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Euro Surveill. 2008 Oct 30;13(44):pii: 19020.

Outbreak of Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium in Switzerland, May-June 2008, implications for production and control of meat preparations.

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  • 1Federal Office of Public Health, Division of Communicable Diseases, Bern, Switzerland.


An increased number of Salmonella Typhimurium cases were reported in Switzerland between May and June 2008. Investigations involved 72 cases. Results of PFGE typing identified several outbreak strains, the dominating one present in 43 of the 72 isolates. Strains affecting one third of the cases were also found in animal samples, in particular pork. However, no specific food source could be identified. Outbreaks described in this paper highlight the importance of food safety regulations such as those on minced meat and meat preparations issued by the European Commission and adopted by Switzerland into the national law.

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