Products from a German meat manufacturer closed due to a listeria infection also ended up in the Netherlands. In Germany, the contaminated meat products caused two fatalities. According to the NVWA, these are three Dutch companies.
The NVWA does not mean which companies are involved. A spokesperson says that an inspector will take a closer look at the companies, but it is unclear when the inspections will take place or whether that has already been done.
As far as we know, two people died after eating the contaminated meat from Germany, about forty other people might have become (seriously) ill due to the listeria bacteria, the German health authorities report.
The listeria infection at the German company Wilke Waldecker was announced last week, German media write. The company has had to shut down production and is in major economic difficulties, writes Spiegel Online. A bankruptcy application has been submitted.
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Wilke Waldecker delivers products worldwide
The company exported its products worldwide. Belgium, Denmark, France, Ireland and Sweden have also been warned by the European Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) about the possible listeria contamination.
In the German state of Nordrhein-Westfalen, which borders eastern regions of the Netherlands, all purchased products from the meat manufacturer were recalled.
Several IKEA branches in the country sell the company's sausages, but an IKEA-Netherlands spokesperson says that Wilke Waldecker did not supply products to Dutch branches.
It may be the supermarket 2Brüder in Venlo, which writes on its own website that purchased products from Wilke Waldecker have been recalled by the company. 2Brüder was not available for a response on Monday evening.
Offerman recalled the latest products on Friday
Meat producer Offerman recalled last Friday the last products that were sold at the time.
That decision followed after it appeared that the listeria infection had cost the lives of three people and caused a miscarriage. A temporary trade stop has also been introduced and production has been shut down.
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