Salmonella case halved by EU action
According to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), measures introduced in the EU to cut the prevalence of Salmonella in animals and food have succeeded in reducing cases of infection in humans by nearly 50%.
EFSA reports that the reduction has been achieved over a five-year period from 2004-2009. Until 2005, salmonellosis was the most common foodborne disease in Europe with nearly 200,000 cases being reported in the EU that year.
The measures considered to have had the biggest impact on the figures are those designed to reduce the prevalence of Salmonella in egg-laying poultry flocks. Eggs have long been thought of as the most important source of human infection in the EU. EU member states are working to achieve a reduction in prevalence in laying flocks from an original 20% in some countries down to a target of 2%.