Five Die, Hundreds Hospitalised After Eating Imported Chicken

source: microsecondnews

Frozen Chicken imported from Poland is wreaking havoc in the UK. Five people are suspected to have died and hundreds more, including children, became seriously ill in the UK after eating contaminated chicken imported from Poland. The meat was turned into cheap frozen nuggets and breaded chicken products sold by major supermarkets across the UK over the past year. Some 480 people are known to have fallen ill with salmonella poisoning with more than one in three becoming so sick they needed hospital treatment. The processed chicken products are typically bought by parents as a cheap and easy meal for children. Some 44 per cent of victims were aged 16 or under. As many as five people have died after eating contaminated chicken from Poland. it comes as customers are being told to avoid eating certain batches of SFC’s Take Home Boneless Bucket product amid concerns it contains salmonella There have been a further four recorded deaths linked to these outbreaks, however it is not clear whether salmonella infection was a factor. Public Health England refused to give any details on the age, gender or location for this group, potentially leaving bereaved families in the dark about the full circumstances. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has issued a warning over the consumption of two SFC chicken products – which use packaging that mimics KFC – Take Home Boneless Bucket and Chicken Poppets. There also been a recall of Chick Inn 32 Jumbo Chicken Nuggets, made by Vestey Foods. The Daily Mail has learned that the chicken used in all of these products came from sources in Poland, which have been associated with two strains of the salmonella food poisoning bug. The SFC products have been on sale for months through both Sainsbury’s and Morrisons, while the Vestey nuggets have been sold through hundreds of Heron Foods stores, B&M, and B&M Express. A number of European countries, including Ireland, have issued nearly 100 warnings about salmonella in chilled and frozen poultry from Poland since the beginning of last year. Of the 480 cases in the UK, some 400 were in England, 42 in Scotland, 31 in Wales and seven in Northern Ireland. These figures are likely to be the tip of the iceberg, as many people with less serious symptoms may not have visited their doctor or gone to hospital during the Covid-19 pandemic. ‘Symptoms of a Salmonella infection include diarrhoea, stomach cramps and sometimes vomiting and fever. Anyone who is concerned about symptoms should contact their GP or out of hours service in the first instance.’

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