August 24, 2008
Source of Article: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/ireland/article4597270.ece
authorities are still not satisfied that a production line at Dawn Farm Foods
in Kildare, linked to an outbreak of salmonella throughout
They also believe there is a
second source of the bug, which has left 140 people ill, 10 in
It is thought that the failure of a thermal cooking line in Dawn led to infected bacon, beef and chicken products getting into food products such as Subway sandwiches. The factory is undergoing pharmaceutical cleaning, but tests have to be run to ensure that the thermal line is operating properly before it is re-opened.
“Whether it was a one-off failure and they managed to contaminate the clean side of this factory with this bug, or whether there were intermittent failures, it’s difficult to tell,” said Alan Reilly, deputy chief executive of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI).
“Both ourselves and the Department of Agriculture would have to be satisfied that the measures Dawn have put in place are adequate to ensure that products coming out of that plant are safe.”
Dawn Foods shut down production on August 15 in order to sterilise the plant and expected this would take a week. “That process is well under way,” Dawn said on Friday.
Not all of the people who became ill ate products linked to Dawn, which has prompted food-safety investigators to search for another source of the Salmonella Agona bug. “We are pulling foods from all over,” said Reilly.
The FSAI has also compared peaks
in the numbers of outbreaks to possible failure at the Dawn production line.
“It doesn’t really tally,” Reilly said. “Dawn sends food out all over
Almost all the cases discovered
While Salmonella Agona’s symptoms include vomiting, diarrhoea and fever, it is not life-threatening. Serious complications can occur for the young, elderly and pregnant women. The bug is killed by cooking.
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