Australia – Sick passengers on board Diamond Princess cruise ship in Sydney – Norovirus

MORE than 150 passengers have been taken ill on-board a cruise ship, with reports of people vomiting in the ship’s pools, that docked in Sydney.

The Diamond Princess, one of the flagships of the Princess Cruises fleet, tied up at the overseas passenger terminal in Sydney’s Circular Quay at 7am this morning following a 12-day voyage to New Zealand.

The South Eastern Sydney local health district said they were notified by Princess Cruises of a norovirus gastroenteritis outbreak on the liner. Typical symptoms of the virus include abdominal cramps, diarrhoea and vomiting.

Research – USA -USDA – New Food Safety Measures to Reduce Salmonella and Campylobacter in Poultry

Food Poisoning Journal

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2016 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today announced the finalization of new federal standards to reduce Salmonella and Campylobacter in ground chicken and turkey products, as well as in raw chicken breasts, legs, and wings. Based on scientific risk assessments, FSIS estimates that implementation of these standards will lead to an average of 50,000 prevented illnesses annually.

As part of this move to make chicken and turkey items that Americans frequently purchase safer to eat, FSIS has also updated its microbial testing schedule at poultry facilities and will soon begin posting more information online about individual companies’ food safety performance.


USA – Buffalo Wings – Norovirus??

Food Poisoning Journal

The Kansas health department is yet to find the cause and source of a gastrointestinal illness that affected at least 10 people who ate at a Buffalo Wild Wings Inc restaurant, a spokeswoman for the department’s Johnson County office said.

Shares of the popular chicken wings chain fell as much as 7.8 percent to a 15-month low of $138.31 on Wednesday.

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment said on Tuesday that it was working with state health officials in probing reports of gastrointestinal illnesses that affected the people, who ate at a Buffalo Wild Wings outlet in Overland Park in suburban Kansas City.

Laboratory results are awaited, the department said, adding that there were currently no confirmed cases of norovirus.

Australia – Bagged Salads – Salmonella Update

Food Magazine

Lite n’ Easy has warned its customers not to eat the salad component of meals delivered this week because it may be contaminated with salmonella.

The diet meal delivery service said it used the same lettuce supplier –Victorian company Tripod Farmers –linked with a salmonella outbreak that has so far infected 28 people, with two admitted to hospital.

Lite N’Easy customers who have received salad lunches from this week’s menu are affected.

“Whilst we have had no related report of illness to date, we recommend that, if you have already consumed the lunch and have any concerns regarding your health, you should consult with your doctor or medical practitioner,” the notice reads.

Affected customers can contact Lite n’ Easy with their full name and delivery address to receive a refund.

Australia -Bagged Salad Leaves Recall – Salmonella


Woolworths Limited has recalled Woolworths Fresh Cut Loose Baby Spinach 1kg and Woolworths Fresh Cut Salad Loose Mesculin 1kg from Woolworths in NSW, ACT and VIC due to microbial (salmonella) contamination. Food products contaminated with salmonella may cause illness if consumed. Any consumers concerned about their health should seek medical advice. The products can be returned to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Date notified to FSANZ


Food type

Loose baby spinach and loose mesculin

Product name

Woolworths Fresh Cut Loose Baby Spinach 1kg

Woolworths Fresh Cut Salad Loose Mesculin 1kg

Package description and size

1kg box

Date marking

Consumer level recall
Brand Name Product Size All Use By dates Up To & Including
Woolworths Baby Spinach 100g 10/02/2016
Woolworths Baby Rocket 100g 10/02/2016
Woolworths Gourmet Mix 100g 10/02/2016
Wash N Toss Watercress 100g 14/02/2016
Wash N Toss Sorrel   50g 14/02/2016
Wash N Toss Baby Cos  100g 14/02/2016
Wash N Toss Baby Spinach  100g 14/02/2016
Wash N Toss Salad Mix  100g 14/02/2016
Wash N Toss Wild Rocket 100g 14/02/2016
Wash N Toss Kale   100g 14/02/2016
Coles Australian Baby Spinach 60g 11/02/2016
Coles Australian Baby Rocket 60g 11/02/2016
Coles Australian Baby Rocket 120g 11/02/2016
Coles Australian Spinach & Rocket  120g 11/02/2016
Coles Australian Baby Spinach 120g 11/02/2016
Coles Australian 4 Leaf Salad 120g 11/02/2016
Coles Australian 4 Leaf Salad 200g 11/02/2016
Supa Salad Supa salad 180g 14/02/2016
Trade level recall
Brand Name Product Size All Use By dates Up To & Including
Supa Salad Supamix  1kg 12/02/2016
Supa Salad AHL Mix  1kg 12/02/2016
Clear Film Spinach  1kg 12/02/2016
Clear Film Rocket  1kg 12/02/2016
Clear Film Baby Leaf 1kg 12/02/2016
Clear Film Baby Cos 1kg 12/02/2016
Clear Film Green Coral 180g 14/02/2016
Clear Film Spinach  180g 14/02/2016

Country of origin


Reason for recall

Microbial (salmonella) contamination


Woolworths in NSW, ACT and VIC

Consumer advice

Food products contaminated with salmonella may cause illness if consumed. Any consumers concerned about their health should seek medical advice. The products can be returned to the place of purchase for a full refund.


Woolworths Limited

1800 103 515

Hong Kong -Salad Leaves from Australia – Salmonella


Food Alert – Prepackaged salad leaves manufactured in Australia suspected to be contaminated with salmonella



Issue Date 2016-02-05
Source of Information The Australian authorities
Food Product Prepackaged salad leaves
Name of Importer
Product name and Description The affected products with use-by-dates up to and including February 14, 2016.
Products under recall are as follows:

– Woolworths Baby Spinach (100g)
– Woolworths Baby Rocket (100g)
– Woolworths Gourmet Mix (100g)
– Wash N Toss Watercress (100g)
– Wash N Toss Sorrel (50g)
– Wash N Toss Baby Cos (100g)
– Wash N Toss Baby Spinach (100g)
– Wash N Toss Salad Mix (100g)
– Wash N Toss Wild Rocket (100g)
– Wash N Toss Kale (100g)
– Coles Australian Baby Spinach (60g)
– Coles Australian Baby Rocket (60g)
– Coles Australian Baby Rocket (120g)
– Coles Australian Spinach & Rocket (120g)
– Coles Australian Baby Spinach (120g)
– Coles Australian 4 Leaf Salad (120g)
– Coles Australian 4 Leaf Salad (200g)
– Supa Salad Supa salad (180g)

Trade recall only for the following products:

– Supa Salad Supamix (1kg)
– Supa Salad AHL Mix (1kg)
– Clear Film Spinach (1kg)
– Clear Film Rocket (1kg)
– Clear Film Baby Cos (1kg)
– Clear Film Baby Leaf (1kg)
– Clear Film Green Coral (180g)
– Clear Film Spinach (180g)

Reason For Issuing Alert

– The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) received a notification from the International Food Safety Authorities Network that prepackaged salad leaves produced by the abovementioned manufacturer were suspected to be linked to a salmonella outbreak in Australia. The manufacturer concerned has initiated a recall of the affected products.

– Salmonella infection may cause fever and gastrointestinal upset such as vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhoea. The effects on infants, young children, the elderly and patients with a weak immune system could be more severe and sometimes may even lead to death.

Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety

– The CFS had contacted the Australian authorities over the incident, and learnt from the information provided by the Australian authorities that a Hong Kong importer had imported the affected product. During follow up investigations, the CFS was informed by the importer concerned that it had imported products of Wash N Toss Salad Mix with use-by-date of February 13. All the products had been re-exported through a distributor and none had been sold in the local market. For the sake of prudence, the CFS has contacted other major local importers and conducted sales checks at local outlets. No other affected products were found to be imported or sold in Hong Kong so far.

– The CFS will continue to follow up on the incident and take appropriate action.

Advice to the Trade

– The CFS has also informed the local trade to stop using or selling the affected batch of the product immediately.
Advice to Consumers
– The public are advised to seek medical treatment if they feel unwell after taking the food.
Further Information The CFS press release

For the latest information on the products under recall, please visit the website of the Food Standards Australia New Zealand

USA-Mahina Mele Farms, LLC Expands Voluntary Recall of Macadamia Nut Products Due to Possible Health Risk – Salmonella


Mahina Mele Farms, LLC is expanding a voluntary recall of its macadamia nut products within expiry after FDA testing found Salmonella in macadamia nuts. One sample from LOT 30 was found to be positive for Salmonella Give.While we are not aware of any further positive samples, Mahina Mele Farms feels it is in the best interest of public health to voluntarily recall ALL lots currently on the market, until the source of the contamination can be identified.

Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

Mahina Mele Farms is working with retailers to pull products from store shelves. To date no illnesses have been reported in connection with these products.

Mahina Mele Farms, LLC produces macadamia nuts under the name Izzie Macs! in plastic bags and macadamia nut butter under the name Baby Bruddah’s Mac Nut Buttah in plastic tubs. They were distributed from Oct 21, 2015 – Jan 20, 2016 and involve all products