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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.

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Kapowsin Meats suspends operations as Salmonella outbreak grows

Kapowsin Meats has suspended operations after 152 people have been sickened with Salmonella linked to its products.

Food Safety recall round-up 21-27 August

Recalls: Metal shavings, methanol and pathogens

A recall round-up for August takes us to USA, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Australia, Austria, Czech Republic and France. Milk allergens, mislabelling, Listeria in greens beans and Salmonella in eggs can be found this week. For the recalls due to...

More than 20 countries hit by chocolate wafer recall

The recall of chocolate bar products possibly contaminated with Salmonella has expanded to more than 20 countries.

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E.coli O157 sickens 24 in Canada

The source of an outbreak of E.coli O157 which has sickened 24 people has yet to be found, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).

Salmonella in chocolate concern spreads across EU

At least 14 countries and numerous brands have been affected by possible Salmonella in chocolate products.

Food Safety recall round-up 14-20 August

Recalls: Salmonella in chocolate and pathogens in cheese

A recall round-up for August takes us to Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Netherlands, Finland, the UK, Canada, New Zealand and France. Salmonella and Listeria found in cheese affecting multiple countries and Salmonella in chocolate dominate this week....

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ASAE confiscates food in outbreak investigation

Portugal’s health and food safety authority (ASAE) has confiscated 7.5 tonnes of food as part of an investigation into Salmonella.

PHAC investigating 67 illnesses linked to raw oysters

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is investigating 67 Canadian cases of Vibrio parahaemolyticus infections linked to raw shellfish.

Listeria traced to Hjerting Laks despite fish products passing tests

Four people have been sickened by Listeria linked to a fish producer in Denmark but authorities have not found high levels of the pathogen in products on the market.

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Salmonella and cyclospora outbreaks grow

A Salmonella outbreak linked to pork products has now sickened 134 in Washington and testing has shown a connection with Kapowsin Meats.

Food Safety recall round-up 7-13 August

Recalls: Rat droppings, pathogens and production errors

A recall round-up for August takes us to Switzerland, Belgium, Greece, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Netherlands, Finland and France.

Salmonella outbreak sickens 133 in Czech Republic

Public health officials have been praised for their reaction to an outbreak of Salmonella which sickened 133 people in the Czech Republic.

Canada investigating source of 83 cyclospora illnesses

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is investigating 83 cases of cyclospora infections and said the source is unknown.

ECDC: Negligible anthrax risk from contaminated meat

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has said there is a ‘negligible risk’ after a man died of Bacillus anthracis from contact with an infected cow.

Food Safety recall round-up 31 July - 6 August

Recalls: Adulterated meat, milk spoilage and cheese mold

A recall round-up for the first time in August takes us to Ireland, Czech Republic, Denmark, Russia, Finland, USA and France

Ongoing outbreak of Salmonella from spices has sickened 178 people

Swedish investigation finds risk of contaminated spices in other countries

An outbreak investigation into spices which has sickened 178 people in Sweden has revealed a risk of contaminated products on the market in other countries.

Cyclospora cases pass 350 in US with some linked to Mexican cilantro

More than 350 people in 26 states have been sickened by cyclospora, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Food Safety recall round-up 24-30 July

Recalls: Alcohol in tea, glass breakage and spoilage concerns

A recall round-up for the final time in July takes us to England, Ireland, Czech Republic, Denmark, Austria, Switzerland, New Zealand, Australia, Germany and France.

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).

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