Jacobs Media Group is honoured to be the recipient of the 2020 Queen's Award for Enterprise.

FSA warns caterers over eggs as salmonella cases triple

02 December 2009
FSA warns caterers over eggs as salmonella cases triple

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has warned caterers that they need to cook and prepare eggs safely, as it investigates a threefold increase in the number of salmonella cases this year.

The FSA said it had seen a sharp rise in the strain Salmonella Enteritidis phage type 14b since mid-August and had identified fourteen clusters of the disease in England and Wales linked to a number of different catering establishments and one care home.

There have been a total of 144 cases associated with those 14 clusters, while the total number of cases for 2009 stands at 443 - up from just 137 in 2008.

It is thought that the most recent outbreaks could be linked to eggs from Spain, although the FSA said there was currently no conclusive evidence for this.

"Investigations are ongoing into a possible link to eggs sourced from an approved establishment in Spain, and the UK and Spanish authorities are working in close cooperation to investigate this," a statement said.

It called on caterers to use its guide, , in the meantime.

Salmonella is one of the most common causes of food poisoning in the UK and is sometimes found in unpasteurised milk, raw meat and poultry, as well as eggs and products containing raw egg.

Food poisoning - don't blame it on the oysters >>

Michelin-starred Star Inn reopens after norovirus outbreak >>

Heston Blumenthal will not face legal action over norovirus outbreak >>
Caterers told to stick to British eggs or risk poisoning customers >>

FSA issues warning over eggs from Spain >>

By Neil Gerrard

E-mail your comments to Neil Gerrard here.

If you have something to say on this story or anything else join the debate at Table Talk - Caterer's new networking forum. Go to www.caterersearch.com/tabletalk

Caterersearch.com jobs
Looking for a new job? Find your next job here with Caterersearch.com jobs

Blogs on Caterersearch.com](http://www.caterersearch.com/blogs) Catch up with more news and gossip on all Caterer's blogs
[Newsletters For the latest hospitality news, sign up for our e-mail newsletters.
The Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email

Start the working day with The Caterer’s free breakfast briefing email

Sign Up and manage your preferences below

Check mark icon
Thank you

You have successfully signed up for the Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email and will hear from us soon!

Jacobs Media Group is honoured to be the recipient of the 2020 Queen's Award for Enterprise.

The highest official awards for UK businesses since being established by royal warrant in 1965. Read more.

close

Ad Blocker detected

We have noticed you are using an adblocker and – although we support freedom of choice – we would like to ask you to enable ads on our site. They are an important revenue source which supports free access of our website's content, especially during the COVID-19 crisis.

trade tracker pixel tracking