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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.

Food Safety recall round-up 20-26 November

Recalls: Undeclared allergens, glass and plastic

A recall round-up covering a week in November takes us to USA, England, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Finland, Greece, Switzerland, Germany and Denmark....

E. coli O157 sickens 19 with link to Costco

US agencies are investigating 19 Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7 (STEC O157:H7) infections linked to rotisserie chicken salad made and sold in Costco Wholesale stores.

Shigella outbreak traced to imported coriander

Fresh coriander was the probable cause of an outbreak of shigellosis which sickened more than 40 people in Sweden.

Salmonella outbreak from salmon cost €1.7m - RIVM

An outbreak of Salmonella Thomson due to smoked salmon cost €1.7m, according to RIVM, the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment.

Salmonella outbreak from cucumbers passes 800 illnesses

The number of people sickened by Salmonella from cucumbers has risen again to 838 illnesses from 38 states.

Food Safety recall round-up 13-19 November

Recalls: Allergens, pathogens and mould

A recall round-up covering a week in November takes us to USA, Canada, Scotland, Hong Kong, Belgium, Norway,  Australia, Switzerland and Denmark....

Number of illnesses revised in Chipotle E.coli outbreak

The number of ill people in the E. coli outbreak from Chipotle restaurants has been cut from 50 to 37, by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Food Safety recall round-up 1-12 November

Recalls: Mislabelling, allergens and insects

A recall round-up covering two weeks in November takes us to Sweden, USA, Canada, England, Ireland, Hong Kong, Greece, Belgium, Germany, Norway, Spain, Finland, Australia, Denmark and France....

Source of E.coli outbreak linked to Chipotle investigated

An outbreak of E. coli linked to food served at US-based Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants has sickened 42 people.

Canada and UK reported 176 Cyclospora cases

A total of 176 cases of Cyclospora infections were identified this summer in England, Scotland, Wales and Canada.

Food Safety recall round-up 23-29 October

Recalls: Pathogens, allergens and product contamination

A recall round-up covering a week in October takes us to Sweden, Canada, England,  Ireland, Greece, Belgium, Germany, Slovenia, New Zealand and Australia, Denmark and France....

Raw milk bottling restarts at Idaho dairy after Campylobacter, E.coli scare

Operations at Natural Farm Fresh Dairy in Idaho have recommenced after officials probing a link between raw milk and a number of illnesses gave it the all-clear. 

CDC: 30 sickened and three deaths linked to Listeria from cheese

An outbreak investigation into Listeriosis linked to soft cheeses has been declared over after 30 people were reported ill.

Food Safety recall round-up 16-22 October

Recalls: Undeclared milk allergy risk and high histamine levels in tuna

A recall round-up covering a week in October takes us to Sweden, Canada, USA, England, Ireland, Norway, Spain, New Zealand and Australia, Denmark and France....

News in brief

Cyclospora prompts recall weeks after illness investigation closed

Snap peas have been recalled due to Cyclospora, weeks after an investigation into illnesses from the parasite was closed.

Salmonella chicken outbreaks over – CDC

Two unconnected Salmonella outbreaks from frozen chicken have ended, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Salmonella sickens 34 but source yet to be identified

Salmonella has sickened 34 people in Canada but agencies are yet to identify a source.

Food Safety recall round-up 2 -15 October

Recalls: Pathogens, mispacking and allergen concerns

A recall round-up covering two weeks in October takes us to Sweden, the Netherlands, Canada, USA, England, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Slovenia, Luxembourg, Switzerland, France, Belgium and Germany. ...

New cases reported in multi-year, multi-country Salmonella outbreak

A Salmonella strain responsible for outbreaks in 2012 to 2014 has been linked to a new wave of illnesses in Austria.  

Scotland investigating 10 E.coli O157 illnesses

E.coli O157 has sickened 10 people in Scotland with a link to raw venison products produced by Highland Game.

Four deaths from Salmonella-tainted cucumbers

Salmonella from cucumbers has been linked to another death bringing the total to four.

Aspen Foods U-turns on chicken recall

Aspen Foods has recalled more chicken after initially refusing to do so as products have been linked to Salmonella illnesses.

News in brief

Portugal investigating botulism cases

Four cases of foodborne botulism have been reported in Portugal from smoked food products.

Unboiled milk and homemade soft cheese link in Bulgarian brucellosis illnesses

Brucellosis remains a serious challenge for countries around Bulgaria and more cases could occur if prevention measures are not followed, according to a report on an ongoing outbreak.

Food Safety recall round-up 25 September - 1 October

Recalls: Bacillus cereus, lactose levels and Listeria

A recall round-up covering the end of September takes us to Sweden, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Germany, Belgium and France.

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