A couple of people are sick in Spain after eating a particular brand of mushrooms.

Two cases of Staphylococcal food poisoning have been reported linked to mushrooms in olive oil in glass jars from the brand El Agricultor. The Spanish Agency for Food Safety and Nutrition (AESAN) said it was informed by officials in the La Rioja region about the incident.

Staphylococcal food poisoning is caused by eating foods contaminated with toxins produced by the Staphylococcus aureus bacteria.

Implicated product
The affected jar of “Hongos fritos en aceite de oliva” 180-gram has a date of Feb. 2, 2026, and lot

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At least 12 people are sick in Italy with tuna being investigated as the source of their illnesses.

The foodborne outbreak is suspected to have been caused by thawed yellowfin tuna steaks with added water from Italy and raw material from Spain.

In recent days, nine people with symptoms such as such as nausea, vomiting and loss of consciousness or fainting were reported to the Tuscany local health unit (ASL) and admitted to two hospitals before later being discharged.

They all reported consumption of tuna in various forms at two different restaurants in Florence.

Officials have visited both restaurants to
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Food safety officials in Belgium seized almost 80 tons of tuna in the course of a few months in 2020.

More than 90 percent of non-compliant products were imported from Asia.

Between September and December 2020, the Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (FASFC) took 45 samples of fresh and frozen tuna from retailers and frozen tuna from wholesalers and carried out 92 types of analysis. In 2019, there were 17 samples analyzed and all were compliant.

For 2020 FASFC, also known as AFSCA or FAVV, uncovered the use of carbon monoxide treatment, a technique banned for
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More than 30 people have needed hospital treatment in Italy for suspected botulism intoxication.

The 35 patients seen at the emergency department of the Giglio Foundation hospital in Cefalù, a city in northern Sicily, had the same meal in a canteen.

Currently, 24 patients are being looked after in three Sicilian hospitals with seven in intensive care and four under observation in an emergency room. Admissions started on Wednesday this past week.

Suspicion falls on food for construction workers
Those sick are workers from Toto Costruzioni Generali and initial investigations point toward a shared meal of salad containing tuna, tomato
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Consumer complaints of illnesses have spurred a recall of Unomundo brand tuna loins and steaks because of elevated levels of histamine.

Seven Seas Ltd. distributed the implicated tune in the Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec. Canadian officials report that the recalled fish may actually have been distributed nationwide.

“This recall was triggered by consumer complaints. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products, according to the recall notice.

The notice had practically no details on the complaints of illnesses. 

“There has (sic) been
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Opinion

A recently announced interpretation of authority on mandatory recalls weakens food safety.

The Food and Drug Administration’s decision late last year not to order a mandatory recall of yellowfin tuna that sickened at least 50 people in 11 states threatens to undermine a crucial tool of last resort to protect consumers from hazardous food. FDA leaders should reverse course and require that the company responsible for these products remove them from the market.

In a Nov. 15 announcement, the agency said the illnesses were caused by imported tuna with high levels of scombrotoxin, a substance produced when certain fish
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More frozen tuna from Vietnam is under recall because of the danger of scombroid fish poisoning.

Northern Fisheries LTD of Little Compton, RI, has expanded its voluntary recall of frozen, wild-caught yellowfin tuna “medallions” from Vietnam to include fish sold directly to consumers, according to the company’s recall notice posted on the Food and Drug Administration’s website.

“This recall is due to potentially elevated levels of histamine. Elevated levels of histamines can produce an allergic reaction called scombroid fish poisoning that may result in symptoms that can generally appear within minutes to several hours after eating the affected fish,” according
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Authorities are investigating an ongoing outbreak of scombrotoxin fish poisoning traced to yellowfin tuna. They have blocked all incoming shipments of the fish from a Vietnamese company that has refused to initiate a recall.

Public health officials have confirmed at least 47 people from unspecified states as outbreak patients. The most recent illness began Oct. 15,  according to an outbreak investigation notice posted today by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The first patient, known of at this time, became ill on Aug. 8.

Scombrotoxin fish poisoning occurs when fish begins to spoil and histamine levels in it increase. Histamine
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Investigators have an open case file on an outbreak of scombroid poisoning among patrons of a restaurant in an upscale hotel in downtown Seattle.

Three people became ill after eating cooked tuna at the All Water Seafood & Oyster Bar in the Loews Hotel, according to a notice from Seattle-King County Public Health. 

“There are no laboratory tests to diagnose scombroid in people. Testing can be done on food, however samples of the tuna were not available. Symptoms experienced by the ill people are suggestive of scombroid,” according to the health department’s statement.

All three of the sick people were
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The boss of the Scottish Food Crime and Incidents Unit has spoken of the need for industry input to tackle problems and urged patience for those eager to hear results of operations.

Ron McNaughton, head of the SFCIU at Food Standards Scotland, said food crime is any fraudulent activity that can impact the safety and authenticity of food.

“It has taken us a bit of time to build the unit up to what it is now but we are operational in terms of how we work and we have a significant case load on the go at the moment. I
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