The State Agricultural and Food Inspection (SZPI) in the Czech Republic has discovered two batches of frozen chicken contaminated with salmonella. The harmful food comes from Ukraine. SZPI warns consumers against consuming this chicken.
Samples were taken as part of a planned microbiological control at JIP Východočeská facilities in České Budějovice and Harrachov.
“SZPI inspectors have ordered the immediate withdrawal of the affected batches from the market. SZPI also strongly advises all consumers who have the affected batch of food at home not to consume it,” SZPI said in a press release.
Inspectors have also placed a notice about the harmful meat in the European Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF). SZPI has launched administrative proceedings against the inspected person for imposing a fine.
Salmonella is a bacterium that can cause foodborne illness. It is hazardous for young children, pregnant women, and older adults.
Consumers should always be cautious when purchasing frozen meat and ensure it has been properly stored and cooked before consumption.
This is not the first incident of salmonella contamination in the Czech Republic. In 2019, there was a massive outbreak of salmonella linked to pork from Poland. The outbreak affected more than 200 people.
It is important to note that SZPI is continually monitoring food safety in the Czech Republic and working to prevent incidents like this from occurring in the future. If you believe you have consumed contaminated food, seek medical attention immediately.