Information -Avoiding Scombroid Poisoning

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With global temperatures on the rise, preventing temperature abuse is more important than ever.  I have several clients who have witnessed guests afflicted with scombroid poisoning right there in their dining room, during service. 

Scombroid fish, especially those as common as Tuna and Mahi-mahi, can produce a nasty combination of substances known as scombrotoxin, which, when consumed, can lead to scombroid poisoning. Scombroid poisoning, in turn, sickens your guest almost immediately, results in lawsuits or insurance claims, and the Dept of Health will dispatch their foodborne illness inspectors to conduct a thorough audit of your restaurant.

RASFF -Aflatoxin -Pistachios – Peanuts – Groundnuts

RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 25; Tot. = 36 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios from Turkey in the Netherlands

RASFFaflatoxins (B1 = 12.97; Tot. = 14.00 / B1 = 13.48; Tot. = 14.54 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios in shell from the United States in Cyprus

RASFFaflatoxins (B1 > 24; Tot. > 24 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios in shell from Iran in Spain

RASFF – aflatoxins (B1 = 3.9; Tot. = 10.9 / Tot. = 6.7 µg/kg – ppb) in shelled peanuts from China in Spain

RASFFaflatoxins (B1 = >24; Tot. = >24 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios in shell from Iran in Spain

RASFFaflatoxins (B1 = 18.5; Tot. = 21.5 µg/kg – ppb) in shelled groundnuts from China in Spain

RASFF Alerts – Moulds – Fruit Smoothies – Mandarins

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RASFF – organic fruit puree (smoothies) from Italy infested with moulds in Denmark

RASFF-mandarins from Morocco infested with moulds in Spain

RASFF Alert – STEC E.coli -Deer Meat – Lamb Leg

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RASFF – shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli (stx1+ O87:H8) in frozen deer meat from New Zealand in Germany

RASFF – shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli (stx2+ O113:H21 /25g) in frozen leg of lamb without bone from Uruguay in Germany

RASFF Alert – Listeria monocytogenes -Peppered Beef Slices

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RASFF – Listeria monocytogenes (20 CFU/g) in chilled peppered beef slices from the United Kingdom in the UK

RASFF Alerts – Ochratoxin A – Pistchios

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RASFF -ochratoxin A (43 µg/kg – ppb) in pistachios from the United States in the Netherlands

RASFF Alert – E.coli -Live Clams

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RASFF -too high count of Escherichia coli (780 MPN/100g) in live clams (Ruditapes decussatus) from Tunisia in Italy