DISEASE UPDATE: LISTERIA OUTBREAK IN SPAIN, 175 CASES RECORDED -

DISEASE UPDATE: LISTERIA OUTBREAK IN SPAIN, 175 CASES RECORDED

In a follow-up on the Listeria monocytogenes outbreak linked to roasted meat in Spain, official Ministry of Health numbers (computer translated) put the case tally at 175 through Aug. 22. Listeria monocytogenes, the common food-borne bacteria, can cause miscarriage, stillbirth and premature labor in pregnant women.

The bulk of the cases have been reported from Andalucia (161), with the remaining cases reported from Madrid, Aragon, Asturias, Catalonia and Extremadura. According to one media report, two deaths have been report. The outbreak has been linked to the consumption of roasted pork meat produced by a company in Sevilla, Spain.

After the outbreak of food poisoning was declared in a town in the province of Seville in early August, samples were taken for analysis. Other outbreaks were declared between August 12 and 14, from which samples of the food consumed were also taken for further analysis. On August 14, the official laboratory of Seville reported the positive result to Listeria monocytogenes associated with “Mecha” brand meat, prepared by a company located in the municipality of Seville.

However, the health authorities of Andalusia have made an inspection visit to the manufacturing company and have ordered the suspension of baking industry and the withdrawal of the affected meat from the market. Likewise, the company has been required to facilitate the traceability of the product involved, investigate the causes and indicate the control measures to be adopted. The company has voluntarily assumed the withdrawal of the product from its customers as well as the communication for consumers.

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