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Company stops production at frozen vegetable, fruit facility

Production is on hold at the Hungarian plant of the company linked to a deadly outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes from frozen vegetables in five European countries. A spokesperson for Greenyard, a producer of fresh, frozen and prepared fruit and vegetables, told Food Safety News that the company is awaiting more data, information and analysis from… Continue Reading

Europe’s raw milk vending machines come in for market scrutiny

The full 69-page report — Raw Milk Vending Machine Market – Europe Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2016 – 2024 — goes for $4,000, probably too pricy for most. But the teaser that goes with it from the market research firm ReportLinker has enough to suggest the raw milk vending machine business is… Continue Reading

350 sick in outbreak traced to Polish eggs; trade regs eyed

The number of people infected by Salmonella traced to a Polish egg farm has topped 350 with 10 countries now reporting confirmed and probable cases. The victim count has increased substantially since October when the European Food Safety Authority reported 260 illnesses across seven countries between May 1 and Oct. 12 this year. Wozniak Poultry… Continue Reading

Europe’s Three Hepatitis A Outbreaks in 2013: What Can We Learn?

In the first half of 2013, Europe dealt with three simultaneous outbreaks from the hepatitis A virus. Knowing that at least two of those outbreaks were connected to frozen berries, Europe’s Centre for Disease Prevention and Control set out to describe what could be learned from those outbreaks in an article published in Eurosurveillance. Those… Continue Reading

Last Year’s Hepatitis A Outbreak Sickened 1,444 People in Europe

At least 1,444 cases of Hepatitis A were reported in 12 European countries in connection with a variety of mixed berry products last year, according to the final outbreak report by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). The first signs of the outbreak emerged in May 2013, when Germany reported seven infections in people who… Continue Reading

Europe Reports 1,300 Hepatitis A Cases Since 2013

More than 1,300 Hepatitis A cases have been reported in 11 countries by the European Food Safety Authority since January 2013, with 240 confirmed cases related to an ongoing outbreak. Initially the outbreak was associated with people who had traveled to Italy. However seven countires- France, Germany, Ireland, Norway, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United… Continue Reading

Scientists Critical of EU’s Draft Chemical Regulation Policy Have Industry Ties

This special report by Stéphane Horel and Brian Bienkowski was originally published Sept. 23 by Environmental Health News. Seventeen scientists who have criticized plans in Europe to regulate endocrine-disrupting chemicals have past or current ties to regulated industries. An investigation by Environmental Health News reveals that of 18 toxicology journal editors who signed a controversial editorial, 17… Continue Reading

Swedish Supermarket Removes Frozen Strawberries for Hep A Risk

Swedish supermarket chain Ica has removed all frozen strawberries from its stores due to the risk of hepatitis A contamination, according to Swedish news outlet The Local. The recalled berries, grown in Morocco and Egypt, come labeled as Ica Basic frozen strawberries, Ica deep frozen strawberries, and Ica Basic Berry Mix (Bärmix). Sweden and several… Continue Reading