French health authorities announced yesterday the removal of all batches of a whip mark linked to 45 cases of salmonellosis, 27 of which affect children.
As reported by the French Ministry of Health on its website, the cases are linked to the consumption of whips produced by the Catalan company Embotits Caula SL, Sant Gregori. This relationship was confirmed on July 15 by the Directorate General of Food, the Directorate General of Health and Public Health of France.
“As of today, all batches will be withdrawn,” the French Ministry of Health said in a statement on its website. The salmonellosis strains investigated in those affected share the same genetic characteristics and were identified between June 24 and July 15 by the National Salmonellosis Reference Center.
Company sources explained yesterday that they had not been informed “neither what specific batch it is, nor what its destination was, nor what type of whip.” In this line, they reported that they always test to check the status of products shipped to points of sale, and made it clear that the analysis of all products shipped on the production dates indicated by France do not mark the existence of salmonellosis. “We are convinced of our innocence; we want them to give us more information, to specify which batch it has been ”. The firm hopes to get more information starting Monday. “Based on what we are told, we will do the relevant analysis to see if there is this problem. But right now we know nothing. He is completely helpless, ”they added.
Food poisoning caused by salmonella results in sudden onset gastrointestinal disorders (diarrhea, vomiting) often accompanied by fever and headaches that usually occur 6 to 72 hours after consumption of contaminated products. These symptoms may be more pronounced in young children, pregnant women, immunocompromised people and the elderly, the Ministry recalls.
The center recommends that people who still have the affected products not consume them and return them to the point of sale where they were purchased. Last year, the country withdrew several batches of whips from another Catalan company, Embotits Solà, from French markets for the detection of salmonella in its products.