Salmonella prompts hamburger recall in Sweden

Swedish supermarket chain Coop has recalled its in-store brand of fresh hamburger meat after a routine check revealed traces of salmonella in the meat. halted sales of its hamburger meat on Wednesday evening. The recall applies to Coop Hamburger 10×113 grammes, 4×113 grammes and 2×113 grammes, Coop Miniburger 8×56,5 grammes and Coop Megaburger 2×170 grammes.

The affected meat has been sold throughout Sweden and has a best-before date of August 5th, 2014. 

50 sickened with E. coli last year in Brisbane; state fair risks poorly managed

For some reason, this colony of convicts refers to its mayors as “The Lord Mayor.”

ekka.petting.zooIt’s almost that time of year again for one of the city’s most loved annual events to roll into town. The Ekka will light up the RNA Show grounds at Bowen Hills from 8-17 August. If you are heading along, don’t forget to drop by Brisbane City Council’s stand in the Woolworths Pavilion. Always fun and interactive, this year’s stand showcases the many roles Council plays in our community as well as some of the things we all love about Brisbane.”


Except last year at the Ekka, the equivalent of a U.S. state fair, at least 50 people were stricken with E. coli O157 from the animal contact in the petting zoo.

There has been no public follow up, no reference to what is being done to improve the situation this year, and no chance we’ll be attending.

Best practices for planning events encouraging human-animal interactions

Zoonoses and Public Health

G. Erdozain , K. KuKanich , B. Chapman  and D. Powell

Educational events encouraging human–animal interaction include the risk of zoonotic disease transmission. It is estimated that 14% of all disease in the US caused by Campylobacter spp., Cryptosporidium spp., Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) O157, non-O157 STECs, Listeria monocytogenes, nontyphoidal Salmonella enterica and Yersinia enterocolitica were attributable to animal contact. This article reviews best practices for organizing events where human–animal interactions are encouraged, with the objective of lowering the risk of zoonotic disease transmission.

A table of petting zoo outbreaks is available at

E. coli O157 strikes UK boy in 2012; specialist recalls little Bo’s ‘darkest days’

Ian Ramage, consultant nephrologist at Yorkhill Children’s Hospital in Glasgow, has treated Bo since he first arrived from Aberdeenshire in May 2012.

Bo-Cox-and-Lucy-Cox-3-660x496He said the “darkest days” in the youngster’s treatment were when it became clear how seriously the infection had damaged him.

Mr Ramage said: “I think the darkest days were not the times when he was most unwell, but when we realised that he would pull through and that he would be blind and require a stoma.

“All our energies had gone into keeping him alive, then we realised the burden his health would have on him and on Lucy.”

He said most children make a full recovery from E. coli, but added that those who do not generally suffer renal failure – as Bo did – and require a kidney transplant

However, the state of Bo’s bowel, which was left with five holes in it after being attacked by the bacteria, further complicated his case.

Meanwhile, new guidelines on managing the risks of E.coli have been hailed as a victory for common sense.

Tell it to Bo.


UK court fines butcher for food safety breach

A mobile butcher who operates in Littlehampton has been fined £2,100 for breaching food safety standards.

LittlehamptonOn Wednesday, July 23, Jeremy Ireland, of I & J Meats, pleaded guilty to seven offences under the Food Hygiene (England) Regulations 2006 at Worthing Magistrates’ Court.

Ireland, who runs the mobile butchers in Littlehampton High Street and Bognor, was also ordered to pay costs of £1,525.81 and a victim surcharge of £30, giving a total of £3,665.81.

The case followed an inspection by an Arun District Council food safety officer in September, 2013.

During that inspection, the officer found unrefrigerated fresh meat in direct sunlight, further raw meat which was not under temperature control and which was in direct contact with ready-to-eat foods, Arun said.

Q Fever Epidemic in Hungary

We investigated a Q fever outbreak with human patients showing high fever, respiratory tract symptoms, headache and retrosternal pain in southern Hungary in the spring and summer of 2013. Seventy human cases were confirmed by analysing their serum and blood samples with micro-immunofluorescence test and real-time PCR.

q.fever.jul.14The source of infection was a merino sheep flock of 450 ewes, in which 44.6% (25/56) seropositivity was detected by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Coxiella burnetii DNA was detected by real-time PCR in the milk of four of 20 individuals and in two thirds (41/65) of the manure samples. The multispacer sequence typing examination of C. burnetii DNA revealed sequence type 18 in one human sample and two manure samples from the sheep flock. The multilocus variable-number tandem repeat analysis pattern of the sheep and human strains were also almost identical, 4/5-9-3-3-0-5 (Ms23-Ms24-Ms27-Ms28-Ms33-Ms34). It is hypothesised that dried manure and maternal fluid contaminated with C. burnetii was dispersed by the wind from the sheep farm towards the local inhabitants. The manure was eliminated in June and the farm was disinfected in July. The outbreak ended at the end of July 2013.

Chipotle, repeat sanctimonious violator

I don’t tire of trashing Chipotle, because sanctimonious, self-centered assholes deserve to be called out.

chipotle_ad_2Erin Van der Bellen and Russ Ptacek report for WUSA that health inspectors temporarily closed: Chiptole, 13501 Connecticut Avenue, Aspen Hill, Md. and Karen’s Deli, 1700 Research Blvd., Rockville, Md.

They all passed re-inspection and are back in business.

In July 2013, health inspectors closed Chiptole on Connecticut Avenue in Aspen Hill after the agency got a complaint from a customer who stated “….there was a dead roach in food…” and “no hot water provided at all sinks.”

Chipotle is now sourcing beef from Australia; guess that’s sustainable.

Ruth Reichl writes in the New York Times that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration fails on food, but that “an increasing number of major food companies, including Whole Foods, Chick-fil-A, Chipotle, Applegate and Panera Bread, have gotten on board, proof that as we vote with our wallets and our roasting pans, producers will rise to meet us.”

Market food safety at retail, rather than nonsense.

58 sick: Cryptosporidium outbreak in Florida

I do miss our trips to Florida, but not the 24-hour drives, and Brisbane is like the Tampa of Australia, so it doesn’t suck.

doug.ben.familyUnless you get Cryptosproidium.

The Florida Health Department has issued a health alert for Pinellas County which includes St. Petersburg and Clearwater — after 58 cases of a parasitic illness have been reported.

Cryptosporidium is a parasite found in contaminated water, and can make people very sick. Symptoms include severe cramps, diarrhea and vomiting.

“It really has to do with coming in contact with contaminated fecal matter where this parasite lives,” said Maggie Hall from the FDOH in Pinellas County.

Cryptosporidium spreads easily in water. Half the cases have come from public pools and water parks in Pinellas, so the facilities were alerted. Northwest Pool shut down as a precaution and is being tested after a child who may have visited there came down with the illness.

Public disclosure: Australian Scores on Doors video launched

We’ve signed up for our first hockey tournament (the ice kind) in New South Wales at the Big Banana in Coffs Harbour in October, so I’ll be looking for scores. I’m coaching, the kid is playing, and Amy is volunteering.

sorenne.hockeyBega Valley Shire Council and local food businesses are being congratulated for joining the recently refreshed and improved Scores on Doors program, a star rating system based on the outcome of a routine unannounced food hygiene and safety inspection of a food business.

Speaking at the Food Regulation Partnership food retail meeting in Merimbula today, Thursday 31 July 2014, the NSW Food Authority’s Director of Compliance, Investigation and Enforcement Peter Day said the council’s decision to join the program was already proving a drawcard for the area’s food businesses and their customers – locals and visitors alike.

Mr Day said in recognition of the Bega Valley Shire region’s commitment to the program the NSW Food Authority was taking the opportunity to launch a new video promoting the Scores on Doors program during its regional visit to Merimbula.

Bega Valley Shire Mayor Cr Bill Taylor said of the 250 eligible food businesses in the various villages and towns across the Bega Valley Shire 30 had already signed up to the program.

“The Scores on Doors initiative is an effective marketing tool for each of the areas within our shire to promote the standard and quality of the hygiene and food safety of local food businesses,” Cr Taylor said.

“Joining the Scores on Doors program represents a great opportunity for them to collectively promote our shire’s level of food safety compliance to locals and visitors alike.

“I applaud those businesses that have already signed up and encourage those who haven’t yet to get on board.”

Further information about the Scores on Doors program and other food safety initiatives can be found at

E. coli O111 found in SW Wisc Dairy Raw Goat Milk Mild Cheddar Cheese

SW Wisc Dairy Goat Products Coop of Mt Sterling, Wisc is recalling Raw Milk Mild Cheddar Cheese Lot Code 103-114 because it may be contaminated with Shiga toxin producing Escherichia coli (STEC) O111:H8 bacteria. This is one of the 6 STEC strains that have been deemed to be of serious health concern as it can cause diarrheal illness, often with bloody stools, and may lead to more severe complications like Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). HUS is most likely to occur in young children, the elderly and immunocompromised individuals and can lead to severe kidney damage and even death.

SW Wisc Dairy Goat Products CoopThis product was distributed in the Midwest and Southwest regions of the US. This product was sent through distributorship in Wisconsin and Georgia. From these two states this product was then sent to retail stores in the Midwest and Southwest.

This product was packed as an 8oz cryovac retail size piece with the code 103-114 on a sticker attached to the side of the cheese. This product is all white in appearance and has a front and back separate label. The back label is a black and white nutrition and ingredient label and the front label is a yellow and blue colored label with the Mt Sterling Coop Creamery brand name. “No illnesses have been reported to date.”

The recall was initiated after a case of two five pound loafs in the original packaging was collected on 7-8—14 from an offsite warehouse. The product sample tested positive for Shiga toxin 1and was contaminated with E. coli O111:H8.

Consumers who may have purchased this product with the code date listed are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-608-734-3151.