Smoked salmon may be the cause of the salmonella outbreak in the U.S. and the Netherlands that has left around 300 people sickened with the strain of Salmonella Thompson.
USA Today reported the Centers for Disease Control stated smoked salmon tainted with salmonella bacteria could be responsible for around 85 cases of a salmonella outbreak in the U.S. Hundreds of Dutch people have also contracted the illness according to Dutch News NL.
The outbreak has sparked a major recall of salmon from Dutch food company Foppen which sells fish in American and Dutch supermarkets. In the U.S. Foppen sells its products to CostCo, which in turn sells the products as Foppen or Kirkland.
Foppen company spokesman Bart de Vries said the company processes fish in the Netherlands and Greece. He said: The investigation into the cause is under way and has been narrowed down to one production line at one factory (in Greece)," ABC News reported. "We can't yet say what the cause of the infection was."