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Midsummer Mementos 2007 - 22/06/2007
 
A total of 112 food safety incidents were reported to the Food Standards Agency in May 2007

A total of 112 food safety incidents were reported to the Food Standards Agency in May 2007 by local authorities, the food industry and others. The significant incidents in the Agency’s view (FSA News, June 2007) include:

Salmonella in basil from Israel, sold at ASDA, Sainsbury’s and Somerfield

• Recall of clover spread owing to spoilage

Listeria monocytogenes in smoked salmon

• Ecoli 0157 outbreak associated with a butcher’s shop in Bradford

• Enterobacter sakazaki in powdered baby food from Uganda

Salmonella in Mixed Leafy Salad with Red Chard from Morrisons

Tomorrow’s Veterinary Record (23 June 2007) will report the “First case of H-type BSE identified in Great Britain”. Rapid testing methods introduced in the European Union in 2001 during surveillance for the abnormal prion protein associated with bovine spongiform encephalopathy turned up 30 cases of “atypical BSE”. These cases fall into 2 types based on molecular masses, the higher of which in the comparison with classical BSE being designated H-type. A transmission study of an H-type of French origin to mice has disclosed distinct “biological characteristics”. Workers at the Veterinary Laboratories Agency now report “the first case of BSE was detected in an incomplete and retrospective search for such cases within the population of cattle of GP”. They promise a later report with full details. The work was funded by DEFRA.

The animal in question was a “fallen” 13-year-old Galloway cow (05/295), first tested and confirmed as a case of BSE in November 2005. “The cow’s age and reported absence of clinical signs are consistent with other cases of H-type BSE”.
 
 
 

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