§ Sir Geoffrey Johnson Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many of the reported outbreaks of salmonella poisoning over the last eight years were in(a) the home, (b) hospitals and (c) catering establishments; and what was the relationship of each of these outbreaks to refrigeration.
§ Mr. Freeman
[holding answer 16 December 1988]: Between 1980 and 1985 there were 2,187 reported outbreaks of salmonella food poisoning concerning private houses; 125 concerning hospitals and 303 concerning catering establishments—restaurants and receptions. Figures for 1986 and 1987 are not yet available in verified form. We have no information on the relationship of refrigeration to these outbreaks.