Spanish eggs blamed for salmonella poisoning in UK

LAST UPDATED: 28 Jul, 2011 @ 08:03
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Spanish eggs blamed for salmonella poisoning in UK

SPANISH eggs are once again being blamed for an outbreak of salmonella poisoning in the UK.

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) claims that a supplier in Spain may be linked to 136 cases this year.

It is the latest in a long line of food poisoning outbreaks, which have killed 17 people since 2004.

The HPA’s Dr Joe Kearney, who is chairman of the outbreak control team, said: “The Spanish authorities have been alerted and measures have been taken to eliminate the risk of (further) contamination.”

The hens at the farm – which has not yet been named – have been culled and their sheds are being cleaned.

It comes just weeks after Spanish cucumbers were blamed for a deadly E.coli virus that killed 16 people and is rumoured to have cost Spanish fruit and vegetable exporters 200 million euros a week.

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