Denmark: Salmonella in natural medicines - three dead

In Denmark three people died in connection with salmonella in a natural remedy, as the Danish health institute SSI announced. A total of 33 people between the ages of two and 92 years have been shown to have salmonella poisoning, 19 have so far been hospitalized.

The same type of salmonella was found in all of them; they were discovered in psyllium husks that are to be taken in capsules. SSI epidemiologist Luise Müller said it was a serious and large outbreak with many sick people, hospitalizations and deaths.

Risk is considered to be low

For the first time, a natural remedy could be identified as the cause of a salmonella outbreak, it said. At the same time, the SSI announced that the risk was considered low, even if people consumed the product or another dietary supplement from the manufacturer. Most of the time, the symptoms of salmonella are mild and go away on their own.

According to the manufacturer, the product is said to help digestion and various stomach problems. Several products have already been recalled by the manufacturer. Müller told the Ritzau news agency that the product would be taken by people who had previously been ill, among other things. It is therefore difficult to say whether the victims died of or with salmonella.