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A global food safety network investigated 21 incidents between January and March this year. Most events the International Food Safety Authorities Network (INFOSAN) dealt with in the first quarter of 2019 involved a biological hazard. Five were because of Salmonella, three each because of Listeria monocytogenes and E. coli, and one each involving Clostridium botulinum and Ciguatera toxin. INFOSAN, which is managed by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and the World…
The former director of a French meat processor has been sentenced to six months in jail for his role in the 2013 horse meat scandal. Jacques Poujol, ex-director at Spanghero, was found guilty of fraud by a French court and given 24 months with 18 of these suspended. The court ordered €100,000 ($112,000) that was found at his home to be confiscated. He will also not be able to engage in professional activity related to…
Deli-sliced meats and cheeses are to blame for a multistate outbreak of Listeria infections involving eight people, one of whom has died. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention late Wednesday announced a state and federal investigation into the Listeria outbreak is underway. Both the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service( FSIS) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have joined the effort. Listeria specimens from ill people were collected from Nov. 13, 2016,…
Consumer Reports has identified 11 brands of bottled water, out of more than 130 that either self-reported or were tested by the consumer organization, that contain detectable amounts of arsenic. ” Of those, six had levels of 3 ppb (parts per billion) or higher,” according to Consumer Reports (CR) officials announced. “These brands are Starkey owned by Whole Foods, Peñafiel owned by Keurig Dr. Pepper, Crystal Geyser Alpine Spring Water, Volvic owned by Danone, and…
Steve’s Fresh Farm Eggs has become the latest company to recall eggs in Australia due to Salmonella. Fresh Eggs From My Farm 12 Free Range Eggs 700-gram and Fresh Eggs From My Farm Cage Eggs 700 gram with use by date May 6, 2019, were sold at butchers and independent stores in New South Wales (NSW). The recall is due to potential microbial Salmonella Enteritidis contamination. Consumers concerned about their health should seek medical advice…
More than a quarter of a million confirmed Campylobacter cases were reported in Europe in 2017, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Campylobacteriosis is the most commonly reported gastrointestinal disease in Europe and has been since 2005. Although there was a significant increasing trend from 2008 to 2017 it has been stable during the last five years (2013 to 2017). For 2017, 29 countries reported 250,826 cases of campylobacteriosis, of…
Researchers have described the first outbreak of apple juice-related cryptosporidiosis reported outside the United States. Although it did not involve many people, it serves as a reminder that apple juice, and other beverages, may serve as transmission vehicles for cryptosporidiosis and appropriate hygiene measures are essential in the production of juice, according to the study published in Epidemiology and Infection. All apple juice associated outbreaks have been reported from the U.S., with the last…
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) late Friday reported a multistate investigation which began on April 2, 2019, when PulseNet identified the outbreak. As of April 12, 2019, 93 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Carrau have been reported from nine states – Alabama 1, Illinois 5, Indiana 18, Kentucky 16, Michigan 19, Minnesota 3, Missouri 3, Ohio 27, Wisconsin 1.   In response, Caito Foods has recalled fresh cut watermelon,
Denver Processing LLC, late Friday recalled approximately 13,865 pounds of raw pork and beef products that were produced without the benefit of federal inspection and outside inspection hours, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The raw pork and beef items were produced on April 9, 2019. The following products are subject to recall: Varying catch weight plastic wrapped trays containing “Pork Sirloin Boneless Chop” with “Sell By 04.18.19,”…
The Food Safety Information Council has warned people in Australia not to pick or eat wild mushrooms following a number of poisoning cases. Eight people were recently hospitalized in New South Wales due to wild mushroom poisoning. Almost 40 calls were made to the NSW Poisons Information Centre in the past week and last year in the state 70 people were admitted to hospital. Australian poisons information centers received almost 900 calls about possible wild mushroom…