Salmonella enterica in eggs, egg products and poultry

The number of cases in Europe is declining, but still Salmonella accounts for more than 82 000 reported disease cases yearly. Antibiotic resistance is an increasing and worryingly challenge in Salmonella and reduction in the possibility to treat the infection lead to higher importance of preventing infection in all parts of the food chain. The most important food sources of confirmed cases of Salmonella outbreaks are eggs and egg products. Incidence is varying largely between countries.

Facts about Salmonella

Burden: The disease burden of Salmonella in Europe is 8 DALY per 100 000 people each year (equals to 106 000 DALY each year). DALY: (Disability Adjusted Life years) is a measure for the total health burden where one DALY can be thought of as one year of “healthy” life lost. Cases: More than 1 mill European citizens suffer from salmonellosis each year. Deaths: Salmonella causes more than 2000 deaths each year. Sources: The most common sources for Salmonella are eggs and poultry

Salmonella is the number one foodborne health burden on society representing many individual cases, of all ages, with a high rate of hospitalisation and frequent cause of death related to food illness.