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Foodborne outbreak news and recall investigations from around the globe as well as FQN's recall round-up gallery

Food Outbreaks

This is the place to stay up to date with what's happening in food recall and outbreak investigations. Reasons behind the recalls and product withdrawals will be analysed as well as traceback and tracking status as outbreaks and investigations progress, finish and lessons are learnt.

Salmonella outbreak linked to eggs appears to have ended – Dutch agencies

An EU-wide Salmonella outbreak linked to eggs appears to be over, according to Dutch authorities.

Norovirus outbreak reported in France

Several cases of Norovirus (NoV) have been reported from eating oysters from a site in the South of France.

Food safety recall round-up 13-19 January 2017

Recalls: Benzoic acid, foreign bodies and pathogens

Food recalls have been notified by Canada, USA, England, Jersey, Hong Kong, Sweden, Australia, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Netherlands, Hungary and Denmark.

Canada investigating source of E. coli outbreak

Canadian officials are investigating an outbreak of E. coli O121 which has sickened 12 people.

Food safety recall round-up 6-12 January 2017

Recalls: Packaging mix-ups and contamination

Food recalls have been notified by Canada, USA, England, Australia, Belgium, Finland, Hungary and Denmark.

Australia

Summer heat not to blame for rise in salmonella from free-range eggs

Free-range eggs do not pose a greater risk of Salmonella contamination in hot months compared with other seasons, according to Australian researchers. The findings have shattering a supposed myth that has linked...

Food safety recall round-up 22 December - 5 January 2017

Recalls: Listeria, histamine and allergens

Food recalls have been notified by Canada, USA, England, New Zealand, Australia, Belgium, Norway, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Austria, Luxembourg, Czech Republic and Denmark.

Multistate Salmonella outbreak from April revealed

A multistate outbreak of Salmonella from cucumbers in the US has been revealed – eight months after the final illness onset.

Six sickened by botulism linked to dried salted fish

Germany and Spain have reported six cases of foodborne botulism from dried salted fish.

More than 50 Campylobacter cases linked to raw milk

More than 50 cases of Campylobacter have been linked to unpasteurised (raw) milk from a farm in Kendal, UK.

2016 in foodborne outbreaks: Hepatitis A, Listeria and E. coli O157

FQN takes a month-by-month look at foodborne outbreaks for which a variety of pathogens and food groups are represented.

Fourteen ill and two dead from Salmonella in Germany

Germany has seen a significant increase in a rare strain of Salmonella linked to two deaths.

Outbreaks down but illnesses up, finds EFSA and ECDC

More than 4,300 foodborne outbreaks were reported in 2015, according to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

Ten countries have reported 183 confirmed and 246 probable cases

Netherlands, UK and Belgium report bulk of new Salmonella cases

Netherlands, the UK and Belgium have reported new cases in the first two weeks of December as part of the ongoing EU-wide Salmonella outbreak linked to eggs.

Food safety recall round-up 9-15 December 2016

Recalls: Mould, pathogens and allergens

Food recalls for this week have been notified by Canada, USA, England, Scotland, Norway, Spain, Belgium, New Zealand and Denmark.

Denmark reports record low number of outbreaks

Denmark has reported the lowest number of foodborne outbreaks since central tracking began over 10 years ago.

CDC misses Salmonella and E. coli reduction targets

Reduction targets for Shiga toxin producing E. coli (STEC) O157 and Salmonella have been missed by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Food safety recall round-up 2-8 December 2016

Recalls: Allergens, Listeria and insect snacks

Food recalls for this week have been notified by Canada, Germany, USA, Luxembourg, Czech Republic, Norway, Sweden, Malta, Ireland, New Zealand and Denmark.

More than 350 sickened by multi-country Salmonella outbreak

Ten countries have reported 152 confirmed and 216 probable cases of Salmonella enteritidis linked to a Polish egg packing centre.

Food safety recall round-up 25 November - 1 December 2016

Recalls: Nestlé, Mondelez and Clostridium botulinum

Food recalls for this week have been notified by Canada, Australia, Germany, Greece, Netherlands, USA, Luxembourg, Czech Republic, Austria, Croatia and Denmark.

Food safety recall round-up 18-24 November 2016

Recalls: Metal, plastic and Listeria

Food recalls for this week have been notified by the UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia, Norway, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, USA, Iceland, Sweden, Croatia and Denmark.

Food safety recall round-up 1-17 November 2016

Recalls: Listeria in ice cream and scorpion in exotic fruit

Food recalls and alerts so far in November have been notified by the UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia, Norway, Germany, Belgium, Czech Republic, Switzerland, USA, Luxembourg, Hong Kong, Iceland, Sweden and...

E. coli O157 outbreak linked to minced meat in Sweden

E. coli O157 has sickened 20 people in Sweden with a link to minced meat, according to authorities.

FSS releases info on E. coli O157 outbreak linked to Errington Cheese

Errington Cheese has dropped a judicial review against Food Standards Scotland (FSS) but it can still not sell product.

Fermy Drobiu Woźniak: Our test results are clear

The firm linked to the outbreak of Salmonella from eggs in eight countries has said test results have shown no contamination.

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