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UK salmonella outbreak linked to contaminated meat

20th September 2013

Investigators at Public Health England have suggested that the consumption of certain batches of cooked ham may be linked to the recent outbreak of salmonella infections in England and Wales.

The results of tests carried out by environmental health officers on products from certain small independent butchers' shops did not show the presence of salmonella, though other hygiene issues were uncovered, leading to the withdrawal of some batches of ham.

There have been 21 confirmed cases of salmonella infections in Wales, where the outbreak was first detected, with a further 42 now confirmed in England.

Public Health England is still working with Public Health Wales and the Food Standards Agency to trace the origins of the contamination.

Dr Bob Adak, head of the gastrointestinal diseases department at Public Health England, said: "Investigating outbreaks of foodborne illness is a complex process as people have to try and remember what they ate some weeks prior to becoming unwell. In this instance, many reported eating cooked meats."

Food poisoning can lead to symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and stomach cramps and is often caused by not cooking or storing food properly, among other factors.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801640076-ADNFCR

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