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Listeria outbreak claims 15th victim

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Listeria outbreak claims 15th victim
The listeria outbreak was traced to the popular deli meat rullepølse. Photo: Andreas Hagerman/Flickr
11:13 CEST+02:00
A new death was confirmed on Monday and the number of infections has now risen to 38.
A fifteenth person has died from the listeria outbreak, the Danish State Serum Institute (SSI) confirmed on Monday. 
 
The number of those affected has also risen to 38, SSI said. 
 
The outbreak has been traced to the deli meat rullepølse produced by the company Jørn A. Rullepølser, which has been shut down. 
 
A total of 30 products – including variations of rullepølse, salami and hot dogs – were recalled.
 
The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration (Fødevarestrylsen) also warned on Monday of a listeria risk in halibut sold by the company Hjerting Laks that was sold in Netto, Irma and Føtex stores. 
 
The food authorities advised that any consumers who might have halibut (hellefisk in Danish) purchased from Hjerting Laks before June 1st in their freezers to throw it out or return it to where it was purchased. 
 
Fødevarestrylsen was criticised for not acting quickly enough in responding to the listeria outbreak, with the food and agriculture minister, Dan Jørgensen, saying that “serious mistakes” took place. 
 
Despite the continuing listeria problems, and recent salmonella and MRSA scares, the government has proposed cutting food safety funding.  
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