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Wilke scandal: Other brands are affected
Update from October 12th, 2019: The Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety recently announced additional brands and products that may be affected by a Listeria infestation. The Federal Office cited the pending insolvency proceedings of Wilke Waldecker Fleisch- und Wurstwaren GmbH as well as the ongoing police measures against the company as the reason for the delayed clarification. The ability to act is therefore severely restricted. All competent authorities are currently working together to fully clarify the matter.
As part of the investigation, other brands have now been discovered that may be contaminated with the dangerous bacteria. A current list from the Federal Office shows the affected articles. All articles with the brand name “DE EV 203 EG” have been added to the recall
- Cock’s Vleeswaren,
- La Mila,
- La Roya,
- From the farmland,
- La Persa,
Desert scandal: over 1100 meat products are being recalled!
Update from 08.10.2019: The company Wilke Waldecker Fleisch- und Wurstwaren GmbH recently announced that it is recalling all of its products. The reason was two deaths and several illnesses due to Listeria bacteria in the sausage. The Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety has now published a list of the products concerned. Only now is the extent clear: over 1100 products are affected by the recall, including ready meals such as pizza. Even sausages sold at IKEA are affected. The contaminated sausage was also sold through meat counters.
With so many recalls, it's hard to tell which products are affected and which aren't. The Wilke company announces: “According to the knowledge available to date, all Wilke own brands are with the identification mark DE EV 203 EG, as well as the following brands and trade names, provided they have the identity mark DE EV 203 EG wear, affected: “
- House on the Eichfeld
- Metro boss
- Service Bund "Servisa"
- Sander gourmet
- Rohloff manufacture
A list of the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety showed all affected products - a total of over 1100 articles.
Deadly bacteria: Manufacturer recalls sausage products contaminated with listeria
The Hessian company Wilke Waldecker Fleisch- und Wurstwaren GmbH & Co. KG is recalling all of its products. The reason for the recall is several illnesses and two deaths that are said to be related to the detection of listeria in the company's sausage. In addition to sausages, pizzas are also recalled.
A few days ago, Wilke Waldecker Fleisch- und Wurstwaren GmbH & Co. KG announced that it was recalling “all products manufactured by the company with all the best-before dates and consumption data”. "The goods concerned can be clearly identified by the oval identity label" DE EV 203 EG "affixed to all packaging," says a message published by the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety on its portal "lebensmittelwarnung.de". The reason for the recall is a possible connection between Wilke products and a food-borne outbreak caused by the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes.
Direct connection to two deaths
Some of the illnesses were fatal. "An investigation by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) had shown a direct connection to the deaths of two older people from Hesse," the foodwatch consumer association wrote in a message. Nonetheless, contaminated products apparently continued to be delivered to supermarkets, meat counters and hospitals, criticize the consumer protection groups. "In a clinic in Cologne, the goods were even issued after the public recall," says the message.
In addition to all sausages from the Hessian company, the recall also affected the following pizzas that were sold by the wholesaler Metro:
Aro Pizza Salami 1000g, EAN: 4018905405031
Aro Pepperoni Salami 1000g, EAN: 4018905405055
Metro Chef Pizza Salami cut 1000g, EAN: 4018905554890
Metro Chef Pepperoni Salami cut 1000g, EAN: 4018905554890
In addition to Metro, the Kaufland supermarket chain is recalling all of the meat product manufacturer's products. According to the consumer advice center, authorities have closed Wilke Waldecker Fleisch- und Wurstwaren GmbH & Co. KG. According to media reports, the company is said to have applied for bankruptcy.
Some groups of people are particularly at risk
Listeria disease (listeriosis) usually manifests itself within 14 days after infection with diarrhea and fever. Pregnant women, seniors and people with a weakened immune system in particular can also develop more severe illnesses with blood poisoning and meningitis, according to the portal "lebensmittelwarnung.de".
In pregnant women who often have no or only flu-like symptoms, the infection can pass to the unborn child and lead to premature birth or miscarriage. And in some cases, "Listeriosis diseases can take a particularly severe course and end in death," writes the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR).
“Since listeria do not spoil the food, you cannot tell from their appearance or smell. Infection and the extent of a disease depend on the number of pathogens ingested, ”explains the institute.
The Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety points out that people who have consumed affected products and develop severe or persistent symptoms should seek medical help and notify their doctor of a possible Listeria infection. “Pregnant women who have consumed the affected products should seek medical treatment and get advice without symptoms. This doesn't make sense for other people without symptoms, ”the experts write. (ad)
Author and source information
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- Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety: Food warning details, (accessed: October 6, 2019), lebensmittelwarnung.de
- foodwatch: Listeria find in sausages: two dead and many unanswered questions, (accessed: October 6, 2019), foodwatch
- Consumer center: Listeria: Wilke sausage factory closed, recall of all products, (access: 06.10.2019), consumer center
- Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR): Protection against food infections with Listeria, (accessed: October 6, 2019), Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR)
- Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety: List of affected products (accessed: October 8, 2019), lebensmittelwarnung.de
- Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety: List of brands affected (accessed: October 8, 2019), lebensmittelwarnung.de
- Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety: Updated list of trademarks affected - status of investigation: October 11, 2019, lebensmittelwarnung.de