Spain’s Listeria Outbreak Is Over

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SPAIN’S listeria alert is officially over. 

The Junta de Andalucia regional government says that there have not been any new cases for a month, so oy has ended the alert that was officially started on August 15. 

The outbreak is known to have caused three deaths and seven miscarriages. A total of 217 cases were reported with dozens of people hospitalised. 

Most cases were in Sevilla, but there were also several reported in Malaga, Cadiz and Granada and further afield in Spain. 

One New Zealand woman who was on a trip to Europe lost the child she was carrying at 26 weeks. 

The manager of the company Magrudis – the source of the outbreak – and one of his sons are still in custody as their role in the case is investigated. 

Scientists traced the outbreak to a sort of meatloaf called carne machada branded La Mechá and produced by Magrudis. 

Listeria bacteria was found in machinery used at its plant in Sevilla. Inspectors also found licencing irregularities. 

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