EFSA: Salmonella in 10% of EU pigs

11-06-2008 | |
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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