The chief executive officer of a Norwegian company linked to a Listeria outbreak has insisted it takes comprehensive action to tackle the pathogen.

Comments from Henning Beltestad, CEO of Lerøy Seafood Group, come after scrutiny of the Lerøy Midt slaughterhouse and the Norwegian Food Safety Authority’s (Mattilsynet) follow-up on Listeria control.

Citing a notification to the company from the Norwegian Food Safety Authority, Norwegian broadcaster NRK said Listeria had been detected 700 times in the production environment at the salmon slaughterhouse from August 2022 to November 2023.

“In our operations, we have always focused on minimizing the occurrence of Listeria

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A deadly Listeria outbreak in Sweden has been traced to fish from one producer.

Nineteen sick people are aged 63 to 93, including 13 men and six women. Patients have been reported from 10 different regions.

Six people with listeriosis have died. However, it is unclear what role the infection played in their death because most patients had other severe underlying diseases.

People have been sick with the same type of Listeria since autumn 2022, but 15 cases occurred from the end of May this year, said Folkhälsomyndigheten (the Public Health Agency of Sweden).

Of cases with available information, 14

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German officials appear to have solved a multi-year Listeria outbreak.

Robert Koch Institute (RKI) scientists assigned 11 notified listeriosis patients to the incident. Despite the risk of Listeria from smoked or graved salmon being known for some time, data shows contamination still exists in production facilities and outbreaks are ongoing with further cases expected, said scientists.

Five people fell ill in 2019, one in 2021, three in 2022 and two in 2023. Five men and six women were affected, aged between 69 and 91 with a median of 79 years old.

One person who was positive for Listeria infection was

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Three people have died in Sweden as part of a Listeria outbreak that may have been caused by smoked fish.

Folkhälsomyndigheten (the Public Health Agency of Sweden) said deaths of three of the older patients were connected to their Listeria infections but it is not clear if they died with or because of listeriosis.

From the end of May to the beginning of July, 10 people contracted Listeria infections caused by the same type of the bacteria. Another four people fell ill in late 2022 from this strain.

Patients are 10 men and four women aged 63 to 93 years

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Smoked and graved salmon continues to pose a Listeria infection risk with evidence showing a large proportion of listeriosis cases are caused by these products, according to scientists in Germany.

In 2021 and 2022, there were 66 cases of listeriosis in 15 outbreaks, reported the Robert Koch Institute (RKI).

A total of 24 outbreaks of listeriosis across federal states with links to smoked or graved salmon products as the cause have been found since 2010.

This is an update from a previous study that identified 22 outbreaks between 2010 and 2021 that were associated with eating smoked and graved salmon

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Seven Seas International USA LLC of St. Petersburg, FL, is voluntarily recalling 295 cases of Biltmore Smoked Sockeye Salmon because Listeria monocytogenes may be present in some product. 

The salmon was sold at Publix markets. There is concern that consumers may have the product in their homes because it doesn’t expire until April 14.

The issue was discovered through routine regulatory testing conducted by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, according to a company recall notice posted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. 

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Norwegian authorities found problems with the sampling plan of a company linked to a Listeria outbreak in 2022, according to a report.

At an inspection in October, the Norwegian Food Safety Authority (Mattilsynet) discovered the fish producer’s sampling plan was not sufficient, and that environmental samples had not been taken in line with Troll Salmon’s internal program.

During the visit, the agency took 14 environmental samples and the company also conducted sampling afterward. One of the authority’s tests was positive and the producer detected Listeria in two different drain samples.

The firm was ordered to take daily samples for an

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A deadly Listeria outbreak in the United Kingdom has been linked to one company but product testing has only found low levels of contamination.

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) suspect the source of contamination to be a salmon-smoking processing factory in Scotland.

Food Standards Scotland wouldn’t name the company or answer questions about the incident from Food Safety News.

Instead, a spokesperson said: “This is an ongoing outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes and, as yet, no definitive source of contamination has been found. Investigations to determine the root cause continue. Investigations of any outbreaks of

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The number of Listeria infections fell in 2020 in England and Wales, according to recently released data.

In total, 124 cases of listeriosis were reported in England and Wales in 2020, which is the lowest amount in several years. In 2019, 144 cases were recorded.

There were two outbreaks in England. One was a national epidemic with four cases associated with smoked salmon. Two people died. The other caused two illnesses from 2018 to 2020 and was linked to prepacked sandwiches served in hospitals.

Surveillance of listeriosis in England and Wales is coordinated by the Gastrointestinal Infections and Food Safety

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Smoked salmon has been linked to a Listeria outbreak in Norway that has sickened four people.

Patient samples were taken between February and August this year and all ill people were hospitalized.

Those affected are aged between 50 and 90 years old. The patients are two women and two men who live in Nordland, Trøndelag, Oslo and Viken.

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (FHI) said bacteria with the same genetic profile have been found in samples from all four patients, which indicates they were infected by a common source. There is also one suspected case.

Troll Salmon has recalled

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