Food safety is a given, when a consumer purchases food they expect it to be safe and fit to eat. The responsibility for ensuring food is safe to eat rests with the farmer (sometimes called the primary producer), the manufacturer or processor (if the food is prepared in a factory), the distributor and wholesaler (the people responsible for transfering the food from the manufacturer to the shop or to the door in the case of direct sales or mail order), the retailer and the consumer themselves.
Sporadic or outbreak cases of Salmonella Enteritidis reported by Austria, France, Germany and the United Kingdom, in addition to one case reported in Luxembourg in a patient residing in France, appear to be linked by time of symptom onset and microbiological characteristics of isolates. Cases in Austria, France and Germany share an epidemiological link to the same egg packaging centre in southern Germany. Isolates from contaminated eggs identified in France originating from the implicated German egg packaging centre share similar molecular characteristics to the human cases. Isolates from a sample of a Salmonella-contaminated strawberry cake, identified in Germany through an investigation unrelated to this outbreak, also share similar molecular characteristics to the human cases. Additional microbiological and environmental investigations could further strengthen evidence to support or discard the hypothesis of all cases being part of the same outbreak, and being infected after consum…
Waitrose has recalled its Waitrose Brazilian Chardonnay as the product contains sulphites, which are not mentioned on the label. This means the product is a possible health risk for those with a sensitivity to sulphites. Follow the link for product details.
Sainsbury's has recalled its Freefrom Oaty Muesli because a limited number of packets may contain almonds and hazelnuts, which are not declared on the label. This poses a public health risk to those who are allergic to almonds and/or hazelnuts. Follow the link for product details.
The FSA and the FSAI report that Mars Chocolate Drinks is recalling certain milk drinks manufactured by Milchwerke Mittelelbe GmbH with ‘best before’ dates between 19th December 2014 and 11th April 2015. Twelve products are affected by the recall. These batches are being recalled due to the presence of a bacterium known as Bacillus at elevated levels in some of these products, which can cause food poisoning. Consumers are advised not to drink the affected batches. Follow the links for more details.
The Independent reports that the confirmation of the deaths came after Public Health England (PHE) said it had launched an investigation into a national salmonella outbreak which affected 156 people, mainly in Hampshire.
Across England, experts are examining 55 cases in Hampshire, 32 of which have been connected with a restaurant, and 33 cases in Cheshire and Merseyside, 31 of which have been linked to one takeaway.
PHE are also looking at 43 cases in the West Midlands, 34 of which were connected with the Birmingham Heartlands Hospital outbreak, as well 25 cases in London.
The source for the West Midlands outbreak has not yet been identified, although investigations are ongoing and officials are working as part of the national outbreak control team, PHE said.
The cases occurred in “isolated clusters” over several months but officials now fear they could be potentially linked.
Verotoxigenic E. coli O26:H11 has been found in a batch of Saint Felicien cheese. The manufacturer, Etoile du Vercors, is recalling the above four types of cheese with the use by dates specified because they could have been made with the same contaminated raw milk. Affected cheeses were exported to Ireland to a small number of speciality stores. A recall notice is being displayed in these stores advising consumers not to consume the implicated cheeses.
Nature Of Danger:
E. coli O26:H11 can cause severe bloody diarrhoea and abdominal cramps. In some groups, particularly children under five years of age and the elderly, the infection can also cause a complication called haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS), in which the red blood cells are destroyed and the kidneys fail.
Saki Snacks Ltd is withdrawing a batch code of its Almonds Ground because the presence of peanut protein is not mentioned on the label. This makes the product a possible health risk for anyone who has an allergy to peanuts.
Follow the link to find product details. Source: FSA
Dairy Crest Ltd is recalling two date codes of Weight Watchers West Country Thick Cream – Reduced Fat due to the presence of high levels of the bacterium known as Bacillus cereus. This bacterium can cause food poisoning and means the product is a possible health risk to consumers.
Follow the link for product details. Source: FSA
The Fine Seafood Co has extended the recall of its Plain Smoked Mackerel (240g) and Peppered Smoked Mackerel (240g) to include 150g packs because these also have incorrect 'use by' dates. The FSA has issued an updated Product Recall information Notice. Follow the link for product details.