Category Archives: STX 1

RASFF Alert – STEC E.coli O26 – Chilled Beef


RASFF – shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli (stx+ eae+ O26 /25g) in chilled beef from the Netherlands in Belgium

RASFF Alert – STEC E.coli – Soft Cheese


RASFF – shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli (vtx1, eae+) in soft cheese (Chaource) from France in Belgium

Research – Response to Questions Posed by the Food and Drug Administration Regarding Virulence Factors and Attributes that Define Foodborne Shiga Toxin–Producing Escherichia coli (STEC) as Severe Human Pathogens

Journal of Food Protection


The National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods (NACMCF or Committee) was asked to report on (i) what is currently known about virulence and pathogenicity of Shiga toxin–producing Escherichia coli (STEC) and how they cause illness in humans; (ii) what methods are available to detect STEC and their specific virulence factors; and most importantly (iii) how to rapidly identify foodborne STEC that are most likely to cause serious human disease. Individual working groups were developed to address the charge questions, as well as to identify gaps and give recommendations for additional data or research needs. A complete list of Committee recommendations is in Chapter 4.

RASFF Alert – Foodborne outbreak suspected to be caused by shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli (O26) in raw milk cheese


RASFF – foodborne outbreak suspected to be caused by shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli (O26) in raw milk cheese from France i n France

RASFF Alert – STEC E.coli – Coliforms – E.coli – Black Pepper Cheese


RASFF – shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli (stx1+ stx2+ /25g) and too high counts of coliforms (>150000 /g) and of Escherichia coli (>150000 /g) in black pepper cheese from Italy in Germany

Ireland – Recall of Tesco Finest St Felicien Du Dauphine Unpasteurised Cheese due to the Possible Presence of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli



Tesco is recalling all batches of Tesco Finest St Félicien Du Dauphiné unpasteurised cheese, due to the possible presence of Shiga toxin-producing Eschericia coli.  Point-of-sale recall notices will be displayed in Tesco stores advising consumers not to eat the affected cheese.

Nature Of Danger:

Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC), also known as Verocytotoxigenic E. coli (VTEC), are a specific group of E. coli.  While most E. coli are harmless and live in the intestines of healthy humans, STEC produce a powerful toxin which can cause severe illness. Symptoms include abdominal cramps and diarrhoea which is sometimes bloody. Usually there is little or no fever, and patients recover within 5 to 10 days.  In some people however, particularly children under 5 years of age and the elderly, the infection can cause a complication called haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS), in which the red blood cells are destroyed and the kidneys can stop working properly.  The time between the initial infection and the first symptoms appearing is typically between 3 and 4 days but can range between 1 and 8 days.

Tesco Cheese


Canada – Le Pic brand “Saint-Félicien” cheese recalled due to E. coli O26

CFIA Le Pic - Saint-Félicien

Recall details

Ottawa, April 29, 2019 – La Fromagerie Hamel is recalling Le Pic brand “Saint-Félicien” cheese from the marketplace due to possible E. coli O26 contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below.

Recalled products

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
Le Pic Saint-Félicien 180 g All codes up to and including April 29, 2019 0 20060641300 0