USA -Wash And Cook Fiddleheads Properly To Avoid Food Poisoning

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Dr. Jennifer Russell is reminding people to properly wash and prepare them. She adds there have been cases of people getting food poisoning after eating raw or undercooked fiddleheads. Dr. Russell says they should be boiled for 15 minutes, or steamed for 10 – 12 to ensure they are safe to consume. She says there have been no cases of illness reported as long as fiddleheads are prepared properly.

Research -South Korea Has Developed a Bacteria-Spotting Laser

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With reports of food poisoning on the rise, South Korea has stepped in to make the culinary world a safer place. The Guardian reports that scientists there have developed a laser that detects bacteria on food surfaces.

Researchers from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology created a red laser beam that creates a scatter pattern on the food, which varies depending on whether there’s bacteria crawling around on it. A super-fast camera captures that pattern, and software determines whether there are any harmful microbes on your steak.

 

Hong Kong -Food Alert – Not to consume two batches of prepackaged frozen peas and vegetables which might be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

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Issue Date 2016-05-24
Source of Information Centre for Food Safety (CFS)
Food Product Prepackaged frozen peas and vegetables
Name of Importer
Product name and Description 1.
Product name: TV ORGANIC GREEN PEAS
Product brand: AEON TOPVALU
Place of origin: Japan
Importer: AEON Topvalu (Hong Kong) Co. Ltd.
Lot Number: 4901810005444
Net weight: 250 grams per pack
Best-before dates: June 4, 2017; June 17, 2017

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Product name: TV GE MIXED VEGETABLES
Product brand: AEON TOPVALU
Place of origin: Japan
Importer: AEON Topvalu (Hong Kong) Co. Ltd.
Lot Number: 4901810005420
Net weight: 250 grams per pack
Best-before dates: June 14, 2017; June 15, 2017; June 17, 2017; July 4, 2017

Reason For Issuing Alert

– The CFS, through its routine Food Incident Surveillance System, has learned from a notice of the State General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine that the above-mentioned prepackaged frozen peas and vegetables are being recalled in Japan as the products might have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Listeria monocytogenes can be easily destroyed by cooking but can survive and multiply at refrigerator temperatures. 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, the 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 contacted the Japanese authorities and the Hong Kong importer concerned. According to the information provided by the importer concerned, a total of 330 kilograms of the affected frozen peas and 70 kg of the affected frozen vegetables had been imported to Hong Kong. A small quantity of the products concerned had been supplied to AEON supermarkets for sale. Upon notification from Japan earlier, the vendor concerned has stopped sale and removed from shelves the affected products, and a product recall is underway.

– The CFS has uploaded the relevant Food Incident Post to the CFS’ website.

– The CFS will alert the trade to the incident.

– The CFS will continue to closely monitor the situation and take appropriate action to safeguard food safety and public health. Investigation is ongoing.

Advice to the Trade

– Stop using or selling the affected batches of the products immediately should you still possess them.
Advice to Consumers
– Stop consuming the affected products if you have purchased any.

– Seek medical advice if you feel sick upon consumption.

Further Information The CFS press release

– For enquiries about the recall, members of the public may call AEON’s hotline at 2884 6888 during office hours.

USA -Norovirus Outbreak at University of Rochester

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The University of Rochester, New York, has released a statement stating that a norovirus-like outbreak at that campus has sickened at least 120 students. One student’s test has returned positive for the virus. Most of those sickened live on River Campus, and others attend the Eastman School of Music.

USA -Four Multistate Outbreaks of Human Salmonella Infections Linked to Small Turtles

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USA – Sunflower Seeds and Listeria monocytogenes goes On and On

This outbreak should act as a cautionary tale for those who think that Listeria monocytogenes is only associated with smoked fish, soft cheese and raw milk. Bacteria are living things and they will grow and survive wherever and whenever they can.

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Akron, OH – Hickory Harvest Foods, under advice from its sunflower kernel supplier, SunOpta, is expanding their recall of a limited number of products that have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. These recalled items are in addition to the items recalled on May 4, 2016.

The additional products were packaged at, or distributed from Hickory Harvest between the dates of April 20, 2016 and May 18, 2016. Shipments were to the following states: AR, AZ, CA, CT, FL, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, Ml, MO, NC, NM, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, TX, and VA. No illnesses have been reported to date, but in an abundance of caution Hickory Harvest is recalling all affected products.

Recalled retail items were sold in packaged bags and deli tubs and are marked with Best By Dates located on the front or back of the packages.

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E S Foods of Woodbury, NY is recalling 3700 cases of the following Meal Breaks items containing individually packed Sunrich Natural Sunflower Kernels (Roasted & Salted), Net Wt 1 oz., because the sunflower seeds have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes:

Meal Breaks Lot # Best Used By Item #
Cheese Stick w/ Beef Stick 6111 11/11/16 61406
6124 09/02/16
12/10/16
Cheese Sauce 6126 03/01/17 61410
Cheese Stick 6112 12/09/16 61418
Chips & Dip 6116 12/01/16 61419
Lime Bean Dippers 6112 10/26/16 61420
Cheese Cup 6116 01/15/17 61430
Frosted Flakes w/Cheese Stick 6112 09/19/16 61438
Cinnamon Pop Tarts 6112 12/10/16 61439
PBJ w/Milk 6125 01/11/17 61602
Tuna Salad w/Milk 6126 02/09/17 61603
BBQ Chicken w/Milk 6125 02/09/17 61605

FDA

C. J. Dannemiller Co. is recalling SunOpta 50# bags and 30# cases of roasted sunflower kernels roasted and salted, and sunflower kernels roasted no salt because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria. Listeria is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The recalled Sun Opta Roasted Sunflower kernels – roasted and salted and Sun Opta Roasted No Salt were distributed in the following states: AR, VA, IN, MI in bulk packaging between Feb.22, 2016 and May 17, 2016.

The product comes in a 50 lb, White paper bag marked with the lot codes: 8B6M17, 8D6M12, 8D6M11. Lot code is located on the top center of the bag or in a 30 lb. brown corrugated case with MFG DATE of 3/21/16 or 3/28/16. MFG DATE is on the product label.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

Canada -Dr. Praeger’s brand Black Bean Veggie Burgers recalled due to Listeria monocytogenes

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Ottawa, May 24, 2016 – Altra Foods Inc. is recalling Dr. Praeger’s brand Black Bean Veggie Burgers from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below.

Recalled products

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
Dr. Praeger’s Black Bean Veggie Burgers 283 g Best If Used By: 01/27/2018 0 80868 06019 4