Eggs suspected as source of European Salmonella outbreak

| September 2, 2014 European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has reported that an international outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis PT14b infection, which has affected people in the UK, Austria, France and Germany, may be linked to eggs from a single packing facility in southern Germany.

An epidemiological link between cases of illness in Austria, France and Germany and eggs from the packing facility has been identified and S. Enteritidis has been isolated from eggs from the same source found in France. These isolates are very similar to those obtained from human cases. Isolates from a sample of Salmonella-contaminated strawberry cake found in Germany also share the same characteristics.

However, a link with the 247 cases reported in the UK is not clear and further microbiological and environmental investigations are under way to confirm whether these cases are part of the same outbreak and originate from the same source. Eggs from the implicated German supplier have been distributed in the UK, but no conclusive link with the cases has yet been demonstrated. Action has been taken to stop the further distribution of contaminated eggs.

More information can be found on the EFSA website here.

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