Category Archives: STEC

France – Prosecutors open criminal inquiry into French STEC E. coli outbreak linked to Nestlé pizza

Food Safety News

French authorities have stepped up their investigations related to an E. coli outbreak in the country linked to pizzas made by Nestlé.

The latest figures from Santé publique France show 56 cases and two deaths from Buitoni brand Fraîch’Up pizzas.

The Paris prosecutor’s office opened a criminal inquiry into the incident this past week. Charges include the involuntary manslaughter of one person, the injuring of 14 others and marketing a product dangerous to health.

An investigation had already been launched on March 22 and searches of the Nestlé factory in Caudry took place, authorized by the public health department of the Paris prosecutor’s office, on April 13.

A judicial inquiry is led by an investigating judge and was opened at the request of the public prosecutor to carry out such a highly complex investigation.

More than 50 children sick
Of the 56 infections, 54 were caused by E. coli O26 and two by E. coli O103, according to Santé publique France, the country’s public health agency.

Belgium – Raw Salted Milk Butter from the Marlier brand –

AFSCA

Recall of Marlier
Product: raw salted milk butter from the Marlier brand
Problem: presence of E.Coli STEC.


In agreement with the FASFC, Marlier is withdrawing the salted raw milk butter (500g) of the Marlier brand, with the expiry date of 05/11/22, from sale and recalling it from the consumer because of the presence of ‘E.Coli STEC.

Marlier asks its customers not to consume this product and to bring it back to the point of sale where it was purchased (Carrefour de Bomerée), where it will be reimbursed.

Product description

– Product name: Salted raw milk butter
– Brand: Marlier
– Best before date (BBD) (“Use by”): 05/11/22
– Batch number: 05/11/22
– Sales period: from 04/27/22 to 05/11/22
– Type of packaging: paper
– Weight: 500 g

The product was distributed by:

Carrefour Rue de la Station 1 6110 Montigny-le-tilleul

For further information , contact: Marlier

Research – Investigation of grouped cases of haemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS) and shiga-toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) infections linked to the consumption of Buitoni® brand Fraîch’Up pizzas. Update on May 4, 2022.

Sante Publique

Public Health France and the National Reference Center (CNR) E. coli and its associated laboratory (Institut Pasteur, Paris, and Microbiology Laboratory of the Robert Debré Hospital, Paris), in conjunction with the Directorate General for Food, the Directorate General for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Prevention, and in coordination with the Directorate General for Health, have been investigating since 02/10/2022 an increase in the number of cases of haemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) pediatric infections and Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) infections.

The epidemiological, microbiological and traceability investigations carried out since that date have confirmed a link between the occurrence of these grouped cases and the consumption of frozen pizzas from the Buitoni brand Fraîch’Up range contaminated with STEC bacteria. On 03/18/2022, the company proceeded with the withdrawal-recall of all the pizzas in the Fraîch’Up range, marketed since June 2021 and the authorities asked the people who hold these pizzas not to consume them and to destroy them.

The total number of HUS cases linked to the consumption of these pizzas has stabilized since the withdrawal-recall. Other reports of STEC infection are investigated as part of routine surveillance. To date, these reports are not linked to grouped cases or consumption of Fraîch’Up pizzas.

Case of SHU in France: update on 04/05/22

As of 04/05/2022, 56 confirmed cases have been identified, of which 54 are linked to STEC O26 strains, and 2 to STEC O103 strains.

These 56 cases occurred in 55 children and 1 adult, who presented symptoms between 18/01/2022 (week 3) and 05/04/2022 (week 14) (Figure 1). The epidemic peak is in week 7 (14/02 to 20/02) and week 9 (28/02 to 06/03), with 10 cases each of these weeks.

These 56 cases occurred in 12 regions of metropolitan France: Hauts-de-France (12 cases), Ile-de-France (9 cases), New Aquitaine (8 cases), Pays de la Loire (7 cases), Brittany ( 6 cases), Grand Est (3 cases), Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (3 cases), Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (2 cases), Occitanie (2 cases), Center Val-de-Loire (2 cases) , Bourgogne Franche-Comté (1 case) and Normandy (1 case) (Figure 2).

The 55 sick children are aged from 1 to 17 years old with a median age of 6 years; 25 (45%) are female; 48 (87%) presented with HUS, 7 (13%) with STEC gastroenteritis. Two children died. The adult did not present with HUS.

Figure 1: Epidemic curve: number of confirmed cases of HUS and STEC infections, by week of onset of symptoms – metropolitan France, weeks 3 to 14, 2022 (N=54: week of onset of symptoms not specified for 2 cases )
Figure 1: Epidemic curve: number of confirmed cases of HUS and STEC infections, by week of onset of symptoms - metropolitan France, weeks 3 to 14, 2022 (N=54: week of onset of symptoms not specified for 2 cases )
Figure 2: Geographical distribution of confirmed cases of HUS and STEC infections (N=56) linked to the consumption of Buitoni® brand Fraîch’Up pizzas, by region of residence in metropolitan France, weeks 3 to 14, 2022
Figure 2: Geographical distribution of confirmed cases of HUS and STEC infections (N=56) linked to the consumption of Buitoni® brand Fraîch'Up pizzas, by region of residence in metropolitan France, weeks 3 to 14, 2022

Research – Joint FAO/WHO Expert Meeting on Microbiological Risk Assessment (JEMRA) on Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) associated with meat and dairy products

FAO

Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) are an important cause of food-borne disease. Infections can result in a wide range of disease symptoms from mild intestinal discomfort and hemorrhagic diarrhea to severe conditions including haemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), end-stage renal disease and death. In its report on the global burden of food-borne disease, WHO estimated that in 2010 food-borne STEC caused more than 1.2 million illnesses, 128 deaths, and nearly 13 000 Disability Adjusted Life Years (DALYs) (WHO, 2015). The Codex Committee on Food Hygiene (CCFH) has highlighted the importance of STEC in foods since its 32nd Session in 1999, when it prioritized their presence in beef and sprouts as significant public health problems in Member countries (FAO and WHO, 2000). Following a request from the 47th Session in November 2015 (FAO and WHO, 2016), the FAO and WHO published the report Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) and food: attribution, characterization and monitoring in 2018 (FAO and WHO, 2018). As part of the 50th session of CCFH in November 2018, the FAO/WHO further updated the committee with additional information on STEC that was subsequently published in the report Attributing illness caused by Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) to specific foods (FAO and WHO, 2019a). The Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) at the 42nd Session, July 2019, approved new work on the development of guidelines for the control of STEC in beef, raw milk and cheese produced from raw milk, leafy greens and sprouts (FAO and WHO, 2019b). To support this work, the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Meeting on Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli(STEC) associated with Meat and Dairy Products was convened virtually from 1 to 26 June 2020 to review relevant measures for pre- and post-harvest control of STEC in animals and foods of animal origins. The scientific literature describing physical, chemical and biological control measures (and their combinations) against STEC during primary production, processing and post-processing of raw meat, raw milk and raw milk cheeses was reviewed. The efficacy and utility of reported control measures were scored as high, medium or low, based on expert opinion informed by systematic reviews and/or meta-analyses, when available.

Research – The effectiveness and safety of high pressure food treatment

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Definition and applicable regulations

Type of food treated and processing conditions

Intrinsic and extrinsic factors of food that influence the effectiveness of high pressure treatment

Possible chemical and microbiological hazards associated with high pressure treatment

High pressure treatment as an alternative to pasteurization of milk

Efficacy of high pressure treatment for the control of Listeria monocytogenes in ready-to-eat foods

Germany – Herb goat natural and nettle – STEC E.coli

LMW

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Alert type: Food
Date of first publication: 05/05/2022
Product name: Herb goat natural and nettle
Manufacturer (distributor):

Ziegenhof Fam. Filgertshofer

Reason for warning:

Detection of Vero/Shiga toxin-forming VTEC/STEC, stx1- positive

Manufacturer’s website:

Click to access e-coli-Pressemitteilung.pdf

France – Laguiole Selection Aged 6 months lots 21229 and 21248 – STEC E.coli O26:H11

Gov france

Identification information of the recalled product

  • Product category Food
  • Product subcategory Milk and dairy products
  • Product brand name Unbranded
  • Model names or references Laguiole 6 months fresh packed
  • Identification of products
    GTIN Batch Date
    3321271194579 21229123 Use-by date 04/23/2022
    3321271194579 21248134 Use-by date 04/26/2022
    3321271194579 21229123 Use-by date 04/18/2022
  • Packaging Portions fresh packaged 275g approx
  • Marketing start/end date From 03/24/2022 to 04/26/2022
  • Storage temperature Product to be stored in the refrigerator
  • Health mark FR 63 113 081 EC
  • Geographic area of ​​sale Whole France
  • Distributors Intermarché
  • List of points of sale Press release.pdf

Practical information regarding the recall

  • Reason for recall Presence of STEC strain O26:H11
  • Risks incurred by the consumer Toxigenic Shiga Escherichia coli (STEC)

France -Laguiole 6 months, lot 21229 – STEC E.coli O26:H11

Gov france

 

Identification information of the recalled product

  • Product category Food
  • Product subcategory Milk and dairy products
  • Product brand name Unbranded
  • Model names or references Laguiole 6 months, fresh packed
  • Identification of products
    GTIN Batch Date
    3321271197556 21229 Use-by date 04/17/2022
    3321271196351 21229 Use-by date 04/21/2022
    3321271195675 21229063 Use-by date 04/18/2022
    3321271195583 21229 Use-by date 04/17/2022
  • Packaging Portions fresh packaged 200g approx
  • Marketing start/end date From 03/03/2022 to 21/04/2022
  • Storage temperature Product to be stored in the refrigerator
  • Health markFR12119054CE
  • Geographic area of ​​sale Whole France
  • Distributors Auchan, Casino, Leclerc Socamil, Solignac garden center (31)
  • List of points of sale Press release.pdf

Practical information regarding the recall

  • Reason for recall Presence of STEC strain O26:H11
  • Risks incurred by the consumer Toxigenic Shiga Escherichia coli (STEC)

France – Investigation of grouped cases of haemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS) and shiga-toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) infections linked to the consumption of Buitoni® brand Fraîch’Up pizzas. Update on April 25, 2022.

Sante Publique

Update on April 25, 2022 on the grouped cases of haemolytic-uremic syndrome and E. coli infections producing shiga-toxin and the consumption of frozen pizzas from the Fraîch’Up range of the Buitoni® brand.

Public Health France and the National Reference Center (CNR) E. coli and its associated laboratory (Institut Pasteur, Paris, and Microbiology Laboratory of the Robert Debré Hospital, Paris), in conjunction with the Directorate General for Food, the Directorate General for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Prevention, and in coordination with the Directorate General for Health, have been investigating since 02/10/2022 an increase in the number of cases of haemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) pediatric infections and Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) infections.

The epidemiological, microbiological and traceability investigations carried out since that date have confirmed a link between the occurrence of these grouped cases and the consumption of frozen pizzas from the Buitoni brand Fraîch’Up range contaminated with STEC bacteria. On 03/18/2022, the company proceeded with the withdrawal-recall of all the pizzas in the Fraîch’Up range, marketed since June 2021 and the authorities asked the people who hold these pizzas not to consume them and to destroy them.

The total number of HUS cases linked to the consumption of these pizzas seems to have stabilized since the withdrawal-recall.

Case of SHU in France: update on 04/25/22

As of 04/25/2022, 55 confirmed cases have been identified, of which 53 are linked to STEC O26 strains, and 2 to STEC O103 strains. 

These 55 cases occurred in 54 children and 1 adult, who presented symptoms between 18/01/2022 (week 3) and 25/03/2022 (week 12) (Figure 1). The epidemic peak is in week 7 (14/02 to 20/02) and week 9 (28/02 to 06/03), with 10 cases each of these weeks.
These 55 cases occurred in 12 regions of metropolitan France: Hauts-de-France (12 cases), Ile-de-France (9 cases), New Aquitaine (8 cases), Pays de la Loire (7 cases), Brittany ( 6 cases), Grand Est (3 cases), Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (2 cases), Occitanie (2 cases), Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (2 cases), Center Val-de-Loire (2 cases) , Bourgogne Franche-Comté (1 case) and Normandy (1 case) (figure 2).

The 54 sick children are aged from 1 to 17 years with a median age of 7 years; 24 (44%) are female; 47 (87%) presented with HUS, 7 (13%) with STEC gastroenteritis. Two children died. The adult did not present with HUS.

Figure 1 – Epidemic curve: number of confirmed cases of HUS and STEC infections, by week of onset of symptoms – Metropolitan France, weeks 3 to 12, 2022 (N=53: week of onset of symptoms not specified for 2 cases )
Figure 1 - Epidemic curve: number of confirmed cases of HUS and STEC infections, by week of onset of symptoms - Metropolitan France, weeks 3 to 12, 2022 (N=53: week of onset of symptoms not specified for 2 cases )
Figure 2 – Geographical distribution of confirmed cases of HUS and STEC infections (N=55) linked to the consumption of Buitoni® brand Fraîch’Up pizzas, by region of residence in metropolitan France, weeks 3 to 12, 2022
Figure 2 - Geographical distribution of confirmed cases of HUS and STEC infections (N=55) linked to the consumption of Buitoni® brand Fraîch'Up pizzas, by region of residence in metropolitan France, weeks 3 to 12, 2022

RASFF Alert – STEC E.coli – Bovine Carcass

RASFF

STEC (stx+;eae+) in bovine carcass from Belgium in France