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Salmonella Outbreak: Contaminated Salmon Products and Symptoms

  1. Salmonella outbreak: Contaminated salmon products and symptoms Since the beginning of August 2012, a strong increase in the number of cases of disease had been observed in the Netherlands. The cases turned out to be caused by the Salmonella Thompson. In September 2012, it was announced that the sharp increase in patients with Salmonella poisoning was due to smoked salmon products. It turned out to be smoked salmon products contaminated with Salmonella. On October 19, 2012, there were 950 recorded cases of people who became ill from eating contaminated salmon and it was announced that at least 3 people died from the consequences of the salmonella infection. However, the number of people who became ill from eating infected salmon is probably many times higher. Not all patients went to their GP with the symptoms noted. As a result, these cases have not been officially identified and recorded.

What is Salmonella?

  1. Salmonella contamination is still the most common cause of food poisoning. Salmonella is an intestinal bacterium that occurs in almost all domestic and wild animals. With regard to food products that are often eaten in the Netherlands, Salmonella can occur in chicken, veal and pork, fish products, raw eggs, certain dairy products and in various vegetables and fruits. The Salmonella bacteria can be transferred to humans by consuming contaminated products.

Symptoms and complications of Salmonella poisoning

  1. There are many symptoms that can indicate a Salmonella infection. However, many of these symptoms are so general that they can indicate other conditions. A Salmonella infection is therefore often confused with a stomach flu infection. This is also the reason that many people who suffer from a Salmonella infection do not consult a doctor. The symptoms of a Salmonella infection generally occur within 12 to 36 hours of eating the contaminated food. When complaints persist or worsen for a long time, it is strongly recommended to consult a doctor.

Some symptoms that occur with Salmonella poisoning are:

  1. Stomach cramps, diarrhea, fever, nausea severe headache.


  1. In some cases, Salmonella poisoning can lead to very serious complications. Especially the elderly, young children and people with a reduced resistance run an increased risk of complications after a Salmonella poisoning. These complications range widely from mild to very serious and in some cases can be life-threatening.

National Salmonella outbreak due to infected smoked salmon

  1. Since July 2012, a strong increase in patients who had become infected with the Salmonella bacterium Thompson has been observed in the Netherlands. In September 2012, it was announced that the sharp increase was caused by contaminated smoked salmon produced by fish manufacturer Foppen. Fish manufacturer Foppen supplies salmon products to almost all Dutch supermarkets. On the instruction of the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA), fish manufacturer Foppen has decided to hold a so-called recall. It was also decided to remove all salmon products processed by the fish manufacturer from Harderwijk from the Dutch shelves. In addition to the supermarkets, various wholesalers who received salmon products from the fish manufacturer Foppen were also informed about the need to withdraw the smoked salmon from the market.

List of contaminated salmon products

  1. Chain Store Products Albert Heijn AH smoked salmon cubes EAN: 8710400130574

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  1. If you have any salmon products included in the above list, you are strongly advised to discard these products. The products can be reimbursed by cutting out the product code on the packaging and sending it to:


  1. Investigations into the cause of the Salmonella outbreak are still underway. New information about the Salmonella contamination is released daily at the fish manufacturer Foppen. This may show that even more products should not be consumed. Therefore, check the media daily or consider temporarily discontinuing salmon products.

  2. Investigations into the cause of the Salmonella outbreak are still underway. New information about the Salmonella contamination is published daily

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