Hong Kong – CFS – French Cows Milk Cheese – Listeria monocyotgenes

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Food Alert – Two batches of French cow’s milk cheese contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

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Issue Date 2015-05-29
Source of Information Notification from the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed of the European Commission
Food Product Cow’s milk cheese
Name of Importer
Product name and Description (1) Product name: Saint Nectaire Fermier (raw cow’s milk cheese)
Place of origin: France

(2) Product name: Saint Nectaire Laitier (pasteurised cow’s milk cheese)
Place of origin: France

Reason For Issuing Alert

– The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) received a notification from the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) of the European Commission that the above-mentioned batches of cow’s milk cheese were found to have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. According to the information provided by the RASFF, the French producer concerned has initiated a recall of the affected products and a small volume of the affected products has been imported into Hong Kong.

– Listeria monocytogenes can be easily destroyed by cooking but can survive and multiply at refrigerator temperature. Most healthy individuals do not develop symptoms or only have mild symptoms like fever, muscle pain, headache, nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea when infected. However, severe complications such as septicemia, meningitis or even death may occur in newborns, elderly and those with a weaker immune system. Although infected pregnant women may just experience mild symptoms generally, the infection of Listeria monocytogenes may cause miscarriage, infant death, preterm birth, or severe infection in the newborns.

Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety

– The CFS has immediately contacted City Super Limited and The House of Fine Foods Limited, the importers concerned in Hong Kong as notified by the RASFF. Information provided by the importers showed that they had only imported Saint Nectaire Fermier (raw cow’s milk cheese) but not Saint Nectaire Laitier (pasteurised cow’s milk cheese). According to the information provided by The House of Fine Foods Limited, all affected product has been disposed of and has not entered the local market. Information provided by City Super Limited showed that the affected product was being disposed and had not entered the local market.

– For the sake of prudence, the CFS will also alert the trade of the incident and urge them to stop using or selling the affected batch of products immediately should they have imported and still possess the products.

– The CFS will continue to follow up and take appropriate actions.

Advice to the Trade

Stop using or selling the products concerned immediately.

Research – EFSA – Implementation and testing of electronic submission in XML, Excel and CSV formats of zoonoses, antimicrobial resistance and food-borne outbreak data and updating the historical datasets

EFSA – The present document has been produced and adopted by the bodies identified above as author(s). In accordance with Article 36 of Regulation (EC) No 178/2002, this task has been carried out exclusively by the author(s) in the context of a grant agreement between the European Food Safety Authority and the author(s). The present document is published complying with the transparency principle to which the Authority is subject. It cannot be considered as an output adopted by the Authority. The European Food Safety Authority reserves its rights, view and position as regards the issues addressed and the conclusions reached in the present document, without prejudice to the rights of the authors.

EFSA-The present document has been produced and adopted by the bodies identified above as author(s). This task has been carried out exclusively by the author(s) in the context of a contract between the European Food Safety Authority and the author(s), awarded following a tender procedure. The present document is published complying with the transparency principle to which the Authority is subject. It may not be considered as an output adopted by the Authority. The European food Safety Authority reserves its rights, view and position as regards the issues addressed and the conclusions reached in the present document, without prejudice to the rights of the authors.

Australia – Food Recalls Who Does What?

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Australia – FSANZ – FSANZ advice on hepatitis A and imported ready-to-eat berries

FSANZ Virusds

FSANZ has completed a risk statement on hepatitis A virus and imported ready-to-eat (RTE) berries. This statement has been given to the Department of Agriculture which is the enforcement agency for imported food.
FSANZ uses an internationally recognised approach when assessing food safety risks which involves looking at:
  •  the likelihood of a food safety issue occurring
  •  the consequence of the food safety issue.
We also look at mitigating factors, e.g. is the product going to be cooked or practices and procedures that can mitigate risk further.
Read more about our risk assessment process in Risk Analysis in Food Regulation

Risk statement conclusion

The risk statement concluded that, hepatitis A virus in RTE berries produced and handled under Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Good Hygienic Practices (GHP) is not a medium to high risk to public health.

USA – Tuna Sushi – Salmonella Outbreak

Food Poisoning Bulletin

The tuna sushi Salmonella outbreak that has sickened 53 people in nine states includes one woman from Clark County, Washington.  The woman ate sushi made with raw tuna during a visit to Vancouver, Arizona in April, according to a report in The Columbian.

Ten people have been hospitalized in the outbreak, which includes patients from South Dakota, Wisconsin, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Mississippi, Illinois, Virginia and Washington.

Canada CFIA Update – President’s Choice brand hummus and dip products recalled due to a toxin produced by Staphylococcus bacteria

CFIA CIFA

The food recall warning issued on May 25, 2015 has been updated to include additional product information. This additional information was identified during the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) food safety investigation.

Loblaw Companies Limited is recalling President’s Choice brand hummus and dip products from the marketplace because they may contain the toxin produced by Staphylococcus bacteria. Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below.

Recalled products

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
President’s Choice Roasted Garlic Hummus 454 g All codes 0 60383 03583 9
President’s Choice Hummus 454 g All codes 0 60383 03582 2
President’s Choice Spicy Hummus 227 g All codes 0 60383 03598 3
President’s Choice Hummus 227 g All codes 0 60383 03580 8
President’s Choice Spicy Hummus 454 g All codes 0 60383 03597 6
President’s Choice Caramelized Vidalia Onion Hummus 227 g All codes 0 60383 06051 0
President’s Choice Roasted Garlic Hummus 227 g All codes 0 60383 03581 5
President’s Choice Roasted Garlic Red Pepper and Cumin Hummus 280 g All codes 0 60383 13518 8
President’s Choice Roasted Pepper and Paprika Hummus 280 g All codes 0 60383 13517 1
President’s Choice Roasted Red Pepper and Chipotle Hummus 280 g All codes 0 60383 13519 5
President’s Choice Butter Bean & Roasted Garlic Hummus 280 g All codes 0 60383 13392 4
President’s Choice Moroccan-Style Hummus 280 g All codes 0 60383 13387 0
President’s Choice Olive Tapenade Hummus 280 g All codes 0 60383 13388 7
President’s Choice Red Harissa Hummus 280 g All codes 0 60383 13390 0
President’s Choice Sweet Potato and Harissa Dip 280 g All codes 0 60383 13391 7

RASFF Alerts – Salmonella – Turkey – Chicken – Duck – Chicken Livers – Tumeric – Morning Glory – Seasame Seeds – Betel Leaves

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RASFF-Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in frozen turkey meat preparations from Brazil in the Netherlands

RASFF-Salmonella enteritidis (presence /25g) in frozen chicken breast fillets from Lithuania in Ireland

RASFF-Salmonella Give (presence /25g) in fresh duck shoulders from Poland, via Lithuania in Latvia

RASFF-Salmonella Saint Paul in chilled turkey breast fillet from Italy in Denmark

RASFF-Salmonella typhimurium (presence /25g) in frozen chicken livers and skins from Belgium  in Belgium

RASFF-Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in turkey medallions from Hungary in the Netherlands

RASFF-Salmonella infantis (presence /25g) in ground turmeric root from Germany in Germany

RASFF-Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in morning glory from Thailand in the UK

RASFF-Salmonella Ekotedo and Salmonella Hongkong (presence /25g) in natural sesame seeds from Nigeria in Greece

RASFF-Salmonella spp. (presence /25g) in betel leaves from India

RASFF-Salmonella typhimurium (presence /25g) in chicken meat preparations from Belgium in Belgium