by Houssem Djeridi
Salmonella is a genus of bacteria that are a major cause of foodborne illness throughout the world. The bacteria are generally transmitted to humans through consumption of contaminated food of animal origin, mainly meat, poultry, eggs and milk.
The symptoms of Salmonella infection usually appear 12–72 hours after infection, and include fever, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, nausea and sometimes vomiting. The illness usually lasts 4–7 days, and most people recover without treatment. However, in the very young and the elderly, and in cases when the bacteria enter the bloodstream, antibiotherapy may be needed.
Last few days, a new, huge recall of beef added to the seemingly endless numbers of contaminated food recalls over the past few years.
The scale of a Salmonella outbreak in France linked to raw milk cheese has jumped to more than 80 possible cases.
Santé publique France, the national public health agency, said 83 people had been identified so far in the Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak, which is up from 14 in the initial announcement. The cheese was also distributed to Austria, Belgium, Germany and Italy. Belgium and Germany have issued recall notices.
Authorities in Belgium have warned that certain meat products could be contaminated with Salmonella following processing of potentially contaminated raw materials from the Netherlands.
The Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (FASFC) said an alert through the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) shows fresh meat used as raw material that could be contaminated with Salmonella Goldcoast was delivered to Belgium from the Netherlands.
This RASFF alert covers a suspected foodborne outbreak caused by pig meat from the Netherlands. As well as Belgium, 14 other countries received pig meat products. These are Austria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania, Spain and the United Kingdom.
The European Commission’s Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed has issued an alert of a foodborne outbreak of Salmonella Goldcoast suspected to be linked to the consumption of pork products from a single slaughterhouse in the Netherlands.
The Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) has confirmed that there are imports of the implicated frozen raw pork products. AVA is working with importers to remove the implicated frozen pork consignments from the market. The recall is ongoing.
Raw meat, including pork, is known to potentially carry bacteria, which may include Salmonella, said AVA.
Arizona food company JBS Tolleson Inc. is recalling more than 12 million pounds of beef that might be contaminated with salmonella.
Eighty-seven more people have been sickened with salmonella linked to recalled beef products, 333 people nationwide have been reported as ill with the outbreak since illnesses began in August.
As of December 12, 2018, 333 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Newport have been reported from 28 states.Illnesses started on dates ranging from August 5, 2018 to November 9, 2018.
91 people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.
Food Safety and Inspection Service advices consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.
Consumption of food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses. The most common symptoms of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating the contaminated product. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days. Most people recover without treatment. In some persons, however, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. Older adults, infants, and persons with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop a severe illness. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact their health care provider.
The routine detection of Salmonella in foods is an important part of public health because the presence of Salmonella in food can cause health problems.
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