Finland – Salmonella outbreak affects 450 in Jyväskylä, Linked to imported lettuce

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In a follow-up on the salmonella outbreak in the Jyväskylä region of Finland, the City of Jyväskylä said imported lettuce served in day care centres has been confirmed as the source of an outbreak of salmonella bacterial infections that affected about 450 children and day care centre staff.

The salad contained domestic cucumber, peas and foreign iceberg lettuce. Domestically-produced cucumbers and peas were also suspected to be the cause of the outbreak, but the city said tests had revealed no connection between these products and the salmonella infections.

The most likely source of Salmonella is iceberg lettuce, which came to Finland from Germany via Sweden.

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