Danish find salmonella in German poultry--could spell trouble for EU
The Danish newspaper Politiken, reported that it tested 10 packages
of Turkey from a German slaughterhouse and found all to be carrying the
The report has prompted Danish opposition parties to call for tougher
legislation and a ban on meat imports with the salmonella bacteria from other EU
Under current European Union regulations poultry meat with
the salmonella bacteria can be imported because people are expected to cook raw
meat before they eat it, and cooking kills salmonella.
according to Danish authorities 35,000 Danes became ill with salmonella last
year, of which 20 died.
In response to the report German health
officials said they have checked one of the abattoirs and found no sign of
In Germany's Mecklenburg West Pomerania state, an
Agriculture Ministry spokeswoman, Andrea Haase, said, 'Our veterinarians checked
the company and found nothing untoward.'
She added that the abattoir
had an EU licence and was regularly monitored by vets, who had taken samples
from the shipment before it was trucked to Denmark. Haase also said that it was
possible the contamination had come about through incorrect refrigeration by the
retailer in Denmark.
The shipment is to be returned, and would be
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