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Statement from Irish Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

RASFF 2018.2152 Infant Formula - Salmonella Incident in France

Irish infant formula is manufactured to the highest standards of quality and food safety. It fully meets the standards required by European Union and Chinese food safety authorities.

The Irish Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine is aware of recent reports relating to a number of cases of salmonellosis in infants in France. Any such reports are taken very seriously indeed by Ireland’s food safety authorities.

It is clear that there is no evidence whatsoever of any causal connection between cases of salmonella in France and infant formula manufactured in Ireland. The position in relation to these cases is as follows:

  • French Food Safety Authorities have tested infant formula consumed by the affected infants. These samples tested negative for salmonella.
  • As an additional check, French Authorities tested  isolates from the infants that were ill, to determine if the salmonella serotypes in different cases were the same.  The French food Safety Authorities  have confirmed that the salmonella serotypes in these cases were not the same. 
  • The source of the infection in these cases is not the same, and is not connected to Irish infant formula.
  • In addition, the Irish authorities conducted a full review of all microbiological testing, results and systems checks at the Irish enterprise where the formula was manufactured. The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, can confirm that there have been no findings of salmonella at the plant concerned.

The French Authorities have now written a Follow-Up Notification to the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed system to update it and no further investigations are being carried out in France, as they consider the matter closed.

The Irish food safety authorities continue to implement a rigorous control programme at all Infant Formula manufacturers in Ireland and can assure the Chinese authorities of the safety of all products produced and exported to China.

 

爱尔兰农业、食品和海事部公告

欧盟食品及饲料类快速预警系统编号2018.2152-爱尔兰产婴幼儿配方奶粉疑似沙门氏菌污染事件 

爱尔兰婴幼儿配方奶粉严格按照最高食品质量及安全标准生产,完全符合欧盟及中国食品安全部门的标准要求。

爱尔兰农业、食品和海事部了解到,近期在法国出现几例婴儿沙门氏菌病例报告。爱尔兰食品安全主管部门高度重视任何此类报告。

根据调查结果显示,没有证据证明上述法国婴儿沙门氏菌病例与爱尔兰产婴幼儿配方奶粉有任何因果关系。具体调查结果如下:

  • 法国食品安全部门已对染病婴儿所食用婴幼儿配方奶粉进行检测,沙门氏菌检测结果均为阴性。
  • 作为补充检查, 法国食品安全部门对生病婴儿进行了分离菌检测, 以确定不同病例中的沙门氏菌血清型是否相同。 法国食品安全部门已确认,这些病例中的沙门氏菌血清型并非同一类型。
  • 已上报感染案例的感染源并不相同,且与爱尔兰婴幼儿配方奶粉无关。
  • 此外,爱尔兰政府已对所有爱尔兰配方奶粉生产厂家进行了全方位微生物检测及系统检测。爱尔兰农业、食品和海事部在此确认,并未在任何爱尔兰配方奶粉生产厂家发现沙门氏菌。

就此调查进展,法国食品安全部门已经向欧盟食品及饲料快速预警机构进行了后续通告。法国将不再进行进一步调查,并认为该案例已关闭。

爱尔兰食品安全部门将继续对所有在爱婴幼儿配方奶粉生产企业实行严格管控,

并向中方保证,所有在爱生产及出口至中国市场的食品安全无虞。

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