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EFSA: Salmonella in 10% of EU pigs

One out of every ten fattening pigs in Europe carries Salmonella, according to a random sampling that the European Food Safety Authority, EFSA carried out.

The scores however differ a lot between EU member states. Salmonella was not detected in Finland, but a third of the Spanish pigs seem to be contaminated with the bacterium. The Netherlands scored relatively well with 8.5% of the pigs that had Salmonella.

Salmonella is one of the main causes of food poising in the EU. In 2006, more than 160,000 Europeans got sick from Salmonella. This is around 35 out of 100,000 people.

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