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  • Plan launched to reduce risk of emerging zoonoses

    A drive to prevent emerging zoonotic risks and diseases such as COVID-19 has been unveiled and is being led by France. The Preventing Zoonotic Diseases Emergence (PREZODE) initiative was announced at the One Planet Summit for Biodiversity on Jan. 11. Zoonotic diseases or zoonoses are caused by germs that spread between animals and people and can...

  • Health officials warn of seasonal poisoning risk from certain plants

    A French agency has warned people of the risks of eating berries or leaves from decorative plants. The French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (ANSES) seasonal message focused on holly, mistletoe and poinsettia blooms, berries and leaves that can be used to decorate cakes, homes and gardens. Ingestion of berries or...

  • Report details 2019 French STEC raw milk cheese outbreak

    French health officials have published a report on a 2019 E. coli outbreak linked to raw milk cheese. It was the third outbreak linked to raw milk cheese in the country in the past year, according to Santé publique France. It is also being considered a hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) outbreak. HUS is a type of...

  • Mostly children sick in French Salmonella outbreak

    Mainly children are sick in a Salmonella outbreak in France linked to a type of dried sausage. There have been 26 cases of salmonellosis, 17 of which concern children, identified by the National Reference Center for Salmonella at Institut Pasteur and Santé publique France in October and November. Those interviewed fell ill from Sept. 22...

  • Hundreds poisoned in France from wild mushrooms

    French authorities have renewed warnings about eating wild mushrooms after hundreds of poisoning cases in the past few months. The French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (ANSES) reported that since the start of the mushroom-picking season in early autumn, poison control centers have recorded a sharp increase in cases, particularly in recent...

  • Salmonella in horse meat linked to two deaths in France

    Two people have died after eating raw or undercooked horse meat, according to French public health officials. Santé publique France has provided more details on two outbreaks linked to consumption of horse meat in summer and autumn. French authorities revealed the illnesses earlier this month. The first epidemic with 20 patients sick because of Salmonella Newport...

  • Authorities act against Spanish firm linked to Salmonella outbreak

    Spanish health authorities have ordered the temporary suspension of some parts of a company linked to a Salmonella outbreak in France. The Public Health Agency of Catalonia (ASPCAT) said the action concerning fuet and espetec sausage production at Embutidos Sola had been taken based on the precautionary principle. ASPCAT also ordered the withdrawal of all...

  • Almost 50 sick in France after eating raw or rare horse meat

    French authorities are investigating almost 50 Salmonella infections linked to eating raw or undercooked horse meat in the past few months. During this summer, Sante publique France identified 20 patients that are part of a cluster of Salmonella Newport cases. A total of 28 other people were linked to a second cluster of salmonellosis caused...

  • Lack of inspections, heavy metals cited in FDA enforcement updates

    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. Use the links to view the full alert modifications. Import Alert Description URL...

  • Salmonella outbreak in France tied to sausage from Spain

    Public health officials in France are investigating a foodborne illness outbreak suspected to be caused by fuet, a type of sausage from Spain. The product was also sent to Belgium. In total, 18 patients with salmonellosis have been identified. They became ill between July 8 and Aug. 3, according to Santé publique France. All patients,...

  • French agency warns about products from Djen Foods

    Authorities in France have ordered the withdrawal and recall of all products sold by Djen Foods as they could be a threat to public health. The Ministry of Agriculture and Food (DGAL) said the items, mainly beef, poultry and smoked fish, were manufactured without the necessary approvals. The decision follows an inspection by officials in...

  • France also affected by Listeria in enoki mushrooms

    France has become the fifth country to report Listeria in enoki mushrooms from South Korea. It was already known that 36 people fell sick and four died in the United States from November 2016 to December 2019. Six illnesses were recorded in Canada between 2017 and 2019 and five in Australia between October 2017 and...

  • 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...

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