May 3, 2021

German public urged to follow hygiene rules after poultry-linked Salmonella infections



Officials in Germany have urged the public to comply with hygiene rules when handling raw meat following a number of Salmonella infections linked to poultry.


The number of people confirmed sick stands at more than 20 in six German federal states which is up from the six mentioned in a European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) assessment in February.


At that time, 193 cases of a certain sequence type of Salmonella Enteritidis had also been reported in Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden and the United Kingdom between May 2018 and December 2020.


Another sequence type of Salmonella Enteritidis has sickened about 300 people in the UK. One person from Canada with a travel history to Europe was ill in 2019.


The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has repeatedly warned about breaded chicken linked to Salmonella infections and issued consumer advice.


Frozen breaded chicken products traced to different meat suppliers, slaughterhouses, and farms in Poland have tested positive for Salmonella Enteritidis matching the outbreak strain.


- Food Safety News