By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

In a follow-up on the salmonella outbreak in the Jyväskylä region of Finland, the City of Jyväskylä said imported lettuce served in daycare centres has been confirmed as the source of an outbreak of salmonella bacterial infections that affected about 450 children and daycare centre staff.

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The salad contained domestic cucumber, peas and foreign iceberg lettuce. Domestically-produced cucumbers and peas were also suspected to be the cause of the outbreak, but the city said tests had revealed no connection between these products and the salmonella infections.

The most likely source of Salmonella is iceberg lettuce, which came to Finland from Germany via Sweden.

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Samples taken from workers at the city’s food supplier, Kylän kattaus, which prepares the meals for daycare centres in the region, have also proved to be negative for traces of salmonella bacteria.

Iceberg lettuce is a product that is not available domestically all year round, and on this scale not Finnish all the time. Such mistakes can occur both at home and abroad. There are responsible suppliers in both. Yes, this will certainly trigger an evaluation discussion on whether there is a need to change practices, says Kylän kattaus director Tuija Sinisalo.

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