Salmonella in Denmark in imported British beef

3D illustration of Salmonella Bacteria. Medicine concept.

Beef from England is the cause of a Salmonella outbreak that has affected several dozen patients in Denmark over the past two months. This is evident from research by the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration and the Danish importer.

Since March, 51 people in Denmark have been confirmed infected with the same type of Salmonella. The meat is imported and ground into minced meat at the Danish Hilton Foods and sold in Coop stores. Some of the ground meat has passed its expiration date and is no longer available in stores, but consumers can still have it in their freezers. 

Some of the minced meat was still in Danish stores until yesterday and authorities are advising consumers to throw the meat away or return it to the store where it was purchased. Hilton Foods has recalled ground beef sold after March 19.

Infection with salmonella usually causes general malaise, diarrhea, stomach pain, vomiting and fever. The infection is often accompanied by joint pain, muscle pain and headaches. Adequate fluids are important to prevent and treat dehydration due to diarrhea and vomiting. In most cases, the symptoms of salmonella are mild and go away on their own.