European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) reported the discovery of an outbreak of listeriosis in some European countries, including Austria, Denmark, Finland and the United Kingdom. The bacterium has been detected in frozen vegetable products – ie, in corn, which was manufactured by the Hungarian company Greenyard (production date: between August 13, 2016 and June 20, 2018). The products of this company are exported to almost all European countries.
In Andorra, the infection was not detected.
Listeriosis is a rare disease caused by the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. The bacterium is very resistant to the outside environment, can live in soil, water, vegetables, fish and dairy products. It is sensitive to heat and can be destroyed only with heat treatment. However, the bacteria can exist at very low temperatures.
After an incubation period that can vary from 10 to 28 days, the disease is manifested by a slight fever, headache, digestive disorders.