Salmonella was found in 33 tonnes of chicken to be sold in Norwegian stores. The Food Safety Authority says people could have fallen ill if the chicken reached the market.
– “It was to be sold to stores, but not the big chains. This is whole chicken for sale directly to consumers,” says Muhammad Mushtaq of Norwegian M Import AS to the Nation.
The company, which is wholly owned by the Islamic Council of Norway, notified the Food Safety Authority on December 15 that they had found salmonella in two batches of chicken from Poland. The batches are a total of 32,620 kilos.
The chicken has been locked away in Bring Frigo’s freezer store since the salmonella was discovered. Based on the findings, the Norwegian Food Safety Authority made an urgent decision on a ban on turnover and advance notice of a decision on the return or destruction of the chicken.
The Food Safety Authority has also notified the Polish authorities.
“If this shipment had come out on the Norwegian market, people could have fallen ill,” says Annette Haugane, head of department for border control and import at the Food Safety Authority, Greater Oslo Region.
Salmonella can cause diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever and nausea in humans.
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