Most hospitals and social care sites are aware of Listeria guidance from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) but an analysis has found several challenges around implementation.

In a 2019 outbreak associated with pre-packed sandwiches supplied to hospitals in England, seven patients died of listeriosis.

Following this incident, the FSA said

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A Staphylococcus aureus outbreak in Italy has been associated with food handler contamination, based on findings from a study.

The outbreak was because of the contamination of food from an asymptomatic food handler. Staphylococcal food poisoning (SFP) is caused by the ingestion of preformed staphylococcal enterotoxins (SEs), produced by enterotoxigenic strains of

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More than 30 people fell sick with hepatitis A virus (HAV) infections in a complex outbreak in England involving dates, a school, a bakery, and different transmission routes, according to a study.

In June 2019, Public Health England (now the United Kingdom Health Security Agency) Yorkshire and Humber were contacted

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Foodborne sources of Cryptosporidium outbreaks are probably underestimated in France, according to a study.

Researchers looked at outbreaks detected from 2017 to 2020 and summarized investigations by the Cryptosporidiosis National Reference Center.

There were 11 cryptosporidiosis outbreaks, including three with no identified origin, found the study published in Food and

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Researchers have provided more insight into what is thought to be the first Salmonella outbreak linked to frozen pre-cooked crayfish in dill brine.

In late September 2019, the Public Health Agency of Sweden (Folkhälsomyndigheten) identified a cluster of nine patients with Salmonella Newport infections. By the end of October, there

Continue Reading Study details rare Salmonella outbreak from frozen crayfish from China

A Salmonella outbreak that mainly sickened children in China was caused by contaminated kitchen-made mayonnaise used in egg sandwiches, according to a study.

In September 2019, the Shenzhen and Dongguan Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were notified of a large cluster of suspected gastroenteritis involving primarily children who sought

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The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS),  in collaboration with public health agencies, investigates foodborne illness associated with FSIS-regulated products to determine which specific products are making people sick so that these products can be removed from commerce to prevent additional illnesses. 

Annual outbreak reports summarize information about outbreaks
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