Two Dutch companies may have received meat infected with listeria from Germany, says the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) on Tuesday. Both companies are ranked highest and must recall the products.
The production of Wilke Waldecker from Germany came to a halt on Wednesday due to a listeria infection. The regulator in the country then made several reports to a European warning system, because the company also exported products.
The same day it was announced that at least one Dutch company was a customer of Wilke Waldecker. That was 2 Brüder in Venlo. After it was confirmed that this supermarket might have sold meat contaminated with listeria, the company started a recall for two products.
"It was about pizza salami and the smoked sausages," says a spokesperson for the supermarket. "At a later stage we removed everything from Wilke from our range."
Not three but two other companies affected
The NVWA announced on Monday evening that reports had arrived about two other Dutch companies that had received meat from Wilke Waldecker. Further research shows that one of those companies is Belgian.
The other company has been notified by the NVWA. What company is involved, a spokesperson cannot say. She can only say that an inspector was sent on Tuesday morning. This must check whether the company has started a recall.
"The responsibility for the recall actions lies in the chain itself," emphasizes the woman. "First the producer and then the next links, for example wholesalers and supermarkets."
Two killed by eating contaminated meat
As far as is known, two people died in Germany after eating contaminated meat. Some 40 other people are said to have fallen ill because of the listeria bacteria, the German health authorities said.
In the Netherlands, three people have died in the last two years from meat infected with listeria. A fourth person had a miscarriage. The foursome had eaten meat products from the Dutch producer Offerman.
This company supplied meat products to Jumbo, Aldi and Sligro, among others. An inventory of the NVWA shows that at least nine thousand companies have been affected. The number of companies is expected to increase further in the coming days.
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