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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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Marks & Spencer's recall mussels linked to illnesses

Marks & Spencer has recalled three branded mussel-based products as part of investigations of illnesses in the UK.

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Glass findings prompt General Mills recall

General Mills Australasia has recalled Old El Paso - Hot Chunky Tomato Salsa due to the presence of glass.

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Food scandals do not stop at national borders - BfR

The horsemeat scandal made it clear that food scandals do not stop at national borders, said the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR).

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Are you up to the food system challenge?

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) are calling for research proposals related to understanding the challenges of the food system.

food safety recall round-up 22-28 November

Recalls: Salmonella, Listeria and incorrect labelling

The journey to find the reasons behind food recalls this week takes us to USA, England, Australia and Denmark where we find Salmonella and Listeria and incorrect labelling prompting action.

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Rare Salmonella strain sickens 18

A rare Salmonella strain has sickened 18 people in Norway with the source of the infection still unknown.

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MRSA found in UK poultry

The first case of livestock associated Meticillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (LA-MRSA) has been found on a poultry farm in the UK, according to the Department of Health.

FDA advice on minimizing ciguatera fish poisoning risk

Primary seafood processors who purchase reef fish should ensure they minimize ciguatera fish poisoning (CFP) risk from products they distribute.

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Industry issues addressed at IPPE

Food safety, health and wellness, 2014 products and export and international issues for the meat and poultry industry will be the focus of programs at an industry event next year.

Food Safety recall round-up 15-21 November

Recalls: Allergy, bottle breakage and pathogens

The journey to find the reasons behind food recalls this week takes us to USA, Germany, Canada, Australia and Norway where we allergy concerns, bottle breakage fears, Salmonella and Listeria...

Amount of food recalled by FDA doubles in quarter

More than double the units of food was recalled by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from the previous quarter, according to ExpertRECALL figures.

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Colabor Group responds to E.coli O157 recall

Colabor Group has moved to reassure clients about a recall of ground beef contaminated with E.coli O157:H7.

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Tesco hit by tablet findings in ice cream cornets

Tesco has recalled some of its own-brand ice cream cones because pain relief tablets have been found in two cornets.

Food safety recall round-up 8-14 November

Recalls: Microbial spoilage, Salmonella, milk allergy, Listeria

The journey to find the reasons behind food recalls this week takes us to Ireland, England, Belgium, USA, Canada and Czech Republic where we microbial spoilage risks, food produced in...

One dead, more than 200 sickened by Salmonella outbreak at Melbourne Cup

An outbreak of Salmonella at Melbourne Cup catering functions has been linked to the death of a woman and has sickened at least 220 people.

Multistate outbreak of E.coli O157 from RTE salads

The DNA fingerprint in an outbreak of STEC E.coli O157 which has sickened 26 people has never been seen before in the national network, said the US Centers for Disease...

New USDA rule will not let Chinese poultry into America

The US Department of Agriculture will not allow the import of Chinese poultry into the country, having determined the country’s slaughter system not equivalent of its system and standards.

Maggots found in Weetabix in the UK

Maggots have been found in a chocolate Weetabix product in the UK.

Campylobacter outbreak due to undercooked chicken livers

The first reported multistate outbreak of campylobacteriosis from chicken liver in the US was due to the product being undercooked.

food safety recall round-up 1-7 November

Recalls: Aflatoxin, undeclared eggs and clostridium botulinum

The journey to find the reasons behind food recalls this week takes us to Belgium, USA, Canada, and Australia where we aflatoxin levels, choking hazards, spoilage concerns and clostridium botulinum prompting action....

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BfR sounds warning on pathogen resistance

Pathogen resistance to antimicrobials is on the increase and antibiotic use must be reduced, says the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) ahead of an event next week.

Source of watercress contamination which sickened 19 remains unclear

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) is investigating the source of watercress contamination that caused an outbreak of E.coli O157 which sickened 19 people.

Food safety recall round-up 25-31 October

Recalls: Early spoilage, plastic contamination and allergy concerns

Our quest to search out the reasons behind food recalls this week takes us to USA, Canada, Ireland and England where we find early spoilage, allergy concerns and plastic findings...

Vion consolidation and horsemeat hits 2 Sisters profit

Profits fell for Boparan Holdings, holding company for 2 Sisters Food Group, in the past financial year, dented by the integration of Vion’s meat processing plants.

Salmonella strains in Foster Farms outbreak show antibiotic resistance

Three out of seven strains of Salmonella from an outbreak that has sickened more than 300 people are resistant to multiple antibiotics, said the US Centers for Disease Control and...

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