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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.

Food Safety recall round-up 23-29 January

Recalls: Pests, pathogens and allergens

A recall round-up covering one week in January takes us to the USA, France, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Austria and UK.

Listeria and VTEC infections rise but Salmonella falls, say EU agencies

Listeria and VTEC infections have risen but Salmonella has decreased and Campylobacter has stabilised, according to an EU report.

Belgium gives advice on food safety of insects

Advice on the microbial and chemical safety of insects intended for human consumption has been published by the Belgian food safety agency.  

CDC: Salmonella outbreak from bean sprouts has ended

An outbreak of Salmonella from bean sprouts that sickened 115 people has ended, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Food Safety recall round-up 16-22 January

Recalls: Foreign body, allergens and glass

A recall  round-up covering one week in January takes us to the USA, France, Germany, Denmark and Canada.

News in brief

Almost 18.7m pounds of products recalled in 2014 – USDA-FSIS

Almost 18.7m pounds of products were recalled last year, according to the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS).

One death linked to Listeria from soft cheese

Two people have been hospitalized and one has died in an ongoing outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes linked to Latin-style soft cheese.  

Food Safety recall round-up 9-15 January

Recalls: Glass and plastic contamination

A recall round-up covering one week in January takes us to the USA, England, France, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark and Sweden.

STEC isolated from 13% of imported beef samples in Sweden

Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) has been found in 13% of imported beef samples, according to the Swedish National Food agency.

Bidart Bros at centre of Listeria outbreak linked to three deaths

Bidart Bros. is believed to be the source of a Listeria outbreak that has sickened at least 32 people and has links to three deaths.

Washington state implements quarantine after backyard flocks fall ill

Avian flu fears prompt 30 countries to ban poultry imports from Pacific Northwest

Anxiety about the detection of avian influenza (AI) in Washington state has prompted nearly two dozen countries to ban imports of poultry from the Pacific Northwest this week.

News in brief

More than 100 sickened from Salmonella

An investigation has been launched in Queensland to find the source of an outbreak of Salmonella that has sickened more than 100 people.

Food Safety recall round-up December to 8 January

Recalls: Glass, pathogens and allergen mislabelling

A recall round-up from late last year and the start of 2015 takes us to the USA, Canada, England, France, Belgium, Germany, Australia, Denmark and Norway.

Two additional cases reported in Canada

Six dead, 32 ill in Listeria outbreak linked to caramel apples

Six people have died in a multi-state outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes illnesses linked to caramel apples, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported.

Warning after puffer fish linked to illnesses

Imported dried puffer fish represents a ‘substantial public health threat’ given the potentially lethal toxin it contains after it was linked to four illnesses, according to a report.

Review of 2014

FQN's top hitting headlines in 2014

It has been quite a year this one and I can hardly believe I am writing this as an end of year note, where does time go?

Top 5 strangest health & safety incidents of 2014

From a mass outbreak of food poisoning at a Food Safety Summit to beef from Walmart, allegedly laced with LSD, and the death of a man found inside an industrial...

Four deaths linked to contaminated caramel apples

Listeria from prepacked caramel apples has been linked to the deaths of four people, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Food Safety recall round-up 12-18 December

Recalls: Allergens, pathogens and wrong expiry dates

This week in the recall round-up gallery the reasons behind food withdrawals takes us to USA, Canada, England, Ireland, France, Denmark and Norway.

Contaminated bean sprouts sicken more than 100

Salmonella from bean sprouts has sickened more than 100 people from 12 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

News in brief

Workshop for retail food industry to plan for recalls and outbreaks

A workshop to help train the retail food industry for a foodborne illness outbreak and recall will take place next month.

Report slams “obvious underinvestment” in food safety

France to increase its food safety workforce in 2015

Less and less controls and a complex administration… says ‘ La politique de sécurité sanitaire des aliments’, a report presented to the minister of agriculture, Stéphane Le Foll, last week,...

Legal US raw milk sales behind 'rapid increase' in outbreaks: CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) blames the legal sale of raw milk in an increasing number of US states for a rise in the number of outbreaks...

Food Safety recall round-up 5-11 December

Recalls: Gluten, plastic and pathogens

This week in the recall round-up  gallery the reasons behind food withdrawals takes us to Germany,  Norway, France and the US.

News in brief

PHE investigates 15 probable Salmonella cases

Ten laboratory confirmed and five probable cases of Salmonella are being investigated in the UK.

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