The Food Safety Authority of Ireland, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre and the Health Service Executive are continuing to investigate the cause of recent illnesses due to Salmonella Enteritidis PT14b (naladixic acid resistant variant). To date, ten cases have been identified across Ireland. No specific food has been linked to these cases.
The Food Standards Agency (UK) has also reported cases of Salmonella Enteritidis PT14b (naladixic acid resistant variant) which may be linked to an egg production premises in Spain. Information provided by the Salmonella Reference Laboratory suggests that the strain of Salmonella isolated from the Irish cases is similar to those isolated in the UK.
As part of the ongoing investigation the FSAI is seeking additional information about the sources of eggs on the Irish market. The FSAI has a complete list of suppliers of Irish eggs but does not have comparable information on suppliers of non-Irish eggs into the Irish market.
Eggs are stamped with a producer code which begins with 3 for cage eggs, a country code (e.g. United Kingdom UK, Spain ES etc) and followed by letters and/or numbers identifying the unique farm where they were produced. Packs containing eggs must bear an indication of the packing centre code which also included the country code of the packing centre.