Canada – Montreal vendors recall frozen raspberry products with suspected Norovirus contamination

Montreal Gazette 

 

Food made from a bad batch of frozen raspberries are being recalled by Quebec’s ministry of agriculture, fisheries and food.

Several cases of illness associated with the consumption of these products have been reported to the ministry from Montreal and elsewhere in Quebec.

These products are likely contaminated with Norovirus, an infection spread through food or water that can cause severe vomiting and diarrhea. The bad batch of raspberries that is the likely culprit has been recalled by the Canadian Food Inspection agency.

A number of Quebec companies have recalled products. People who have already purchased these products are told to avoid eating them, and either to discard or return them to the store where they were bought.

USA – Publix Recalls Publix Tropical Medley Mix Due to Possible Contamination with Listeria monocytogenes

FDA

Publix Super Markets is issuing a voluntary recall for Publix Tropical Medley Mix because it may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes. Publix received notification of the potential contamination from our supplier of dried apricot, The 5.7oz clear plastic containers of the mix were sold from Publix retail produce departments in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee and North Carolina with a UPC of 41415088586. All use by dates are being recalled.

 

UK – Sainsbury’s recalls several of its Deli Fillers products due to the presence of Listeria

FSA

Sainsbury’s is recalling a number of their products because Listeria monocytogenes has been found in some of the products.

Product: by Sainsbury’s Cheese & Onion Deli Filler
Pack size: 220g
‘Use by’ dates: Up to and including 04/07/2017
Item code: 7497786

Product: by Sainsbury’s Cheese & Onion Deli Filler
Pack size: 385g
‘Use by’ dates: Up to and including 04/07/2017
Item code: 7466511

Product: by Sainsbury’s Chicken & Sweetcorn Deli Filler
Pack size: 220g
‘Use by’ dates: Up to and including 04/07/2017
Item code: 7852922

Product: by Sainsbury’s Chicken Tikka Deli Filler
Pack size: 220g
‘Use by’ dates: Up to and including 04/07/2017
Item code: 7469201

Product: by Sainsbury’s Coronation Chicken Deli Filler
Pack size: 220g
‘Use by’ dates: Up to and including 04/07/2017
Item code: 7467097

Product: by Sainsbury’s Coronation Chicken Deli Filler
Pack size: 385g
‘Use by’ dates: Up to and including 04/07/2017
Item code: 7468131

Product: by Sainsbury’s Egg & Bacon Deli Filler
Pack size: 220g
‘Use by’ dates: Up to and including 04/07/2017
Item code: 7467148

Product: by Sainsbury’s Egg Mayo Deli Filler
Pack size: 220g
‘Use by’ dates: Up to and including 04/07/2017
Item code: 7467280

Product: by Sainsbury’s Egg Mayo Deli Filler
Pack size: 385g
‘Use by’ dates: Up to and including 04/07/2017
Item code: 6772677

Product: by Sainsbury’s Seafood Cocktail Deli Filler
Pack size: 220g
‘Use by’ dates: Up to and including 04/07/2017
Item code: 7467350

Product: by Sainsbury’s Tuna & Sweetcorn Deli Filler
Pack size: 220g
‘Use by’ dates: Up to and including 04/07/2017
Item code: 7497804

Product: by Sainsbury’s Tuna & Sweetcorn Deli Filler
Pack size: 385g
‘Use by’ dates: Up to and including 04/07/2017
Item code: 6772670

Product: Be Good To Yourself Tuna & Sweetcorn Deli Filler
Pack size: 220g
‘Use by’ dates: Up to and including 04/07/2017
Item code: 7467333

No other Sainsbury’s products are known to be affected.

Risk

The presence of Listeria monocytogenes in some of the products listed above.

Symptoms caused by this organism can be similar to flu and include high temperature, muscle ache or pain, chills, feeling or being sick and diarrhoea. However, in rare cases, the infection can be more severe, causing serious complications, such as meningitis.

Some people are more vulnerable to Listeria infections, including those over 65 years of age, pregnant women and their unborn babies, babiels less than one month old and people with weakened immune systems.

Our advice to consumers

If you have bought any of the above products do not eat it. Instead, return it to the store from where it was bought for a full refund.

Hong Kong – Hong Kong reports necrotizing fasciitis case due to Vibrio

Outbreak News Today Vibrio_vulnificus_01a

Hong Kong health officials reported  a sporadic case of necrotizing fasciitis due to Vibrio vulnificus infection affecting a 49-year-old male with underlying illnesses.

He presented with bilateral feet and ankles pain and malaise since June 5. He attended the Accident and Emergency Department of a public hospital on June 6 and was admitted on the same day. The clinical diagnosis was necrotizing fasciitis.

Excisional debridement of left foot was performed. Specimens of blood and left foot fluid collected on June 6 grew Vibrio vulnificus. His current condition was stable.

Epidemiological investigation revealed that the patient did not have recent travel history. There was no history of wound or injury. He lived with his wife and mother-in-law who remained asymptomatic. Investigation is ongoing.

Vibrio vulnificus can cause disease in those who eat contaminated seafood or have an open wound that is exposed to warm seawater containing the bacteria. Ingestion of Vibrio vulnificus can cause vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. Vibrio vulnificus can also cause an infection of the skin when open wounds are exposed to warm seawater; these infections may lead to skin breakdown and ulcers.

India – Over 50 children fall sick from food poisoning

Biharprabha

Moradabad (Uttar Pradesh), June 25 (ANI): More than fifty children got food poisoning in Moradabad district of Uttar Pradesh. Villagers said after coming from the work, a number of children complained of uneasiness and started vomiting. They said that they were shocked to see other children in the neighbourhood also complained of the same. They were rushed to the hospital where children are undergoing treatment.

USA – Souplantation restaurant implicated in shigellosis outbreak

Food Safety News Shigella - kswfoodworld

Pubic health officials in California are praising the “swift and decisive action” of the Souplantation chain, which temporarily closed a restaurant in Camarillo in the midst of a shigellosis outbreak this week.

At least eight people have been infected with Shigella bacteria, according to Ventura County Public Health officials. The public health department received notification of the outbreak Thursday, the same day Souplantation officials closed the restaurant.

USA – Target Pulls Hampton Creek Products – Salmonella and Listeria Risk

Food Poisoning Journal

Bloomberg News reported today that Target began removing all of Hampton Creek Inc.’s products from its stores.According to Bloomberg, a Target spokeswoman said the company received allegations of food safety concerns as well as accusations of manipulation and adulteration of Hampton Creek’s products. She said one concern involved reports of pathogens found in a manufacturing facility used by Hampton Creek. Target also received allegations that Hampton Creek products had tested positive for Salmonella and Listeria.