13 dead: Listeria found in another Danish workplace

Another sandwich meat producer has been hit by the Listeria outbreak that has now claimed 13 lives in Denmark. The food product authorities Fødevarestyrelsen ordered the Delika plant near Hammel to close its doors – for 24 hours – so that cutting equipment and other listeriaequipment that came into contact with contaminated ‘rullepølse’ sandwich meat, which originated from Jørn A Rullepølser in Hedehusene near Copenhagen, can be thoroughly cleaned.

 “Delika Hammel wants to protect our customers and eliminate any possible risk,” the company said in a statement.

A wide range of Delika products were pulled from the shelves of shops last week. The meats were cut on machines that had been in contact with the infected products from Jørn A Rullepølser, and authorities feared cross-contamination could have occurred.

Belleisle Farms brand cole slaw recalled due to Listeria monocytogenes

Roy Pope and Sons is recalling Belleisle Farms brand cole slaw from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below.

belleisle.cole.slaw.listeriaRecalled products

Brand Name: Belleisle Farms        

Common Name: Garden Fresh Cole Slaw         

Size: 227 g     

Code(s) on Product: Best Before:

2014-08-19    

UPC: 0 33383 65260 3

This recall was triggered by Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) test results. The CFIA is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products. If other high-risk products are recalled, the CFIA will notify the public through updated Food Recall Warnings.

The CFIA is verifying that industry is removing recalled product from the marketplace.

More than Canada would admit: Denmark says ‘serious errors’ in handling of Listeria outbreak with 12 dead, another 12 sick

Denmark’s food safety watchdog made “serious mistakes” in its handling of a listeria outbreak linked to the death of 12 people, the country’s government has said.

ITALY-G8-G5-AGRICULTURE-FARMFood minister, Dan Jørgensen, has blasted the food authorities, Fødevarestyrelsen, over its handling of the Listeria outbreak that has claimed the lives of 12 people in Denmark over the past year.

A Fødevarestyrelsen report has showed there were serious errors in its handling of the case and concluded that it should have carried out its investigation into the source of the outbreak, Jørn A Rullepølser, more quickly and effectively.

“When it is proved there is a direct connection between the food products and deaths, the authorities should immediately launch a thorough investigation of the specific company,” Jørgensen said in a press release. “That hasn’t happened quickly enough, which is lamentable.”

Goats killed by Listeria in Ohio, family says city water system to blame

A grandmother in Crooksville said two of her grandson’s prized goats were killed by Listeria and she blames the city’s water system for it.

listeria.goatKim Burkhart said her veterinarian told her the goats came down with the disease from contaminated soil. There’s a Crooksville pump station on the edge of her property. She said the soil samples showed high levels of E coli that she said is coming from a leak at the pump station.

“We hear story upon story upon story and we’re tired of stories,” Burkhart said. “All we want is, if it’s (the city’s) situation, we want it fixed.”

Her grandson was raising the goats as part of a 4H project. The boy had hoped to show one of the goats at the Perry County Fair. “When he actually saw they had died, it was devastating to him,” she said. “We didn’t know what to say to him. We all cried.”

Danish food minister wants answers in Listeria case

The Copenhagen Post reports that food minister, Dan Jørgensen, has announced that he wants an explanation regarding the listeria outbreak that has claimed 12 lives in Denmark since September 2013.

rullepølseYesterday, the food product authorities Fødevarestyrelsen closed down the suspected supplier of the bad sandwich meat responsible for the infection, Jørn A Rullepølser, but now it has emerged that Listeria was first found in the company’s products in May.

Three weeks after the May findings, Jørn A Rullepølser was cleared, despite the fact that five people at the time had been infected with the bacteria.

12 dead, 8 sick from Listeria in Denmark

Since September last year, 12 people have died of Listeria and a further eight have been infected after consuming ‘rullepølse’ sandwich meat.

rullepølseThe food product authorities Fødevarestyrelsen suspect that the bad meat originated from Jørn A Rullepølser in Hedehusene near Copenhagen and have closed down the producer.

The 20 infected patients consist of eleven women and nine men all aged 43-89 and all hailing from various parts of Denmark, according to the national serum institute Statens Seruminstitut.

“From September 2013 until today, 20 patients have been registered suffering from listeriosis, which is an aspect of the outbreak,” Statens Seruminstitut wrote in a press release.

“Most cases have however occurred recently. In June, July, and August, 15 cases have been registered alone.”

Similar to previous cases, the 12 people who died also suffered from other serious illnesses and their deaths cannot completely be attributed to a listeria infection, Statens Seruminstitut stated.

Wyoming researchers discover substance that increases Listeria monocytogenes survival

University of Wyoming researchers have discovered a substance that greatly increases the survival of Listeria monocytogenes, a foodborne bacterial pathogen that contaminates processed meat and milk products, as well as fresh produce.

listeriaResearchers hope the discovery will lead to the development of techniques to better combat the pathogen and to improve food safety.

Mark Gomelsky, a professor in UW’s Department of Molecular Biology, and other researchers discovered and characterized a substance, called exopolysaccharide (EPS), that Listeria secretes on its cell surface under certain conditions. The EPS coats bacterial cells and makes them form aggregates or clumps, which are strongly protected from commonly used disinfectants and desiccation (extreme drying).

“We think that EPS plays a significant role in survival of Listeria in the environment, during food storage, processing and transportation,” Gomelsky says. “Listeria rarely causes serious disease in healthy individuals but, in immune-compromised people, elderly and pregnant women, it can be deadly, causing as much as 20 percent to 25 percent mortality.”

Gomelsky is a senior writer of a paper, titled “Cyclic di-GMP-Dependent Signaling Pathways in the Pathogenic Firmicute Listeria monocytogenes,” that was published in Public Library of Science (PLoS) Pathogens Thursday.

Pork neck slices tested positive for Listeria in Macedonia

Sample of smoked pork neck slices produced by Kumanovo company with the name of “Extra Mein” has been tested positive forLlisteria bacteria, Macedonia’s Commission for Infectious Diseases of Macedonian Ministry of Health released on Wednesday.

EkstraMein1This listeria bacteria found in the Kumanovo company’s product is 98 percent match with the bacteria genotype of those infected eight patients in Macedonia, four of whom have been taken life.

Steps forward for locating the source of the disease will be taken and epidemiological tests will be made by professional institutions, said Zvonko Milenkovic, chair of the Commission for Infectious Diseases of Macedonian Ministry of Health.

Concealing source of Listeria in Macedonia causes hysteria

Delaying the official announcement of the source of listeria, which affected eight people in Macedonia over the past month, four of whom died, causes panic among the citizens in Macedonia, Radio Free Europe writes.

listeriaAccording to experts, the lab results could have been announced few days ago, while the lack of information causes harms to the companies that work properly.

According to professor Ilija Karov, it is not right to keep the source of the disease secret.

Radio Free Europe recalls that initially it was announced that the bacteria was found in two types of homemade sausages, while the food safety agency issued an order for monitoring and control on the entire distribution chain.

Taiwan woman infected by listeria had stillborn baby

A woman in Greater Tainan gave birth to a stillborn baby after attending an outdoor wedding reception and became infected with Listeria monocytogenes.

amy.pregnant.listeria National Cheng Kung University Hospital’s delivery room head doctor Hsu Pei-yang said the woman went to the hospital after having a persistent high fever.

Hsu said while the woman did not experience complications of sepsis due to the timely treatment she received, Listeria monocytogenes was detected in her blood and tissue cultures.