A plant-based cheese brand has been linked to five serious Listeria infections in France.

The five cases of listeriosis include four pregnant women who gave birth prematurely. They were infected with the same type of Listeria and reported symptoms between April and December 2022. No related deaths have been reported.

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Food safety advice for pregnant women has been updated in New Zealand including changes to fish, certain cheeses and pasteurized dairy products.

The focus is Listeria monocytogenes, Toxoplasma gondii, methylmercury and caffeine, as these hazards have known specific impacts on the fetus. For Salmonella and Campylobacter, associated with adverse outcomes
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Nearly 50 cases of listeriosis have been recorded annually from 2015 to 2018 in Denmark, according to figures from the Statens Serum Institut (SSI).

In the 2014 to 2018 period, 280 cases of invasive infection with Listeria monocytogenes were reported. About one in 4 died. All 73 of those people
Continue Reading Danish figures show 25 percent death rate in 15 Listeria outbreaks over 5 years

Food safety warnings for Listeria in New Zealand appear to be working according to a study on the burden of the pathogen in pregnant women and their babies.

The research found low rates of the infection indicating the messages could be helping to prevent cases of miscarriage, still birth, and
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The deaths of at least 78 newborns in the ongoing South African listeriosis outbreak has created one of those “teaching moments” about how especially dangerous the pathogen is to pregnant women.

And the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is using the opportunity to warn Hispanic women that they need to
Continue Reading FDA warns pregnant women, especially Hispanics, about listeria-prone foods