Food Standards Agency Says Research Needed to Stop Vulnerable Patients from Getting Listeriosis

Food Standards Agency Says Research Needed to Stop Vulnerable Patients from Getting Listeriosis

The Food Standards Agency is working to provide clear guidance to the people who provide vulnerable patients with food.
The Food Standards Agency are looking at patients who are more vulnerable and have a greater chance of getting listeriosis in NHS and private hospitals nursing homes and other healthcare homes.
Listeriosis is an infection people get from eating contaminated food. The bacteria infection causes more death in the UK from food poisoning than other bacteria found in food.
The symptoms of getting listeriosis from contaminated hospital food include.
High temperature
Vomiting
Diarrhoea
In more severe cases patients can also develop meningitis.
The signs of listeriosis could be; a stiff neck tremors and severe headache.
The bacteria can be found in a wide range of pre-prepared food. According to the NHS food includes;
Pre-packed sandwich
Pâté
Butter
Soft Cheeses
Soft blue cheese
Cooked slice meats
Smoked salmon
The Food Standards Agency want to decrease the number of people that are infection with listeriosis in the UK through expert guidance.
The Food Standards Agency has reported that the guidance will aid people who serve food to the following people.
Pregnant women and their unborn and newly delivered infants.
People who are aged 60 or over with weak immune systems
People who’s immune systems have weakened due to illness disease or medication.
The Food Standards Agency said.
‘It will help those staff to identify and manage the critical control points specific to controlling Listeria monocytogenes in the food chain supply.’
The rate of listeriosis has more than doubled from 2000- 2009. Confirmed cases of the infection in the UK went from 114 to 234.
If you have been affected by something of similar nature then you must take the following steps:
1. Contact your GP and advise him of your condition
2. Contact a member of our team on 0113 200 9720
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