Listeria Deaths Linked to Meat from Denmark

Danish cold cuts linked to listeriosis deaths
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The listeria outbreak that has killed 12 people in Denmark was traced to a popular type of rolled pork cold cut.

Twenty people have been sickened this week and 12 people have died as a result of a listeria outbreak in Denmark, and authorities have traced the outbreak supermarket cold cuts.

According to The Local Denmark, the listeria outbreak came from a type of cold cut called rullepølse, a popular type of seasoned meat usually made from pork belly that has been flattened and seasoned, then rolled, pressed, and thinly sliced for sandwiches. The product in question originally came from the Jørn A. Rullepølser food company, which has reportedly had two other listeria-related recalls in the past.

Once the source was identified, the company was shut down and all of its products were recalled, including 30 different types of cold cuts, sausage and hot dogs.

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Previously the company said none of the affected meat was sold outside of Denmark, but according to The Local Germany, the tainted meat was also exported to Germany, though so far no listeria cases have been reported in that country.