Forty companies are facing fines for not pulling potentially listeria-infected products from their shelves as directed by the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration (Fødevarestrylsen).
The food authorities carried out around 600 spot checks and contacted another 6,000 companies by phone and found 40 that had not removed the products as required.
The recall was ordered as part of the response to a nationwide listeria outbreak that has led to 13 deaths and at least 24 infections.
“It is very serious if one doesn’t live up to the legal requirements related to a recall and it is punishable by a fine of up to 40,000 kroner [$7,100, ed],” Fødevarestrylsen spokesman Bjørn Wirlander said in a press release.
On Wednesday, Fødevarestrylsen announced that the food company Delika was also under suspicion of harboring the listeria bacteria. The company voluntarily recalled its products and a slicing department in the company’s Hammel’s location was temporarily shut down. Working with Fødevarestrylsen, the company disinfected the department and it is expected to be back in operation on Thursday.
Deli meats from Delika were prepared on the same machines as meat from Jørn A. Rullepølser, which has been identified as the source of the listeria outbreak.