Infectious Diseases 2019

Infectious Diseases 2019

UK: 1,400 tons of poultry were sent back to Brazil due to salmonella

4 July, 2019

Thousands of tonnes of salmonella-contaminated chicken have been exported from Brazil during the past two years, including more than one million birds sent to the UK. Thirteen shipments of contaminated chicken from Brazil have been detected by UK border inspectors in 2019. According to Agriculture Minister Tereza Cristina Dias, the shipments totaled 1,400 tons of poultry, which were returned over a 15-month period. The confirmation was made after a local website Reporter Brasil ran a story on the incident. According to the site, some of the shipments belonged to the leading meatpackers in the country, JBS and BRF Foods. In addition, the site reported that, after being refused by UK, the poultry was sold in the Brazilian market. Brazil has a higher maximum limit for traces of salmonella than the European Union nations. Dias did not deny the information.