Denmark: eggs to be salmonella-free

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Friday, 22 May 2009 14:34 RC News

Denmark receives a special allowance from the EU to require all egg imports to be free of salmonella bacteria

European Union health authorities okayed a Danish application for ‘special status’ earlier this week that will ensure all eggs imported to the country are guaranteed by their distributors as being 100 percent salmonella-free.

Eva Kjer Hansen, the food and veterinary minister, called the approval from Brussels a ‘breakthrough’ and said Denmark would also be seeking special status for chicken imports as well.

According to Statens Serum Institut, the national disease control centre, 3,700 Danes suffered from salmonella-related illnesses last year and that four people have died of salmonella poisoning since October.



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