In a follow-up on the Salmonella outbreak among schoolkids in Flanders, Belgium, The Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (AFSCA) now reports 225 children suspected of becoming ill due to Salmonella contamination in 38 schools in East and West Flanders(computer translated).
Salmonella infection was laboratory confirmed in 129 children from 26 different schools; it is also strongly suspected in other children since they have similar symptoms. The only common denominator is the caterer.
AFSCA is closely investigating three potential routes of contamination: raw materials, infrastructure and catering staff. Last week, they collected about 90 food samples and surfaces that have since been analyzed. The first results are expected later this week.
They also announced that caterer will not resume its activities this week as the investigation is still ongoing.
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