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August 13, 2018


Germany, Italy, Malta recall eggs due to salmonella concerns


Eggs recalls are made in Germany, Italy and Malta due to reported cases of salmonella, ending a decade in which occurrences related to the pathogen were reportedly on the decline.

No illnesses have been reported so far, according to Food Safety News. Until recently, cases of Salmonella Enteritidis had been falling since 2007.

However, since 2014, cases in the EU rose by 3%, based on a report by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

The highest number of outbreak cases were caused by salmonella in eggs, at 1,882 cases. Salmonella Enteritidis was attributed to one in six foodborne diseases outbreaks based on 2016 data.

As for the recent recalls, affected organic eggs in Germany have the print code "0-DE-0359721" with best-before date stated until and including August 24, 2018. The company Eifrisch-Vermarktung GmbH & Co. KG recalled eggs with the name "Farm Bio-Eierhof Papenburg GbR."

Salmonella Enteritidis was detected during self-monitoring of the eggs from a packing station in Lower Saxony in the district of Vechta.

Eggs in boxes of 10 and six were sold nationwide at Penny Markt, Lidl, Kaufland, Norma, Aldi Süd and Real SB Warenhaus.

The same company recalled organic eggs sold across the country due to Salmonella concerns in June.

In Italy, the Ministero della Salute (Ministry of Health) informed consumers about a recall of three batches of eggs due to Salmonella Enteritidis. The agency said eggs are distributed in packs of 21,600 kilogrammes per batch. They were produced by Avicola Peligna di Margiotta Mario at a plant in Raiano, a town in the province of L'Aquila.

In Malta, sampling, as part of the Veterinary National Control programme for salmonella, found the pathogen at two farms.

Health regulators were alerted by veterinary authorities in late July that salmonella was confirmed in eggs sampled from St Joseph Farm, M, Xerri PLM 005. A recall was ordered of eggs packed by the farm from the market.

In the second incident, salmonella was isolated from the environment of a farm not named by authorities in Victoria, Gozo.

Maltese authorities told the producer to stop placing eggs on the market made at this farm. They also ordered a recall of all eggs produced from July 13 onwards and advised the public not to consume any eggs directly originating from the farm.

In addition, media in Israel reported that 30% of the country's eggs are contaminated with salmonella. They cited a Ministry of Agriculture report based on inspections between June 2017 and April 2018 but the number of samples taken is not known.

In the US, a Salmonella Braenderup outbreak was traced to eggs earlier this year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said there were 45 confirmed cases in 10 states with 11 people requiring hospitalisation.

Rose Acre Farms recalled almost 207 million eggs from its Hyde Country, North Carolina, US, production facility in April due to the outbreak. A few days later, Cal-Maine Foods recalled eggs it had purchased from Rose Acre.

- Food Safety News

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