Austria gets hit by Salmonella outbreak
235 people from Austria are reported being ill as a Salmonella outbreak linked to imported eggs from Poland has occurred in the last two months in the country. Inhabitants from Styria, Lower Austria, Vienna, Burgenland, Tyrol, Carinthia, Upper Austria and Salzburg have been presented symptoms of Salmonella since mid-June and the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES) reported that the source of the outbreak was linked to eggs delivered by an unnamed Polish producer.
This type of disease has previously been identified in two packing centers in Hungary and Austria as part of investigations into a different outbreak that has been ongoing since 2012 but is also linked to eggs from Poland. In this other outbreak, more than 1,400 cases have been reported from 18 countries.
Authorities in Austria have withdrawn the eggs still in circulation, implicated products have also been recalled by wholesalers and destroyed. They were not available in retail stores in the country. Also, the EU member states have been warned by the situation and results of the investigation have been sent through the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) to identify possible further illnesses in other countries and so measures could be taken to eliminate the source and prevent other illnesses, according to Food Safety News magazine.
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