Rising cases of Salmonella prompts warning from FSA

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has issued a warning for consumers to take care when preparing and cooking frozen raw breaded chicken products at home, such as nuggets, goujons, dippers, poppers and kievs, following two ongoing outbreaks of Salmonella Enteritidis.

An investigation is ongoing into two particular strains of Salmonella linked to frozen raw breaded chicken products. 

Colin Sullivan, Chief Operating Officer, FSA said: “Our advice is to always take care when storing, handling and cooking these types of frozen breaded chicken products to help reduce the risk of food poisoning to you and your family.”

Saheer Gharbia, Head of the Gastrointestinal Pathogens Unit of PHE’s National Infection Service, said: “Cases continue to be reported, albeit at lower levels than last year, following the control measures taken to date.

“Salmonella generally causes a mild illness, although vulnerable groups like children under five years, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems may experience more severe illness and may require hospitalisation. Symptoms of a Salmonella infection include diarrhoea, stomach cramps and sometimes vomiting and fever.”

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