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Recalls for possible salmonella poisoning from contaminated cheese

Recalls for possible salmonella poisoning from contaminated cheese


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First cases of salmonella poisoning confirmed

The Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety and the French Ministry of Agriculture are currently warning of a French cheese that was sold throughout Germany. There is an urgent suspicion of harmful Salmonella bacteria. It is the soft cheese "Reblochon de Savoie" from the French manufacturer Fromagerie La Tournette.

As a preventive consumer protection measure, the Fromagerie La Tournette dairy recalls the “Reblochon de Savoie” raw milk cheese. It cannot be excluded that the product is contaminated with Salmonella. All 450 gram packaging with the best-before dates of 25 November 2018 and 01 December 2018 with the batch number FR 74-128-050 EG are affected. Consumption is strongly discouraged.

Almost Germany-wide sales

According to the consumer protection portal "lebensmittelwarnung.de" of the Federal Office for Consumer Protection, the cheese was traded in all federal states except Brandenburg and Saarland. The manufacturer has already taken the products out of sale. A part has already been sold. The manufacturer therefore asks the buyer to check the goods and, if necessary, to destroy them or to have them refunded at the place of purchase.

The first poisonings have already appeared in France

The product was also sold in France. The French Ministry of Agriculture has already confirmed the first Salmonella poisoning in people who had previously eaten the cheese.

What are the dangers of Salmonella in food?

According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), salmonellosis, i.e. an infection with salmonella, is usually seen twelve to 36 hours after consuming the contaminated product. This causes inflammation of the intestine, which is accompanied by abdominal pain, diarrhea, headache, nausea and vomiting. Severe courses can also lead to a high fever. There is also a risk of dehydration, particularly in young children and older adults.

Salmonella can be life-threatening for these people

Complications can occur particularly in people over the age of 60 and in immunodeficient people, which can sometimes be life-threatening. According to the RKI, the bacteria can spread to other organs and thus cause abscesses, septic arthritis, inflammation of the gall bladder, the inner skin of the heart, the meninges, the pericardium, the lungs, the skin or the kidney pelvis. RKI reports that around 0.1 percent of all those affected die from the infection. Anyone who has consumed the cheese and then finds one or more symptoms should see a doctor immediately and point out a possible Salmonella infection. (vb)

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