Date: 05/08/05
The number of people taken ill in a Spanish salmonella outbreak caused by a batch of contaminated chicken has risen to more than 1,200, an official said.
The head of the country’s food safety agency, Jose Ignacio Arranz, said 1,208 cases of salmonella infection had now been confirmed – up from 921 a day earlier. Authorities have said that a 90-year-old man died as a result of the infection.
Arranz said that, with the contaminated meat now withdrawn from the market, the number of newly confirmed cases was lower than on previous days.
The Sada company, which packed the two brands of roast chickens involved in the outbreak, has said the contamination originated in a pipe at its plant that poured sauce onto the meat before packing.