Tag: Fresh produce

E. coli O157 outbreak linked to salad leaves

E. coli O157 outbreak linked to salad leaves

| July 6, 2016

Public Health England (PHE) is investigating an outbreak of E. coli O157 phage type (PT) 34 infection in the UK that may be linked to the consumption of mixed salad, including rocket (also known as rucola) leaves. A total of 109 cases had been identified up to 4th July, with 102 cases in England, 6 […]

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Salmonella outbreak prompts public health warning

Salmonella outbreak prompts public health warning

| April 27, 2016

A public health agency in South Australia has warned consumers not to eat raw beansprouts after a significant increase in the number of cases of Salmonella Saintpaul infections recorded in the state. SA Health says that it has been notified of 233 cases of Salmonella Saintpaul infection since the start of December 2015, with 108 […]

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Salmonella outbreak linked to lettuce in pre-packaged salads

Salmonella outbreak linked to lettuce in pre-packaged salads

| February 9, 2016

The Department of Health and Human Services in the state of Victoria, Australia has warned health professionals and consumers that the consumption of a range of Tripod Farmers pre-packaged salad products containing loose-leaf lettuce has been linked to an outbreak of Salmonella infection in the state. According to press reports, as of 8 February, at […]

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Dole packaged salads Listeria outbreak – update

Dole packaged salads Listeria outbreak – update

| February 9, 2016

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that there have been three new cases of listeriosis associated with packaged salads produced at the Dole processing facility at Springfield Ohio. A total of 15 cases in eight states have now been linked to the outbreak in the USA and a further seven cases […]

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Can pre-packed salads ever be completely safe?

Can pre-packed salads ever be completely safe?

| January 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

An on-going outbreak of listeriosis in the USA and Canada has hospitalised 19 people since last July and may also have contributed to two deaths. The evidence points to packaged salad products produced at a single facility in Ohio as the likely source of infection. That facility, operated by Dole Fresh Vegetables Inc., has suspended […]

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Listeria outbreak linked to certain Dole brand packaged salads

Listeria outbreak linked to certain Dole brand packaged salads

| January 26, 2016

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) have announced that cases of listeriosis in both countries are linked to packaged salads produced at a Dole Fresh Vegetables Inc. facility in Springfield, Ohio. In the USA, twelve cases of infection with very closely related strains of […]

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PHAC investigates source of Listeria outbreak

PHAC investigates source of Listeria outbreak

| January 21, 2016

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is collaborating with federal and provincial public health agencies to investigate an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infection that has affected people in five provinces. Since September 2015 a total of seven confirmed cases of listeriosis have been linked to the outbreak in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward […]

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Celery products linked to E. coli outbreak

Celery products linked to E. coli outbreak

| December 1, 2015

The source of a US outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infection associated with consumption of Costco rotisserie chicken salad is still under investigation, but preliminary test results indicate the presence of E. coli O157:H7 in diced celery and onion mix used to make the salad in Costco stores. Tests by the Montana Public Health Laboratory […]

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FDA releases new food safety rules for fresh produce and imported foods

FDA releases new food safety rules for fresh produce and imported foods

| November 17, 2015

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that it has finalised new rules establishing enforceable food safety standards for produce farms and making importers accountable for ensuring that imported foods meet US safety standards. The new rules are a part of the implementation of the Food Safety Modernisation Act and are intended to […]

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Snap peas recalled over Cyclospora contamination

Snap peas recalled over Cyclospora contamination

| October 21, 2015

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has announced that Costco Wholesale Canada Inc. is voluntarily recalling Alpine Fresh brand Snap Peas from the market because of possible contamination with the protozoan parasite Cyclospora. The recall includes 2-pound packs of Alpine Fresh Snap Peas with ‘best before’ dates from 15-OC-01 to 15-OC-29 inclusive. The product was […]

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