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Investigation Into Salmonella Gold Coast Outbreak Continues

October 4, 2013
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p>Environmental Health Practitioners in Norfolk are continuing investigations into an outbreak of Salmonella Gold Coast which has so far affected 18 people. The first cases of food poisoning date back to July and involve frozen and chilled whelks which had been collected around the south-east and east coasts of England. All the affected product has now been removed from sale but the Food Standards Agency has issued advice for people who may still have whelks from Lynn Shellfish Ltd batch UK K1010 EC purchased from independent shops, market stalls or mobile vans to dispose of them.

Salmonella cases have been declining over recent years falling from 15,435 in 2000 to 9,184 in 2012 with figures showing that Samonella Enteritidis and Salmonella Typhimurium are the most common serotypes. Salmonella Gold Coast is a relatively rare form of food poisoning which hit the headlines in Europe in? 2009 and 2010 after 79 cases were identified in Italy related to the consumption of infected salami and 44 people were ill in Hungary after consuming pork products. Whilst in 2005 authorities failed to identify a major source of an outbreak in Spain that affected tourists from the United Kingdom, Ireland, Denmark, Norway and Sweden. With investigations continuing, the Food Standards Agency were unable to comment further on the current outbreak until more facts become available.??