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Commentary - African Journal of Food Science and Technology ( 2021) Volume 12, Issue 11

Infections caused by Salmonella are a major problem in the food industry

Maryam Ansari*
Department of Food science, The Asia Institute Shiraz, University, Iran
*Corresponding Author:
Maryam Ansari, Department of Food science, The Asia Institute Shiraz, University, Iran, Email:

Received: 06-Dec-2021 Published: 27-Dec-2021


Salmonellosis, caused by the eating of Salmonella-contaminated foods, is the second most commonly reported gastrointestinal disease in the EU. Gastroenteritis, stomach pains, bloody diarrhoea, fever, myalgia, headache, nausea, and vomiting are some of the symptoms. Salmonella was responsible for more than half of the foodborne outbreak infections reported in the EU in 2018. Salmonella infection is most commonly connected with poultry, cattle, and their feeds, but other goods such dried foods, infant formula, fruit and vegetable products, and pets have also become problematic. Salmonella is being controlled by efforts. Between 2014 and 2015, for example, regulations and procedures put in place lowered the number of hospitalizations. However, in 2016, the number of hospitalizations began to rise. This necessitates tighter oversight at the federal and state levels, as well as in the private sector. Food handlers who work with "meat processing" and "ready to eat" foods are critical in the transmission of disease. 


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This necessitates tighter oversight at the federal and state levels, as well as in the private sector. Salmonella is spread through food handlers who work with "meat processing" and "ready to eat" foods. This review provides an updated summary of global epidemiology, the importance of government control, the disease linked with food handlers, and the importance of salmonellosis food safety. The relevance of food safety in the case of salmonellosis for food handlers(Callejon et al., 2015).

Food poisoning caused by microorganisms is a serious public health hazard around the world, with countries investing significant resources to combat it. Infections caused by bacteria in food are a topic of concern in both industrialised and poor countries. Salmonella and Campylobacter are the most common causes of foodborne illness in Europe.

Salmonellosis is caused by eating Salmonella-contaminated foods, which are usually from poultry, pork, and eggs. Some of the contamination routes include poor hand washing and contact with diseased pets. When infective doses are consumed, the pathogen colonises the intestinal system and produces illness. Infected eggs were directly related to a Salmonella outbreak that resulted in 1581 cases in Slovakia, Spain, and Poland. With the global push toward ready-to-eat food products, it's becoming a huge worry. Because of the low warmth they receive, this group of items is of significant concern. The fact that they can be consumed without high heat treatment adds to the danger (Munck et al., 2020).

Salmonella is a Gram-negative bacterium that moves around via flagella. Salmonellosis is a gastrointestinal ailment caused by a foodborne pathogen that has been linked to a high incidence rate. The causative organism can spread from an infected person's or animal's faeces to healthy people or animals. More than 2500 serotypes have been identified.

Salmonella has been found to survive for long periods of time in low-moisture foods. Its ability to thrive in lowmoisture settings is an issue with widely used spices and herbs, because if contaminated, these organisms can persist for long periods of time. Because of the global commerce in spices and herbs, these organisms may be able to move and cross geographical borders.

Salmonellosis control efforts should include both the public and private sectors. Government laws and tighter measures can provide a framework for both domestic and international manufacturing and importing requirements. This, however, must be incorporated into food handlers' regular training. In the industrial sector, stronger control measures are required (Galan et al., 1989). Production and process controls should be prioritized over finished product testing. The basic steps of food safety must be taught to consumers both formally and informally. There is a need for research to determine the best methods for presenting scientific knowledge and promoting awareness about salmonellosis to people of all ages.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued recommendations to assist lower the risk of salmonellosis from food. [34] Food should be cooked to a temperature of 145–165°F (63–74°C), and liquids like soups and gravies should be boiled before reheating. Although freezing kills some Salmonella, it isn't enough to keep them below infectious levels. Salmonella is normally heat-sensitive, but in high-fat conditions like peanut butter, it develops heat resistance (Fearnley et al., 2018).

Oral rehydration pills can help replace electrolytes (typically containing salts sodium chloride and potassium chloride).

Antibiotics, such as ceftriaxone, may be used to destroy the bacteria, but they are not always essential.

Azithromycin has been shown to be more effective than fluoroquinolone medicines and ceftriaxone in treating typhoid in resistant populations. To avoid building resistance, there are suggestions on which antibiotics to use. There is no evidence that treating healthy people with non-typhoidal salmonellosis diarrhoea is beneficial. The evidence for the extremely young, very old, or persons with serious disorders, on the other hand, is inconclusive.


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