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Case Studies in Food Safety and Authenticity by Jeffrey Hoorfar

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Investigations prompted by the discovery of high levels of Salmonella in fresh herbs in the UK

N.C. Elviss and F. Jørgensen,     Health Protection Agency (HPA),UK

Abstract:

During a UK survey in 2007, 1.6% of the 3760 fresh herbs on retail sale tested were found to be of unsatisfactory microbiological quality. Salmonella species were detected in 18 of the samples and the serotypes were identified. Thirty-two human cases of S. Senftenberg were also identified from March 2007 in England and Wales and a further 19 in Scotland, Denmark, The Netherlands and the USA. This is a case study illustrating how vigilant surveillance, rapid strain typing and prompt liaison between public health authorities led to the tracking down of the source of an ...

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