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Most hospitals and social care sites are aware of Listeria guidance from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) but an analysis has found several challenges around implementation.

In a 2019 outbreak associated with pre-packed sandwiches supplied to hospitals in England, seven patients died of listeriosis.

Following this incident, the FSA said

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Researchers have suggested opportunities are being missed to prevent listeriosis from pre-packed sandwiches.

Eating pre-prepared sandwiches served in hospitals was the most common source of Listeria infections in England and Wales between 1981 and 2015.

Scientists said repeated incidents, despite guidance on reducing the risk of listeriosis in healthcare settings
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The U.K.’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) has reportedly been systematically checking for Twitter hashtags such as #sick and #barf in order to identify potential foodborne illness outbreaks. According to the agency’s chief scientific adviser, FSA is working with the National Health Service to monitor certain tweets via special software as
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