Salmonella warning

More meat products have been implicated in the outbreak of salmonella currently sweeping through the UK and Ireland.

Around 80 cases of Salmonella Agona have been confirmed in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland so far, predominantly in young adults. The disease is reported to have been a contributing factor in the death of an elderly woman last month.

Last week a number of chicken, beef and bacon products from Irish meat processor Dawn Farm Foods were withdrawn from sale as a precautionary measure. Since the recall was announced last Friday, additional products have been identified as a possible source of the outbreak.

One product in particular has been identified - a cooked bacon supplied to Kerry Foods. The bacon has been incorporated into a number of branded retail packs of chicken and bacon sandwich filler tubs, which are sold through national retail chains.

The Food Standards Agecny Ireland (FSAI) has confirmed that the retailers in question have withdrawn the products from sale and are recalling them from customers.

The Agency is again advising that products processed on the same production line as the Salmonella positive products at Dawn Farm Foods (plant number 734) should not be used.

A more up-to-date list of the products from this line is now available on the FSAI website - www.fsai.ieIt is anticipated that some of the products from the implicated production line were incorporated as food ingredients in other food products, which may not receive sufficient heat treatment to eliminate Salmonella. The FSAI is advising that bacon pieces from Dawn Farm Foods used as pizza toppings and ready meal ingredients are possibly implicated.

Mr Alan Reilly, FSAI states that there is a concern that some of these secondary products may be on the market. It is imperative that all food businesses check the source of their ingredients and if it has originated from Dawn Farm Foods (plant number 734) they are strongly advised to check if they have used the products listed on the FSAI website, to withdraw these from sale and to contact the FSAI with details.

Reilly said: "Food businesses are reminded that it is an offence to place unsafe food on the market and where they have reason to believe that a food does not meet food safety requirements they must initiate procedures to withdraw the food in question from the market where it has left their immediate control, and inform the competent authorities."

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