Sunday, 31 August 2008
Friday, 29 August 2008
Wednesday, 27 August 2008
Yesterday it was announced that 15 people have died in this Listeria outbreak. The incubation period of Listeria is up to 90 days. There have been several cases in the UK linked to sandwiches from Wales in May 2003 (from a hospital) and from another hospital shop in the autumn of 2003; and sandwiches from a vending machine in 2007 and this outbreak was again linked to sandwiches supplied to hospitals.
This problem follows close on the heels of the Salmonella Agona incident in Ireland and the UK that has been linked to cooked meats and sandwich fillers.
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Monday, 25 August 2008
The news release identifies that "To date, 21 cases of listeriosis have been confirmed, and the same strain has been detected in four people who have died. A further 30 cases remain under investigation".
Friday, 22 August 2008
The site states that "Currently there are 17 cases of individuals across Canada with the same strain of Listeriosis (13 in Ontario, two in British Columbia, one in Saskatchewan and one in Quebec). There has been one death in Ontario that has been attributed to this same strain. We have been advised by authorities that there is no evidence to suggest that the individual who passed away or any of the cases are linked to the contaminated product".
The latest CFIA alert can be found here.
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Since my post this morning a further product has been added to the recall today.
Monday, 18 August 2008
Saturday, 16 August 2008
Friday, 15 August 2008
The UK FSA has issued a food alert with regard to the food recall by Dawn Farm Foods Ltd. The cooked bacon supplied by Dawn Farm Foods was used by the Kerry Group in the manufacture of three own-brand sandwich fillers. Follow the link for more details. They have also issued a second update on the salmonella outbreak.
Hop Lee Trading Co. Inc. is recalling Flower brand Dried Sweet Potato because it contains undeclared sulphites. Consumers who have severe sensitivity to sulphites run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume this product. Follow the link for more details.
S&M (USA) Enterprise Corp is recalling Grove Grow Notes brand Dried Bamboo Fungus Veiled Lady because it contains undeclared sulphites. People who have severe sensitivity to sulphites run the risk of serious or life-threatening reactions if they consume this product. Follow the link for more details.
Whole Foods Market is recalling 365 Organic Everyday Value Popcorn, Lightly Salted because it may contain undeclared milk ingredients. The popcorn contains an undeclared a white cheddar seasoning. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk ingredients run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. Follow the link for more details.
Wednesday, 13 August 2008
This recall comes hard on the heels of the Salmonella Agona recall that has been discussed in this blog over the last few days.
Tuesday, 12 August 2008
Sunday, 10 August 2008
Friday, 8 August 2008
"The FSAI is investigating a food poisoning outbreak of Salmonella Agona affecting the UK and Ireland Whilst, the investigation continues to seek to establish the exact cause of the illness laboratory testing of foods is providing evidence of a link with Dawn Farm Foods Ltd, The Maudlins, Naas, County Kildare (plant number 734) and some of its products.
Dawn Farm Foods has confirmed to the FSAI that it is withdrawing selected batches of cooked beef, cooked chicken and cooked bacon products predominantly for the made-to-order sandwich/catering trade.
The FSAI is instructing the catering trade not to use the products implicated on the attached list supplied by Dawn Farm Foods (plant number 734).
The FSAI reiterates its advice for all food outlets providing ready-to-eat sandwiches to be particularly strict in adhering to best hygiene practices. Food borne bacteria including Salmonella are effectively killed through thorough cooking. Strict hygiene procedures should be followed at all times to avoid cross contamination between raw and cooked foods."
Follow the link for more details and also to a report just released by The Press Association.
The UK HPA has issued its weekly report today with an update on the Salmonella Enteriditis outbreak. It states there are 78 cases rather than the previous report of 114 cases.
Thursday, 7 August 2008
The Food Standards Agency issued a statement yesterday. BarfBlog has commented on the contents of the statement that includes information on how to handle food and prevent cross-contamination and ensuring that you follow manufacturers cooking instructions. This information does not address the possibility that it is a raw or ready to eat food that has been contaminated with Salmonella and caused this outbreak. If that is the case then there is nothing that can be done by the consumer to "process-out" the hazard.
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has also issued a press release and stated that "as a precautionary measure, a company that supplies implicated ingredients into the catering sector has withdrawn these products from sale". Further it states that "The FSAI is advising food outlets providing ready-to-eat sandwiches to be particularly strict in adhering to best hygiene practices".
This is a fairly rare type of Salmonella but there were issues with Salmonella Agona in the US in April that were linked to cereal products. I will keep the blog updated with the ongoing investigation.
Tuesday, 5 August 2008
Spirit Group, the national pub chain, has been successfully prosecuted 21 times over the last four years. They admitted seven serious breaches of food law including failing to control pests and properly train staff at the Bill Brewer pub at Stafford crown court last week.
- £10,000 for failure to have adequate procedures to control pests
- £3,500 for mouse droppings in the kitchen
- £3,500 for failure to train food handlers in food hygiene matters
- £2,500 for dirty equipment in the kitchen
- £2,000 for having holes in the kitchen walls
- £2,000 for food debris in the kitchen
- £1,000 for mouse droppings in the dry store
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Saturday, 2 August 2008
After all the blog posts on the US Salmonella Saintpaul outbreak the Telegraph has carried a report highlighting a Salmonella outbreak in the UK. There have been 114 confirmed cases of Salmonella Enteriditis PT12 in England and Wales. This strain is most commonly linked with poultry products. The Telegraph reports that the number of cases has increased sharply over the last six weeks and the Health Protection Agency (HPA) has launched an investigation. Most people have responded well to standard antibiotics. Follow the HPA link for more details.
Friday, 1 August 2008
BarfBlog reported yesterday that Salmonella Saintpaul has been identified in irrigation water and a serrano pepper at a Mexican farm. The FDA has also traced a contaminated jalapeno pepper to a farm in another part of Mexico.
There is a lot of debate on the internet about this outbreak as I discussed last week. If irrigation or processing water is identified as a common theme on then it will put further emphasis on implementing good agricultural and good manufacturing practices.