Affected processed meat sparks Listeria outbreak

THE Canarian Government’s Ministry of Health issued a warning statement about contaminated meat last Monday, after receiving an alert from its Health and Safety Department.

The Health Ministry was notified that on 10th July, a small portion of the processed shredded meat, Carne Mechada, which had been produced in Seville, was distributed to an Adeje cafeteria.

The shredded meat’s brand, La Mecha, which is produced in Seville and was a hot topic this week after the Listeria bacteria was found in the meat, resulted in several, serious cases of the infection across mainland Spain.

With this information, Tenerife’s Health Department will verify whether the meat has been sold at the cafeteria, and whether it has any more of this meat in stock.

The Canarian Public Health Department has stated that no related cases have been reported of individuals being affected with the Le Mecha product within the Canary Islands.

On Tuesday, it become common knowledge that a small quantity of the meat was also distributed to the Castilla La Mancha community.

Madrid, Andalusia and Extremadura are where large quantities of Le Mecha were distributed across Spain.

It has already been confirmed that some 80 cases of poisoning have been reported in Andalusia, with two women suffering miscarriages.

In Extremadura, one individual was confirmed with Listeria, while a further four are undergoing analysis to determine whether they also have the bacteria,

A person in Madrid is also being tested after showing symptoms of the illness.

Since last Friday, the affected product was common knowledge, and surveillance throughout Spain is active, to locate where the product was distributed, so it can be withdrawn to prevent further cases arising.

Health Department chiefs have made it clear that all batches of the La Mecha meat, manufactured since May, must be withdrawn.

They have stressed that their priority is to control the outbreak, and then to investigate how it occurred.


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