Two studies have been published looking at Toxoplasma in Spanish dry-cured meat products and in meat of adult sheep.

Toxoplasmosis is an infection caused by Toxoplasma gondii. Transmission has been attributed to eating undercooked or raw meat.

In the first study, published in the journal Food Control, 552 samples of commercial dry-cured hams

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Researchers in Spain have revealed Listeria monocytogenes in various pork and poultry meat products.

184 meat samples were collected from different retailers in La Rioja. Listeria spp. and  monocytogenes were detected in 45 and 19 samples, respectively. 

The dominant Listeria species depended on the meat type, said researchers in the International Journal

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The role of infected food handlers in two norovirus outbreaks in Spain has been highlighted recently by researchers.

Two gastroenteritis outbreaks occurred a week apart in the same facility in Lleida, Spain, in 2018. The most frequent symptoms were abdominal pain, vomiting, and nausea.

The first outbreak was associated with salad

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More details have emerged about national operations concentrating on sunflower oil and alcohol as part of Operation Opson.

Opson Europe, or Opson XII, was coordinated by Europol between December 2022 and April 2023. The focus was alcoholic beverages, olive oil, and origin claims such as Protected Designation of Origin (PDO)

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Irish health officials have issued a warning after recording a rise in cryptosporidium infections in people returning from abroad.

The Health Service Executive (HSE) in Ireland said increased levels of cryptosporidiosis have been reported from areas of Spain, including Salou in Catalonia, in the past month. A parasite causes the

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