A Eurosurveillance report on the Hepatitis A outbreak in Europe highlights Bulgarian blackberries and Polish red currants have been identified as the most common ingredient in the contaminated lots and in the food consumed by affected people. No single point source of contamination could be identified but 12 food operators were identified that were linked to cases and lots in five of the affected countries. This comes on the back of the norovirus and raspberries in Finland in 2009 thought to trace back to Polish raspberries and again in Denmark the source was thought to be Polish raspberries previously in 2005 and in Sweden with Chinese frozen raspberries in 2006.
Publix Recalls Private Label Jalapeño Bagels - the company is issuing a voluntary recall for Publix Jalapeno Bagels, which are sold in either the self-service bins or artisan cases in the bakery department, and may contain pieces of glass and small stones.
Dunnes Stores is recalling one batch of its ‘my family favourites’ Easy Cook Rice, due to the presence of rice weevils in a limited number of packs. Dunnes Stores advises that customers who have purchased the implicated rice can return the product to their local store.
The products subject to the recall include:
80-lb. cardboard boxes, containing approximately 28, 2.5-lb. ice-packed, sealed packages of “COOKIN’ GOOD WHOLE YOUNG CHICKENS” with giblets and necks.
The products were produced Sept. 3, 2014 and then shipped to a New York distributor for re-sale and foodservice use in Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. The packages bear the establishment number “P-764” on the box.
The company discovered the problem when a plant employee checking whole bird temperatures noticed variations in the product. Upon further investigation it was found that a plant worker turned the wrong water valve, using potable water instead of chill water in the system’s chiller. The company notified FSIS of the incident. Product found in the firm’s warehouse was destroyed. However nine cases inadvertently shipped into commerce.
Tullia’s is recalling Italian Meatless Pasta Sauce code 530140. This recall has been initiated because a records review by the Washington State Department of Agriculture revealed that one batch of sauce produced with the 530140 code had a pH level high enough to allow the growth of Clostridium botulinum. If present, this organism can cause botulism, a serious and potentially fatal foodborne illness.
EFSA has coordinated an investigation to trace food items connected with a multinational outbreak of hepatitis A. Since January 2013, more than 1,440 hepatitis A cases have been reported in 12 European countries, with 331 cases confirmed by genotyping.
Laboratory testing of food items and interviews with affected people identified consumption of mixed frozen berries as the source of the outbreak. Bulgarian blackberries and Polish redcurrants have been identified as the most common ingredient in the contaminated lots and in the food consumed by affected people. No single point source of contamination could be identified but 12 food operators were identified that were linked to cases and lots in five of the affected countries. Further investigations at the local level are needed to identify where the suspect berries were harvested and the conditions at these harvest or production sites. Follow the link to read the full report.
Louise has a PhD in global food production and is a 2007 Nuffield Scholar. Her scholarship study was on global water policy and its impact on food production.
Louise has worked in the food supply chain for thirty years. Louise has written or edited five books and her research has been published in several peer reviewed journals. She also writes articles for trade and organisational publications.
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.