Ham could be source of salmonella outbreak

A fresh outbreak of salmonella has brought 30 cases in England and 21 cases in Wales and could be from cooked ham supplied to independent butchers, the Food Standard Agency (FSA) has reported.

The outbreak of the unusual salmonella typhimurium has hospitalised nine people and Public Health England, Public Health Wales, the FSA and local authority environmental health officers have now launched an investigation.

It was first detected in Conwy and Gwynedd in Wales in August and, later on, in the Thames Valley, Leeds, Cumbria and Stafford in England.

Although the FSA reported it could be linked to suppliers to independent butchers, testing carried out so far has shown no trace of salmonella. However, one supplier withdrew its batches of ham due to other hygiene issues.