Category Archives: Microbiology

Research- Fish, Tilapia, and Shigellosis: A review

AJAR

Foodborne diseases are considered a relevant issue in health around the world due to their incidence, mortality and negative effects on the economic and productive sector. Fish is considered a food of high nutritional quality, being of global production, distribution and commercialization mainly for human consumption. Among the fish worldwide obtained from capture fisheries and mainly aquaculture for human consumption is Tilapia, due to the adaptability of this fish under cultivation conditions in addition to the fact that its meat is of quality and accessible economic value. Fish due to its composition, is highly susceptible to deterioration and contamination by different hazards throughout the food chain, putting the safety of products and public health at risk. Shigellosis is among the diseases that may be contracted from the consumption of food contaminated by bacteria of the genus Shigella spp.; food contamination is mainly related to inadequate or non-hygienic conditions and practices in the production, processing and handling of food. Therefore, the purpose of this review is to provide a general perspective of foodborne diseases, especially shigellosis, causal agents, conditioning factors, related foods such as fish, as well as control and preventive actions in order to protect the food safety and public health.

UK – Sainsbury’s Campylobacter rates in chicken hit FSA threshold

Food Safety News

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Sainsbury’s has recorded the worst Campylobacter in chicken results for the final three months of 2020 closely followed by Tesco.

Figures come from the top nine retailers in the United Kingdom publishing the latest quarter of testing findings.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) threshold is 7 percent of birds with more than 1,000 colony forming units per gram (CFU/g) of Campylobacter.

Sainsbury’s reported 7 percent of chickens sampled were above 1,000 CFU/g in the fourth quarter of 2020 (4Q), compared to 2 percent in 3Q, slightly more than 4 percent in 2Q and about 3 percent in 1Q 2020.

RASFF Alerts – Animal Feed – Salmonella – Poultry Meat Meal – Mechanically Separated Chicken

European Food Alerts

RASFF

Salmonella enterica ser. Infantis (presence /25g) in poultry meat meal from the Netherlands in Belgium

RASFF

Salmonella (presence /25g) in category 3 mechanically separated chicken from Germany in Belgium

Research – Bacterial Spore Inactivation in Orange Juice and Orange Peel by Ultraviolet-C Light

MDPI

Spore-forming bacteria are a great concern for fruit juice processors as they can resist the thermal pasteurization and the high hydrostatic pressure treatments that fruit juices receive during their processing, thus reducing their microbiological quality and safety. In this context, our objective was to evaluate the efficacy of Ultraviolet-C (UV-C) light at 254 nm on reducing bacterial spores of Alicyclobacillus acidoterrestrisBacillus coagulans and Bacillus cereus at two stages of orange juice production. To simulate fruit disinfection before processing, the orange peel was artificially inoculated with each of the bacterial spores and submitted to UV-C light (97.8–100.1 W/m2) with treatment times between 3 s and 10 min. The obtained product, the orange juice, was also tested by exposing the artificially inoculated juice to UV-C light (100.9–107.9 W/m2) between 5 and 60 min. A three-minute treatment (18.0 kJ/m2) reduced spore numbers on orange peel around 2 log units, while more than 45 min (278.8 kJ/m2) were needed to achieve the same reduction in orange juice for all evaluated bacterial spores. As raw fruits are the main source of bacterial spores in fruit juices, reducing bacterial spores on fruit peels could help fruit juice processors to enhance the microbiological quality and safety of fruit juices. View Full-Text

Research – Effect of the Dry-Cured Fermented Sausage “Salchichón” Processing with a Selected Lactobacillus sakei in Listeria monocytogenes and Microbial Population

MDPI

In the present work, the effect of processing of dry-cured fermented sausage “salchichón” spiked with the selected Lactobacillus sakei 205 was challenge-tested with low and high levels of L. monocytogenes. The evolution of the natural microbial population throughout the “salchichón” ripening was also evaluated. For this, a total of 150 “salchichón” were elaborated and divided into six equal cases which were inoculated with different levels of L. monocytogenes, and L. sakei 205. Afterwards, sausages were ripened for 90 days according to a typical industrial process. Moisture content (%) and water activity (aw) decreased throughout the ripening up to values around 26% and 0.78, respectively. No differences for moisture content, aw, pH, NaCl and nitrite concentration were observed between the analyzed cases. Lactic acid bacteria counts in the L. sakei 205 inoculated cases were always higher than 6 log CFU g−1 during ripening. Enterobacteriaceae counts were reduced during ripening until non-detectable levels at the end of processing. Reductions in L. monocytogenes counts ranged from 1.6 to 2.2 log CFU g−1; therefore, the processing of “salchichón” itself did not allow the growth of this pathogen. Reduction in L. monocytogenes was significantly higher in the cases inoculated with L. sakei 205. View Full-Text

Belgium – Plain marinated chicken aiguillettes 400g (frozen product) from the LEADER PRICE brand – Salmonella

AFSCA

Leader Price recall
Product: Plain marinated chicken aiguillettes 400g (frozen product) from the LEADER PRICE brand.
Problem: presence of salmonella.


In agreement with the AFSCA, LEADER PRICE is withdrawing the 400g plain marinated chicken breasts from sale and is recalling them to consumers because of the possible presence of salmonella.

LEADER PRICE asks its customers not to consume this product and to return it to the point of sale where it was purchased for reimbursement.

Product Description

Product / brand:
Plain marinated chicken breast 400g LEADER PRICE Bar code: 3263856754412
Packer code: FR76351092CE
Date of minimum durability / Batch number:
DDM: 01/01/2022
LOT: 20042118 0 287 18:12

The product was sold through Leader Price stores in Belgium

219 CHAUSSEE DE PHILIPPEVILLE, 6010 COUILLET CHARLEROI
1 ANGLE RUE DU SEWAGE / CONCORDE, 4100 SERAING
90 BD ERNEST SOLVAY, 4040 HERSTAL
70 RUE PHILIPPE MONNOYER, 6180 COURCELLES
RUE LAGUESSE 13, 4460 COURCELLES RUE LAGUESSE 13, 4460 HOLLOGNE
RTE DE CHARLEROI 160, 7134 BINCHE
RUE DU MONS 280, 7301 HORNU BELGIUM
31 AVENUE DE L’INDUSTRIE, 4500 TIHANGE
787 CHAUSSEE DE CHARLEROI, 6220 FLEURUS

For any further information , you can contact the consumer service by dialing the telephone number: 0033 800 35 00 00 from Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

USA – The J. M. Smucker Co. Issues Limited, Voluntary Recall of Two Lots of Meow Mix® Original Choice Dry Cat Food for Potential Salmonella Contamination

FDA

Summary

Company Announcement Date:
FDA Publish Date:
Product Type:
Animal & Veterinary
Pet Food
Reason for Announcement:
Potential Salmonella Contamination
Company Name:
J. M. Smucker Co.
Brand Name:
Meow Mix®
Product Description:
Meow Mix® Original Choice Dry Cat Food

Company Announcement

Orrville, OH – The J. M. Smucker Co. today announced a limited, voluntary recall of two lots of Meow Mix® Original Choice Dry Cat Food (30LB bag) due to potential salmonella contamination. The Company has received no reports of pet illness or adverse reaction and has issued this recall out of an abundance of caution. The impacted products were sold at select Walmart stores in IL, MO, NE, NM, OK, UT, WI and WY. No other Meow Mix® products are impacted by this recall.

If pet parents have products matching the following description in their possession, they should stop feeding it to their cats and dispose of it immediately. This information can be found on the bottom and back of each bag.

Product Name Retail UPC Code Lot Code Best If Used By Date
Meow Mix® Original Choice Dry Cat Food
30 LB Bag
2927452099 1081804 9/14/2022
Meow Mix® Original Choice Dry Cat Food
30 LB Bag
2927452099 1082804 9/15/2022

Salmonella can affect cats eating a product contaminated with Salmonella bacteria and can spread to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not washed their hands after having contact with their cat’s foods, food surfaces and/or cats that have been in contact with the impacted product. 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. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Symptoms of Salmonella infection in cats may include vomiting or diarrhea. Some cats may not develop diarrhea, but may have a decreased appetite, fever, and excessive salivation. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian. Some cats may not appear sick but can spread infection to other animals and humans in the household.

Pet parents who have questions or would like to report adverse reactions should call 1-888-569-6728, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET or visit www.meowmix.com/contact-usExternal Link Disclaimer.

This recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.


Company Contact Information

Consumers:
 1-888-569-6728
 www.meowmix.com/contact-us
Media:
 330-684-3892
 media.inquiry@jmsmucker.com

Denmark – Risk of Salmonella in the Supplement REMEMBER Psyllium Stomach Balance Basic (Capsules) – Salmonella

DVFA

Orkla Care A / S is recalling a batch of the dietary supplement REMEMBER Psyllium Stomach Balance Basic (capsules) due to the risk of salmonella in the product.
13.04.2021 UPDATED – New batch number and product image added

Recalled Foods , Published: April 9, 2021

Modified April 13, 2021
Updated 13.04.2021: New batch number and product image added
 
What foods:
REMEMBER Psyllium Stomach Balance Basic (capsules) ( see picture here )
Net content: 225 capsules
Best before date: 30.09.2023
Batch number: 505433
REMEMBER Psyllium Stomach Balance Basic (capsules) ( see picture here )
Net content: 225 capsules
Best before date: 05.2023
Batch number: 500784
Sold in:
Specialty stores and pharmacies
Company recalling:
Orkla Care A / S
Cause:
Risk of salmonella in the product.
Risk:
There is a risk of infection with salmonella. The symptoms are i.a. diarrhea, nausea, abdominal pain, fever and vomiting.
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.

France – Product recall: Leroy brand 100% smoked salmon Tartars – Listeria monocytogenes

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Product recall: Leroy brand 100% smoked salmon Tartars

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.

People who have consumed this product and who have a fever, isolated or accompanied by headaches, are invited to consult their doctor, notifying him 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
▸ Names of models or references • 130000604 SMOKED SALMON TARTARE 4X170G • 130005001 SMOKED SALMON TARTARE 170G


▸ Lot
210760074

▸ DLC
04/09/2021

▸ Packaging
plastic tray in a protective atmosphere

▸ Marketing
From 03/30/2021 to 04/02/2021

▸ Geographical sales area
• PAS-DE-CALAIS (62)
• RHONE (69)

▸ Distributors
• FISHCUT
factory store
• EUROSALMON factory store • André Butchers

▸ Consumer service contact
0366991000

▸ Source
https://rappel.conso.gouv.fr/

France – Product recall: ONO brand Breton pâté – Salmonella

Oulah

Product recall: ONO brand Breton pâté

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.

Foodborne illnesses caused by salmonella result 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

▸ Lot
PY 01100063

▸ DLC
04/17/2021

▸ Packaging
Sold in the trad section by the cut

▸ Marketing
From 03/29/2021 to 04/09/2021


AIZENAY geographic sales area


INTERMARCHE distributors

▸ Consumer service contact
0251947485

▸ Source
https://rappel.conso.gouv.fr/