Eggs strike again

European Food safety Authority was forced rapidly to investigate a multi-country outbreak of salmonella food poisoning last summer. Cases were reported from Austria, France, Germany, Luxembourg and the UK. Imported eggs (or egg products) were probably responsible for salmonella infection in 250 people in the UK alone. The particular strain of salmonella involved was linked to an egg packaging centre in Germany. The fact that these eggs were able to reach the market despite strict regulations shows that, with production on such a massive scale, not every safety aspect can be controlled all the time.

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, European Food Safety Authority, 2014. Multi-country outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis infections associated with consumption of eggs from Germany – 25 August 2014.