Food & Health

Listeria Bacteria In Salmon Recall

In response to a worrying increase in reported sicknesses, Swedish health officials have widened a testing program to find food contaminated by listeria bacteria. Supermarket giant Coop has already been caught in their net, and has begun recalling four tons of smoked and spiced salmon.

The contaminated salmon is packaged in quantities of 350, 200, and 100 grams, and has only been sold in Coop stores under the company’s own brand. Customers who have bought the products can return them to the store and receive a refund.

In most cases, listeria is contracted from refrigerated food that is not heated up before consumption. As a result, the Swedish National Food Administration will focus on salami, cold-cuts, smoked salmon, and certain cheeses when taking samples.

Listeria bacteria can cause listeriosis, which is a rare but dangerous infection. According to news agency TT, Sweden usually experiences about 40-50 cases of the infection each year. Seventy-three cases were reported in 2009, however, mirroring an increasing trend seen in the rest of Europe as well.

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