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Specialist salmonella claims lawyer comments on latest outbreak

The Food Standards Agency is investigating an outbreak of Salmonella in the UK

12 September 2013

The number of people believed to have been infected with Salmonella in England and Wales has risen to more than 50.  The Food Standards Agency is currently investigating  the outbreak which is the less common Salmonella Typhimurium strain.  At least nine people have been hospitalised following this latest food infection which was first identified in North Wales, with subsequent outbreaks being reported in the Thames Valley, Leeds, Cumbria and Stafford.

Investigations into the possible source of the infection are focusing on cooked ham supplied to independent butchers. The ages of those infected by the Salmonella Typhimurium ranges from seven months to 97. Salmonella food poisoning is often caused by eating contaminated raw or undercooked food and people usually make a quick recovery from the unpleasant symptoms which can include vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach cramps and fever. However, young children, the elderly and people whose immune systems are compromised can be left with serious, long-lasting health problems when they are infected with salmonella.

Food poisoning solicitor at Leigh Day, Michelle Victor, has represented a number of people who have been infected with salmonella.  The firm also represented a client following the discovery of Salmonella montevideo, another rare strain of the infection, in chocolate bars.

Michelle said:

“It is important that the Food Standards Agency identify the source of this salmonella outbreak as quickly as possible so that the health of consumers is protected as salmonella bacteria can cause serious and persistent health problems in some people.”

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