Hong Kong -Food Alert – Eggs imported from Poland suspected to be contaminated with Salmonella


Issue Date 2016-10-27
Source of Information Centre for Food Safety (CFS)
Food Product Eggs
Product name and Description Eggs imported from Poland with the marking code “3PL30221321”
Reason For Issuing Alert
– The CFS has learned that a batch of eggs produced in Poland with the marking code ‘3PL30221321’ might have been contaminated with Salmonella under the routine Food Incident Surveillance System.
Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety
– Investigation by the CFS revealed that two Hong Kong importers, Yee Tai Trading Company and Winbo Trading International Company Limited, had imported in different batches a total of 4730 cartons and 961 cartons of the affected eggs from Poland respectively. The affected batches of product all have the marking code ‘3PL30221321’ with expiry dates of November 2, 2016, November 8, 2016, November 9, 2016, November 16, 2016, November 23, 2016 and November 30, 2016.
– The CFS has contacted the two importers. According to the information provided by them, they have no remaining stock of the affected eggs and the products have been sold to wholesalers. The CFS has instructed the two importers to initiate a recall of the affected products. Besides, the CFS is also tracing the distribution of the affected products.
– The CFS had contacted the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed of the European Commission over the incident and would alert the trade the incident. The CFS will continue to follow up on the incident and take appropriate action. Investigation is ongoing.
Advice to the Trade
– The trade should stop using or selling the affected products immediately should they possess them.
Advice to Consumers – Consumer should stop consuming the affected products if they have purchased any, and to seek medical advice if they feel sick upon consumption.
– For enquiries about the recall, members of the public may call Yee Tai Trading Company at 2547 5274 and Winbo Trading International Company Limited at 2271 4862 during office hours.
– Consumers, particularly the elderly, infants and pregnant women, are advised to avoid eating raw or inadequately cooked eggs and egg products. Eggs should be thoroughly cooked until the yolk and white are firm.
– Consumers should choose pasteurised eggs or egg products or dried egg powder to prepare dishes not requiring heat treatment.
Further Information The CFS press release

Information -Pathogens – The Challenges Around Microbial Food Contamination

Food Mag

A live world ‘map’ of microbial food contamination would be a complex and dynamic affair, given the different rates at which particular pathogens are identified across the developed world. Then there are the contrasting patterns of foodstuffs carrying those pathogens, the different species, strains and their points of origin. This whitepaper shows the reasons why certain microorganisms are still so common in food or, in some cases, are even seeing increasing detection rates are also multifactorial

See link above for whitepaper

UK – Fears over food poisoning bug prompt pate recall – Clostridium botulinum

Hastings Observer

Patchwork Pate has recalled 15 varieties of its pate over fears it could contain the toxin responsible for potentially fatal botulism food poisoning.

According to the Food Standards Agency, the company has been forced into the recall after being unable to prove the effectiveness of its safety procedures in relation to controlling Clostridium botulinum.The Agency says that the issue relates to controlling factors to prevent the growth and toxin production of the toxin, which if present in food can cause botulism – a form of food poisoning which can be fatal.


The issue relates to controlling factors to prevent the growth and toxin production of Clostridium botulinum. Botulinum toxin may cause a serious form of food poisoning called botulism and can be fatal. A recall from customers is being carried out as a precautionary measure.

UK – Supermarket meat with MRSA, E.coli in chickens and pork pumped full of antibiotics

The Sun

A SHOCKING investigation has revealed that Brits are risking their lives by eating meat pumped full of antibiotics.

E.coli, which kills more than 5,000 people a year, has been detected in chicken pieces bought from seven major supermarkets.

Ireland -Recall of Certain Patchwork Pates Due to Lack of Procedures in Place to Control Clostridium botulinum

FSAI fsai

As a precaution, The Patchwork Company, UK is recalling certain varieties of its pâté due to lack of procedures in place to prevent the growth and toxin production of Clostridium botulinum. Point-of-sale recall notices will be displayed in stores that were supplied with the implicated batches.

Implicated Batches

South Africa -School lunch lands pupils in hospital –

Herald Live

Hundreds of Schornville Primary School pupils in King William’s Town were rushed to two provincial hospitals yesterday after suffering stomach aches and vomiting. The incident took place shortly after the pupils ate their government-funded lunch at the school.

Dozens of ambulances and school buses had to ferry sick and crying pupils for the greater part of the day.

Turkey -200 poisoned by chicken served at village wedding in eastern Turkey

Hurriyet Daily News

Some 200 people were poisoned on Oct. 23 by chicken kebab served at a wedding ceremony in the Dolaklı village of the eastern Turkish province of Ağrı’s Doğubeyazıt district.

Wedding-goers in the village were admitted to the Doğubeyazıt Public Hospital complaining of fever, stomachache and nausea and were later taken under treatment, with the hospital having to call in extra personnel who were on leave.

Two of the patients’ health is reported to be serious, while the treatment of the others affected is ongoing.

The district became the fourth scene of food poisoning incidents in the last two weeks, after two occurred in a school and one occurred in a public hospital. A total of 400 people have been diagnosed with food poisoning in Doğubeyazıt, with one six-year-old boy dying after being taken to hospital.