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RASFF Alerts – Foodborne Outbreak – Salmonella – Norway

European Food Alerts

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foodborne outbreak caused by and Salmonella enterica ser. Enteritidis (presence /25g) in chilled bovine carcases from Germany in Norway

USA – Outbreak Investigation of Salmonella Newport: Red Onions (July 2020)

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Investigation Update

August 18, 2020

The FDA investigation at Thomson International, Inc. ongoing. As part of the root cause investigation at Thomson International, Inc., FDA is collecting and analyzing product, water, and environmental samples.

Following the recall from Thomson International, Inc., additional products containing recalled onions have been identified and recalled. Available recall information is included below and will be updated as more products are identified and recalled.


Recall Information

Recalled Onions

On August 1, 2020, Thomson International, Inc. recalled all varieties of onions that could have come in contact with potentially contaminated red onions, due to the risk of cross-contamination. Recalled products include red, yellow, white, and sweet yellow onions shipped from May 1, 2020 to August 1, 2020. Onions were distributed to wholesalers, restaurants, and retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Canada.

Recalls have also been initiated by companies that sold onions or products containing recalled onions.

Case Count Map Provided by CDC

Outbreak Investigation of Salmonella Newport: Red Onions - August 18, 2020 Case Count Map Provided by CDC

Case Counts

Total Illnesses: 869
Hospitalizations: 116
Deaths: 0
Illness Onset Date Range: August 4, 2020
States with Cases: AK (15), AL (1), AZ (35), AR (2), CA (115), CO (25), CT (2), DE (2), FL (5), GA (6), HI (3), ID (34), IL (49), IN (3), IA (23), KS (2), KY (1), ME (5), MD (7), MA (2), MI (44), MN (18), MS (4), MO (10), MT (63), NE (10), NV (11), NH (1), NJ (2), NM (1), NY (10), NC (5), ND (9), OH (11), OR (94), PA (15), RI (2), SC (1), SD (20), TN (5), TX(2), UT (105), VA (10), WA (50), WV (2), WI (10), WY (17)

USA – FDA – Recall – Pine Nuts – Salmonella

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Superior Nut & Candy Co., Inc. is recalling 4 ounce packages Pine Nuts because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail and elderly people, and other with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

The recalled Pine Nuts were distributed nationwide in retail stores.

The product come in a 4-ounce packages of Pine Nuts are sold in store Produce Departments with a clear package front and tan-colored label on the back. The back label list Pine Nuts as the only ingredient and has the UPC Number of 72549320016 with a Best By date between 10/22/2015 to 12/27/2015 on the back label.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the problem.

Denmark – Cheese with Salmonella Recall

DRDK News Salm2

There is reason to look for on the label, if during March is smoked cheese into the shopping cart.

Der er således fundet salmonella i et parti oste fra producenten Wernersson Ost Danmark i Tølløse, oplyser virksomheden i en pressemeddelelse. There is thus found salmonella in a batch of cheeses from the manufacturer Wernersson Cheese Denmark in Stellenbosch, the company said in a statement.

Det drejer sig om mærket “Roquefort Papillon Noir” med holdbarhedsdato 5. juni 2015. These are labeled “Roquefort Papillon Noir” with the durability date of 5 juni 2015.

 

Research – FDA Advice on Eggs

FDA EGGS

What You Need to Know

Fresh eggs must be handled carefully to avoid the possibility of foodborne illness, often called “food poisoning.” Even eggs with clean, uncracked shells may occasionally contain bacteria called Salmonella that can cause an intestinal infection.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) estimates that 142,000 illnesses each year are caused by consuming eggs contaminated with Salmonella. FDA has put regulations in place to help prevent contamination of eggs on the farm and during shipping and storage. But consumers play a key role in preventing illness associated with eggs. In fact, the most effective way to prevent egg-related illness is by knowing how to buy, store, handle and cook eggs — or foods that contain them — safely. Follow these safe handling tips to help protect yourself and your family

USA – Texas Star Nut and Food Co. Inc. Natural Macadamia Nuts Are Being Voluntarily Recalled Due To Possible Salmonella Contamination

Food Safety News Today Salmonellaa

Texas Star Nut and Food Co., Inc. of Boerne, Texas is voluntarily recalling Nature’s Eats Natural Macadamia Nuts, Lot Code #31435001, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

Nature’s Eats Natural Macadamia Nuts, Lot Code #31435001 was distributed only to HEB stores, in Texas. The product was sold between 12/30/2014 and 3/20/2015.

Product: Nature’s Eats Natural Macadamia Nuts 6 oz. is Lot Code # 31435001 packed in cello bags.

Specific Code Date on Packages: Best Before 12/23/2015 located on the bottom of the nutritional label on the back of the bag. The only potential affected lot code is #31435001.

The recall was initiated as a result of a report received by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration which detected Salmonella in a random sampling of our Nature’s Eats Natural Macadamia Nut product. The recall was as the result of a routine sampling program by the FDA which revealed that the finished products contained the bacteria.

No illnesses have been reported in relation to this product at this time.

RASFF Alert – Food Poisoning – Kebab Meat – Staphylococcus – Salmonella – Bacillus cereus

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RASFF – food poisoning suspected (Staphylococcus, Salmonella or Bacillus cereus) to be caused by kebab meat from Germany in France

Europe – EFSA – Foods of Non-Animal Origin: What are the Risks?

EFSA – Full Report at this link efsa

Foods of non-animal origin – such as fruit, vegetables, cereals, and spices – are an important part of our daily diet. Usually these types of food are associated with healthy eating and do not pose any health concerns. However, sometimes their consumption causes mild to severe illnesses.

Over the past 4 years, EFSA has looked closely at the risks posed by foods of non-animal origin. EFSA’s Panel on Biological Hazard, with the support of the working group on foods of non-animal origin, assessed the public health risks posed by pathogens (disease-causing bacteria, viruses and parasites) that may contaminate these foods. The Chair of the Working Group, Jim McLauchlin, guides us through the main findings of this significant piece of work.

What are the risks posed by these foods?

A wide range of hazards are associated with different foods. In our work, we have identified and ranked combinations of foods and pathogens.

The top-ranking combinations of foods and pathogens are Salmonella and leafy greens eaten raw, followed by Salmonella and bulb and stem vegetables; Salmonella and tomatoes; Salmonella and melons; and pathogenic E. coli and fresh pods, legumes or grains.

Other pathogens that can be transmitted are norovirus, Shigella, Bacillus, and Yersinia as well as the hepatitis A virus.

Which foods pose the highest risks?

Amongst raw and minimally processed foods of non-animal origin, those that pose the highest risks in the EU are leafy greens, bulb and stem vegetables, tomatoes, melons, fresh pods, legumes or grains, sprouted seeds and berries.

These foods can be consumed in a variety of ways – from raw to highly processed and are generally free from noxious substances, such as poisonous chemicals, toxins and pathogenic organisms. Occasionally though, their consumption causes serious illnesses, which can be fatal. For example the 2011 sprouted seed-associated outbreak of Shiga-toxin producing Escherichia coli in Germany caused 53 deaths and more than 2,300 hospitalisations.

 

Research – 2014 US – Salmonella Outbreak – Live Poultry

Food Poisoning Bulletin

Salmonella from live poultry sickened 363 people in 2014. The illnesses were part of five clusters that occurred from February through October.

Many of those who became ill reported purchasing live poultry from the mail order hatchery, Mt. Healthy Hatcheries in Ohio, which was also linked to Salmonella outbreaks in 2012 and 2013.

The outbreak strains in the 2014 outbreak included Salmonella Infantis, Salmonella Newport, and Salmonella Hadar. Illnesses were reported from 43 states and Puerto Rico. When combined, the illnesses represent the largest live poultry-associated salmonellosis outbreak in the United States.

Australia – Salmonella strain thought to have caused nursing home deaths found in Wollongong bakery

ABC

The strain of salmonella thought to have killed two nursing home residents and caused dozens of others to fall ill has been found in a Wollongong bakery, tests have confirmed.

To date, 31 cases of confirmed salmonella have been reported from 10 aged care facilities in the Illawarra, south eastern Sydney and ACT.

Two patients have died as a result of the outbreak.

The nursing homes involved are either run by Illawarra Retirement Trust or supplied catering by IRT.