A Salmonella outbreak initially reported in France linked to a brand of raw milk cheese has affected at least one other country.

Thirteen people in France have been infected with the same strain of Salmonella Dublin from late November 2019 until early January this year. French authorities identified a link between eating raw milk Morbier cheese made by the company Jean Perrin and illness. SA Perrin withdrew from sale and recalled several lots and dates of Morbier cheese in early February.

An alert on the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) portal showed distribution of the product included Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. It also shows the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is involved because the outbreak concerns other countries.

Rikard Dryselius, a microbiologist with the Public Health Agency of Sweden (Folkhälsomyndigheten), told Food Safety News that two people in the country had been sick.

“Sweden has two cases, both microbiologically confirmed using whole genome sequencing, that are connected to the outbreak. The cases became ill in late December and January and are now recovered. Interviews have not provided a connection to a specified product,” Dryselius said.

Multi-country dimension

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