OUTBREAKS

1 DEAD – NSW: Profiteroles blamed for hospital listeria outbreak

Apr 21, 2013

* Profiterole Listeria outbreak / central & southwest public hospitals in Sydney.

* 1 dead / 2 sick

* Profiteroles made by Rich Products Australia have since been withdrawn.

* Investigation ongoing

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-04-20/dodgy-profiteroles-blamed-for-listeria-outbreak/4641302

 

Tasmanian Oyster Norovirus outbreak – 240 sick

* 240 Norovirus cases across Tasmania /Victoria / NSW

* Broken sewerage pipe on a private property in Dunalley leaked human waste into waters used by an oyster farm.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-04-05/oyster-sick-list-grows/4612540

 

Outbreak of listeriosis due to imported cooked ham, Switzerland 2011

02.may.13 from Doug Powell

– 9 cases of Listeriosis & same strain detected in cooked ham

– Levels of L.mono on ham 470 and 4,800 cfu/g

– Outbreak initiated a product recall

– Ham was not contaminated in the production plant, but in slicing and packing plant

Complete report at http://www.eurosurveillance.org/ViewArticle.aspx?ArticleId=20469

 

US Outbreak – Salmonella Saintpaul infections & imported cucumbers

April 2013

– 73 ill / 14 hospitalised with Salmonella Saintpaul across 18 USA states from Mexican greenhouse cucumbers.

– Preliminary information links imported cucumbers

– US FDA placed Daniel Cardenas Izabal and Miracle Greenhouse of Culiacán, Mexico on Import Alert .

– Currently, no evidence that contaminated cucumbers supplied by Daniel Cardenas Izabal and Miracle Greenhouse are still on the market.

– Ill persons range in age from less than 1 year to 80 years, with a median age of 23 years. 60% of ill persons are female.

www.cdc.gov/salmonella/saintpaul-04-13/index.html

 

 

REGULATIONS

Tomatoes to be zapped with radiation to destroy insects after new food standards declared

Karen Collier From: Herald Sun April 17, 2013

* FSANZ approves irradiation for fresh tomatoes and capsicums.

* Irradiated food must be labelled and notices placed at sales areas or on menus.

* Qld’s DAFF wants the option of an alternative fruit fly control after restrictions were imposed on dimethoate and fenthion, two common chemical insecticides.

* Ministers responsible for food regulation have until mid-May to decide on a formal approval.

* While herbs, spices, some herbal teas, some tropical fruits and persimmons are already allowed to be irradiated, the bulk has been exported rather than eaten in Australia.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/tomatoes-to-be-zapped-with-radiation-to-destroy-insects-after-new-food-standards-declared/story-e6frg6n6-1226622026666

 

 

PROSECUTIONS

Gold Coast Grocer fined $10k for South Korean meats

May 2013

– A Southport grocery shop fined $10,000 for buying up to 200kg of illegally imported South Korean meats.

– Hyun Woo Trading Pty Ltd and owner Dong Hee Lee pleaded guilty to possessing contraband sausages, dumplings, hot dogs and hams in 2011.

– Lee sentenced to a 9-month suspended sentence with a two-year good behaviour bond.

– Company fined $10,000. Businesses can be fined up to $66,000. The maximum penalty for individuals is two years jail.

www.goldcoast.com.au/article/2013/05/03/451336_crime-and-court-news.html

AUSTRALIAN RECALLS

FSANZ Consumer Level Recalls

April 2013

  • Liberty Lamingtons – Undeclared Allergen (gluten)
  • Alligator Brand Veal Ravioli – Undeclared Allergen (Soy)
  • Macro Vegetarian Bites – Foreign Matter (Metal)

March2013

  • Alexandrina Cheese Company – (microbial – E.coli)
  • Chicken and Veal Wurst – Microbial (Listeria monocytogenes)
  • Shaw River Buffalo Yoghurt – microbial contamination (E. coli)

From www.foodstandards.gov.au

 

DAFF Failing Imported Food Report

February 2013

About half of the 36 failed foods (from 1715 inspected) are the usual micro suspects – Salmonella, L.mono, E.coli.

Listeria failures on duck liver and cheeses, Salmonella failures on red chilli and chilli powder. E.coli failures on cheeses and clam/mussel meat

Full list available from the website

From http://www.daff.gov.au/aqis/import/food/failing-food-reports/2013/january