A nationwide alert has been sent out after listeria, bacteria which can cause a type of food poisoning called listeriosis, was suspected in packaged pork.
A 90-year-old woman has died and 56 people have been hospitalized following an outbreak of listeria in Spain.
Most of the 114 cases have occurred in the southern Spanish region
of Andalusia but people have fallen ill across the country, from Madrid to the
island of Tenerife.
Of those affected in Andalusia, 56 have been hospitalized
including 18 pregnant women, at least two of whom suffered miscarriages,
regional health authorities said.
The 90-year-old woman died in hospital in Seville on Tuesday
Authorities are investigating whether a pork product sold by
Seville-based Magrudis could be the source of the outbreak after several of
those struck down were found to have eaten it.
product under investigation is a pack of meat called ‘Mecha’, of which a batch
of 2,000 is thought to be the source of the contamination.
Health Minister Maria Luisa Carcedo said: “We are monitoring this, the
alerts have been sent out and we’ve ordered that all products (that have come)
from this factory since May be pulled from shelves.”
She said an investigation is looking into how the meat evaded what she called “strict food safety controls”.
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