In recent news, additional poultry imported into the Czech Republic from Hungary has been found to contain bacteria causing salmonellosis. The State Agricultural and Food Inspection Authority made this alarming discovery. The affected products are frozen goose breasts and duck, samples collected by inspectors in Kaufland and Albert stores.
The laboratory analysis confirmed the presence of the pathogenic serotypes of Salmonella Agona and Salmonella Newport in the mentioned batch of poultry. A spokesperson for the inspection authority, Pavel Kopřiva, reported this in a press release. The inspection authority will initiate administrative proceedings to impose a fine on the sellers of these foods.
The meat was sold under Valdor Duck without giblets in Albert stores, cooked, chilled, and class-A quality. Although the use-by date was only until October 21 of the previous year, customers may have the meat frozen at home. The laboratory confirmed the presence of the Salmonella Anatum bacterial serotype in this product.
The inspection authority warns customers not to consume the meat under any circumstances to avoid health risks. The authority has also inserted the information into the European Rapid Alert System for Food (RASFF) to investigate the case in the country of origin.
In recent weeks and months, this is not the first discovery of poultry meat contaminated with bacteria that originated in Hungary or Ukraine. This raises concerns about safety measures and the need for more stringent checks on imported food products.