Spreads to 7 More Poultry Farms
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Food Safety Agency Evira says that salmonella has been found at seven more
egg-producing farms. So far this month the bacterial infection has been
detected at 19 poultry farms and two piggeries.
have been taken at about 770 farms during this salmonella epidemic. Two
thirds are from pork producers and the rest from poultry farms. All have
been supplied with fodder by Raisio Feed. The company says the bacteria in
its feed originated in imported soy.
of Friday afternoon, about 30 percent of the chicken farm samples had been
tested. Evira expects to have tested half of them by Saturday.
about one quarter of the pig farm samples had been tested at local
to Evira Veterinary Officer Tarja Pohjanvirta, the egg producers where
salmonella has been confirmed are all in South-Western Finland, while the
two piggeries lie further north, in Ostrobothnia.
says that the farms where the infection has been found will be thoroughly
sanitised, and that municipal veterinarians will decide in each case how
many animals must be slaughtered.
notes that the pork from slaughtered pigs can still be used as human food
after being properly heated. Officials continue to insist that the
salmonella outbreak poses no threat to consumers, and that meat and eggs
sold in grocery shops are safe.