Germany -Officials admit failures in German Listeria outbreak

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Officials in a German district have apologized for mistakes made as part of an investigation into a Listeria outbreak in which one person died.

Four people were infected between October 2021 and January this year but the person died with, not because of, listeriosis. Contaminated cucumbers from one company have been linked to the illnesses.

Thomas Will, Groß-Gerau district administrator and Walter Astheimer, district health officer, said in the past two and a half years, there have been significant gaps in food controls and this had been a big mistake with hygiene deficiencies overlooked.

“We deeply regret that food contaminated with Listeria could come into circulation and several people fell ill because a company in Gernsheim was not properly checked for two years,” they said.

The company should have been checked more often but inspections were running behind because of the COVID-19 pandemic and a lack of staff resources.

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