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A large outbreak of food poisoning of unknown aetiology associated with Stilton cheese

  • H. C. F. Maguire (a1), M. Boyle (a2), M. J. Lewis (a3), J. Pankhurst (a4), A. A. Wieneke (a5), M. Jacob (a6), J. Bruce (a1) and M. O'Mahony (a1)...

Between November 1988 and January 1989, a total of 155 people in 36 reported outbreaks suffered gastrointestinal symptoms associated with eating Stilton cheese, produced from unpasteurized cow's milk in the English midlands. Symptoms were suggestive of a staphylococcal illness but extensive laboratory testing of cheeses implicated in several of the outbreaks failed to detect any pathogen, toxin or chemical. Control measures were implemented, and included a voluntary withdrawal of the implicated Stilton cheese from sale on 23 January 1989 and a subsequent decision to use pasteurized milk in production of the cheese.

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