AP Update: The Netherlands’ National Institute for Public Health and the Environment said the salmon has been traced to the Dutch company Foppen, which sells fish to many major Dutch supermarkets and to stores around the world, including the United States. The institute said in a statement that around 200 people — and likely more — in the Netherlands and more than 100 people in the United States have been sickened by a strain of the bacteria called Salmonella Thompson.
Harald Wychgel, a spokesman for the Dutch public health institute, said the institute got its information on Americans becoming ill from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, a representative for the CDC said the agency was investigating and had not confirmed any illnesses.
Costco Wholesale Corp., which sold the salmon in the U.S., said it had no reports of illness.
According to reporting from USA Today and AP, this new Salmonella outbreak linked to smoked salmon tainted with salmonella bacteria has sickened hundreds of people in the Netherlands and the U.S., sparking a major recall, health authorities said Tuesday. The Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment said the salmon has been traced to Dutch company Foppen, which sells fish to many major Dutch supermarkets and to stores around the world, including the U.S. Company spokesman Bart de Vries said in the U.S. the company sells only to wholesaler Costco and that Costco would deal with any U.S. recall.
It sounds remarkably similar to the CDC’s report of 425 persons infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Bareilly (410 persons) or Salmonella Nchanga (15 persons) reported from 28 states and the District of Columbia earlier this year. 55 ill persons were hospitalized, and no deaths were reported. Collaborative investigation efforts of state, local, and federal public health agencies linked this outbreak to a frozen raw yellowfin tuna product, known as Nakaochi Scrape, from Moon Marine USA Corporation imported from India.