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USA – Lubbock Reports 40 Cryptosporidium Cases in a Month

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Lubbock reports 40 cryptosporidium cases in past month

In a follow-up on the “crypto” situation in Lubbock, TX, the City of Lubbock Health Department reports more than 40 cases in the last 30 days compared to 25 cases reported in all of 2016.

Information – Emerging Organisms – When Do You Start Testing?

New Food Magazine

Technological advances now mean it is possible to test for an ever growing list of potentially harmful emerging organisms. But this raises the question: when is the right time to start testing for them? Eurofins Food Testing UK’s Head of Microbiological Services, Catherine Cockcroft, explains the dilemma facing the food industry…

NEW threats which should concern the food industry with regard to testing for foodborne viruses regularly feature in the media. However, differentiating the true emerging organisms of concern from the ‘background noise’ can be difficult, and addressing those threats within food businesses a still greater challenge.

Those within the industry must recognise the hazards relevant to their products, assess the risks and manage them through the use of food safety Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) principles and prerequisite programmes.

Microbiological testing can provide verification that HACCP and Good Manufacturing Practices are in place and under control. However, with some of the emerging organisms of concern it may not be as straightforward to carry out verification testing, and even more difficult to interpret the results.

USA – Backyard Flock – Salmonella

Food Safety News 

Backyard flock Salmonella victims triple, 1 dead; more expected

So far this year, preschoolers account for a third of the 961 confirmed victims in a Salmonella outbreak that has turned deadly and been traced to backyard poultry flocks.

There had already been more confirmed infections related to backyard flocks by Aug. 11 this year than in all of 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The federal agency is actually tracking 10 separate Salmonella outbreaks traced to contact with backyard poultry pens.

The CDC’s investigators expect the outbreaks to continue to expand for the next several months, according to a public warning posted Monday. Lab tests have confirmed victims in Washington D.C. and all states, except Alaska and Delaware. The CDC did not report which state reported the death, which was made public for the first time Monday.

“Contact with live poultry or their environment can make people sick with Salmonella infections. Live poultry can be carrying Salmonella bacteria but appear healthy and clean, with no sign of illness,” according to the CDC  warning.

 

USA – Hepatitis A Outbreak in Oakland County, Michigan Grows

Hepatitis A Outbreak in Oakland County, Michigan Grows Virusds

Eight new cases of hepatitis A in the last week have been diagnosed in Oakland County, Michigan, according to the Health Division. Food Poisoning Bulletin reported in March 2017 that there were skyrocketing cases of the viral illness in that county, along with the counties of Wayne and Macomb and in Detroit itself.

Information – How to Handle, Cook and Safely Store Shellfish

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How to Handle, Cook, and Safely Store Shellfish

The Washington State Department of Heath has posted information about how to safely handle, store, and cook shellfish. There have been Vibrio and norovirus outbreaks linked to eating uncooked shellfish, especially oysters, this year.

Canada – Updated – Par Sophie Brand Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Cake – Norovirus

CFIA

Updated Food Recall Warning – par Sophie! brand Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Cake recalled due to norovirus

Recall details

Ottawa, August 21, 2017 – The food recall warning issued on August 16, 2017 has been updated to include additional product information. This additional information was identified during the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) food safety investigation.

Pâtisserie Jessica is recalling par Sophie! brand Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Cake from the marketplace due to norovirus. Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below.

Recalled products

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
par Sophie! Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Cake 650 g 17185 8 10175 00926 1

 

UK – Hepatitis E from Sausages and Pork

MSN sausage

UK supermarket may have infected thousands with Hepatitis E virus from sausages and pork of EU pigs, researchers warn

A UK supermarket may have unintentionally infected thousands of people with the Hepatitis E virus transmitted through sausages and pork products from Europe, Public Health England have warned. Imported pork infects between 150,000 and 200,000 British people a year with the virus, the new research claims, and the products mainly come from Holland and Germany.

Hepatitis E, which is officially called HEV G3-2, can cause liver cirrhosis (scarring of the liver which prevents it working properly) and neurological damage.

UK pigs do not have this particular virus strain.

The supermarket in question has not been named, and instead researchers are referring to it as Supermarket X.