OUTBREAKS

The wedding food that had everything….

* September catered wedding in QLD outbreak affecting 38 of 115 guests

* Identified multiple foods served at the reception (fried rice, egg fu yung, chicken and mussels)

* High levels of CP Staph & emetic and diarrhoeal strains of Bacillus cereus in mixed leftovers

* High levels of Cl. perfringens in fried rice & staphylococcal enterotoxin detected in samples of fried rice and chicken

* High levels of Escherichia coli were detected in corned meat.

* Six faecal specimens from cases grew CP Staphylococci;  no Staph, toxin or B.cereus detected.

* Inappropriate timing of food preparation resulting in long holding times, inadequate food storage, inappropriate defrosting of food and lack of knowledge in safe food handling practice were considered major contributing factors

From OzFoodNet Report 2011 health.gov.au

Multi-Province Listeriosis Outbreak Linked to Contaminated Deli Meat Consumed Primarily in Institutional Settings, Canada, 2008

MAPLE LEAF LISTERIA OUTBREAK – OFFICIAL PUBLICATION

Foodborne Pathogens and Disease, Volume: 12 Issue 8

* 57 sick including 24 dead

* plant environment conducive to the introduction and proliferation of L. mono

* persistently contaminated with Listeria spp.

* no analysis of trends over time to identify the underlying cause of the contamination.

* organic material trapped deep inside the plant’s meat slicing equipment harboured Listeria, despite routine sanitization that met specifications of equipment manufacturers.

***BAD SANITATION KILLS!! GO BEYOND EASILY ACCESSIBLE SURFACES OF EQUIPMENT!! FULL CONTACT – BREAK IT DOWN!!! ** *

* building construction project was initiated in April 2008.

* There was structural damage and poor maintenance in certain rooms containing RTE product

* evidence of condensate dripping onto unpackaged finished product in a common refrigerated storage room.

* Employee flow between rooms created opportunities for cross-contamination of finished product.

online.liebertpub.com / barfblog

Illness in children associated with the consumption of raw unpasteurised milk

Presenter: Nectaria Tzimourtas, Authors: D Thaker et al

* cluster of HUS and a separate cluster of Cryptosporidiosis

* same outer Melbourne metropolitan area were detected in Victoria.

* Three cases of HUS and two cases of Cryptosporidiosis were found to have consumed the same brand of unpasteurised milk, sold as ‘bath’ milk, in their incubation period.

* One case of HUS died.

* unpasteurised milk is a well-documented risk factor for GI diseases including Cryptosporidiosis and STEC infection

* The sale of unpasteurised milk for human consumption in Australia is prohibited.

ABSTRACTS from the CDC conference 2015     health.gov.au

CHRISTMAS CHEER 2014

Outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium 9 infection amongst Christmas function attendees, December 2014

Presenter: Caitlin Graham,  Authors: JH Stephens et al

* The attack rate was 58.3%. 7 cases were confirmed

* significant association between the consumption of tiramisu and illness

* The ingredients of the homemade tiramisu included raw eggs, and this was identified as a high risk food item.

* This outbreak adds to the ongoing evidence that produce made from raw egg is hazardous. Education should be extended to cooking in the home.

ABSTRACTS from the CDC conference 2015     health.gov.au

US OUTBREAK & RECALL – Cashew/almond/hazelnut butter spread – Salmonella

* Health authorities linked illnesses to person(s) who have consumed nut spreads, including JEM Raw products.

* 11 illnesses reported but no deaths or hospitalizations to date.

from fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/

PROSECUTIONS

“Bath milk” claims will not wash: raw milk stripped from shelves

NSW Food Authority Media release – 7 December 2015

* raw milk marketed as ‘cosmetic’ or ‘bath’ milk removed from shelves

* “Raw milk is a high food safety risk”

* “the sale of raw milk for human consumption is illegal in Australia”

* “this kind of farcical deception won’t be tolerated.”

* recent product seizures showed elevated levels of E.coli

* Another area of focus is the practice of ‘herd sharing’

* Claims that this does not constitute the sale of food are false

* report raw milk sales to the NSW Food Authority on 1300 552 406.

from foodauthority.nsw.gov.au

RECALLS

FSANZ CONSUMER LEVEL RECALLS  DECEMBER 2015 (1-13)

* Ground Coriander –  Microbial (Salmonella)

* Carlton Dry beer – Foreign matter (glass)

NOVEMBER 2015

*Coconut Yoghurt – allergen (dairy)

*Flaxseed with Coco and Berries – allergen (tree nuts)

*Ginger Marmalade – Foreign matter (glass)

*Coconut Juice – allergen (dairy)

*Panang Curry Paste – allergen (peanut)

*Ham off the bone – microbial (Listeria monocytogenes)

*Lupins – alkaloids (a biotoxin)

*Coconut Milk – allergen (dairy)

from foodstandards.gov.au

IMPORTED FOOD INSPECTION SCHEME

FAILING FOOD REPORT – SEP 2015

* 5 x crab meat – Thailand – SPC

* seafood marinara – Vietnam – E. coli

* peeled black tiger prawns – Vietnam – SPC

* Queso Arzua cheese -Spain – E. coli

* Frozen boiled prawns – Vietnam – SPC

from agriculture.gov.au