Dodgy Cold Meat

MOT Al Campo withdraws Cold MeatRecent cases of listeriosis in Andalucía are causing social alarm with 52 being hospitalised.

All told 80 people have been diagnosed with this illness, six of whom are in intensive care.

There have also been 15 cases involving pregnant women, which is very dangerous for both mother and child.

There has been only one reported case in the province of Granada, however. The patient was hospitalised on the 21st of July and is being treated with antibiotics.

The prime source of infection appears to be lardon (cold meats, known as carne mechada in Spanish). For this reason Al Campo has withdraw this product from its shops in Granada and Motril.

The Regional Health Board has ordered the withdrawal of meatloaf marketed under the brand name La Mechá, belonging to the Magrudis company, which has been tracked down to being the source of the outbreak. It is also a supplier for Al Campo.

The bacteria is found in milk-based products and underdone, processed meat products, as was the case in a particular product lot from their factory.

Listeriosis is caused by a relatively rare bacterial disease which can cause serious illness in pregnant women, newborns, adults with weakened immune systems and the elderly, and may cause gastroenteritis in others who have been severely infected.

Listeriosis can be very serious and in bad cases have a case-fatality rate of around 20%.

(News: Motril, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)

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