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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.

Multi-country Salmonella outbreak with link to Polish egg farm

Seven countries have reported 112 confirmed and 148 probable cases of Salmonella Enteritidis linked to eggs since May.

Food safety recall round-up 14-20 October 2016

Recalls: Ochratoxin A and breaking Kopparberg cider bottles

Food recalls and alerts for a week in October have been notified by the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Switzerland, USA, Sweden and Denmark.

Food safety recall round-up 7-13 October 2016

Recalls: Listeria in rullepølse and peanut in cumin

Food recalls and alerts for a week in October have been notified by England, Ireland, USA, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Austria, Germany, France, Belgium and Denmark.

Mighty Taco restaurants investigated in separate outbreak

Costco chicken salad linked to Salmonella illnesses

Costco Rotisserie Chicken Salad has been linked to four Salmonella illnesses, according to the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS).

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Salmonella sickens 60 in Calasparra

A Salmonella outbreak has affected 60 people in a Spanish town with a link to sausage sold in a butcher shop.

Food safety recall round-up 1- 6 October 2016

Recalls: Fermentation, rubber and pathogens

Food recalls and alerts for the first week of October have been notified by England, Ireland, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Canada, USA, Norway, Sweden, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Belgium and Denmark.

Egg firm linked to Salmonella illnesses for second time in a year

Eight people have been sickened by a Salmonella outbreak linked to eggs, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Food safety recall round-up 20-29 September 2016

Recalls: Clostridium botulinum, bread contamination and E. coli

Food recalls and alerts for the end of September have been notified by England, Ireland, Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, USA, Austria, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Netherlands, Belgium and Denmark.

Seven sickened by E. coli O157 in outbreak linked to beef

A multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7 (STEC O157:H7) infections has been linked to Adams Farm Slaughterhouse.

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Deaths reported in Lagos cholera outbreak

Six people have died from a cholera outbreak in a Nigerian city, according to local media .

Trichinella threat remains despite EU measures, say researchers

Trichinella remains a threat despite measures taken at a European level, according to the analysis of an outbreak in Belgium two years ago.

Record number of patients infected with Brucella in Texas after eating unpasteurized cheese from Mexico

The Dallas County Department of Health and Human Services issued a health advisory following 13 confirmed cases of brucellosis, affecting patients between the ages of six and 80.

FSS finds O157 and non-O157 strains of E. coli in Errington Cheese

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has ordered all cheese from Errington Cheese to be pulled from distribution after detection of O157 and non-O157 strains of E. coli.

Food safety recall round-up 2-15 September 2016

Recalls: Allergens, plastic and pathogens

Food recalls and alerts for the start of September have been notified by England, Ireland, Hong Kong, Finland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA, Austria, Germany, Luxembourg, Norway, Malta, Sweden, Belgium...

FSS issues new cheese warning due to E. coli O157

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has ordered the withdrawal of a cheese produced by the same firm it linked to an earlier E. coli outbreak.

Child dies in E. coli O157 outbreak in Scotland

A child has died after an E. coli O157 outbreak in Scotland, according to Health Protection Scotland (HPS).

Netherlands reports Salmonella cases as part of wider outbreak

Salmonella cases reported by the Netherlands have re-kindled investigations into an outbreak strain reported by four countries earlier this year.

Hepatitis A infections linked to Egyptian strawberries

US authorities are investigating hepatitis A virus (HAV) infections linked to frozen strawberries imported from Egypt.

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Trichinosis outbreak linked to raw sausage

The Ministry of Health in Buenos Aires has warned against eating raw sausages and those of homemade origin after an outbreak of trichinosis.

Hepatitis A infections from raw scallops increase

The Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH) has said the number of hepatitis A infections from raw scallops has risen to 241.

Food safety recall round-up 26 August - 1 September 2016

Recalls: Yeast, mould growth and Salmonella

Food recalls and alerts for the final week in August come from England, Ireland, USA, Iceland, Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Belgium, and Denmark.

FDA investigating supplements with unsafe lead levels

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating a dietary supplement found to contain dangerous lead levels.

Produce should not be dismissed as source in prolonged outbreaks - study

Fresh produce should not be dismissed as a possible source in prolonged outbreaks, according to analysis of Yersinia enterocolitica (YE) illnesses in Norway.

Listeria questionnaire revised following outbreak

Additional questions on fresh produce have been added to Listeria foodborne illness questionnaires after suggestions an outbreak could have been detected quicker if they had been on there already.

Food safety recall round-up 19-25 August 2016

Recalls: Salmonella, Listeria and metal

Food recalls and alerts for a week in August come from USA, Canada, Iceland, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Belgium, Netherlands and Denmark.

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