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Listeria in deli meats kills 12 in Denmark, food safety agency says

Published on Aug 12, 2014 11:56 PM
A building of Danish food company Joern A Rullepoelser AS is pictured in Hedehusene, Denmark on August 12, 2014. Since June, 12 Danes have died from the bacteria listeria, which has been traced to the food business in Hedehusene, the Statens Serum Institut said. -- PHOTO: AFP

COPENHAGEN (AFP) - A listeria outbreak at a small meat producer outside Copenhagen has killed 12 people in Denmark over the past few months, the country's food safety regulator said on Tuesday.

"The company has therefore been closed and all its products are being withdrawn," the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries said in a statement.

The agency's infectious diseases unit had notified it in June that a listeria outbreak could be under way, and on Monday the source was identified as a deli meats poducer in Hedehusene, around 30km west of Copenhagen.

The bacteria had been found in a batch of Danish head cheese known as "rullepoelse", which was pulled from shelves in May.

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