Australia – Beetroot Slices Recall – Potential for Microbial Growth

FSANZ FSANZ3

HJ Heinz Company Australia Limited has recalled Golden Circle Beetroot Slices from Coles, Woolworths, IGA, convenience stores and some petrol stations nationally due to the potential for microbial growth. Food products with microbial growth may cause illness if consumed. Any consumers concerned about their health should seek medical advice. The product can be returned to the place of purchase for a full refund

 

Hong Kong – Food Alert – Two kinds of cooked Italian ham and mortadella were contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

CFS

Cooked Italian ham and mortadella

(1) Product name: Fumagalli Organic Cooked Ham
Place of origin: Italy
Weight: 70 grams
Use-by date: October 16, 2014

(2) Product name: Fumagalli Organic Mortadella
Place of origin: Italy
Weight: 70 grams
Use-by date: October 16, 2014

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) received notification from the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) of the European Commission that upon testing, samples of the ham and mortadella concerned were found to have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. According to the information, a French retailer involved has initiated a recall. About 11 kilograms of the affected product has been imported to Hong Kong.

- Listeria monocytogenes can be easily destroyed by cooking but can survive and multiply at refrigerator temperature. Severe complications such as septicemia, meningitis or even death may occur in newborns, elderly and those with a weaker immune system. Although infected pregnant women may just experience mild symptoms generally, the infection of Listeria monocytogenes may cause miscarriage, infant death, preterm birth, or severe infection in the newborns

 

USA – Lacteos Santa Martha Products with Listeria monocytogenes

Food Poisoning Journal

Oasis Brands, Inc. of Miami, FL is recalling select lots of various Lacteos Santa Martha products with Best by dates of 07/01/14 through 12/31/14, because the products has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

USA – Dietary Supplement Recall – Salmonella

Food Safety News

AMS Health Sciences is recalling 2014 bottles of Saba Shark Cartilage Complex due to possible contamination with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

UK – Commonwealth Games – Norovirus Outbreak Report

STV Norwalk_Caspid

A norovirus outbreak at the Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village struck down 83 staff and was caused by a dirty toilet.

An official report released by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) found “deficiencies in cleaning” were the cause of the vomiting bug.

The report revealed a total of 83 staff, most working in security at the village, were struck down and experienced symptoms during the Glasgow Games.

USA – Salmonella at a Church Conference ?

Food Poisoning Bulletin

Salmonella may have sickened as many as 50 people who attended a church conference at Living Word Tabernacle Church in Bessemer City, NC, according to the Gaston County Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS). Seven people have confirmed cases of salmonellosis and tests results are pending on others who attended the conference October 1-5.

Canada Research – Microbiology Annual Report 2011/12

CFIA CIFA

The Government of Canada verifies that food produced and/or sold in Canada meets federal food safety standards to ensure Canadians have confidence in what they buy. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) monitors and regulates food products that are produced domestically and moved inter-provincially, or are imported. Within Canada, all food products must comply with the Food and Drugs Act and Regulations, which set out criteria for safe food and clearly prescribe restrictions on the production, importation, sale, composition and content of food.

The National Microbiological Monitoring Program (NMMP) is one of many tools utilized by the CFIA to verify that domestically produced and imported products meet Canadian standards. It is designed to sample and test a broad range of imported and domestic commodities for multiple hazards, including microbial hazards and extraneous material. The testing carried out under the NMMP covers red meat and poultry products, shell eggs and egg products, dairy products, fresh fruits and vegetables and processed fruit and vegetable products.

As CFIA focuses its monitoring activities towards specific food-related hazards that may impair the health and safety of Canadians, it is important to note that most testing is in commodities that are not further processed by the consumer as well as in raw food, that if not properly cooked, can lead to illness. It is generally accepted that proper precautions taken in the home will destroy any bacteria that may be present.

During the 2011/12 fiscal year under the NMMP, 14307 tests were performed on 5234 domestic and imported products. Specifically, 9049 tests were performed on 3678 domestic products and 5258 tests were performed on 1556 imported products to verify they were compliant with Canadian standards. Results indicated that domestic products were 99.0% compliant and imported products were 98.0% compliant. Overall, a 98.7% compliance rate for combined domestic and imported products was observed.

In addition to testing food products, wash water samples and surface swabs taken within the food production environment are used to verify that food products are produced under sanitary conditions. This type of environmental sampling was performed in domestic establishments to verify the operator systems’ ability to control the presence of pathogens within the processing environment. During 2011/12, there were 2300 tests performed on 1878 environmental samples which were assessed as 97.5% compliant.

The results of the 2011/12 NMMP sampling activities demonstrate that the products available in the Canadian marketplace are for the majority compliant with national standards.