Outbreak of salmonella from halva imported from Syria into 5 European countries

Updated Nov 5, 2021
Between November 2019 and October 2021, 121 cases of infection with six different serotypes of Salmonella enterica in sesame products imported from Syria were identified in five countries of the European Union. This was announced by the Center for Risk Assessment, explaining that the infection was imported with 14 batches, positive for one or more strains of Salmonella, corresponding to the focal strains. It is especially dangerous that halva is consumed mainly by children under the age of ten. The information was prepared by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) at the request of the European Commission and published on 14 October 2021. Interviews with patients in four countries revealed the consumption of sesame-based products (halva or tahini) before the disease. Almost half of the cases are found in children under the age of ten, who also account for more than half of the hospitalized cases. No deaths were ...
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