Category Archives: mold

RASFF Alert – Moulds – Mayonnaise

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RASFF – mayonnaise from Denmark infested with moulds in Denmark

USA -Conagra Brands Announces Recall of a Limited Amount of Hunt’s Tomato Paste Cans Due to Potential Presence of Mold

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Conagra Brands, Inc. (NYSE: CAG) is voluntarily recalling a limited amount of Hunt’s Tomato Paste No Salt Added six ounce cans. After the canning process, the final product could have been damaged, creating the potential for mold. Conagra Brands became aware of the issue after receiving calls from consumers.

The products covered by this recall were distributed for retail sale in the U.S. The specific product information is listed below. Given the product may contain mold, consumers are advised not to use it and to either throw it away or return it to the store where originally purchased.

Item Description Case UPC Item UPC Case Batch/Lot Code Item Batch/Lot Code Best By Date
HNT PSTE TOM NSA 12/6Z 00-0-27000-38809-9 00-0-27000-38807-5 5291902510 2105902510 OCT 16
2020

No other Hunt’s products or Conagra Brands’ products are impacted by this recall.

Research – The effect of gamma irradiation on microbial load of purple basil (Ocimum bacilicum L.) leaves dried in different methods

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Abstract

The effect of different drying methods on microbial load of the purple basil leaves was studied with sunlight drying, convective drying at 50 °C, a microwave drying at 460 W and freeze‐drying. Microbial contamination control was evaluated using a gamma irradiation method at 10 kGy. Microbial analysis of total aerobic mesophilic bacteria and, yeast and molds count were performed. The results showed that the dried materials were contaminated with aerobic mesophilic bacteria which varied from 5.25 to 6.31 log cfu/g, and yeasts and molds 4.92–5.35 log cfu/g. The lower numbers of total mesophilic bacteria and yeasts and molds were counted in purple basil leaves dried by microwave and convective methods. According to the International standards, the dried purple basil leaves of the total aerobic mesophilic bacteria and yeasts and molds counts were unsatisfactory. No microorganisms were detected after gamma‐irradiation dose of 10 kGy.

Practical applications

Basil (Ocimum basilicum L.) is an aromatic and medicinal plant for cooking and seasoning, and it is commercialized in both fresh and dried forms. The leaves can be used as a spice in fresh or dried form for adding distinctive aroma and flavor in food or for medicinal purposes such as inflammations, colds, headaches, and cosmetics. Several drying methods have been applied for the basil leaves. However, to reduce microbial load, it is important to implement the gamma‐irradiation process. This study was done to investigate the microbial load and the effect of different methods of drying treatment (sunlight, convective, microwave, freeze‐drying, and gamma irradiation) on microbial load of dried purple basil leaves.

USA – Recall over potential for mold in cans of Hunt’s tomato Paste

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Conagra Brands, Inc. (NYSE: CAG) has recalled a limited amount of Hunt’s Tomato Paste No Salt Added in six-ounce cans.

After the canning process, it’s possible the final product might have been damaged, creating the potential for mold.

Conagra Brands became aware of the issue from calls from consumers.

RASFF Alert – Mould – peach, passion fruit and vanilla smoothie bowls

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RASFF – peach, passion fruit and vanilla smoothie bowls from France infested with moulds in Sweden

RASFF Alerts – Moulds – Sweet and Hot Peppers

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RASFF – sweet and hot peppers from Egypt infested with moulds in Slovenia

RASFF – peppers from Egypt infested with moulds in Slovenia

RASFF Alerts – Moulds – Dried Tomato’s – Long Grain Brown Rice

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RASFF – dried tomatoes from Turkey infested with moulds in Italy

RASFF – long grain brown rice from Pakistan infested with moulds in Poland