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Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Polish Egg Farm

12/9/16 8:36 AM

The demand for eggs is growing following a recent Salmonella outbreak being traced back to Wozniak Poultry Farms in Poland. The European Food Safety Authority now reporting the victim count is topping 350 with 10 countries reporting cases.

With recalls initiated throughout Europe and Hong Kong, a member of the European Parliament representing Croatia has asked the EU Commission if a member state can impose stricter standards and checks. The commission must respond within six weeks. The concern follows a cluster of Salmonella cases in Croatia, which has been linked to the death of a five-year-old child.

According to the European Food Safety Authority and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, the contaminated products were distributed on multiple occasions between May 2015 and October 2016. The agencies say it's also possible that this Salmonella outbreak has been ongoing since 2012. You may be asking yourself, "How is this possible?" The explanation: DNA from the eggs are part of two distinct but related genetic clusters linked back to the 2012 outbreak.

In the United States, the FDA and the USDA's Food Safety Inspection Service share authority for egg safety, while state departments monitor for compliance. In 2010, the Egg Safety Rule went into effect for egg producers with 50,000 or more laying hens, requiring the implementation of HACCP safety standards to control the spread of pathogens associated with foodborne illnesses. These facilities must be registered with the FDA and are required to maintain written plans summarizing their safety procedures.

Egg production facilities should consider these phases as critical control points (a step at which control can be applied to prevent of eliminate a food safety hazard or reduce it to an acceptable level):

  • Chicks history
  • Feed storage
  • Water storage
  • Packaging storage
  • Egg collection
  • Egg handling and delivery

In the case of the Salmonella outbreak in Poland, Wozniak Poultry Farms did have procedures in place and quality control of products at all stages. The company even introduced non-routine testing throughout the critical control points searching for the cause.

To help egg processors monitor temperature and humidity exposure throughout production, storage and shipping, MadgeTech created the EggTemp-RH data logger. The EggTemp responds to an environment the same way a real egg does, simulating the experience of the actual product. To view the entire collection of data logging solutions for eggs and incubation, click here.

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