Category Archives: Staphylococcus aureus

RASFF Alert – Staphylococcal Toxins – Cold Cuts

RASFF

Detection of staphylococcal enterotoxins in a assortment of Italian cold cuts from Italy in France

France -Bacon ham with dry salt – Co-agulase Positive Staphylococci

Gov france

Identification information of the recalled product

  • Product category Feed
  • Product subcategory Meats
  • Product brand name Charcuterie from Thur
  • Model names or references Bacon dry salted peasant ham, whole vacuum-packed, sold by the cut, item code 609 Dry-salted peasant ham bacon, vacuum-packed slice, self-service approx.
  • Identification of products
    GTIN Batch Date
    3760050065905 266 Use-by date between 14/11/2022 and 29/12/2022
    3760050066094 266 Use-by date between 07/12/2022 and 14/12/2022
    3760050066094 265 Use-by date 04/12/2022
  • Packaging Product sold vacuum-packed in self-service or in the traditional sliced ​​department
  • Marketing start/end date From 24/10/2022 to 14/11/2022
  • Storage temperature Product to be stored in the refrigerator
  • Health mark EN 68.040.001
  • Geographic area of ​​sale Whole France
  • Distributors Hypermarket Cora Colmar, La Cigogne (Marseille), Butchery Edel (Guewenheim), Butchery Himber (Illfurth), Butchery Maurice (Dol de Bretagne), Auchan Ferrette, Proxi Oberbruck

Practical information regarding the recall

  • Reason for recall Presence of coagulase-positive staphylococci
  • Risks incurred by the consumer Staphylococcus aureus (causative agent of staphylococcal poisoning)

France – Assortment of Italian charcuterie 120 g Monoprix Gourmet – Staphylococcal Toxins

Gov france

Identification information of the recalled product

  • Product category Feed
  • Product subcategory Meats
  • Product brand name Monoprix Gourmet
  • Model names or references120g
  • Identification of products
    GTIN Batch Date
    3350033794573 150123 Date of minimum durability 15/01/2023
  • Packaging Plastic tray 120 g
  • Marketing start/end date From 07/10/2022 to 21/11/2022
  • Storage temperature Product to be stored in the refrigerator
  • Health mark IT 550 L CE
  • Geographic area of ​​sale Whole France
  • Distributors MONO PRICE

Practical information regarding the recall

  • Reason for recall Detection of Staphylococcal Enterotoxins
  • Risks incurred by the consumer Other biological contaminants

France – Pistachio rolled head – E.coli and Staphylococcus aureus

Gov france

Identification information of the recalled product

  • Product category Feed
  • Product subcategory Meats
  • Product brand name DIENNET REGIONAL CHARCUTERIE
  • Model names or references PISTACHIO ROLLED HEAD DIENNET
  • Identification of products
    Lot Date
    224203 Use-by date 16/11/2022
  • Packaging Slices vacuum packed 250g Whole 2.5kg and/or 4.5kg
  • Marketing start/end date From 19/10/2022 to 02/11/2022
  • Storage temperature Product to be stored in the refrigerator
  • Health mark FR 01 263 001 EC
  • Further information Product sold in the LS and traditional and LS charcuterie department, non-contractual photo
  • Geographic area of ​​saleDepartments: AIN (01), RHONE (69)
  • DistributorsCarrefour City, Carrefour Contact, Leclerc, Proxi, Super U, U Express, Utile
  • List of points of saleclient_list.pdf

Practical information regarding the recall

  • Reason for recallMICROBIOLOGICAL NON-COMPLIANCE
  • Risks incurred by the consumerEscherichia coli
    Staphylococcus aureus (agent responsable d’intoxination staphylococcique)

Research – Virulence Potential and Antibiotic Susceptibility of S. aureus Strains Isolated from Food Handlers

MDPI

Staphylococcus spp. are common members of the normal human flora. However, some Staphylococcus species are recognised as human pathogens due to the production of several virulence factors and enterotoxins that are particularly worrisome in food poisoning. Since many of Staphylococcal food poisoning outbreaks are typically associated with cross-contamination, the detection of S. aureus on food handlers was performed. Hand swabs from 167 food handlers were analysed for the presence of S. aureus. More than 11% of the samples were positive for S. aureus. All S. aureus strains were isolated and analysed for the presence of virulence and enterotoxin genes, namely, seasebsecsedsegseitsst-1 and pvl. The same strains were phenotypically characterised in terms of antibiotic susceptibility using the disc diffusion method and antimicrobial agents from 12 different classes. A low prevalence of antibiotic-resistant strains was found, with 55.6% of the strains being sensitive to all of the antimicrobial agents tested. However, a high prevalence of resistance to macrolides was found, with 44.4% of the strains showing resistance to erythromycin. At least one of the virulence or toxin genes was detected in 61.1% of the strains, and seg was the most prevalent toxin gene, being detected in 44.4% of the strains.

Research – Microbiological and physicochemical properties of farm bulk tank milk and antimicrobial resistance of its dominant bacteria

Wiley Online

Abstract

This study determined the antibiotic resistance of the dominant bacteria in the 85 farm BTMs according to the guidelines recommended by the epidemiological cutoff values in the EUCAST. In addition, some physicochemical and microbiological properties of farm BTMs were investigated. The milk samples were divided into two groups according to their SCC values. The milk samples with higher SCC than 400,000 cells mL−1 were further examined bacteriologically, and the antibiotic resistance of isolates was determined. The average TAMB value was 6.34 log CFU/mL in farm BTM. It was found that high-SCC values did not affect other physicochemical properties of BTM samples, such as fat, protein and total solids, except for lactose content. Seventy-two strains were isolated from 45 bulk milk samples. The most prevalent bacteria were Enterococcus spp. (23.61%). The other isolates were Citrobacter spp. (12.5%), Staphylococcus spp. (12.51%), Serratia spp. (11.12%), Klebsiella spp. (9.72%), Bacillus spp. (9.72%), and Enterobacter spp. (8.33%). In antibiotic resistance analysis, 52.6% of Enterobacterales isolates showed cefoxitin resistance, and nine Enterobacterales isolates were determined as the presumptive ESBL producers. None of them was confirmed as ESBL producers. Moreover, MDR was detected in 83.3% of Enterobacter spp. isolates and all Bacillus spp. isolates. The over and inappropriate use of antibiotics in mastitis treatment may cause antibiotic-resistant microorganisms in milk. It was found that 52.7% of the isolated bacteria were MDR, which could pose a risk to public health and food safety, with the consumer’s increasing interest in consuming raw milk.

Research – Another drop in outbreaks was recorded in Germany for 2021

Food Safety News

The amount of foodborne outbreaks reported in Germany has continued to fall, according to the latest figures.

In 2021, the Robert Koch-Institut (RKI) and Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) received slightly fewer reports of outbreaks with 168 compared to 193 in the previous year.

At least 1,179 cases, 196 hospitalizations, and two deaths were related to them in 2021. As in previous years, the top causes were Campylobacter and Salmonella.

Other agents involved in outbreaks were norovirus, Bacillus cereus, hepatitis A virus, Listeria monocytogenes, Clostridium perfringens, Yersinia enterocolitica, Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC), Clostridium botulinum, Cronobacter sakazakii, histamine, Shigella, and Staphylococcus aureus. In seven outbreaks with 73 cases, the pathogen remained unknown.

Nineteen of the 22 outbreaks with more than five patients were caused by Salmonella.

France – COUSCOUS 350G – Bacillus cereus – Clostridium perfringens – Escherichia coli – Staphylococcus aureus

RASFF

Identification information of the recalled product

  • Product category Feed
  • Product subcategory Meats
  • Product brand name FLAVORS OF ANTOINE
  • Model names or references COUSCOUS 350G
  • Identification of products
    GTIN Batch Date
    3700912305695 2290 Use-by date 09/11/2022
  • Packaging Transparent tray
  • Marketing start/end date From 26/10/2022 to 02/11/2022
  • Storage temperature Product to be stored in the refrigerator
  • Health mark12145001
  • Further information COUSCOUS 350G Batch: 2290 BBD: 12/12/2022
  • Geographic area of ​​sale Whole France
  • Distributors FLAVORS OF ANTOINE CENTER LOIRE FLAVORS OF ANTOINE HAUTE LOIRE DISTRIBUTION FLAVORS OF ANTOINE PIERROT SALTED FLAVORS OF ANTOINE YVAS FLAVORS OF ANTOINE SODIBEK FLAVORS OF ANTOINE GARCIN FLAVORS OF ANTOINE DEPARIS

Practical information regarding the recall

  • Reason for recall Labeling error on COUSCOUS 350G lot 2290: incorrect DLC information DLC displayed on 12/12/2022 instead of 11/09/2022
  • Risks incurred by the consumer Bacillus cereus
    Clostridium perfringens
    Escherichia coli
    Staphylococcus aureus (causative agent of staphylococcal poisoning)

RASFF Alert- Staphylococcal Enterotoxin – Mozzarella

RASFF

Staphylococcal enterotoxin (in 1 out of 5 samples /25g) in mozzarella from Spain in Andorra

Spain – Alert for the presence of Staphylococcal Toxin in fresh mozzarella from Spain

ACSA

Mozzarella Bocconcini from Albe

The Spanish Agency for Food Security and Nutrition has communicated through the Coordinated System of Rapid Information Exchange (SCIRI), an alert, transferred by the health authorities of Madrid, regarding the presence of staphylococcal toxin in the   fresh mozzarella product (queso de spun pasta) of the Bocconcini de Albe brand from Spain .

The data of the product involved are:

  • Product number: Fresh Mozzarella
  • Brand number: Bocconcini de Albe
  • Expiry date: 10/29/2022
  • Lot number: 2910
  • Unit weight : 250 g (net weight) and 150 g (drained weight)
  • Temperature: refrigerated

According to the information available, the product has been distributed in the autonomous communities of Catalonia , Andalusia, Asturias, the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands, Cantabria, Castilla y León, Galicia and the Valencian Community, although other redistributions are not ruled out.

AESAN has transferred this information to the competent authorities of the autonomous communities through the SCIRI and to the Services of the European Commission through the European Food Alert Network (RASFF), with the aim of verifying the withdrawal of the products affected by the marketing channels.

With the available information , there is no evidence in Spain of any notified case associated with this alert.

In the case of having consumed this type of product from the affected lot and presenting any symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain or prostration, it is recommended to go to a health center.

People who have products affected by this alert at home are advised to refrain from consuming them and return them to the point of purchase.