India – Toxic bacteria found in seafood samples – ETEC E.coli

Times of India fish

The septic waste is returning to our food. The latest indicator is the presence of toxigenic E coli in seafood samples collected from retail markets, fish farms and landing centres in Ernakulam district and neighbouring areas. The presence of E coli signifies the faecal sewage contamination in food and water.

Over the past one year, around 123 samples of fish were taken and analyzed at the Central Institute of Fisheries Technology (CIFT), which is a nationally-accredited agency by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) for testing the quality of fish.

The study team, consisting of Dr K V Lalitha, V Murugadas and Toms C Joseph, screened the fish samples, including shellfish. Pathogenic E coli was found in 23.4% of the 123 seafood samples while other strains, especially enterotoxigenic E coli (ETEC), was seen in 18.6% of the specimens.

 

UK -Hidden dangers of your summer food and how to avoid food poisoning – at home and abroad

The Mirror Eurofins Food Testing UK

In summer it’s natural to make the most of the fine weather by tucking into salads and firing up the barbecue .

But with such pleasures come risks.

We all know to be cautious of raw meat, but a deadly E. coli outbreak in the UK earlier this month appears to have been caused by humble salad leaves – most likely contaminated rocket imported from the Mediterranean.

Public Health England (PHE) says that so far 160 cases of E. coli have been identified, with more than 60 patients needing hospital care and, tragically, two dying.

USA – E.coli O157 – Beef Products

FSIS

WASHINGTON, JULY 26, 2016 – Good Food Concepts, LLC, doing business as Ranch Foods Direct, a Colorado Springs, Colo. establishment, is recalling approximately 2,606 pounds of non-intact beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

E.coli Blog

PT Farm, LLC, a North Haverhill, N.H. establishment, is recalling approximately 8,800 pounds of raw beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

USA – E.coli in Flour Updates – E.coli O121 and E.coli O26

CDC ecoli

  • On July 25, 2016, General Mills expanded its recall to include more production dates. A list of all the recalled flours and how to identify them is available on the Advice to Consumers page(http://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/2016/o121-06-16/advice-consumers.html).
  • Four more ill people have been reported from two states. The most recent illness started on June 25, 2016.
  • An infection with another serotype, Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC O26), has been added to this outbreak investigation. STEC O26 was isolated from a sample of General Mills flour.
  • One person has developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure.

FDA

Consumers are reminded not to eat uncooked dough or batter made with raw flour

Due to four new confirmed illnesses, General Mills is adding additional flour production dates to the previously announced U.S. retail flour recall that was originally announced on May 31, 2016. The illnesses reported to health officials continue to be connected with consumers reporting that they ate or handled uncooked dough or ate uncooked batter made with raw flour. No illnesses have been connected with flour that has been properly baked, cooked or handled.

Consumer Report

5 Surprising Ways You Could Get an E. Coli Infection From Flour

Food Safety News

The General Mills Flour outbreak now includes two strains of the bacteria: E coli O121 and E. coli O26.  Initially, only one strain, E. coli O121, was linked the outbreak, which now includes 46 cases in 21 states. But, whole genome sequencing  tests performed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) identified the second strain.

USA -Let’s Do Lunch, Inc., dba Integrated Food Service, Expands Voluntary Recall – Listeria monocytogenes

FDA

Gardena, CA– Let’s Do Lunch, Inc., dba Integrated Food Service (IFS), is expanding the scope of their June 19, 2016, voluntarily recall of certain ready-to-eat sandwiches because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. No illnesses have been reported to date.

 

USA -Meijer Recalls Fresh Salad Products Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

FDA Salmonella

Meijer is announcing a recall of select fresh salads and sandwiches due to a potential risk of Salmonella contamination. The Markets of Meijer Salads and Sandwiches were sold in Meijer stores from 7/20/16 to 7/25/16. There have been no known illnesses reported to Meijer from the product affected by this recall.

The salads and sandwiches contain a cooked egg ingredient sourced from Prime Foods, LLC, a Meijer supplier. Prime Foods LLC has notified Meijer of a positive test for Salmonella on their product.

Following is the list of recalled product:

UPC UPC Description
0-41250-16058-8 MEIJER MACARONI SALAD 1 LB.
0-41250-16060-1 MEIJER MACARONI SALAD 3 LB.
0-41250-16074-8 MEIJER POTATO SALAD AMISH 1 LB
0-41250-16076-2 MEIJER POTATO SALAD AMISH 3 LB
2-17306-00000-3 MARKETS OF MEIJER SALAD SEASHELL MACARONI
7-08820-52935-9 MARKETS OF MEIJER SANDWICH TUNA SALAD WEDGE CK 7 OZ EA
7-08820-54345-4 MARKETS OF MEIJER SANDWICH EGG SALAD 8 OZ EA
7-08820-62022-3 MEIJER EGG SALAD SPREAD 12 OZ
7-08820-62033-9 MEIJER CHICKEN SALAD SPREAD 12 OZ.

Customers should stop using the product and either dispose of it or return it to the customer service desk at any Meijer store for a full refund. For additional information, please contact Meijer at (800) 543-3704.

 

UK -The Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Food Standards Scotland (FSS) raw, soft-boiled hen eggs or foods containing lightly cooked hen eggs are unlikely to lead to illness in people who are in good health (who are not in a vulnerable group).

Dear Interested Party

 An expert group, set up by the Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food (ACMSF), to look at egg safety, found there has been a reduction in the risk from salmonella in UK shell eggs since its last report on this issue 15 years ago.

 The Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Food Standards Scotland (FSS) have reviewed their consumer advice taking into account the independent committee’s conclusions and recommendations. It is proposed that the FSA and FSS will continue to advise that all raw, soft-boiled hen eggs or foods containing lightly cooked hen eggs are unlikely to lead to illness in people who are in good health (who are not in a vulnerable group).

 In addition, we will no longer advise against the consumption of raw and lightly cooked eggs by vulnerable groups provided that they are produced under the Lion code quality assurance scheme.

 The FSA and FSS are also considering the mechanism for UK egg producers which are not currently part of the Lion Code scheme to demonstrate an equivalent level of food safety control. We are therefore also seeking views on this matter from egg producers and assurance bodies as part of this consultation.

 Please send your comments by Friday 16 September 2016 to foodhygiene.policy@foodstandards.gsi.gov.uk.

http://www.food.gov.uk/sites/default/files/acmsf-egg-reportv1.pdf