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France – COW CHEESE IN RAW MILK – E.coli

Gov france

Identifying information for the recalled product

  • Product category Food
  • Product sub-category Milk and dairy products
  • Product brand name THE DELICE OF THE PRAIRIES
  • Names of models or references THE GAEC DES PRAIRIES
  • Product identification

    Lot Dated 79/89/99/109/119/149/159/169/179/189/219/229/249/259/289/299/110/210/510/610

    Recommended consumption date between 07/12/2021 and 06/01/2022

  • Start date / End of marketing From 09/27/2021 to 10/07/2021
  • Storage temperature Product to be stored at room temperature
  • Geographical sales area Regions: Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
  • Distributors Le fromager des halles brives, Clermont neyrat, Thiers, Clermont saint jean, lempdes Intermarché St paulien Super U Langeac Ardèche cicada Proxi Espaly and Loudes Salaison torrilhon Salaison du Velay Chabanon, Méjean, jacob Colombet J

Practical information regarding the recall

  • Reason for recall presence of E.Coli
  • Risks incurred by the consumer Escherichia coli

Portuguese Handwashing Poster -Chilled Food Association

Click to access Final-CFA-Poster-Portuguese-large.pdf

Israel – Tahini Salad – Listeria monocytogenes

Aleutmani Salads recalls Tahini Salad (Use by 17.11.2021) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Click to access RCL_18102021.pdf

USA – Outbreak Investigation of Salmonella Oranienburg: Whole, Fresh Onions (September 2021)

FDA

FDA and CDC are investigating illnesses linked to whole, fresh onions. Do not eat, sell, or serve certain onions from ProSource Inc.

The FDA, along with CDC and state and local partners, is investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Oranienburg infections linked to whole, fresh onions. FDA’s traceback investigation is ongoing but has identified ProSource Inc. (also known as ProSource Produce, LLC) of Hailey, Idaho as a source of potentially contaminated whole, fresh onions imported from the State of Chihuahua, Mexico.

ProSource Inc. has agreed to voluntarily recall red, yellow, and white onions imported from the State of Chihuahua, Mexico, with import dates from July 1, 2021 through August 27, 2021. Descriptors of these onion types include, but are not limited to, jumbo, colossal, medium, and sweet onions.

Illness subclusters investigated in this outbreak are currently associated with restaurants and food service locations. The investigation is ongoing to determine the source of contamination and if additional products or firms are linked to illness. The FDA is working to determine if these onions were available to consumers through grocery stores. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.

Recommendation

Advice for restaurants, retailers and consumers: Restaurants, retailers and consumers should not eat, sell, or serve red, yellow, and white onions supplied by ProSource Inc. that were imported from the State of Chihuahua, Mexico from July 1, 2021 through August 27, 2021, or products containing such onions. Consumers should ask if the onions being served or sold were supplied by ProSource Inc. and imported from the State of Chihuahua, Mexico. If you still cannot determine if your onions were supplied by ProSource Inc and imported from the State of Chihuahua, Mexico, do not sell, serve, or eat them, and throw them out.

Potentially affected red, yellow, and white onions from ProSource Inc. were imported between July 1, 2021 through August 27, 2021. Onions can last up to three months if stored in a cool, dry place. Restaurants, retailers, and consumers who suspect having purchased such onions may still have them in storage and should not eat, sell, or serve them, and should throw them out.

FDA recommends that anyone who received or suspects having received such onions imported by ProSource Inc. between July 1, 2021 through August 27, 2021 to use extra vigilance in cleaning and sanitizing any surfaces and containers that may have come in contact with these products to reduce the risk of cross-contamination. This includes cleaning and sanitizing cutting boards, slicers, countertops, refrigerators, and storage bins.

Consumers who have symptoms of Salmonella infection should contact their health care provider. Most people with salmonellosis develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. More severe cases of salmonellosis may include a high fever, aches, headaches, lethargy, a rash, blood in the urine or stool, and in some cases may become fatal.

Suppliers and Distributors: Suppliers, distributors, and others in the supply chain should not use, ship, or sell red, yellow, and white onions from ProSource Inc. that were imported from the State of Chihuahua, Mexico or food products containing such onions. Suppliers and distributors that re-package raw onions should use extra vigilance in cleaning any surfaces and storage areas that may have come into contact with such onions from ProSource Inc. If there has been potential cross contamination or mixing of onions from other sources with such onions from ProSource Inc., suppliers and distributors should discard all comingled and potentially cross-contaminated product.

Investigation Background

October 20, 2021

The FDA, along with CDC and state and local partners, is investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Oranienburg infections linked to whole, fresh onions. FDA’s traceback investigation is ongoing but has identified ProSource Inc. (also known as ProSource Produce, LLC) of Hailey, Idaho as a source of potentially contaminated whole, fresh onions imported from the State of Chihuahua, Mexico.

Epidemiological data collected by investigators from the CDC and state and local partners identified 20 illness clusters at restaurants where onions were served. Information from these clusters shows that many ill people ate raw onions. Investigators worked to identify a common food item eaten by all of the sick people in an effort to identify the source of the outbreak.

State officials collected food items from some of the restaurants where sick people ate. The outbreak strain of Salmonella Oranienburg was found in a sample taken from a takeout condiment cup containing cilantro and lime. The sick person reported that the condiment container also contained onions, but none were left in the cup when it was tested. Because multiple food items were present in the container and in the sample that was tested, it is not possible to know which food item was contaminated.

FDA’s traceback investigation identified ProSource Inc. as a common supplier for many of the restaurants that sick people reported eating at, including the restaurant where the sample from the condiment cup containing cilantro, lime, and previously onions, was collected.

The FDA continues to conduct its traceback investigation to determine if additional products or suppliers have been affected. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.

Recall Information

ProSource Inc. has agreed to voluntarily recall red, yellow, and white onions imported from the State of Chihuahua, MX, with import dates from July 1, 2021 through August 27, 2021. Descriptions of these onion types include, but are not limited to, jumbo, colossal, medium, and sweet onions. Additional recall information will be made public as soon as it is available from ProSource Inc.


Case Count Map Provided by CDC

Outbreak Salmonella Onions Case Count Map Oct 20 2021

Case Counts

Total Illnesses: 652
Hospitalizations: 129
Deaths: 0
Last Illness Onset: September 30, 2021
States with Cases: AL, AR, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI, WV
Product Distribution: Nationwide

Germany – Chopped Hazelnut Kernels – Salmonella

LMW

Warning type: Food
Date of first publication: 10/20/2021
Product name:

magical baking chopped hazelnut kernels

Product pictures:

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Manufacturer (distributor):

Manufacturer: August Töpfer & Co. (GmbH & Co.) KG Distributor: Norma Lebensmittelfilialbetrieb Stiftung & Co. KG

Reason for warning:

Salmonella

Packaging Unit: see attached press release
Durability: see attached press release
Lot identification: see attached press release
Additional Information: Reference is made to the attached press release from the food company. 

Salmonella

Salmonella disease manifests itself within a few days after infection with diarrhea, abdominal pain and occasionally vomiting and a slight fever. The symptoms usually subside on their own after several days. Infants, toddlers, the elderly and people with a weakened immune system in particular can develop more severe disease processes. People who have eaten this food and
develop severe or persistent symptoms should seek medical attention and advise them of a possible salmonella infection.
Seeking preventive medical treatment without symptoms does not make sense. Further information on the pathogen can be found here:
http://www.infektionsschutz.de/erregersteckbriefe/salmonellen

Contact to the responsible authorities:

Bavaria: poststelle@lgl.bayern.de

Click to access Presseinformation.pdf

India – FSSAI guidelines for sampling for microbiological analysis

FNB News

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued a draft on guidelines for sampling for microbiological analysis.

The guidelines prescribe the general requirement for microbiological sampling, sampling plan, sampling tools, equipment & material, sampling procedure, labelling of sample, storage & transportation and food category wise sampling procedures.

According to the FSSAI, the microbiological analysis was vital to verify the compliance with the criteria laid down in Food Safety and Standards Regulations, food safety management system and process control, compliance of individual batches, and general information on the microbiological status of certain products placed on the market. Further, the analysis will help in monitoring and surveillance of food products along with investigation of suspected food-borne outbreaks, customer complaints.

Ashwin Bhadri, CEO, Equinox Labs, says that the sampling process ensures that the food quality hasn’t been compromised. Sampling is one of the best ways to know in which state food can be preserved for consumption without contamination.

He said, “For the betterment of people, adhering to the regulatory guidelines when it comes to sampling becomes essential. Consumer safety is foremost and following those policies assures that they are safeguarded. In India, FSSAI has introduced guidelines that every food product should undergo microbiology sampling before it is consumed.”

He explains, “It examines the compliance of individual batches. Microbiological sampling is undertaken by authorised people who are experienced and trained in those processes. They select the samples from the huge lot that allows a sample to stand for a whole lot and give the right decision concerning quality, contamination and shelf life of food products. Sampling and testing are absolutely necessary as it helps to verify the compliance laid down as per the Food Safety and Standards Regulations. The procedure of microbiological sampling and testing allows the investigation of customer complaints and also to suspect food-borne outbreaks if any.”

The guidelines were approved by the Scientific Panel on Methods of Sampling & Analysis in a meeting recently.  And FSSAI has sought comments from the stakeholders on the same.

Research – Multi-country outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium and S. Anatum infections linked to Brazil Nuts

ECDC

Click to access salmonella-typhimurium-rapid-outbreak-assessment-october-2020.pdf

USA – Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Raw Frozen Breaded Stuffed Chicken Products is over.

CDC

CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) investigated a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis infections.

Epidemiologic, laboratory, and traceback data showed that raw frozen breaded stuffed chicken products produced at the P-2375 Serenade Foods facility in Milford, Indiana, made people sick.

As of October 13, 2021, this outbreak is over.

Epidemiologic Data

A total of 36 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Enteritidis were reported from 11 states (see map). The true number of sick people in an outbreak is likely much higher than the number reported, and the outbreak may not be limited to the states with known illnesses. This is because many people recover without medical care and are not tested for Salmonella.

Illnesses started on dates ranging from February 21, 2021, to August 16, 2021 (see timeline). Sick people ranged in age from 1 to 83 years, with a median age of 38 years, and 57% were female. Of 32 people with information available, 12 were hospitalized. No deaths were reported.

State and local public health officials interviewed people about the foods they ate in the week before they got sick. Of the 27 people interviewed, 14 (52%) reported preparing and eating frozen breaded stuffed chicken products. They bought different brands of raw frozen breaded stuffed chicken products from multiple stores.

Research – Use of Acetic Acid to Partially Replace Lactic Acid for Decontamination against Escherichia coli O157:H7 in Fresh Produce and Mechanism of Action

MDPI

Escherichia coli O157:H7 is frequently detected in ready-to-eat produce and causes serious food-borne diseases. The decontamination efficacy of lactic acid (LA) is clearly established. In this study, LA was mixed with acetic acid (AA) to reduce costs while achieving consistent or better inhibitory effects. Time-kill curves and inoculation experiments using fresh-cut spinach and arugula indicated that 0.8%LA+0.2%AA shows similar antibacterial effects to those of 1%LA. To determine whether 1%LA and 0.8%LA+0.2%AA exert antibacterial effects by similar mechanisms, proteomics analysis was used. The proteins related to macromolecule localization, cellular localization, and protein unfolding were uniquely altered after the treatment with 1%LA, and the proteins related to taxis, response to stress, catabolic process, and the regulation of molecular function were uniquely altered after the treatment with 0.8%LA+0.2%AA. Based on these findings, combined with the results of a network clustering analysis, we speculate that cell membrane damage is greater in response to LA than to 0.8%LA+0.2%AA. This prediction was supported by cell membrane permeability experiments (analyses of protein, nucleotide, ATP, and alkaline phosphatase leakage), which showed that LA causes greater membrane damage than 0.8%LA+0.2%AA. These results provide a theoretical basis for the application of an acid mixture to replace LA for produce decontamination. View Full-Text

USA – Famous Anthony’s Hepatitis A Virginia Outbreak Grows to 35 Sick

Food Poisoning Bulletin

The Famous Anthony’s Hepatitis A Virginia outbreak has now sickened 35 people and hospitalized more than 20 of those patients, according to news reports. The Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts announced on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 that the cases have more than doubled over the last two weeks. The illnesses are linked to three Famous Anthony’s restaurant locations in Roanoke.