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Prancing Pony Dizzy Donkey Cloudy Apple Cider recalled in Australia due to secondary fermentation

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (“ACCC”) reports that Prancing Pony Pty Ltd (Totness South Australia) recalled certain batches/lots of Dizzy Donkey Cloudy Apple Cider from the Australian marketplace. The recall is due to suspected secondary fermentation and consequential exploding cans caused by increased Carbon Dioxide production with risks of accidental alcohol intoxication, eye damage, increased alcohol concentration and/or laceration, both severe safety hazards. The product has been available for sale individually, as a 4 pack, a 24 pack, and part of a mixed 6 packs. These Apple Cider products were marketed, distributed, and sold in the Australian state of South Australia.  @


Source of the outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes in Hispanic-style fresh and soft cheeses identified

The FDA announced that the investigation of a multistate outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections linked to queso fresco cheeses made by El Abuelito Cheese.  As a result, El Abuelito Cheese of Paterson, NJ recalled all Queso Fresco (Fresh, soft cheese) products. The outbreak’s source was unidentified until the Connecticut Department of Public Health collected product samples of El Abuelito-brand Hispanic-style fresh and soft cheeses from a store where a sick person bought cheeses. Sample analysis showed Listeria monocytogenes in El Abuelito Queso Fresco samples sold in 10 oz packages, marked as Lot A027, with expiration date 02/26/2021. Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) analysis determined that the Listeria monocytogenes found in the samples match the outbreak strain. The products recalled include El Abuelito, Rio Grande, and Rio Lindo brand queso frescos, distributed to CT, MD, NC, NJ, NY, PA, and VA. El Abuelito Cheese, Inc. has ceased the production and distribution of all products. States with Cases: MD (4), CT (1), NY (1), and VA (1) @

El Abuelito Cheese, Inc. recalls all Queso Fresco products within expiration. Queso Fresco samples collected from Connecticut match outbreak strain


How the pandemic has transformed Food Services & Food Retail

Panasonic Canada conducted a study about the covid pandemic about five months into the pandemic. It shows a significant change in attitudes toward transformative technologies.  The pandemic brought to the rise of agility, innovation, and technology. Businesses are feeling an urgent need to adapt to changing customer behavior and demands rapidly. According to the survey, the pandemic forced many behaviors to shifts, and most will last at least for the next 12 months or more. Transformative technology – from process automation to contactless solutions to personalization – allows them to be more agile, innovative, and responsive to new consumer behaviors. The pandemic caused a seismic impact on restaurants and food services as the vast majority encountered a significant drop in revenues. Almost 2 in 3 restaurants saw revenue decline 10%–30%. Another 1 in 5 saw a drop of 30%–50%. Both grocers/retailers and restaurants see at least a moderate risk of having to close locations – or even go out of business. Over half of survey respondents said they’re likely to transform their business model in four key areas:
1. In-house, last-mile delivery – providing the ability to offer delivery without depending on a third-party.
2. Dedicated pickup solutions – including food lockers and sites for contactless customer pickup.
3. Drive-thru only stores – many had such services and would like to extend them.
4. Self-service-only stores – prioritizing mobile orders and interactive kiosks. @


An outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to eggs in Canada

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) collaborates with provincial public health, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), and Health Canada are investigating an outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis infections. The outbreak appears to be ongoing, as recent illnesses continue to be reported to PHAC. The investigation indicates that exposure to eggs is the likely source of the outbreak. Many of the individuals who became sick reported consuming, preparing, cooking, and baking at home with eggs. Some individuals reported exposure to eggs at an institution (including nursing homes and hospitals) where they resided or worked before becoming ill. As of February 18, 2021, there have been 57 laboratory-confirmed cases of Salmonella Enteritidis illness. The outbreak was identified in Newfoundland and Labrador (25) and Nova Scotia (32). Individuals became sick between late October 2020 and late January 2021. Nineteen individuals have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported. @

An outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to eggs is under investigation.