France: Probably the meat sauce in cluster of three rare Clostridium baratii type F cases

A cluster of three cases of food-borne botulism due to Clostridium baratii type F occurred in France in August 2015.

michelle-goodfellas-sauceThe Regional Health Agency (ARS) and the French Institute for Public Health Surveillance (InVS) initiated an investigation to identify the source of contamination and to take appropriate control measures.

Foodborne botulism is primarily caused by ingestion of food contaminated by C. botulinum. Botulism caused by C. baratii is rare.

The investigation identified the ground meat used to prepare the sauce as the most probable vehicle of C. baratii contamination. However, the ultimate source and mode of contamination of the meat remain unknown. No further case was identified in France during the shelf-life of the contaminated meat despite the wide distribution of the product, and the investigation of the producer’s stored samples was negative.

goodfellasNo toxin was found in frozen and defrosted ground meat but the sauce eaten by the patients was not tested. Based on the restaurant inspection results (no temperature monitoring of stored preparations) and given the known conditions of toxin production, we can hypothesise that the botulinum toxin was produced during the sauce cooking process or storage. Indeed, preparations of a large volume of meat sauce by boiling for more than ten minutes and storage at room temperature for several hours are favourable conditions including anaerobiosis and substrate requirement for Clostridium growth and toxin production.

I have to recall? I sue you

On Dec. 12, 2012, Ocean Beauty Seafoods LLC voluntarily recalled 371 cases of ready-to-eat cold smoked salmon products because of possible contamination by Listeria monocytogenes.

goodfellasNow, they’re suing their supplier.

Ocean Beauty Seafoods is suing salmon farming giant Marine Harvest for damages the U.S. supplier states it sustained as a result of recalls of Listeria monocytogenes tainted smoked salmon at the end of 2012 and the start of 2013.

Seattle, Washington-based Ocean Beauty suffered nearly $2 million in damages due to the contaminated products and, despite multiple demands from Ocean Beauty, Marine Harvest has refused to compensate Ocean Beauty for its losses, according to the claim in the case, filed on July 11, 2014.

Starr Indemnity & Liability Company, an insurer for Ocean Beauty, has issued payment to Ocean Beauty for damage caused by the defendants, and joins the action to enforce its rights of subrogation against the defendants.

Maple syrup mafia? Quebec police arrest 18 people after massive maple syrup heist

In New York, the mob does things like the 1967 Air France robbery, depicted in the movie, GoodFellas.

In Canada, insiders steal maple syrup.

Quebec police are saying 18 people have now been arrested in a massive maple syrup heist.

The accused face a variety of charges including theft, conspiracy, fraud and receiving stolen goods.

Provincial police said in a statement today they are looking for seven more people in the case.

The sweet stuff was stolen in the town of Saint-Louis-de-Blandford between August 2011 and this past July.

About 2.7 million kilograms of maple syrup, worth up to $18 million, was reported missing after a routine inventory check last summer.