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15 dead in Denmark from Listeria outbreak

Deli meats blamed for additional 38 illnesses.

September 10, 2014
by Canadian Packaging Staff

According to Danish English-language newspaper The Local, a 15th person has died from listeria traced back to deli meats processed by Jørn A. Rullepølser.

The company was producing 30 products – including variations of rullepølse (a rolled sausage – see image above), salami and hot dogs, but has since been shut down by health officials.

At this time, along with the 15 confirmed deaths, 38 others have been affected with symptoms associated with the listeria bacteria.

As well, on September 9, 2014, the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration (Fødevarestrylsen) said there was a listeria risk in hellefisk  (halibut) processed by Hjerting Laks and later sold to stores: Netto, Irma and Føtex.

Regarding the deli meat listeria outbreak, the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration has been bashed for not responding quickly to the outbreaks, with Food and Agriculture minster Dan Jørgensen admitting that “serious mistakes” took place.

The two listeria outbreaks come at quite the crossroads for Denmark, as the government is considering slicing funding for food safety.

Image by from Wikipedia by Danielle KellerOwn work

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