Five new cases of salmonella have been reported to Public Health Wales after an outbreak in the Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Carmarthenshire areas. PHW says the source of the outbreak is 'unclear,' but the cases have been linked to laverbread.
Public Health Wales says it is working with the Food Standards Agency and environmental health officers from Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Carmarthenshire to investigate the outbreak.
We know that the majority of cases have eaten laverbread produced by Penclawdd. The company has cooperated fully with our investigations and has chosen to voluntarily withdraw the product from sale as a precaution.
Laverbread is generally a safe product to eat, and it remains unclear whether it is indeed the source of this outbreak.
However, given that we cannot rule out laverbread at present, it is very important that, to avoid the risk of illness, anyone with this product at home does not eat it.
– Dr Jorg Hoffmann, Public Health Wales
Anyone who is concerned about their health should contact their GP or call NHS Direct 0845 4647.
Public Health Wales is investigating an outbreak of salmonella in the Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Carmarthenshire areas.
A total of 12 adults have been effected by the outbreak, 10 of whom had reported eating laverbread in the days before they became unwell. Three people were hospitalised, but have since been discharged.
Local company Penclawdd Shellfish Processing Ltd has voluntarily withdrawn its laverbread from sale.
Public Health Wales is recommending that anyone who has any laverbread at home that may have been produced by Penclawdd throws it away and does not eat it.