Category Archives: Virus

Research – Food Fraud With Nasty Results – Norovirus

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Global food supply chains are complex and therefore quite vulnerable to errors or fraudulent activity. A company in Chile repackaged and falsely labeled cheap raspberries from China, reselling them as top-level organic Chilean raspberries in Canada. These raspberries were linked to a norovirus outbreak in Canada, sickening hundreds of people. A whistleblower complaint helped to uncover this fraudulent scheme that posed a significant risk to human health.

Denmark and Sweden – Imported frozen berries suspected in hepatitis A outbreak

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Officials in Sweden and Denmark are investigating a hepatitis A outbreak with frozen imported berries suspected to be the source of infection.

Since mid-July, nine patients with the same type of hepatitis A virus have been reported from five different regions in Sweden. The latest patient fell ill on Sept. 18.

Six women and three men from Norrbotten, Västra Götaland, Stockholm, Uppsala and Södermanland are infected with the liver virus. Patients range from 2 to 78 years old. Also, a couple of people are ill in Denmark.

Frozen berries named as potential source
Interviews have found some people ate frozen imported berries, especially raspberries, which were not heated before consumption. However, analysis of sampled berries has not been able to detect the hepatitis A virus.

Local infection control units, Swedish Food Agency (Livsmedelsverket), and Public Health Agency of Sweden (Folkhälsomyndigheten) are investigating to confirm the source of the infections.

Two Danish cases have been linked to the Swedish outbreak and a cross-border investigation has been initiated.

RASFF Alert- Norovirus – Razor Clams

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norovirus in razor clams from the Netherlands it Italy

Belgium – PICARD – Whole frozen raspberries 1 kg. – Norovirus

AFSCA

Recall of PICARD
Product: Whole frozen raspberries 1 kg.
Problem: possible presence of Norovirus.


In agreement with the AFSCA, Picard is withdrawing frozen whole raspberries from sale and is recalling them to consumers due to the possible presence of Norovirus.
Picard asks its customers not to consume this product and to return it to the point of sale where it was purchased in order to be reimbursed.

Product description

– Product name: Whole frozen raspberries
– Brand: Picard
– Best before end: 12/2021
– Lot number: EC072-1-20
– Sale period: from 23/06/2020 to 16 / 09/2020
– Type of packaging: plastic bag
– Weight: 1 kg

 

The product was sold through the following Picard stores:

Picard, 120 Chaussée de Bruxelles, 1410 WATERLOO
Picard, 166 Avenue Georges Henri, 1200 WOLUWE-SAINT-LAMBERT
Picard, 41 Rue de Rixensart, 1332 GENVAL

For any further information, contact: info@picard.be .

Research – Resurgence of an international hepatitis A outbreak linked to imported frozen strawberries, Germany, 2018 to 2020

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Following outbreaks linked to frozen strawberries in Sweden and Austria in 2018, 65 cases linked to the same hepatitis A virus strain were detected in Germany between October 2018 and January 2020, presenting in two waves. Two case–control studies and a comparison of cases’ consumption frequencies with purchase data from a large consumer panel provided strong evidence for frozen strawberry cake as the main vehicle of transmission. Of 46 cases interviewed, 27 reported consuming frozen strawberry cake and 25 of these identified cake(s) from brand A spontaneously or in product picture-assisted recall. Trace back investigations revealed that the Polish producer involved in the previous outbreaks in Sweden and Austria had received frozen strawberries from Egypt via a wholesaler that also delivered frozen strawberries to manufacturer of brand A. Phylogenetic analyses linked the outbreak strain to similar strains formerly isolated from sewage, stool and strawberries in Egypt. Complete trace back and timely recall of products with strong evidence of contamination is important to control an outbreak and prevent later resurgence, particularly for food items with a long shelf life. Continued molecular surveillance of hepatitis A is needed to identify outbreaks and monitor the success of food safety interventions.

RASFF Alert – Foodborne Outbreak -Norovirus – Frozen Tellins (Donax trunculus)

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foodborne outbreak suspected to be caused by and norovirus (GI, GII) in frozen tellins (Donax trunculus) from Turkey in Spain

USA – Bath Dunkin’ Donuts link in Hepatitis A scare

Bath Dunkin’ Donuts link in Hepatitis A scare

The Steuben County Public Health Department (SCPH) confirmed a case of hepatitis A in an individual who worked for several days while infectious at Dunkin’ Donuts located at 350 W. Morris Street in Bath.

This may have put customers and coworkers at that Dunkin’ Donuts at risk of acquiring hepatitis A infection. Public health officials are stressing there is a low risk of contracting illness, however, individuals who have not been previously vaccinated for Hepatitis A and who consumed food or drink from the Dunkin’ Donuts on August 17 through August 22 should monitor themselves and their families for symptoms for 50 days and seek medical evaluation for Hepatitis A if they develop symptoms of this infection.

“The Hepatitis A virus can be transmitted through consuming food or drinks that have been contaminated by an infectious individual,” said Darlene Smith, Public Health Director. “We recommend all residents get the Hepatitis A vaccine as part of their routine vaccine schedule. For those who have not been previously vaccinated, getting the Hepatitis A vaccine within two weeks of an exposure can prevent development of the infection.

Even though we are beyond the two-week window in this case, it is particularly important for those who may have been exposed at Dunkin’ Donuts on August 17 – 22 to consult with their healthcare provider.”

RASFF Alert – Norovirus – Red Currents

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norovirus (presence /25g) in frozen red currants from Poland in Belgium

RASFF Alerts – Norovirus – Frozen Berry Mix

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norovirus (GI /25g) in frozen berry mix from the Netherlands in Germany

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norovirus (GI /25g) in frozen red berry mix from Germany in Italy

Denmark – Outbreak of Hepatitis A in Denmark

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The Statens Serum Institut is investigating an outbreak of contagious hepatitis caused by infections with the hepatitis A virus. The source of the infection is still unknown.

Last edited on 25 August 2020
The outbreak includes 14 patients, 8 women and 6 men aged 17-63 years. The patients have become ill from April to July 2020. The patients live all over the country and 11 have been hospitalized. Viruses from patients have been typed to genotype 1B.Graph with number of cases of hepatitis A

Region Number of patients
 The capital  3
 Zealand  5
 Southern Denmark  0
 Central Jutland 3
 North Jutland  3
 Total  14

Tracking the source

To investigate the source of the outbreak, the Statens Serum Institut interviews the patients in relation to uncovering how they have become ill. The initial interviews have shown that the patients have not been out traveling, do not know each other and that they had not participated in joint events. It therefore suggests that the source of infection is a common food that has been sold throughout the country. The outbreak is being investigated in collaboration with the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration and the DTU Food Institute.