THE Spanish Agency for Food Safety and Nutrition (AESAN), has warned that batches of Fuet Cabanes sausages may be contaminated with Salmonella.
The food alert was first raised in France on September 4, where contamination was originally detected in the product.
However, since then other contaminated lots distributed throughout Spain and other European countries have been detected.
The affected areas where the contaminated product has been sold are: Andorra, Belgium, Lithuania and Spain, specifically in shops in Catalunya, Andalucia, Aragon, Canary Islands, Cantabria, Madrid, Castilla-La Mancha and Basque Country.
The sausages concerned are fuets and espetecs extra belonging to 10 different lots of the brands: Embutidos Sola, Cabanes, La Granja, Calet, Sola i Maso, Don Teo, Cambasec, Sanglier, Fran-per, Vic d’Or, Tapas Pape, Julian Mairal and Reketukas.
The affected lots known to date are as follows:
AESAN and regional health authorities are investigating the source of contamination and making sure all the suspect lots are removed from shelves.
So far, no case of salmonellosis has been reported in connection with this alert.
Regardless, AESAN advises people who have any of the above products at home to not eat them and to return them to the point of purchase.
Anyone who has eaten the product and shows symptoms of salmonellosis, is urged to go to a medical centre.
Salmonellosis is one of the most common food poisonings caused by various bacteria of the genus Salmonella.
It is mainly spread by eating food based on raw eggs, meat, especially poultry, but also contaminated water or dirty vegetables, with traces of soil.
After eating contaminated food, in a period ranging from a few hours to three days, symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhoea, vomiting, fever and / or headaches may appear.