussed. Combining two or more interventions, known as the hurdle technology concept, is suggested to maximize the sporicidal effect. Further study is needed to ensure food safety and to understand germination mechanisms and sporicidal resistance of B. cereus.

  • Bacillus cereus has been associated with several foodborne outbreaks.
  • Several germinants have been used to induce Bacillus cereus germination.
  • Resistance of Bacillus cereus may depend on the germination method.
  • Sporicidal effect of interventions can be maximized by hurdle technology.

Australia – Milk Lab Almond Milk 1L


Product information

Rio Coffee Pty Ltd is conducting a recall of Milk Lab Almond Milk 1L. The product has been available for sale at select supermarkets, cafes and restaurants in SA.

Date markings

Best Before 6 AUG 2021


The recall is due to potential microbial contamination.

Food safety hazard

Food products with microbial contamination may cause illness if consumed.

Country of origin


What to do​

Any consumers concerned about their health should seek medical advice and should return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund.

For further information please contact:

Rio Coffee Pty Ltd

​(08) 8362 3376

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Iceland – Salmonella in an energy bar


Matvælastofnun warns against consuming Eat Natural energy bars from the British company Hand2mouth, which Costco imports and sells in its store due to the risk of salmonella. Costco in Iceland has contacted its customers who have purchased the product and recalled it, in consultation with the Health Inspectorate of the Hafnarfjörður and Kópavogur areas.

The recall only applies to the following cycles:

  • Product: Brazil & sultana with peanuts and almonds 
  • Brand: Eat Natural 
  • Size and bar code: 
    35g pcs. 96003787 
    4x 35g package 5013803666712 
    50g pcs. 50676262 
    3x 50g package 5013803666149
    12x 50g box 50138803621247
    20x 50g various types 5013803666385
  • Best for: AUGUST 2020, SEP 2020, OCT 2020, NOV 2020, DEC 2020, JAN 2021, FEB 2021, MAR 2021, APR 2021, MAY 2021, JUNE 2021, JUL 2021
  • Distribution: Costco and Heimkaup store

Energy bar - salmonella

Customers can get their product refunded according to the instructions in Costco’s press release below. 

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Updated 27.08.20 at 13:18