UK – FSA – Final Results from the Third Annual Retail Survey Show Campylobacter Levels Continue to Fall

Final results from the third annual retail survey show campylobacter levels continue to fall

FSA Campylobacter

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has today published the last set of results from its third survey of campylobacter contamination in fresh shop-bought UK-produced chickens.

The full year’s results show that on average, across the entire market, 6.5% of chickens tested positive for the highest level of contamination, (over 1,000 colony forming units per gram – cfu/g). This is down from 19.7% in 2014/15 when the survey began.

 

This is the full year’s results from our third annual retail survey – August 2016 to July 2017 – based on a total of 3,980 whole fresh chickens sampled at retail.

Full results from the survey found:

  • The figure for high-level campylobacter prevalence (more than 1,000 cfu/g) among the top nine retailers (based on market share) was 5.6%.
  • The ‘Others’ group, consisting of smaller retailers and butchers, had a significantly higher prevalence at 17.1% compared to the top nine retailers.
  • The retailers with significantly lower prevalence than the average among all retailers were Morrisons (2.9%), Tesco (4.2%) and Waitrose (2.7%).
  • There was a significant fall in the percentage of chickens positive for campylobacter at any level down from 73.2% in 2014/15 to 54% in 2016/17.
  • In the last period of the third annual survey, April – July 2017, based on a total of 1,437 chicken samples 5.9% of chickens had high levels of campylobacter (over 1,000 cfu/g) down from 20.1% for the same period in 2014.
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Research – Vibrio in Shellfish – South Yellow Sea and East China Sea

Detection of Total and Pathogenic Vibrio parahaemolyticus in Shellfish Growing along the South Yellow Sea and the East China Sea

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This study was conducted to monitor the densities of total and pathogenic Vibrio parahaemolyticus in 300 samples of nine shellfish species harvested from the coasts of the South Yellow Sea and the East China Sea (N 23° to 34°, E 116° to 124°), People’s Republic of China, between May and October 2015. Total V. parahaemolyticus densities were measured, and V. parahaemolyticus isolates were biochemically identified with probes for the thermostable direct hemolysin gene (tdh) and the thermostable direct hemolysin–related hemolysin gene (trh). We found that 202 of the 300 samples were positive for V. parahaemolyticus from all the sites: 58 of the 100 samples from the Fujian province, 71 of the 100 samples from the Zhejiang province, and 73 of the 100 samples from the Jiangsu province. In most (170) of the 300 samples, V. parahaemolyticus densities were 0.3 to 10 most probable number (MPN)/g; five lots exceeded 110 MPN/g, and two lots were estimated at 110 MPN/g. Among the 202 V. parahaemolyticus strains, only one was trh positive. Densities of V. parahaemolyticus in these shellfish were temperature dependent, with highest densities in June and July. Among the nine mollusk species, V. parahaemolyticus was most abundant in the agemaki clam (Sinonovacula constricta). The highest and lowest V. parahaemolyticus prevalences were found in oriental cyclina (Cyclina sinensis, 93.8%) and mussels (Mytilus edulis, 28.1%), respectively. Overall, although V. parahaemolyticus is widely distributed in marine environments, the density of V. parahaemolyticus was low and the prevalence of the main virulence factor was very low in shellfish along the coasts of the South Yellow Sea and East China Sea, which is important from a public health perspective. Data presented here will be useful for correlational research and can be utilized for developing risk management plans that establish food safety guidelines for V. parahaemolyticus in Chinese shellfish.

Canada – Janes Brand – Uncooked Breaded Chicken Products – Salmonella – Recall

Food Recall Warning – Janes brand frozen uncooked breaded chicken products recalled due to Salmonella

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Ottawa, October 17, 2017 – Sofina Foods Inc. is recalling Janes brand frozen uncooked breaded chicken products from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below.

Recalled products

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
Janes Pub Style Chicken Burgers – Uncooked Breaded Chicken Burgers 800 g 2018 MA 12 0 69299 12491 0
Janes Pub Style Snacks Popcorn Chicken – Uncooked Breaded Chicken Cutlettes 800 g 2018 MA 15 0 69299 12542 9

Canada – Food Recall – Mechanically Tenderised Steak Recalled – E.coli O157:H7

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Food Recall Warning – Mechanically Tenderized Steak recalled due to E. coli O157:H7.

Ottawa, October 17, 2017 – Vantage Foods (ON) Inc. is recalling mechanically tenderized steaks from the marketplace due to possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below.

The following products have been sold in Food Basics supermarket locations in Ontario.

Recalled products

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
Food Basics Mechanically Tenderized Hip Steak Variable Best Before 2017OC17 Starts with 0 211030
Food Basics Mechanically Tenderized Steak FP Variable Best Before 2017OC17 Starts with 0 224015

USA – Organic Tarragon – Recall – Possible Salmonella

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Organic tarragon recalled because of possible Salmonella

Organic Spices Inc., doing business as Spicely Organics, is recalling Organic Tarragon because of possible Salmonella contamination.

The product was distributed in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. According to the recall notice posted on the Food and Drug Administration’s website, the recalled Organic Tarragon was sold to customers through retail stores, and online.

The FDA discovered the possible contamination through routine sampling, which revealed that the raw material contained Salmonella.

No reports of adverse reactions or injuries related to the recalled Organic Tarragon had been received as of the posting of the recall notice on Monday.

Spain – Legionnaires Disease in Majorca

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Legionnaire’s Disease in Majorca

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) reported 13 cases of travel-associated Legionnaires’ disease since 3 October 2017. All had travelled to the Palmanova area of Majorca, Spain. Several hotels are linked to the outbreak, although no source of infection has been identified.

All cases became ill between 11 and 30 September and had visited Palmanova (12 cases) or the nearby town of Santa Ponça (one case) in the previous two-to-ten days.

Most cases have been reported by the United Kingdom (including Scotland) but cases have also been reported from the Czech Republic, Denmark and the Netherlands. The situation is considered highly unusual, as normally only one to four cases of travel-associated Legionnaire’s disease per year are linked to the Palmanova area.

Tour operators and local authorities have been informed of the situation and investigations are continuing. It is possible that further cases will be identified.

All travellers are potentially at risk of infection, the risk is increased in travellers with underlying medical conditions. Travellers staying in poorly maintained hotel/apartment accommodation may be at higher risk. Flushing through showers in hotels or institutions with hot water when they have not been used recently may help.

Travellers to outbreak areas should be advised to seek prompt medical advice if they develop an influenza-like illness with fever, cough or shortness of breath during their stay or up to two weeks after return home. [Source: TRAVAX Outbreaks, 16 October 2017. http://www.travax.nhs.uk/outbreaks/outbreak-record-page.aspx?id=22402]

The ECDC report on this can be accessed at https://ecdc.europa.eu/en/publications-data/communicable-disease-threats-re….

USA – California Declares State of Emergency in Hepatitis A Outbreak

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California Declares State of Emergency in Hepatitis A Outbreak

The state of California has been dealing with the largest hepatitis A outbreak in the state’s history. The virus is being spread person-to-person, but since several businesses have reported ill employees in the past few weeks, contaminated food may also be to blame.

As of October 6, 2017, there are 576 cases of hepatitis A in that state. Three hundred forty-two people have been hospitalized, which is a very high number for this type of outbreak. And the number of vaccinations distributed by the California Department of Public Heath has reached more than 80,000.