Three hospital patients have died in England following a listeria outbreak linked to pre-packed sandwiches, health officials revealed today.
The outbreak has been linked to six seriously ill patients, three of whom died at Aintree University Hospital and Manchester University NHS Foundation Trusts.
Sandwiches and salads linked to the cases have been withdrawn and the supplier, The Good Food Chain, which supplies 43 NHS trusts in the UK, has voluntarily ceased production while the probe continues.
The first case showed symptoms on April 25 while the most recent case was reported on May 15, a Public Health England spokeswoman said.
Sandwiches and salads were withdrawn on May 25, as soon as a link with the cases was suspected.
It is understood that some of the products were sold at hospitals while others were given to patients.
SOURCE: Milly Vincent