Infectious Diseases 2004

Infectious Diseases 2004

About 47,000 Swedish Chickens Destroyed On Salmonella

26 August, 2004

About 47,000 chickens were destroyed at a farm in southern Sweden Wednesday. Routine tests had found that at least one of the birds had salmonella, a bacteria that can cause illness in humans who consume the infected poultry.
It's the first case of salmonella bacteria found in Swedish poultry this year, and only the third case since 1999, said Pia Gustafsson, a veterinarian with the Swedish Board of Agriculture.
The chickens, raised on a farm outside Ystad, a town on Sweden's southernmost coast, were to be delivered to food producer Kronfaagel, which had sent a veterinarian to do the standard testing that discovered the bacteria.
Kerstin Frodig, head of food quality at Kronfaagel, said all 47,000 chickens from the building where the tests were made were destroyed as a safety precaution (eFeedlink.com).