Gorts Gouda Cheese Outbreak Continues to Grow

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Additional E. Coli O157:H7 Illness from Gort’s Gouda Cheese Surfaces

BY NEWS DESK | NOVEMBER 15, 2013

One additional E. coli illness that occurred in September has been linked to Gort’s Gouda Cheese, a manufacturer of raw cheese in British Columbia, Canadaa.

In total, 28 cases have now been reported in connection with the outbreak. One elderly woman from Vernon, B.C., died in August as a result of her infection after eating the cheese.

The outbreak appears to be over, given that no new cases have developed since September. Provincial health authorities have also considered the epidemiological investigation over.

The total number ill by province is as follows:

Alberta (10 illnesses), British Columbia (13), Manitoba (2), Quebec (1), and Saskatchewan (2).

After authorities suspended production at the dairy, Gort’s agreed to adapt some of its operations and was cleared to restart production on Oct. 18.

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Gort’s Gouda Cheese E. coli Outbreak Leaves One Dead, Triggers Recall

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Health Hazard Alert – Certain Gort’s Gouda Cheese Farm brand raw milk cheeses may contain E. coli O157:H7 bacteria

Recall / advisory date:
September 17, 2013
Reason for recall / advisory:
Microbiological – E. coli O157:H7
Hazard classification:
Class 1
Company / Firm:
Gort’s Gouda Cheese Farm (EST 4478)
Distribution:
Alberta, British Columbia
Extent of the distribution:
Retail
 

Advisory details

Ottawa, September 17, 2013 – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Gort’s Gouda Cheese Farm (EST 4478) are warning the public not to consume cheese products described below because they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

This recall is the result of an ongoing food safety investigation initiated as a result of a recent outbreak investigation. There may be recalls of additional products as the investigation at this facility continues.

All sizes of the raw milk cheeses listed below are affected by this recall.

These affected products were sold at the manufacturer’s outlet, at retail stores in Alberta and British Columbia, and through internet sale from May 27 to September 14, 2013, inclusive.

Lot codes 122 to 138 are affected by this recall.

Some product packages may not bear a lot code or indicate that the cheese was made with raw milk. These products were also sold clerk-served from deli counters with or without a label or coding. Consumers who are unsure if they have purchased the affected product are advised to contact their retailer.

There have been reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products. (See CBC News Article below).

The manufacturer, Gort’s Gouda Cheese Farm, Salmon Arm, BC is voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

Affected products

Brand Name Common Name
Gort’s Gouda Cheese Farm Medium Gouda Cheese Quaso de Prato
Gort’s Gouda Cheese Farm Aged Quaso de Prato
Gort’s Gouda Cheese Farm X Aged Quaso de Prato
Gort’s Gouda Cheese Farm Cumin Quaso de Prato
Gort’s Gouda Cheese Farm Greek Blend: Onion, Paprika, Parsley, Pepper, Thyme, Oregano Quaso de Prato
Gort’s Gouda Cheese Farm Gouda Cheese with Jalapeno Peppers Quaso de Prato
Gort’s Gouda Cheese Farm Smoked Gouda Cheese Quaso de Prato
Gort’s Gouda Cheese Farm Gouda Cheese with Red Peppers, Ginger Onions & Garlic Quaso de Prato
Gort’s Gouda Cheese Farm Peppercorn, Ginger, Paprika, Onion & Garlic Quaso de Prato
Gort’s Gouda Cheese Farm Parsley, Celery, Onion, Garlic, Dill & Chives Quaso de Prato
Gort’s Gouda Cheese Farm Maasdammer
Gort’s Gouda Cheese Farm Beaufort
Gort’s Gouda Cheese Farm Parmesan
Gort’s Gouda Cheese Farm Mazouda

Food contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with these bacteria my cause serious and potentially life-threatening illnesses. Symptoms include severe abdominal pain and bloody diarrhoea. Some people may have seizures or strokes and some may need blood transfusions and kidney dialysis. Others may live with permanent kidney damage. In severe cases of illness, people may die.

Aged Quaso de Prato
Greek Blend: Onion, Paprika, Parsley, Pepper, Thyme, Oregano
Maasdammer
Beaufort
Mazouda
Medium Gouda Cheese Quaso de Prato
Cumin Quaso de Prato
Gouda Cheese with Jalapeno Peppers Quaso de Prato
Smoked Gouda Cheese Quaso de Prato
Gouda Cheese with Red Peppers, Ginger Onions & Garlic Quaso de Prato
Peppercorn, Ginger, Paprika, Onion & Garlic Quaso de Prato
Parsley, Celery, Onion, Garlic, Dill & Chives Quaso de Prato
 

E. coli cheese outbreak in B.C., Alberta leaves 1 dead, 10 ill

Gort’s Cheese of Salmon Arm, B.C., suspected in outbreak

CBC News

1 dead after E. coli outbreak

One person has died and 10 have become ill in B.C. and Alberta after eating E. coli tainted products from Gort’s Gouda Cheese Farm of Salmon Arm, B.C.

A statement from Health Canada said there were four cases of illness in B.C. and seven in Alberta.

“One of the cases in British Columbia has died, and the cause of death is currently under investigation,” said the Health Canada statement.

One person is still recovering in hospital and several cases remain under investigation, said B.C. Centre for Disease Control epidemiologist Dr. Eleni Galanis.

The illnesses began in July, with the majority of infected people displaying symptoms in late August to early September.

Some product packages may not bear a lot code or indicate that the cheese was made with raw milk, and CFIA advises consumers who are unsure if they have purchased the affected product to contact their retailer.

Farm owner and operator Kathy Wikkerink said she was devastated by the news.

“We feel like we … we have hurt these people and it’s totally unintentionally … we were totally unaware of this bacteria being in any of our products,” she said.

“We only have raw milk cheese sales … people come here for raw milk cheese,” adding the farm will only make pasteurized cheese for the time being.

“Our shelves are bare and we just are trying to hold it together and stay alive,” she said.

It is illegal to sell unpasteurized milk, but cheese made from unpasteurized milk is legal for sale in Canada.

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Baynes Sound Oyster Company Ltd Recalls Pacific Oysters

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Notification – Certain Baynes Sound Oyster Co. Ltd. brand pacific oysters may contain marine biotoxin

Recall / advisory date:
August 23, 2013
Reason for recall / advisory:
Marine Biotoxin
Hazard classification:
Class 3
Company / Firm:
Baynes Sound Oyster Co. Ltd.
Distribution:
British Columbia, Ontario
Extent of the distribution:
Retail
Reference number:
8283

Affected products

Brand Name Common Name Size Codes(s) on Product UPC Reason for Recall
Baynes Sound Oyster Co.Ltd. Pacific Oysters fl oz 13AUG 24-1, 13AUG 25-1, 13AUG 26-1, 13AUG 27-1 None Marine Biotoxin
Baynes Sound Oyster Co.Ltd. Pacific Oysters 16 floz 13AUG 24-1, 13AUG 25-1, 13AUG 26-1, 13AUG 27-1 None Marine Biotoxin
Baynes Sound Oyster Co.Ltd. Pacific Oysters 32 floz 13AUG 24-1, 13AUG 25-1, 13AUG 26-1, 13AUG 27-1 None Marine Biotoxin

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Imported Tahina Proving To Be Dangerous…The Recalls Continue

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Imported Tahina continues to be recalled all across Canada…

Health Hazard Alert – Certain Tahini products sold by Sesameco in St-Laurent, Quebec may contain Salmonella bacteria

Recall / advisory date:
August 31, 2013
Reason for recall / advisory:
Microbiological – Salmonella
Hazard classification:
Class 2
Company / Firm:
Sesameco
Distribution:
May be National, Quebec
Extent of the distribution:
Retail

Advisory details

Ottawa, August 31, 2013 – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Sesameco are warning the public, food service establishments, and retailers, not to consume, serve, use, or sell the Tahini product described below because it may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The affected Tahini product was sold by the manufacturer, Sesameco, situated at 4638 boulevard Thimens, St-Laurent, Quebec. The affected product was sold from March 5, 2013 to May 15, 2013 in 18 kg (40 lb.) packages bearing no label and no lot code indicated on the package.

The affected product was sold in bulk and may have been repacked at retail.  Consumers who cannot determine the original product identity are advised to check with their retailer to determine if they have the affected product.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

The manufacturer, Sesameco, St-Laurent-Laurent, Quebec, is voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace. TheCFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

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Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with these bacteria may cause salmonellosis, a foodborne illness. In young children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems, salmonellosis may cause serious and sometimes deadly infections. In otherwise healthy people, salmonellosis may cause short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis.

Health Hazard Alert – Certain Cedar brand Tahina products may contain Salmonella bacteria

Recall / advisory date:
August 31, 2013
Reason for recall / advisory:
Microbiological – Salmonella
Hazard classification:
Class 2
Company / Firm:
Phoenicia Group Inc.
Distribution:
Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, May be National, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec
Extent of the distribution:
Retail

Advisory details

Ottawa, August 31, 2013 – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Phoenicia Group Inc. are warning the public, food service establishments, and retailers, not to consume, serve, use, or sell the Tahini products described below because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The following Tahini products, sold commencing February 1, 2013 with no lot code indicated on the package, are affected by this alert. This alert does not include Cedar brand Tahini products where a lot code appears on the package.

Some of the affected products were sold in bulk and may have been repacked at retail.  Consumers who cannot determine the original product identity are advised to check with their retailer to determine if they have one of the affected products.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

The distributor, Phoenicia Group Inc.St-Laurent, Quebec, is voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace. TheCFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

Affected products

Brand Name Common Name Size Codes(s) on Product UPC Additional Info
Cedar Tahini 907 g(2 lb) No lot code indicated on the package 0 62356 54525 3 The labels indicate “Product of Canada”
Cedar Tahini 18 kg(40 lb) No lot code indicated on the package 0 62356 54522 2 The labels indicate “Product of Canada”
Cedar brand Tahini - 907 g
Cedar brand Tahini - 18 kg

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Raw Oysters & Clams Recalled for Paralytic Shellfish Intoxication

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Health Hazard Alert – Certain raw oysters and clams harvested in British Columbia may contain paralytic shellfish toxin

Recall / advisory date:
August 16, 2013
Reason for recall / advisory:
Microbiological – Other
Hazard classification:
Class 1
Company / Firm:
Distribution:
Alberta, British Columbia, May be National
Extent of the distribution:
Retail

Advisory details

Ottawa, August 16, 2013 – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to serve or consume the raw shellfish products described below because they may contain paralytic shellfish toxins that can cause illness if consumed.

These shellfish products were primarily distributed to wholesalers and institutional clients such as restaurants. However, the affected shellfish products may also have been sold in smaller quantities at some retail seafood counters. Consumers who are unsure whether they have the affected products are advised to check with their retailer or supplier.

These products have been distributed in Alberta and British Columbia. However, they may have been distributed in other provinces and territories.

There have been no reported cases of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) associated with the consumption of these products.

Paralytic shellfish toxins are a group of natural toxins that sometimes accumulate in bivalve shellfish that include oysters, clams, scallops, mussels and cockles. Non-bivalve shellfish, such as whelks, can also accumulate PSP toxins. These toxins can cause PSPif consumed. Symptoms of PSP include tingling and numbness of the lips, tongue, hands and feet, and difficulty swallowing. In severe situations, this can proceed to difficulty walking, muscle paralysis, respiratory paralysis and death in as quickly as 12 hours.

The shellfish processors are voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

The following raw shellfish products, harvested on August 13, 2013 from sub area 23-6, Effingham Inlet and Useless Inlet in British Columbia, are affected by this alert:

Affected products

Brand Name Common Name Size Codes(s) on Product Additional Info
Oyster N/Shell Effingham XSM 5 dozen 14130 Processor
Albion Fisheries Ltd., Richmond
Oyster N/Shell Pac Rim Petite 5 dozen 14130 Processor
Albion Fisheries Ltd., Richmond
Clam N/Shell Manila lb 14137 Processor
Albion Fisheries Ltd., Richmond
Pacific Rim Petite Oysters Various 13081401 Processor
Pacific Rim Shellfish (2003) Corporation, Vancouver
Manila Clams Various 13081403 Processor
Pacific Rim Shellfish (2003) Corporation, Vancouver
Little Neck Clams 20 lb 13081402 Processor
Pacific Rim Shellfish (2003) Corporation, Vancouver
Petite Oysters in Shell 5 dozen 11931 Processor
Clear Bay Fisheries Inc., Richmond
Oysters in Shell 5 dozen 11931 Processor
Clear Bay Fisheries Inc., Richmond

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T&T Supermarket Inc. Recalls Sun Right Tapioca Balls

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Notification – Sun Right brand Tapioca Balls may contain maleic acid

Recall / advisory date:
July 3, 2013
Reason for recall / advisory:
Chemical
Hazard classification:
Class 3
Company / Firm:
T&T Supermarket Inc.
Distribution:
Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario
Extent of the distribution:
Retail
Reference number:
8073

Affected products

Brand Name Common Name Size Codes(s) on Product UPC Reason for Recall
Sun Right Tapioca Balls 200 g All 4 710943 101868 Chemical – Other

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Freybe Recalls Kaiser Jagdwurst

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Notification – Freybe brand Kaiser Jagdwurst may contain pieces of plastic

Recall / advisory date:
July 3, 2013
Reason for recall / advisory:
Extraneous Material
Hazard classification:
Class 3
Company / Firm:
Freybe Gourmet Foods Ltd.
Distribution:
Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba
Extent of the distribution:
Retail
Reference number:
8129

Affected products

Brand Name Common Name Size Codes(s) on Product UPC Reason for Recall
Freybe Kaiser Jagdwurst Various Best Before: 4 AUG 2013 None Extraneous Material – Non-Harmful – Other

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Small Percentage of Campylobacter in Canadian Chicken Antibiotic-Resistant

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BY JAMES ANDREWS | JUNE 27, 2013

A small percentage of Campylobacter isolated from Canadian retail chicken meat is resistant to a key antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections in humans, according to a report by the Public Health Agency of Canada published in the July edition of Emerging Infectious Diseases.

The report tracked resistance to ciprofloxacin in Campylobacter from chicken meat between 2003 and 2010 across seven Canadian provinces, finding the most notable rates of resistance in British Columbia and Saskatchewan.

Among the years with available data, resistance ranged from roughly 4 percent to 29 percent in British Columbia, and 2 percent to 15 percent in Saskatchewan. Ontario, Quebec, and the Maritime provinces did not see more than a 4 percent resistance rate, other than the rate of 14 percent noted in Quebec in 2007.

The highest rate of resistance was found in British Columbia in 2009, when 22 out of 77 (29 percent) Campylobacter samples were resistant to ciprofloxacin. Saskatchewan also saw its highest rate of resistance, 7 out of 48 (15 percent), that year.

Ciprofloxacin is the most common drug used to treat Campylobacter infection in Canada, where an average of 31 in 100,000 people are sickened by the gastrointestinal bacteria each year, falling ill with symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea and nausea. The World Health Organization considers fluoroquinolones such as ciprofloxacin critically important to human medicine.

Many public health professionals hypothesize that antimicrobial drug use on farm animals, including among broiler chickens, has contributed to rising levels of antibiotic resistance in some pathogens, though data on such drug use is not made available by chicken growers in Canada. The U.S. banned fluoroquinolone use on chickens in 2005, though ciprofloxacin resistance in Campylobacter in the U.S. has not seemed to drop as a result, according to the report’s authors.

According to the report, the Canadian chicken industry is working with the country’s government to create a farm surveillance program that would collect data on drug use and resistance.

Health Canada’s Veterinary Drugs Directorate discourages non-therapeutic use of Category I antibiotics (including ciprofloxacin) in food-producing animals.

This report follows a study earlier this month declaring ciprofloxacin-resistant Salmonella a rare but “growing concern” in Canada, and another out of Europe and Africa that found rising levels of resistant Salmonella in North Africa and the Middle East.

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Nanaimo Sausage House Recalls Polish Salami Sausage

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Notification – Polish salami sausage from Nanaimo Sausage House may contain staphylococcal enterotoxin

Recall / advisory date:
June 14, 2013
Reason for recall / advisory:
Microbiological – Staphylococcus aureus
Hazard classification:
Class 2
Company / Firm:
Nanaimo Sausage House
Distribution:
British Columbia
Extent of the distribution:
Retail
Reference number:
8056

Affected products

Brand Name Common Name Size Codes(s) on Product UPC Reason for Recall
None Polish Salami Sausage Variable kg None None Microbiological – Staphylococcus aureus

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Overwaitea Recalls Prince Tahini

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Health Hazard Alert – Certain Prince brand Tahini may contain Salmonella bacteria

Recall / advisory date:
June 24, 2013
Reason for recall / advisory:
Microbiological – Salmonella
Hazard classification:
Class 2
Company / Firm:
Overwaitea Food Group LP
Distribution:
Alberta, British Columbia
Extent of the distribution:
Retail
  

Advisory details

Ottawa, June 24, 2013 – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Overwaitea Food Group are warning the public not to consume the Prince brand Tahini described below because it may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The following Prince brand product, product of Israel, is affected by the recall.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

The distributor, Overwaitea Food Group, Langley, BC, is voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace.  The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

The CFIA is working with Canadian importers to have these products removed from the marketplace.

Affected products

Brand Name Common Name Size Codes(s) on Product UPC
Prince Tahini 500g Expiry date: November 19, 2013 8 14417 01200 2

More information

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    • Prince brand Tahini

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