Salmonella in the News

News archive with stories about Salmonella outbreaks from food poisoning or other sources, outbreaks amongst poultry and related items.

10 November 2008
Salmonella outbreak, The Netherlands

More than 150 people have fallen ill and over 30 hospitalized in a countrywide outbreak of Salmonellosis in the Netherlands, the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) said on Wednesday [6 Nov 2008].

From the beginning of August until 20 Oct 2008, 152 new cases were reported of an antibiotic-resistant strain of the salmonella bacteria; and between 5 and 10 new cases are being reported every week, compared to the normal figure of 2, said the institute.

Cases are distributed throughout the country, and no travel-related cases have been reported. The source of the infection has yet to be determined, but it could be pork products, the institute said. According to the RIVM, the strain, _Salmonella [enterica_ serotype] Typhimurium phage type DT104, is resistant to a range of antibiotics.

25 September 2008
Salmonella infant formula, France

On Thu 18 Sep 2008, the hospital of Nantes in west France informed the District Health Office of a case of salmonellosis in an exclusively bottle-fed infant. On Monday morning, 22 Sep 2008, 2 additional cases of salmonellosis in infants were reported by the hospital of Niort in southwest France. The serotype of the 3 cases was unknown at that time.

At the same time, the database of the French national reference centre (NRC) for Salmonella showed a recent increase in the proportion of _Salmonella enterica_ serotype Give isolates from infants. The overall number of _S._ Give isolates received by the NRC in 2008 was 19, similar compared to the same period in previous years.
However, 6 of the recent isolates had been obtained from infants, whereas this proportion was zero in previous years.

20 August 2008
Salmonellosis, serotype Agona, 5 European countries affected
The salmonellosis outbreak possibly linked to a meat plant in County Kildare, Ireland, has now spread to Sweden and France, bringing to 5 the number of European Union countries affected.

The latest figures for the outbreak of _Salmonella_ Agona, released last night [18 Aug 2008], show some 132 people have now been infected. Sweden has reported its 1st 2 cases, while France has confirmed 1 person has been infected by the relatively rare strain of the bacterium.

The genetic fingerprint of the microbe has been linked to a particular production line at the Dawn Farm Foods plant in Naas. Of the 132 people, some 125 have had an isolate with the same genetic fingerprint as samples taken from the meat plant. Final test results are awaited on a further 7 cases.

A spokeswoman for the Health Protection Surveillance Centre said a water specimen taken from a Scottish river contained the exact same strain of _Salmonella_ Agona but it had subsequently been established that the microbe had originated in a sewage outlet and was therefore the result rather than the cause of the outbreak.

Of the 132 people who have become sick as a result of the infection, some 76 cases have been identified in England with Scotland reporting 31 cases. 11 people in Ireland are now known to have been affected, with 4 of these requiring hospital treatment. Finland, France and Sweden are the other EU states where cases have been found. The European Centre for Disease Control has reported that the Finnish case arose after the person ate beef strips contained in a sandwich.

As a result of the outbreak, beef strips, chicken, lamb and pork supplied to at least 8 European countries and to Kuwait have been withdrawn by Dawn Farm Foods.

9 August 2008
Salmonellosis, serotype Agona, United Kingdom
A Salmonella [enterica_ serotype] Agona outbreak across the British Isles that has infected 90 people may be linked to sandwiches sold by the Subway sandwich chain. Laboratory tests have shown a link between cases of illness and one of the US chain’s ingredient suppliers. Cooked beef, chicken, and bacon have been impounded at Dawn Farm Foods in County Kildare, Ireland.

2 July 2008
Salmonellosis, serotype Typhimurium U292, Denmark

More than 4000 people in Denmark may be infected with salmonella in what may become the worst outbreak there in 15 years. Urgent checks are being conducted to find the source of a salmonellosis outbreak that officials say may be caused by a food product distributed only in Denmark, but no single source has yet been named.

According to the Danish Ministry of Health, 330 cases have been confirmed and about a quarter of those people have been hospitalized.
About 30 new cases are reported every day and the number has risen significantly over the past 6 weeks. Officials suspect the outbreak to be linked to meat products. The strain has been identified as _Salmonella [enterica_ serotype] Typhimurium U292.

June 2008
Outbreak of Salmonellosis in a kindergarten in Estonia

The Estonian Health Protection Inspectorate (HPI) is investigating an outbreak of salmonellosis in a kindergarten in Harju County. As of 28 May 2008, 94 salmonellosis cases had been reported, including 85 children and nine employees of the kindergarten. Of the 94 cases, 71 were laboratory-confirmed for Salmonella enteritidis and 23 were shown to be epidemiologically linked.
See full report on the Eurosurveillance website

25 March 2008, Colorado, USA
Salmonellosis – municipal water supply
Salmonella outbreak in the southern Colorado town, Alamosa, has been traced to the municipal water supply. As of 21 March 138 cases of Salmonella linked to the outbreak had been reported in people from infancy to age 89, of which 47 were confirmed by lab testing.

It is not yet clear how the water supply was contaminated. Possibilities include a compromise in a storage tank or cross-contamination with a sewage line. The serotype(s) involved are not stated.

4 March 2008, Chicago USA
Pancake Mix Recalled

Quaker Oats Co. has recalled limited number of Aunt Jemima Pancake & Waffle Mix products because of potential Salmonella contamination from raw or undercooked ingredients. No illnesses have been reported.

16 February 2008, USA
Salmonellosis, Serotype Paratyphi B, from Raw Tuna

Choyce Products of Honolulu, Hawaii voluntarily recalled 2473 kg of frozen yellowfin tuna because it was potentially contaminated with Salmonella.

The serotype involved is S. enterica_ subspecies _enterica_ serovar Paratyphi B dT+ which is rare in the USA and according to health experts, most likely indicates a lack of good manufacturing practices and sanitation.

1 February 2008, United Kingdom
DEFRA News Release
 – Legislation introduced for Salmonella National Control Programme.
Legislation to support a Salmonella National Control Programme (NCP) in laying flocks of domestic fowl comes into force.

January 2008, USA
Over 100 cases of Salmonellosis linked to pet turtles

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating a 9 month multistate outbreak of gastroenteritis that has infected over 100 people who most likely caught Salmonella from small pet turtles.

Salmonella Paratyphi B var. Java has been isolated from 103 cases of gastroenteritis in 33 states. All cases were exposed to small turtles.

20 August 2007

An outbreak of acute gastroenteritis affecting 31 people occurred between 3 and 5 Aug 2007 during the Formula One race that took place at the Hungaroring in Mogyorod, Hungary. Salmonella [enterica_ serotype] Enteritidis was confirmed as the causative agent in 22 cases. It seems that affected patients had eaten contaminated chicken from a buffet served for the event.

6 August 2007

Ireland, Kerry
30 people in Tralee, north of Kerry, have been diagnosed with Salmonellosis in the last 4 weeks.

The source of the outbreak and the serotype of Salmonella involved has not yet been confirmed.

4 July 2007

Ukraine (Cherkassy), Salmonella – poultry workers
85 workers in an Ukranian poultry processing plant have fallen ill with salmonellosis. The cause of infection has not been determined. It is suspected to have originated from omlettes or pork patties served in the company cafeteria. Chicken meat produced by the factory is being monitored closely.

3 July 2007

North America, multistate outbreak of salmonellosis, serotype Wandsworth
A multistate outbreak of Salmonella enterica (serotype Wandsworth) is being investigated.

Interviews comparing foods eaten by ill and well persons show that consumption of Robert’s American Gourmet brand Veggie Booty was statistically associated with illness and therefore the most likely source of the outbreak.

57 persons infected with serotype Wandsworth have been reported to CDC from 18 states: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin.

21 May 2007

Germany, salmonellosis outbreak in a hospital in Hesse
An outbreak of salmonella has infected more than 250 people and killed 2. The Klinikum Fulda, a 924-bed hospital in the town of Fulda, Hesse, in central Germany, said 233 patients and staff had been infected by the outbreak, along with a further 23 people in a nursing home attached to the institution.

Achim Hellinger, the hospital’s medical director, said the precise cause of the outbreak had not yet been identified.

11 May 2007

Salmonellosis, Bosnia Herzegovinia (Sarajevo)
More than 400 people have been treated for salmonellosis in Sarajevo. Over 100 people have been hospitalised due to severe Salmonella poisoning.

All the patients had eaten chicken sandwiches in a popular fast food and pizzeria restaurant in the city’s centre. The restaurant is located near several schools and a local bus station in downtown Sarajevo.

2 March 2007

Salmonellosis eggs, Australia (Queensland)
A recent outbreak of salmonellosis in Queensland is thought to be linked to eggs supplied by Game Farm Enterprises. The eggs have been recalled and consumers were informed to dispose of the eggs or return them for a full refund.

February 2007

Report of the Task Force on Zoonoses Data Collection on the Analysis of the baseline study on the prevalence of Salmonellain holdings of laying hen flocks of Gallus gallus.
(pdf 2 mb)

19 February 2007

Multistate Salmonellosis outbreak in USA linked to peanut butter
A multistate outbreak of Salmonella [enterica_ serotype] Tennessee infection in the USA is being investigated. Interviews comparing foods eaten by both ill and well persons show that consumption of Peter Pan peanut butter was statistically associated with illness and therefore the most likely source of the outbreak. As of 15 February 290 people positive for serotype Tennessee have been reported to the CDC.

February 2007

Salmonellosis, poultry Sweden
In December 2006, 2 outbreaks of _S. typhimurium_ in 2 breeder flocks (parent flocks) in the Skane region, the southernmost province of Sweden, were reported. The official investigation showed that the source of the disease was another breeder flock with grandparent birds and that eggs from this flock were delivered to a hatchery. The hatchery delivered day-old chickens to 4 breeder flock-keepers (including the 2 mentioned above) in the Skane region and to 3 broiler flock-producers in southern Sweden.

It is not known where the disease came from and all the affected flocks (ca. 100 000 birds) have already been destroyed. The necessary sanitary measures are being implemented.

January 2007, USA (GA)

Salmonellosis, meat slicer
In September 2006 an unusually high number of cases of Salmonella [enterica_ serotype] Montevideo was reported from South Georgia Medical Center.

In the investgation that followed it was determined that a fast food restaurant was the source of the outbreak. Inspection of the restaurant revealed no problems but outbreaks continued and all pointed to the same source. On further investigation swabs were taken from surfaces in the restaurant. Samples taken from a new meat slicer were positive for the outbreak strain. In spite of frequent cleaning and sanitization of the meat slicer, the contamination had persisted. The cause of the problem was determined to be a faulty piece on the equipment. According to the manufacturer, a silicone seal was absent.

The outbreak ceased after the meat slicer was removed from the restaurant.

November 20 2006, USA

Chicken Meat Increasingly Carries Type of Salmonella
According to the U.S. Agriculture Department, a type of salmonella found in eggs is turning up more often in chicken meat and needs to be reduced.
Read more

6 November 2006, Canada

2 human cases of salmonellosis in Canada that match the strain of the recent outbreak in the USA (serotype Typhimurium) have been confirmed.

30 October 2006, USA

At least 172 people across 18 states in the USA have been taken ill with salmonellosis caused by serotype Typhimurium. The source of the outbreak is not yet known.

17 August 2006, Latvia

An outbreak of salmonellosis that lasted from 12 August to 17 August was reported in people who had eaten at a restaurant in Riga. The serotype isolated was enteritisdis var Jena. All affected had eaten salads with mayonnaise prepared from raw eggs.

13 September 2006

Salmonellosis from chicken sandwiches, Jordan (Zarqa)
762 people have contracted salmonellosis after eating chicken sandwiches prepared in a restaurant in Ruseifa. The actual strain of Salmonella involved is not clear.

September 2006

Salmonella control: protecting eggs and people
A European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) study recentlyshowed that the percentage of layer flocks infected with Salmonella is still very high in some countries. Many EU member states therefore have to increase their efforts to reduce these levels. Vaccination is an important tool in a Salmonella control programme.

Read full article (pdf 173 kb)

25 August 2006

Fatal salmonellosis in Hungary (Vas)
Three people have died due to complications with relating to a Salmonella infection in Szombathely (Vas County). Two of the patients were suffering from another serious disease, which contributed to the severity of the infection.

19 August 2006

Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak in Latvia
An outbreak of Salmonella [enterica_ serotype] Enteritidis associated with an outdoor public holiday event occurred in a small village in southern Latvia on 21 Jul 2006. The outbreak lasted from 22-25 Jul 2006. Of approximately 260 people who attended the event, 107 participants were interviewed and 49 people fulfilled the criteria of an outbreak case (attack rate 46 percent). Stool specimens from 26 people including 17 kitchen workers were microbiologically tested, and 8 specimens were found to be positive for _S._ Enteritidis. The retrospective cohort study revealed that a fried pork dish made with raw egg was the likely cause of the outbreak.

1 August 2006 – The European Union introduced stricter rules to reduce salmonella in poultry and eggs

Source: Reuters
(dated 01/08/2006)
Under the new regulations, countries will be set tougher targets for the reduction of salmonella in laying hens and all member states must eventually carry out vaccinations in flocks with more than a 10 percent prevalence of the disease.

EU Health Commissioner Markos Kyprianou also hopes to introduce a trade ban on eggs from salmonella-infected flocks as soon as possible but must first get the approval of EU ministers. “Salmonella is one of the most prevalent food-borne diseases in the EU, affecting thousands of people every year, sometimes with very serious consequences,” Kyprianou said in a statement. “Reducing the incidence of salmonella at farm level will lower its incidence through the rest of the food chain, and help meet the ultimate objective of protecting EU consumers.” Salmonella bacteria are frequently responsible for food-borne illnesses, with over 192,000 human cases reported in the EU in 2004, but many go unreported.

Poultry meat and eggs are among the main sources of salmonella infection in humans, but the bacteria can be found in other food products including pork, beef, cereals, fruit and vegetables.

The overall target is to reduce salmonella levels in EU flocks to two percent or less.

The annual targets are now a 10 percent reduction if the prevalence in flocks in the preceding year was below 10 percent, 20 percent if it was 10-19 percent, 30 percent if 20-39 percent and 40 percent if the prevalence was over 40 percent. National governments have six months to come up with new control procedures to achieve these targets.

From 1 January 2008, countries with salmonella prevalence above 10 percent in flocks will have to vaccinate their laying hens and the vaccinations used must be authorised at EU level.

For full documents see EU legislation.

6 July 2006

Human salmonellosis in travellers is highly correlated to the prevalence of Salmonella in laying hen flocks
See Eurosurveillance weekly release.

22 June 2006

Salmonellosis – school children, Massachusetts (USA)
11 children have been infected with Salmonella. It is believed that the source of infection is owl pellets used in a school biology project.

14 June 2006

Preliminary Report
Analysis of the baseline study on the prevalence of Salmonella in laying hen flocks of Gallus gallus

The EFSA Journal (2006) 81, 1-71
Read summary (pdf 25.7 KB)
Read full report (pdf 1.2 MB)

1 June 2006

Belgium: Poultry Vaccination Sees Salmonella Cases Fall
Source: Feedinfo News Service
May 31 2006 – After reaching an historical high in 1999, the number of cases of salmonella poisoning in Belgium has dropped steadily, with the 2004 number 34% lower than 5 years earlier, at 9543 cases. These are the findings of a recent report issued by the Belgian Food Safety Authority.

The number of cases in 2003 broke the trend of falling cases, however, probably due to abnormally high temperatures over the summer months.

The number of cases of salmonella poisoning in 2005 are not yet fully available, although the Authority report says they appear to reflect the downward trend upon first reading.

Two types of salmonella bacteria, S. enteritidis and S. typhimurium, are responsible for over 90% of poisonings in Belgium, which are the result of consuming undercooked eggs, poultry or porkmeat.

The expected further drop in cases during 2005 can be explained in part by the introduction of vaccination in 2004 for the majority of the country’s laying hens. As of July 2006, all of Belgium’s laying hens will be checked three times for S. enteritidis over the course of their laying period, as is already the case for free range birds and those destined for the slaughterhouse, the report says.

A salmonella surveillance programme was also launched in 2005 for finisher pigs.

April 2006

The results of a study done on the effect of molting on Salmonella excretion in laying hens are released (Brian W. Sheldon – Department of Poultry Science, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA). For details see Molting practices in laying hens.

February 2006, Birkina Faso

Salmonella contamination of organic sesame products
Sesame products coming from Burkina Faso have been blocked from entering the European Union (EU) due to contamination with Salmonella spp.

Cross border outbreaks of Salmonellosis in 2005

  • 5 cases – serotype Thompson infection (3 cases in Canada and 2 in the USA) was caused by handling contaminated pet treats.
  • 48 cases – of serotype Stourbridge infection in Sweden (6 cases), Switzerland (3), Germany (2), Austria (5), UK (3) and France (27) was caused by unpasteurized French soft cheese.
  • 178 cases – of serotype Goldcoast infection in Majorca affected tourists from Scotland (37), Ireland (6), Sweden (6), Norway (8), Denmark (3), Germany (20) and Finland (4).
  • 22 cases – of serotype Typhimurum DT104 infection in Denmark was caused by raw beef carpaccio imported from Italy.

9 December 2005, Australia

At least 57 people are on the sick list after an outbreak of salmonella in Hobart. The wave of food poisoning is believed to have forced dozens of Tasmanians on to workers’ compensation leave while they recover.

Raw egg has been named the likely culprit for the Hobart outbreaks.

November 2005, The Netherlands

At the end of September 2005, an outbreak of Salmonella [enterica serotype] Typhimurium DT104 infections was detected in the Netherlands by the Dutch National Salmonella Center.

The cases were dispersed throughout The Netherlands. It is suspected that the outbreak was from beef imported from Italy. The beef is being tested for the presence of the bacteria.

8 November 2005

Salmonella Goldcoast infections in tourists returning from Majorca, Spain
A total of 178 cases of Salmonella [enterica serotype] Goldcoast infections have been reported from around Europe since October 2005, and 73 are in patients known to have traveled to Majorca.

Cases have been reported from Scotland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Germany and Finland. 41% of the people affected have travelled to Majorca, Spain. There have been no reported cases in mainland Spain or Majorca.

29 September 2005

Salmonella outbreak at a political rally in Honduras
At least 600 people were treated for Salmonellosis after eating chicken at a political campaign rally in Honduras on 25 September 2005. Most of the victims were adults and by Tuesday 27 September about 10% were still hospitalised.

It is thought that improper preparation of the chicken as well as high ambient temperatures of around 36° contributed to the problem.

19 September 2005

Children contract Salmonellosis after attending an etiquette class, North Carolina (USA)
It is thought that 25 children treated for salmonellosis contracted the disease after eating chicken at a food etiquette class. The exact source of infection has however not been determined.

18 August 2005

Over 2000 cases so far in Salmonella Hadar outbreak in Spain associated with consumption of pre-cooked chicken, July-August, 2005

9 August 2005

Spain – Salmonellosis pre-cooked chicken
On 4 August an outbreak of Salmonella in Spain was reported. 921 people who ate infected pre-cooked roast chicken were affected. It was thought that the death of a 90 year old man was related to the outbreak.

By 9 August more than 2000 people in different areas of Spain were affected 42 of who were being treated in hospital. National and regional authorities have advised the public not to eat precooked chicken of the “Pimpollo” and “Pollo Asado SADA” brands, no matter their production or expiration date.

20 June 2005

Surveillance of foodborne disease outbreaks associated with consumption of eggs and egg products: Spain, 2002 ‐ 2003
Eurosurveillance weekly release, 16 June 2005

29 May 2005

Salmonellosis outbreak in South Carolina (USA)
Almost 300 people have been affected by foodborne Salmonellosis in South Carolina (USA). All victims ate at a restaurant in Camden between 19 -22 May 2005. By Friday 27 May 50 people had been hospitalised and one death was reported. The outbreak is the biggest ever recorded in South Carolina. Government health officials are still determining the strain of Salmonella involed and the source of the outbreak.

May 2005
International Salmonella Typhimurium DT104 Infections, 1992-2001

Morten Helms, Steen Ethelberg, Kåre Mølbak, and the DT104 study group1
The incidence of multidrug-resistant (MDR) Salmonella Typhimurium (particularly phage type 104) infections in humans has increased substantially in many countries in the last 2 decades. Infections are often associated with increased illness. A survey was conducted to determine the magnitude of the problem.
For results and details of the survey see the CDC website for the full article.

4 May 2005

Salmonella Outbreak in Five US States Linked to Poultry
Nine people from New Mexico and four other states have been reported with salmonella infections in the past two months. Six of those cases are linked to young poultry from a New Mexico hatchery. The state Health Department is not identifying the hatchery pending the completion of the investigation. Seven of the nine cases in March and April were in children age 1 or younger.

14 February 2005

Salmonellosis outbreak – kebab shop, London

More than 160 customers who ate at a London kebab shop were affected by salmonellosis food poisoning. Many people were admitted to hospital for treatment. The Salmonella strain causing the outbreak is not known.

24 January 2005

Salmonella outbreak – Melbourne, Australia

At least 400 Melbourne residents may have been affected by a Salmonella outbreak. All the affected people reported having eaten at one of two local Turkish restaurants between 8 and 19 January. To date 15 people have been admitted to hospital.

14 January 2005

New EU regulations on Salmonella monitoring

Measures to reduce the incidence of salmonella in domestic fowl come into force.

The new regulations allow the Executive to take samples from all laying flocks of domestic fowl and oblige producers to co-operate with the surveys and provide information and documentation.

This will enable the evaluation of relevant trends, sources and occurrences of the disease which the European Union will then use to set EU-wide targets for salmonella reduction.

EU Regulation 2160/2003/EC lays down the requirement for Member States to ensure that proper and effective measures are taken to detect and to control Salmonella and other zoonotic agents in order to reduce their prevalence and the risk they pose to public health.

The Directive also requires Member States to collect data on the occurrence of zoonoses (diseases that are transmissible from animals to humans) and zoonotic agents and antimicrobial resistance.

Such data will then be used by the Commission (under the terms of Regulation 2160/2003) to set Community targets for the reduction of the prevalence of zoonoses and zoonotic agents (in this instance, Salmonella).

13 December 2004

Salmonella Enteritidis non-phage type 4 infections in England and Wales 2000-2004

In recent years the incidence of S. Enteritidis PT4 infection (the pathogen responsible for the salmonella and eggs epidemics of the late 1980s) has declined. Since 2000 the incidence of S. Enteritidis non-PT4 infection has almost doubled.

7 December 2004

Report by the Biohazards Panel of EFSA on the use of vaccination to control Salmonella and the use of antimicrobials to control Salmonella

See European Food Safety Authority website.

21 October 2004

Agencies step up action on Spanish egg-linked Salmonella outbreaks

Salmonella outbreaks linked to imported Spanish eggs remain a problem in the UK. The Food Standards Agency and Health Protection Agency are taking action to protect the public against possible Salmonella infections from these eggs.

See the FSA website

29 September 2004

Salmonella Newport outbreak hits Isle of Man

Cases of Salmonella Newport infection in people have been confirmed on the Isle of Man. It is believed that the outbreak began in North East Lincolnshire and has spread to the West Midlands, Northern Ireland, and the Isle of Man.

The exact source of the infection has not yet been identified.

23 September 2004

Salmonella Newport outbreak North East Lincolnshire, England

106 cases of salmonellosis in people have been confirmed in North East Lincolnshire, England.

The strain isolated is Salmonella Newport. Salmonella Newport is a relatively rare strain of Salmonella, normally only about 150 cases of the strain are reported throughout the UK every year.

The exact source of the outbreak has not been confirmed, but is believed to be from salads purchased from fast food outlets.

9 September 2004

Salmonellosis outbreak aboard German cruise ship

Following a welcome dinner aboard a cruise ship, The MV Mona Lisa, 86 people developed gastrointestinal disease. The ship was sailing from Germany around Britain.

By 9 September 2004 16 cases were microbiologically confirmed as salmonellosis. The Scottish Salmonella Reference Laboratory has isolated Salmonella Enteritidis phage type 4.

1 September 2004

New advisory group on the food chain created

25 August 2004

Swedish chickens destroyed because of Salmonella

About 47,000 chickens were destroyed on a farm in southern Sweden after routine tests found that at least one of the birds was infected with Salmonella.

Read full report

2 August 2004

Salmonella cases confirmed in Durham, UK

21 people have been affected by Salmonella food poisoning in County Durham, UK. Meat purchsed from Robson’s Fresh Foods in Stanley is thought to be the source of the outbreak.

22 July 2004

Salmonella outbreak in County Down, Northern Ireland

Up to 100 people have been infected in a Salmonella outbreak in County Down. A hot food outlet is being ivestigated as the source of infection.

20 July 2004

Salmonellosis outbreak in Southern Germany

The number of deaths because of a salmonella outbreak detected in 5 clinics and residences for the elderly in southern Germany has increased to 7, and the number of infected people is now 32, announced the sanitary authorities at Oberallgau in Bavaria.

The origin or mode of transmission of the infections are not yet known.

19 July 2004

Salmonellosis outbreak in Pennsylvania linked to Sheetz convenience stores

An outbreak of salmonellosis in Pennsylvania, USA, has been caused Salmonella javiana. The Salmonella  has been found in the Roma tomatoes used in the preparation of sandwiches sold at Sheetz convenience stores.

By Friday 16 July there were 70 confirmed cases of salmonellosis, no fatalities were reported.

The tomatoes have been removed and all food handling equipment in stores sanitized.

7 July 2004

A new Salmonella control program has been launched in Spain. The program aims to reduce Salmonella cases and improve egg and poultry meat safety.

Read full report

25 June 2004

In May and June 2004 more than ten people in Washington and Oregon, USA, contracted salmonellosis from the handling of live chicks.

Read full report

16 June 2004

In June 2003 a significant increase in the isolation of Salmonella Enteritidis was reported by the Dutch National Salmonella Centre.

Read full report

4 June 2004

Eurosurveillance reports that the Danish programme for control of Salmonella in poultry has resulted in fewer cases in both poultry and humans.

For full report see The Poultry Site.

2 May 2004

Common foodborne illnesses decline, but not all

Report by the CDC, USA. Salmonella incidence by type: typhimurium, down 17%; enteritidis, unchanged; newport, unchanged; heidelberg, unchanged; javiana, up 227%.

1 April 2004

Salmonella infects one in five Brussels chickens

19 March 2004

Salmonella in British eggs – FSA survey

The FSA carried out asurvey to assess the rate of Salmonella in UK produced eggs. The results were compared with the previous survey done in 1995/1996. It was shown that Salmonella levels are now one third of what they were in 1996.

Find full results on the FSA website

20 February 2004

Albert Heijn removes Salmonella chicken

Dutch supermarket chain, Albert Heijn, is to remove chickens from the shelves after Salmonella was found in chicken products. Albert Heijn does not wish to take any risks and will determine why the chicken is still infected with Salmonella despite strict regulations.

See Expatica website for full article
Albert Heijn removes Salmonella chicken

18 November 2003

Florida Firm Recalls Salad With Turkey And Ham For Possible Salmonella Contamination
A catering establishment in Orlando Florida is voluntarily recalling approximately 1,135 pounds of turkey and ham used in chef salads. These products may be contaminated with Salmonella.

17 July 2003

Contaminated Danish pork causes Salmonella
In Sweden 110 people became sick after eating pork imported from Denmark that was contaminated with Salmonella. This was the largest Salmonella outbreak in Sweden since 1983 when Sweden imposed its Salmonella control plan.

Salmonella typhimurium DT170 was isolated from the meat as the cause of the food poisoning outbreak. This Salmonella typhimurium DT170 is frequently isolated from Danish pork and poultry flocks. The serotype is found rarely in Sweden and was last seen in 1999.

For the full article in Dutch see Nieuwsbrief Voedse lVeiligheid, jaargang 8, nummer 10, pg3-4.

June 2002

One egg causes a Salmonella explosion
In The Netherlands 13 woman became sick with gastroenteritis after attending a cookery class and eating the food made there.

Salmonella enteritidis was isolated from the faeces of 8 of the 13 patients. There were no remnants of the meal available for examination. It was concluded that the egg used to make the tiramisu was infected with Salmonella enteritidis. The remaining eggs in the box were negative for Salmonella.

For the full article in Dutch see Nieuwsbrief Voedsel Veiligheid, jaargang 8, nummer 10, pg4.

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