Kindergarten food caterer fined €900 following salmonella outbreak

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The Kindercatering company has been fined €900 for a number of violations, the Food and Veterinary Service (PVD) said Friday. The move follows an early September salmonella outbreak in Rīga's kindergartens catered to by said company.

A total of 89 children in 18 kindergartens in Rīga were diagnosed with salmonella and ten were hospitalized.

Latvia's hygiene-food service has fined the company linked to the cases with €700 - the maximum fine allowed by law - for violations in food storage and transportation.

The company was fined an extra €200 for violations in the new premises where the company was forced to relocate as PVD shut down their previous kitchen. The company will also have to cover laboratory expenses.

The PVD said that unsanitary conditions in Kindercatering's premises were conducive to the salmonella outbreak. 

Kingercatering said that while PVD had indeed established violations, it is not entirely clear why the children fell ill.

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