Hong Kong – Stop consuming a kind of French cheese suspected to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

CFS

Issue Date 18.4.2018
Source of Information Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) of the European Commission
Food Product A kind of cheese imported from France
Product Name and Description Product name: Brillat Savarin
Place of origin: France
Producer: Sarl ETS Beillevaire
Lot No.: 180140 and 1801579
Best-before dates: March 9, 2018, and March 11, 2018
Reason For Issuing Alert
  • The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) received a notification from the RASFF that the above-mentioned product might have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes and is being recalled.  According to the information provided by the RASFF, a local importer, K-Element Limited, had imported some of the affected product into Hong Kong.
Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety
  • The CFS immediately contacted the importer concerned for follow-up. The importer confirmed that it had imported about 4 kilograms of the affected product and all of them were distributed. It has initiated a recall according to the CFS’ advice.
  • The CFS will alert the trade to the incident, and will continue to monitor the case and take appropriate follow-up action. Investigation is ongoing.
Advice to the Trade
  • Stop using or selling the product concerned immediately if they possess it.
Advice to Consumers
  • Stop consuming the affected product if they have bought any.
Further Information The CFS press release

  • Enquiries about the recall can be made to the importer’s hotline at 3106 4722 during office hours.

USA – Multistate Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Infections Linked to Chopped Romaine Lettuce – CDC Update

CDC Eurofins Food Testing UK

What’s New?

  • Eighteen more ill people have been added to this investigation since the last update on April 13, 2018.
  • Five more states have reported ill people: Alaska, Arizona, California, Louisiana, and Montana.
  • Nine more hospitalizations have been reported, including two people who developed a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome.

 

Highlights

  • Information collected to date indicates that chopped romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region could be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 and could make people sick.
    • At this time, no common grower, supplier, distributor, or brand has been identified.
  • Advice to Consumers(https://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/2018/o157h7-04-18/advice-consumers.html):
    • Consumers anywhere in the United States who have store-bought chopped romaine lettuce at home, including salads and salad mixes containing chopped romaine lettuce, should not eat it and should throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick. If you do not know if the lettuce is romaine, do not eat it and throw it away.
    • Before purchasing romaine lettuce at a grocery store or eating it at a restaurant, confirm with the store or restaurant that it is not chopped romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region. If you cannot confirm the source of the romaine lettuce, do not buy it or eat it.
  • Advice to Restaurants and Retailers(https://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/2018/o157h7-04-18/advice-consumers.html):
    • Restaurants and retailers should not serve or sell any chopped romaine lettuce, including salads and salad mixes containing chopped romaine lettuce, from the Yuma, Arizona growing region.
    • Restaurants and retailers should ask their suppliers about the source of their chopped romaine lettuce.
  • CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are investigating a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 (E. coli O157:H7) infections.
  • 53 people infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7 have been reported from 16 states.
    • 31 people have been hospitalized, including five people who have developed a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome.
    • No deaths have been reported.
  • This investigation is ongoing, and CDC will provide updates when more information is available.

Canada – Updated Food Recall Warning – Fresh 2 Go brand Roast Beef Paninis recalled due to Listeria monocytogenes

CFIA

 

Recall details

Ottawa, April 18, 2018 – The food recall warning issued on April 17, 2018 has been updated to include additional product information. This additional information was identified during the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) food safety investigation.

Metro Ontario Inc. is recalling Fresh 2 Go brand Roast Beef Paninis from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below.

The following products were sold from Metro locations in Ontario.

Recalled products

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
Fresh 2 Go (F2GO) Roast Beef Panini 2-pack All units sold up to and including April 18, 2018 Starts with 0219274
Fresh 2 Go (F2GO) Roast Beef Panini 4-pack All units sold up to and including April 18, 2018 Starts with 0219149

Research- Cleaning and disinfection against Campylobacter

Poultry World

Campylobacter bacteria in poultry products are a main cause of human food-borne diseases. Production environments have a direct influence on contamination with pathogens, on increased mortality, and/or indirect influence on uniformity and decreased broiler performance.

Cleaning and disinfection can have positive influences on the increase in birds’ productive performance, as disease causing microorganisms are reduced or destroyed.

These biosecurity programmes are crucial for the maintenance of high productivity of poultry flocks and fundamental to ensure the quality of poultry products, making them appropriate for human consumption. Detailed cleaning and disinfection programmes aim to reduce infection pressure from microorganisms from one flock to the next. Studies simultaneously evaluating efficiency of cleaning and disinfection protocols, poultry performance, sanitary status of the facilities and sanitary quality of the meat are rarely found.

New Zealand – Up to 90 per cent of NZ chicken could be contaminated with Camplobacteria – new study

TVNZ 

 

A University of Otago, Wellington study, published last week in the international journal BMC Public Health, found only 15 per cent of consumers were aware that most of fresh chicken meat for sale in New Zealand is contaminated with Campylobacter.

The researchers also found deficiencies in the safety information provided to consumers.

“New Zealand has one of the highest rates of campylobacteriosis in the world and at least half of cases can be attributed to contaminated chicken,” says Philip Allan, one of the study’s authors and a medical student attached to the Department of Public Health.

Most survey participants were aware of the need to thoroughly cook chicken and to use separate utensils during preparation, but many were unaware that rinsing fresh chicken under the tap could spread the infection or that freezing chicken reduced Campylobacter contamination.

The study authors expect food safety regulators and chicken producers and retailers to be taking all reasonable steps to protect consumers.

How to cook the Campylobacter out of your chicken

UK – Northern Ireland – Dunnes Stores recalls Chicken, Bacon & Sweetcorn Deli Filler due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes

FSA NI

Product details

Product: Dunnes Stores Chicken, Bacon & Sweetcorn Deli Filler
Pack size: 175g
‘Use By’ dates: all use by dates from 13 April 2018 to 20 April 2018 (inclusive)

No other Dunnes Stores products are known to be affected

Risk

The product listed above might be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Symptoms caused by this organism can be similar to flu and include high temperature, muscle ache or pain, chills, feeling or being sick and diarrhoea.

Some people are more vulnerable to listeria infections, including those over 65 years of age, pregnant women and their unborn babies, babies less than one month old and people with weakened immune systems.

Our advice to consumers

If you have bought the above product, do not eat it. Instead, return it to the store from where it was bought for a full refund.

Action taken by the company

Dunnes Stores is recalling the above product. Point of sale notices will be displayed in all retail stores that are selling this product. These notices explain to customers why the products are being recalled and tell them what to do if they have bought the product. Please see the attached notice.

Recall Notice

Canada – Certain Smith Snacks brand products recalled due to Listeria monocytogenes

CFIA

Recall details

Ottawa, April 18, 2018 – Smith Snacks Ltd. is recalling certain Smith Snacks products from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below.

Recalled products

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
Smith Snacks Ultimate BBQ Rib Sub None All Best Before dates up to and including May 11, 2018 6 23858 00023 9
Smith Snacks Bacon Cheese Hot Dog None All Best Before dates up to and including May 11, 2018 6 23858 00002 4
Smith Snacks Chicken Club Twister Wrap None All Best Before dates up to and including May 11, 2018 6 23858 00045 1
Smith Snacks Deli Twister Wrap None All Best Before dates up to and including May 11, 2018 6 23858 00075 8
Smith Snacks Small Sub None All Best Before dates up to and including May 11, 2018 6 23858 00026 0
Smith Snacks Chuck Wagon Sub None All Best Before dates up to and including May 11, 2018 6 23858 00007 9
Smith Snacks Pizza Sub None All Best Before dates up to and including May 11, 2018 6 23858 00025 3
Smith Snacks Large Pizza Sub None All Best Before dates up to and including May 11, 2018 6 23858 00016 1
Smith Snacks Large Sub None All Best Before dates up to and including May 11, 2018 6 23858 00017 8
Smith Snacks Deli Deluxe Sub None All Best Before dates up to and including May 11, 2018 6 23858 00065 9
Smith Snacks Hungry Human Sub None All Best Before dates up to and including May 11, 2018 6 23858 00058 1
Smith Snacks Bacon, Egg & Cheese Sandwich None All Best Before dates up to and including May 11, 2018 6 23858 00005 5
Smith Snacks Chicken Club Kaiser None All Best Before dates up to and including May 11, 2018 6 23858 00059 8
Smith Snacks Triple Stack Kaiser None All Best Before dates up to and including May 11, 2018 6 23858 00160 1
Smith Snacks Bacon & Cheese Double Burger None All Best Before dates up to and including May 11, 2018 6 23858 00009 3
Smith Snacks Twin Pack Burgers None All Best Before dates up to and including May 11, 2018 6 23858 00030 7
Smith Snacks Turkey & Dressing Sandwich None All Best Before dates up to and including May 11, 2018 6 23858 00032 1
Smith Snacks Whole Wheat Turkey & Dressing Sandwich None All Best Before dates up to and including May 11, 2018 6 23858 00032 1
Smith Snacks Hot Club Sandwich None All Best Before dates up to and including May 11, 2018 6 23858 00034 5
Smith Snacks Turkey Sandwich None All Best Before dates up to and including May 11, 2018 6 23858 00033 8
Smith Snacks Whole Wheat Turkey Sandwich None All Best Before dates up to and including May 11, 2018 6 23858 00033 8
Smith Snacks Blackforest Ham & Cheddar Sandwich None All Best Before dates up to and including May 11, 2018 6 23858 00036 9
Smith Snacks Whole Wheat Blackforest Ham & Cheddar Sandwich None All Best Before dates up to and including May 11, 2018 6 23858 00036 9
Smith Snacks Roast Beef & Cheddar Sandwich None All Best Before dates up to and including May 11, 2018 6 23858 00035 2
Smith Snacks Whole Wheat Roast Beef & Cheddar Sandwich None All Best Before dates up to and including May 11, 2018 6 23858 00035 2
Smith Snacks Cinnamon Swirl None All Best Before dates up to and including May 11, 2018 6 23858 00158 8
Smith Snacks Apple Turnover None All Best Before dates up to and including May 2, 2018 6 23858 00091 8
Smith Snacks Blueberry Turnover None All Best Before dates up to and including May 2, 2018 6 23858 00105 2
Smith Snacks Banana Bread None All Best Before dates up to and including May 11, 2018 6 23858 00164 9
Smith Snacks Pound Cake None All Best Before dates up to and including May 19, 2018 6 23858 00166 3