Dangerous parasite in French pigs
French inspectors have found larvae of the Trichinella spiralis nematode in slaughter pigs. The
worm does not do any harm to pigs, but can lead to health risks for humans.
The parasite's larvae were found in a shipment of 400 pigs during a routine
control in the very west of France.
The animals, being slaughtered at
January 8th, were produced at five free range sites in that region. According to
the French agricultural ministry it is the first time the disease was discovered
in pigs being able to roam.
Authorities say the pigmeat has been
released into retail as from January 9th. The authorities have retrieved a part
of the meat in the abattoir and will try to recall the rest from retailers and
In all meat retail shops in the surroundings, warning
posters are showing. The ministry of health is warning members of the public to
boil or fry pork very well in order to reduce the risk of an
The contaminated pigmeat could lead to serious health
risks if the pork has not been heated sufficiently.
â€¢ French ministry of agriculture and fishery (in French)
â€¢ French ministry of
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