The Irish trade has been hit by a serious salmonella outbreak, with people in hospital, meat products withdrawn and health warnings being issued. Around 40 cases have been confirmed in five counties, with 10 requiring hospital treatment, and the numbers may not yet have peaked, says the Irish Food Safety Authority. The outbreak is believed to be linked to cooked ham from a processing plant in Navan, County Meath, which supplies shops, supermarkets and delicatessens over a wide area. The processor, Augherskea Meats, has now closed down its cooked ham production line. The abattoirs supplying the plant are also being probed. {{NEWS }}