USA -Diarrhoeal sickness infects more than 100 people in Arizona – Cryptosporidiosis

Fox 32

– Heath officials in Arizona said Friday that more than 100 people have been sickened in an outbreak of diarrheal infection and that more than 20 water facilities may have been contaminated with the virus.

Maricopa County officials said that splash pads, water parks and public pools in the Phoenix area may have been contaminated with the pool-linked gastrointestinal illness cryptosporidiosis, or crypto, the Arizona Republic reported.


Research -Pregnancy Vaccination with Gold Glyco-Nanoparticles Carrying Listeria monocytogenes Peptides Protects against Listeriosis and Brain- and Cutaneous-Associated Morbidities

MDPI Eurofins Food Testing UK

Listeriosis is a fatal infection for fetuses and newborns with two clinical main morbidities in the neonatal period, meningitis and diffused cutaneous lesions. In this study, we vaccinated pregnant females with two gold glyconanoparticles (GNP) loaded with two peptides, listeriolysin peptide 91–99 (LLO91–99) or glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase 1–22 peptide (GAPDH1–22). Neonates born to vaccinated mothers were free of bacteria and healthy, while non-vaccinated mice presented clear brain affections and cutaneous diminishment of melanocytes. Therefore, these nanoparticle vaccines are effective measures to offer pregnant mothers at high risk of listeriosis interesting therapies that cross the placenta.


Malaysia -795 cases of food poisoning in Perak schools this year

Free Malaysia Today

IPOH: A total of 10 food poisoning cases involving schools across Perak were recorded so far this month, according to the State Health Director Dr Juita Ghazalie.

She said five of those cases were reported from Aug 7 to 13, while the other five were recorded from Aug 14 to 20 with the latest incident being at the Malay College Kuala Kangsar (MCKK).

In total, there were 42 episodes of food poisoning involving 1,119 reported cases in Perak from Jan 1 until Aug 20.

“Out of these cases, a total of 30 episodes of food poisoning involved schools with 795 cases,” she said in a statement here last night.


UK -FSA set to relaunch campylobacter testing by September

Farmers Weekly Campylobacter

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is on track to introduce a new method of testing campylobacter levels on chicken later this month.

The regulator suspended its quarterly retail survey in march after processors began trimming neck skin – the area of highest contamination – to the extent that a meaningful sample was difficult to take.

Catherine Brown, FSA chief executive, told a recent board meeting phase one of the work on a methodology had concluded and discussed with the Acting on Campylobacter Together (ACT) Board members.

Food Quality News

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has resumed its Campylobacter survey with a revised method.

UK -Campylobacter on chicken – FSA/FSS survey

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Food Standard Scotland (FSS) continues to work in partnership with the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to reduce levels of foodborne illness in Scotland and reduce the public’s risk from Campylobacter. On 19 August, the FSA published a report which demonstrated that consumers across the UK want to see more action to reduce Campylobacter levels in chicken in the ongoing effort to reduce the number of people who are affected by Campylobacter poisoning.

The report explored consumer views, using a representative sample of over 1,000 respondents across Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and Wales and revealed that two thirds of consumers want the food industry to continue to reduce Campylobacter beyond the current target of less than 10% of chickens at the most highly contaminated level. The research has been released to coincide with the resumption of the Campylobacter survey, which was suspended in April to update its methodology to ensure results continued to be robust.

The Campylobacter survey, which started in 2014, showed a reduction in the number of chickens that tested positive for the highest level of contamination (from 19% in December 2014, to 11% in February 2016).

The current survey will run from August 2016 to July 2017 and will sample 4,000 fresh whole chilled chickens from all major UK retailers and independent shops. The results will be published on a quarterly basis with the first set of results is expected in January 2017.

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Canada -Food Recall Warning – Five Star Shellfish Inc. brand oysters recalled due to Salmonella

CFIA Vibrio

Ottawa, August 22, 2016 – Five Star Shellfish Inc. is recalling Five Star Shellfish Inc. brand large standard and mixed oysters 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
Five Star Shellfish Inc. Large Standard Oysters 100 count Harvest Date: 13-Aug-16
Harvest Location: PEI 1Q
Five Star Shellfish Inc. Mixed Oysters 100 count Harvest Date: 13-Aug-16
Harvest Location: PEI 1Q

Malaysia -56 MCKK students down with food poisoning

The Star

IPOH: Fifty-six Malay College Kuala Kangsar (MCKK) students here are down with food poisoning after having meals at the college’s dining hall last Wednesday.

Perak Health Department director Datuk Dr Juita Ghazalie said the students showed symptoms of vomiting, diarrhoea, nausea, fever, dizziness and abdominal pain, which was later on confirmed as food poisoning by the District Health Centre’s medical officer.

Three students were referred to the Kuala Kangsar Hospital while the rest received outpatient treatment at the hospital,” she said in a statement here Sunday.

Dr Juita said preliminary investigations revealed that the van used to transport food from the kitchen to the dining hall was filthy, with maggots found in the vehicle.