Category Archives: Virus

Research – How Does Hepatitis A Spread Through Food?

Food Poisoning News

In a developed country such as the United States, outbreaks of Hepatitis A (HAV) from contaminated food are not common but are still possible and have occurred in the past. Some outbreaks have been linked to thousands of cases. It can be difficult, however, to pinpoint the source of infection because of the late onset of symptoms especially when the victims are geographically scattered. A food product can become contaminated at any step during the process of harvesting, distribution, preparation, etc…  When the problem occurs at one of the early stages, say during production, this can lead to a wide-spread outbreak, such as recent outbreaks of HAV linked to imported pomegranates or HAV linked to imported strawberries.

However, most recorded HAV outbreaks in the United States have occurred at the point of sale when food is handled and served in a restaurant. While most food handlers with HAV do not transmit the virus because they practice proper personal hygiene, all an infected person has to do to spread the virus is touch food after failing to wash their hands. These “establishment” HAV outbreaks are usually in a single geographic location tied to a particular restaurant, like the relatively recent Burger King or Famous Anthony’s outbreaks.

USA – $14 million settlement reached in Famous Anthony’s Hepatitis A outbreak

Roanoke

A $14 million settlement has been reached in lawsuits filed by more than 40 people who claimed they or their loved ones were exposed to a deadly viral outbreak while dining at two Famous Anthony’s restaurants.

Details of the agreement — reached on behalf of four patrons who died and others who were sickened when an employee unknowingly spread hepatitis A — became public during a hearing late Thursday in Roanoke’s federal court

India – Norovirus Outbreak: 62 Students Infected in Kerala

Zee News

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The Kerala Health Department on Monday (January 24) confirmed two cases of the gastrointestinal infection norovirus in class 1 students in Ernakulam district. The two samples were tested after 62 persons — students and their parents — developed symptoms such as diarrhoea, abdominal pain, vomiting, nausea, a high temperature, headache, and body aches.

The school authorities said that they have the results of drinking water testing for the last four months. The virus infected the children of the E division of the first class. Immediately upon noticing the incident, the health department informed the authorities and once again sent the water for testing. Officials said that the school is completely closed and online classes are being offered.

Luxembourg – RECALL: SPECIAL NORMANDY OYSTERS N°2 FROM THE AUCHAN BRAND – Norovirus

SAP

Cultimer is recalling the following product in Luxembourg:

Last name Special oysters from Normandy N°2
Mark Auchan
Unit 1.2kg
Sale period from 06/01/2023 to 16/01/2023
Batch All batches whose packaging date is between 06/01/2023 and 16/01/2023

Danger  : Potential presence of Norovirus

Food poisoning caused by Norovirus results in gastrointestinal disorders often accompanied by symptoms of acute gastroenteritis (sudden onset of vomiting, nausea and/or diarrhea sometimes associated with abdominal cramps, moderate fever, chills, body aches and headaches). These symptoms appear after 10 to 50 hours after consumption. Pregnant women should be especially alert to these symptoms, as well as immunocompromised people, small children and the elderly.

Sale confirmed in Luxembourg by: Auchan

A sale by other operators cannot be excluded.

Click to access 20230116-rappel-affichette.pdf

Source of information: Auchan recall notification

New Zealand – Pams Brand Frozen Berries – Hepatitis A

MPI

15 January 2023: Foodstuffs Own Brands Ltd is recalling a specific batch of Pams brand Mixed Berries due to a possible link of Hepatitis A associated with frozen berries sourced from Serbia. The Mixed Berries were released from Foodstuffs South Island Hornby Distribution Centre in error following the recall on 4 October 2022.

4 October 2022: Foodstuffs Own Brands Ltd is recalling all batches and all dates of its Pams brand Mixed Berries, Two Berry Mix, Smoothie Berry Mix, and Raspberries as a precaution due to a possible link of Hepatitis A associated with frozen berries sourced from Serbia.

The product incorrectly released was only available in Foodstuffs (Pak’n Save, Four Square and New World) South Island on 14 January 2023. Product with a best before date of 14/08/2024 is affected by this update however, all products in this notice are subject to the recall below.

 

    

         

Product type

Frozen berries

Name of product (size)

Pams brand Mixed Berries 500g
Pams brand Two Berry Mix 1kg
Pams brand Two Berry Mix 750g
Pams brand Smoothie Berry Mix 500g
Pams brand Raspberries 500g
Pams brand Raspberries 350g

Batch marking

All batches

Date making

All dates

Package size and description

The products are sold in various sizes in plastic bags.

Distribution

The products are imported.

The products are sold at Trents Wholesale and Raeward Fresh stores throughout the South Island and in Pak’n Save, New World and Four Square stores throughout New Zealand.

The products have not been re-exported.

Point of sale notice for retailers

If you are a retailer of the products in this recall, download a copy of the point of sale notice. You need to display it in your store for one month.

Point of sale notice – Foodstuffs Own Brands [PDF, 223 KB]

You can also download and display a copy of the Making berries safe to eat poster, providing guidance to consumers.

Making berries safe to eat poster [PDF, 434 KB]

Consumer advice

New Zealand Food Safety’s advice to consumers is to:

  • Briefly boil frozen berries before eating them, or if you have a thermometer at home, ensure cooking temperatures exceed 85 degrees Celsius for 1 minute. Heated berries can be safely refrozen for later use.
  • If you microwave berries, you should stir half-way through the cooking process to make sure they are cooked through. Microwave’s settings will vary, the important thing is to ensure the berries reach boiling.
  • Wash your hands before eating and preparing food.

Until and unless a definitive source is identified, this advice applies to all frozen berry products.

There have been reports of illness in New Zealand. If you have consumed any of these products and have any concerns about your health, seek medical advice.

Alternatively, customers can return the products to their retailer for a full refund.

Hepatitis A update

Information on the cases is available through the following link to the Ministry of Health website.

Hepatitis A and frozen berries − Ministry of Health  

Who to contact

If you have questions, contact Foodstuffs Own Brands Ltd:

  • Phone: 0800 24 51 14
  • Address: 35 Landing Drive, Mangere, Auckland.

France – Hepatitis A – Information

Sante Publique

The hepatitis A virus is most often transmitted by the hands, or by ingesting food or water contaminated with feces. Its prevention is based on hygiene and vaccination.

Our missions

  • Monitor the epidemiological evolution of hepatitis A
  • Quickly detect clusters or outbreaks
  • Allow to adapt preventive measures 
  • Inform healthcare professionals

Videos, infographics, key figures, expert interviews… find here the latest news and key information on hepatitis A at the link above

France – Brittany Cupped Oysters – Norovirus

Gov france

Identification information of the recalled product

  • Product category Feed
  • Product subcategory Fishery and aquaculture products
  • Product brand name Unbranded
  • Model names or references See attached file
  • Identification of products
    Batch
    see attached product list
  • Products List BILAN_REMINDER_-_Tracabilite_-_13_01_2023.pdfEnclosed
  • Packaging see Attachment
  • Marketing start/end date From 28/12/2022 to 29/12/2022
  • Storage temperature Product to be stored in the refrigerator
  • Health mark EN 56-034-009CE
  • Further information see Attachment
  • Geographic area of ​​sale Whole France
  • Distributors Leclerc – System U – Intermarché in – Mericq
  • List of points of saleBILAN_REMINDER_-_Tracabilite_-_13_01_2023.pdf

Practical information regarding the recall

  • Reason for recall Imposed by prefectural decree closing the area
  • Risks incurred by the consumer Norovirus

Luxembourg – HOLLOW OYSTERS (N°2, N°3) FROM THE BRAND LA BELLE DE QUIBERON (HUÎTRES HENRY) AND FLAT OYSTERS BELONS BIO N°2 FROM THE BRAND LA BELLE DE CANCALE (HUÎTRES HENRY) – Norovirus

SAP

Huîtres Henry is recalling the following products in Luxembourg:

Last name Cupped oysters n°2
Mark La Belle de Quiberon (Henry oysters)
Amount:  1 dozen
bar code 3532000112522
Sale period from 03/01/2023 to 09/01/2023
Batches All batches with a packaging date between December 28, 2022 and January 6, 2023
Last name Cupped oysters n°3
Mark La Belle de Quiberon (Henry oysters)
Amount:  2 dozen
bar code 3532000100239
Sale period from 03/01/2023 to 09/01/2023
Batches All batches with a packaging date between December 28, 2022 and January 6, 2023
Last name Organic Belons flat oysters n°2
Mark La Belle de Cancale (Henry oysters)
Amount  1 dozen
bar code 3532000201233
Sale period from 03/01/2023 to 09/01/2023
Batches All batches with a packaging date between December 28, 2022 and January 6, 2023

Danger  : Potential presence of Norovirus

Food poisoning caused by Norovirus results in gastrointestinal disorders often accompanied by symptoms of acute gastroenteritis (sudden onset of vomiting, nausea and/or diarrhea sometimes associated with abdominal cramps, moderate fever, chills, body aches and headaches). These symptoms appear after 10 to 50 hours after consumption. Pregnant women should be especially alert to these symptoms, as well as immunocompromised people, small children and the elderly.

Sale confirmed in Luxembourg by: Cora

A sale by other operators cannot be excluded.

Information Source: Cora Recall Notification

France – BOUCHOT Mussels – Norovirus

Gov france

Identification information of the recalled product

  • Product category Feed
  • Product subcategory Fishery and aquaculture products
  • Product brand name KERMAREE / INTERMARCHE
  • Model names or references BOUCHOT MOLDS
  • Identification of products
    GTIN Batch Date
    3476700002182 All lots Use-by date between 23/12/2022 and 11/01/2023
  • Products List MOLDS.pdfEnclosed
  • Packaging Trays or bag
  • Marketing start/end date From 20/12/2022 to 04/01/2023
  • Storage temperature Product to be stored in the refrigerator
  • Health mark FR 50 145 058 EC
  • Geographic area of ​​sale Whole France
  • Distributors SU, CARREFOUR, INTERMARCHE, CASINO, LIDL

Practical information regarding the recall

  • Reason for recall NOROVIRUS CONTAMINATION

RASFF Alert – Norovirus – Clams – Oysters

RASFF

Norivirus genotype I in clam (chamelea gallina) from Italy in Spain

RASFF

Presence of norovirus genogroup I in oysters from France in Italy