The number of Salmonella cases in England has returned to pre-COVID-19 pandemic levels and 11 outbreaks were reported in 2022.

Salmonella Enteritidis went back to being the most frequently reported serovar and Salmonella Typhimurium infections also increased, said the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA).

In 2022, there were 8,125 Salmonella cases in England, compared to 5,033 in 2021, 4,712 in 2020 and 8,398 in 2019.

Salmonella Enteritidis reports jumped from 747 in 2021 to 2,044 in 2022. Salmonella Typhimurium infections rose from 1,219 in 2021 to 1,731 in 2022. Salmonella Infantis was in third place with 310 reports, followed by

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Researchers have looked into the number of and factors behind Salmonella outbreaks linked to chocolate products in recent decades.

No predominant Salmonella serotype was identified, according to the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal study.

Researchers performed a systematic review of three databases. Eligible articles were published after 1970, describing outbreaks of more than ten patients with non-typhoidal salmonellosis associated with consuming chocolate food products.

Twenty-three articles published between 1972 and 2022 were part of the final analysis. They described 12 Salmonella outbreaks linked to chocolate consumption. 

Examples of outbreaks
A dozen outbreaks involved 3,266 patients. Two occurred in the 1970s

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The Ferrero Salmonella contamination incident led to a sharp rise in consumer requests for information, according to data from Belgium’s food agency.

On average, 45 complaints and questions are received by the Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain’s (FASFC) consumer contact point every day.

The 5,000 complaints and 6,600 questions in 2022 was the record number for the contact point.

Staff handled 6,628 inquiries. A sharp spike in requests for information was seen during the Salmonella contamination scare at Ferrero’s Belgian chocolate factory.

A monophasic Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak from Kinder chocolate sickened at least 450 people, including

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Two major foodborne outbreaks have recently been highlighted at a European conference on infectious diseases.

Presentations at the European Scientific Conference on Applied Infectious Disease Epidemiology (ESCAIDE) covered an E. coli outbreak from Nestlé pizzas in France and a multi-country monophasic Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak due to Ferrero chocolate.

In February 2022, Santé Publique France identified more cases of the pediatric hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) than usual with eight infections. Cases were positive for Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) O26:H11 or O103:H2 identified by whole genome sequencing (WGS). Only two people were sick from E. coli O103.

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A Dutch retailer has issued a recall after mistakenly sending Ferrero chocolate potentially contaminated with Salmonella to market.

Jumbo is recalling Ferrero Kinder Schokobons 300 grams with an expiry date of Oct. 5, 2022 or earlier.

These products were recalled by Ferrero in April this year in relation to a multi-country monophasic Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak. However, Jumbo said some chocolate had recently been delivered to a limited number of stores.

The retailer added that as soon as the error became known, all stock was removed from stores as a precaution.

Jumbo asked customers not to consume the affected Ferrero Kinder

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Ferrero has received the all-clear at a factory behind a Salmonella outbreak after no problems were found during the initial approval period.

The company revealed it had been given final authorization for production at the plant in Arlon from the Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (FASFC) in Belgium.

The monophasic Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak from Kinder chocolate sickened more than 450 people. Children were particularly affected and many of those ill were hospitalized. People fell sick between December 2021 and June 2022.

The UK had the most patients followed by France. There were four cases in Canada

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A Salmonella outbreak linked to Kinder chocolate has sickened more than 450 people, based on the latest figures.

Only 10 cases have been reported in the month since the previous European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) update, bringing the total to 455 as of mid-July.

The outbreak has hospitalized a high proportion of people, mostly children younger than 10 years of age, and some had severe clinical symptoms including bloody diarrhea.

The latest monophasic Salmonella Typhimurium case is from the United Kingdom with a sampling date of June 16. Concerns were previously raised by authorities that potentially contaminated

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The Belgian food safety agency has given the green light for Ferrero to resume production at the factory behind a large, International Salmonella outbreak.

The Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (FASFC) decided to allow conditional approval for the plant in Arlon, Belgium.

FASFC, also known as AFSCA and FAVV, suspended operations at the factory in April, which led to the recall of all products in the Kinder product line that were made there. This action was taken as authorities said the company was not able to provide guarantees around management of the contamination or the safety

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Authorities have searched a number of Ferrero sites as investigations continue into a large Salmonella outbreak.

Six facilities in Belgium and Luxembourg were targeted this week including the factory in Arlon which is believed to be where contaminated occurred. The Belgian food safety agency stopped production at the plant in early April but it could reopen this month.

The monophasic Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak linked to Kinder chocolate has sickened almost 450 people including 122 in the United Kingdom, 118 in France as well as four in Canada and one in the United States.

Ferrero said it was cooperating with authorities

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France and the United Kingdom have the most patients in the Ferrero chocolate Salmonella outbreak that has sickened almost 450 people.

The UK has 122 monophasic Salmonella Typhimurium patients.

Santé publique France reported that as of June 2, there were 118 sick people in the country. This is up from the 81 cases reported on May 4.

French patients have a median age of 4 years old and includes 57 girls and 61 boys. Onset of symptoms occurred between Jan. 20 and April 4, 2022.

Twenty-two people were hospitalized because of salmonellosis but they have since been discharged and no
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