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Sunday, 1 May 2016

Food recalls and food poisoning outbreaks

Jim Chan

Maple Leaf brand Chicken Breast Strips recalled in Canada due to a toxin produced by Staphylococcus bacteria (October 2017) This recall was triggered by a consumer complaint and there have been reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product. Staphylococcus toxins cannot be easily destroyed by normal cooking temperatures. Symptoms of Staphylococcus intoxication include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps and fever.  CFIA Food Recall Warning

Other Food Recalls/Outbreaks

Salmonella outbreak in USA linked to papayas from Mexico (September 16, 2017) Over 215 cases reported sick, 70 hospitalized and 2 deaths as people ate certain brands of papayas from Mexico, according to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) FDA Media Message

Processed meat products contaminated with Listeria caused an outbreak in Richmond, Canada (October 2016). Public health inspectorcollected samples of food and environmental samples from the kitchen for lab examination and Listeria was found in the processed, ready-to-eat pork and beef. Health authority confirmed at least six people have been hospitalized with signs of infection due to Listeria and one of the six died. Media article

Deli meat recalled due to Listeria contamination (March 13, 2010) Two people dead from eating processed deli meat in Canada. Media article

Raw bean sprouts recalled due to Salmonella contamination (December 2005) Over 500 people ill in Ontario, Canada that linked to eating raw bean sprouts contaminated with Salmonella from a Toronto processing plant. Media article

Norovirus outbreak from B.C. oysters (January 13, 1017)  makes dozens sick and Vancouver oyster bar owners are expected business to take a hit, as health officials issue public health warning Media article   

Follow the four food safety steps 

(Food safety video - Dr. Justin Beaver)

Related links:
Maple Leaf deli meat contaminated with listeria causing foodborne outbreak

Listeria outbreak linked to Foody World supermarket food

Foodbourne illness in Canada

BBQ Food Safety


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