Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Contaminated Austrian cheese kills two Germans

Two people have died in Germany from eating contaminated Austrian cheese that has sparked a massive product recall and consumer warning, authorities announced on Tuesday.

The deaths – along with at least four more in Austria – occurred over several months. But authorities have only just established the link with two cheeses, "Reinhardshof, Harzer Käse, 200g" and "Reinhardshof, Bauernkäse mit Edelschimmel, 200g", both made by the Austrian firm Prolactal.

The cheeses have already been pulled off the shelves by discount retailer Lidl in Germany after unacceptable levels of the bacterium listeria monocytogenes were first detected last month.

“An official at the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety has painstakingly investigated the grocery lists of the people who fell ill,” said a spokesman for the Austrian Health Ministry in Vienna.

The ministry is working with Germany’s Robert Koch Institute to establish the precise number of people affected.

To read more: http://www.thelocal.de/society/20100216-25297.html

Luckily I do not like this kind of cheese...

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