Context: The United Kingdom Food Standards Agency (FSA) has issued a recall for several Cadbury-branded dessert products due to potential contamination by Listeria monocytogenes bacteria.
What are Listeria monocytogenes bacteria?
Listeria monocytogenes is a type of bacteria that can cause infection in humans and animals. It is commonly found in soil, water, and some animals’ intestines. Listeria is typically spread through contaminated food, particularly ready-to-eat foods such as cooked meats, dairy products, and fresh produce.
Symptoms: Symptoms of a Listeria infection can include high temperature, muscle ache or pain, chills, feeling or being sick, and diarrhoea.
Impact: Listeriosis, the illness caused by Listeria infection, can lead to serious complications, such as meningitis, sepsis, and miscarriage.