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Three dead after UK hospital listeria cases linked to pre-packaged sandwiches

The pre-packed sandwich was made by the Good Food Chain The pre-packed sandwich was made by the Good Food ChainMore
Gustavo Carr | 09 June, 2019, 20:57

The listeria outbreak was traced to pre-packed sandwiches, Public Health England said in a press release on June 7.

The Manchester belief covers 5 hospitals - Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester Royal Gaze Sanatorium, Royal Manchester Formative years's Sanatorium, St Mary's Sanatorium and Wythenshawe Sanatorium.

An investigation has been launched into the source of the infections, related to products supplied by The Good Food Chain, Public Health England (PHE) said. This company and North Country Quality Foods who they distribute through, have voluntarily stopped production.

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. Their identities have not been made public and it...

The BBC has approached The Good Food Chain for comment.

British health officials on Friday said they're investigating an outbreak of listeria that killed three hospital patients.

Three hospital patients in the North West have died following an outbreak of listeria.

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Three Britons have died of food poisoning after eating pre-packaged sandwiches, United Kingdom health authorities said Friday, stressing that the risk to the wider public remained "low".

"Our thoughts are with the families of those patients who have died".

The patients died of listeriosis, a rare bacterial infection that is especially risky for people with weak immune systems or pregnant women.

The BBC has contacted North Country Quality Foods for comment.

Dr Colin Sullivan, chief working officer at the Food Standards Agency, talked about: 'Our sympathies are with the households of those patients who bear tragically passed away. We have taken action along with local authorities to minimise the risk based on the evidence so far. The FSA will proceed to analyze how the outbreak took place and if further steps are required to offer protection to vulnerable teams'.

Listeriosis is a rare infection and for most people it goes unnoticed or there are mild symptoms of gastroenteritis that usually last a short time without the need for treatment, according to Public Health England.