HACCP eNews OCT13 – US chicken, Sporty Staph, Raw cheese HUS, FSANZ & DAFF recalls, Gold Book.

 

OUTBREAKS

An outbreak of staphylococcal food poisoning in a commercially catered buffet. (Sydney)

From: CDI Commmunicable Diseases Intelligence volume 37 issue 2  :Pillsbury et al

* Participants of an elite sporting event

* 22 ill (6 in hospital) after eating a commercially catered buffet dinner (June 2012)

* Vomiting, diarrhoea and abdominal cramping

* Of the 22 cases, 18 (82%) were female, ranging from 12 to 69 years old (median 34 years). Of those who did not fall ill, 10 (71%) were female, ranging from 21 to 72 years old (median 46 years).

* Incubation periods ranged from 1 hour to 4.75 hours (average 2.5 hours).

* Absence of food samples to test /of three faecal samples were tested for staphylococcal enterotoxin using the Tecra enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (TECRA) one was positive

* Environmental investigation revealed no food safety breaches / no evidence of temperature abuse

* findings suggested that chicken stir fry and/or fried rice were responsible for illness (not definitive)

One dead, 25 sickened in E.coli O157:H7 from cheese (unpasteurised)

* E. coli O157:H7 linked to Gort’s Gouda Cheese Farm in Canada

* 25 sick, 1 dead,

* One case of HUS, 9 males, 16 females between 3 – 82yo

* ‘The cheese at issue was made with unpasteurized milk’.

* ‘Pasteurization kills E. coli bacteria and the case has raised questions about the safety of using unpasteurized milk in food production.’

http://www.foodqualitynews.com/Food-Alerts/One-dead-25-sickened-in-E.coli-O157-H7-from-cheese

http://www.producer.com/2013/09/cfia-investigates-e-coli-in-gorts-raw-milk-cheese/

317 sick in Foster Farms Salmonella outbreak

From Doug Powell on 13Oct2013 & below references

* Salmonella Heidelberg outbreak linked to Foster Farms (raw whole) chicken – hits 317 sick

* Before the outbreak, USDA had observed and documented “fecal material on carcasses” as well as “poor sanitary dressing practices,

* Also “insanitary food contact surfaces, insanitary nonfood contact surfaces, and direct product contamination.”

* Foster Farms has announced no plans to recall any of its chicken products

* There is no legal requirement for companies to issue recalls in cases involving whole – rather than ground – (raw) meat

* Foster Farms, and a lot of government and industry apologists have repeated advice that consumers should clean thoroughly, avoid cross-contamination and cook the chickens

* Dr. Katrina Hedberg, Oregon’s state epidemiologist, “We’re not seeing an outbreak because people suddenly decided they like to eat their chicken rare,”

* Hedberg said. “If you’re suddenly seeing an uptick in cases, it’s probably because there’s more bacteria.”

* Highly virulent strains – 42% of infected individuals have been hospitalized — an unusually high percentage, according to the CDC.

* 13% of those sickened have salmonella septicemia, a serious, life-threatening, whole-body inflammation, Braden said. Normal for salmonella would be “just a few percent,” he said.

* There are seven strains of salmonella Heidelberg involved in the outbreak.

* Several of them are antibiotic-resistant and “one of the strains that we’ve tested is resistant to seven antibiotics,” said Christopher Braden, director of CDC.

* Costco has ordered a recall of nearly 40,000 pounds of rotisserie chickens after one cooked sample tested positive for Salmonella on Friday.

* if Costco can’t cook the poop out of a bird, why are consumers expected to?

http://barfblog.com/2013/10/317-sick-in-foster-farms-salmonella-outbreak-just-cook-it-still-doesnt-cut-it-skating-hockey-thanksgiving-turkey/

http://www.dailynews.com/health/20131012/salmonella-scare-northern-california-costco-recalls-chicken-linked-to-foster-farms-trouble

http://foodpoisoningbulletin.com/2013/extra-danger-in-foster-farms-chicken-salmonella-outbreak/

http://www.medicaldaily.com/despite-salmonella-outbreak-usda-allows-foster-farms-source-contamination-stay-open-259687

PROSECUTIONS

Sushi Food Scandal: Cherry Blossom Sushi Guilty of 40 Breaches on Food Hygiene (Adelaide)

By Athena Yenko | September 5, 2013

* 20 sushi bars in Adelaide.

* sushi supplemented with hot Japanese-Style meals serviced from a central kitchen

* Cherry Blossom Newton outlet pleaded guilty of 40 breaches of food hygiene standards

* sushi roll temperature abuse

* store premises ‘accumulated dirt from food scraps; kitchen utensils were old, dirty and rusty’.

* Pleaded guilty at Holden Hill Magistrate Court to 44 counts of failing to comply with requirements of the Food Safety Standards code.

* July of 2013, the company displayed sushi rolls on dirty wooden trays, no hand washing / drying areas; meat mincers, crockery, fridges, food storage were unhygienic

From http://barfblog.com/2013/09/australian-sushi-outlet-guilty-of-40-breaches-on-food-hygiene/

AUSTRALIAN RECALLS

FSANZ Consumer Level Recalls

16SEP – 13OCT2013

Mrs Crimbles Large Choc Macaroons, Trialia Foods, Undeclared dairy

From www.foodstandards.gov.au

DAFF imported failing foods – August 2013 – microbiology (13 fails)

8 CHEESE 

2 L.monocytogenes (Detected /125g)

Gorgonzola Argento and Gorgonzola Oro [Italy]

Gorgonzola “Nero” cheese [Italy]

6 E.coli

Camembert Prairie Normande [France]   93, 460, <3,<3,>1100 MPN/g

Mozzarella di Bufala Campania (cheese) [Italy] <3.0, <3.0, 460, <3.0, <3.0 MPN/g

Petit Normand cheese [France] <3.0, <3.0, 150, <3.0, >1100 MPN/g

Munster Gerome cheese [France] 23, 75, 14, 23, 75 MPN/g

Organic Perl Wen cheese [United Kingdom] <3.0, 9.0, 75, 9.0, 23 MPN/g

Frozen paneer cubes India Taj Frozen Foods [India] 95, <10, 21, 44, 10 MPN/g FSC 1.6.1

4 SEAFOOD – 2 E.coli, 1 Vibrio cholerae, 1 L.monocytogenes

Clam meat [United States] E.coli <3, 23, 4, 9, 9 MPN/g

Clam meat [China] E. coli <3, 23, 3, 7, 9 MPN/g

Cooked cocktail prawns [Vietnam] Vibrio cholerae Detected /125g

Smoked salmon [Denmark] L. monocytogenes D<50, D<50, D<50, D<50, D<50 cfu/g

1 SESAME SEED – Salmonella (note that all 5 samples drawn were (D) Detected)

Tahini [Israel]  D, D, D, D, D /25g

From www.daff.gov.au

 

OUTBREAKS

An outbreak of staphylococcal food poisoning in a commercially catered buffet. (Sydney)

From: CDI Commmunicable Diseases Intelligence volume 37 issue 2  :Pillsbury et al

* Participants of an elite sporting event

* 22 ill (6 in hospital) after eating a commercially catered buffet dinner (June 2012)

* Vomiting, diarrhoea and abdominal cramping

* Of the 22 cases, 18 (82%) were female, ranging from 12 to 69 years old (median 34 years). Of those who did not fall ill, 10 (71%) were female, ranging from 21 to 72 years old (median 46 years).

* Incubation periods ranged from 1 hour to 4.75 hours (average 2.5 hours).

* Absence of food samples to test /of three faecal samples were tested for staphylococcal enterotoxin using the Tecra enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (TECRA) one was positive

* Environmental investigation revealed no food safety breaches / no evidence of temperature abuse

* findings suggested that chicken stir fry and/or fried rice were responsible for illness (not definitive)

One dead, 25 sickened in E.coli O157:H7 from cheese (unpasteurised)

* E. coli O157:H7 linked to Gort’s Gouda Cheese Farm in Canada

* 25 sick, 1 dead,

* One case of HUS, 9 males, 16 females between 3 – 82yo

* ‘The cheese at issue was made with unpasteurized milk’.

* ‘Pasteurization kills E. coli bacteria and the case has raised questions about the safety of using unpasteurized milk in food production.’

http://www.foodqualitynews.com/Food-Alerts/One-dead-25-sickened-in-E.coli-O157-H7-from-cheese

http://www.producer.com/2013/09/cfia-investigates-e-coli-in-gorts-raw-milk-cheese/

317 sick in Foster Farms Salmonella outbreak

From Doug Powell on 13Oct2013 & below references

* Salmonella Heidelberg outbreak linked to Foster Farms (raw whole) chicken – hits 317 sick

* Before the outbreak, USDA had observed and documented “fecal material on carcasses” as well as “poor sanitary dressing practices,

* Also “insanitary food contact surfaces, insanitary nonfood contact surfaces, and direct product contamination.”

* Foster Farms has announced no plans to recall any of its chicken products

* There is no legal requirement for companies to issue recalls in cases involving whole – rather than ground – (raw) meat

* Foster Farms, and a lot of government and industry apologists have repeated advice that consumers should clean thoroughly, avoid cross-contamination and cook the chickens

* Dr. Katrina Hedberg, Oregon’s state epidemiologist, “We’re not seeing an outbreak because people suddenly decided they like to eat their chicken rare,”

* Hedberg said. “If you’re suddenly seeing an uptick in cases, it’s probably because there’s more bacteria.”

* Highly virulent strains – 42% of infected individuals have been hospitalized — an unusually high percentage, according to the CDC.

* 13% of those sickened have salmonella septicemia, a serious, life-threatening, whole-body inflammation, Braden said. Normal for salmonella would be “just a few percent,” he said.

* There are seven strains of salmonella Heidelberg involved in the outbreak.

* Several of them are antibiotic-resistant and “one of the strains that we’ve tested is resistant to seven antibiotics,” said Christopher Braden, director of CDC.

* Costco has ordered a recall of nearly 40,000 pounds of rotisserie chickens after one cooked sample tested positive for Salmonella on Friday.

* if Costco can’t cook the poop out of a bird, why are consumers expected to?

http://barfblog.com/2013/10/317-sick-in-foster-farms-salmonella-outbreak-just-cook-it-still-doesnt-cut-it-skating-hockey-thanksgiving-turkey/

http://www.dailynews.com/health/20131012/salmonella-scare-northern-california-costco-recalls-chicken-linked-to-foster-farms-trouble

http://foodpoisoningbulletin.com/2013/extra-danger-in-foster-farms-chicken-salmonella-outbreak/

http://www.medicaldaily.com/despite-salmonella-outbreak-usda-allows-foster-farms-source-contamination-stay-open-259687

PROSECUTIONS

Sushi Food Scandal: Cherry Blossom Sushi Guilty of 40 Breaches on Food Hygiene (Adelaide)

By Athena Yenko | September 5, 2013

* 20 sushi bars in Adelaide.

* sushi supplemented with hot Japanese-Style meals serviced from a central kitchen

* Cherry Blossom Newton outlet pleaded guilty of 40 breaches of food hygiene standards

* sushi roll temperature abuse

* store premises ‘accumulated dirt from food scraps; kitchen utensils were old, dirty and rusty’.

* Pleaded guilty at Holden Hill Magistrate Court to 44 counts of failing to comply with requirements of the Food Safety Standards code.

* July of 2013, the company displayed sushi rolls on dirty wooden trays, no hand washing / drying areas; meat mincers, crockery, fridges, food storage were unhygienic

From http://barfblog.com/2013/09/australian-sushi-outlet-guilty-of-40-breaches-on-food-hygiene/

AUSTRALIAN RECALLS

FSANZ Consumer Level Recalls

16SEP – 13OCT2013

Mrs Crimbles Large Choc Macaroons, Trialia Foods, Undeclared dairy

From www.foodstandards.gov.au

DAFF imported failing foods – August 2013 – microbiology (13 fails)

8 CHEESE 

2 L.monocytogenes (Detected /125g)

Gorgonzola Argento and Gorgonzola Oro [Italy]

Gorgonzola “Nero” cheese [Italy]

6 E.coli

Camembert Prairie Normande [France]   93, 460, <3,<3,>1100 MPN/g

Mozzarella di Bufala Campania (cheese) [Italy] <3.0, <3.0, 460, <3.0, <3.0 MPN/g

Petit Normand cheese [France] <3.0, <3.0, 150, <3.0, >1100 MPN/g

Munster Gerome cheese [France] 23, 75, 14, 23, 75 MPN/g

Organic Perl Wen cheese [United Kingdom] <3.0, 9.0, 75, 9.0, 23 MPN/g

Frozen paneer cubes India Taj Frozen Foods [India] 95, <10, 21, 44, 10 MPN/g FSC 1.6.1

4 SEAFOOD – 2 E.coli, 1 Vibrio cholerae, 1 L.monocytogenes

Clam meat [United States] E.coli <3, 23, 4, 9, 9 MPN/g

Clam meat [China] E. coli <3, 23, 3, 7, 9 MPN/g

Cooked cocktail prawns [Vietnam] Vibrio cholerae Detected /125g

Smoked salmon [Denmark] L. monocytogenes D<50, D<50, D<50, D<50, D<50 cfu/g

1 SESAME SEED – Salmonella (note that all 5 samples drawn were (D) Detected)

Tahini [Israel]  D, D, D, D, D /25g

From www.daff.gov.au