In June 2001, as part of a microbiological study of bagged, ready-to-eat salad products, Salmonella enterica serotype Newport was isolated from a sample of pre-packed green salad distributed by a major supermarket retailer. The strain was characterised by phage typing, plasmid profile typing and pulsed-field gel electrophoresis. Other isolates of S. Newport from cases of human infection in England and Wales in the first six months of 2001 were similarly characterised. Of 60 strains from cases of human infection, 19 were found to be indistinguishable from that isolated from the salad product. This study highlights the benefits of an integrated approach to outbreak investigations, involving the various elements of the PHLS and the Food Standards Agency, and acknowledges the full co-operation of the retailer in ensuring the rapid withdrawal of the contaminated product.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Communicable disease and public health / PHLS|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 2002|
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