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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.

Cause of Listeria outbreak revealed

A Listeria outbreak linked to one death and one miscarriage was most likely caused by ‘substantial sanitation deficiencies’ during the cheese-making process, according to an Centers for Disease Control and...

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CFIA tests Salmonella in cantaloupes

A Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) survey has found that the majority of whole cantaloupe samples tested negative for Salmonella.

Tyson recalls 75,320 pounds of chicken nuggets

Tyson Foods is voluntarily recalling 75,320 of frozen, cooked chicken nuggets after consumers reported finding plastic contaminants in the food.

Listeria scare shuts down seafood plant

The FDA has ordered Jensen’s Old Fashioned Smokehouse to close its doors after the seafood processor tested positive for the presence of Listeria monocytogenes.


Alcoholic Pepsi anyone? Carlsberg Sweden’s Lidl problem…

Carlsberg Sweden has launched an investigation after accidentally sending Pepsi MAX cans filled with a citrus-based alcopop to retail customer Lidl.

Food safety recall round-up March 21-27

Recalls: Glass, allergies and Listeria

This week in the recall round-up gallery the  reasons behind food withdrawals takes us to the UK, USA, Canada, Ireland, Australia and Hong Kong.

Dispatches from EU food manufacturing and safety summit

Food industry needs to build public trust again

The food industry needs to focus on building public trust back and supply chain integrity after recent incidents, according to the group head of manufacturing excellence at Premier Foods.

12 sick from Salmonella linked to seaweed

An outbreak of Salmonella that has sickened 12 people in Wales has been linked to a type of seaweed.

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SOFHT launches student award

The Society of Food Hygiene and Technology (SOFHT) has launched its 2014 Student Award to encourage students to choose a career in the food industry.

Maple Leaf slapped with $110K safety fine

Maple Leaf Foods has been hit with a $110,000 fine in connection with an incident that mauled a worker at its meat processing plant.

Positive Listeria tests prompt broad recall

A producer that makes private-label foods for Walmart, Target, and other high-profile retailers is initiating a widespread recall of its food products after inspectors turned up positive tests for Listeria...

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BRC guideline to meet allergen management

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) Global Standards has published a guideline to help manufacturers identify allergens and ensure best practices are met and risks reduced.

Food safety recall round-up March 14-20

Recalls: Listeria, Salmonella and plastic concerns

This week in the recall round-up gallery the reasons behind food withdrawals takes us to the UK, USA, Canada, Australia,  Belgium and Germany.

Fire strikes ConAgra nut facility

A small fire broke out inside a snack nut roaster at a ConAgra-owned processing facility; no injuries were reported.

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Mussel meats linked to illness

Shellfish De La Mer is recalling two batches of frozen cooked mussel meats because it is being linked with illnesses of diarrhetic shellfish poisoning.

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Food safety partnerships must go ‘beyond government’

Food safety partnerships must extend well beyond government, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Food safety recall round-up March 7-13

Recalls: Listeria, Salmonella and undercooked prawns

This week in the recall round-up gallery the  reasons behind food withdrawals takes us to UK, Canada, Australia, Belgium and Germany.

LSD-laced beef from Walmart sickens family

Beef purchased at Walmart and sourced from Walmart reportedly was laced with LSD, sickening the family that ate the meat for dinner.

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Heinz recalls infant food due to packaging defect

Heinz is withdrawing six varieties of infant food sold in pouch and spout packaging in Canada due to a potential packaging defect.

Recalls down but more affected

Food recalls dropped in the fourth quarter from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) but the number of consumers affected nationwide more than doubled, according to ExpertRECALL figures.

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Skittles given all clear after two sickened

Skittles which were believed to have sickened two people in Indiana have been given a clean bill of health.

Food Safety recall round-up 1-6 March

Recalls: Salmonella, plastic and Listeria

This week in the recall round-up gallery the reasons behind food withdrawals takes us to USA, Canada, Germany,  Australia, New Zealand and Norway.

Food testing remains strong for Eurofins

Emerging markets, regulation and food fraud scandals such as horse meat helped Eurofins record strong full year 2013 results.

Action on Norovirus outbreak stopped ‘double the cases’

Authorities who stopped delivery of tainted strawberries as part of Germany’s biggest foodborne outbreak halted more than 11 tons reaching the consumer.

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Packaging puncture prompts Mars recall

Mars Food North America is recalling one production lot of Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice Original Long Grain White Rice due to punctures in the pouch packaging.

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