Sweden: 100,000 birds culled due to Salmonella
In what is believed to be the country's biggest
salmonella outbreak in poultry in 10 years, authorities in southern Sweden cull
over 100,000 chickens.
According to authorities, the situation is under control and the risk of
humans being infected by the food-borne illness is unlikely.
County veterinarian Lennart Sjoland says, "It's too far back in the
production line to really pose a risk to consumers."
Birds at seven farms in southern Sweden were tested positive for salmonella
, resulting in slaughtering.
The source of the outbreak is unclear, but it is believed the bacteria
could have spread from infected mice or rats, or through the feed.
says that the scope of this outbreak is the worst in the past 10 years.
Pia Gustafsson, a veterinarian at the Swedish Poultry Meat Association,
said salmonella outbreaks among poultry in Sweden were "so rare that almost no
one remembers the last time it happened."
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