Category Archives: Microbiology

Scotland – Salmonella in Feeder Mice for Reptiles

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28 September 2021

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Food Standards Scotland (FSS) and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) are urging reptile owners who have purchased certain feeder mice for their pets, take extra precautions in order to avoid contracting salmonellosis.

Scientists have again confirmed a link between Salmonella detected in feeder mice distributed across the UK by Monkfield Nutrition, and an outbreak of human cases of Salmonella. Retailers must now legally provide customers buying these feeder mice with an information leaflet about the risks of Salmonella infection, and advise on good practice for handling animal food, and ensuring good hygiene in the home.

The outbreak was first investigated in 2015 and has so far resulted in almost 850 reported human cases, mostly, but not exclusively, in those living in households with one or more pet reptiles. FSS and the FSA advise that the risk to the general public is considered to be very low.

Source: FSS, 20 September 2021

Denmark – Gas evolution in potato salad – Micro Contamination

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BY Lantz is recalling organic potato salad with carrots due to gas evolution in the packages, indicating unwanted growth of microorganisms.

Recalled Foods , Published: September 27, 2021

What food:
Organic Potato salad with carrots
Net content: 350g
Best before-dates: 9/29/2021 and 6/10/2021
EAN bar code number: 5710871004605

Sold in:
Irma Shops Zealand

Company withdraws:
BY Lantz, Hovedvagtsgade 8.5, 1103 Copenhagen K

Cause:
The company has found gas evolution in some of the packages, which indicates unwanted growth of microorganisms.

Risk: The
evolution of gas and the possible growth of microorganisms make the product unfit for human consumption. Consumer

Advice:
Consumers are advised to return the product to the store where it was purchased or to discard it.

Research – Antimicrobial resistance, virulence , Antimicrobial resistance, virulence genes, and biofilm formation in Staphylococcus aureus strains isolated from meat and meat products

Wiley Online

Staphylococcus aureus is an important food pathogen that has the ability to form biofilms. This pathogen has been implicated in foodborne outbreaks associated with the consumption of meat and meat products. Since the role of meat products as reservoirs of antimicrobial resistant S. aureus and biofilm formers has not been studied, this research was conducted to assess the incidence, antimicrobial resistance, and presence of biofilm-forming genes in S. aureus bacteria from meat and meat products. For this purpose, 440 samples of meat and meat products were randomly collected from supermarkets of Shahrekord city, Iran. S. aureus isolates were highlighted and identified through biochemical tests. All S. aureus isolates were profiled for susceptibility to 14 antibiotics and the corresponding resistance genes were searched. The quantification of biofilm formation followed by a screening of biofilm formation encoding genes was done. Of the 440 samples collected, 61 were found to contain S. aureus. The incidence of S. aureus among the beef meat (16/61) was the highest followed by its incidence in sausage (10/61) and lunch meat (9/61). At least one isolate of S. aureus carries one of the following resistance gene blaZmecAtet KlinAtetMerm AermB, and aac A-D. High distribution of icaAicaBicaCicaDclfB, and clfA, biofilm formation genes and Enterotoxin encoding genes seasebsec, and sed. The ability of biofilm production and the presence of virulence determinants in the genome of S. aureus can contribute to their pathogenicity. This research demonstrated the roles of meat and meat products as reservoirs of biofilm-forming and antimicrobial-resistant strains of S. aureus. This poses a food safety and public health problem. However, further work needs to be done to better understand the implication of icaABCD biofilm forming genes present in S. aureus from meat and meat products in their resistance.

Singapore – Prohibition of the distribution and sale of food prepared by The Peachy Sugarmaker Pte Ltd lifted after meeting required standards

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India – Delhi govt”s food safety dept to start campaign to check buckwheat flour stocks ahead of Navratri – Aflatoxin

Outlook India

New Delhi, Sep 25 (PTI) Delhi government”s Food Safety department will run a campaign ahead of Navrati festival next month to check the stocks of buckwheat flour in the national capital, officials said on Saturday.

Buckwheat flour, popularly known as ”kuttu atta”, if infected with fungus can cause food poisoning owing to development of aflatoxin in it.

Last April, cases of illness due to consumption of spoiled ”kuttu atta” were reported from Delhi”s Kalyanpuri, Trilokpuri and Mehrauli areas, officials said.

“People who consume spoiled ”kuttu atta” may fall ill. So, they should prefer to use packed ”kuttu” four to avoid chances of any fungal infection.,” said Neha Bansal, food safety commissioner of Delhi government.

The loose quantities of these buckwheat flour, if stored in unhygienic condition for long, may develop fungal growth and also get infested with insects. The fungus produces aflatoxin which is harmful for health, she said.

“In view of use of ”kuttu” flour on a large-scale during Navratri. the Food Safety department will conduct special inspection drive ahead of the festival to ensure shopkeepers do not have ”kuttu atta” unfit for consumption,” Bansal said.

The food safety officers in the districts have been asked to visit marketplaces and check samples of buckwheat flour to ensure it is not spoiled. The drive will start soon, said another officer of the department.

”Kuttu” flour is used to cook food by people holding fast on the nine days of Navratri festival. The festival this year will beginning from October 7.

Nearly 500 residents of Kalyanpuri and Trilokpuri in east Delhi had to be admitted to different hospitals in April this year. They had consumed food cooked with ”kuttu” flour after which they had complained of stomachache, vomiting and headache and were treated in hospitals.

Local police had registered a case against a shopkeeper and also arrested him for selling rotten buckwheat flour to the locals in the area.

USA – Georgetown – Testing shows dozens of illnesses at university likely caused by Norovirus.

Food Safety News

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Laboratory testing has shown that norovirus is behind dozens of illnesses among students and staff at Georgetown University in Washington D.C.

University officials have been working with public health officials since Sept. 21 when about a dozen students reported symptoms consistent with foodborne illnesses, specifically norovirus.

“On Friday evening, our facilities team began deep cleaning and sanitizing of rooms of affected individuals and all common or shared spaces in our campus residential facilities. They have completed 46 student rooms and will be continuing cleaning throughout the day on Saturday (Sept. 25),” according to a statement from university officials.

Pakistan – Hafeez pulls out of National T20 Cup Rawalpindi matches due to food poisoning

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Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has pulled out of the Rawalpindi matches of the National T20 Cup due to food poisoning.

“Hafeez will have his blood tests taken today,” said a source. “He will join Punjab Central for the matches in Lahore.”

Punjab Central said that the all-rounder is feeling better already and has been advised to rest by doctors.

A few days ago, the former Pakistan captain had met Prime Minister Imran Khan with PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja and other members of the T20 World Cup squad at the Prime Minister Office.

Hafeez had said it was always “inspirational” to meet his “hero” Prime Minister Imran as the team heads to the T20 World Cup next month.

USA – Salmonella outbreak grows rapidly over past few weeks.

Outbreak News Today

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported an additional 152 Salmonella Oranienburg infections in the multistate outbreak that was first reported earlier this month.

The outbreak, which totals 279 cases to date, has expanded to 29 states. 26 people required hospitalization for their illness, an increase of 8 over the past week.

Texas has reported the most cases with 81, followed by 40 in Oklahoma, 23 in Illinois and 22 in Virginia.

A specific food item has not yet been identified as the source of this outbreak. CDC and public health and regulatory officials in several states are collecting different types of data.

USA – Legionnaires’ Disease outbreak in New Jersey ongoing, Additional cases reported

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The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) reported this week four cases of Legionnaires’ disease in Hamilton Township, Mercer County between May-August 2021, along with an additional reported case from November 2020.

State and local health officials continue to work closely to investigate these cases as part of a larger investigation, which was initiated in August 2020 following a reported cluster of four cases.

Hamilton Township reported two deaths in August 2020 and an additional death was reported late last month in an elderly township resident among the nine reported cases.

Legionnaires’ disease is a type of pneumonia that people can get after breathing in aerosolized water (small droplets of water in the air) containing Legionella bacteria. Symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease include cough, shortness of breath, fever, muscle aches, and headaches which are similar to symptoms caused by other respiratory infections, including COVID-19.

Norway – Analyzes of nutrients, heavy metals and mycotoxins in cereal products 2021

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The Institute of Marine Research (HI) has, on behalf of the Norwegian Food Safety Authority, performed analyzes of nutrients, heavy metals and mycotoxins in grain products. The purpose of the project “Analyzes of nutrients, heavy metals and mycotoxins in grain products” is to obtain nutrient values ​​for the Food Table and control the products for foreign substances.

What we investigated:
  • The analyzed products are; oatmeal, organic oatmeal, sifted wheat flour, spelled wheat flour, organic wheat flour, whole wheat flour, sifted rye flour, whole rye flour, finely ground barley flour and bran.
  • The producers: AXA, Kolonihagen, Møllerens and Regal.
  • A total of 45 aggregate samples. Each sample consisted of three different batches from each manufacturer.
Period: The analyzes were performed in the period November-December 2019 (sample 1), and in August-September 2020 (sample 2) and five grain products in February 2021 (sample 3).
What we were looking for: The project has provided analysis data for the content of nutrients and foreign substances in grain products from the grocery trade.

 The project has provided analytical values ​​for ash, protein, fat, fatty acids, sugars, starch, dietary fiber, β -carotene, thiamine (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), niacin (vitamin B3), pyridoxine (B6), folate, vitamin C , vitamin E, vitamin K1, vitamin K2, calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, selenium, iodine, arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury, and the mycotoxins deoxynivalenol (DON), zearalenone, T2 HT2 and enniatin for 40 grain products. The grain products in sample 3 (5 products) were only analyzed for fat, protein, ash, starch and dietary fiber.

What we found: The results show that the levels of the heavy metals in the cereal products analyzed are below the limit values ​​that apply to arsenic, lead, cadmium, mercury and mycotoxins.

The results show a higher content of dietary fiber in Norwegian grain products than before. This can be explained by the use of an analysis method (AOAC 2009.1) that includes several dietary fiber compounds.

The Norwegian Food Safety Authority will inform affected companies about the analysis project.

Who performed the assignment? Institute of Marine Research