USA – 32 Union College students sickened by diarrheal illness – Giardia

Houston Chronicle

Giardia

At least 32 students at an upstate New York college have been diagnosed with a diarrheal illness commonly linked to contaminated lakes, streams and wells.

The Union College students tested positive for giardiasis, while other students showed symptoms of the intestinal disease, Fran’Cee Brown-McClure, the college’s vice president for student affairs and dean of students, wrote in an email to students Friday. Students who live both on campus and off campus became ill.

The Schenectady school reported the first cases of the illness on Oct. 14. School officials said they are working with the local health department to try to determine the source of the disease, which is caused by the giardia parasite.

Oman – Dhofar Governorate records multiple food poisoning cases

Times of Oman

Dhofar Governorate recorded several food poisoning incidences due to eating some seashells that were affected by the red tide phenomenon

The Ministry of Health (MOH) said, “A number of health institutions in Dhofar Governorate have registered several food poisoning incidences as a result of consuming seashells that contained poisonous substances as the beaches were affected due to the red tide phenomenon.”

“In such cases, the infected person may suffer from various symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhoea, symptoms related to the nervous system like numbness, weakened movement and shortness of breath,” the ministry added.

Therefore, MOH urges fishermen and consumers to avoid eating fishes and seashells coming from the areas affected by the red tide. It has also called upon all to stay away from the areas that suspected to be affected by the red tide phenomenon to avoid poisoning.

Canada – Notice not to consume marinated herring sold by the National Herring Import Company Ltd – Listeria monocytogenes

MAPAQ

Quebec

 October 26, 2020 – The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPAQ), in collaboration with the Food Inspection Division of the City of Montreal and the company Compagnie Nationale d’Italie de herring ltée, located at 9820, boulevard Ray-Lawson, in Montreal , is warning the public not to consume the products indicated in the table below, as these foods are likely to contain Listeria monocytogenes .

Product name Brand Format Targeted lot
“Herring Matjes” In addition to this, you need to know more about it.

ADAR

In addition to this, you need to know more about it.

Various formats

Units sold until October 26, 2020
“Herring & Bone – The Jalapeno Herring”

The products that are the subject of this advisory were available for sale at several locations across the province . They were packaged in a clear plastic container with a clear or white plastic cover. They were sold refrigerated. The product label may include, in addition to their own name, the words “National Herring Co.”.

The operator is voluntarily recalling the products in question. He agreed with the MAPAQ and the Food Inspection Division of the City of Montreal to disseminate this notice as a precautionary measure. It should be noted that no case of illness associated with the consumption of these foods has been reported to MAPAQ to date.

People who have any of these products in their possession are therefore advised not to consume it. They must either return it to the establishment where they bought it or throw it away. Even if the product does not show any signs of spoilage or a suspicious odor, consuming food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria can cause listeriosis, a foodborne illness that can lead to high fever, severe headache, stiff neck or nausea. In this regard, pregnant women and their unborn children, the elderly, children and people with weakened immune systems are considered to be the most vulnerable.

Additional information

Media relations
Communications
Department Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries
and Food
Tel. : 418 380-2100, extension 3512
www.mapaq.gouv.qc.ca

Product (s)

Australia – Sunny Supreme Frozen Shredded Coconut 200g -Salmonella

FSANZ

Date published: 27 October 2020

Product information

Sunny Seafood P/L is conducting a recall of Sunny Supreme Frozen Shredded Coconut 200g. The product has been available for sale at Asian grocery stores and Asian supermarkets in Vic.

Date markings

Best Before 20/08/2022

Sunny Supreme Frozen Shredded Coconut

Problem

The recall is due to microbial (salmonella) contamination.

Food safety hazard

Food products contaminated with salmonella may cause illness if consumed.

Country of origin

Vietnam

What to do​

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

For further information please contact:

Sunny Seafood P/L
(03) 9480 6880
https://www.sunnyseafood.com.au/

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UK – FSA welcomes the outcome of the Hospital Food Review

FSA

The Independent Review of NHS Hospital Food was announced by Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock following a listeriosis outbreak in 2019.

The final report (Opens in a new window), published today, includes a number of recommendations to improve food safety, based largely on evidence provided by the FSA. These recommendations include having dedicated food safety specialists in each trust, hospitals implementing robust food safety management systems, and a compulsory function to report concerns across the entire hospital food chain. Crucially, NHS Trusts must also recognise that they are food business operators and responsible for ensuring that the food they provide is safe.

Ireland – All Batches of Roosters Southern Fried Poppin’ Chicken and Roosters Breaded Poppin’ Chicken are Being Recalled due to the Possible Presence of Salmonella

FSAI

Summary
Category 1: For Action
Alert Notification: 2020.62 (Update 2)
Product: Roosters Southern Fried Poppin’ Chicken;

Roosters Breaded Poppin’ Chicken;

pack size: 210g; approval number: PL 10610342 WE

Batch Code: All batch codes and all best before dates
Country Of Origin: Poland

Message:

Further to FSAI Food Alert 2020.62 and FSAI Food Alert 2020.62 (Update 1) , Aldi is extending its recall to include all batches and all best before dates of Roosters Southern Fried Poppin’ Chicken and Roosters Breaded Poppin’ Chicken. All batches are being recalled due to the possible presence of Salmonella. Point-of-sale recall notices will be displayed in stores supplied with the implicated products.

Nature Of Danger:

People infected with Salmonella typically develop symptoms between 12 and 36 hours after infection, but this can range between 6 and 72 hours.  The most common symptom is diarrhoea, which can sometimes be bloody.  Other symptoms may include fever, headache and abdominal cramps.  The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days. Diarrhoea can occasionally be severe enough to require hospital admission. The elderly, infants, and those with impaired immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness.

Action Required:

Manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, caterers & retailers:

Retailers are requested to remove the implicated products from sale.

Consumers:

Consumers should not eat the implicated products.

Rooster S F Chicken Update
Roosters Breaded Chicken

Russia – Clostridium Botulinum Poisoning

Al Khaleej Today

This Friday (23), the international press reported the story of two children from St. Petersburg, Russia, who spent three days at home with their dead parents. For the couple’s children, the two were just “sleeping” for a long time.

The relatives of Alexander Yakunin, 30 and his wife, Viktoria, 25, were surprised by the couple’s absence from a family reunion. That was when relatives called their home and their five-year-old daughter answered the phone.

In the call, the girl said that she was taking care of her one-year-old brother, said that her mother and father had been “sleeping” for a long time, and that the father had gone all dark.

Worried, the children’s aunt went to the apartment and found the couple dead in bed. “I ran… and saw everything. I fell and screamed, ”recalled the woman, according to the British website Mirror. Then the emergency and the police were called.

The aunt took the children of the couple from the apartment who are now in the care of their grandfather, Alexander’s father. The suspected cause of death is food poisoning after consumption of a pickle preserve contaminated with botulinum toxin, a substance produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. According to the police, a jar of pickles given by Alexander’s grandfather was open in the kitchen.

Australia – Golden Horse Dried Anchovy Kho Ca Com 450g

FSANZ

Product information

Yuen’s Market Trading Co. is conducting a recall of Golden Horse Dried Anchovy Kho Ca Com 450g. The product has been available for sale at Asian grocery stores in Queensland.

Date markings

Best Before: 06/01/2023

Problem

The recall is due to biotoxin (histamine) contamination.

Food safety hazard

Food products containing histamine may cause illness/injury if consumed.

Country of origin

Vietnam

What to do​

Consumers should not eat this product and return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Any consumers concerned about their health should seek medical advice.

For further information please contact:

Yuen’s Market Trading Co.

(07) 3722 8100

sales@yuensmarket.com.au

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Canada – Warning not to consume ham dried tomatoes and basil sold by the company Meats Charlevoix – Listeria monocytogenes

MAPAQ

The MAPAQ, in collaboration with the Charcuterie Charlevoisienne company , located at 131, rue Saint-Édouard, in Saint-Urbain, is warning the population not to consume the product indicated in the table below, as this food is likely contain the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes.
Product name Format Targeted lot
“HAM, DRIED TOMATOES AND BASIL” 175 g Units sold bearing the expiration date (“best before”) of 

05NO20 
(November 5, 2020)
The product that is the subject of this alert was available for sale at several locations across the province. It was packaged in clear plastic wrap with a black underside and was sold refrigerated. The label includes, in addition to the proper name of the product, the words “CHARCUTERIE CHARLEVOISIENNE”.
The operator is voluntarily recalling the product in question. He agreed with MAPAQ to disseminate this notice as a precautionary measure. It should be noted that no case of illness associated with the consumption of this food has been reported to MAPAQ to date. 
People who have this product in their possession are therefore advised not to consume it. They must either return it to the establishment where they bought it or throw it away.

USA – Listeria outbreak linked to deli meat sickens 10, kills one

Outbreak News Today

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Department of Agriculture and health officials from several states report investigating  a multistate outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections linked to deli meats.

10 people were infected with the outbreak strain of Listeria monocytogenes from 3 states (New York (2), Massachusetts (7) and Florida (1).

All 10 people were hospitalized. One death has been reported from Florida.

In interviews with 9 ill people, all reported eating Italian-style meats, such as salami, mortadella, and prosciutto. They reported purchasing prepackaged deli meats and meats sliced at deli counters at various locations.

A specific type of deli meat and common supplier have not yet been identified.