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Dead maggots, a razor blade and a cigarette in list of contaminated food

Food contaminated with dead maggots, a razor blade, a cigarette, a fly and wire were some of the calls to the Food Safety Authority of Ireland’s (FSAI’s) Advice Line last...

WHO: MERS-CoV does not pose public health emergency

Conditions for a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) have not been met by the MERS-CoV outbreak, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Food Safety recall round-up 30 January - 5 February

Recalls: Cleaning fluid, allergens and foreign bodies

A recall round-up covering one week in January and February takes us to France, Australia, Germany, Norway, Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria and Luxembourg.

Inspectors raise food safety concerns with pilot program - GAP

Food safety concerns have been raised by government inspectors taking part in an inspection pilot program, according to an advocacy organisation.

News in brief

Senator wants thorough Listeria investigation

A US senator has sent a letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) urging the agency to analyse and do a post-response analysis of an outbreak of Listeria from...

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).

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