Europe: salmonella in eggs – two people have died

Two people in Europe have died after eating raw eggs. It’s all the fault of the Salmonela enteritidis ST11 strain.

Theodoros Kallitsis, UCLA PhD in Food Science and Food Microbiology, Research Fellow at the Animal Science Laboratory of the AUTh School of Veterinary Medicine, said no cases of the disease have been reported in Greece to date.

So that the epidemiological picture does not deteriorate in our country in the future, the professor recommends that you strictly observe the required precautions against salmonella, which are stipulated by national and European legislation for the production of poultry meat and eggs:

“The better we can implement precautions, the more effective it will be to reduce and even eliminate salmonella, a microbe that is commonly found in the intestinal tract of poultry and other productive animals. The battle for control and efficiency must be continuous and intense. And if a problem arises, then solve it by proper methods, without creating a panic in society.”

The European Food Safety Authority and the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC) are concerned about the outbreak of Salmonella enteritidis ST11. In a joint statement, the European agencies noted the remaining high EU and EEA (European Economic Area) the risk of new infections caused by this ST 11 subtype of Salmonella enteritidis and infected eggs. The authorities recommended that research be actively promoted across all egg supply chains in European countries where the substrain has been found.

For the period 02/09/2021 to 11/01/2022, according to the reports of organizations, the ST11 subtype of Salmonella enteritidis was detected in six EU countries, 272 cases were officially confirmed. Most of them are in France (216), Spain (22), the Netherlands (12), as well as in the UK, Norway, and Denmark. In 60 cases, hospitalized patients reported eating raw eggs.

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