Dutch authorities blame smoked salmon for salmonella outbreak
Brown Rice Blinis with Smoked Fish and Creme Fraiche. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO)
Published Tuesday, October 2, 2012 8:37AM EDT
THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- Dutch public health authorities say smoked salmon tainted with salmonella bacteria has sickened hundreds of people in the Netherlands and the United States, sparking a major recall.
Those infected by the salmonella bacteria can suffer symptoms including fever, vomiting and diarrhea.
The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment says the salmon has been traced to Dutch company Foppen, which sells fish to many major Dutch supermarkets and to stores around the world.
The institute said in a statement Tuesday that around 200 people -- and likely more -- in the Netherlands and more than 100 people in the United States have been sickened.
Foppen, which processes fish in the Netherlands and at a factory in Greece, says it is investigating the cause of the outbreak.