martes, 22 de septiembre de 2009

E. coli contamination confirmed in Nestle dough

E. coli H7:157 had been detected in its Toll House refrigerated cookie dough.

Investigators announced yesterday a trace of the deadly bacteria was found in a tub of Nestle’s chocolate cookie dough made at the company’s Virginia plant in February. The contaminated sample, which had an expiration date of June 10, was collected at the facility on June 25.
No E. coli inside plant
David Acheson, assistant commissioner for food safety at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), confirmed that no E.coli had been found inside the Danville site or on its processing equipment. The announcement came after a FDA team had spent more than a week examining the facility, products and employees for any trace of the bug.
An FDA statement said further laboratory testing was necessary to “conclusively link the E. coli strain found in the product to the same strain that is causing the outbreak”.
Health officials are still believed to be baffled as to how a bacterium that is found in cattle intestines ended up in cookie dough, which is usually considered to be more at risk from Salmonella as this can occur in raw eggs. However, none of the main ingredients in the dough – such as butter, chocolate, flour, milk or eggs – is known to host E. coli 0157: H7.
Ingredient suspected
Nevertheless, Acheson said. "It raises the likelihood that it was an ingredient. And it really means that industry has to be constantly vigilant, because foods we think of as low risk could be contaminated with a deadly pathogen."
Source: Food Production Daily
Aporte: Yoselyn Retamal

1 comentario:

Alejandra Lavin dijo...

a raiz de ste problema, queda claro que no se puede confiar en la inocuidad de los alimentos 100% ya que incluso patógenos que normalmente nose asocian a ellos pueden aparecer debido a un descuido en las BPM o BPH.