Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, but unfortunately contaminated
Caution: This supposedly healthy nibbling could be fatal. The vegan and gluten-free snack "Veggie-Mix" from XOX made from dried carrots, beetroot, parsnips and tomatoes is suspected of being contaminated with Salmonella. The consumer protection portal lebensmittelwarnung.de of the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety advises against consumption. According to the manufacturer, the “unmistakable natural taste” obviously also appeals to Salmonella, as this was verified in the course of a product check.
These are articles of the "Noble Veggie Mix 80 gram" type with a best before date of June 5th, 2018 and the European Article Number (EAN) 4031446880617. The company "XOX Gebäck GmbH" calls for reasons of preventive consumer protection and in coordination with the Food authorities voluntarily return the product. Remaining items in the sale have been removed. Anyone who has already bought one of these items can return it for a refund of the purchase price in the relevant market. According to the manufacturer, further batches and articles are not affected.
What are salmonella?
Salmonella are rod-shaped bacteria with active movement that occur worldwide in animals of the same temperature and warmth as well as in humans and suitable habitats outside of living beings. Salmonella belong to the Enterobacteriaceae family and are closely related to the genus Escherichia, whose representative Escherichia coli belongs to the normal intestinal flora structure, but can also be a pathogen
How does a salmonella infection manifest itself?
The symptoms of a Salmonella infection appear in most cases a few days after consumption. Abdominal pain, sudden diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, as well as general malaise, mild fever and headache may occur. People who experience these symptoms after eating the snack should see a doctor and advise them that it could be a Salmonella infection.
Are salmonella dangerous?
As a rule, the symptoms subside after a few days. However, people with previous illnesses, a weak immune system, infants, young children and the elderly may experience more serious illnesses, for example with blood poisoning.
How are Salmonella transmitted?
In most cases, the bacteria are ingested through contaminated food so that they can spread quickly to uncooled food. Eggs and products made from eggs, raw cake batter, ice cream, raw fish, minced meat and raw sausages such as salami are particularly often affected. Plant-based foods can also be contaminated. A classic is, for example, transmission over an unwashed cutting board, on which raw chicken and then lettuce were cut. During the cooking process of the chicken, all salmonella die, but they remain on the raw salad.
Are Salmonella Contagious?
Salmonella can spread from person to person and in rare cases from animal to person. Inadequate hygiene is primarily responsible for infection caused by a so-called smear infection. The pathogens can survive in traces of stool residues from the infected person and can thus pass on to another host, for example via the hands. (vb)