More than 100 patients have been added to a multi-country Salmonella outbreak that began in 2021.

By mid-March 2024, 300 Salmonella Mbandaka patients have been reported, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

The United Kingdom has the most cases with 173 and Finland has 98. France has 16, Ireland has seven, while a few have also been reported in Estonia, Germany, and the Netherlands.

Twenty-three patients were hospitalized, six in Finland had septicaemia and one person died in the UK. Patients range in age from less than 1 year

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Ukraine has made progress in boosting food safety despite the war, but there are still areas that need improvement, according to a European Commission assessment.

Several reports on countries trying to become EU member states cover various sectors and developments in the past year in Serbia, Moldova, Turkey, Ukraine, and Albania.

A previous article detailed the situation in Kosovo, Montenegro, Georgia, North Macedonia, Bosnia, and Herzegovina.

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The State Service of Ukraine on Food Safety and Consumer Protection is operational with 140 employees. Market surveillance inspections and controls remain suspended, with only exceptional unscheduled actions occurring. This limits the effectiveness

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Czech authorities have revealed Salmonella has been detected in samples of chicken meat from Brazil.

The State Veterinary Administration (SVS) ordered the recall of two consignments of chicken, totaling more than 11 tons, due to Salmonella.

Both batches are currently being withdrawn from customers which were primarily catering establishments. Findings were made as part of ongoing controls aimed at poultry meat from countries outside the European Union.

The first product is a frozen chicken breast of 2 kilograms with a shelf life of Jan. 31, 2025.

An official sample was taken in the warehouse of Sofil s. r. o., in

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Port health officials in England have blocked a shipment of cooked chicken from entering the country because it was contaminated with Salmonella.

Suffolk Coastal Port Health Authority (SCPHA), part of East Suffolk Council, recently discovered Salmonella mbandaka in 21,800-kilograms (48,000 pounds) of cooked chicken imported to the Port of Felixstowe. 

The agency, which inspects imported food, feed and animal-origin products, said it was highly unusual to find Salmonella in pre-cooked chicken, as the bacteria should be destroyed when heat treated. This implies chicken was not cooked properly or it was contaminated afterward. Salmonella is sometimes found in raw chicken, however there

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Investigations into a Salmonella outbreak are ongoing but a Listeria outbreak has ended, according to the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

More than 130 people are sick with Salmonella Mbandaka after eating chicken products from Ukraine. Four patients were admitted to hospitals and one person died.

In response to repeated non-compliance with partly cooked chicken products from Ukraine, a system of Intensified Official Controls (IOC) was started in April. This included a requirement that the next 10 imported consignments from the implicated establishment would be subject to extra inspections.

Because of continued breaches of food safety requirements, this was escalated to

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Salmonella continued to lead incidents involving a global food safety network, according to the latest data.

The International Food Safety Authorities Network (INFOSAN) was part of 47 alerts from January to March 2023, which is the same number as from October through December 2022.

There were 28 incidents in the first quarter of 2023 involving a biological hazard with nine because of Salmonella and six for Listeria monocytogenes.

E. coli was mentioned three times as well as Clostridium botulinum and Hepatitis A twice each.  Anisakis, Cronobacter, Entamoeba histolytica, Leptospira, Norovirus, and Shigella all featured once. The parasite Entamoeba histolytica causes the disease amoebiasis. Leptospira bacteria can cause leptospirosis.

Hazards and

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Officials in the Czech Republic have revealed poultry meat from Ukraine and Brazil has tested positive for Salmonella.

The State Veterinary Administration (SVS) has carried out more than 20 inspections as part of a control campaign aimed at shipments of poultry meat and eggs from countries outside the European Union.

In total, 21 inspections, 18 on poultry meat and three on eggs, have been undertaken since early April. A total of 43 samples were taken and results are available for 29 of them.

Samples of poultry meat from Ukraine, Brazil and the United Kingdom have been tested so far. As

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The number of patients in a Salmonella outbreak in the United Kingdom has increased to more than 130.

It was previously reported that 81 people were sick in the UK as part of a multi-country Salmonella Mbandaka outbreak. As of early March, there are 132 UK cases, according to the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Whole genome sequencing confirmed a microbiological link between ready-to-cook chicken breast manufactured in Ukraine, and cases in Finland, Estonia, and the UK. The chicken was supplied to the UK from Ukraine via the Netherlands, and a company in the Netherlands has recalled products sent to the

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Ukraine is moderately prepared to meet EU requirements in the area of food safety, according to the European Commission.

Details come from reports published by the EU Commission assessing the capacity of Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia to meet the obligations of EU membership. Moldova and Georgia applied to be member states in March 2022.

Ukraine was judged to have some level of preparation in consumer and health protection. The country applied for EU membership in February 2022, after it was invaded by Russia. A scale used by the EU Commission goes from an early stage, some level of preparation, moderately

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Welcome to 2023! The calendars have been changed, the holiday season is coming to a close and it is time to refocus ahead of what is sure to be another news worthy period for the food sector.

This year marks a decade since the horse meat scandal in Europe. The food fraud involved meat from horses in beef products without being listed on the label. The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) reported findings of horse meat in burgers in mid-January 2013.

Some of the issues listed in 2022 will also continue this year. Plus, at the bottom of

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