This week, the Danish State Serum Institute confirmed another fatality in a listeria outbreak linked to deli meats, bringing the total number of deaths to 15. Thirty-eight have now been sickened.
According to Denmark’s news outlet The Local, the outbreak was traced to deli meat called rullepølse, which is a spiced meat roll that is typically made with pork belly, herbs, seasoning, and chopped onion. In Danish, it means “rolled sausage.”
A recall was issued in the wake of the outbreak for a total of 30 products including variations of rullepølse, salami and hot dogs.
The first case of the outbreak was discovered in September 2013, and the State Serum Institute alerted state officials of a possible outbreak in late-June. Read more here.
Health officials have been criticized for not acting quicker, and an official report concluded there were “serious mistakes” made in the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration’s handling of the listeria outbreak.
The company that produced the rullepølse, Jørn A. Rullepølser, has now been shut down.