Source of Article: http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/2008/08/14/rare-salmonella-outbreak-spreads-to-wales-91466-21530117/
EIGHT people in
The salmonella outbreak,
associated with cooked bacon from
Several types of ready-to-use sandwich fillings containing cooked bacon have now been recalled.
And the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI), which is leading the investigation into the outbreak, has also warned that bacon pieces from a Dawn Farm Foods plant used as pizza toppings and ready meal ingredients could also be affected.
The FSAI identified Dawn Farm
Foods plant number 734, in
Three sandwich fillers which may have been contaminated with this rare strain of the bacterium are being recalled.
These are 170g tubs of Dunnes, Supervalu and O’Brien’s chicken and bacon sandwich filler.
All these products, which contain
bacon cooked by Dawn Farm Foods’
O’Brien’s sandwich shops are not affected.
The National Public Health
These will have been supplied to intermediary distributors as frozen products and will subsequently used by the catering sector.
The NPHS said it is imperative that all food businesses check the source of their ingredients. If any originated from Dawn Farm Foods they are strongly advised to check if they have used the products listed on the FSAI website, to withdraw these from sale and to contact the FSAI with details.
Further investigations may lead to other recalls of Dawn Farm Foods’ products.
Dr Roland Salmon, director of the
Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre, at the National Public Health Service
“Salmonella is usually contracted by eating contaminated food and can cause diarrhoea, stomach cramps and sometimes vomiting and fever.
“People who become ill with salmonella generally make a full recovery but serious complications may occur in frail, elderly people, very young children and people with impaired immune systems. Such groups may need to exercise additional care to avoid salmonella infections.
“More specific information should become available as investigations progress, but meanwhile, it is important for people with symptoms of salmonella to ensure that they wash their hands regularly to prevent the spread of the infection to other people.
“Anyone who believes they may be suffering from food poisoning should contact their GP or local authority environmental health department.”
A full list of affected foods is available on the FSAI’s website at www.fsai.ie.
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