Singapore – Suspension of Nosh Cuisine Pte Ltd’s food business operations – Gastroenteritis Investigation


The Ministry of Health (MOH), the Singapore Food Agency (SFA), and the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) are investigating three incidents of gastroenteritis reported at MindChamps preschools (MindChamps Preschool @ Bishan, MindChampsPreschool@ Changi Airport and MindChampsPreschool@ Tanglin).

As of 12pm, 30 May 2023, a total of 89 persons (79 children and 10 staff) reported gastroenteritis symptoms after consuming food prepared by Nosh Cuisine Pte Ltd between 17 May and 29 May 2023. Six were hospitalised and are in stable condition. The rest had either sought outpatient treatment, self-medicated, or recovered without treatment.

USA – Cricket Creek Farm Recalls Sophelise and Tobasi Cheeses Because of Potential Listeria Monocytogenes Contamination


Image 1: Cricket Creek Farm square Tobasi Cheese front packaging/label

Image 2: Cricket Creek Farm circle Sophelise Cheese front packaging/label

Image 3: Cricket Creek Farm rectangle Tobasi Cheese front packaging/label


Company Announcement Date:
FDA Publish Date:
Product Type:
Food & Beverages
Cheese/Cheese Product
Foodborne Illness
Reason for Announcement:
Potential Contamination with Listeria monocytogenes
Company Name:
Cricket Creek Farm, LLC
Brand Name:
Cricket Creek Farm
Product Description:
Sophelise Cheese and Tobasi Cheese

Company Announcement

Cricket Creek Farm of Williamstown, MA is recalling 165 units of Sophelise cheese and 149 pounds of Tobasi cheese because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Sophelise and Tobasi were distributed in Massachusetts and New York through Wild Oats, Williamstown, MA; Provisions Williamstown, Williamstown, MA; McEnroe Organic Farm Market, Millerton, NY; New Lebanon Farmers Market; New Lebanon, NY, at restaurants, and farmers markets.

Sophelise product code: 087055 is a washed, pasteurized milk cheese with a soft rind and pinkish hue; the circular cheese measures 4 inches in diameter and roughly 1 inch tall. It is sold in semi-transparent packaging with a round blue label. Sophelise was distributed between March 29, 2023 and May 26, 2023.

Tobasi with a product label of 315, 341, 048 is a washed raw-milk cheese with an orange rind and creamy interior. When sold retail by Cricket Creek Farm, it is wrapped in clear packaging with a gray and orange label. When sold at retail stores, it is sold in small rectangular cuts. When sold wholesale, the cheese is a square format roughly 8”x8” and 1.25 inches tall. These batches of Tobasi were distributed between March 26, 2023, to May 26, 2023.

One hospitalization due to Listeria monocytogenes has been reported to date. Following this customer notification of illness, products purchased by this individual were tested by Biotrax Testing Laboratory and the current batch of Sophelise was determined to be positive for Listeria monocytogenes. The three batches of Tobasi are being recalled due to their proximity during storage to the exposed product.

Consumers who have purchased Sophelise, with product code 087055 or Tobasi cheese 315, 341, 048 on or after March 26, should not consume or distribute the product, and they are urged to return any remaining product to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company 8:00am – 5:00pm EST Monday – Friday at or 413-458-5888.

New Zealand – Shellfish biotoxin alerts – PSP


South Island warning

Reason for alert Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP)

Date warning issued 31 May 2023
Affected area Port Underwood
Shellfish affected Mussels, oysters, tuatua, pipi, toheroa, cockles, scallops, catseyes, kina (sea urchin) and all other bivalve shellfish.

Note, cooking shellfish does not remove the toxin.

Pāua, crab and crayfish may still be eaten if the gut has been completely removed prior to cooking, as toxins accumulate in the gut. If the gut is not removed its contents could contaminate the meat during the cooking process.

Symptoms Symptoms typically appear between 10 minutes and 3 hours after ingestion and may include:

  • numbness and a tingling (prickly feeling) around the mouth, face, and extremities (hands and feet)
  • difficulty swallowing or breathing
  • dizziness
  • headache
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarrhoea
  • paralysis and respiratory failure and in severe cases, death.
Other information Paralytic shellfish toxins have been detected in shellfish from the Kaipara Harbour at levels over the safe limit of 0.8mg/kg set by MPI. Ongoing testing will continue and any changes will be communicated accordingly.

Map of the affected area

Map of affected area from Rarangi to Rununder Point, Port Underwood area in Marlborough.

Holiday Time :)

There will be a reduced numbers of posts over the next couple of weeks, being a one person band there is no one to cover when I am on holiday.

But normal service will be resumed later in June.

Netherlands – Duo receives suspended sentences for selling Salmonella contaminated eggs

Food Safety News


Two men have been handed suspended prison sentences of six months in the Netherlands for their roles in the sale of Salmonella contaminated eggs.

The director and a manager at the implicated company were also ordered to do 200 hours of community service. Both men, aged 43 and 51, are still working in the poultry sector.

This company was fined €80,000 ($86,000), which was lower than the €140,000 ($150,400) asked for by the Public Prosecution Service (OM). The court in Zwolle said this was because of the considerable time that had passed since the incident.

The business was found guilty of placing eggs contaminated with Salmonella on the market when it knew this was harmful to health and concealing this information from customers.

UK – Worrying levels of E. coli found inside some UK oysters


Exclusive research carried out by ITV News and Watershed Investigations found some shellfish areas have seven times the E. coli levels deemed safe for eating. See the video at the link above.

India -22 people suffer food poisoning after eating dinner at Wayanad hotel


As many as 22 people suffered food poisoning after eating food from a hotel in Wayanad

UK -UKHSA issue warning as infections rise in East of England

EDP 24

Families visiting farms and petting zoos this summer are being urged to protect themselves following a rise in infections.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has issued a warning about gastrointestinal infections such as salmonella, cryptosporidium and e.coli.

They can all be passed from farm animals to humans, causing illness.

There have already been 92 cases of cryptosporidium in the east of England so far this year, 14 more than in all of 2022.

So the UKHSA is urging anyone visiting a farm to remember the importance of thoroughly and frequently washing hands to avoid getting the bugs, which can make you seriously ill.

Quebec – Notice not to consume Alfredo Rosso sauce prepared and sold by the company Del Monaco – E.coli


QUEBEC CITY ,  May 29, 2023 /CNW/ – The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPAQ), in collaboration with the Food Inspection Division of the City of Montreal and the company Del Monaco , located at 2968, boulevard Saint-Charles , in Montreal ( Kirkland ), warns the public not to consume the product indicated in the table below, because this food is likely to contain the bacterium  E. coli .  

Product name


Affected lot

“alfredo rosso sauce”



The product that is the subject of this warning was offered for sale until May 24, 2023, and only at the establishment designated above. The product was packaged in a plastic container with a transparent snap-on lid and sold frozen. The product label included, in addition to its name, the words “”.

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. Foods contaminated with E. coli bacteria do not necessarily show any visible spoilage or suspicious smell, but can still make a person who eats them sick. The possible symptoms are as follows: nausea, vomiting, more or less acute abdominal cramps and watery or bloody diarrhea.

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

USA – Now over 50 with Salmonella linked to Los Amigos Taqueria in Brighton

Food Poison Journal

According to press reports, more than 50 confirmed cases of salmonella have now been linked to Los Amigos Taqueria’s Brighton restaurant, state health officials confirmed Friday.

The chain’s Brighton outpost was one of two ordered closed last week after health inspectors flagged multiple issues at each restaurant; the West Roxbury Los Amigos Taqueria also shut its doors temporarily.

As of Friday, there were 56 lab-confirmed salmonella cases among people who had eaten at the Brighton Los Amigos Taqueria before becoming ill, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health said. Of those cases, 37 are among Boston residents.

State health officials continue to receive additional reports of lab-confirmed and undiagnosed illnesses linked to the restaurant, according to DPH.

Food contaminated with Salmonella bacteria does not usually look, smell, or taste spoiled. Anyone can become sick with a Salmonella infection. Infants, children, seniors, and people with weakened immune systems are at higher risk of serious illness because their immune systems are fragile, according to the CDC.