Sixth listeria death linked to sandwiches provided by Stone-based company

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A sixth person has died following an outbreak of listeria at hospitals, linked to pre-packed sandwiches made by a Staffordshire based company.

They had eaten food supplied to Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust by the Good Food Chain, which was based in Stone.

It was supplied with meat produced by North Country Cooked Meats, which has since tested positive for the outbreak strain of listeria.

The affected products were withdrawn from hospitals, and it voluntarily ceased production.

In June, the Food Standards Agency confirmed The Good Food Chain was not the source of the outbreak, and had told the company it could resume production.

But bosses say it came 'too late in the day' to get the business back on to a sustainable footing.

A total of nine people are confirmed to have fallen ill after eating contaminated food.



The five other deaths occurred at four different hospital trusts - two at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, one at Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in Liverpool, one at University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust, and one at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.

Three other cases - one at Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, one case at Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust and one at East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust - have not been fatal.

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