Deli meat suspected in fatal Danish listeriosis outbreak

| August 19, 2014

airborne micro picAccording to press reports from Denmark, food safety officials from the Foedevarestyrelsen (Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries) suspect that a rolled pork sausage product called rullepoelse may linked to a fatal outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infection.

At least 20 people have been infected in the outbreak since September 2013, with 12 deaths having been recorded. The outbreak seems to have expanded recently, with 15 of the cases reported over the last three months.

An investigation into the outbreak has identified an association with rullepoelse manufactured by a company called Joern A Rullepoelser A/S in Hedehusene near Copenhagen. This product and a number of other cold cut meats have now been withdrawn from sale.

Health officials are trying to determine where the suspect rullepoelse was distributed and whether any was exported. Meanwhile, consumers in Denmark and Norway have been advised to check fridges for any of the recalled sausage.

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