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Outbreak of SE in France Attributed to Cheese


The French equivalent to the FDA, Sante Publique France is investigating an outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis (SE) in the Loire Valley.  The vehicle of infection was identified as a specialty soft cheese derived from raw sheep’s milk. Cases were first diagnosed in June and extended through mid-July.  The affected cheese was withdrawn from sale in late July following trace-back.


This event demonstrates that SE is a ubiquitous food-borne pathogen associated in recent years with chicken meat and produce and should not be regarded as an infection only acquired from eggs. Given universal programs to eradicate infection in most industrialized nations, commercial eggs are no longer a source of SE.