Hong Kong – Food Alert – Centre for Food Safety continues to follow up on unsatisfactory sorbet sample

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Food Product Sorbet
Name of Importer
Product name and Description Product name: Mango Gelato (Sorbet)
Distributor: da dolce Gelato Italiano
Manufacturer: Wealthy Making Limited
Volume: 450 millilitres
Best before date: 28 February 2016
Reason For Issuing Alert

– Subsequent to the detection of excessive coliform organisms in a sample of locally made prepackaged sorbet (frozen confection), the CFS has been following up on the incident closely, including taking follow-up samples from the manufacturer concerned, and found again another mango-flavoured sample of the same batch contained a coliform count of 240 per gram, exceeding the legal limit.

– Under the Frozen Confections Regulation (Cap 132 sub leg AC), each gram of frozen confection for sale should not contain more than 100 coliform organisms. The fact that the coliform count exceeded the legal limit indicated that the hygienic conditions were unsatisfactory, but did not mean that consumption would lead to food poisoning.

Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety

– The CFS has informed the manufacturer concerned of the irregularity and instructed it to suspend the production of the sorbet concerned, carry out thorough cleansing and disinfection, and review and improve its manufacturing process. Prosecution will also be considered.

– Although the manufacturer concerned has voluntarily stopped manufacturing the sorbet in question, for the sake of prudence, CFS staff will inspect major retail outlets to ensure that no affected product is available for sale in the market. Sorbet products of other flavours will not be affected.

– The CFS will inform the local trade, follow up on the case closely and take appropriate actions, including collecting samples for testing when the manufacturer resumes supply of the relevant product, to safeguard food safety and public health.

Advice to the Trade

– Stop using or selling the product concerned immediately.
Advice to Consumers
– Not to consume the affected product, regardless of batches.
Further Information The CFS press release

Hong Kong – Food Alert – One sorbet product with coliform count exceeding legal limit

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Food Product Sorbet
Name of Importer
Product name and Description Product name: Mango Gelato (Sorbet)
Distributor: da dolce Gelato Italiano
Manufacturer: Wealthy Making Limited
Volume: 450 millilitres
Best before date: February 28, 2016
Reason For Issuing Alert

– The CFS collected a sample of the above-mentioned product from Taste at Maritime Square, Tsing Yi, for testing under its regular Food Surveillance Programme. The test result showed that it contained a coliform count of 180 per gram, exceeding the legal limit.

– The fact that the coliform count exceeded the legal limit indicated that the hygienic conditions were unsatisfactory, but did not mean that consumption would lead to food poisoning

Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety

– The CFS has informed the vendor concerned of the irregularity and instructed it to stop selling the affected product immediately. The Centre has also provided health education on food safety and hygiene for the person-in-charge and staff of the vendor concerned.

– The CFS has also followed up with the manufacturer.

USA – Public Water System with Naegleria Amoeba

Food Poisoning Journal Amoeba

Late Wednesday, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) confirmed the presence of the Naegleria fowleri amoeba in the St. Bernard Parish Water System at the site of a leaking sampling station. The water system, which serves 44,000 residents in St. Bernard Parish, was tested by DHH as part of the State’s new public drinking water surveillance program. DHH notified the water system and local officials Wednesday evening. The Department asked the water system to conduct a 60-day chlorine burn to ensure that any remaining amoeba in the system are eliminated. Parish President Dave Peralta confirmed that the system would conduct the burn out of an abundance of caution.

CDC

Naegleria fowleri infects people when water containing the ameba enters the body through the nose. Infection is rare and typically occurs when people go swimming or diving in warm freshwater places, like lakes and rivers. Very rarely, infections have been reported when people submerge their heads, cleanse their noses during religious practices, or irrigate their sinuses (nose) using contaminated tap or faucet water. Naegleria fowleri can grow in pipes, hot water heaters, and water systems, including treated public drinking water systems. You cannot get infected from drinking water contaminated with Naegleria. You can only be infected when contaminated water goes up into your nose.

Russia – Canned Tomato’s – Clostridium botulinum

Barf Blog cherry-tomato-pristine-variety

Botulinum toxin F was found in industrially canned tomatoes linked to a case of botulism. It was registered in the republic of Mariy El, the branch of Rospotrebnadzor reported (Federal agency for protection of consumer rights and human wellbeing).

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Published Date: 2015-07-26 20:27:13
Subject: PRO/EDR> Botulism, commercially canned tomatoes – Russia: (Mari El) serotype F
Archive Number: 20150726.3537693

BOTULISM, COMMERICALLY CANNED TOMATOES – RUSSIA: (MARI EL) SEROTYPE F
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Date: Wed 15 Jul 2015
Source: News agency “Sobutya” [edited]
http://sntat.ru/reportages/8426-v_kazani_izymayut_iz_prodazhi_konservirovannye_pomidory

Botulinum toxin F was found in industrially canned tomatoes linked to a case of botulism. It was registered in the republic of Mariy El, the branch of Rospotrebnadzor reported (Federal agency for protection of consumer rights and human wellbeing). The man had eaten tomatoes “Pomidorka” produced by LLC “Agro-Invest” (Kabardino-Balkaria) series 055N 5 N from 17/09/14. The staff of the Rospotrebnadzor have withdrawn this product from the store “Pyaterochka” [network stores which located in the many regions of Russia – Mod.NP]. Samples from other products of this manufacturer were taken for laboratory analysis.


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[Although not alluded to in the posting above, it has been recognized that many cases of type F botulism including many of the infant cases are related to _Clostridium baratii_ and not _C. botulinum_. Microbiologically, _C. baratii_, if cultured from the stool of the infant or from a food source, is clearly differentiable from _C. botulinum_. The 2 type F toxins are similar but not identical. – Mod.LL

Map showing Mari El Republic, Russia: http://healthmap.org/promed/p/47148]

Czech Republic – 100 sick: Spaghetti linked to Salmonella poisoning

Barf Blog

At least 100 people in and around Plzeň came down with symptoms of salmonella poisoning after eating spaghetti carbonara made by a catering company called Zrtas, according to media reports.

Some 50 people have been hospitalized and a similar number is being treated for food poisoning on an outpatient basis.

Canada – Raw Shrimp – Mycobacterium marinum

Outbreak News Today myco

Health officials with the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit (HKPR) continues their investigation into a cluster of six cases of an unusual skin infection that appears to be associated with handling raw shrimp in the Campbellford area.

Preliminary lab reports suggest the infections are caused by the slow growing bacterium, Mycobacterium marinum.

The HKPR District Health Unit has investigated five of six cases of the infection with people from the Campbellford area, and all seem to be associated with handling shrimp grown at a local shrimp farm.

Pakistan -Punjab Food Authority slaps heavy fine on five-star hotels

Daily Pakistan

LAHORE (Web Desk) – The Punjab Food Authority (PFA) raided two five-star hotels in Lahore the other day, as part of its campaign against adulterated food, poor cleanliness and hygiene parameters.