Listeria bacteria in canned fish

Listeria bacteria in canned fish

The Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Consumer Protection warns of contaminated canned fish that are contaminated with Listeria bacteria. LB Fisch's "Herring Carbonade in Vegetable Oil 430 g" was removed from the store shelves.

The canned fish "Herring carbonate in vegetable oil 430 g" from LB Fisch from Willstätt with a shelf life up to and including December 5, 2010 may contain listeria, the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Consumer Protection warned. The manufacturer had the canned goods removed from the shelves with a recall campaign, which was accompanied by the Baden-Württemberg food surveillance authority. The canned goods, which also have Cyrillic inscriptions, were mainly offered in retail stores with Eastern European specialties. Anyone who has already bought a canned fish should return it to the store, the Ministry said.

People with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk
The Listeria bacteria can trigger the serious infectious diseases listeriosis, which is particularly common in people with a weakened immune system such as newborns, old people, pregnant women or AIDS patients. The clinical picture of listeriosis is very variable and depends primarily on the affected organ system, which can make diagnosis of the disease very difficult in some cases.

When ingested through food, diarrhea and abdominal pain are usually the first symptoms to be observed in humans. As the disease progresses, inflammation of the brain and meninges occurs more frequently in both humans and animals, causing central nervous disorders such as paralysis, tremors, misaligned bodies and drowsiness. Pregnant women and pregnant animals often miscarry or die of the fetus. Severe newborn infections (septicemia) are also more common in pregnant women with listeriosis.

However, listeriosis can also manifest itself, for example, as a local wound infection or as inflammation of the conjunctiva and cornea. Listeriosis has been a notifiable disease in both humans and animals in Germany since 2001. According to the Robert Koch Institute, the number of listeriosis diseases as a result of food infections has increased significantly in Germany and throughout Europe in recent years, and the disease can sometimes be fatal to those affected. (fp, 09.11.2010)

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