EPR Retail News
Marks & Spencer (M&S) today announces details of its five point action plan to tackle the industry-wide challenge of reducing levels of Campylobacter in whole chickens.
The measures, which have been in place for the majority of M&S chickens sold since the end of September, include even clearer front-of-pack labelling and double bagging whole chickens so they can be placed straight into the oven without the need to unwrap and handle the chicken. Action is also underway on M&S farms with bonuses paid to farmers who produce Campylobacter free farms and innovative new safety technology in place on the production line.
Vermont Dept Health
An outbreak of Salmonella illnesses in the northeastern United States, including three cases in Vermont, has been associated with bean sprouts. This is the finding from an investigation by the Vermont Department of Health along with other state health departments, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
CDC reported today that 68 people in 10 states have become ill as part of the outbreak. Eleven were hospitalized and no one has died. None of the Vermont residents were hospitalized, and all three have recovered from their illness.
Food Poisoning Bulletin
According to an FDA enforcement report, avocados packed by Unity Groves are being recalled for possible Salmonella contamination. This is an “ongoing” recall, dated the week of November 19, 2014.
There isn’t much information about the recalled avocados, other than they are packed in a brown cardboard box with green print. There are no known lot codes. The recall is for 80 cases with 32 whole avocados in each case. The recall initiation date is 10-30-2014 and the avocados were distributed in Texas. The label on the cardboard box reads “Unity Groves Pride of the Redlands Florida Avocados 25399 SW 157 Ave Homestead, FL 33031.” Latin Specialties got the avocados on October 10, 2014
Food Poisoning Bulletin
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working with the Massachusetts Department of Health to determine the source of a multistate cluster of Salmonella illnesses, according to MyFoxBoston.com. Health officials say they will provide more information once a food source is identified
RASFF-aflatoxins (B1 = 24 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios from Iran in Spain
RASFF-aflatoxins (B1 = 4.4 µg/kg – ppb) in blanched groundnut kernels from China in the Netherlands
RASFF-aflatoxins (B1 = 22; Tot. = 86 µg/kg – ppb) in dried figs from Turkey in Denmark
RASFF-aflatoxins (B1 = 5.9; Tot. = 24.5 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts from China in Spain
RASFF-aflatoxins (B1 = 54; Tot. = 56 µg/kg – ppb) in raw pistachio in shell from Iran in Lithuania
RASFF-aflatoxins (B1 = 29.9; Tot. = 48.8 µg/kg – ppb) in dried pepper (Capsicum annum) from Morocco in Spain
RASFF-ochratoxin A (26.0 µg/kg – ppb) in dried figs from Turkey in the Netherlands
RASFF-aflatoxins (B1 = 30; Tot. = 34.4 µg/kg – ppb) in groundnuts in shell from Egypt in Italy
RASFF-aflatoxins (B1 = 7.4; Tot. = 13.9 µg/kg – ppb) in dried figs from Turkey in Germany
RASFF-aflatoxins (B1 = 11.3 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachio bar from Turkey in Poland
RASFF -aflatoxins (B1 = 18.3; Tot. = 23.8 µg/kg – ppb) in shelled peanuts from Egypt in Italy
RASFF- aflatoxins (B1 = 26; Tot. = 32 µg/kg – ppb) in dried figs from Turkey in Denmark
Solgar UK has recalled batches of ABC Dophilus food supplement that have been found to contain the fungus Rhizophus oryzae, which may cause a rare infection known as mucormycosis. This infection may cause health problems to consumers, particularly vulnerable groups. Vulnerable groups include premature infants, infants, children and anyone with a weakened immune system.
The product is marketed as a food supplement suitable for infants and children.
The FSA has issued a Product Recall Information Notice.
RASFF-histamine (77 <–> 328 mg/kg – ppm) in canned mackerel in tomato sauce manufactured in Bulgaria, with raw material from China in Italy
RASFF-histamine (70.8; 495.6; 606.0; 68.0; 283.4; 614.5; 632.9; 129.0; 91.0 mg/kg – ppm) in tuna fillets from Spain in Italy
RASFF-histamine (>200 mg/kg – ppm) in yellowfin tuna from Indonesia in France
RASFF-histamine (226 mg/kg – ppm) in chilled tuna loins from Spain in France
RASFF -food poisoning suspected to be caused by oysters from France in France
RASFF-bacterial contamination and damaged packaging (deformed lid) of white beans from Spain, via the Netherlands in the Netherlands
RASFF-chili pepper from China infested with moulds in Spain
RASFF-Campylobacter jejuni (presence /g) in chilled chicken from the Netherlands in Denmark
RASFF-Listeria monocytogenes (780 CFU/g) in chilled mixed meat platter from Switzerland in Switzerland
RASFF-Listeria monocytogenes (presence /25g) in smoked salmon from Poland in Italy
RASFF-Listeria monocytogenes (presence /25g) in chilled smoked salmon from Poland in Italy
RASFF-Listeria monocytogenes (80000; 90000; presence CFU/g) in chilled salmon from Poland in Germany