Meat tainted with Salmonella was on its way to Finland and Sweden


Thursday 16.10.2008

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Danish officials have caught up with an outbreak of salmonella, which has been spreading since February.
      Danish food safety officials have found salmonella in pork produced at the Horsens slaughterhouse run by Danish Crown.
      The bacteria was found in a consignment of meat that was intended for the Finnish and Swedish markets.
      Britta Wiander, head inspector of the import and market supervision unit of the Finnish Food Safety Authority (EVIRA), says that legislation protects Finland very well against tainted imported meat.
      “Before the meat is sent to Finland it must be checked for salmonella. A laboratory statement has to come with the meat”, Wiander says.
Finland has special permission from the European Union to implement tighter regulations than the rest of the EU.
      There is little salmonella in Finland, and most Finns who are infected with it catch the disease during travel abroad.
      The discovery at Danish Crown does not explain the whole epidemic, nor does it mean that Danish Crown would be the original source of the problem, it is most likely that the contamination occurred already before the animal came to the slaughterhouse.
Danish Crown packs meats for export, so its meat cannot be responsible for the epidemic raging in Denmark, where more than 1,000 people have been infected this year, and six have died.
Denmark is the world’s largest exporter of pork, but the Typhimurium U292 strain of salmonella, which is the one that has been spreading in Denmark, has not been detected in other countries.
      Danish officials have been desperately looking for a source, going through refrigerators of those who are ill, checking their credit card records, and taking samples at various food processing plants.

Helsingin Sanomat



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