Romania tightens control on poultry imports from Poland

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During the last three months, the number of cases of Salmonella Enteritidis and Salmonella Typhimurium in poultry meat from Poland has grown by 40% compared with the same period last year.

Posted on Nov 03 ,04:58

Romania tightens control on poultry imports from Poland

Romania's food safety watchdog, the National Sanitary Veterinary and Food Safety Authority (ANSVSA), decided to increase controls on poultry imports from Poland after several incidents occured in the last few months. The agency received a number of alert notifications through the European Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) for products that had been sent to Romania.
Compared with August to October this past year, there was an increase of about 40 percent in the same period in 2021 in alerts involving poultry meat products from Poland, according to ANSVSA.
Since the beginning of this year, 28 reports have been received by Romania through RASFF, concerning poultry meat or eggs, contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis or Salmonella Typhimurium, said Romanian officials. There were almost 50 reports in September and October this year about Salmonella in poultry meat products from Poland on the RASFF portal. The majority were posted by Poland as part of its own official controls but France, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Latvia and Germany were other notifying countries. Poland is the largest EU poultry producer, with a market share of 19% and also one of the main exporters of poultry products in the EU and third markets as well. ANSVSA has started intensified official controls at cold stores, logistics sites of supermarkets, poultry repacking units and poultry cutting establishments to reduce the risk to public health. The agency didn't mention how long these actions will last.

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