Over 100 cases of salmonella poisoning from UK eggs in last three years
Dozens of people have been poisoned after eating British eggs contaminated with one of the most dangerous forms of salmonella.
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism revealed this shocking state of affairs on September 20th 2019. According to the Agency there has been 100 cases over the last three years. 45 of these are from a serious outbreak in January 2019. Health officials traced this outbreak back to contaminated eggs and poultry farms.
The government’s food safety watchdog, the Food Standards Agency (FSA), had issued assurances in 2017 that it was safe to east raw or lightly cooked eggs that bore the British Lion stamp. The government has failed to issue any public warnings since then. This is despite 25 flocks testing positive for salmonella this year, seven of them with dangerous strains. Two egg packing factories, one of which supplies leading supermarkets, have also been contaminated. The 2019 results are not isolated and the situation seems to be getting worse. In 2018 28 flocks tested positive, four of them with dangerous strains.
Public Health England (PHE) told the investigation that it had been investigating this situation for three years.
The Bureau said: “This means that PHE knew of poisoning cases even as the FSA declared that almost all eggs produced in the UK were free of salmonella, and that it was safe once again for those vulnerable to infection to eat raw eggs.”
If you or anyone you know thinks you may have salmonella it is essential to see a doctor as soon as possible. You should also inform the Environmental Health Office so that they can take appropriate action.