Category Archives: Norovirus

Finland – Large Salmonella outbreak dominates Finnish figures

Food Safety News

A Salmonella outbreak affected more than 700 people in Finland in 2021, according to new information from the Finnish Food Authority (Ruokavirasto).

The implicated food was a salad with iceberg lettuce, cucumber and peas served in several kindergartens. It was previously known that almost 450 people, mostly children, had been ill.

Officials in the city of Jyväskylä investigated the incident with the help of the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL).

Overall, 46 foodborne outbreaks were recorded in Finland this past year affecting almost 1,400 people. In 2020, 34 outbreaks were reported involving 543 people.

Seven Salmonella outbreaks sickened 824 people compared to three outbreaks with 21 sick in 2020.

The most common pathogen was norovirus with nine outbreaks and 260 cases. One of the main factors that contributed to foodborne norovirus incidents was an infected kitchen worker.

Read More at the link above.

USA – More than 100 sick after outbreak at ‘camporee’ event in Scioto County, Ohio – Norovirus?

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More than 100 people are now sick after an outbreak at a Girl Scout “camporee” in Scioto County, Ohio, including two children hospitalized, a county health official said Wednesday.

At least 112 people are experiencing vomiting, diarrhea, fever or chills after attending the “camporee” at Camp Molly Lauman in Lucasville this past weekend, according to Molly Dargavell, the regional epidemiologist for Scioto and Lawrence counties.

Dargavell said two children have been hospitalized with the illness and secondary cases from people who did not attend the event have also been reported.

Officials said they believe the common factor between all those who have fallen ill is that they drank water and/or lemonade at the camp. Dargavell said they believe the illness may be norovirus.

Quebec – Notice not to consume Mantab brand IQF frozen whole raspberries sold by Boucherie Fruits et Légumes Guiges inc. _ Norovirus

Quebec

IQF Whole Raspberries (CNW Group/Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food)

Hazard Classification:  Class 1
Reference Number:  4554

Source:
Media relations
Direction des communications
Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries
and Food
Tel. : 418 380-2100, extension 3512
www.mapaq.gouv.qc.ca

The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPAQ), in collaboration with the company named in the table below, advises the population not to consume the product listed in the table below, this food may have been contaminated with norovirus.

This alert is the result of a Canadian Food Inspection Agency food recall involving Mantab brand IQF Whole Raspberries originating from China and distributed to several establishments across Canada .

The product was offered in a frozen state. The product label includes, in addition to its name, the words “Below Zero” and “Mantab”.

Establishment

Product name

Format

Affected lot

Boucherie Fruits et Légumes Guiges inc.

34 Main Street North

Saint Bruno de Guigues

“IQF WHOLE RASPBERRIES”

1kg

Batch #: XT21253

PO| :M14475

BB/MA: 2023-SE-09

The company named in the table above is voluntarily recalling the product in question. It has agreed with MAPAQ to issue this warning as a precautionary measure. In addition, people who have this product in their possession are advised not to consume it. They must return it to the establishment where they bought it or must throw it away.

Even if the product does not show signs of tampering or suspicious odor, it is likely to be contaminated with norovirus. People exposed to this virus usually show symptoms within 24 to 48 hours of consumption. Common symptoms are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal cramps. Muscle pain, fatigue, fever, chills and headache may also occur. Cases of illness have been reported to MAPAQ and could be associated with the consumption of this food.

RASFF Alert – Norovirus – Oysters

RASFF

Norovirus in oysters from France in Belgium

Canada – Below Zero brand Whole Raspberries IQF recalled due to Norovirus

CFIA

Summary

Product
Whole Raspberries IQF
Issue
Food – Microbial Contamination – Norovirus
What to do

Do not use, sell, serve or distribute the affected product.

Audience
Hotels, restaurants and institutions

Affected products

Issue

Below Zero brand Whole Raspberries IQF recalled due to Norovirus.

The recalled product has been sold in Quebec, Saskatchewan and Ontario.

Additional information

Details
Media and public enquiries

 

USA – Seattle IHOP linked to Norovirus

Food Poison Journal

Summary

Public Health is investigating an outbreak of norovirus-like illness associated with vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and chills at IHOP #1755 in Seattle.

Illnesses

Since April 29, 2022, 5 people from 1 meal party reported becoming ill after eating food from IHOP on April 28, 2022. We have not identified any ill employees.

RASFF Alerts – Norovirus -Oysters

RASFF

Norovirus in oysters from the Netherlands in Belgium

RASFF

Detection of norovirus in oysters from France in Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Luxembourg and Spain

RASFF

Norovirus in oysters from France in Belgium, France, Ireland and Netherlands

USA – FDA Core Investigation Table – Update

FDA

Date
Ref Pathogen or
Cause of Illness

Product(s)
Linked to
Illnesses

(if any)
Total
Case Count

Status
4/20/22 1064 Not Yet
Identified
Dry Cereal 555 adverse
event reports
Active
4/13/22 1057 Listeria
monocytogenes
Not Yet
Identified
18 Active
4/6/22 NA Norovirus* Raw Oysters See
CDC Alert
Active
3/30/22 1060 Not Yet
Identified
Meal Replacement
Drink
6 adverse
event reports
Active
3/16/22 1055 Salmonella
Saintpaul
Not Identified 60 Closed
2/17/22 1056 Cronobacter
sakazakii
Powdered
Infant
Formula
See
Advisory
Active (IMG)
2/9/22 1040 Listeria
monocytogenes
Not Yet
Identified
20 Active
2/2/22 1054 Enteroinvasive
E. coli
O143:H26
Not
Identified
16 Closed
1/10/22 1050 E. coli
O121:H19
Romaine 4 Closed
12/29/21 1052 E. coli
O157:H7
Packaged
Salad
See Outbreak
Advisory
Closed
12/20/21 1039 Listeria
monocytogenes
Packaged
Salad
See Outbreak
Advisory
Closed
12/15/21 1048 Listeria
monocytogenes
Packaged
Salad
See Outbreak
Advisory
Closed

RASFF Alerts – Norovirus – Oysters

RASFF

Norovirus in oysters from the Netherlands in Belgium

RASFF

Norovirus in oysters from Ireland, processed in the Nethelands in Belgium

USA – FDA Core Investigation Table Update

FDA

Date
Posted
Ref Pathogen or
Cause of Illness

Product(s)
Linked to
Illnesses

(if any)
Total
Case Count

Status
4/20/

2022

1064 Not Yet
Identified
Dry Cereal 529 adverse
event reports
Active
4/13/

2022

1057 Listeria
monocytogenes
Not Yet
Identified
18 Active
4/6/

2022

NA Norovirus* Raw Oysters See
CDC Alert
Active
3/30/

2022

1060 Not Yet
Identified
Meal

Replacement
Drink

6 adverse
event reports
Active
3/16/

2022

1055 Salmonella
Saintpaul
Not Identified 60 Closed
2/17/

2022

1056 Cronobacter
sakazakii
Powdered
Infant
Formula
See
Advisory
Active
2/9/

2022

1040 Listeria
monocytogenes
Not Yet
Identified
19 Active
2/2/

2022

1054 Enteroinvasive
E. coli
O143:H26
Not
Identified
16 Closed
1/10/

2022

1050 E. coli
O121:H19
Romaine 4 Closed
12/29/

2021

1052 E. coli
O157:H7
Packaged
Salad
See Outbreak
Advisory
Closed
12/20/

2021

1039 Listeria
monocytogenes
Packaged
Salad
See Outbreak
Advisory
Closed
12/15/

2021

1048 Listeria
monocytogenes
Packaged
Salad
See Outbreak
Advisory
Closed