In-house control detects salmonella in rapeseed meal of foreign origin. Salmonella not found in cattle this year.


<p>Hankkija-Maatalous Oy has in their in-house control found salmonella (S. Mbandaka) in a 30-ton batch of rapeseed meal stored in the Port of Oulu. This batch is what is left of the total 2.75 million kilograms of rapeseed meal imported to Finland in August 2008. The rapeseed meal has been delivered as such from the Oulu warehouse to cattle farms in Ostrobothnia, Upper-Savo and Northern Finland. The supplier of the meal has discontinued deliveries of the remaining meal to the farms. The rapeseed meal has not been delivered to feed plants or used in the production of feed.</p>

Both regulatory and in-house control samples were taken of the rapeseed meal when it was first imported into Finland. The samples tested negative for salmonella.

The supplier of the meal will contact as soon as possible the farms that have purchased the meal. Any remaining meal will be called back from the farms. The authorities together with the Association for Animal Disease Prevention (ETT) will issue instructions for sampling and other measures to be taken on the farms.

Finland has an extensive salmonella control programme in place. Salmonella has not been found in the samples taken from cattle in this programme in 2009. The S. Mbandaka salmonella now found in rapeseed meal has not occurred in cattle or other domestic animals in the recent years.

If animals on a farm, which has received the rapeseed meal, are showing symptoms suggesting a salmonella infection, the farm should contact the municipal veterinarian. If a salmonella infection is verified in the cattle, action will be taken to prevent the disease from spreading and to eradicate the infection.

For more information, please contact:
Kaija Varimo, Head of Unit, tel. +358 (0) 40 558 1637 (feeds)
Jessica Löfgren-Eriksson, Head of Section, tel. +358 (0) 40 572 2897 (animal diseases)


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