As Europe’s biggest poultry producer and exporter, Poland’s situation could pose a threat to other countries.
According to a European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) report, a serious outbreak in 2016 traced to Polish farms led to an estimated 500 cases of salmonella in humans, at least two of which were fatal – a five-year-old in Croatia and another person in Hungary.
A number of reported salmonella outbreaks in Europe traced to Polish poultry and egg farms has risen significantly in 2017.
As of 31 July, 29 cases of Salmonella originating from Polish products have been reported by 14 other EU countries to the European Commission’s Food Safety Alert system. This compares to a total of 27 for the whole of 2016 and 17 in 2015.