Foppen Dutch Salmon Salmonella Outbreak
Dutch company Foppen issued a smoked salmon recall on September 28, 2012 after health officials in the Netherlands determined that the company's smoked salmon was the source of a Salmonella outbreak that had sickened at least 200 Dutch and 100 Americans. By October 18, Dutch public health authorities had announced that 950 residents of the Netherlands had become ill with Salmonella infections after eating the smoked salmon and at least 3 deaths had been attributed to the Salmonella outbreak.
According to media reports, Foppen distributed the Salmonella-contaminated smoked salmon to major Dutch supermarket chains. Costco recalled all its Foppen smoked salmon products in the U.S.
Symptoms of Salmonella infection include diarrhea and abdominal cramps, often accompanied by fever of 100°F to 102°F (38°C to 39°C). Other symptoms may include bloody diarrhea, vomiting, headache and body aches.
Anyone who has eaten imported smoked salmon and suspects they may have a Salmonella infection should contact a local public health agency to report their illness.