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  • Tick-borne encephalitis outbreak linked to raw milk cheese in France

    France has identified its first outbreak of tick-borne encephalitis from consumption of raw milk products, with more than 40 people affected. The infections are linked to eating a brand of raw milk goat cheese in Ain, in the Rhone-Alpes region, between April and May this year, according to Santé publique France. The cheese producer is...

  • Large Salmonella outbreak from raw goats’ milk cheese revealed

    More than 150 people were affected by an outbreak of Salmonella from raw goats’ milk cheese in 2018, according to a recent report. France recorded 147 cases, of which 133 were confirmed, 13 were probable and one possible. Of 38 cases where clinical history was known, 13 were hospitalized. One person died but salmonellosis was...

  • Salmonella prompts recall of more than half a million eggs

    A number of supermarkets in France have recalled eggs sold under different brand names due to possible Salmonella contamination. According to the French magazine 60 Millions de Consommateurs the recall covers more than 500,000 eggs but there have been no official communications from authorities and no reported illnesses. Carrefour has issued three recalls. The first involved...

  • Study finds chicken cooking advice ignored by vast majority of consumers

    Consumer practices for monitoring doneness of cooked chicken are not always safe, according to a recent study. Researchers surveyed 3,969 households in France, Norway, Portugal, Romania, and the United Kingdom on their personal chicken cooking practices. They also interviewed and observed these practices in 75 additional households in the same countries to investigate how European...

  • France allows changes to raw milk regulations because of coronavirus

    French authorities have eased rules around the sale of raw milk because of the coronavirus pandemic. The country’s Ministry of Agriculture has temporarily adopted measures making it easier for producers to market their unpasteurized, raw milk for direct sale. The agency also made it clear it was the operator’s responsibility to ensure the safety of...

  • New report documents rise in foodborne illness outbreaks in France

    More than 1,600 foodborne outbreaks were declared in France in 2018 affecting 14,700 people with two deaths, according to statistics published by the national public health agency. A total of 1,630 illness outbreaks were reported involving 14,742 people, and 777 of them needed hospital treatment. Santé Publique France said the number has gone up from...

  • French authorities link Listeria infections to cheese company

    Ten people have been infected with Listeria monocytogenes in France linked to eating cheese from one company. Authorities in Cantal, in the Auvergne region of France, ordered the business, Ferme de Gioux, to temporarily close and recall all cheeses because it was implicated in the listeriosis cases. Cantal officials conducted several days’ worth of investigations...

  • ANSES finds system to monitor chemicals in food largely effective

    The system for monitoring chemical contamination of food in France works well most of the time but has some gaps, according to ANSES. The French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) assessed the surveillance and control scheme in place between 2010 and 2014 for inorganic and organic contaminants excluding toxins, mycotoxins,...

  • Import alerts include frog legs, pig ears, seafood

    The Food and Drug Administration uses import alerts to enforce U.S. food safety regulations for food from foreign countries. The agency updates and modifies the alerts as needed. Recent modifications to FDA’s import alerts, as posted by the agency, are listed below. Click on the links to view the full alerts. Import Alert Description URL...

  • Import alert changes include catfish, French cheese, papayas

    The Food and Drug Administration uses import alerts to enforce U.S. food safety regulations for food from foreign countries. The agency updates and modifies the alerts as needed. Recent modifications to FDA’s import alerts, as posted by the agency, are listed below. Click on the links to view the full alerts. Import Alert Description URL...

  • Eight people infected by Listeria in France

    Eight Listeria infections have been recorded in France by authorities linked to eating a brand of pork tongue in jelly. The people infected with the same type of Listeria monocytogenes were identified by the National Reference Center for Listeria. A spokeswoman for Santé Publique France told Food Safety News that all people needed hospital treatment but...

  • Letter From The Editor: On assignment for the Dutch veal tour

    Opinion In the world of elite meat, Dutch veal is a delicacy with its niche on the more expensive side of the scale. Yet it has a powerful footing in Europe, especially in France and Italy.   Food Safety News this week is participating in a media tour sponsored by “Trusted Veal from Europe,” a...

  • Research makes it easier to identify Yersinia

    Researchers at the Pasteur Institut in France have developed a genomic analysis method for classifying and identifying Yersinia strains and estimating pathogenicity. The Yersinia genus covers a range of bacteria distinguished by criteria such as whether or not they are able to cause disease. It is part of the family Enterobacteriaceae and includes 19 species....

  • E. coli and Listeria concerns prompt cheese recall in five countries

    Raw cow’s milk cheese distributed to at least five European countries has been recalled due to possible E. coli and Listeria contamination. A warning was issued by German authorities about E. coli O26:H11 and Listeria monocytogenes in the raw cow’s milk Bethmale cheese from France. There have been no illnesses linked to the recall. Affected...

  • First illness in French Listeria outbreak from February last year

    The seven people in France part of a Listeria outbreak linked to organic dairy products fell ill over a period of 18 months, according to public health authorities. Those infected with the same strain of Listeria were identified by the National Reference Center for Listeria, with an eighth case still under investigation. Santé Publique France...

  • Border checks and import alerts for produce, shrimp, other foods

    The Food and Drug Administration uses import alerts to enforce U.S. food safety regulations for food from foreign countries. The agency updates and modifies the alerts as needed. Recent modifications to FDA’s import alerts, as posted by the agency, are listed below. Click on the links to view the full alerts. Import Alert Description URL...

  • Spanish police arrest trader linked to horse meat scandal

    Spanish police have arrested one of the alleged ringleaders of the 2013 horse meat scandal. Guardia Civil detained Dutchman Jan Fasen in Calpe, Alicante last month at the request of French authorities. The National Court must now decide on possible extradition to France. The food fraud consisted of selling horse meat as beef. It was...

  • Raw sheep’s milk cheese linked to French Salmonella outbreak

    Almost 50 people are ill in France as part of a foodborne outbreak linked to eating a brand of unpasteurized, raw milk sheep’s cheese. A spokeswoman from Santé publique France told Food Safety News that Salmonella Enteritidis was responsible for 49 illnesses and one person needed hospital treatment. Those ill are men and women, mostly...

  • Import alerts include seafood, tamarind, animal feeds

    The Food and Drug Administration uses import alerts to enforce U.S. food safety regulations for food from foreign countries. The agency updates and modifies the alerts as needed. Recent modifications to FDA’s import alerts, as posted by the agency, are listed below. Click on the links to view the full alerts. Import Alert Description URL...

  • Death spurs plant warning in France; similar circumstance in Hong Kong

    French authorities have warned the public about the risks of confusing toxic and edible plants after the death of a man last month. In June, a 63-year-old man died after eating water hemlock — also known as water dropwort —  after confusing it with root parsley that he grew and picked in his own garden....

  • Histamine outbreaks could increase in Europe

    The risk of histamine food poisoning — also known as scombroid fish poisoning — could increase in Europe in the future if trading trends continue, according to researchers. The scientists made the remark in the journal Eurosurveillance during an investigation into a 2017 outbreak in France linked to tuna. Histamine contamination generally occurs because of inadequate...

  • Researchers point to role of cross contamination in raw cheese E. coli outbreak

    Four illnesses that are part of an E. coli outbreak in France linked to cheese made with unpasteurized, raw milk could have been caused by cross contamination, according to researchers. From March 25 to April 27, there were 19 suspected Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) associated pediatric hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) cases were reported by...

  • More ill in Listeria, E. coli outbreaks linked to raw milk cheese

    Fifteen children and one adult have fallen ill in an E. coli outbreak in France linked to cheese made with unpasteurized milk. Fourteen infants developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). HUS is a severe complication associated with E. coli infections that causes kidney failure and usually occurs a week or more after the onset of diarrhea....

  • Listeria deaths in France linked to raw milk cheese brand

    One woman has died and another has lost her baby due to listeriosis after eating raw milk cheese, according to French media reports. The raw milk cheese was produced by Fromagere de la Brie, the company was ordered to stop production and recall raw and pasteurized dairy products in April. Epidemiological, environmental and food traceability...

  • Case count revised in French E. coli outbreak traced to cheese

    Officials with the French public health agency have revised down the number of cases in an E. coli outbreak linked to raw milk cheese. Federal law in France does not require that E. coli infections be reported to authorities, so case counts can be inaccurate. French authorities earlier reported an outbreak of E. coli O26...

  • More French Cheese Recalled – Listeria

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting the public to a possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination of l’Explorateur soft ripened cheese. This pasteurized, cow’s milk cheese was made by in St. Simeon, France and distributed throughout the U.S. The FDA advises consumers and retailers to not eat, sell, or serve cheese labeled as l’Explorateur. L’Explorateur...

  • French Listeria cases linked to cheese company

    Several people in France are part of a Listeria outbreak linked to eating cheese made by one company. Santé publique France, the public health agency, identified cases of Listeria infection in people who consumed cheese made by Fromagère de la Brie. Food Safety News has contacted the agency to confirm details of the outbreak. The...

  • Survey finds slow take-up of digital methods to enhance food safety

    Less than one in 10 companies said new digital technology is playing a role to a “great extent’ in food safety, according to a survey of more than 1,600 industry experts. The survey by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and DNV GL, a certification body, found that almost four in 10 plan to use...

  • Two raw milk cheeses suspected in 2015-16 Salmonella outbreak

    Researchers have provided more detail on one of the largest Salmonella Dublin outbreaks in France in recent years linked to raw milk cheese. In January 2016, the National Reference Center for Salmonella reported to Santé Publique France, the national public health agency, an increase in Salmonella Dublin infections across the country, with 37 isolates identified...

  • Lactalis restarts sales from plant linked to Salmonella outbreak

    Lactalis has been allowed to restart sales of infant formula made at a plant in France that was behind a Salmonella outbreak in 2017. Authorities in Mayenne, a department in France, and the French Ministry of Agriculture and Food authorized the resumption of sales of the infant formula from the site in Craon almost nine...

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