France – Salad Pates – Recalled – Listeria monocytogenes

HACCP Europa

Auchan Pause Snack Pâtes et Salade various products have been recalled because some of the batches may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

USA – Raw Milk – Cryptosporidium

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Raw milk from a Treasured Sunrise Acres in Parma tested positive for cryptosporidium and has been put on hold by the Idaho Department of Agriculture.

Raw goats milk tested positive The week of August 24 for the microscopic parasite that causes diarrhea, which in healthy people usual subsides within a week.

ISDA has issued a hold order halting all raw milk sales From Treasured Sunrise until further notice. If you purchased raw goat or cow milk from Treasured Sunrise Acres, or any of its raw milk retail outlets either on or after August 24, officials from Treasured Sunrise Acres and ISDA ask that you discontinue consumption and discard the product.


Research – Bacterial Occurence on Kitchen Hand Towels

Food Protection Trends Entero

The common occurrence of enteric bacteria in kitchen sponges and dishcloths suggests that they can play a role in the cross-contamination of foods, fomites and hands by foodborne pathogens. This study investigated the occurrence of bacteria in kitchen towels often used to dry dishes, hands and other surfaces in the domestic kitchen. A total of 82 kitchen hand towels were collected from households in five major cities in the United States and Canada and the numbers of heterotrophic bacteria, coliform bacteria, and E.coli on each towel were determined. In addition, identification of the enteric bacteria was performed on selected towels. Coliform bacteria were detected in 89.0% and E.coli was 25.6% of towels. The presence of E.coli was related to the frequency of washing


USA – FDA Recall – Grated Parmesan – Salmonella


4C Foods Corp. is recalling its 6-oz. glass jars of “4C Grated Cheese HomeStyle Parmesan“, UPC 0-41387-32790-8 with code dates BEST BY JUL 21 2016 and JUL 22 2016 due to possible contamination with Salmonella. This recall does not impact any other 4C cheese products.

Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

Research – Noroviruses Easily Spread by Workers’ Gloves

The Packer

A Finland study confirms what may seem like common sense: Noroviruses are easily transferred to ready-to-eat foods via foodservice workers’ handling. Human noroviruses are a leading cause of foodborne gastroenteritis throughout the world and the study by researchers at the Finnish Food Safety Authority and the University of Helsinki confirm virus-free food ingredients and good hand hygiene are needed to prevent contamination of prepared foods.

The study “Norovirus Transmission between Hands, Gloves, Utensils, and Fresh Produce during Simulated Food Handling,” is part of a three-year project of detecting and eliminating viruses from food handling. -




USA – Cyclospora Update – Texas Cyclospora Outbreak Source is Cilantro from Mexico, Again

Food Posioning Bulletin

Food contaminated with cyclospora sickened at least 304 people in 19 states this summer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Most of the illnesses, 133, are in Texas where health authorities have identified cilantro imported from Puebla, Mexico as the source of the illnesses. Cilantro from Puebla, Mexico was also the food source of a 2013 cyclospora outbreak in Texas that sickened 270 people.

Cyclospora is a parasite found in tropical or sub-tropical regions. If ingested in its mature state, the parasite causes an infection called cyclosporiasis. Only about 150 of these infections are reported nationwide each year. Normally associated with travel.

Food Poisoning Bulletin

Cilantro from Mexico is the source of a cyclospora outbreak in Texas for the second straight summer. At least 126 people in Texas contracted infections from eating food contaminated with the parasite before health officials declared an end to the outbreak late yesterday. Last year, 270 Texans contracted cyclosporiasis from cilantro grown in the same area identified the source this year, Puebla, Mexico.


Canada – CFIA – Cheese Recall – Staph Toxin

CFIA Staph

Ferme Floralpe Inc. is recalling L’Alpette cheese from the marketplace because it may contain the toxin produced by Staphylococcus bacteria. Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below.

Recalled products

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
L’Alpette Soft ripened sheep cheese 160 g Lot 333
Best before: 14 10 31