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RASFF Alert – Foodborne Outbreak -Listeria monocytogenes – Milk Products

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RASFF – foodborne outbreak suspected to be caused by Listeria monocytogenes (240 CFU/g) in milk products from France in France

RASFF Alert – Foodborne Outbreak Norovirus (GI, GII) – Live Oysters

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RASFF – foodborne outbreak suspected to be caused by and norovirus (GI, GII) in live oysters (Crassostrea gigas) from France in Denmark

RASFF Alert – Foodborne Outbreak suspected Salmonella – Chilled Raw Minced Horse Meat

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RASFF – foodborne outbreak suspected (Salmonella enterica ser. Bovismorbificans) to be caused by chilled raw minced horse meat from Romania, via Belgium in France

USA – Shigella Outbreak in Amador County

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Amador County health officials announced this week that they are currently investigating a Shigella outbreak in their county. According to the announcement, there is a “significant increase in acute frequent diarrhea is being reported in Amador County.” The county, however, did not state how many illnesses are involved or the medical status of those who are sick. 
It is believed that the health department has determined the source but has been mum about naming it. The health department’s statement noted that: “Amador County Environmental Health and Public Health are completing an investigation and have enforced food safety practices at a lone establishment associated with reports of this illness.”

Cruise ship outbreaks down in 2019

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As we near the end of August, it is quite noticeable that the number of cruise ship outbreaks investigated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Vessel Sanitation Program (VSP) is less than recent previous years.

Thus far in 2019, CDC-VSP officials investigated five outbreaks- all before early April, nothing since. The most recent outbreak being Oceania Cruises, Oceania Marina 3/18 to 4/5 voyage.

While the year is not over, it is a slower season.

This compares to 11 outbreaks investigated in all of 2018, 11 in 2017 and 13 in 2016.

Of the 40 outbreaks reported by VSP, 27 were due to norovirus, 2 were Enterotoxigenic E. coli(ETEC), one each of Clostridium perfringens, rotavirus, norovirus and Campylobacter and norovirus and ETEC.

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USA- Canada – Has the USDA Found a Link in the Chicken Listeria Outbreak?

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The United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced a recall of fully cooked poultry products that may be contaminated with Listeria.

This recall comes very soon after the announcement of a Canadian Chicken Listeria Outbreak as well as a lingering question of whether this outbreak and the mystery source of the Listeria cases in the US are one in the same. Has the USDA confirmed the US link in the Listeria Outbreak? There is some compelling information that has recently come to light.

According to the USDA’s announcement, “The problem was discovered on August 17, 2019, when the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) notified FSIS that a sample of product produced by Tip Top Poultry, Inc. confirmed positive for the presence of Listeria monocytogenes. Canadian public health and food safety partners, including the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, have been investigating an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes. A ready-to-eat diced chicken product collected as part of the investigation tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes. The investigation is ongoing.”