Czech Radio reports the Czech Food Safety Information Center of the Ministry of Agriculture, Prague, have started destroying thousands of laying hens at a farm in Pohořelice, southern Moravia, following a Salmonella outbreak.
As many as 35,000 of around 60,000 hens have so far been destroyed and
the market chain Lidl has taken all egg deliveries from the farm off
its shelves. People have been asked to return eggs already purchased
at the market chain. This concerns eggs with an expiry date up to [11
The Salmonella was detected due to health problems at a children’s
Newly-released health ministry data shows a marked increase in mandated closures of Czech food establishments by health and safety inspectors. During 2015, 259 restaurants and other food establishments were ordered closed across the county for various hygiene-related violations.
Around 23,000 inspections of eateries were carried out last year, according to official figures from the ministry of health’s food hygiene inspectorate, which is headed by chief hygiene officer Vladimir Valenta:
“The main violations related to operational safety, for example permitting clean and unclean items to mix; also shortcomings in sanitation procedures, poor cleaning routines, and equipment in poor condition.”
In total, CZK 13 million in fines were levied for unhygienic conduct spanning around 4,500 violations. In 919 specific cases, establishments were ordered to immediately address food safety shortcomings. Mandated closures were up by 105 in comparison to 2014.
During 2015, hygiene inspectors also banned 2,000 persons from working in the food service industry for endangering public safety.
At least 100 people in and around Plzeň came down with symptoms of salmonella poisoning after eating spaghetti carbonara made by a catering company called Zrtas, according to media reports.
Some 50 people have been hospitalized and a similar number is being treated for food poisoning on an outpatient basis.
The spaghetti meals suspected of causing the illness were prepared Friday, July 24, and delivered in paper and foil cartons in and around the Plzeň area. Since the shelf life is listed as five days, more of the meals still may be available.
The company linked to the outbreak made 140 meals of spaghetti with Parmesan cheese, bacon and eggs and delivered them to multiple companies and institutions. The exact ingredient at the root of the outbreak has not been determined, but salmonella is often linked to eggs.