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Big recall for pathogenic bacteria
The discounter Aldi Nord has started a call back because a popular sausage specialty was contaminated with listeria. Aldi warns of eating the sausage on its website, as this can have life-threatening consequences for consumers.
Aldi Nord immediately removed the affected product from sale:
"Farmer's Feast" - "Breakfast meat cold cuts, 125 g"
with the best before date 28.04.2019 of Gmyrek Fleisch- und Wurstwaren GmbH & Co. KG "
Listeria found in sausages
As part of a self-inspection, the manufacturer has detected listeria in a sample of the above-mentioned cold cuts. Listeria can cause flu-like symptoms with fever and diarrhea. Infants and people with a weakened immune system may experience life-threatening illnesses as a result of consumption (“listeriosis”).
The affected product can be returned in all Aldi-Nord branches and the purchase price will of course be refunded.
Pregnant women are particularly at risk
Almost half of all cases of listeriosis affect pregnant women, since the immune system changes during pregnancy, making it more susceptible to the bacteria. The Listeria can also be transferred to the unborn child and, in the worst case, lead to premature or stillbirth.
Listeriosis is notifiable in Germany
Listeriosis is one of the notifiable diseases in Germany. If you have consumed the affected product and then feel the symptoms described here or a general feeling of being unwell, you should immediately consult a doctor and point out possible listeriosis. Since the pathogens remain in the intestine for weeks after the disease, special hygiene in the sanitary facilities is advisable to avoid further spread.
No clear symptoms
The pathogens are usually found in diagnostics in the liver, tonsils or in the digestive tract. Insofar as you do not belong to one of the risk groups, the pathogen is usually eliminated with bowel movements. The pathogen can then also exist in the gastrointestinal tract and cause no obvious symptoms. Flu-like symptoms can occur and skin contact with contaminated food can cause reactions in the form of pustules on the skin. Diarrhea and vomiting can also add to the symptoms. Recent studies have shown that fever and allergic reactions can also occur in people with an intact immune system after ingestion of listeriosis bacteria. These symptoms last for about two days. The bacteria are eliminated with the bowel movements over a period of several months. Therefore, hygiene is of particular importance in the case of listeriosis in the sanitary area.
Listeriosis can lead to serious complications in people with a very weak immune system, such as inflammation of the brain or blood poisoning. (fm)