Sixth death in Listeria NHS outbreak

The Good Food Chain

A sixth patient in an NHS hospital has died after eating pre-packaged sandwiches supplied by the Good Food Chain.

Public Health England confirmed this is one of nine cases they had previously identified. This person became sick at Weston Sussex Hospital NHS Trust.

Dr Maggie Davies, of the Trust, said: “Patient safety is always our absolute priority. As soon as we were informed we may have received contaminated chicken sandwiches from the Good Food Chain we removed all products from our hospitals.

“Since then, we have had no further listeriosis infections reported to us. We want to reassure our patients, visitors and staff that the risk remains very low.”

Companies cease production after Listeria outbreak

43 hospitals across England were supplied with pre-packaged sandwiches and salads by the Good Food Chain. This business was supplied with meat from North Country Cooked Meats, who have since tested positive for the Listeria responsible for the outbreak. North County Cooked Meats have also stopped production.

We need a review of hospital food production, storage and management

Concerns about the risks of food poisoning from hospital sandwiches were raise at least three years ago. Scientists in the NHS warned in 2016 about the dangers in using this kind of food. Surely after a tragedy of this scale it’s now time for a full review of the current model of food supply to hospitals?

Listeria incubation period

We commented in our last post about this very sad outbreak, that incubation times mean it is possible further cases may emerge. The incubation period is 70 days and the infected product was withdrawn on the 25th May.

If you suspect that you or anyone you know is affected please seek medical help immediately.