London: Beware of raw Indian curry leaves! British health authorities have advised the public to cook curry leaves thoroughly if they are to be used in recipes as using them raw, may risk infection. The authorities issued the advice as they found the raw curry leaves, used in a `chutney`, contaminated with Salmonella bacteria causing Diarrhoea and vomiting to more than 400 people at a street-food festival in Newcastle, north-east England in February. An investigation by Public Health England (PHE) and Newcastle City Council found 25 of the 29 cases had developed a strain of salmonella never found in people or food in the UK before. "This was one of the largest outbreaks of gastro-intestinal illness associated with herbs or spices in the country.
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