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More than 100 people got salmonella from UK eggs

Christian Fernsby |
More than 100 people have been poisoned by British eggs contaminated with salmonella over the last three years.

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Records obtained by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism show there have been 45 cases of salmonella poisoning from British eggs this year alone.

The potentially fatal bacteria has been traced to British poultry farms, despite recent government assurances that the risk had been virtually eliminated.

In 2017, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) told the public “the risk of salmonella is now so low you needn’t worry".

The FSA said it was safe for vulnerable people, including pregnant women and the elderly to eat raw, runny or soft-boiled eggs - despite several cases of salmonella being recorded that year.

According to the BIJ, 25 egg-laying poultry flocks have tested positive for a strain of the bacteria so far this year, with seven of them infected with the most serious strain.

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