Pizza and Cheese added to EU Salmonella Outbreak List

European food safety and health authorities added pizza and cheese to the list of recalled food products due to EU-wide food poisoning.

Lactalis, a French dairy product corporation, has recalled all its raw milk cheeses because of a probable listeriosis contamination. Listeriosis is an infection caused by listeria bacteria. The probable contamination was linked to a partner farm that produces raw milk.

The French corporation imposed the food recall to bries, coulommiers, camembert, and small camemberts cheese products from the brands Normanville, Bon Normand, Pâquerettes, Graindorge, Traditions de Normandie and Nous anti-gaspi.

Buitoni, an Italian food company under Nestlé, has also recalled its frozen pizza products in France, Belgium and Luxembourg after reports of E. coli infection among children. The products have also been distributed to Switzerland, Andorra, Saint-Martin and Slovenia in Europe, and in 15 African countries.

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and European Centre for Disease and Prevention Control (ECDC) reported on Wednesday it had recorded a high proportion of children suffering from severe clinical symptoms such as bloody diarrhoea. Monophasic Salmonella Typhimurium caused the outbreak, said EFSA and ECDC. The authorities have earlier linked the outbreak to the chocolate product Kinder.

EFSA and ECDC reported a total of 134 cases of Salmonella in Europe and the United Kingdom. The recorded cases include 105 confirmed and 29 probable cases.

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