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Philippines – Wantusawa restaurant responds to food poisoning issue

Manilla Bulletin

The oyster bar reassures the public of its commitment to safe and healthy cuisine

In a statement released on social media yesterday, Jan. 25, Wantusawa Oyster Bar addressed accusations of several diners who got food poisoning after eating in their establishment.

The oyster bar disclosed that laboratory tests on samples from the days they received complaints contained “a negative result from bacteria and thus clearing the possibility of any food poisoning.”

Wantusawa also assured the public that “any complaints made will be taken seriously, investigated thoroughly, and dealt with fairly in a timely manner.”

Slovenia – Beef tartare confirmed as cause of Salmonella outbreak in November

STA

Ljubljana, 25 January – Health authorities have identified beef tartare by a Slovenian producer as the cause of a salmonella outbreak in late November and early December that made 138 people sick.

Switzerland – Food Warnings and Recalls Report 2021

BLV

2021 Report: Public Warnings and Product Recalls

18.10.2022: The FSVO’s annual statistics for 2021 regarding nationwide product recalls, public warnings as well as collaboration with the European rapid alert system RASFF have been published.

A new flyer presents, in addition to the current figures, the collaboration between the various services (companies, cantons and Confederation), including the European rapid alert system – Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF).

Research – Smartphone-Based Quantitative Detection of Ochratoxin A in Wheat via a Lateral Flow Assay

MDPI

Abstract

Ochratoxin A (OTA) poses a severe health risk to livestock along the food chain. Moreover, according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, it is also categorized as being possibly carcinogenic to humans. The lack of intelligent point-of-care test (POCT) methods restricts its early detection and prevention. This work establishes a smartphone-enabled point-of-care test for OTA detection via a fluorescent lateral flow assay within 6 min. By using a smartphone and portable reader, the assay allows for the recording and sharing of the detection results in a cloud database. This intelligent POCT provided (iPOCT) a linearity range of 0.1–3.0 ng/mL and a limit of detection (LOD) of 0.02 ng/mL (0.32 µg/kg in wheat). By spiking OTA in blank wheat samples, the recoveries were 89.1–120.4%, with a relative standard deviation (RSD) between 3.9–9.1%. The repeatability and reproducibility were 94.2–101.7% and 94.6–103.4%, respectively. This work provides a promising intelligent POCT method for food safety.

Quebec – Notice not to consume marinade sold by the company Rela African Market

Quebec

QUEBEC CITY , Jan. 17, 2023 /CNW Telbec/ – The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPAQ), in collaboration with the Food Inspection Division of the City of Montreal and the company Rela marché africaine, located at 925 boulevard Décarie, in Montreal, is warning the public not to consume the product indicated in the table below, because it has not been prepared and packaged in such a way as to ensure its safety.

Product name

Format

Affected batch

“All Purpose Marinade”

250ml  _

Units sold until January 17, 2023

The product that is the subject of this warning was offered for sale until January 17, 2023, at the establishment designated above and possibly in other establishments in the region. The product was packaged in a glass jar and was sold chilled. The product label included, in addition to its name, the list of ingredients.

The operator is voluntarily recalling the product in question. It has agreed with MAPAQ and the Food Inspection Division of the City of Montreal to distribute this warning as a precautionary measure. In addition, people who have this product in their possession are advised not to consume it. They must return it to the establishment where they bought it or throw it away. Even if the affected product shows no signs of tampering or suspicious odors, its consumption may represent a health risk.

It should be noted that no case of illness associated with the consumption of this food has been reported to MAPAQ to date.

Additional information

The Ministry publishes various information documents concerning food safety. Interested persons can consult the FoodThis link will open in a new window. section  of the Government of Quebec website. They also have the possibility of registering online to receive, by e-mail, the food recall pressThis link will open in a new window. releases published by the Ministry. Finally, it is possible to follow “MAPAQfoods” on Twitter at the following address: www.twitter.com/MAPAQfoodsThis link will open in a new window. .

Hazard Classification:  Class 1
Reference Number:  4671

Source:
Media relations
Direction des communications
Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries
and Food
Tel. : 418 380-2100, extension 3512
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Hong Kong – Trade instructed to suspend importing and selling raw oysters harvested in area 56.09.3 Rivière de Crac’h-Les Presses in France – Norovirus

CFS

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department today (January 13) instructed the trade to suspend the import of raw oysters harvested in area 56.09.3 Rivière de Crac’h-Les Presses in France. The trade should also stop using or selling the product concerned immediately should they possess it.

A spokesman for the CFS said, “The CFS received notifications from the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed of the European Commission that ready-to-eat raw oysters harvested in area 56.09.3 Rivière de Crac’h-Les Presses in France were detected with norovirus and the area concerned was closed. Preliminary investigation by the CFS found that, a local importer, M&C Asia Limited, had imported the affected raw oysters. For the sake of prudence, the CFS has immediately suspended the import into and sale within Hong Kong of raw oysters harvested in the area concerned, and instructed the importer to stop sale and remove from shelves the affected oysters.”

The spokesman said that preliminary investigation by the CFS found that 9.5 kilograms of the affected oysters had been imported by the importer concerned. Some were distributed to a restaurant and were consumed, while the remaining oysters were destroyed. The trade should also stop selling other products from the affected area if they possess them.

The spokesman pointed out that as oysters feed by filtering a large volume of seawater, pathogens can accumulate in them if they are grown in or harvested from contaminated water. Raw or partially cooked oysters are high-risk foods. Susceptible groups, such as pregnant women, young children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems or liver diseases, should avoid eating raw oysters.

The CFS will inform the French authorities and will also notify the local trade. It will continue to follow up on the incident and take appropriate action to safeguard food safety and public health. An investigation is ongoing.

FDA and Stop Foodborne Illness to Co-Host Webinar on Food Safety Culture Learning and Training

January 10, 2023

Today, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the sixth in the ongoing series of webinars exploring food safety culture will take place on January 25, 2023, from 12:00 to 1:00 pm ET.  The webinar series Collaborating on Culture in the New Era of Smarter Food Safety is in partnership with Stop Foodborne Illness, a non-profit public health organization.

The upcoming webinar “Food Safety Culture Learning: It’s more than checking the boxes”, will focus on how food safety culture relates to training and education.

Guest speakers on January 25, include:

  • Caitlin Hamstra, Corporate Learning and Development Specialist, Birchwood Foods
  • Steve Aloi, Director of Food Safety, Wegmans Food Markets

The webinar series engages experts from the public and private sectors in a collaborative exchange of ideas and experiences related to the importance of a robust food safety culture in helping to ensure safe food production.

Food safety culture is one of the core elements in FDA’s New Era of Smarter Food Safety blueprint, which states that dramatic improvements in reducing the burden of foodborne illness cannot be made without doing more to influence the beliefs, attitudes, and, most importantly, the behaviors of people and the actions of organizations.

Register

To learn more about this webinar series and to listen to recordings, visit Collaborating on Culture in the New Era of Smarter Food Safety.

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India – Over 100 Medical Students Suffer Food Poisoning In Maharashtra’s Nashik

NDTV

Nashik: 

More than 100 students of a campus having several medical colleges in Maharashtra’s Nashik suffered food poisoning and some 55 of them continue to be in the hospital while others were discharged post-treatment, an official said on Thursday.

The students from SMBT Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre in Dharmagaon in the district’s Igatpuri taluka complained of nausea and stomach upset on Wednesday, he said.

Singapore – Lifting of suspension of Rasel Catering Singapore after Food Poisoning Outbreak

SFA

The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) has lifted the suspension of Rasel Catering Singapore Pte Ltd located at 253 Pandan Loop Singapore 128432 today. As the licensee has implemented the required measures as stipulated by SFA, operations can be resumed.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) and SFA received reports of gastroenteritis involving 345 persons after consuming food prepared by Rasel Catering Singapore Pte Ltd between 8 and 16 November 2022. None were hospitalised. To protect consumers from further public health risks, the food business operations of Rasel Catering Singapore Pte Ltd was suspended by SFA from 18 November to 29 December 2022.