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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.

PHE warns of cyclospora from Mexico

Public Health England (PHE) has warned of an outbreak of cyclospora linked to contaminated food in Mexico.

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Anthrax-tainted meat kills one in Bulgaria

A man has died in Bulgaria from B. Anthracis after handling contaminated meat.

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Salmonella outbreak linked to pork

A Salmonella outbreak which has sickened 56 people in eight Washington counties has been linked to pork served at different events.

Campylobacter foodborne outbreaks increased, says report

Campylobacter foodborne outbreaks increased in 2013 but Salmonella decreased, according to the UK Zoonoses Report.

Food Safety recall round-up 17-23 July

Recalls: Plastic, Clostridium botulinum and allergens

A recall round-up in July takes us to England, Denmark, Canada, Austria, Belgium and France.

Indonesian-sourced tuna linked to Salmonella illnesses

Osamu Corporation is recalling all of its frozen tuna sourced from one processing plant in Indonesia because samples have been found to be contaminated with Salmonella.

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Canada and US investigate Salmonella illnesses from chicken

Further cases of Salmonella linked to chicken products have been reported, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).

Food Safety recall round-up 10-16 July

Recalls: Heinz, E.coli O103 and Salmonella-contaminated chicken

A recall round-up covering July takes us to England, Ireland, Germany, New Zealand, Denmark, Switzerland, Luxembourg, the USA and France.

Seven Salmonella illnesses linked to chicken

Two outbreaks of Salmonella linked to raw, frozen, breaded and pre-browned stuffed chicken entrees have sickened seven people, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Cyclospora sickens 151, source unclear

The Texas Department of State and Health Services (DSHS) is investigating to find a common source after more than 150 people were sickened by Cyclospora.

Food Safety recall round-up 3-9 July

Recalls: Pathogens and foreign materials

A recall round-up covering July takes us to England, Germany, New Zealand, Denmark, Austria, Greece, Canada, France and Sweden.

More than 150 sickened, outbreak started late last year

Sweden investigates Salmonella from spices outbreak

More than 150 people have been sickened by Salmonella in Sweden with authorities linking the illnesses to spice mix.

Food Safety recall round-up 26 June - 2 July

Recalls: Rat droppings in Weetabix and Salmonella in chicken

A recall round-up covering the final week in June and the start of July takes us to England, Germany, Norway, Canada, France and the US....


Decades-old beef 'originally came from American reserves'

Before it was sold to food stalls and restaurants in China, much of the expired meat that has been all over recent headlines in the country had originally been part...

PHAC: 44 ill from chicken contaminated with Salmonella

Frozen raw breaded chicken products contaminated with Salmonella have sickened 44 people in Canada.

Food Safety recall round-up 19-25 June

Recalls: Staphylococcus toxin, mislabelling and allergens

A recall round-up covering another week in June takes us to Belgium, England, Greece, Poland, Sweden, Ireland, Switzerland, Canada, Denmark and the US.

Food Safety recall round-up 13-19 June

Recalls: Maggi, mold and norovirus

A recall round-up covering June takes us to Germany, France, Belgium, England,  Norway, New Zealand, Austria, Canada, Denmark and the US....

Food Safety recall round-up 6-12 June

Recalls: General Mills, Heinz and more nuts and spices

A recall round-up covering June takes us to Germany, France, Belgium, Poland, England, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Norway, Canada, Denmark and the USA.

CDC response to CSPI report

CSPI finds solved and reported outbreaks declined

Outbreaks reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the percentage of those solved have declined, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI).

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Blue Bell Creameries: We are reassessing everything

Blue Bell Creameries has provided the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with corrective actions in response to the agency’s inspection reports.

Food Safety recall round-up 29 May - 5 June

Recalls: Glass in wine and wire in chocolate

A recall round-up covering the end of May and start of June takes us to Australia, Germany, Canada, the UK, Denmark, Netherlands and the USA....

Blue Bell expands agreement as it moves towards resuming production

Blue Bell Creameries has expanded its agreements with US public health agencies to tackle Listeria as it takes steps to resume production.

Food Safety recall round-up 15-28 May

Recalls: A dead mouse, Staphylococcus and steel wire

A recall round-up covering an extended period in May takes us to France, Norway, Ireland, Australia, Germany, Sweden, Austria,  Canada, Netherlands and the USA....

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PHAC concludes E.coli outbreak with link to leafy greens

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has closed the investigation of an outbreak of E.coli which sickened 13 people without finding a specific source of illness.

Sushi made from raw tuna linked to more than 50 Salmonella illnesses

More than 50 people have been sickened by a strain of Salmonella with infections being linked to sushi made from raw tuna.

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