Two deaths in France linked to Salmonella in horse meat

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SALMONELLA: Two deaths after two separate epidemics. CREDIT: Twitter

Two deaths in France linked to Salmonella in horse meat.

French health authorities have confirmed that two people have died after eating raw or undercooked horse meat.

A week ago, Public Health France confirmed that it was investigating more than 50 Salmonella infections linked to the consumption of horse meat during the summer months.

The National Reference Center for Salmonella at the Institut Pasteur detected the first epidemic with 20 patients aged 19 to 94, sick from Salmonella Newport in August.

The patients lived in seven different regions, the Hauts de France region having the most cases with eight.
Nine patients were hospitalized and two deaths reported.

A second outbreak was detected in September, with 23 patients aged 2 to 84 years, from four different regions.
Here again, the Hauts de France region recorded the most cases with 25.

According to the French public health authorities, before the onset of symptoms, almost all the patients had eaten raw, undercooked or rare horse meat, some in the form of minced (minced) meat bought in the markets or from the butcher. . stores, reports Food Safety News.

The Directorate General for Food (DGAL) carried out traceability surveys of horse meat consumed by patients.

Although they found that it was imported, they could not determine with certainty the exact origin.

The places visited by the patients were questioned and recalled the good hygiene practices for the preparation of minced meat.

Horse meat is mainly imported from Italy, Romania, Poland, the United States or South America.

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