Chicken makers fined 750K for salmonella

Aug. 31, 2005 at 6:35 PM
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MADRID, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- A food company in Spain selling pre-cooked chickens faces fines totaling more than $750,000 for infecting some 2,700 people with salmonella.

The number of people affected rose steadily since the beginning of the outbreak in July.

Three hundred people reported illness the first day they ate the brand of roasted chicken produced by SADA, a Dutch-owned Spanish firm, identified as the source of the bacterial infection.

The death of a 90-year-old man was linked to the salmonella outbreak.

Company officials located the origin of the contamination in a pipe at its plant that pours sauce on the chicken before it is packed.

SADA also was fined -- part of the $753,000 owed -- for not providing enough information about the ingredients and production of the chicken during previous inspections by Spanish health officials, El Pais reported online.

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