Day: July 23, 2021

FDA investigation reveals shrimp as possible supply of Salmonella outbreak

Per week after asserting an outbreak, the FDA has decided that cooked shrimp is the doubtless supply of Salmonella Weltevreden infections in sufferers in two states.

The newest individual grew to become sick in late April, in line with a 78-word outbreak notation on a weekly information desk posted by the Meals and Drug Administration. The FDA experiences that “it seems that the product heaps linked to outbreak diseases are previous its shelf life and are now not obtainable on the market.”

Investigators proceed to evaluate the outbreak, however no additional particulars have been supplied within the FDA replace. 

The company didn’t identify a producer, importer, provider or vendor within the replace and no product description corresponding to model identify was supplied.

The sufferers within the Salmonella Weltevreden outbreak are from Nevada and Arizona.

Per week in the past when the outbreak was revealed by the FDA, a spokesperson from

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One other affected person confirmed in E. coli outbreak linked to native, natural yogurt

One other little one has been added to the listing of sufferers in an E. Coli outbreak linked to native, natural yogurt. Some manufacturing on the implicated dairy, Pure Ireland, stays shut down.

The Washington Division of Well being reported to Meals Security Information that the state has confirmed 16 persons are sick. Eight have had such extreme signs that they needed to be admitted to hospitals. 4 of the sufferers have developed Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a sort of kidney failure that may be deadly.

There are two confirmed sufferers in Arizona who turned contaminated after contact with guests from Washington state. They’re thought-about secondary circumstances and aren’t included within the Washington state depend.

Well being division inspectors and investigators from the state’s Division of Agriculture are persevering with their investigation into the outbreak. A lot of the sick individuals report consuming natural yogurt made by the Pure Ireland

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Tempo of M&A, divestitures prone to improve in 2021, survey finds

Dive Temporary:

  • An estimated 80% of executives consider M&A deal-making exercise will proceed rising after the lows through the pandemic in 2020, in keeping with a survey of 100 CPGs and retail executives by Kearney. Divestitures additionally might be sizzling with as much as three quarters of the highest 20 client firms prone to bear a significant divestiture of their portfolio. 
  • Kearney mentioned the present market will favor sellers as entities shed property and seek for new alternatives to spur progress and higher mirror present traits. The monetary stimulus, low rates of interest, money stockpiles seeking to be invested by firms and personal fairness companies, and surging fairness markets will give extra ammo to teams seeking to purchase.
  • Few areas within the CPG world are as ripe for M&A as meals and beverage firms. Producers within the sector, comparable to Mondelez Worldwide and Nestlé, are aggressively repositioning their portfolio to
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A 3rd of shoppers ate extra chocolate through the pandemic, research says

Dive Temporary:

  • Roughly one-third of shoppers elevated their chocolate consumption because of COVID-19, in response to Cargill’s new ChocoLogic research. Shoppers select chocolate flavors at the least half of the time for bakery, drinks, sweet, ice cream, salty snacks and snack/vitamin bars, the research discovered. Roughly 70% imagine chocolate has well being advantages, particularly darkish chocolate, which 52% of shoppers select as a result of they imagine it’s more healthy.

  • Shoppers select chocolate for a wide range of causes. Three in 4 see it as a reward, 72% say it’s a temper booster and 59% agree it will increase their power. Greater than half flip to chocolate to get them via a tough day. The outcomes come from a February survey of greater than 600 individuals within the U.S. who’re major grocery buyers. 

  • Chocolate gross sales grew 4.2% through the pandemic, in response to the Nationwide Confectioners Affiliation’s 2021 State

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Motif FoodWorks closes $226M funding spherical

Dive Transient:

  • Plant-based meals expertise firm Motif Foodworks obtained $226 million in a Collection B funding spherical. The funding was collectively led by the Ontario Academics’ Pension Plan Board via its Academics’ Innovation Platform, and funds and accounts managed by BlackRock. Different buyers additionally participated.
  • Motif plans to make use of these funds to extend analysis and improvement capabilities, scale and commercialize meals applied sciences and develop its services and worker base. This funding spherical greater than doubles the whole quantity of capital Motif has obtained — including as much as $345 million in all — for the reason that ingredient expertise firm was spun out of Gingko Bioworks in 2019.
  • This blockbuster funding spherical is the newest in big funding hauls by meals expertise corporations. Different companies to put up sizable investments within the final two years embrace cell-based meat and plant-based egg firm Eat Simply, plant-based meat maker
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Ciguatera enhance prompts alert in British Virgin Islands

Authorities within the British Virgin Islands have issued a warning after a surge in Ciguatera fish poisoning (CFP) throughout the previous few weeks.

Instances till the week of June 6 had been sporadic, however inside three weeks there have been eight confirmed infections with different suspected circumstances additionally being investigated.

Nationwide Epidemiologist Concord Massiah mentioned CFP shouldn’t be unusual in tropical and sub-tropical areas and is especially related to consumption of huge coral reef fish like snapper, bass and perch which have accrued ciguatoxin within the physique.

Bigger fish can have increased quantities of the toxin. Contaminated fish can’t be recognized by look and the toxin can’t be destroyed by cooking or freezing.

Massiah suggested folks to not purchase fish when their supply is uncertain. They need to keep away from consuming the pinnacle, pores and skin, intestines and roe of coral reef fish, which often have the next focus

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