USA – Smoked Salmon Recall – Listeria monocytogenes

Food Poisoning Bulletin

Acme Smoked Fish Corporation of Brooklyn is recalling 564 pounds of imported Smoked Nova Salmon for possible Listeria contamination. The product was sold at Giant stores in Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. This recall was issued on November 18, 2014, but the FDA is just announcing it as an “urgent product recall notice”. The company contacted us and said the recall is now “closed”, but consumers may still have this product in their homes.

USA – CDC Update on Sprout Outbreak – Salmonella

CDC Salmonellaa

  • Read the Advice to Consumers and Retailers
  • As of November 24, 2014, a total of 68 people infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Enteritidis have been reported from 10 states.
  • Twenty-six percent of ill persons have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.
  • Collaborative investigation efforts of state, local, and federal public health and regulatory agencies indicate that bean sprouts produced by Wonton Foods, Inc. are the likely source of this outbreak.
  • In interviews, 33 (79%) of 42 ill persons reported eating bean sprouts or menu items containing bean sprouts in the week before becoming ill.
  • The information available to date indicates that bean sprouts produced by Wonton Foods, Inc. may be contaminated with Salmonella and are not safe to eat. As of November 21, 2014, the firm has verbally agreed to voluntarily stop the production and sale of their bean sprouts.
  • CDC recommends that restaurants and other retailers do not sell or serve bean sprouts produced by Wonton Foods, Inc. at this time.
  • CDC recommends that consumers do not eat bean sprouts produced by Wonton Foods, Inc. at this time.
  • The firm is cooperating with public health and agriculture officials and has reported that their last shipment of bean sprouts was on November 18, 2014.
  • This ongoing investigation is rapidly evolving, and CDC will update the public when more information becomes available.


USA – Sprouted Seeds Update – Listeria monocytogenes

Food Poisoning Bulletin

Henry’s Farm of Virginia is recalling all packages of Soybean Sprouts because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. This is the second big recall of sprouts for Listeria contamination for this facility; the other was in 2012. No illnesses have been reported to date, but listeriosis can take up to 70 days to present after exposure.

Canada – Nha Trang Deli Inc. brand Beef Balls Recalled Due to Listeria monocytogenes


The food recall warning issued on November 13, 2014 has been updated to include additional product information. This information was identified during the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) food safety investigation.

Nha Trang Deli Inc. is recalling Beef Balls from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below.

 Recalled products

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
Nha Trang Deli Inc. Beef Balls 454 g Best Before Dates from 14 12 06 to 14 12 17, inclusively 6 20937 00001 2

Information : Campylobacter Website Launched for Consumers

Meat Info Campylobacter

A new consumer website which offers advice on preventing campylobacter has been launched by poultry bodies. As campylobacter continues to hit the headlines – most recently the Food Standards Agency (FSA) advised consumers to bag chicken separately in the fridge – the website,, aims to raise awareness for consumers and provide transparency for the poultry industry.


Information – Sign up for the handbook Cleaning in place – securing food safety

Tetra Pak

Cleaning in place
securing food safety​

What is “cleaning in place”?

Cleaning in place, or CIP, refers to all those mechanical and chemical systems that are necessary to prepare equipment for food processing, either after a processing run that has produced normal fouling and wear, or when switching a processing line from one recipe to another.

Why is CIP important?

Cleaning is a must in the food industry, and an essential prerequisite to secure food safety and product quality. Cleaning is an integrated part of the whole production cycle. Cleaning is in focus because this has a major impact on availability and operational cost, which in turn contributes to the producer’s overall performance including the ability to reduce energy, utility and detergent consumption.

Why focus on cleaning?

  • Ensure food safety and product quality
  • Meet legislation
  • Maximize uptime and minimize downtime
  • Decrease environmental load

Who is this handbook for?

This handbook is for production managers, project managers, quality managers and others who help operate food processing plants. It’s also useful for R&D staff who are developing new products or planning investments in new plant equipment or new processing l​ines.

Be one of the first to receive the the Tetra Pak handbook “Cleaning in place – securing food safety” due in December and find out all you need to know about cleaning in place. Use the link at the top of the page.

USA – Campylobacter Raw Milk – E.coli MInced Meat – Salmonella Beansprouts

Food Poisoning

A recent outbreak in Durand, Wisconsin is the latest example of a Campylobacter outbreak linked to raw milk. It’s a common pairing.

The South Dakota Department of Health tracked Campylobacter cases from January 2012 to August 30, 2014. Of the 791 total cases of campylobacteriosis reported during that period, 42 were associated with raw milk, or about 5 percent.

Most of those affected, 23 of the 42 cases , were children 19 and under. Ten case patients were 5 and under.

Food Poisoning

E. coli in Ranchers Legacy Meat has prompted a 1,200-pound recall. All products produced by the Vadnais Heights, Minn. company on Nov. 19, 2014 are subject to recall.

The recalled products were packaged in plastic cryovac sealed packets in various weights and distributed nationwide. The recalled products have a Package Code or Use By date of 12/10/2014 and bear the establishment number “Est. 40264” inside the USDA mark of inspection. A list of stores that received the product is not yet available.

Food Poisoning

Although Salmonella in bean sprouts produced by Wonton Foods has sickened 63 people in 10 states, a recall for the tainted product has not been issued. The company told federal officials that its last shipment of the product was November 18 and that it had contacted Asian restaurants and other establishments on the East Coast that received the product. But it did not issues a recall. Nor has it made public a list of companies that served or sold the sprouts.