FSS publishes advice to reptile owners amid UK-wide Salmonella outbreak linked to feeder mice

21 December 2021

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Food Standards Scotland (FSS) and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) are reminding reptile owners who have purchased certain frozen feeder mice for their pets to take extra precautions in order to avoid contracting salmonellosis. An outbreak of Salmonella has been linked to specific frozen mice products and as a result, a product recall information notice detailing affected products has been issued. 

FSS and the FSA are instructing reptile owners and others who have a supply of the affected frozen mice to return them to the place of purchase so they can be carefully disposed of. They are also warning people to be extra careful when handling any frozen rodents, not just the batches identified, due to the risk of Salmonella from other batches linked to this recall.

Since the outbreak was first reported in 2015, there have been almost 900 cases of illness. FSS and the FSA advise that the risk to the general public is considered to be very low.

Source: FSS, 14 December 2021