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Euro Surveill. 2010 Apr 1;15(13). pii: 19528.

First evidence of a food poisoning outbreak due to staphylococcal enterotoxin type E, France, 2009.

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AFSSA-LERQAP (French Food Safety Agency, Food Quality and Food Processes Research Laboratory), European Union Reference Laboratory for Coagulase Positive Staphylococci including Staphylococcus aureus, Maisons-Alfort, France.


At the end of 2009, six food poisoning outbreaks caused by staphylococci were reported in France. Soft cheese made from unpasteurized milk was found to be the common source of the outbreaks. Staphylococcal enterotoxin type E was identified and quantified in the cheese using both official and confirmatory methods of the European Union Reference Laboratory (EU-RL). To our knowledge, this is the first report of food poisoning outbreaks caused by staphylococcal enterotoxin type E in France.

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