Several batches of meat have just been recalled from supermarkets due to Listeria contamination. This is a bacterium that can cause food poisoning, the complications of which can go as far as meningitis.
Be vigilant if you have filled up with meats ! Several batches have been withdrawn from supermarket shelves, announces Rappel Conso. The cause ? Contamination with Listeria monocytogene. The products were marketed before the withdrawal measure. It is recommended to bring them back to stores and not to consume them. You will be eligible for a refund.
Listeria causes the listeriosis, a serious disease with an incubation period of up to eight weeks. In case of poisoning on fragile people, this bacterium can cause complications neurologicalsuch as meningitis.
Listeria: the symptoms that should alert you
Listeria is more dangerous in the elderly or vulnerable (patients affected by cancer, on dialysis or transplant recipients). The mortality rate can reach 30 or 40% for cases of listeriosis in these patients.
Have you just eaten contaminated food? Pay attention to certain signals. ” People who have fever, isolated or accompanied by headaches, and body aches are invited to consult their doctor. “, warns the Ministry of Health. Neurological disorders may also occur. Listeriosis can cause meningitis or meningoencephalitis. We then cite intense headaches, vomiting or behavioral disorders.
Listeria: what foods are at risk?
Listeria is more easily found in products dairy – in particular the cheeses with raw milk – some deli meatsthe products of sea and the plants. ” The bacterium can contaminate all stages of the food chain by colonizing food manufacturing sites. As it is sensitive to heat, it is in principle absent from cooked foods and preserves, unless contamination occurs after cooking. Due to its ability to grow at low temperatures, Listeria is often found in refrigerated foods with long shelf lives “, specifies the Ministry of Health.
Attention, a food contaminated with Listeria keeps the same appearance, the same taste and the same texture.
Discover in pictures in our slideshow, meat references affected by the recall.