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Research – Project to look at 2019 Spanish Listeria outbreak

Food Safety News Listeria cdc

Andalusian authorities have allocated €100,000 (U.S. $113,000) for research to learn from the region’s Listeria outbreak in 2019. The project will focus on the epidemiological, microbiological and clinical analysis of the listeriosis outbreak, according to the Ministry of Health and Families in Andalusia.

The outbreak from “La Mecha” brand chilled roasted pork produced by Magrudis affected more than 200 people. During the health alert between mid-August and mid-October three people died and there were five abortions.

Netherlands and France – Listeria Guidence

Netherlands

France

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Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain
Circular relating to Listeria monocytogenes in cheese
farm produce
1. Objective
The purpose of this circular is to inform operators in the “milk processing at the
firm ”of what is acceptable to the Agency in applying the microbiological criterion for
Listeria monocytogenes , listed in Regulation (EC) No. 2073/2005, and in particular for
cheese made from raw milk and heat-treated milk produced on the farm. It follows the advice of
AFSCA Scientific Committee (Cfr 3.2). These opinions were given based in particular on
results of studies implemented by the Agency. These studies, funded by the FASFC, were carried out
to support operators in the “milk processing on the farm” sector. They aim to
determine whether or not their products allow the growth of Listeria monocytogenes or not and
on the other hand, if growth is possible, if the limit of 100 cfu / g can be applied
during self-checking

 

 

Netherlands -Fatal Listeria outbreak linked to trout in the Netherlands

Food Safety News

At least two people have died in a Listeria outbreak linked to chilled smoked trout fillets in the Netherlands.

All six sick people have been hospitalized and two died from their infections. Another person has died but no information about the cause of death was given.

Patients became ill between the beginning of February and mid-June. Their age range is 42 to 85 years old with a median of 78 years old.

 

USA – With over 500 with Cyclospora in the United States and Canada, what do consumers need to know?

Food Poison Journal

Cyclospora is a parasite composed of one cell, too small to be seen without a microscope. The organism was previously thought to be a blue-green alga or a large form of cryptosporidium. Cyclospora cayetanensis is the only species of this organism found in humans. The first known human cases of illness caused by Cyclospora infection (that is, cyclosporiasis) were first discovered in 1977. An increase in the number of cases being reported began in the mid-1980s, in part due to the availability of better diagnostic techniques. Over 15,000 cases are estimated to occur in the United States each year. The first recorded Cyclospora outbreak in North America occurred in 1990 and was linked to contaminated water. Since then, several cyclosporiasis outbreaks have been reported in the U.S. and Canada, many associated with eating fresh fruits or vegetables. In some developing countries, cyclosporiasis is common among the population and travelers to those areas have become infected as well.

More information at the link above.

 

Australia -Tasmanian Cheese Co Chilli Cheddar 150g – Listeria monocytogenes

FSANZ

Product information

Tasmanian Food Co Dairy is conducting a recall of The Tasmanian Food Co Chilli Cheddar Cheese 150g. The product has been available for sale in Tasmania at IGA Queenstown, IGA Express Beaconsfield, and Nigel’s Gourmet Meats Exeter.

Date markings

Best Before 25/11/2020

Chilli cheddar

Problem

The recall is due to microbial (Listeria monocytogenes) contamination.

Food safety hazard

Listeria may cause illness in pregnant women and their unborn babies, the elderly and people with low immune systems.

Country of origin

Australia.

What to do​

Any consumers concerned about their health should seek medical advice and should return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund.

For further information please contact:

Tasmanian Food Co Dairy
03 6331 6983
www.thetasmanianfoodco.com.au

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USA – Same Fresh Express processing plant in Streamwood, Illinois implicated in 2020 and 2018 Cyclospora Outbreaks

Food Poison Journal

In 2018, CDC was notified of 511 laboratory-confirmed cases of Cyclospora infections in people from 15 states and New York City who reported consuming a variety of salads from McDonald’s restaurants in the Midwest.

On July 26, 2018, the FDA completed final analysis of an unused package of romaine lettuce and carrot mix distributed to McDonald’s by the Fresh Express processor in Streamwood, IL. The analysis confirmed the presence of Cyclospora in that sample.

India -76 people from Andhra’s Visakha tribal area hospitalised with food poisoning

The News Minute

At least 76 residents of a village in the Paderu ITDA (Integrated Tribal Development Agency) limits suffered food poisoning on Wednesday after consuming contaminated meat. The incident occurred in Magatapalem village of Gaduturu panchayat, in Gangaraju Madugula mandal of the Paderu Agency region.

While it was ascertained that the meat was contaminated, he said that it was unclear whether it was because of the way the cow died, or because of the cooking process.

Paderu MLA Bhagyalakshmi Kottagulli, who visited the patients at the hospital, told the media that the exact cause of the food-borne illness was yet to be determined. “They unknowingly ate polluted food. We are requesting people to be careful with their health.”

 

 

New Zealand – Shellfish biotoxin alert – Hawke’s Bay extended warning

MPI

The Ministry for Primary Industries today extended the current public health warning against collecting shellfish in the Hawke’s Bay region. The affected area now extends from the Mohaka River to the southern end of Pōrangahau beach.

Routine tests on shellfish samples taken from this region have shown levels of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) toxins above the safe limit of 0.8 mg/kg set by MPI. Anyone eating shellfish from this area is potentially at risk of illness.

Other public health warnings remain in place for Port Levy on Banks Peninsula and Nydia Bay in the Pelorus Sound.

Mussels, oysters, tuatua, pipi, toheroa, cockles, scallops, catseyes, kina (sea urchin) and all other bivalve shellfish should not be eaten.

Note, cooking shellfish does not remove the toxin.

Taiwan – Taiwan records 6,944 food poisoning cases in 2019, marking 23-year high

Taiwan News

Taiwan recorded 6,944 instances of food poisoning last year, which marked a 23-year high, according to numbers released by the Taiwan Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

In 2019, there were 503 food poisoning incidents, leading to 6,944 people becoming ill, compared to 2018 when 398 cases caused 4,616 people to get sick, according to government figures cited by Liberty Times. Last year’s number of cases was also the second-highest since the country started keeping food poisoning records in 1981.

The highest number occurred in 1997. when 7,235 people were affected by food poisoning.

Among last year’s cases, 4,000 people came down with food poisoning while at school. Most of these were linked to the large group meals served during lunchtime.

Research – Microbiological Quality of Cooked Chicken: Results of Monitoring in England (2013-17)

JFP

Results from monitoring of the microbiological quality of 2,721 samples of ready-to-eat cooked chicken collected between 2013 to 2017 in England were reviewed: 70% of samples were from retail, catering or manufacture and 30% were imported and collected at English ports. Samples were tested for a range of bacterial pathogens and indicator organisms. Six samples (<1%) had unsatisfactory levels of pathogens which were potentially injurious to health. Neither Salmonella nor Campylobacter were recovered from any sample. Two samples from catering settings contained either an unsatisfactory level of Bacillus cereus (5 x 10 6 CFU/g) or an unsatisfactory level of coagulase positive staphylococci (1.6 x 10 4 CFU/g). Listeria monocytogenes was recovered from 36 samples (one at manufacture, 26 at catering and nine at retail) and in four instances, unsatisfactory levels (≥10 2 CFU/g) were detected (three samples collected at catering and one at retail). For L. monocytogenes there were no significant differences between the rates of contamination with between the samples collected from ports, manufacture, retail supermarkets and other retailers (p = 0.288). There were no differences between the rates of contamination for other potential pathogens detected between samples from different settings. The prevalence of hygiene indicators ( Escherichia coli , Enterobacteriaceae and Aerobic Colony Counts) at import was significantly lower than in samples collected from manufacturers, retail or catering (p < 0.01). Samples collected from catering gave poorer results than all other settings. Regardless of the stage in the food chain, samples from Thailand and from other non-EU countries were of significantly better microbiological quality with respect to indicator organisms than those from the UK or from other EU countries (p = <0.001).