Category Archives: Toxin

Russia – Botulism increase reported in Tatarstan

Outbreak News Today

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The head of the territorial department of the Rospotrebnadzor Administration for the Republic of Tatarstan, Irina Khairullina said twelve botulism cases have been reported this year in the districts of Almetyevsky, Zainsky, Leninogorsky and Sarmanovsky. This compares with two botulism cases reported in the previous two years.

Khairullina notes, 10 people got sick while eating homemade smoked fish, while 2 people associate their disease with the consumption of smoked goose meat, bought from unknown persons in places of unauthorized trade.

France – COMPLETE SPAGHETTI WITH SPELLED 500g – Mycotoxins – Ergot Alkaloids

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Identifying information for the recalled product

  • Product category Food
  • Product sub-category Cereals and baked goods
  • Product brand name ALNATURA
  • Names of models or references//
  • Product identification
    GTIN Dated
    4104420063167 Date of minimum durability 02/26/2023
  • Packaging500g pack
  • Start date / End of marketing From 06/16/2021 to 09/15/2021
  • Storage temperature Product to be stored at room temperature
  • Geographical sales area Regions: Grand-Est, Hauts-de-France
  • Distributors SUPERMARKET MATCH

Practical information regarding the recall

  • Reason for recall ERGOT ALKALOID TRACES
  • Risks incurred by the consumer Other biological contaminants
  • Additional description of the risk ERGOT ALKALOID TRACES

RASFF Alerts – Aflatoxin – Broken Rice – Pistachios – Nutmeg – Peanuts – Groundnuts – Dried Figs

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Aflatoxins in pistachios from the United States in Germany

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Aflatoxin B1 in Indian groundnuts in the Netherlands

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Aflatoxins in nutmeg from Indonesia in the Netherlands

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Aflatoxin B1 in U.S.A. peanuts in the Netherlands

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Aflatoxins in Organic Nicaraguan Peanuts in Netherlands and Ireland

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Aflatoxins in dried figs from Turkey in Austria, Germany, Belgium, France, Netherlands, Switzerland

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Aflatoxin in broken rice from Pakistan in Italy and Belgium

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Aflatoxins in shelled pistachios from USA in Italy

Germany – CILOGLU ASURELIK INCIR 20 X 250 GR (Dried Figs) – Aflatoxins

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Warning type: Food
Date of first publication: 08/30/2021
Product name:

CILOGLU ASURELIK INCIR 20 X 250 GR (Dried Figs)

Product pictures:

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Branch notice

Manufacturer (distributor):

Ciloglu Handels GmbH, Gärtringen

Reason for warning:

An increased content of aflatoxins (B1, B2, G1 and G2) was found in the present product.

Packaging Unit:250 g
Durability:

Best before 07.2022

Lot identification: LOT NUMBER (P. NO) L 0900 22475 / 1-11-52
Additional Information:

Reference is made to the company’s customer information.

Contact to the responsible authorities:

Baden-Württemberg:poststelle@mlr.bwl.de

Bavaria:poststelle@lgl.bayern.de
Berlin:poststelle@senjustva.berlin.de
Bremen:Schnellwarnung@gesundheit.bremen.de
Hamburg:poststelle@justiz.hamburg.de
Hesse:Schnellwarnung@rpda.hessen.de
Lower Saxony:poststelle@ml.niedersachsen.de
North Rhine-Westphalia:poststelle@mulnv.nrw.de
Rhineland-Palatinate:Poststelle.Referat22@lua.rlp.de
Saarland:poststelle-luv@lav.saarland.de
Saxony:poststelle@sms.sachsen.de
Saxony-Anhalt:poststelle@ms.sachsen-anhalt.de
Schleswig-Holstein:poststelle@jumi.landsh.de
Thuringia:LM-Ueberendung@tlv.thueringen.de
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Recall – notification – end consumers

France – APPLE PUREE WITHOUT ADDED SUGAR 8x100g – Mycotoxin – Patulin

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Identifying information for the recalled product

  • Product category Food
  • Product sub-category Fruits and vegetables
  • Product brand name Sweetness of the Orchard
  • Names of models or references APPLE PUREE WITHOUT ADDED SUGAR 8x100g
  • Product identification
    GTIN Dated
    3564700705674 Date of minimum durability 12/18/2021
  • Packaging8 CUPS OF 100G
  • Start date / End of marketing From 08/13/2021 to 08/26/2021
  • Storage temperature Product to be stored in the refrigerator
  • Further information Only products bearing the additional code 03 after the barcode are affected by the recall.
  • Geographical sales area Whole France
  • Distributors E.LECLERC

Practical information regarding the recall

  • Reason for recall Presence of Patulin beyond regulatory limits
  • Risks incurred by the consumer Patulin
  • Additional description of the risk Mycotoxins are substances produced by microscopic fungi. These substances can present a health risk in the event of heavy and repeated consumption over the long term.

Czech Republic – TUNA STEAK – Histamine

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Place of inspection:
Prague 4 ( V Štíhlách 226, 14200 Prague 4 )
Company ID: 26178541
Food group: Fish, aquatic animals Fresh fish

TUNA STEAK
Category: Dangerous food
Unsatisfactory parameter:

histamine

The product has exceeded the limit for histamine content.

Histamine in fish is formed as a result of microbial contamination, the risk factor is also the disruption of the cooling chain. Higher histamine levels can cause itchy skin and a rash, headache or drop in blood pressure. 

Lots: L021147
Expiration date: 06/04/21
Packaging: 7
Quantity of product in package: 0.27 kg
Producer: Bidfood Kralupy sro, V Růžovém údolí 553, 278 01 Kralupy nad Vltavou
Date of sampling: 4. 6. 2021
Reference number: 21-000234-CAFIA-CZ
The sample was found by an official inspection of the State Agricultural and Food Inspection Authority.

France – Red tuna – Histamine

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Identifying information for the recalled product

  • Product category Food
  • Product sub-category Fishery and aquaculture products
  • Product brand name Unbranded
  • Names of models or references Bluefin tuna sold on 08/20
  • Product identification
    Lot
    Bluefin tuna sold on 08/20
  • Start date / End of marketing From 08/20/2021 to 08/20/2021
  • Storage temperature Product to be stored in the refrigerator
  • Health markFR.29.072.506.ce
  • Geographical sales areaLe Guilvinec / Saint Guénolé
  • Distributors Traditional fishmongers exclusively

Practical information regarding the recall

  • Reason for recall Histamine level not compliant
  • Risks incurred by the consumer Endogenous toxins: histamine (fish, cheese, alcoholic drinks, cold meats)

Research – Foodborne Botulism in Ukraine from 1955 to 2018

Mary Anne Liebert

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We aim to identify possible biological, social, and economic factors that could influence the prevalence of foodborne botulism (FB). The objective of this article is to assess epidemiological peculiarities of FB in Ukraine from 1955 to 2018 using national epidemiological surveillance data. This article presents an epidemiological descriptive population-based study of the epidemiology of FB using correlation analysis. From 1955 to 2018, 8614 cases of botulism were recorded in Ukraine causing 659 deaths. The distribution of types of botulism toxins is represented by type A (7.97%), B (59.64%), suspected as C (0.56%), E (25.47%), others (5.33%), and unidentified (1.04%). From 1990 to 2015, the rate correlation between Human Development Index (HDI) and incidence of botulism was −0.75 ± 0.20. Homemade canned meat and fish continue to be the leading causes of botulism in Ukraine. Cases related to commercial food were rare or absent, but in recent years (2017–2018), their percentage has increased to 32.56%. The HDI and botulism have an inverse mathematical correlation and predictable logical relationship: with an HDI increase, the incidence of FB decreased. In general, food botulism in Ukraine is related to traditional socioeconomic factors related to cultural food habits. In the face of declining living standards and uncertainty that food products will be physically or economically available, homemade preservation increases. Home food preservation is a major cause of botulism in Ukraine. The elimination of FB is possible in Ukraine only with the complete cessation of home canning and state control over the manufacture and sale of commercial canned products.

USA – Clostridium perfringens is bug that hit South Peninsula Hospital in Anchorage Alaska

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Morgan Krakow of the Anchorage Daily News reported that Health officials have traced the source of a foodborne illness outbreak that sickened dozens of hospital workers in Homer to a single item, the Department of Health and Social Services said in a release Monday.

It was a Cubano sandwich, experts who investigated the incident think. In fact, it was probably the pulled pork inside of it, said Jeremy Ayers, section manager with the Food Safety and Sanitation Program within the Division of Environmental Health.

When investigating an outbreak, epidemiologists look at people’s symptoms and when they began. They start to form an idea of what dish was the likely offender. In this case a lot of signs pointed to the Cubano, Ayers said.

“[The] statistics that they came up with were pretty compelling that that sandwich was the implicated food item,” Ayers said.

Experts determined that the Homer incident likely involved a pathogen associated with cooked meat and poultry called Clostridium perfringens.

France – Tellines – DSP marine biotoxins (diarrheal toxins)

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Identifying information for the recalled product

  • Product category Food
  • Product sub-category Fishery and aquaculture products
  • Product brand name Unbranded
  • Names of models or references Tellines shipped from 07/20/21 to 07/22/21
  •  Product identification
    Lot
    All lots
  • Start date / End of marketing From 07/20/2021 to 07/22/2021
  • Storage temperature Product to be stored in the refrigerator
  • Health markFR.29.158.500.CE
  • Geographical sales area Whole France
  • Distributors Wholesalers

Practical information regarding the recall

  • Reason for recall Closure of fishing areas
  • Risks incurred by the consumer DSP marine biotoxins (diarrheal toxins)
  • Consumer behaviour Stop consuming
  • Sanitary recommendation Food poisoning caused by these toxins results in gastrointestinal disorders (diarrhoea, vomiting, abdominal pain), headaches  moderate fever appearing between 2 hours and 18 hours after consumption.
  • Compensation modalities Other (see additional information)
  • End date of the recall procedure Tuesday, August 10, 2021