Bulgaria: Mass salmonella poisoning in Pazardjik
Tue, Jul 14 2009 16:44 CET byNick Iliev
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microbiological laboratory in Pazardjik has confirmed that the cause of the
mass poisoning that affected 22 people in the town of Pazardjik from an
Arab-run schwarma fast food outlet is attributed to salmonella enteritidis,
news.plovdiv24.com has reported.
Initially, 19 people were admitted to the emergency ward, followed by another
three, including a three-year-old child. "Salmonella enteritidis is the
cause of contamination," said doctor Fani Petkova. "The last two
patients arrived late on June 13. The source of the problem is the Ali Baba
fast food outlet in Pazardjik. Of the 22 affected, 11 have already been
released, whereas the condition of the people who remain hospitalised is
stable," she said.
Data from the final analysis released by the laboratory in Pazardjik says
that "salmonella, extracted from the eggs with which mayonnaise sauce
was made for the doners, caused micro-biologic poisoning".
The outlet has been closed until further notice. Currently, there is an
ongoing investigation, while the owner of the establishment, said to be of
Arabian background but of undisclosed identity, has been given the maximum
fine of 5000 leva.
It was revealed that the enterprise had been checked four times since the
turn of the year. During the last investigation, conducted on June 12, a
document was signed obliging the owner to "improve the hygiene" as
it was considered to be "inadequate". In the previous examination,
performed in March, the owner was told to use only "egg powder for the
mayonnaise", which he failed to comply with.
The authorities in Pazardjik have said that a "serious operation was
mounted, involving many inspectors, to survey all fast food outlets in
Pazardjik. The control will be heightened and maintained, for all
establishments in the region serving risk foods.".