Spain’s Listeria Outbreak Is Over

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Spain’s Listeria Outbreak Is Over 


SPAIN’S listeria alert is officially over. 

The Junta de Andalucia regional government says that there have not been any new cases for a month, so oy has ended the alert that was officially started on August 15. 

The outbreak is known to have caused three deaths and seven miscarriages. A total of 217 cases were reported with dozens of people hospitalised. 

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Most cases were in Sevilla, but there were also several reported in Malaga, Cadiz and Granada and further afield in Spain. 

One New Zealand woman who was on a trip to Europe lost the child she was carrying at 26 weeks. 

The manager of the company Magrudis – the source of the outbreak – and one of his sons are still in custody as their role in the case is investigated. 

Scientists traced the outbreak to a sort of meatloaf called carne machada branded La Mechá and produced by Magrudis. 

Listeria bacteria was found in machinery used at its plant in Sevilla. Inspectors also found licencing irregularities. 

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