Three dead after food poisoning linked to hospital sandwiches

Henrietta Strickland
June 9, 2019

Three hospital patients have died in England following an outbreak of the killer bug listeria - which as been linked to pre-packed sandwiches - Public Health England has confirmed.

The deaths were caused by an outbreak of listeria at hospitals run by the Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust and Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, the public health agency said in a statement.

Listeria infections are rare, and for healthy people usually goes unnoticed or causes only very mild illness. It can kill in severe cases.

Multiple health agencies and local authorities are investigating the source of the infection, which is now being linked to pre-packaged sandwiches available in English hospitals. The company that produced the sandwiches, the Good Food Chain, has voluntarily ceased production as officials probe the outbreak.

PHE said the health risk to the public remains low and individuals should only seek medical attention if they develop symptoms. We have taken action along with local authorities to minimize the risk based on the evidence so far.

However, for others it can have serious consequences - particularly for people with pre-existing health conditions or pregnant women. The FSA will proceed to analyze how the outbreak took place and if further steps are required to offer protection to vulnerable teams'.

The Good Food Chain had been supplied with meat produced by North Country Cooked Meats which tested positive for the outbreak strain of listeria.

The Good Food Chain, which supplied 43 NHS trusts across the United Kingdom, has voluntarily ceased production.

Listeria: Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm, is the nation's leading law firm representing victims of Listeria outbreaks.

The time between publicity to the organism and the advance of the illness will even be as a lot as 70 days. The agency also said the company voluntarily halted production while the contamination is under investigation.

Public Health England noted that the National Health Service in England and Wales typically sees 166 cases of listeria infection a year. "However, due to a relatively long incubation period it's possible that there could potentially be some more cases".

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