A kind of raw goat milk cheese imported from France contaminated by Shiga toxin-producing E. coli
|Source of Information||
Notification from the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) of the European Commission
Raw goat milk cheese
|Product Name and Description||
Product name: Valencay raw milk cheese
|Reason For Issuing Alert||
The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) received a notification from the RASFF that certain batches of the above-mentioned raw goat milk cheese were found to have been contaminated with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli and the French manufacturer concerned has initiated a recall of the affected products. According to the RASFF, some of the products under Lot No. V161 have been imported into Hong Kong.
People can contract Shiga toxin-producing E. coli causing gastro-intestinal disease through consumption of contaminated water or undercooked and contaminated foods. Intestinal bleeding and serious complications such as haemolytic uraemic syndrome may also develop in some people. Moreover, due to poor personal hygiene, person-to-person transmission of this pathogen is possible through an oral-faecal route. Generally speaking, E. coli cannot survive under high temperature and can be killed by thorough cooking.
|Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety||
Based on the information provided by the RASFF, the CFS had followed up with the local importer concerned, Repertoire Culinaire Hong Kong Limited, and learned that a total of 24 pieces (220g per piece) of the affected product had been imported to Hong Kong and 19 of them had been distributed to other vendors. The importer concerned had been notified of the incident by the supplier earlier on and the remaining five pieces of the product had been disposed of. It has also notified the vendors which have bought the affected product to immediately remove from shelves and stop sale of the affected product, and initiated a recall.
|Advice to the Trade||
Stop using or selling the affected product immediately if having them in possession.
|Advice to Consumers||
Not to consume the affected batch of the product.
The CFS press release
Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department