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The Food Safety Agency calls for caution on the Salmonella outbreak that Norway links to Spanish cucumbers

The Spanish Agency for Food Safety and Nutrition (Aesan), attached to the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, has urged caution against raising alarms due to a registered Salmonella outbreak in Norway.

Aesan sources released this statement. service media After the newspaper El Pais wrote about the issue, based on information published by the Norwegian authorities. The same source noted that authorities have not confirmed that the outbreak originated in food of Spanish origin.

They also clarified that information reported by Norway through the EU Rapid Warning System (RASFF) was inconclusive and not fully verified.

Aesan has already contacted the Alert and Emergency Coordination Center and local authorities to analyze traceability if the food originated in Spain.

Outbreaks in Norway, the Netherlands, and Sweden
The Norwegian Institute of Public Health reported a total of 72 people in the country, 24 of whom required hospitalization. Salmonella agona From late October to early December.

After interviewing more than 50 patients and analyzing purchase information, officials found that nearly 90% of those infected had eaten cucumbers a week before they became ill. This study helped rule out other possible sources of this outbreak. “After extensive tracking work by the Norwegian Food Safety Authority, a specific batch of cucumbers from a Spanish supplier has been identified as the most likely source of infection.”

In addition to the Norwegian outbreak, cases of the same strain were also reported in Sweden and the Netherlands around the same time. No new cases of the disease have been reported in recent weeks. This may indicate that contaminated products are no longer on the market and the outbreak is probably over. “However, it remains to be seen whether there will be new infected people in the future.”

Source: fhi.no / noticiasdesalud.es

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