September 15, 2020

 

Lithuania seizes more than 40 tonnes of poultry meat in three months due to Salmonella concerns

 


In a matter of three months, more than 40 tonnes of imported poultry meat have been confiscated by authorities in Lithuania due to possible Salmonella contamination.


From June to August of this year, the State Food and Veterinary Service (VMVT) stopped the entry of 10 batches of poultry meat imported from Poland, Hungary and Romania.


More than half of the non-compliant meat (25 tonnes or seven batches) was brought in from Poland. A total of 12 tonnes, or two lots, originated from Hungary and three tonnes, or one lot, came from Romania.


All poultry products that reached Lithuania and contained Salmonella have been withdrawn from the market and destroyed. Some of these products were held up in warehouses. The companies involved received sanctions from VMVT inspectors for putting unsafe poultry on the market.


Lithuanian authorities prevented the supply of 100 tonnes of poultry meat in the first five months of this year. Of 19 batches of possibly unsafe poultry analysed in the first quarter of 2020, 18 originated from Poland.


Three public warnings have been made recently by Polish authorities about Salmonella in poultry products and eggs. Earlier this month, the Polish Chief Sanitary Inspectorate (GIS) posted a recall of a brand of frozen marinated chicken fillets after Italian authorities found Salmonella Enteritidis, Salmonella Newport and Salmonella Virchow in three batches.


Another recall was prompted by suspected Salmonella Enteritidis found on eggshells and in late August, Salmonella Enteritidis in a batch of chicken meat led to another warning.


In June, 15 alerts were issued concerning Salmonella in poultry meat products from Poland, although half of the alerts were by the country. In July, there were 18 alerts with seven from Poland and in August, 12 notifications were made with a third by the country.


- Food Safety News