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Report shows only half of European food recalls made public

All too often there is a lag between the time European governments know about unsafe food and when public warnings go out about recalls, a new report says. After the public notice of last summer’s European egg recall because of insecticide contamination, Berlin-based Foodwatch decided to look into just how often such delays occur. The European… Continue Reading

Imports eyed in 150K to 200K annual Hep E cases in England

With multinational retailer Tesco neither willing to confirm nor deny that it is the “Supermarket X” linked to Hepatitis E infections in an estimated 150,000 to 200,000 British sausage lovers annually, some people are beginning to suspect imported pork products were responsible. According to the World Health Organization: Hepatitis E is a liver disease caused by infection with a… Continue Reading

Dutch egg recall for insecticide contamination spans the globe

Dutch egg producers’ practice of mixing the toxic insecticide Fipronil with a cleaning agent and sanitizer known as “Dega 16” for use around chickens has apparently led to the world’s largest recall of shell eggs since 2010. The first Fipronil-contaminated eggs were reported July 20 by food safety authorities in Belgium. The insecticide-tainted eggs turned… Continue Reading

E coli outbreak in Germany sickens 30, half confirmed, 1 dead

An E. coli O157 outbreak, dating back to December and believed to be linked to minced — or ground — meat has taken a life in Germany. The outbreak has sickened about 30 people since it began. The cause is Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157 with the onset date for the most recent confirmed case being April 13…. Continue Reading

Europe’s 2011 Killer Pathogen Could Have Been Spread on Purpose or Accidentally

A new analysis applied to Northern Europe’s deadly 2011 E. coli O101:H4 outbreak calls the official assumption that the pathogen, spread by “its natural origin,” is “questionable.” Further, the Serbian-German researchers say that neither accidental nor deliberate spreading of the pathogen can be ruled out as the cause. Based on their findings, the researchers are… Continue Reading

Report: Largest Outbreak in German History Caused by Imported Strawberries

The largest recorded foodborne illness outbreak in German history was caused by frozen strawberries imported from China, according to a study published in the February issue of Eurosurveillance. At least 11,000 cases of norovirus were reported by 390 institutions – mostly schools and childcare facilities – between Sept. 19 and Oct. 7, 2012. Epidemiologists were… Continue Reading

Germany Identifies First ‘Mad Cow’ Case Since 2009

German officials have identified one beef cow with a case of bovine spongiform encephalitis (BSE), the fatal neurological disorder also known as “Mad Cow Disease.” This is Germany’s first reported case since 2009. The cow was killed and its body destroyed, with none of the meat entering the human food chain. Health officials said that… Continue Reading

Chinese Strawberries Sickened Thousands of German Students

Those frozen strawberries that were “very likely” the cause of food poisoning that sickened more than 11,000 German schoolchildren were very certainly grown in China. China is now the world’s biggest exporter of strawberries, and those going to German schools were grown in China’s province of Shangdong. The Chinese strawberries were then transported by ship… Continue Reading