Health officials in Chile have reported a Salmonella outbreak that has sickened more than 60 people.

So far, 66 people have been affected by the outbreak resulting from eating goat’s cheese in the Metropolitan Region.

Overall, 28 cases have been reported in the Valparaíso Region and 38 in the Metropolitan Region, including seven hospitalizations.

Epidemiological work identified a producer of cheese who informally sold contaminated products in different parts of the province via commercial premises and the area of Llay Llay. Authorities have stopped cheese production.

Officials said the producer and distributor sold the product in different outlets despite not

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E.N.A. Meat Packing Inc. of Paterson, NJ, is recalling 39,947 pounds of frozen, raw lamb products that were imported without the benefit of import reinspection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced.

The problem was discovered during routine FSIS monitoring when a shipment of frozen, raw lamb carcasses and bone in lamb leg products imported from Chile was identified that was not presented for FSIS import reinspection.

FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumers’ freezers. 

These items were shipped to a Texas state-inspected facility for further processing.

The frozen, raw lamb items

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Microplastics in food is the primary concern for people in Germany followed by antibiotic resistance, according to a survey. Pesticides in food were also a very high concern for 57 percent of people surveyed.

The consumer monitor survey of 1,002 people in February 2023 asked how the public perceived health protection topics. It is conducted every six months and published by the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR).

Microplastics top the list of issues with 66 percent being very concerned and 20 percent moderately concerned. Second is antibiotic resistance with 58 percent very concerned and 20 percent moderately concerned

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Public health officials in a city in Chile have issued a warning after detecting several Listeria infections linked to food.

The Regional Ministerial Secretariat of Health (SEREMI) for Coquimbo reported there had been a recent increase in the region and urged caution to prevent further infections.

Of six cases detected, at least three have been linked to eating contaminated food. The agency gave no further details about those sick.

Seremi de Salud, Alejandro García, said it was important to keep dairy products and cured meats refrigerated, follow recommendations made by the manufacturer, and discard any expired products.

García added that
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Researchers have looked at the types of Listeria monocytogenes strains isolated from food and people during a 10-year period in Chile.

Results of tests show Listeria monocytogenes strains isolated from 2008 to 2017 in the city of Santiago indicate serotypes 1/2a, 1/2b and 4b are the most common in food products and from clinical cases, according to the study published in the Food Microbiology journal.

A total of 365 Listeria monocytogenes strains were analyzed. They were isolated from 2008 to 2017 from 40 patients and food products including cheese, cooked meat, cooked sausage, fresh fish, fresh vegetables, frozen seafood,
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At least 80 people are sick in Chile from Salmonella after eating at a sushi restaurant.

The people affected are men and women aged from 2 to 66 years old. The first cases presented symptoms after consuming chicken sushi, shrimp and other items, at a Bokado sushi store in Maipú, a commune in Santiago Province.

A total of 16 people remain hospitalized at two health care centers in the region. Rosa Oyarce, regional health secretary, and director of El Carmen de Maipú Hospital, Dr. Juan Kehr, visited patients this past week.

Oyarce said in sushi restaurants food preparation is done
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The Food and Drug Administration recently sent warning letters to a seafood processor in Chile, Greece, and India and a Ready-To-Eat (RTE) salad, sandwich, and institutional meals manufacturing facility in New York because inspectors found significant violations of U.S. food safety laws at their operations.

Businesses have 15 days to respond in writing to the FDA after receiving a warning letter. If they don’t correct the violations, the FDA can take action up to and including shutting down operations.

Commercial Mares de Chiloe — Los Lagos, Chile

In a warning letter dated Aug. 19, 2019, the FDA informed Director Rodrigo
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An audit in Chile has found there is no official sample system to verify compliance with European standards to control microbiological contamination in the food of non-animal origin.

For primary production, there is no risk-based system to address potential microbiological risks in produce for EU export and very little official verification of controls by processors and exporters, except the raspberry sector.

Most crops exported to the EU undergo no controls at primary production and very limited ones at the transformation level. However, risks are mitigated as processors and exporters are third-party certified against international food safety standards and receive inspections
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Yonkers, NY-based Jac. Vandenberg Inc. has recalled 1,727 cartons of fresh peaches, 1,207 cartons of fresh nectarines and 365 cartons of fresh plums that were being sold to the public by such major retailers as Costco and Walmart.

The imported fruit may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Others may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

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They let me back in the country this past Thursday night in Houston. My return is from two weeks of not thinking about food safety while visiting Chile and Argentina.

It’s not easy to put aside Job 1. Nor was my attempt at it entirely successful.

The re-entry line for citizens at the border has much improved over the past few years. I especially like those passport scanners that allow you to answer those arcane questions mostly about agricultural products that at one time you had to fill out with a pencil and paper on your incoming flight.

Now after
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