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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.

Four Salmonella strains linked to papaya outbreak

Two different types of Salmonella have been added to an outbreak investigation into papayas which has sickened 173 people.

Food safety recall round-up 11-17 August 2017

Recalls: Norovirus, Clostridium botulinum and Salmonella

Food and beverage alerts were made by USA, England, Ireland, Scotland, Canada, Australia, Singapore, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, Finland, Sweden, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Netherlands and Denmark.

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K-Bar Dairy recalls raw milk due to Brucella concerns

At least one person has been hospitalized by brucellosis with a link to raw milk, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

Almost 150 sick by Salmonella from papayas

Three more states have illnesses as part of an outbreak of Salmonella linked to Maradol papayas from a Mexican farm.

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Campylobacter illnesses in Wales linked to raw milk

Public Health Wales is investigating four cases of Campylobacter linked with milk from Penlan y Môr farm.

Plus 570 infections in US and 130 in Canada

EU countries urged to look for Cyclospora following recurring infections

European countries have been urged to assess and potentially increase Cyclospora testing and reporting capacity following an increase in cases for the third successive year.

Food safety recall round-up 4-10 August 2017

Recalls: E. coli O26, cyanide and unauthorized additives

Food and beverage alerts were made by USA, Canada, New Zealand, Hong Kong, France, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Norway, Austria, Sweden, Netherlands and Denmark.

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Athletes at World Athletics Championships hit by gastro outbreak

A number of athletes at the London 2017 World Championships have been struck down with gastroenteritis.


‘Hundreds’ sickened by histamine poisoning from fish

Potentially hundreds of people across Europe have been sickened in outbreaks caused by histamine levels in fish.

Cyclospora cases continue to grow with link to Mexico

The number of people infected by Cyclospora across three countries has jumped again.

Cases in papaya Salmonella outbreak climb over 100

The number of people sickened by Salmonella in the US linked to imported papayas has more than doubled.

Food safety recall round-up 28 July - 3 August 2017

Recalls: Fipronil, histamine and acrylamide

Food and beverage alerts were made by USA, Ireland, New Zealand, France, Germany, Belgium, Norway, Finland, Netherlands and Denmark. 

Salmonella sickens 350 in five countries with link to poultry products

More than 350 Salmonella Enteritidis cases have been reported from five EU countries since 2014 with health officials admitting they still don’t know the source of infection.

CDC: Outbreak a reminder bacteria in microbiology labs can sicken workers

An outbreak of Salmonella has highlighted the risk associated with working in microbiology laboratories, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Food safety recall round-up 14-27 July 2017

Recalls: Grande Produce, Cryptosporidium and language labelling

Food and beverage alerts were made by USA, England, Ireland, Hong Kong, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Finland, Sweden, Netherlands and Denmark.

UK reports Cyclospora increase for third year in a row

The UK has seen an increase in cyclosporiasis for the third successive year with a link to Mexico.

One dead in US Salmonella outbreak in papayas from Mexico

Almost 50 people have been sickened in the US by Salmonella linked to papayas from Mexico.

Flour outbreak was first time non-O157 STEC infections identified in Canada

The outbreak of E. coli O121 in flour was the first time non-O157 Shiga toxin–producing E. coli (STEC) infections had been identified nationally in Canada.

Food safety recall round-up 1-6 July 2017

Recalls: Norovirus, cadmium and BAP and PAH

Food and beverage alerts were made by USA, England, Hong Kong, Canada, Germany, Austria, Belgium, France, Czech Republic, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Norway, Netherlands and Denmark.

Cyclospora sickens 20 in Canada

Cyclospora has sickened 20 people in two provinces in Canada.

New cases in EU-wide Salmonella outbreak linked to eggs

More than 60 further cases have been reported in an outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis linked to Polish eggs after EU agencies said it looked to be over earlier this year.

Campylobacter infection remains top in Denmark

Campylobacter remains the most common foodborne pathogen in Denmark with almost 4,700 cases in 2016.

Food safety recall round-up 23-29 June 2017

Recalls: Listeria, Campylobacter and PAHs

Food and beverage alerts were made by USA, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Austria, Spain, Belgium, Croatia, Netherlands and Denmark.

Salmonella sickens seven in Canada

Frozen raw breaded chicken is suspected to be behind seven Salmonella infections in Canada.

Food safety recall round-up 16-22 June 2017

Recalls: Listeria, Potassium acesulfame and mould

Food and beverage alerts were made by USA, England, New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Canada, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Finland, Netherlands and Denmark.

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